2017: Year In Review

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As the year draws to a close, we’ve caught up with a bunch of bands and asked them to take us through their 2017…

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THE BOTTOM LINE

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
The Bottom Line: We’ve had a pretty amazing year. We’ve had the opportunity to support The Offspring and played our first tour across America & Canada with Simple Plan. It’s hard to pick a highlight but I think being main support for The Offspring was a massive achievement and visiting the Grand Canyon whilst touring was definitely special.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
The Bottom Line: We don’t tend to consider this a low point as it’s such a mad story BUT when we went to the states we hired a crappy van hoping it would survive the whole tour. On day three the van broke down. In the middle of the Nevada desert. We ditched the van and hitch-hiked in a pickup truck bed under blistering sun with our gear, one hundred miles to Vegas. We didn’t miss sound check. It was mental.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
The Bottom Line: As above, I think our gig with The Offspring was a real moment. We also had an amazing headline show in Bournemouth that was super intimate and went off! Sweat was dripping off the ceiling and everyone had a blast.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
The Bottom Line: A big album for us this year is our friends, The Gospel Youth’s album Always Lose. Those guys have been killing it this year and deservingly with such a dope album.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
The Bottom Line: LOTS BUT WE CAN’T TELL YOU ANYTHING SORRY

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
The Bottom Line: Don’t dream too small. Perseverance, patience and hard work will make you successful in what you want to do.


 

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KILL THE IDEAL

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Kill The Ideal: Releasing our brand new Self-Titled EP was a massive high point for us in 2017. After two years of serious hard work and dedication to get the EP complete it was great to finally get it out and hear everyone’s reaction! We worked with Ben Sansom from Lower Than Atlantis at their personal studio on this record which was a great experience for us and one that we learnt a lot from. Along with the EP we released three singles (Know Your Name, Dangerous! and Crazy) with music videos which we are really proud of. It’s been a great journey to develop the initial ideas when writing these tracks to seeing them come to life within the end result. Other high points include being asked to the BBC studios to record a live session for BBC Introducing, taking part in this year’s Soccer Six tournament alongside The Darkness and Mallory Knox and also playing 2Q Festival alongside personal favourites of ours Arcane Roots and The Xcerts. Throughout 2017 we also played some really great shows and made friends with a lot of other bands including Emp!re, Holding Absence, The Living Daylights, Straight Lines, All Ears Avow, Go Primitive, Knock Out Kaine, Oceans and many more. In 2017 we also played our first ever sold out headline show in our home town of Boston which was seriously great for us considering the music scene in our home town has really taken a fall in the last ten years.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Kill The Ideal: In all honesty we feel like while spending a lot of time writing, recording and getting preparations for the EP release ready we didn’t focus on the live side of things as much. This is something we want to change in 2018 meaning we are currently planning to tour as much as possible to promote the recent record. We’re going to make it our main priority to tour and play as many shows in as many new places as possible. We have constantly had fans asking ‘when are you touring?’ or ‘when are you playing here?’. In 2018 we want to make sure we change this and play these different places!

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Two shows in 2017 come to mind as the best. One being our home town ‘Secret Venue’ show and the other being 2Q Festival. We never imagined three people watching us at 2Q Festival with eight other stages playing at the same time never mind playing to a full room. Also getting to share the stage with bands such as Arcane Roots, Pulled Apart by Horses, God Damn and Dead! felt like a good taste of what could potential come in the future if we continue to push for it. In 2017 we saw a decline in music venues in the UK which hit our home town of Boston with the local music venue The Axe & Cleaver closing down. This left it increasingly hard to play shows closer to home. We then took it upon ourselves to put on our own events with places that wouldn’t usually be used for a conventional rock concert. One of these included our ‘Secret Venue’ show which sold out prior to the event. It’s been great to see the interest grow in our band after releasing new material this year and this show was a real highlight of that.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Kill The Ideal: 2017 has been a great year for releasing new music. This list could seriously go on forever. There’s been some amazing releases in 2017 that we have been constantly listening to in our van while travelling to shows including the likes of Don Broco, Arcane Roots, Northlane, Neck Deep, Paramore, Black Foxxes, Counterfeit and Decade to name a few. Also good friends of ours Go Primitive and Chapter and Verse both released bangers!

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Kill The Ideal: We have actually already started writing and working on new material ready to release in 2018. We’re super excited to keep the momentum running high and to not let people forget our name. At the moment we don’t have a specific date but we are sure that it will be at some point in 2018. As well as touring and hitting the festival season really hard and playing in places that we’ve never played before. We’re also keen to play with new bands and make as many friends along the journey as well. 2017 really saw a new direction of KTI and we feel like we want to extend to this in 2018! We do actually already have a few things confirmed but we just can’t say what they are yet so keep an eye out on our socials!

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Kill The Ideal: Don’t try to break into any building that Kilroy is the Janitor of. It won’t end well for you.


 

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TABLE SCRAPS

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Table Scraps: Recording our new album Autonomy, playing all over and making a ton of new friends; discovering so many awesome new bands.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Table Scraps: We’ve had an amazingly crisis-free year, but we have probably had about thirty colds between the three of us.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Table Scraps: Toss-up between Birmingham in April or Paris in October. The former we put on ourselves with our best (worst) friends Black Mekon for our split 7”. Everyone came out, it was beautiful, TJ fell on his arse. Paris was packed with insane garage and psych heads who completely lost it. I don’t think we’ve ever been kissed more (on and off stage) than that night.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Table Scraps: Too many to try and cover! Here’s a Spotify playlist of our favourite songs that came out this year.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Table Scraps: Releasing our album into the world on February 23rd, touring far and wide and welcoming more lambs into our flock.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Table Scraps: Keep your hands to yourself…


 

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MISCREANT

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Miscreant: Miscreant’s high points of this year were playing a lot more new places than last year such as Lincoln, London, Derby and some other awesome places! Releasing our new single Let Tomorrow Die and ranking No.3 in the iTunes Metal Singles Charts. That was definitely a big highlight for us. I feel as a band we’ve developed ourselves further than we imagined and now what we represent is Miscreant. This year has made us more driven than ever! This is only the beginning.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Miscreant: At the start of the year we had to miss a few shows due to line-up changes and then our original Facebook page got hacked and stolen from us…Our new page is doing a lot better now, but it was after a lot of hard work! Was annoying at the time. But that’s about it really!

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Miscreant: Has to have been Techabilitation or our last show in Lincoln with our friends in Borders! They were both incredible shows and honestly it’s hard to decide which one was best!

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Miscreant: We’ve been listening to a lot, from The Spark by Enter Shikari to Liam Gallagher’s As You Were back to All Smiles by Sworn In then to Night People by You Me At Six…So it’s a bit random but great records we jam!

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Miscreant: We will be finishing our seconnd EP, shooting a few more music videos! Playing a lot more shows which are bigger and more exciting than ever! Next year is gonna be our year! We’re only getting started.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Miscreant: It would be stop stressing about the things that you just can’t control. And move forward any way you can! This is very clear to all of us now. It’s been an uphill battle for us but it’s all been worth it.


 

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GO PRIMITIVE

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Go Primitive: Receiving the final mixes of the album, and planning the release campaign. That’s what 2017 has been all about for us!

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Go Primitive: Waiting to release the album when we are so eager to get it out there!

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Go Primitive: New Don Broco, Lower Than Atlantis and Foo Fighters.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Go Primitive: Releasing our album Choices, and touring! We can’t wait to finally unleash our album on the world.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Go Primitive: Support live music in your local venues! It’s so important to keep small venues alive and in turn help small bands break though.


 

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EAT DEFEAT

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Eat Defeat: So we’ve had an amazing 2017, we got to tour Japan for the first time and that easily provided both the high and low points of the year. Highs are obviously getting to go to Japan in the first place, seeing our CDs prominently displayed in Tower Records, and just generally having the absolute time of our lives over there. We met so many incredible people and bands and got to play so many fun shows over there.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Eat Defeat: Worst was probably the actual travel getting there and back! Budget international touring saw us with some gnarly twenty-hour layovers, getting held by Pakistani customs and just generally all kinds of horrendous jetlag. Worth every bit of hassle though!

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Eat Defeat: Our best gig would be a toss-up between our last Japanese show at Hatsudai Wall in Tokyo and our opening spot for Reel Big Fish and Anti Flag at the o2 Academy in Leeds. They were two totally different vibes but both unbelievable. The Tokyo show was so emotional, we had a room full of people going insane and singing along whilst trying to process that after we finished the set, the tour was over and we had to get on a plane back home. It was just this incredible moment in time that we were so lucky to have, and I’ll never forget it. Whereas the o2 Academy show was incredible on a different level: getting to play a sold out 2300 capacity venue with a handful of bands we grew up listening to was just insane. We’ve definitely had a year of quality over quantity; we haven’t managed to do heaps, but what we have done has been ridiculous.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Eat Defeat: 2017 I feel like I’ve caught up with the world in terms of music a bit so I’ve fallen in love with a few new releases. The new Rozwell Kid and Smith Street Band albums are crazy good, and I can confirm the new Taylor Swift album is great. A bit of a grower, but give it time and you’ll love it.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Eat Defeat: Man, what’s not exciting me about 2018? We’ve been announced for Manchester Punk Festival which is wild, and we have some more fun show announcements coming too. We’re also heading back into the studio in April so you can expect something new and exciting from us!

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Eat Defeat: Jeez, that’s a big one. I mean, if I could communicate with the entire world I’d probably just use it for something selfish and irresponsible like asking everyone if I could pat their dogs. I guess I’d just reassure them that this year is gonna be tough, but we’ll get through it and out the other end.


 

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88 FINGERS LOUIE

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
88FL: Getting Thank You For Being A Friend out there and getting back to Europe, both after nearly twenty years.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
88FL: Not necessarily a low point, but we always wish we had more time in the cities we played.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
88FL: Punk Rock Holiday this past August. Great crowd, great performance. Great hangs with old friends.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
88FL: Latest releases from Nothington, All Out Helter, Propagandhi and Converge.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
88FL: Getting to Hawaii for the first time, playing Western Canada for the first time in forever. Hopefully getting back to Europe and/or Australia. As long as we’re still into playing, we’ll keep at it.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
88FL: Less apathy, more empathy.


 

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HUSKY LOOPS

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Husky Loops: Supporting The Kills, Placebo and Spoon on their tours was a mega high point, it’s such a pleasure knowing those bands liked our music. We played all over Europe, we had different reactions every night and learnt a lot about our set.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Husky Loops: Learning that vans need “ad-blue”. Man, that shit costs £12 per can. Kids, write this down.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Husky Loops: Our headline show in Amsterdam. It was so good to see so many fans not in our home (London), being there for our music. We had so much fun. Also VEGA in Copenhagen, that was a great place, there is a beautiful sound in there. Also Brixton academy, we supported Placebo in front of five thousand people in there. That was wow.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Husky Loops: Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Skepta and Nicholas Jaar the most.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Husky Loops: Our UK headline tour. We can’t wait to see all our fans there…also going to Austin for SXSW will be INCREDIBLE.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Husky Loops: Ad Blue man. Seriously. Be aware.


 

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WONK UNIT

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Wonk Unit: Touring with Clowns over on the mainland. Having to push myself every single night so as not to be upstaged. Such a rad band and lovely people. Inspirational and professional. Building the Wonk Bowl in the backyard. Gonna be doing some old skool pool party gigs in future!

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Wonk Unit: Tour bus troubles. Constant breakdowns. Four out of five tours our vehicles needed super costly week-long repairs. Even the replacement buses broke. Still in loads of debt. Ruuuuubbish.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Wonk Unit: This year I’d say Rebellion Festival just ‘coz it was so ridiculously huge. The Rebellion family have really embraced us. Beyond stoked.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Wonk Unit: The Dopamines, Clowns, Aerial Salad, The Dub Righters, Carole King.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Wonk Unit: We’ll be releasing a new album. Very exciting to finish something you’ve put so much of your soul, time and energy into. Stoked to have our friends The Raging Nathans joining us on our UK tour in April.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Wonk Unit: Don’t be a fucking dick.


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STAND ATLANTIC

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Bonnie: The whole year was a high point honestly, we’ve achieved so many goals we never expected to reach all in such a short amount of time. Out of all of it I’d say its a tie between signing to Rude Records and being able to tour Europe/UK with Roam.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Bonnie: I don’t think there really has been any fortunately! I think if we had to really pin it down to something, the low point would be just having to wait to release our EP for so long: but even that isn’t really a low point!

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Bonnie: Tough one! So many cool shows. Our headliner in Sydney in November was super special, it was the first time we’d properly headlined our own show and we managed to pack the room out, which was insane because six months before that there’s no way we would have had even twenty people there. But as well as that, playing Cologne in Germany was insane, our first show in Europe/out of Australia and people knew the words to our songs and were going crazy. So that was also very cool, something we’ll never forget.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Bonnie: So many good albums came out this year: I think our most played ones from 2017 have been Seaway’s Vacation, Paramore: After Laughter, Grayscale: Adornment, Ocean Grove: The Rhapsody Tapes, Roam – Great Heights & Nosedives, Melodrama – Lorde, there’s so many more…

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Bonnie: Everything! We’re always writing music so I’m sure we’ll have something new out: more touring and travelling and meeting more people, some cool stuff in the works.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Bonnie: Don’t stress out, everything’s gonna be better than you think and don’t second guess your decisions.


