Who We Want To Come Back
Sometimes we are lucky enough to see some great reunions or hear new recordings from old artists and bands, and today we bring you what we hope to see this upcoming year.
Ben Lowden - Pink Floyd (to the stage)
Last November Pink Floyd released their last album, The Endless River. Mainly instrumental, the album was created by taking music written 20 years ago during The Division Bell sessions and re recording it for 18 tracks. The album was a treat to fans and music lovers alike, but it has yet to lead to any live performance from the band. The last time they took the stage was almost 10 years ago, and rumors about live shows have come and gone, yet still nothing. Pink Floyd are the number one band from before I was born I wish I could have seen live, and The Endless River gave me a glimmer of hope. Hopefully we’ll all get a surprise soon and a chance to see Pink Floyd live on stage.
Gabi Schwartz - New Blink 182 Album
As a 90’s girl I was all about N’SYNC, The Backstreet Boys, and The Spice Girls, but Blink-182 has without a doubt been my go-to 90’s band since I can remember. I’m down to listen to them pretty much whenever, and I know I’m not alone in knowing every word to All the Small Things or belting out What’s my Age Again? when it comes on the radio. So many of their songs are anthems, and they are without a doubt a legacy in rock/pop-punk music.
Pretty much as long as you were born before 2000 and listened to the radio you know who blink-182 is, but just as a little background blink formed in 1992 in San Diego, California and is made up of Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker, and Tom Delonge. The band has produced 6 albums and won a number of awards. Their last album Neighborhoods came out in 2011, but many of their most popular songs come from their earliest albums Enema of the State (1999), Take Off Your Pants And Jacket (2001), and blink-182 (2003). I was lucky enough to see them perform live at Virgin FreeFest in Columbia, Maryland in 2009, and they did not disappoint. Between the excitement of the crowd and the energy that the band brought to the stage, it was an amazing experience that has been ingrained in my mind.
It’s been a while since the band has produced something. Each member has gotten involved with other musical acts (Delong started Angels and Airwaves, and Hoppus and Barker in +44) So I would love to hear a new blink album. Apparently according to a few sources they’re working on new album that’s supposed to be released in 2015.
Whether it’s because they remind me of my childhood, or because hearing them live turned me into an avid fan, I think the prospect of a new blink album is exciting and awesome, so I can’t wait to see if they follow through with it and give us something new. Whether it’s a different sound or the same as before, it’s still blink.
David Cooper - Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
I am waiting on ANYTHING new from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis! What have these fools been up to? Hopefully not too cocky after winning those Grammy awards last year to keep us waiting for so long. I’d love to see any followup to The Heist. It was one of my favorite rap albums of last year and I think it’s safe to say that we all have big expectations for these guys in the upcoming years to come.
Ben Schechter - Wolf Parade
WOLF PARADE COME BACK!!!! It would be awesome to see this group have a comeback like The Unicorns recently did when performing for the first time in 10 years by opening for Arcade Fire in California and New York this past summer. Better yet, it would be super cool to see Wolf Parade take on smaller, more intimate venues and headline a return tour. Wolf Parade have been on an indefinite hiatus since 2011, so not quite as long as The Unicorns. If you’re not familiar with the group, you should definitely go check out and then buy their music.
The Montreal-based quartet consisted of musicians all from British Columbia who all have been a part of other bands in the past. Spencer Krug previously has been associated with Sunset Rubdown, Frog Eyes, Swan Lake, and Moonface. Dan Boeckner of Atlas Strategic, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits, and most recently, Operators. Dante DeCaro of Johnny and the Moon, and Hot Hot Heat. Lastly, Arlen Thompson, the band’s drummer who also was the drummer on “Wake Up” by Arcade Fire.
Right there is a whole lot of talent and without a doubt you can see it in their music. In 2003 the band self-released a self-titled four song EP with writing and vocals split between Krug and Boeckner. In 2004 another self-released self-titled 6 song EP was released, also split evenly. During that year, the Canadians traveled to Portland, OR to work with Isaac Brock. Yup! Brock, the frontman of Modest Mouse produced Apologies to the Queen Mary, their first LP which was released in September of 2005. That album fits in my top 5 albums of all-time. Like their EPs in the past, the vocals and writing was split in-between Krug and Boeckner. Dante DeCaro wasn’t on that album, but former member Hadji Bakara was. In July of 2005, Wolf Parade released a self-titled EP released on Sub Pop before that LP. Wolf Parade (2005 EP) was one of the first albums I had ever bought, I know each of those songs by heart and have been a fan since.
Three years after Apologies to the Queen Mary was released, At Mount Zoomer was released via Sub Pop. This album is a banger as well! “Kissing The Beehive” has made it somewhere on my top 10 songs of all-time list. A 10:52 minute song has never gone by so fast, so many times. In 2010, their 3rd LP was released titled Expo 86. Let’s cross our fingers and hope for a return from my favorite Canadian indie rock group!