Talking Bollocks #3 – 2017 Retrospective

YO! I dropped off the face of the earth for a while there, making brief appearances for the personal requests that I got. What a better way to return than to do one of those obligatory “best of the year that has just done finished” posts.

I have put a lot of thought into the list of reviews from the year, but I can’t bring myself to try and rank or exclude any particular albums as I have been sent so much amazing work, so just go through the posts from the last year yourself if you feel so inclined. Instead, I am doing a hack job of what I didn’t review in 2017, and some other relevant lists of free music I have featured and what I ended up buying this year after reviewing.

 

Best Of The Non-Requests

Rancid Trouble MakerRancid – Trouble Maker

Even though I have been initially excited about the previous two or three Rancid albums to only quickly tire of them upon release, Trouble Maker retained that wow factor for some time. Mostly praised for returning to their roots, it goes to show Rancid aren’t one of the bands who have fared well with the natural changes and development over time. Either way, this release should make anyone’s 2017 punk collection.

 

Milk Teeth Be NiceMilk Teeth – Be Nice

I don’t know why I have such a huge soft spot for Milk Teeth, but songs like Brain Food and Vitamins scratch the itch that only bands like Sonic Youth ever did with their heavier/louder efforts. Milk Teeth’s (that sounds so wrong to say) first EP this year was close to perfect, with only second single Prism ending up a bit meh after the constant airplay despite being the weakest song. My only wish is that I got to hear the EP before release so that I knew the songs for the first night of their tour…

Delicious DiscomfortScott Lee Andrews – Delicious Discomfort EP

I mentioned Jaws Of Deaf last year and said I wasn’t going to review every EP and would wait until the studio re-recordings. Well, this is the first dose of those “real” versions, which I still didn’t review like the fucking pleb that I am (also I’m counting the other JoD EPs released this year along with this). Although I prefer some elements of the original garage studio recordings, giving myself time to re-adjust to the new takes of each track has made me realise that even as a new listener, you will be just as blown away, if not more so, than I was a year or more ago. Long story short, get this. It’s free.

 

coverMutation III – Dark Black

Scott Andrews again, I remember being excited to hear he was going to be working with Ginger Wildheart on this, then even more excited when I first heard “Irritant” last December. I was hoping this album would be topped, purely to avoid the rest of the year not having anything else to blow me away. Now, safe to say Dark Black was barely rivalled (at least by anything actually released this year, as opposed to my recent obsessions with The Locust and Melt-Banana), and I’m fine with that. Also, I did actually review this one because I loved it so much (and Ginger shared it on Twitter and got me a lot of traffic, so it worked out that.)

Pissed jeans why love nowPissed Jeans – Why Love Now

I had heard the name many times but always thought I’d be disappointed in the sound. I finally impulse bought this and Honeys at Ignite Records in Birmingham when this came out, and oh my God I played the living hell out of them. Each track is a huge hook in its own right; Pissed Jeans have to be the band with the most character out there at the moment. Do NOT let them slip you by while they are still around!

 

The Reviews That I Went And Bought Because I Couldn’t Not

This section is tough because of the bands like Buzz Rodeo and Qoheleth who I really loved but couldn’t afford to buy their physical releases with shipping to the UK, maybe I should go ahead now before I blow the rest of my wage, but here are the ones that I did buy which I guess you could take as being the best of the year? I don’t know. Whatever:

Pink Pussycats From Hell – Hell-P: This technically was a 2016 release but I was sent it in 2017; I think saw a publishing that year. Either way. Wow was all. Still need to see them as soon as they play on the same bit of earth as I’m on.

Every Stranger Looks Like You – Bluest Shade Of Black: Even though this isn’t entirely the sort of music I tend to favour, ESLLY are undoubtedly one of the most impressive bands that I have covered. Another one I need to catch live when they are in the UK next.

Missiles Of October – Better Days: I don’t know why but Better Days still sounds as fresh and fun as it did when I first reviewed it. It saw various releases all over 2017 despite being another pre-2017 album. Deservedly so, but I’m hoping to see something new this year…

Lovely Wife – Live And Contrived: I think I have unintentionally given Lovely Wife the most attention this year, but oh well. Supporting the UK scene and the bands that I would rather see all over Kerrang. They need to make a 9-10 Noise Rock Hour or something.

Seraph Sin – God What Have I Done: I think this is cheating as I reviewed this after buying myself the physical copy but screw it. Love it. I was also secretly hoping to get some more bands like this send me their music to review but shhh. Can’t wait for new material from these guys.

All Of The Free To Downloads

Von Stache – Quiet, Brain [with the download codes at the end of the review]

Dooie Mus – Dooie Mus II

Soul Fire Saints – Rock ‘N’ Brawl

Horrible Snack – The Moon Is A Biscuit And It Rises From Mt. Brione

Salamander – Greener

Salt The Snail – Coffee

Enamel Animal – Unfaith

Buzz Rodeo – Sports

Missiles Of October – Better Days

Trash Talk – Tangle

 

So there, here’s to another calendar-specified amount of time filled with awesome new audio.

 

Take drugs care

Jake Hancke – 02/01/2018

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