 

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DRONES

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Lois: Finishing our debut album with the current line-up! We’ve been working hard since last year to put this album together. We self recorded it using the brains of our guitarist Tim in his studio in St Albans. It’s so great to see songs become something out of nothing.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Lois: I’m not going to lie and say the album recording process was painless. Being able to self-record is both a blessing and a curse. You find yourself going around in agonising circles, redoing takes and mixes that were perfectly fine before, and overthinking parts. It can be extremely frustrating, but hey, we do it to ourselves!

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Lois: I want to say Download 2017, but to be honest, our album announce show on the Tamesis Dock boat was such a laugh. We just loved the vibe of the venue and had some great friends down.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Lois: The new Marmozets… Mmm. New Pvris, Judah & The Lion, Julien Baker, our pals in Nervus. It’s all good.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Lois: Our album is out on 9th March. We can’t wait. So excited to share it with everyone and hear what people think of it.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Lois: Don’t worry about it.


 

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URSUS

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Ursus: Our high point by far was Joe joining the band full time. He had been filling in for us for a few months and we knew it was a perfect fit. The second Joe came into the mix and our line-up was secured we had a huge leap in not only the quality of our music, but also our live show. The band we are now, only a few months later, is completely unrecognisable from where we were before he joined. That’s the main reason we deleted our old EP. We wanted this to be a completely fresh start for us and so far, it’s been nothing but successful.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Ursus: We had two previous members leave during the middle of the year which is never easy in a band. It took us a couple of months to get back up and running again after that, which was difficult since we had just released a single we thought was our best work to date. However, the line-up we have now is exactly how we’ve always wanted it and we wouldn’t change a thing, so it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

The Punk Archive: Best gig of 2017 and why?
Ursus: In terms of our playing and performance it would be our last gig of the year with Devilment. We feel we’re improving with every show we do so whatever the last one was is always our best. Not to mention the honour it was to play with Dani Filth who is obviously a legend in our genre.
Our favourite show though would have to be with Loathe in Bristol. We’ve been very lucky to play with a lot of bands that we had listened to before we got the gig like Skyharbor, and also some bands that we’ve become huge fans of after playing with them like From Sorrow to Serenity. But playing with Loathe was the first time we’ve performed with one of our favourite artists. It was an incredible experience to be a part of and we learnt a lot meeting a band of that quality and professionalism.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Ursus: We’re all massive fans of the bands that Sharptone have been releasing this year. Obviously Loathe are a favourite like I mentioned already, but also Holding Absence have released some breathtaking songs this year. The new Emmure album is also incredible, their best work to date by far. Whatever Sharptone are doing is definitely working because bands new and old are all improving under them. Parting Gift as well, is another new band of 2017 that has had an incredible start releasing a bunch of really amazing singles so we’re excited to see what they come out with in the next year. We got the opportunity to support them on their first tour and they were even better live than on record which is very impressive considering the quality of their singles. We’re all big fans of theirs now after that.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 any why?
Ursus: For us 2018 is going to be our first year after properly launching the new incarnation of Ursus. Our single at the end of 2017 marked our new beginning so this year is going to consist of us playing a lot more shows and releasing a lot more music. For us performing live is the best part about being in a band so we can’t wait to travel to a load of places we haven’t played before and hopefully make some new fans. Outside of our own band we’re very excited for a lot of the tours that are coming to the UK next year. Trivium and coming over with Code Orange and Architects are doing their biggest headline tour ever. We’re sure both of those are going to be incredible, along with all the other great bands that will be touring. It should be a good year for live music.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Ursus: We would say listen to the people who are talking about sexual harassment. The end of this year has been hugely eye opening with the amount of people that are being accused of sexual assault and harassment and yet up until now it had all just been swept under the rug. In the world of music alone there’s been a huge number of men whose disgusting behaviour has been allowed to go on unchecked for years. And it’s not just the big bands either. Even bands in our local scene have been revealed to have been engaging in abhorrent behaviour with underage girls. We think it’s such a great thing that it finally looks like the way sexual assault and harassment will be perceived and dealt with might be starting to change. But this is a discussion we should have been having a long time ago.


 

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THE OLD WIVES

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
The Old Wives: High points! The release of our album Three, ripping across the country, meeting our label guy, Graeme at Pouzza Fest…Hanging with Mel K…Playing Pouzza was a blast, hanging out with old and new friends! And trying to sass Erin from Fat for drinking all the vodka at Katacombes.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
The Old Wives: Not very many, we did however lose a family member this past October. RIP Dolphin.

The Punk Archive: Best gig of 2017 and why?
The Old Wives: Every one of them was awesome! I suspect our last gig of the year with our dad’s Chixdiggit will be the banger of the year!

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
The Old Wives: We have been listening to everything! The new Pears/Direct Hit split, Iron Chic, Lillingtons, Crusades, Propagandhi, Flatliners, Hat Nerd by TBR. Shaun just listens to Grimes and all the 90’s jams!

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 any why?
The Old Wives: Writing a new record and going across the pond!


 

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MISS VINCENT

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Alex: We played some great shows this year, especially the release shows we did for our EP, Somewhere Else, that we released back in May. As well as those, two weeks on the road with Energy was definitely up there.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Alex: There were a few occasions that “life” got in the way of us doing fun stuff: but I think the lowest point for us as a scene this year has been the exposure of so many band members as coercing shitheads. Punk rock and the wider rock music community is supposed to be a safe space, so it’s been a very sad time for everyone.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Alex: Best gig we played was probably our release show in London. I will remember that show for the rest of my life, because it was the moment we really felt people connecting with our record for the first time face to face. Best gig we’ve attended was undoubtedly Creeper’s Theatre of Fear show in Southampton. It blew my fucking mind.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Alex: Just like every year, I’ve been obsessively listening to the Ramones. That’s something that will never change. But in terms of new music, this year’s best release for me was The Menzingers’ After The Party. And to go with that I’ve been really into Elvis Costello, Against Me!, Creeper, Harker, Faux and a few others.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Alex: Well, there’s going to be new Miss Vincent songs, which is getting me pretty stoked!

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Alex: Oh man, I’m not sure one piece of advice would have saved this year. I’d probably just quote Admiral Ackbar and scream IT’S A TRAP.


 

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I FIGHT BEARS

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
I Fight Bears: Probably our high point would be completing our debut album and setting it for release Feb 16th 2018 digitally everywhere. Also, we’ve had a blast making and releasing videos for two singles so far. Third is on its way.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
I Fight Bears: I don’t think we’ve had any major low points during 2017. The band’s progressed really well throughout the year and we’re looking forward to what is in store for 2018.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
I Fight Bears: We played a home town show at Hobos Music Venue Bridgend back a couple of months ago and we weren’t expecting the size of the crowd that we got. Audiences have steadily grown since we started doing this but that was a really nice moment.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
I Fight Bears: We’ve all been listening to loads of stuff over the year but here’s a few: Of Mice And Men, Self Titled, A Day To Remember: Bad Vibrations, Caligula’s Horse: In Contact, Heaven Shall Burn: The Wanderer, Parkway Drive: IRE.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
I Fight Bears: It’s got to be the release of our debut album for sure. We’ve built towards this for a couple of years and to finally have it out there digitally for people to own or to stream is amazing.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of
advice, what would it be?
I Fight Bears: Stop blaming one type of people for the world’s problems and blame humanity as a whole instead. We are the problem.


 

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GREYHAVEN

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Greyhaven: I would definitely say the day we got the confirmation of our tour with As Lions was probably the highest point of the year.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Greyhaven:Having to say goodbye to a few members this year was tough, but we’ve never been happier than we are with our new line-up.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Greyhaven: The Old Blue Last in London supporting As Lions. Playing to a sold out crowd who are into the music is always fun.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Greyhaven: Polaris’ new record has been getting quite a few plays lately!

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Greyhaven: The release of our upcoming EP Breathe on the 12th of January.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?Greyhaven: Check out Greyhaven UK!


 

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PERCEPTION

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Perception: 2017 has been a great year for us! We started strong with a big show supporting Galactic Empire. In August we supported The Arusha Accord, which was an honour, and we’ve rounded out the year at Techabilitation. We’ve always wanted to play one of the UK Tech Fest events and we were stoked to finally play one.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Perception: Honestly, everything has gone (relatively) smoothly this year. It makes a welcome change!

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Perception: Hard to pick! Galactic Empire might pip the others to the post as we had the most people watching. Al (our bassist) also got force-choked by Darth Vader which was hilarious.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Perception: Loathe and Holding Absence: two great new British bands. Also, been enjoying Arcane Roots, Alazka, While She Sleeps and Fit for an Autopsy.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Perception: We’ve got a brand new EP coming out, which is our best work yet. We’re also looking to do more shows than we’ve ever done before in a year.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of
advice, what would it be?
Perception: Put your money on Chelsea to win the Premier League. Swap your pounds for euros. The new iPhone is overpriced, don’t buy it. Brexit and Trump don’t get any better.


 

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SAINT APACHE

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Saint Apache: There were so many high points. I feel people really started taking notice of Saint Apache and what we had to offer. Playing BBC Introducing the South and then for our song The Story Doesn’t End Here to be put onto Metal Hammer‘s cover CD was a childhood goal accomplished. Alex Baker handing us a spin on Kerrang! was an absolute honour too. We also had our first tour abroad in Belgium with a band called BEUK who really showed us just how awesome Europe can be to get out and play there. All we want to do now is top 2017 and make 2018 a brilliant year.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Saint Apache: I guess there really wasn’t a low point this year. it was more 2016 that had the bulk of our low points. We learnt so much in that year as a band about every aspect of what is needed from us, who to trust, what to avoid and what we want out of it ourselves. I think 2017 didn’t have a single low point for us

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Saint Apache: There have been some good ones. Statierock Festival in Belgium was amazing. And our EP launch in our hometown Eastbourne was fantastic as well. We have to say at The Prince Albert in Brighton, the first date of the October tour was an absolute stormer! It set the tone for the tour and showed how much we love the city. A Tuesday night and it was bouncing.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Saint Apache: Well Thom has taken a real shine to some 1940’s music from Connie Converse which scares the hell out of us as it’s music you would hear in a classic horror movie! I’m hoping it’s not a ploy to make Saint Apache take that route genre wise…! But we have been listening to mainly up and coming bands and new music. Anytime we are paired with bands on bills we like to listen to them and there has been so many good unsigned acts emerging it makes us work harder too.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Saint Apache: Well, we kick off the year with our brand new video for Wolf Machine in January and the video is just amazing. We have really gone all out for it! We have been asked back for Belgium for more shows so that’s exciting as well. We are in writing mode at the moment, so we are hoping to get back into the studio summer time and follow up the last EP with a bigger and better release! Will be tough to beat it but we are writing some real good songs at the moment.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Saint Apache: If the majority of people listened to good advice we probably wouldn’t be in such a mess! But…having said that there’s a first time for everything so here’s is some good advice…don’t bow down to a failed system that plays games with people’s lives for their own greed and benefit. We need to start focusing on making the world a better place and that starts at home. Put yourself first for all the right reasons. On the music side of things, we would say everyone go out and support your local hard working original bands! Stuck in watching TV and iPads don’t serve as good memories but you might just see a band that will blow you away and could be the next big thing! Keep live music.


 

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OF LEGIONS

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Of Legions: In 2017 we went into the studio to record our first album Face Value, out 16.2.18. This was a huge high for us at it’s something we’d put a lot of effort into, it’ll be nice to share that with you all.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Of Legions: During our recording period, our vocalist managed to get tonsillitis right in the middle of the process. This meant we had to put things on hold for a while and push back a lot of dates.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Of Legions: The best gig we’ve been to this year would be a Malevolence hometown show in Sheffield. Great to see a sold-out crowd and a ridiculous amount of energy. In terms of the best gig we’ve played would have to be a small gig at The Exchange in Stoke; we’ve not had chance to play that many shows due to studio commitments, but it was nice to take a breather and show a small clip of what we’d been working on.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Of Legions: 2017 has been a strange year for music, as a band we listen to quite a variety of genres. Check out the likes of Joji, Lower Than Atlantis, Monasteries and The Hiding Place.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Of Legions: 2018 is a new year and with that comes the release of our album Face Value. We’re excited to get out there and tour around the country and ultimately get back into playing live shows.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Of Legions: Don’t sit and wait around for everything to line up, go out and make it happen.


 

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CRIMSON STAR

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Jay: For me it was getting a new dog (I now have a white German shepherd to go with my cocker spaniel) and I suppose recording our latest EP with Romesh Dodangoda down in Cardiff, Wales! We feel these are our best songs to date and cannot wait to release them.
Roj: Well,  recording the new EP was awesome, and all of us have had some great parties and nights out after gigs this year!

