September Radar

Fall is just around the corner and so are some new album releases. I’m not sure if anyone else noticed, but it seems like a few bands got together and decided to release new albums on the same dates this month. Not that I’m complaining, it’s actually quite the opposite. And everyone knows what usually follows new releases; equally anticipated tours. Be sure to check out my reviews of these albums as well as their concerts. Here are the three new albums on my radar this month:

  1. Grouplove – Big Mess

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Grouplove has been around since the late 2000s consisting of members Daniel Gleason (bass), Hannah Hooper (vocals, keyboard), Ryan Rabin (drums), Andrew Wessen (guitar, vocals), and Christian Zucconi (vocals, guitar). Their song “Tongue Tied” from their debut album (Never Trust a Happy Song) reached number 1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart on 2012. Their music is shrouded in a bare-foot-tapping, knotty-hair-down, synthie vibe. Going off that same vibe, they released their sophomore album, Spreading Rumors, in 2013. From that album came hits like “Ways To Go” and “Shark Attack”. Grouplove has performed at festivals including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Firefly, and more. Three years later, their newest album Big Mess will be released tomorrow September 9th.

 

      2. Bastille – Wild World

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British indie pop band Bastille shook the world with their single, “Pompeii”. The song topped charts all over the UK and the US, and is still heard on radio stations today. I know you’ve heard it before. The band is made up of William Farquarson, Kyle Simmons, Chris Wood, and Dan Smith (whose birthday falls on Bastille Day. Clever, right?) Their first full length album entitled Bad Blood was released in 2013, followed by several remixes and alternate versions of songs. Bad Blood reached number 1 on the UK’s Album Chart that year. Their sound hinges on haunting, echoing vocals draped over catchy electronica beats. Bastille has a way of fusing elements that might at first appear mismatched into a synthesized, dancey masterpiece. I saw the band live in 2014 at Radio 104.5’s annual Birthday Show where Bastille gave one of the most high energy performances I’ve ever seen. Wild World was released earlier today in the UK and everywhere else tomorrow, September 9th.

 

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3. Bad Suns – Disappear Here

Bad Suns gained attention from their catchy song “Cardiac Arrest”, and rightfully so, it’s a jam. The band is made up of Gavin Bennett, Christo Bowman, Ray Libby, and Miles Morris. Formed in Southern California in 2012 the band released their first album, Language & Perspective,  in 2014. In contrast to Grouplove and Bastille, Bad Suns’ sound revolves around complex little guitar riffs and intricate drums fills. Their rhythmic vibes will put you in a trance and you won’t regret it. Their sophomore album, Disappear Here will be released Friday, September 16th.

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