By Zachary Swickey
Since next year is supposed to be our last here on Earth (if you’re into Mayan culture and all that), let’s hope that we get plenty of amazing albums so we can bid adieu in style. It should be a glorious year indeed if we finally get that new Santigold record, Tool finally hit the studio and Jay-Z and Kanye both give us solo albums (and maybe more from The Throne). We’re no longer holding onto much hope for Dr. Dre’s Detox – which is quickly becoming the Chinese Democracy of the new millennium – since the rapper recently announced he’s “taking a break,” which begs the question, “What has he been doing this whole time?” But clearly there is plenty of good music for us all to look forward to in 2012.
This year wasn’t too shabby either – we had some great new albums from Bands We Like artists like Austra’s Feel It Break, Battles’ Gloss Drop, and City & Colour’s Little Hell, and thankfully it appears some of our other BWL faves will be hitting us with some fresh material in 2012. While we may not have album titles or specific dates to tide you over, these are releases we expect to have and love in the new (final) year.
Crosses, Full-Length Debut
Crosses provided quite a pleasant surprise for fans of Deftones singer Chino Moreno when they released a free EP from his new side-gig with Shan Lopez of ‘90s outfit Far. Their self-titled EP is a melting pot of their personal musical palettes with Moreno channeling his inner-Depeche Mode and Lopez letting loose his inner-Kanye with dub-tastic production work. The guys talked to Alt Press about upcoming releases with Moreno, saying, “The idea is to keep putting out EPs and possibly compile everything and put them all on a record or double record.” Recent cryptic tweets suggest the group is in the midst of recording. I’ve already snatched my tickets for the group’s live debut in January, so hopefully we’ll be able to report all about some new songs then.
Dredg, (Tentative) B-Sides Collection
Cali rockers Dredg have typically taken 3-4 years between efforts, but considering this year’s Chuckles and Mr. Squeezy came sooner than we’d normally expect, we are hoping for something sooner rather than later. When MTV News asked Dredg for a comment on new material, bassist Drew Roulette revealed the group is “considering” releasing a collection of B-sides (recorded songs that never made it onto an album). They have plenty of good ones to choose from as two Catch Without Arms outtakes – “Stone By Stone” and “The Uplifting News Channel” – are both musical gems in the Dredg musical canon as far as we’re concerned.
The Bronx, Untitled Fourth Album
LA-based punk rock heathens The Bronx have given their Mariachi side-project all their love and attention for the last three years. releasing two Spanish-flavored efforts since the last Hell-raising Bronx record. Luckily, we won’t have to wait much longer – recent interviews with the band suggest they will begin work on new material at the end of this month upon their return from touring in Europe. Guitarist Joby Ford reportedly already has eleven rough ideas for the effort. Drummer Jorma Vik described the plans for the record to MTV News, saying, “Joby assures me that we are going to have us an album stacked with ‘panty droppers and club bangers.’ As per the usual.” Sounds good to us! Hopefully, we can expect The Bronx to annihilate our ears with some new material come springtime.
Solid Gold, Untitled Second Album
Unfortunately, I was unaware of Solid Gold until gearing up for SXSW earlier this year. Listening to their flawless ’08 debut, Bodies of Water, it’s still pretty mind-blowing that these guys aren’t a household name. If there is any justice in the music world, people will catch on with the band’s upcoming sophomore effort due, out in 2012. We got a chance to hear some new tunes at a festival appearance they made opening for The Flaming Lips, and let’s just say we’re confident that justice will indeed be served.
The White Sea, Full-Length Debut
One of the first acts we covered for Bands We Like is White Sea, the solo project of M83′s Morgan Kibby. The group’s 2010 debut EP, This Frontier shows the diversity the singer is capable of, from the dreamy “Mountaineer” to the certifiable single “Ladykiller.” In an interview conducted this April, the singer revealed her future plans for her group, saying, “White Sea is in the midst of writing a full-length album, and personally I want to continue remixing and producing for other bands.” While it’s been over six months since that statement, Kibby has understandably been busy on the road with her main music gig, M83.
Every Time I Die, Untitled Sixth Album
Mixed, mastered, done is the current status of Every Time I Die’s upcoming sixth offering. Studio vet Joe Barresi – who has worked with the likes of Queens of the Stone Age and Tool – helmed production duties for the effort. Talking with Alt Press, Singer Keith Buckley discussed the band’s relationship with Barresi in the studio, saying, “We were confident in ourselves, and we weren’t worried about [whether] he would want to change everything if we were doubting it. I feel like he believed in us, which was great.”