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Jay: Miguel Cotto retiring!
Roj: So many amazing artists have died, in particular Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell’s suicides have hit me quite hard as they were a huge influence to me as a teenager.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Jay: My favourite gig was when we played Mama Roux’s in Birmingham in January. It’s a venue I’d never played before and it was amazing, great sound and we got to play with our friends in Killer Bob and The Bad Flowers!
Roj: I totally agree with James! Mama Roux’s  was awesome and such a great venue!

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Jay: I love the latest Incubus album, 8, it’s the best stuff they have done in years! The latest Mastodon and Prophets of Rage albums were great as well and the new song from A Perfect Circle is class!
Roj: Mastodon’s Emperor of Sand and Queens Of The Stone Age: Villains. Both awesome albums!

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Jay: The release of our EP Bay View and the many gigs we have lined up to play in support of it. We are hoping it will lead to some festival appearances…fingers crossed!
Roj: I can wait to hear what people think about our release Bay View! We’ve had some amazing reviews, but it’s nice to hear from everyone, it allows us to improve and move forward as we really take every bit of feedback into account.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Jay: Don’t believe everything you read!
Roj: “Grant me the serenity to accept things I cannot change, the courage to change things i can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”


 

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LIGHTSCAPE

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Lightscape: Austria Supporting Black Stone Cherry: our first taste of Europe! Road trip, van Fifa, picturesque scenery…

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Lightscape: This year has been a real progression for us as a band, as will the next! Negatives, though… Brexit. Regardless of the Leave/ Remain Argument, it’s been handled so badly!

 

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Lightscape: Austria for the sheer scale of the festival, although, our London shows have been getting better and busier: the crowds are always great!

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Lightscape: Arcane Roots, Dua Lipa, Northlane

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Lightscape: We’ve got so many great plans in the pipeline, evolving our team around us, more shows abroad and around the UK is the goal!

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Lightscape: This will be a rough one, hold tight, keep your friends and family close, ignore the mainstream media.


 

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THE BLACK BULLETS

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
The Black Bullets: There were a lot of high points for us in 2017. Alice joining us on bass enabled us to continue with our plans to tour Spain, which was awesome. Also, we then wrote and recorded some new material and shot a couple of new vids. We’ve kept ourselves busy…

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
The Black Bullets: Low points: one or two, unfortunately. We’ve battled against ill health on and off for most of 2017, which slowed us down. Thankfully, we are looking in good shape going into 2018, however. Also, seeing more music venues closing down has been a low point for us.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
The Black Bullets: We had so many good gigs in 2017 it’s difficult to tell you which was the best. Supersonic Club in Paris was amazing. The venue was superb and was totally rammed to the rafters…… Hampshire Octoberfest was another one which we will always remember

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
The Black Bullets: We listen to all kinds of stuff: Jim Jones & The Righteous Minds, Scott Sorry, Mutation, N.W.A, Machine Gun Kelly, Bob Wayne, Insane Clown Posse, The Darkness, Adore Delano, Paramore, Metallica, The Blunders, Pussycat & the Dirty Johnsons, Pendulum, Backyard Babies, etc…

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
The Black Bullets: We’re excited for 2018 as we have more songs and vids coming out and we may even see The Black Bullets’ debut album…… we’ve also got a load of killer shows already booked with some of our fave bands, so looking to start the year all guns blazing!

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
The Black Bullets: Advice? Come on man, we’re rock stars, not life coaches haha!


 

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LAYDEN & THE LION

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Seth: Playing with Aaron Gillespie has been fantastic. Having him play drums on the songs is just the only way to see them live.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Seth: Low point would probably be [that] this has been the least amount of shows I’ve played in four years.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Seth: March 25th it was my youngest son’s birthday and he got to come. There were two hundred people singing him happy birthday.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Seth: Hot Water Music and Against Me! all day.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Seth: Honestly at this moment I have no clue. No idea what’s gunna happen in 2018.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Seth: Just to keep progressing and loving one another.


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YOUTH KILLED IT

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Youth Killed It: 2017 for us was the release of our debut album Modern Bollotics with RUDE Records. This was a massive deal for us, working in bands for so long to finally have a record we were all so happy with and proud of was an awesome feeling.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Youth Killed It: I mean we don’t really have any bad points from this year, to be honest it’s all been great. The only thing we are gutted about is not being able to play our last show of the year due to our guitarist Carlos being badly ill. This is the first time we have ever had to pull a show as Youth Killed It and it’s not something we like at all.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Youth Killed It: Headlining the Hoxton Bar & Kitchen in London, to date the best show we’ve played, and to hear that many people singing our lyrics and just loving the tunes was something special.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Youth Killed It: Oh mate, so much! We’ll just list everything that comes to mind: Calva Louise, Stormzy, Decade, The Lafontaines, Wonk Unit, The Cribs, The Smiths, Liam Gallagher, Chon, PineGrove and all the Trance bangers, there’s so many more but they come to mind first.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Youth Killed It: We are working on something super special and can’t wait to put it all together. Also loads more shows on the cards!

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Youth Killed It: It’s OK to hate social media. Listen to Youth Killed It.


 

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SETH ANDERSON

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Seth: It has been a really exciting year. My One Week Record came out on vinyl through Little Rocket Records. It was the first time that my music has been pressed, and also was the beginning of a really supportive relationship from LRR. I also had the opportunity to tour in Europe and the U.S. for the first time which are places that I’ve been dreaming about travelling and playing.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Seth: We had a couple of tours fall through in the spring which made me feel sad, but that is just how things work out sometimes. I ended up hopping on a bunch of rad shows across Canada to go out to Pouzza Fest and back from Alberta with Worst Days Down and The Old Wives, Kj Jansen and Jon Snodgrass, and Off With Their Heads and Fire Next Time, on different legs of the tour. So it all worked out in the end!

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Seth: There were so many really great shows this year that I was lucky to be a part of. I don’t think that I can pick one as the best. I put on an event called “Get The Folk On The Bus” in my now hometown of Canmore, Alberta where I rent a couple buses and transport everyone to a location outside of town where my backing band, The Oxytocins, and I play a show along with a local opener, then bus everyone back to Canmore. It is always a fun night and brings out lots of friends in the community.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Seth: Audio/Rocketry, Worst Days Down, Old Wives, Pinegrove, Chad Rex, Cory Branan, Joey Cape, Brian Wahlstrom, Jon Snodgrass, Forest Pooky, Six Mile Station, Yotam Ben Horin, Off With Their Heads, Northcote, Joe Vickers, Chuck Coles, the list is long!

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Seth: I’ll be opening for Off With Their Heads (Acoustic) and Stacey Dee (Bad Cop/ Bad Cop) on a US Tour along with comedians JT Habersaat and Ben Roy on select dates in January, 2018. I love OWTH and BC/BC so I’m really stoked to watch Ryan and Stacey play every night. I’m also going to work on a new record the first week of January with one of my favourite songwriters/producers, Eamon McGrath. I’m really excited to work with him and to have his touch on my songs. I think that we will make a really cool record together that will be different from anything that I have put out. I’m so excited to see where we go sonically with the album.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Seth: Love yourself. Once you do that you will be able to love other people too. Once you love yourself and you are able to love other people you will feel less hate and sadness, and make better decisions.


 

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DECADE

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Decade: Releasing our second album back in February was a big moment for us. Felt like we’d been working for a very long time to reach that point and it was great to finally take the lid off the slow cooker and let everyone have a whiff of our stew.  Touring Europe with Counterfeit in the Spring was also really ace, we got to play fourteen countries the band has never been to before. We made a lot of very good friends on that run and had a month we won’t forget in a hurry.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Decade: Our drummer and bezzie mate Dan left the band in the summer, a decision that wasn’t made lightly on his part and one that shook us. We’ve gone nearly nine years together without any sort of line-up change and we’ve always been a really tight unit, so for a moment there some doubt started to creep in.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Decade: I think it’d probably have to be Slam Dunk Festival. Always amazing to be playing there and every year we’ve been we’ve had such a great time. This year especially as we got to watch the love duo Citizen and Turnover, two of our favs.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Decade: Wallflower, Honeymoon, Citizen, Murkage Dave, Code Orange, Kendrick Lamar, Manchester Orchestra, Nervus, Microwave, Tigercub, Bellevue Days, Arcane Roots, Calvin Harris, The National etc etc etc. It just goes on and on and on.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Decade: Getting back into the studio to record our next album is easily the most exciting thing about the new year. It is going to be special.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Decade: Can everyone just chill the heck out please? This place is really nice, we could have so much fun here. Stop bickering about God and stop putting plastic in the sea, let’s just hang out.


 

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RIVER JUMPERS

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
River Jumpers: Finishing our new album. Some of those songs have been in the works for a while now and it feels great to hear them fully formed. We are so happy with how it has turned out and we can’t wait for you to hear it. It was also great to get back over to Europe and play some shows. It was the first time we’ve been out there since Max and Paul re-joined the band and the dynamic just felt really great. We’re looking forward to going back in the new year.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
River Jumpers: We had one or two problems earlier in the year that looked as if they might halt production on the new record and that was a difficult time, but there’s so much enthusiasm from everyone for this band right now that we knew we had to see it through and we’re really glad that we did.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
River Jumpers: Without a doubt the Fireball Tour. Getting to play with Anti-Flag, Reel Big Fish and Mad Caddies at the Kentish Town Forum. We’re all massive fans of all those bands and are really grateful to Fireball for giving us the opportunity to play at such an amazing venue which has meant so much to all of us in the past.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
River Jumpers: After The Party by The Menzingers and American Fall by Anti-Flag are both awesome. I’ve also been really enjoying the new Harker singles and I’m looking forward to hearing their new record.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
River Jumpers: We’ve been laying down the groundwork in 2017 for what we hope to achieve in 2018. We’ve finished up our next album and we’re hoping to get it out and tour the hell out of it in the next twelve months.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
River Jumpers: I think if I had to give the world one piece of advice it would be just to listen. Despite an obsession with mobile phones and social media there is a real breakdown of communication in this day and age and people feel as if they’re not being listened to, as if they’re being forgotten. This was a big factor in the election of Trump and Brexit and whilst both of those things are causing untold damage to the fabric of our society, I completely understand the drive of people who feel as if they’ve been left behind to want to throw a grenade into the middle of the political establishment. The only way to move forward to make people feel valued again, to make them feel as if they mean something. Oh, and for the love of God, to stop reading right-wing propaganda masquerading as news.


 

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THE BURNT TAPES

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
The Burnt Tapes: We finally put out what we consider our first proper record in June, released our first music video, toured Europe twice, and got to make our Manchester Punk Fest debut!

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
The Burnt Tapes: Turning up to Amiens in France for the last day of our European tour in February, only for the show to be cancelled after the first support band, because a small group of regulars thought it was too loud. What a way to go out.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
The Burnt Tapes: Our release show in London back in June: we had just come off a ten day European tour with our new Mexican buds Shinjoku Riot and Wayfairer. Loads of awesome local bands supported, a packed out venue filled with all our closest friends and family. We had a Hawaiian theme going, flowery shirts, blow up palm trees, a PUP cover set, and I even got to crowd surf while still playing my guitar.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
The Burnt Tapes: Julien Baker, Creeper, Iron Chic, Bruce Springsteen, and one Drake song.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
The Burnt Tapes: Hitting Europe again in February, writing our debut full length, and fingers crossed, touring the US/Mexico.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
The Burnt Tapes: Fuck the banks, buy bitcoin.


 

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COAST TO COAST

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Coast to Coast: I’d probably say we had two significant high points this year. The first being the release of our EP The Length Of A Smile. We threw everything we had at making this record the best it could possibly be and we have been overwhelmed by the positive reaction, seeing people singing along and going wild at shows has also been a major high for us. We’ve had quite a few crazy shows this year we opened the year supporting Seaway and have played some of our craziest headline shows in places such as Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Coast to Coast: I think every band has low points, it’s part of being in a band. Playing shows with disappointing attendances after driving for hours whilst also dealing with university, lack of money and illness all have a negative impact on how I feel, but it’s always worth it once you play a crazy show with people mic grabbing and crowd surfing. We’ve met so many wonderful people and played so many good shows. I wouldn’t change anything.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Coast to Coast: I think quite a few will stick with me for a long time but one that is particularly memorable was our Manchester headline show. We’ve played Manchester countless times and no one ever turned up, but this time around we had one of our craziest crowds, moshing and surfing and mic grabbing. I even chipped my tooth because so many people just rushed forward when we started playing, it was insane!

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Coast to Coast: This year I’ve kind of broadened my horizons, I’ve been listening to so much! But for me Citizen, Turnover, Head North and A Will Away were amongst my favourites. I also discovered a really cool band from Liverpool called The Night Cafe.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Coast to Coast: I’m hoping that good things will come our way. We worked pretty solidly this year picking up new fans and playing so many shows, hopefully this carries through into the new year. A new record is in the works, we want to up our game and create something special. Hopefully some bigger touring opportunities are presented to us, that would be ideal for us at this stage in our band’s life.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Coast to Coast: I think I’d tell myself not to worry about what other people think of your music. I’m quite an anxious person but this year I’ve really began to feel comfortable in my own skin. I’ve also learnt to accept criticism and not take things to heart!


