AFI – ‘White Offerings’
The punk quartet are back again with their latest single for their 10th studio album, The Blood Album. White Offering displays a return to a angrier sound from their Sing the Sorrow days, With hints at a breakdown mid song and vocalist Davey Havok’s rougher voice coming back into the mix, The Blood Album might be a true return to their old punk roots.
The record is set to be released late January next year and with Download Festival and Deftones’ stadium tour on the horizon in early Summer as well, AFI are certainly on their way to making a comeback in the UK in 2017.
Words by Charlie Hill @Charlie_Theoryy
Creeper – ‘Hiding With Boys’
Creeper have posted a new track taken from their debut album Eternity In Your Arms, which is to be released 24th March 2017.
Evoking a little more pop punk than goth, the track holds simple chord progressions and a fist-pumping, sing-a-long chorus which will in no doubt capture the hearts of new and old Creeper fans alike.
‘Hiding With The Boys’ will be a welcomed addition into their small yet already well-celebrated discography; a light and poppy mood-booster, sure to get the excitement brewing for the new record.
Words by Lizzie Capewell @s4diowitch
Rae Sremmurd – ‘Black Beatles ft. Gucci Mane’
Although SremmLife 2 was released in August, Rae Sremmurd has managed to pop back in our ears with his addictive trap tune, ‘Black Beatle ft Gucci Mane’. Not stereotypically a partygoer, the songs two synth patterns seem to contrast with each other, creating a rippling effect you’d expect in a Si-fi movie.
It’s clear that Mike WiLL was meant to leave his imprint, as the duos chemistry explodes in watery beats and hard trap voices. The visuals reflect that ‘rock star lifestyle’ which rappers strive for, as well as the less flashier side.
Words by Isha Shah @ishaphotos
ZAYN & Taylor Swift – ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’
Pop royalties Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik have joined forces on the slick electro-R&B track, ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’, taken from the upcoming soundtrack to Fifty Shades Darker.
Having released no new material since 2014’s 1989, it seems aberrant that Swift should make her comeback in this manner, yet her presence on the track is frankly irrelevant. Her vocals take a complete backseat to ZAYN’s crooning falsettos and do little more than add an irritating whine to an otherwise substantial track.
It’s not inherently atrocious, but nothing to be expected of a pairing held to such high acclaim in the pop world.
Words by Maddy Howell @mongolhorde
You Me At Six- ‘Swear’
The tease has been going on for far too long, but if the new record, Night People, is anything like the four tasters, then we are in for a treat. Defiently one of their weaker releases, ‘Swear’ refers back to the rockier edge that You Me At Six are heading towards.
Following ‘Plus One’ and ‘Night People’, the treasured emo heartthrobs are breaking backs and hearts into the taboo world of the mainstream. It’s no surprise that these guys have been experimenting with their music since Caviler Youth, (a record we can pretend never happened) but 2017 seems like the year of redemption for the original Surry five-piece.
Words by Isha Shah @ishaphotos