The rules are simple: the band is based in Vancouver, it came out this year, and I liked it a lot. Check out my favourite records & cassettes from 2017.
Release date: January 9, 2017
Surf riffs, clashing cymbals, tambourines and more make this a fun ride. The band’s habit of mixing it up with different vocalists lends a pleasantly varied feel to the songs and is also fun to see live.
Release date: March 15, 2017
Corner Boys’ Demo has a lo-fi, rambunctious sound that puts me in mind of early punk greats the Stiff Little Fingers. Tempo, beats, riffs and vocals all remind me of Inflammable Material.
Release date: June 10, 2017
Hypocrite is a jarring, jangling record. It builds a dark, sneering, dingy vibe that speaks to the outsider in us all. “Let your freak flag fly,” it screams with spittle-flecked vehemence.
Release date: June 30, 2017
Needles//Pins delivers top-notch, good-time punk rock. Good Night, Tomorrow contains 12 energetic, raucous tracks that will keep you engaged from start to finish.
Release date: July 7, 2017
The Vancouver band has dialled up the sludge on this, their fourth full-length — treating us to some slow, dripping, heavy riffs. Other parts are prime headbanging material, driving up the intensity.
Release date: August 1, 2017
Despite the seeming simplicity of the style (fast, three-chord punk), Sore Points sound fresh and exciting. Rather than a simple going over of old ground, Don’t Want To is a gritty, genuine record in its own right.
Release date: October 20, 2017
Night People’s self-titled EP serves up four atmospheric tracks which walk a fine line between pop and punk (although it’s definitely not pop-punk).
Release date: November 3, 2017
Dead Quiet pulled off a rare feat with regard to second albums — retaining everything that was great first time around, the band has added to and improved upon that foundation.