 

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HARKER

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Harker: Finishing our debut album, touring with and making friends with a load of great new bands.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Harker: It got pretty stressful at the start of year for us; a lot of uncertainty with what we wanted to be combined with a lot of rejection from labels. We’re a hard working band, it’s a difficult situation to be in sitting on a record without a label backing you. Luckily with some real grass roots campaigning, a few fan-only releases and a lot of admin time we’re now working with a group of talented, and friendly people who want to help us push the band further.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Harker: Highlights for me have to be supporting Beach Slang at The Haunt in Brighton, as it’s probably the biggest stage we’ve played so far. The Wave Maiden, Portsmouth with Stayawakes which was a real sweaty affair. And lastly The Joiners in Southampton with Miss Vincent, as it’s one of my favourite venues to both play and watch bands.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Harker: A lot of great music this year. Highlights for me include The Menzingers, Slowdive, Code Orange, Phoebe Bridgers & Idles

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Harker: Our debut album No Discordance will be coming out in February: from that we have a lot of plans. UK and EU tour, and hopefully further if we can time it right.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Harker: Hang on, be patient and don’t be so much of a misery guts.


 

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TEEN MORTGAGE

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Teen Mortgage: We met Ian Mackaye of Fugazi at a show of ours and got to open for one of our favourite bands, Big Business.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Teen Mortgage: None for us as a band but the world progressively went more and more tits up all year.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Teen Mortgage: Our favourite gig was probably our show at Rock and Roll Hotel in DC, because after we caught Insane Clown Posse’s set at the March of the Juggalos.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Teen Mortgage: Danny Brown.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Teen Mortgage: We have a US east coast tour coming up in Febuary. Why? Beers.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Teen Mortgage: Assassinate Trump, Hillary, Theresa, Farage and Boris. And throw the Chainsmokers in there too.


 

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EVERTIM

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Evertim: Our split release with Fruitcake in April and first UK tour with Lightblue in September are up there, plus having Knots played on Radio 1 was huge, but the release of our latest single Let Me Go has been a big achievement for us. We’ve had a great response from fans, old and new!

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Evertim: I’m glad this is a tough question to answer! 2016 was a tough year in terms of getting to grips with playing shows far and wide, and plus my car broke down after our last show, so if you’d have asked me a year ago I know that’s what I’d lead with. 2017 has really just been getting better and better, so the low point would have been the start of the year which is good.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Evertim: The Thunderbolt in Bristol, September. The monitors were close to blowing out the whole gig and we were worried we’d get no response, however halfway through our set I look up and see the whole crowd dancing along to one of our new songs and it was the most magical moment. It was the first gig we had people crowdsurfing and the most people singing along, it got very emotional for us on stage, we never wanted that show to end.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Evertim: As a band, I think the most popular choices have been the latest Counterparts album, Boston Manor’s Be Nothing and Paramore’s new one. Myself personally? The Japanese House, Fickle Friends, newest Deaf Havana and Dance Gavin Dance are top of my Spotify plays.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Evertim: The new EP! Our lives are pretty much revolving around it! Your Heaven Held Me Well comes out January 19th on Fox Records, and we’re going to have a bunch of shows around that time that are still to be announced. I’m really excited to see what lyrics get sung back at me this time round.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Evertim: Trump is still President, he’s not been impeached somehow. Get on with it, ‘Murica?


 

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THE DISSOCIATES

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
The Dissociates: Releasing our new album A Capital Idea and touring the UK and France with our buddies Sweet Empire. It’s been the best year for us since Dissociates started.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
The Dissociates: For the band: finding out our vinyl wouldnt be ready for the tour due to a mastering screw up. Personally, we lost a really close friend in tragic circumstances in February. Life is a fragile thing. It puts the vinyl inconvenience in perspective.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
The Dissociates: Rocket from the Crypt, Camden, December 8th. My first band covered Born in 69 at the school battle of the bands and I’ve loved them forever. Still so good live and it was amazing to see Speedo work the crowd like the punk Elvis. We all met him in the Black Heart afterwards, he’s a cool cool guy.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
The Dissociates: New Bronx and Propagandi, Freddie King and Alice Coltrane, TRAAMS and Single Mothers, Nic Jones and Karen Dalton, Skinny Milk and National Funk, Television and Shame. And Rik from Sweet Empire turned us on to this amazing Dutch garage band from the 60s called Q’65. He has amazing music taste, but a fearsome bottom when it comes to long van journeys

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
The Dissociates: The thought of the Tory party imploding over the fiasco which is Brexit and us getting a chance to start over.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
The Dissociates: Put your phone away.


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VERSIVE

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Versive: Flying out to Boston to do pre-production on our new songs with Alan Day and Michael Harmon. We spent three days locked away in the studio writing tunes. Writing with the guys was so chilled, there was no stress or anything, just mates writing great songs. We can’t wait for everyone to hear them next year. Another high point was signing to King Sound Records. Rick the owner of the label is the coolest dude ever so we look forward to our future with him. Also he is mixing our new stuff too, so you know its gonna sound huge!

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Versive: The lack of gigging, one of the lads in the band wasn’t doing so well due to an illness so we didn’t get to gig as much as we wanted. Apart from that, everything else was pretty positive.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Versive: Mmmhmmm, probably supporting Listener in London. The venue was great, the crowd were great and of course Listener were lovely guys. I would also like to mention the shows we did supporting Four Year Strong back in February. Them shows were fucking badass, we look up to FYS so it was sweet getting to share the stage with them.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Versive: I personally listen to a lot of different music, mostly music that doesn’t sound like Versive at all, which in some ways helped the writing process of our new songs. I love the new Bonobo and Emancipator stuff, I really enjoy listening to instrumental music and film scores. Other artists I would blare regularly are Relient K, Port Blue, Gregory Alan Isakov and the new Hit The Lights tunes, they fucking rip.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Versive: Just releasing the new songs and gigging like crazy. We are gonna try get over to the UK a bit more next year too, shows over there are always fun.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Versive: Eat better, buy more vinyl and try to take it easy, I have a habit of working myself into the ground.


 

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LIFETIGHT

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Lifetight: Quite simply putting ourselves out there as a band and having it perceived so well!
 The instant support that rolled in from friends and fans all round was just overwhelming to be honest.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Lifetight: Not publicly being a band for the first half of it. Other than that, nothing at all.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Lifetight: Holloween: has to be.Being part of a line up like that, full of some of the UK’s strongest bands which you’re already good friends with, playing a great venue to a sold out crowd…are you mad? Generally speaking though, we had an amazing set of shows to start us off as a band, we’ve been incredibly fortunate so far.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Lifetight: TUPAC. But other than that probably Loathe, Holding Absence, Stray From the Path, Clutch, Limp Bizkit, Hotel Books

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Lifetight: Probably the amount of shows we have booked already, combined with how well all of our friends in music are doing right now.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Lifetight: Create for the sake of creating: don’t fall out of your tree trying to be the top banana.


 

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PHOENIX CALLING

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Phoenix Calling: We dropped a new album Our Lost Hearts in November and then went out on a ten date tour that took us up and down the UK! Exciting times, new songs and a great buzz!

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Phoenix Calling: Not really any, the only thing I would say is that as we have been writing and recording the new record for a year or so we haven’t been able to play live and we have missed it!

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Phoenix Calling: The first night of the tour in our local venue sold out! Peterborough The Met Lounge we love you!

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Phoenix Calling: All sorts! But notably The Xcerts, Stone Broken, Architects, Alter Bridge and Normandie.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Phoenix Calling: Playing more live shows and demoing more new songs! We have still been writing! Festivals a-coming!

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Phoenix Calling: Chill out! Too much hate, everyone needs a little love!


 

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BAILER

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Bailer: We released our second EP PTSD in June, and played some incredible headline shows across Ireland over the summer backing the release. Filming the video for In For A Penny, In For A Pound was one of the most fun projects we’ve ever worked on as a band, and the reaction when we put it out was awesome! We shared stages with some great bands like HECK, Employed To Serve, Orange Goblin, Ilenkus, Hornets and more, and we got to see a lot of great bands like The Dillinger Escape Plan and Every Time I Die coming to Ireland on their EU tours. We may have appeared quiet the last couple months of the year, but only because we’ve been getting everything ready for the release of our third EP early in 2018, which is set to be even more eventful for us.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Bailer: Luckily, we have nothing negative to dwell on from 2017, things have gone pretty well for us thankfully and we’re proud of what we achieved over the last twelve months. The only low points as a band can be the “in-between” moments, which can be weeks in between shows or projects that we work on, we’re a pretty hungry band, and we get restless waiting around sometimes, but we can’t complain so far.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Bailer: There have been a good few mental shows this year that standout, but The Gypsy Rose in Dublin on the PTSD tour back in July was pretty insane. A lot of blood, sweat and smiles at that show. You can check out a cool highlights video from that show on our Facebook page.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Bailer: It’s funny because we’ve just been talking about that since Spotify released the “Top Songs of 2017” playlists on everyone’s profile, there’s been A LOT of music. New albums from Converge, Power Trip, Dillinger, Employed To Serve, Code Orange, ‘68, Hundred Suns and Comeback Kid have all been played heavily. We’ve also been big into a bunch of great hip-hop albums too like the new Kendrick Lamar album Damn, Joey Bada$$’s All American Badass and loads of stuff from MF Doom, Anderson Paak and Ghostface Killa, especially the album Sour Soul ft BadBadNotGood.
We love finding new bands as well and we’ve found a bunch of great new music this year. From bands like Vein, Ilenkus, Bitch Falcon, END, God Mother, HCBP, Black Peaks, The Fever and loads more.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Bailer: We have a lot of hope for 2018, and that’s exciting in itself. We’ll be starting the year by putting out a couple of new singles, leading up to the release of our new EP. Then we have an eleven-day tour of Russia in February before we come home for a run of Irish EP launch shows. We can’t wait to get our new music out there and we’re really happy with what we’ve put together for this EP. We’re hoping to get out there and play as many shows at home and abroad as after all, the live show is everything!

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Bailer: Don’t miss The Dillinger Escape Plan on their farewell tour! We’ve spoken to so many people that are kicking themselves because they never got to experience Dillinger live.


 

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PRETTY PISTOL

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Pretty Pistol: Almost too many to mention! We recorded with John Mitchell, released our debut single Cry Wolf, played our biggest show at the O2 Academy Islington with Penetration, and capped it all off with a massive sold-out single launch at The Black Heart in Camden: we’re still recovering from that one.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Pretty Pistol: There weren’t any real low points, it’s been hard work at times but everything the work led to has been amazing, so you won’t hear us complaining.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Pretty Pistol: A late entry, but Frank Carter ripped the roof off the Brixton Academy. Does it need any more explaining than that?

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Pretty Pistol: Our pals in KidBrother released some belters this year: White Rabbit and Moon have been on repeat.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Pretty Pistol: We’re going back to the studio to record some new songs and put an EP together, so we’re really excited to get stuck into that. Other than that the plan is the same as it’s always been: global domination. Look forward to that, everyone.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Pretty Pistol: Look out for these new guys, Pretty Pistol. I hear they’re pretty good.


 

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FIRST SIGNS OF FROST

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
FSOF: Highest point was definitely announcing our comeback and signing with Basick. Also the release of our EP The Shape Of Things To Come.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
FSOF: From a personal perspective, the loss of a family member. But for the band, it’s been a blinder…so no complaints there.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
FSOF: N/A (we are working on it for 2018 we promise!)

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
FSOF: Been loving The Midnight, Sleep Token, also Fickle Friends and Dance Gavin Dance.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
FSOF: We’re currently recording our follow up to TSOTTC, which we feel is a huge step up. We are also crazy keen to get back on the stage and perform live.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
FSOF: Quit. Joking! Nah, I think just persist. If you ever feel as though things aren’t going your way, power through: will pay off in the end.


