New year? New bops.
Here are the nine most exciting new bands around - bangers included - courtesy of this month's Rock Sound Breakout section!
Still steeped in mystery, this Perth quartet already have an INSANE story. Putting songs together with the likes of Pete Wentz, Josh Dun and Mark Hoppus, these guys could become one of the biggest new names in rock this year. Keyboardist / bassist Stephen Beerkens has even laid down keys for the forthcoming new Andy Black record. The band kick off the year supporting Sleeping With Sirens and Lower Than Atlantis. Be ready.
NEXT YEAR'S END
Working with All Time Low's Rian Dawson on their upcoming debut album, Atlanta's Next Year's End are building a devoted following already with huge, hooky pop-rock that's not afraid of massive choruses. Believing in what they were creating from the start, these guys have even given out their own CDs at Waterparks shows. And all of that is reason to get involved early. Listen to 'Faceless' and you'll believe us.
Now for something brutal. Hailing from Tampa, Florida, these guys have already worked with Underoath's Tim McTague on a furious, emotional barrage of bangers that remind of the feral pain found on Beartooth's 'Sick' EP. Just take 'Poison' and 'Sleep' and you'll be sorted for the pit for months, absolute mosh destroyers. Their working on their debut album right now with Saosin's Beau Burchell so expect big things later this year.
IN HER OWN WORDS
How about some blazing pop-punk? L.A.'s In Her Own Words have got you covered. Taking cues from the likes of Neck Deep and Knuckle Puck, tracks like 'Silver Lights' pack a serious pace and punch. But it's unusual too, with 'Smoke Signals' even featuring a slight country twang driven from the band's huge range of influences. Album 'Unfamiliar' is out now.
As part of the bill on last year's Warped Rewind At Sea (or Warped Tour on a cruise ship), this Orlando quintet are all about fun, with huge pop-punk anthems like 'Circles' and 'Weekend Worrier'. Add a hefty dose of A Day To Remember-esque muscle to that (the band worked on their latest material with Andrew Wade) and you've got a force to be reckoned with. The band are releasing new tracks progressively over the next few months, keep an eye out.
With a million-miles-a second pace and dual-vocal attack, this Vancouver duo have hit the emo bullseye on their fortcoming album 'Letters To Our Former Selves', which is due soon. For now though, check tracks like 'Complacent' and 'Worried' that provide screams, melodies and more than a bit of the feels. Expect to see a lot more of this lot.
THE BEAUTIFUL MONUMENT
Fresh from supporting Tonight Alive on their 'Back To Beginnings' tour, fellow Australians The Beautiful Monument bring a dark edge to huge choruses and sweeping electronics. Debut album 'I'm The Sin' combines powerful lyrics with genuine force - as showcased on singles 'Manifestation' and 'Disorder' - and is the start of what will be an exciting future.
AWAKE AT LAST
With a mega cover of Post Malone's 'Congratulations' leading the charge, Delware's Awake At Last bring a cocktail of piano-led drama, twisting riffs and arena-sized choruses to the party. Latest EP 'Life / Death / Rebirth' is like a mosh pit igniting on Broadway. This could well and truly ignite.
BOYS OF FALL
Huge choruses, gang vocals and bounce, all with a sultry R&B twist, Detroit's Boys Of Fall have found a unique spot in sounding both accessible and edgy. The huge 'No Good For Me' is a perfect example and look out for new single 'Chasing Lonely' that has just dropped.
You can find out more about all of these bands in this month's Rock Sound, pick up a copy here!