What We Know So Far…
February 9th: Franz Ferdinand – Always Ascending
Franz Ferdinand is returning with a new band member, Julian Corrie, who’ll add electronics into the music, they’re trying new things but frontman Alex Kapranos says “It’s still us”. Music in their up coming album is said to be based on real experiences so you’ll definitely get a glimpse into their rock ’n’ roll lifestyle. Check out their first single ‘Always Ascending’ below.
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March 9th: The Fratellis – In Your Own Sweet Time
After four albums the Scottish trio are extremely excited to announce their fifth album ‘In Your Own Sweet Time’. They will embark on a tour across Canada and the US before touring the UK ending on their home turf in Glasgow. The Fratellis have release their first single ‘The Next Time We Wed’ from the album. Have a listen below.
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May 25th: Snow Patrol – Wildness
The Northern Irish-Scottish band have teased fans with content from their upcoming album ‘Wildness’ which is their seventh studio album. In an interview with NME, lead singer Gary Lightbody revealed he had to over come writers block an in fact every song that had been written for the album has been scrapped and replaced by new ‘mind-boggling’ material. They’ve started to announce festival dates. Up to now you can grab tickets to BBC’s Music event ‘Biggest Weekend’ to catch a glimpse of their new material. Watch a sneak peak of the the new content below.
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Unscheduled and TBA:
The 1975 – Music For Cars
Lead guitarist and vocalist Matty Healy has teased a potential release date being 1st June! According to Rolling Stones, the singer-songwriter states that ‘Music For Cars’ “[Is] definitely the end of an era”. Does this mean it’s the end for our beloved boy band? Fans might also notice that the foursome are reusing the name of one of their earlier EP’s. According to an interview with NME Healy reveals “We’re using it as the album title now because of how meta and self-referential everything has become in the world of The 1975, and ‘Music For Cars’ was always my favourite title of everything we’d ever done, so it kinda made sense to wrap it up that way.” Up to now the track list is very hush-hush but via the frontmans’ Instagram, fans have been delighted to see potential new tracks one of which is called ‘Jesus Christ 2005 God bless America’.
Rumours rumours rumours! Every indie/rock/alternative loving fan is either struggling to contain their excitement or is exhausted with having to wait for new AM material. The band have be ridiculously tight lipped about the whole project but this is the year! 2018 will see the Northern English band return with a whole new sound! With several festival dates now announced, we’re expecting new music to be out by Summer. Front man Alex Turner, according to NME has been ‘touring with Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme and Dean Fertita – and, of course, the legendary Iggy Pop. [Apparently Turners] drums drums sound as swaggering and slick as anything he’s done with Arctic Monkeys – hopefully he’ll bring some of that vibe to the next album’.
The band’s frontman Dan Smith recently spoke to NME about the band’s third album, saying: “We never really stop writing and recording, but I can confirm we spent a lot of this year  writing our third album.” You can expect an apocalyptic party record as ever from Bastille. They have also hinted about a mixtape containing other artists. It’s full steam ahead for the four and extremely intriguing for fans!
Electro-rockers Muse, haven’t been hesitant to promote their upcoming album however there is still no title or release date. 2017 was a huge year for the band, with them spending the majority of their time on stage touring. What did they do in their spare time you may ask? Of course like any band running on a high, they raked up some studio time. According to the band itself, a new song ‘Thought Contagion’ will be released soon. According to Forbes, “[f]rontman Matt Bellamy has recently stated that the album might not arrive until 2019…but late 2018 looks perfect at the moment”.
There seems to be a lot of bands returning this year and the old school dance band The Prodigy are one of them! Back in 2015 they announced that they would no longer release studio albums. Fast track that three years and here we are, the Essex threesome are hard at work on their seventh album after joining forces with BMG. EVP from BMG Korda Marshall has said “The Prodigy are one of those bands who define an entire sound and can justifiably claim to be among the architects of contemporary music”. Will this album be one of the most important records of 2018?