 

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TRACK AND FIELD

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Track and Field: The high point of 2017 for us has to be our first full length coming out. The process of writing and recording Natural Light was painful at times to say the least, but to have put it out with Joe at Beth Shalom and to actually have a physical album feels awesome.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Track and Field: For me the low points were really just waiting. We worked on Natural Light for a long time, it took about two years to finish after we actually started recording it and for most of 2017 we’ve literally been sat on the masters waiting to put it out.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Track and Field: We’ve played some cool shows this year and I’ve enjoyed pretty much all of them especially the shows with Lock and Keys. We’ve played so much together now that I feel like I’ve made some good new friends. Our album launch with Joe Booley and Parachute for Gordo was cool too as they’re all lovely people putting out good stuff, but the best for me was probably our Leeds date with The Movielife and Wallflower. Everything about that show was awesome. The bands were all incredible and it was probably the best live sound we’ve ever had, but what will stick with me the most is the energy in the room when The Movielife kicked off. Those guys are pros and the crowd absolutely loved it.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Track and Field: To be honest I don’t listen to anywhere as much music as I would like to these days. Having fairly recently become a dad pretty much all of my free time is spent caring for my family. All of Track and Field have really varied tastes in music. I know Jon has been loving Transit and a bunch of synthy stuff riding The Stranger Things wave. He’s always sending me links to new bands he finds etc. but I never actually listen to them. Dan is big into his house and techno, he’s at a big night pretty much every weekend, so I’m sure he’s seen some awesome EDM stuff this year. My most two spun records of this year are probably Turnover’s Peripheral Vision and Home Like No Place Is There by The Hotelier and recently whenever I get into John’s car he’s blasting the Slim Shady LP, but like Jon he’s constantly got his Spotify running.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Track and Field: I feel like 2018 is going to be an active year for us. Natural Light is out now, so we can really shift our focus to tours and writing. We’ve got five or six new songs in the pipeline at the moment and it’s coming together and writing that makes this band tick. We’re going to booking as many shows as possible and hopefully a tour too, so those opportunities to get out and share what we do are always exciting for us.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Track and Field: I’m not sure I’m qualified to give anybody any sort of advice that should be listened to, but I’d say just be a good person. Reach out to those you love and to invest in your local music scene. The music scene in the UK is what we make it, so be active and make DIY music something we can all be proud to be a part of.


 

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CREATE TO INSPIRE

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Create to Inspire: There have been a fair few high points in 2017 but one in particular was obviously the release of our debut album Sickness. In the years of being in and out of bands prior to this one, we always wanted to be able to write a debut album and when we finally released it to the world, the reaction was unlike anything we ever imagined. We can’t thank people enough for supporting this band.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Create to Inspire: Getting pulled over three times on the way to a show in Europe and then getting fined €400 because we somehow missed the vignette office…that sucked.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Create to Inspire: There have been so many crazy shows this year but one springs to mind in particular. We played Poland for the first time ever whilst touring with our buds in Kingdom of Giants and Fathoms, and as soon as the lights went down and our intro kicked in, people cheered so loud. For half hour straight, bodies were flying all over the place and they were singing so loud that I couldn’t hear any of my band mates! That show holds a special place in our hearts.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Create to Inspire: Personally, I’ve been listening to a mixture of things. I’ve been getting into Cane Hill a lot recently and I’m quite excited to hear their new record. As a band, our music taste varies from heavy to pop to 80’s bangers when we’re chilling in the van constantly…

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Create to Inspire: We’re currently booking as many shows and tours as possible so I’m hoping that 2018 is going to be a good year for us. Also, we’ll start writing new music as soon as possible so we have that to look forward to also!

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Create to Inspire: Vote for Labour…


 

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NORMANDIE

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Normandie: Download was a personal milestone. It also felt good releasing some new tunes. Ending the year with a headline tour with a couple of sold out shows and an overall really good turn out was just perfect.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Normandie: No real low points to be honest. We got a new studio. Our members are moving closer to each other. We got a new bass guitarist. It’s all been positive I think!

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Normandie: Hmm… I think I have to say London the 7th of December. It’s the place we did our first UK headline show, and now one and a half years later we sold it out.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Normandie: A lot of podcasts and a lot of demos for our next album. I haven’t gone easy on this years writing, because of our new studio. On top of that I think my favourite albums of the year must be from Kendrick Lamar, Tycho, Lany and a Swedish artist called Linnea Henriksson.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Normandie: We have some biiiig news coming in late January/early February. It’ll affect our upcoming years for sure, and marks the beginning of the next album circle.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Normandie: Invest all you have in Bitcoin!


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RAISED AS WOLVES

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Raised As Wolves: High points of this year were playing some of the best shows we’ve ever played. Supporting the Living End was pretty surreal. Yours & Owls Festival was epic as well. Also selling out Rad Bar in Wollongong twice, which is our local and the venue that’s looked after us from the start. That was very special for us.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Raised As Wolves: Not specifically any LOW points, but getting our first real taste of touring has it’s ups and downs. Driving 900km to play a show to nine payers is hard. BUT on the other hand, that’s nine people that put down money to see us play when they could’ve been doing anything else, so in a way that’s also a win.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Raised As Wolves: Our best show: Yours & Owls Festival, or the first headline show at Rad Bar, Wollongong in September. Best show we saw: At The Drive In at Yours & Owls festival, or Father John Misty at The Metro Theatre, Sydney. Both totally different shows, but a whole other level of professionalism and talent.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Raised As Wolves: Queens Of The Stone Age: Villains; PUP: The Dream Is Over; Australian Crawl: Sirocco; Midnight Oil: Head Injuries; Waax: Wild & Weak; Ball Park Music, Hockey Dad, Gold Class, Horror My Friend…The list goes on and on but this is some of the stuff we’ve been digging!

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Raised As Wolves: Yours & Owls festival in Wollongong is getting better and better every year so we’re super excited to see what they do next year! Also our mates Jacob should have some new music out, and we’ll be doing a 7″ for the first time which is exciting. Also looking forward to records from Ball Park Music and Hockey Dad.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Raised As Wolves: Get off the fucking internet! Which is ironic in that I’m answering these questions via email on a day off while streaming a movie. Buy more records and go to more shows instead of watching and reading about them. Stop comparing your band; or in a broader context your life, to what you see on social media because it’s all just a framed up illusion. Get out there everyone!


 

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BIG LEAGUE

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Travis: Recording and releasing our debut album I Thought Thunderbolt. It’s a combination of songs we’ve had pretty much from the start, and ones that were nutted out while recording. Making it with Josh at Crosstown was a hoot, and with the help of our new friends Niam from Lost Souls PR and Mick from Off The Hip, the album got more attention and airplay than we ever could’ve hoped for.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Travis: There were a couple of low points but they ended on a high, so not really.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Travis: The album launch in September at Woody’s was great fun, we also played part of a Big Star/Replacements tribute at The Corner Hotel on Grand Final day. We’d never played a venue that big before, and after Richmond’s win it was a very messy, very good time.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Travis: There hasn’t been a lot of new music, I’ve mainly been searching for gold from the past, some of them are The Replacements, The Clean, Galaxie 500, The Modern Lovers…And according to Spotify, Mountain Energy by The Fall is my most listened to song

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Travis: We’re playing our first ever festival slot this January at Cool Summer fest, Mt Hotham; I Thought Thunderbolt is getting the vinyl treatment and will be an official record store day release through Off The Hip. Hopefully we’ll have album #2 ready by year’s end too!

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Travis: Well, with a pass in year 10 ethics I’m clearly over-qualified to give the world advice. Hmm… buy a KeepCup.


 

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BILLY PUNTTON

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Billy: 2017 has been HUGE for me. I signed with Atomic Brain Records, recorded and released my debut EP Dopamine, I sold out a headline show for the first time, I’ve been interviewed and [had some] great reviews by some of my favourite music journalism sites, I played a fuck-tonne of shows alongside some huge names including AJJ (Andrew Jackson Jihad), Guitar Wolf and Lindsay McDougall! I played some incredible festivals including HOBOFOPO in Tasmania and the very last Nevermind The Warp’d Tour in Melbourne! All that, making SO many brand new friends and the feeling I get when strangers and friends tell me that my they find my music relatable and made them feel a little bit less alone, that’s the best part for sure!

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Billy: Look, I won’t lie. Just because I think it’s something that should be talked about more casually. There have been low points this year, everyone gets them. Some more often than others. I’ve been generally depressed and really anxious (because brain chemicals are silly), but I have usually bounced back, sometimes I have to listen to some Tony Robbins, I just started going back to Headspace so hopefully that’ll be good.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Billy: Without a doubt, it was my EP launch! A sold-out show with a whole bunch of friends and fans, the entire room screaming and singing along with words that I wrote. It was the greatest feeling!

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Billy: Vetty Vials, The Beastie Boys, Wingnut Dishwasher Union, a bit more Bad Religion and Anti-Flag as well as Hack The Mainframe, Jude Joseph, Chris Burrows, The Decline (as always), Direct Hit, Days n Daze, Billy Bragg, Jeff Rosenstock, Clowns, Mitch Primer, Luke Seymoup, Wasters, Viral Eyes, Whispering Jackie, Operation Ibis, The Bronx, BatFoot, Strawberry Fist Cake, Blind Man Death Stare, Quinten Trembath, Antonia & The Lazy Susans, Elk Locker, Sleepwell, Semen & Garfuckle, Nerdlinger, Ivan Drago and heaps more!

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Billy: 2018 is going to be a really interesting year. Every now and then when I’ve had a spare moment from working my 9 to 5 and playing shows, I’ve been writing bits pieces. I’ve been thinking about some big changes to the set-up too and will probably be experimenting with it early to mid next year!
Other than that I’m planning to get to more places! I still haven’t done Brisbane, Adelaide and a lot of places in-between. One day I’ll get to Perth, just so I can see Suburban & Coke again. I definitely want to head back to Melbourne and keep going to Canberra as often as I can!

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Billy: Support renewable energy projects anyway you can, the earth is literally cooked.


 

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UNDER THE CUT

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Under The Cut: Launching our own label Riffbear Records. Getting to play with Mere Women, as they are my most favourite band and getting Fiona on board to play keys in Under The Cut and also watching yourself on Rage TV, it’s kinda weird!

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Under The Cut: Can’t say there were any! It’s been fantastic!

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Under The Cut: TV Haze launch at the old bar. We had the whole pub literally yelling for an encore!

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Under The Cut: The Kill, Christ Crusher, Mere Women, The Sex Pills and Lubulwa.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Under The Cut: Our new EP release Intuition on Riffbear Records and finally getting my other project After Burner off the ground featuring members of Bodyjar and MYC.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Under The Cut: To all the LGBTi+ people: don’t worry we got this! Fuck the plebiscite.


 

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HEY GIGANTIC

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Hey Gigantic: Getting our new drummer on board back in January, and then heading in to the studio in the summer, we had a great time at Ranch Production House with Neil Kennedy (Creeper, Milk Teeth) Then the positive reception of our first single Passenger this past month. It’s the first track taken from that recording session and can’t wait to release more.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Hey Gigantic: I think at the beginning of the year it felt like the dream may be over, as we found our self drummer-less but then old friend Jon Moon rocks up and WE’RE BACK! Haha. So 2017 turned out ace. Thanks Moon man!

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Hey Gigantic: We haven’t played one this year, as we’ve been writing and recording but we’ve been see a good few. Stand outs are Black Foxxes, Manchester Orceshtra and The Xcerts. All super inspiring bands for us.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Hey Gigantic: We recently did a Top 10 albums, so here’s just some of our favourites…
Ryan Adams’ Prisoner; At The Drive In: In.ter.ali.a; 
The Menzingers: After The Party; 
St Vincent: Masseductionl This Is The Kit: Moonshine Freeze; 
Sylvan Esso: What Now; 
Citizen: As You Please; 
Mac Demarco: This Old Dog; 
Lower Than Atlantis: Safe in Sound
; Tall Ships: Impressions.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Hey Gigantic: Releasing more new music! And also, to get back to playing live shows, it’s been ages! We’ll be supporting Faux and Polary at their London (Old Blue Last – 29th Jan) and Brighton (Sticky Mikes Frog Bar – 31st Jan) shows! It’s so great to be supporting upcoming UK bands like these guys, who are both awesome. We can’t wait.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Hey Gigantic: Remember it’s meant to be fun, don’t stress it. It’s gonna be OK.


 

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FREE RADICALS

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Free Radicals: In 2017, we put out our sixth CD Outside the Comfort Zone, which includes our funk version of a jazz standard: A Call For All Demons by Sun Ra. A highpoint of 2017 was getting to record that track with both Harry Sheppard, our 89-year old vibraphonist who played with Benny Goodman, and Damon Choice, our 70-year old vibraphonist who played with the Sun Ra Arkestra. The idea that we brought together these two guys who between them have over 120 years experience on the vibraphone, and represent two different major currents of jazz history, it really blew our minds.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Free Radicals: The hottest year on record had Nazis and cops killing unarmed people in the streets, Flint still bathing in poisoned water, Trump courting nuclear and climate disasters, and a hurricane hitting us. Some of our guys have been playing since bands were rocking against Reagan. The idea that a third of gringos are still racist authoritarian warmongers who don’t care about anything but their own consumption, it’s a fucking nightmare. Free Rads Street Band is a go-to band for street protests in Houston, and in 2017, despite the Trump presidency, we got zero calls to protest anything. We did get lots of calls to play benefits and fundraisers: against human trafficking, for Native American Day, KPFT radio, Houston Food Not Bombs, Houston Peace News, etc., but we didn’t hear from one street protest in Houston. In 2016, we played for protests every time Trump came to town, including outside a mansion in River Oaks where he did a fundraiser. We saw the unity of Black Lives Matter, LGBT, minimum wage workers, immigrants, refugees, etc. So, we hoped that the silver lining of Trump’s presidency would be that all the affected groups would come together in mass protests, but so far, it’s been mostly crickets. South Korea, Ecuador, and Argentina have all gotten rid of corrupt leaders by launching general strikes and by non-violently surrounding government buildings for long periods. We’ve had one major national anti-Trump protest day, and afterwards everyone went back to sleep.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Free Radicals: What we enjoyed the most wasn’t any of our 2017 big venue or festival gigs, but just getting to play our home away from home, Avant Garden, with our buddies, Metanoia, at a Food Not Bombs / hurricane Harvey fundraiser. That’s the kinda gig that makes us feel like we’re part of a community, and feeds our souls.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Free Radicals: Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition, Metanoia, Daymé Arocena, Moses Boyd’s Exodus, Ifriqiyya Électrique, Tribe Called Red, and Awa Poulo.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Free Radicals: We are excited about working on a hip-hop and vocal CD with our friends Equality and Savvi from the Hue, and a vinyl remix with DJ Sun. Also we’ll be releasing several new videos with animator Dave Merson Hess, a radical collective in Brazil called Cinema Do Povo, Houston break dancers Havikoro, and others.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Free Radicals: Buy bitcoin?


