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50 amazing things that will happen in 2016
PART 2: #21-30


Tay Jardine
#21: We Are The In Crowd have an album to release

On May 4th 2015 (Star Wars!) Mike Ferri and Rob Chianelli tweeted that the third We Are The In Crowd album was finished while Tay Jardine said she was “excited for the future.” The follow up to 2014’s ‘Weird Kids’ was set to drop before the end of the year but never materialised. We know it exists though. Hopefully the band, who haven’t played a show in over a year either, will spend 2015 making up for lost time. The leap between their sugary debut ‘Best Intentions’ and the fiery ‘Weird Kids’ was huge and there’s no telling just how far the band have pushed it third time around.

#22: CHVRCHES are doing Parahoy

If there are two bands we’d like to be bessie mates, it’s CHVRCHES and Paramore. The wish has been going well, with Hayley Williams jumping on stage with the Scottish three-piece last year. Now, they’re heading out on the waters for the second Parahoy! cruise. This could be the start of something beautiful.

#23: Sleigh Bells are back

Following a quite bizarre series of accusations involving the music of Demi Lovato (look it up – Ed), Sleigh Bells are finally returning to the front lines. The first taster of their new material, ‘Champions of Unrestricted Beauty’, may not feature their trademark ear splitting riffs, but with the new album nearing completion, we’re pretty confident they’ll be back soon enough.

Brand New
#24: Brand New might release an album or, y’know, something

Brand New releasing a new album? The release of album five and the will they/won’t they narrative that’s followed it stopped being frustrating somewhere between those lyric books and the official release of the 2006 ‘Leaked Demos’ but, call us optimistic, 2016 could be the year we get brand new Brand New.

Not only have the band confirmed live plans for June, putting to bed rumours the band are all but dead, but they’ve been sharing in the studio updates for the past few months. Add that to the release of ‘Mene’, the debut of ‘Sealed To Me’ and the news that Jesse Lacey will be contributing a song to Kevin Devine’s ‘Devinyl Split’ series and you end up with a band who are still very active and are still creating. When or how it’ll be released is anyone’s guess, Brand New seem to enjoy keeping people on their toes but the future looks bright. Unless it doesn’t. You can never really tell with this band.

#25: Wavves’ Ghost Ramp ‘thingy’ sounds ace

Wavves’ Nathan Williams has announced a new subscription service from his label, Ghost Ramp. Costing $35 a month in the US, and $50 internationally, from January Ghost Ramp Monthly subscribers will receive a 7” or 12”, a piece of clothing, a trading card – designed by Nick Gazin – and more.

The first release will be a Wavves / Best Coast split single, followed in February by a Wavves / Cloud Nothings split, and in March by a copy of Sweet Valley’s ‘So Serene’ LP.

#26: Paramore is still a band, and we need them to be

None of us expected the news that Paramore was down to a core two piece, but that’s what happened, as it was announced bassist Jeremy Davis had parted ways with the band. We don’t know why – a statement merely explains the process “has been really painful” – but really, that’s not the part to focus on. “We really do believe Paramore can and should continue on,” they defiantly exclaim. “And so we will.” Read the full feature.

Download Festival 2015
#27: Some of your favourite bands are playing Download 2016

The debate about headliners rages on but regardless of whether you think the trio of Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Rammstein is The Best Thing Ever or a tired rehash of years previous, there’s a lot to be excited for at Download 2016.

Milk Teeth will be there, for one. As you’ve probably already read, the band are going to have the best year. The last time they played the festival was in 2014, on the one year anniversary of the band and the experience, from the actual show to watching Linkin Park, remains one of the best days of Oli’s life.

Also promising to be Very Good are fellow Big In 2016ers Black Foxxes who, after surprising at 2015’s Reading & Leeds Festivals and UK Warped, know their way around a festival set. Don Broco and Twin Atlantic are both acts who are slightly more pop than Download usually attracts but what they lack in stomping guitar breakdowns, they make up for with absolutely massive songs. It’s always interesting to see bands that established out of their comfort zone but our money’s on them rising to the occasion and leaving Donington with some new fans.

Deftones with new material, Frank Carter tearing the place apart, Ghost continuing to buck the trend of Black Metal by being genuinely fun as well as much anticipated returns from Billy Talent and Architects, Download 2016 is already stacked. PLUS there’s still a load more to come.

Funeral For A Friend
#28: Funeral For A Friend bow out in style

Goodbyes are never easy but there’s something about Funeral For A Friend’s looming breakup that’s particularly hard to swallow. The band have been such a staple of the UK scene for the past 14 years but, with ‘Chapter & Verse’, they’re going out on a high. There’s still time for one last dance though.

“We’re not a complicated band,” vocalist Matt Davies-Kreye ventures. “We don’t like pomp or over dramatic theatrics. I’ve always believed if you can’t captivate an audience with just the music and the 4/5 people on stage giving it everything then there’s no point.”  Taking over cities around the world for a double bill of ‘Casually Dressed & Deep In Conversation’ and ‘Hours’ offers everyone the chance to give FFAF a fitting send off, as they celebrate two incredible records that “really stand as a testament to what Funeral is in a nutshell.” Funeral For A Friend may be over but their legacy will go on because the band, throughout their history, have done things their way.

Wolf Alice
#29: Wolf Alice could win a Grammy (you never know)

OK, we’re not kidding ourselves here. The UK’s brightest success story of 2015, Wolf Alice probably didn’t expect to get a grammy nod for ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’, but that’s exactly what happened. If you think about it, getting a major awards nomination for a two year old single that didn’t appear on the domestic version of your album is the perfect celebration of a band that constantly surprise.

Sure, they’re up against some big guns, and to walk away with the prize would be a shock, but the way things have been going for the London four piece, would it really amaze us if they triumphed yet again?

#30: PVRIS hit the headlines

year on from their first shows on the shores of the UK, PVRIS will be returning to kick off a headline run that just won’t stop growing.

“It’s a special headline run. Before we get to the US, this is our first actual headline tour. It’ll be really cool, especially to kick it off in the UK. The UK’s been so receptive, welcoming and awesome towards everything so it made sense that we’d do it first.” The shows are “part of the ‘White Noise’ Cycle. This will be the White Noise tour, finally.”

“I’m so excited, I remember those first headliners we did over in the UK in the spring. They were absolutely bonkers. I can’t wait to see the whole tour with that reaction and with production. I think it’ll be really, really special and I can’t wait.

I think the energy’s just different when you’re supporting. It’s the same as any opening band, there’s a little bit of hostility there because you have to prove yourself. A lot of people haven’t seen you, or heard you yet and you have to win the over so there’s more pressure. A headline show, they’re there to see you, they’re there to enjoy it and fully embrace it.”