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TOP 10 PUNK ALBUMS OF 2017 SO FAR…

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As another year seems to fly by, we have already reached the half way point. Therefore, we decided to reflect on the numerous punk albums reviewed so far during 2017 and give our top 10 to date.

The one thing we are learning fast is that Punk is fast evolving and now comes in various guises, from the usual three chord blast to a much more post punk sound. There’s hardcore, an ever increasing number of ska punk bands, skate seems to be on the increase too and there’s still some great folk punk around. Post punk is also growing in popularity and we feel this can sometimes be a ‘grey’ area of what actually fits into ‘punk’ and we deliberate long and hard whether an album makes the cut with us or not.

Anyhow, this is our list to date. Some we agreed on, some we simply couldn’t but one thing’s for sure, there’s a hell of a lot good music out there right now and in 2017 we can categorically agree that Punk’s Not Dead (whatever it’s form).

Note: This is in no particular order but just our opinion of the best so far…

 

idlesIDLES – Brutalism

From Bristol, England, Idles have been building quite a reputation since they formed in 2010 and their latest release Brutalism is simply magnificent….

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sibyl-vaneSIBYL VANE – Sybil Vane#

Every now and then we get to review an album that silences the office in awe from the moment that the needle hits the first groove…

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and-the-hangnails…AND THE HANGNAILS – Dog

Based between York and London, …And The Hangnails are a two-piece band made up of guitarist, Martyn Fillingham and drummer, Steven Reid…

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Grand CollapseGRAND COLLAPSE – Along The Dew

Cardiff’s hardcore punks, Grand Collapse follow their excellent debut album Far From The Callous Crowd with Along The Dew…

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life-popular-musicLIFE – Popular Music

It’s fresh, replete with an almost middle eastern sounding middle eight and some ironic and sarcastic lyrics dripping with anger…

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shatterhandSHATTERHAND – The Dead Memory House

Formed in late 1998, Shatterhand exploded onto the UK DIY scene with a passion for fast, melodic tunes, big choruses, political confrontation…

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kamikaze-girlsKAMIKAZE GIRLS – Seafoam

Seafoam is a stand-out album and the Kamikaze Girls are growing into a wonderful bnad with their hearts on the sleeves and their anger leading from amplifiers and drums…

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rancidRANCID – Trouble Maker

A definite contender for album of the year and one that every punk rocker needs in their collection…

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oblongOBLONG – Brilliant…Gwd

The album closes with Destination Zombietown, another Zounds-like bass driven, almost trippy/1960s in atmosphere dance track…a super conclusion to a super album…

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lay-it-on-the-lineLAY IT ON THE LINE – The Black Museum

Full disclosure, I’m a sucker for male-female vocal interplay in punk from DIRT to the Lost Cherrees to Crass and Conflict…

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