 

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JESSE ROYAL

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Jesse: The high points of 2017 would definitely be first of all my precious daughter becoming a year old. She has truly changed my life in ways hard to explain at times. After that it would definitely be the release of my debut album titled Lily Of Da Valley. We created a body of work that we hoped would push the barriers a bit sonically as well enlighten, uplift and reenergize people around the world because we truly believe the Bible has a lot of empty pages left.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Jesse: The biggest low point for me is the transitioning of my amazing and incredibly beautiful Mother. May her Soul rest in peace u nah mean.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Jesse: The best gig in 2017 would definitely be my album launch as we got a chance to play the songs from the album live and present the music in a very radical, in-your-face way. The most fun part about it was that most people had never heard most of the tracks before.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Jesse: In 2017 I’ve been listening to a lot of Chance the Rapper, Ini Kamoze, Ziggy, Stephen and Damian Marley, Lianne La Havas, definitely all my brothers Protoje, Chronixx, Dre, Kabaka and Kez as well as my sisters Jah 9, Keida, Kelissa, Savanna and Lila. Also Aidonia, Popcaan, Bunji, Sean Paul, Supercat and a lot more.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Jesse: Everything about 2018 is exciting to me. We have some plans in place and through Jah Grace and our focus, diligence and discipline it shall definitely be another year of movements toward the Mission.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Jesse: My advice would definitely be to take back control of oneself and overstand your worth in the whole picture. We all are needed for the process of real progress.


 

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MISTA SAVONA

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Mista Savona: Releasing my new album Havana Meets Kingston on November 3rd, just after our first tour in Australia promoting the project. This album was recorded in Cuba and is the first ever project to ever unite Jamaican and Cuban musicians in the studio across a full length album. For our Australian tour we flew Solis out from Cuba, an absolutely brilliant artist but little know outside Havana before this project. It was his first time travelling in the West and he absolutely loved the experience! He was joined by Jamaican singer Randy Valentine and their chemistry on stage was something to behold. Their song together Carnival has been charting worldwide and people loved hearing it live. These were some of my favourite shows I’ve ever done.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Mista Savona: Life always has it’s ups and downs, but this year has been pretty incredible for me. A European and US tour including DJ shows at Glastonbury, Eclipse Festival in Oregon and Burning Man, plus two trips to Cuba to work on the project and meeting so many wonderful people along the way. I’ve been working on the album project Havana Meets Kingston for just over two years, so it’s great to finally see it released to the world, and receiving exceptional reviews.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Mista Savona: I really loved Solange’s show at Glastonbury. Nicola Cruz played an incredible chill set at Subsonic Festival this year. Ed Solo was my highlight at Rainbow Serpent Festival, but one of my unexpected discoveries was female French producer CloZee at Eclipse Festival. Her show was seriously impressive. The best live show, in terms of sheer energy and incredible playing, was Daymé Arocena’s band from Cuba. Jaw-dropping musicianship.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Mista Savona: I’m always trying to stay up to date with new music coming from Jamaica, Cuba and the UK in particular. Reggae, latin, bass electronic. One of the best things about touring and playing at festivals around the world is hearing so much music new music I would never be able to find in Australia.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Mista Savona: We have a world tour planned for Havana Meets Kingston! We have an all-star supergroup coming to Australia in March: the band includes Sly & Robbie, Rolando Luna and Barbarito Torres from Buena Vista Social Club, Chucho Valdes’ percussionist Yaroldy Abreu, Julito Padron from Havana Cultura, Brenda Navarette on vocals joined by Solis and Randy Valentine, and many more legends. This is the first time the world will see such an impressive band made up of both Cuban and Jamaican legends, playing the fusion of styles you can hear on Havana Meets Kingston. We play Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Womadelaide festival in mid-March. These are shows not to be missed! Then we take the tour to Europe between April and July. Exciting times.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Mista Savona: Can we go back to late 2016 and tell everyone: don’t vote for Trump?


 

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VICTOR RICE

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Victor: Releasing my first solo record in fifteen years on Easy Star Records definitely comes to mind…

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Victor: What’s happening to the Brazilians under their unelected president.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Victor: Ribeirão Preto in Brazil. accompanying the Wizard of Oz with a live performance of Dub Side of the Moon. It was an emotional experience.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Victor: Alex Tea and the stuff he’s doing on the Hoboken HiFi label.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Victor: Coming back to Europe to play shows with my band!

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Victor: Buy some bitcoins, which I did.


 

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POP WARNER

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Brendon: Making an EP and touring the West Coast, for sure. It had been a long time coming, and we’re very happy with how everything turned out. Whenever we are thinking about plans for next year, we kinda just shrug our shoulders and go “let’s just do what we did”. We are very lucky and very grateful for the year we’ve had as a band. Also, our drummer, Max, had a baby. That probably tops everything I just wrote.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Brendon: Can’t say that we’ve had too many low spots as a band. Overall we’ve been super lucky this year. We’ve accomplished a lot and are excited for what’s ahead. Though it may be worth noting that juggling college, families, and careers has not been an easy task for the band, but I don’t think any of us would ask for things to happen any other way.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Brendon: We’ve been super lucky to play some rad shows this year, both on tour and at home in Provo. Among the greatest were playing having Problem Daughter join us at the Provo Bike Collective, Wicked Bears CD release at the Beehive in SLC, and playing with our homies in Casual Friday.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Brendon: Brendon’s been jamming the new Menzingers album hard.


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ROB LANTERMAN

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Rob: I’ve laid relatively low this year due to involvement with other projects but I was able to release my first full-length in March entitled Gingerkicker. I’ve had those songs written for a long time and was excited to have them out for the world to hear. Additionally, I just finished demoing out my next EP which I’m going in to record within the next couple weeks, so that’s pretty tight! I was also able to tour the full US with a different band and on off dates play my solo stuff in Alabama and Louisiana. I hope to hit more of the Eastern United States next year.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Rob: Ahhh man, so many! This year has totally sucked, but the world keeps turning. Most notable: a breakup, almost losing my job, my Grandfather passing away, and getting robbed on tour in San Francisco. Also Stepbrothers broke up and that’s stupid and lame.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Rob: At the time of writing this it hasn’t happened yet, but the Hidden Home for the Holidays show is coming up (in Boise, ID) and SKiTTiSH iTZ is getting back together to play it. I am so so so so so excited to see all my friends on the Hidden Home roster. Other than that, I’ve laid relatively low, which probably hasn’t been good considering I released an album this year. Oh well!

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Rob: I have been listening to the new Wicked Bears record (Tuning Out) so much. Casey Keele is basically my favourite lyricist I know, and after listening to their record I felt inspired to write like I haven’t in a long time. Additional favorites have been the new Movielife record, Decent Criminal’s new album, the Capitalist Kids, and I keep meaning to order the new Chotto Ghetto record as well but haven’t had the money yet. Also, Stepbrothers put out a really good record called There Is Always Something to Worry About, but then they broke up so…

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Rob: I’m planning to spend a lot more time playing shows in the Eastern US, and I am way excited for that! But first I’m doing a weekend in Utah with my best buds Carry On, Kid. Also, I’ll have an EP sometime early-mid next year out that will have a full band behind these songs, so I’m stoked to see how that turns out and experiment with it more in the future.

The Punk Archive: 
If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Go back two months into 2016 and don’t vote for Donald Trump please.


 

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URBAN OUTFIELDERS

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Deano Barengrill (Right Field): Where do I start? Getting a couple of new gloves, cleats, and a new teammate, Tito Rodgers, that dude rips.
Romeo Rodriguez Jr. (Left Field): We put out the most grand slammin’ baseball punk rock n’ roll album of all time then continued our conquest of this crazy baseball world, one game at a time.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
DB: Jabroni Marcozzi got traded mid season. That was rough man, but you know championship teams never look back.
JR: When Jabroni Marcozzi got traded I was so blue. I also missed out on Treefort due to an unfortunate injury, something to do with my willy I think.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
DB: Treefort. Everyone was singing along, we have the momentum, a ton of baseball fans showed up, and most of all I miraculously played the whole game with an ankle injury. That’s like 30 for 30 kinda stuff. Like when Isaiah Thomas hurt his ankle Game 6.
JR: Man there were so many sick gigs this year, we went up against some real heavy hitters. My personal favourite was our home game against Big D & The Kids Table, because they’re heroes of mine. Too bad they’re not very good at baseball.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
DB: Banner Pilot, Pkew Pkew Pkew, Dear Landlord, The Copyrights, Riverdales, The Lillingtons, Teenage Bottlerocket, Ramones, a bunch of haters, and Coach.
JR: Coach’s ghost. Telling me all the things I did wrong. Every night while I try to sleep. Rest in piss you filthy animal.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
DB: The team is gonna release a new album soon, we wrote hella songs at the Bull Pen. Gonna play a lot of away games. Ramona and I are having a little leaguer coming to our lives, shit’s bananas.
JR: I am hoping that in 2018 Urban Outfielders can go up against the Isotopes. There’s also a documentary coming out called Baseball Punx made by Shibby Pictures that featured us in its soundtrack. I’m excited to see that. If we can take on the Isotopes in 2018, then maybe we can play against Pulley in 2019. Radinsky we’re coming for you!

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
DB: Nothing, I mean this as clear as Jose Canseco being not a good guy. We never look back on mistakes we’ve made, we adapt to become great. We focus on our weaknesses and we improve upon ourselves, to better ourselves…. And don’t be an asshole.
JR: Give your loved ones the time they deserve, don’t be like Jose Canseco, and before you write a song praising someone make sure they’ve never been charged with sexual assault because jeeeeeeeeeeez we were close on that one.


 

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YOUNG, PLANETARY

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Young, Planetary: We’ve had quite a few high points this past year. Our first show as a full band was opening for Emery which was amazing. There were probably two hundred people there so it felt good to debut our new line-up in such a big way. Since then, we have made so many new friends from out of town and played a whole lot of shows locally. So, we feel like people are finally starting to think of us as a local band that they really want to see live. Other than that, we’ve been diligently working on our next LP and are planning a short trip in the Spring that we will be announcing early next year probably. More on that later.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Young, Planetary: To be completely honest, we haven’t had that many low points. It’s been a really great year for us and we are planning on taking that momentum and carrying it with us into next year. 2018 here we come.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Young, Planetary: This one’s tough. We have played a lot of shows, and we mean A LOT over the last few months. Like we mentioned earlier, that Emery show was unbelievable. The turnout was great, the vibes were so positive, and people really seemed to dig our sound. But, we’d have to say our benefit show for Toys For Tots was the best of the year, hands down. Not only did all the proceeds go to a good cause, but we played super tight as a band and got to showcase our stuff to a lot of new faces.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Young, Planetary: As a band, our music taste is all over the place. Lately, we’ve been enjoying some of our favourite bands’ newer records, such as Hundredth, Balance and Composure, and Capsize. And there’s also been quite a bit of J. Cole, Kanye, and Drake in the mix. Really anything that bumps and makes us want to groove is something that we’re into.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Young, Planetary: We are just excited to take this band to the next level. YP was a solo project for about four years. So, now that we have a solid line-up of contributing members, the sky is really the limit. We are really toiling over this next record to make sure it’s everything that we want it to be and then some. We think people are going to enjoy it thoroughly, so we want to get it to as many of them as possible.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Young, Planetary: If we were to give our past selves from early this year one piece of advice, it would be to get ready to work your ass off. We stay really busy as a band, so a little heads up would have been nice. Also, we would tell ourselves to just keep at it. We aren’t getting any younger, and people are actually digging us a lot lately. So, we just have to seize every moment and take this little dream as far as we can.


 

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DEATH REMAINS

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Death Remains: The release of our second album was a real high point for us and seeing it get outstanding reviews. After numerous hurdles Death Remains was back on full form with a new album and a solid line-up and ready to get out there and destroy.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Death Remains: After all the steps forward we had taken as a band I would say our drummer stepping down turned out to be a real low point for us. Having to get another drummer up to speed and as soon as possible with multiple runs of shows and european tour we already had booked.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Death Remains: This year Korn killed Reading festival. They played a huge list of tracks from their old material. A close competitor could be Nick Johnston, Polyphia and Intervals at the o2 Islington.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Barry: Counterparts’ new album was sick, Casey’s new album drops in early 2018 so I’m excited about that.
Eljay: This year the new Sikth album has been a real favourite for me alongside tracks from a band called Time, the Valuator. I’m hoping the Valuator album lands 2018 as the three tracks released so far have been amazing!

