Dashboard Confessional, “We Fight”
Crooked Situation (Dine Alone/Fueled by Ramen)
Recommended If You Like: Reminiscing About Your Emo Days
Well, they’ve been AWOL for a while, haven’t they? The last Dashboard Confessional album came out eight years ago. Now working as an indie—buh-bye, Interscope—their seventh studio album will appear February 9. They’re warming up with a pre-Christmas tour that will bleed into 2018. Watch for them at the Danforth Music Hall and the Oshawa Music Hall (!!!) in March.
Bahamas, “Way with Words”
Earthtones (Brushfire Records/Universal)
RIYL: Feist, Wilco, Joel Plaskett
Afie Jurvanen’s fourth album—his first single Bahamas is Afie in 2014—will show up on January 19, the day after he plays Massey Hal. After that last album which say opening slots for Robert Plant, the Lumineers, City and Colour and label boss Jack Johnson (not to mention the Juno Award for Adult Alternative Album of the Year in 2015), there are naturally high hope for this record.
Bastille, “World Gone Mad”
Bright soundtrack (Atlantic/Warner)
RIYL: Er, Will Smith?
No, this isn’t another single from the Wild World album, but a track they’ve contributed to the soundtrack of a Netflix-produced film called Bright, starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton due on your TV and mobile device December 22. Smith plays a human LAPD officer who has to deal with orcs, fairies, elves and centaurs and then stumbles on a powerful magic wand upon which the fate of this alternative Earth depends. A documentary, then.
The Fratellis, “The Next Time We Wed”
RIYL: Arctic Monkeys, Two Door Cinema Club, some Jam
The first many of us heard of the Scottish band with the Italian name (and note that none of the members actually has the surname “Fratelli;” it’s a nod to the Ramones) was in an iPod that used their 2007 song, “Flathead.” They’ll return with their fifth studio album on March 9.
Born Ruffians, “Love Too Soon”
Uncle, Duke & The Chief (Paper Bag Records)
RIYL: Vague References to Doonesbury? (Probably not, but that’s what the title said to me.)
Midland, Ontario’s Born Ruffians (they live in Toronto) return with their fifth studio album on February 16. Once it’s out, there’s a big tour that will take them through Eastern Canada and the Northeastern US before they take over Lee’s Palace for FIVE consecutive nights starting March 3. Tickets went on sale this past Friday.