Subculture Sound 2017

This Year's Best Music Releases - Part One

Friday 22nd December 2017

Political discontent amongst disaffected youth has historically always been a fertile breeding ground for creativity and music, and in that sense 2017 has most certainly delivered.

Back in January, we predicted 2017 would be the year of the British guitar band and that seems to have certainly come to fruition, Subculture favourites of old and the new wave of British talent have cohesively developed the musical landscape without losing sight of what has come before.  

Below is part one of a two-part series on what Fred Perry Subculture has crowned 2017's best musical moments. In no specific order.

Wolf Alice - Visions Of A Life (Album)

One of the breakthrough bands of the last few years, Wolf Alice cast aside all notions of 'the difficult second album' by following up 2015's 'My Love Is Cool' with this sprawling rocker.

Check out our exclusive video's of them performing at Dot To Dot Festival in 2014 here.

TOUTS - Sickening & Deplorable (EP)

A big year for the Derry trio whose debut EP released in May evoked happy memories of '77 era Jam & Clash records and scored them support slots with major players like Paul Weller, Liam Gallagher & Kasabian.

Don't forget to check out their playlist for us too.

The Fall - New Facts Emerge (Album)

On the eve of its release, The Fall's staggeringly impressive 32nd studio album was marked by an unorthodox and memorable performance for Fred Perry SubcultureLive at the 100 Club, London in July.

Check out our Playlist with the hip priest and driving force behind The Fall, Mark E Smith here.

Cabbage - Extended Play Of Cruelty (EP)

Possibly the most talked about band heading into 2017, this EP released in the middle of the year, in between a near relentless touring schedule, was just as incisive, scathing and witty as any of their previous releases and the hype is well and truly justified.

You can check out our Playlist with Cabbage's singer and multi-instrumentalist, Lee, here.

Sleaford Mods - English Tapas (Album)

English Tapas is the first album from the Nottingham duo after signing to Rough Trade. Their bleak and facetious examination of modern Britain through their minimal post-punk continues to speak to the masses.

Their meteoric rise from Pub Venues to Rock Arenas was captured in a documentary by Berlin-based music journalist Christine Franz called 'Bunch Of Kunst' which is one of the must-see documentaries of 2017.

HMLTD - To The Door (Single)

One of the most exciting bands of the year whose themed gigs need to be experienced live. This single was described by many outlets to be something like a Tarantino-space-western-soundtrack, which sums up their startling reinvention of post-punk, glam, rock and pop perfectly.

Another memorable night at The 100 Club, London for Fred Perry SubcultureLive was hosted by HMLTD in December 2017.

Gorillaz - We Got The Power (Single)

Taken from the excellent album 'Humanz' the track primarily features Jehnny Beth from Savages. However, what grabbed the headlines was Noel Gallagher providing backing vocals, marking the first-ever studio collaboration between the former Britpop rivals.

Shame - Concrete (Single)

The first single from the South London post-punk 5-piece after signing with Dead Oceans. A vigorous and punchy track "about someone who’s trapped in a relationship and they’re being [emotionally] pummelled into surrender”.

Their debut album 'Songs Of Praise' will be released in January 2018 and will likely set the bar very high for any other artists releasing album's next year.

Black Grape - Pop Voodoo (Album)

Fred Perry Subculture spoke to Shaun Ryder in late 2016 ahead of the album's release and he told us "We’re just expanding on what we’ve done really, do you know what I mean? But it sounds right on, we’ve still got it me & Kermit.” He wasn't wrong.

Black Grape performed at The 100 Club, London for Fred Perry SubcultureLive in May, see exclusive photos and read our review here.

Sorry - Wished (Single)

The official debut single from the North London quartet formerly known as Fish, following on from a host of noisy, grunge with bedroom-beats style home recordings released under both the old and new monikers online.

Sorry were the perfect choice to support Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) for Fred Perry SubcultureLive at The 100 Club, London in November. Read more about that gig here.

The Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class Classics (Album)

The fictional band from Sheffield's The Eccetronic Research Council's 2015 concept album was brought to life, thanks to a collaboration between the ERC and members of the Fat White Family. Their debut album, released in March lives up to the band's ludicrous inception.

Seeing is believing and in November 2017, The Moonlandingz played a storming show at The 100 Club, London as part out SubcultureLive series.See our review here.

Check out Part Two of SUBCULTURE SOUND 2017 - This Year's Best Music Releases here.

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