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Death Remains: We are very excited about releasing our new album to the world in 2018.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Death Remains: Be excellent to eachother and don’t give up when things look their worst. Continue to push yourself and best the best you can be.


 

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VERIDIAN

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Veridian: Releasing our debut EP, 40826D, in May. This really worked as a stepping stone in the right directional musically and set us up to build our fan base followed by touring solidly across the UK throughout the year.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Veridian: Having driven to Liverpool to crash the night before our first tour date the next day in Glasgow to find the whole tour was cancelled and then having to drive home the next day. Everyone was, as expected, miserable the whole four-hour journey home. The band went on a mad one back in Reading after to cure the blues!

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Veridian: The first of our tour with Red Jumpsuit Apparatus at The Garage London. It was a big milestone for us and because the tour had been postponed by six months we had been building up to the tour for twice the length of time. It was an incredible night.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Veridian: Incubus, QOTSA, The Smiths, Enter Shikari, Vukovi, Creeper.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Veridian: We can’t wait to continue writing new material and progress musically. All of our songs are different and the new stuff will be different again so we’re looking forward to seeing people’s reactions on the release and when we finally get to slay them live.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Veridian: Sleep all year. Sometimes it feels like working two full time jobs but it’s all worth it in the end.


 

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THE DEAD XIII

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
The Dead XIII: 2017 was a great year for us as a band. We were lucky enough to start the year touring with Doyle! The Misfits were a massive influence on our band, so the opportunity to support Doyle’s solo band on their first UK tour was incredible. We managed to support Bullets and Octane during their UK comeback tour. They were a massive band in our teens, so being part of their comeback was really special. We played Macmillan Fest and Headlined the Moshville stage at Wildfire fest. Played two headline tours and managed to record our second album!

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
The Dead XIII: To be honest 2017 was pretty good for us as a band. The only thing that comes to mind is that we had a fairly cursed tour at the start of the year where everything broke on us every night, culminating in our van completely dying and leaving us at a services. It was definitely a low point but luckily one of our friends managed to help us out, get us back on the road and we managed to finish the tour. At the time it was a low point but now we look back at it as an achievement that we didn’t give up. The last two shows of the tour were incredible too, so it was definitely worth it!

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
The Dead XIII: It’s really hard to pick just one, we play every show like it’s our last and we were lucky enough to play a hell of a lot of special shows. I think personally for us the best gig we played last year was probably playing a sold out show at the Underworld in Camden with Doyle. That had always been a venue we wanted to tick off the list, so doing it in such iconic company really felt like something special for us and a massive achievement for us as a band…

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
The Dead XIII: In general we have been listening to a lot of King 810, Mastodon, Motionless in White and Of Mice and Men, they definitely inspired our writing process this year. When we’re in the van we’ve made a playlist of bands we have played with in the past like Anti-Clone, Doyle, City Of Ashes and PINUP.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
The Dead XIII: 2018 will see us release our second album, Dark Days. We’ve been working on it for a long time now and it sees us take a slightly darker direction. Putting so much time into something and watching it evolve is great but now we can’t wait to get it out and to play the songs live. We are running a crowd funding campaign to help us cover some of the costs of releasing the record. It’s the only place to pre-order it and we have some great exclusive perks including lessons with the band and hand signed stage used items. You can check the campaign out here. On to the topic of playing the songs live… We have also just announced that we will be supporting Doyle again next year. This time for thirteen dates across the UK. We had an incredible time last time and the chance of supporting Doyle again but for even longer is something we just can’t wait for.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
The Dead XIII: Make sure you take time to build great friendships and work at making relationships stronger. That way, whatever happens, whatever twists and turns may happen, you will have the help and support you will need!


 

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SOUTH BERKELEY

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Hub: Given the fact we’re kind of a pretty young band, and that we’re living our lives in different cities, we didn’t experience so many high points for the moment! So I guess simply the very good response to our first song launch Tiny Rascals. Obviously, as a brand new band that just came out of nowhere, this is very encouraging and exciting for things to come.
Clem : The new season of Stranger Things came out… and damn the wait was worth it!

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Hub: Man, Johnny Hallyday just died… And Tom Delonge created his space UFO aliens exists academy, so I guess we can’t count on both of them to give us great songs again…

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Hub: That we’ve played or that we’ve seen? Because we haven’t played any yet so…Personally I’m not going to see a lot of gigs since I live in Paris. I guess I can count them all on the fingers of my hands. But I literally loved seeing Tiny Moving Parts performing live. These guys are pure geniuses: their music is so mature and childish at the same time. They create so much energy, emotion… anyway, they’re fucking great!
Clem: Underoath for their Rebirth Tour! I was lucky enough to see them in Amsterdam this year.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Hub: Obviously too many to list here…Well, personally I’m not listening to albums right after their release. I’m still locked on Tiny Moving Parts’ Celebrate, Peripheral Vision from Turnover, and TWFU by Counterparts if I have to name a few.
Clem: I listened a lot of old albums like The Ataris’ So Long Astoria. The last Boston Manor and Basement stuff was really cool too
Hub: Hightower, who are on the same label as us: their last album Club Dragon is a hell of a banger!
Bedroom Floor, the solo project of my bro Jeannot, which is basically as good or even better than everything he has done in the past.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Hub: The release of our first album, one or two video clips, some merch, vinyls release, and why not, for our very first shows.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Hub: (Stop lying to yourself, if you really want to have a perfect body on the beach this summer, stop eating like a big fat pig right now! Oh well, this is advice for myself actually…)
Seriously, I don’t feel confortable with this kind of exercise, because first I’m nobody to do that, and I literally hate sanctimonious guys who tell you what to do with your life. The thing is that there’s for me a huge problem with human relationships these days. It seems like there is only monologues, people can’t stop speaking and are never listening, they are always giving and imposing their opinions but there no possibilities to discuss or to disagree with… There’s no more communication between people, only speeches and formated ideas, this is sick! My father has this old proverb “Speech is silver, silence is golden”. I’m tired of people that can’t stop sharing bullshit on Facebook, every piece of their lives, they can’t stop complaining about anything, there’re those who constantly have something to prove or to need to crush others. This is not real life. Facebook and others are just social networks…people are not listening to you on Facebook, they’re checking if they have likes on their posts! This world is exhausting…
So there is no need to go back to the start of 2017 to give my advice to the world, I will just say to shut up and listen…


 

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ADVERSITY

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 ?
Greg: Punk Rock Holiday and Mighty Sounds festival. Two huge European festivals in which we met a lot of great bands, lots of friends (new and old). An amazing opportunity to show people our music and energy on stage.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points of 2017 ?
Greg: As we grow older, we don’t have as much time for music as before. We wish we had written more songs. But we promise to do better in 2018.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why ?
Greg & Liom: Mighty Sounds for sure! People welcomed us like rock stars, even though we are a small band. People were already excited when we were doing sound check. As soon as we played, people started to sing, dance, there were balloons bouncing on the crowd. In a word: happiness.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening in 2017 ?
Greg & Liom: Propagandhi, State Champs, Parkway Drive and We Were Sharks.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why ?
Liom: I am going to be a dad soon, and that will be a brand new life. I will have to keep time for the band as well, but I’m not scared at all. I am excited also about writing new songs, going into studio at least for a new EP, and touring as much as we can.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be ?
Liom: Don’t be afraid of what and who you don’t know, and don’t listen to the hate preachers. Compassion and kindness are the only things this world needs.
Greg: Buy bitcoins!


 

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CWM

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
CWM: For the band as a whole, getting to play gigs after writing together for a while was a major high point. For John (singer/guitarist), releasing our first song, so cool to actually put all hard work out there for the world to see! For Rob (lead guitar), realising he’d  joined a band with like minded people with no pressure. This has resulted in a much more relaxed atmosphere and the writing process feels a lot more organic. Opinions are encouraged and shared. Another high point of the year for Rob was Sheffield United beating Sheffield Wednesday! In particular for Tom (bass), finding an all you can eat shrimp bar was a definite high point.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
CWM: Not writing enough new songs, although we are happy with what we have written. For Tom, vomiting shrimp for 24-hours straight was a definite low point. John also had a low point when Sheffield Wednesday lost to Sheffield United.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
CWM: For the majority of the band supporting Courage My Love at Corporation in Sheffield was our favourite gig. The crowd was excellent, the stage crew and sound engineers helped us put on a cracking show and we loved watching the rest of the bands. As a long-time fan of CML, Miles (drummer) especially enjoyed playing with them, despite managing to embarrass himself by falling spectacularly over their bass equipment backstage. Oddly, for Tom his favourite gig was the only one he didn’t play: at the Greystones in Sheffield where he was replaced by John’s dad, Alan. To be fair, Alan did play a mint set.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Miles: PUP, Courage my Love and Blink-182
Rob: PVRIS, Blue October and Pearl Jam
Tom: PUP (again)
John: Angels and Airwaves non-stop as per usual

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
CWM: In addition to the prospect of 2019, hitting up the studio and completing the debut CWM album as it’s the first full-length any of us will have completed!

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
CWM: Invest heavily in Bitcoin.


 

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SHANE HENDERSON (PROMISE OF REDEMPTION)

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Shane: This year was great: I released new music under an old project and completely revamped it, played a lot of shows, even did my first headline tour in a long time. So this year was a year of many beginnings!

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Shane: Dealt with a pretty tough life change (ok… a break-up), that lead to moving quite a bit, re-evaluating things, and writing a lot of songs.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Shane: I’d have to say Chicago. Is always my favourite city outside of NYC and Philly! This last time just felt the love very deeply! But I have a feeling December 29th and 30th at Bourbon and Branch celebrating ten years of my second solo record for POR (When the Flowers Bloom) will take that spot over: they just haven’t happened yet [at time of writing].

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Shane: Lots of Tom Petty lately…

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Shane: New music, new outlook, new everything! Ready to take on a year of evolving and changing for the better as always attempted!

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Shane: Allow change to happen, be grateful for it, and embrace the learning experience from failures more!


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THE DEADNOTES

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
The Deadnotes: A big highlight for us was our UK Tour in August. We teamed up with our lovely sound guy
 Robert as well as two of our best friends Stefan and John. It felt very comfortable having such a crew around us in the van. Oh yeah: and basically driving a van in general! We toured in small cars for so many years now that we almost felt kind of professional this time around. Good times!

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
The Deadnotes: Same tour: Like I said it was pretty much the first time for us touring in a van. We rented a brand new VW. It broke down after thirty miles or so. We were night-driving to the first show in Brighton and it turned out to be a massive struggle to replace the van: in the middle of the night, with a new vehicle that was big enough to carry all our equipment. It cost us an additional eight hours and two train tickets from Offenburg to Frankfurt. Such a bad way to start a tour. However in the end it all worked out somehow and we made it to Brighton. So I wouldn’t call it THE low point in 2017 but it was definitely one of those bummer moments.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
The Deadnotes: Our single release show in our hometown in Freiburg. It was sold out and the venue was packed. Many of our best friends, not only from our hometown, showed up. It was super emotional because it was the last night in Freiburg before I moved to Bremen in the north of Germany. I guess I will always remember that gig.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
The Deadnotes: I was really into the new releases from The Flatliners, Sorority Noise and The Menzingers as well as German bands such as LIRR, Leoniden and Cold Reading (they are Swiss, does that count?). I enjoyed exploring new bands as well and fell in love with the likes of Microwave, Swain, Meat Wave, Remo Drive or the solo project of Mat Kerekes from Citizen.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
The Deadnotes: I’m so excited about everything in 2018. The album we are currently working on, the shows we’re gonna play, all the people we’ll meet and will get to know. Simply everything. I can’t wait.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
The Deadnotes: Everyone pre-order the new Cold Reading EP!


 

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LOST AVENUE

The Punk Archive: Can you introduce the band and let us know who Lost Avenue is?
Dylan: We are Lost Avenue and we are an alternative punk band from Northern Ireland. I’m Dylan, I play guitar and sing, Dualta plays bass and Michael plays drums.

The Punk Archive: You’ve recently signed to an awesome label in Little Rocket Records. You guys must be stoked to be a part of that family! How did your addition to Little Rocket Records come about?
Dylan: We are extremely buzzing to be a part of Little Rocket Records. It’s a really cool label with a lot of really cool bands! Initially, I contacted Graeme about a show in Sunderland, and from that, we kind of just got to talking about a Lost Avenue album, which is something that we really wanted to do. Now, some months later we are almost finished recording our debut album which is coming out on Little Rocket next year.

The Punk Archive: Tell us about your song Killing Time being premiered on BBC Radio 1?
Dylan: Again this was just a matter of reaching out to people that I thought might be interested in what we are doing. When we got the master for the track back I sent Phil Taggert a link to it, he seemed to like it and a couple of days later he was sitting in for Huw Stephens on his Radio 1 show and he played the song. That was really exciting for us. Killing Time was the first thing that Dualta, Michael and I recorded together, so to have it premiere on such a huge platform was pretty cool for us.

The Punk Archive: Lost Avenue has a new album coming out in 2018. We’ve listened to Audrey a few times and have to say, are stoked for the full release. Will you guys be releasing anymore songs before the album is available?
Dylan: I’m really glad to hear that! Yeah, we definitely will. I’m not sure of exactly when but we will have at least one other single out before the album is released.

The Punk Archive: What are your plans on touring for the new album? Will you be venturing outside of Ireland and the UK?
Dylan: We plan to cover as much ground as possible. Over the past two years that we’ve been together, the three of us have toured quite a bit in the UK and Ireland. Playing live and being on tour is one of our favourite parts of being in a band, so to be able to take what we do live to as many places as possible for our debut album would be perfect. We are going to be doing a lot of shows for this.

The Punk Archive: How is the punk scene in Ireland?
Dylan: The scene here is pretty good. There’s a lot of cool bands that might not be necessarily playing music that would fit into what everyone’s idea of punk is, but when it comes to bands and artists doing their own thing and working really hard at it, Ireland is a good spot.

The Punk Archive: Any shout outs you’d like throw out there?
Dylan: Yeah for sure, some bands that are relevant to what I was speaking about as in doing their own thing and working really hard at it. Cherym, Mosmo Strange and Foreign Owl. They all play quite a lot in Ireland and we’ve done shows with them all multiple times. Good bands.


 

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MISE EN SCENE

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
MES: Releasing our EP One Way was definitely our absolute highlight. We have been working for such a long time to finally get to record this album, struggling to get this band line-up together, you wouldn’t believe… Fitting one new brassplayer into our band, only to find our other brassplayer was leaving the next moment. We’ve had quite a few brassplayers before we eventually came to this line-up.
It came as a relief to finally go to a good studio, get these songs on tape and release them in what we believe is the best effort we’ve ever done. The EP sold out really fast, which was also a pleasant surprise.
And of course, touring with this line-up was such great fun.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
MES: None, really… If we look at what 2017 brought as (a good selling album, great shows, a new record label), we cannot complain. Of course, as a small DIY-band it’s not always easy. You have to have the right connections in order to play on bigger festivals/shows, it sometimes takes a loooooooot of work in order to get the band going, and sometimes driving long distances for a show which is poorly attended can be disappointing. The underground scene is getting smaller and smaller, bands and venues are quitting, but luckily, there will always be new bands and new spots to play live music.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
MES: There’s been a few which we won’t forget easily. The Nice’n’Sleazy-festival in Morecambe was one crazy party. There was also a festival in Belgium which ended in a huge stage-invasion, the stage almost collapsed because of all these jumping party people, that was also a cool show.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
MES: To lots of cool ska’n’reggae’n’punk’n’dub. With nine people in the band, our taste in music is very broad: not only the aforementioned genres, but also metal, rockabilly, jazz, blues, weird gypsy-music.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
MES: There should be a vinyl release of our EP coming out early 2018. As vinyl-lovers, this is like a dream coming true. We’re looking forward to a lot of shows, not only in Belgium, but also abroad.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
MES: Well, if we would have the influence on people to change their minds, or at the very least make them think a bit longer, we’d strongly advise them not to vote for any short-sighted, ignorant politician with the mentality of a six year old rich and spoiled schoolbully. Pretty obvious to whom we’re referring to, but there’s politicians in every country like that. Tax cuts for the (very) rich, empty promises for the rest. Stupid decisions that not only endanger the future of ourselves, but also of our children & those after them. People shouldn’t leave their future in the hands of those that really aren’t concerned.
On a less global scale: enjoy your lives, you only got one chance…


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FATHOMS

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why ?
Fathoms: Touring in Asia will definitely be up there, the response we got from shows and the hospitality from everyone is something we will never forget, shout out to R N R tours for constantly working to getting bands from across the globe to tour there. Secondly releasing our brand new album Counter Culture, it was a roller coaster experience for all of this but the response we’ve had so far has been amazing and can’t thank everyone enough!

The Punk Archive: What were the low points if there where any?
Fathoms: The mental strain that this album cycle put on us because of the situations that occurred , there was no problems amongst each other but the fact we put trust and money into people to help us create this, turned out to be a disaster. We wouldn’t want any band to experience what we went through.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why ?
Fathoms: That’s a tough one but Seoul in South Korea was mind-blowing: people bouncing off the walls, singing our words, circle pits, you name it. It’s amazing how you can post something online these days and people can see all across the globe…but to see the reaction in person is priceless.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Fathoms: To say what is played most in the van would be: Loathe, the best band in the UK right now; Lil Peep: such sad news knowing that we’ve lost a talented musician; and Action Bronson, a personal favourite for some members, this guy is a genius

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 208 and why?
Fathoms: Without disclosing too much, tours and tours, we’re hitting up the UK in February, apart from that if we told you we’d have to kill you…

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Fathoms: Trust nobody.


 

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SHARP TONGUE

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Sharp Tongue: Our highs were the release of our first EP Petrichor and our newly released single/video, DEILD.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Sharp Tongue: The end of 2017 has been pretty slow for us, took some time off playing shows to write new music and focused on releasing our EP.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Sharp Tongue: Our best gig this year was with Erra, Auras and Phinehas. Solid show, great turnout, and excellent response!

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Sharp Tongue: Been listening to a lot of rap this year based on what Spotify tells me! Travis Scott, Post Malone, Kendrick Lamar, future, J Cole, Kyle, and many more. As far as metal and rock goes, Ocean Grove, Sylar, Novelists, Northlane, Afterlife, The Contortionist, Beartooth, Darke Complex and lots more!

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Sharp Tongue: It will be our biggest release to come out with the best organic material we can put together. Although our music pulls inspiration from lots of areas and similar known genres, the material we’re brewing up for a 2018 album is the most real and organic music we’ve put together. It will also be my personal strongest push as a vocalist to capture my best vocal performance and push myself as a musician. Very excited where 2018 and our upcoming album will take us!

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Sharp Tongue: Vote for Bernie Sanders ’17!


 

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ROMANCER

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Romancer: This year was the first time we started to get a taste for touring and playing lots of shows, and each tour we did with other bands was tons of fun. Our tours with Certainty, Downstream, Castlefield and Pfloog all involved playing lots of new places and making tons of new friends, which are some of the best parts of being in a band. Of course, putting out our second release honeybee was a huge milestone and we’re really proud of the work that we did on that.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Romancer: We wouldn’t say we had any low points per se, but the making of our record involved a ton of opportunities to learn how to do things better for next time. There are a lot of moving parts that go into releasing a record and this cycle allowed us to learn and improve on a lot of aspects of that process.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Romancer: Our EP release show in Kitchener at Open Sesame was tons of fun, and really special because we got to celebrate something we worked hard on with all of our friends and family. It was packed and there was a really good vibe in the room the whole night.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Romancer: Oso Oso, Frank Ocean, Steely Dan, Fall of Troy and G.L.O.S.S. are some artists that we’ve all been into at some point this year!

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Romancer: We’re gearing up to tour in a lot of new places which is always exciting. We’ve started writing again and we’re really stoked to take our time and try some new things with our creative process and see what happens.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Romancer: Listen to Pfloog.


 

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LOST IN SEPARATION

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
LIS: Playing shows out of town, releasing the album and seeing all of the amazing feedback. Also, meeting new people and fans!

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
LIS: People walking out of our show in Oklahoma, losing our other guitar player.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
LIS: Best gig, probably Oceans Ate Alaska or Convictions. Our album release was fun but I felt tighter and happier at the other two, not to mention unsuspecting crowd at the Convictions show.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
LIS: A lot of Drake, Future, gnash, blackbear, Post Malone, and Uzi. Still keep going back to classics like Silverstein, Hawthorne Heights and Fall Out Boy, though.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
LIS: Writing new music and progressing as musicians, as well as touring the U.S. and building up our fanbase!

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
LIS: It’d be to not sweat the small stuff, care a little less. Worry can slow progress and to keep your head up. Life will always be tough, and the world is an unforgiving place. Surround yourself with people you love who build you up. Don’t ever think you know what it’s like to be in someone else’s shoes. Never fail to show love and compassion. Good things come when you least expect them and you could miss them if you’re hung up on negative things that are out of your control.


 

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HOSTILE ARRAY

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Hostile Array: We were all really excited to release our first two singles this year, Devoid and Herd Instinct. I think the reception we received really validated the direction we decided to take with this project.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Hostile Array: I don’t think we had any real “low points” per se, but I will say that the writing and recording process for our new material was stressful. A lot of us had to balance work and recording at the same time, so the lack of sleep definitely took a toll on some of us physically. We were able to work with Chris Galvez of Good Fortune Audio, whom some of us had worked with on previous projects. He really helped us bring everything together and kept us on track. Despite the stress, we were really proud of the end result.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Hostile Array: We were lucky enough to play a handful of great shows this year. The best one we had so far was our first hometown show in Frederick, Maryland. The show was at one of our favourite bars in the downtown area, Guido’s Speakeasy. There was a lot of energy in the room that night, and it was just a great experience seeing so many familiar and unfamiliar faces alike enjoying themselves that night.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Hostile Array: My listening habits this year have been a little mixed. It really fluctuated based on my mood. I listened to a lot of Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and Post Malone, usually when I just wanted to relax. I also listened to a lot of Knocked Loose, Code Orange, Norma Jean, and Underoath. I’m pretty sure Norma Jean ended up as my most listened to artist according to my Spotify account.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Hostile Array: We are releasing our debut full length in 2018. That alone has us stoked. Both of our singles Devoid and Herd Instinct will be included on the release, remixed and remastered. In addition we plan on releasing several videos to accompany the release. I believe next year is going to be a big for us.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Hostile Array: Be patient, don’t stress over the small things, and just keep pressing on toward your goals.


 

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LYDIA CAN’T BREATHE

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
LCB: We have been hyper focused on recording and releasing our new album, Tastes New. We spent more time on this album and we cultivated a new flavour with our new members being involved in the writing process. Seeing it all come together and releasing the new videos have been a big highlight for us, especially after seeing the fan response in the markets we have reached since its release.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
LCB: Other than some unfortunate moments in band members’ personal lives, we have come out of 2017 stronger than ever. If anything we wish we could have played more shows this year, but with our focus on the new album we had to dial it back a bit.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
LCB: It’s hard to pick just one. Our best home town show was definitely the CD release party back in October at Wynfield’s in Satellite Beach, FL. The crowd was pumped for the new theme and the new material, there were pyrotechnics and there were sandwiches flying everywhere. Our best show on the road was with our boys from Psychostick at the Kabooze in Minneapolis, MN back in March. We got up on stage with them in what could loosely be called a dance off or a public shaming depending on your perspective. Those guys are tons of fun to hang out and play shows with.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
LCB: Kyle’s picks include Within the Ruins for all of the technical gutar skill and Bruno Mars for his vocal talent. Other band members get their jollies from artists such as Volumes, Fank Sinatra, Attila, Avenged Sevenfold, The Beatles, Alice in Chains and Howard Stern (Baba Booey! Baba Booey!)

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
LCB: We are excited to play our new songs live for our fans, and we are announcing our spring tour soon which includes some west coast dates which we didn’t get to this past year. We also have a festival with some big names and some mini tours in the works. It’s going to be a busy year and we couldn’t be more stoked!

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
LCB: Pre-order our new album, Tastes New, and invest in bitcoin.


 

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TONIGHT WE STAND

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
TWS: Our high points of 2017 surely were our shows with I Set My Friends On Fire and Our Last Night. It was the first time with the former: when we played away from Italy, we had two concerts with them in Tallinn and in Riga. It was a new experience for every member of Tonight We Stand, the shows were incredible. With Our Last Night we enjoyed it so much, we had a big responsibility because we knew at the shows were coming many people and we had to play the best concerts of our lives, even though we were main support in Kiev and in Minsk too.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
TWS: In this year we haven’t had low points, sometimes though the music scene gets complicated because here in Italy our music genre is not so much appreciated. But we hope that one day Italians can change their minds and maybe support us more than now.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
TWS: We had two gigs this year that will be forever in our memories: Kiev and Minsk. Unfortunately in Italy people are not so active in music shows, usually people stand watching you and waiting for some mistakes. Kiev and Minsk were something incredible. People maybe didn’t know anything about us, but when we started to play, people got crazy and enjoyed the shows very much. We didn’t expect such great feedback from people and this gave us more power to continue on our way and our projects.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
TWS: We didn’t listen to anything in particular. I mean, we are five different musicians that came from different genres of music: each member of the band comes from different music influences, ranging from the classic heavy metal to metalcore and so on. So everyone try to let the other band members listen to their music, in this way we complete each other and we put every kind of idea (musically speaking) into our songs.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
TWS: Well, in 2018 we’ll complete our new album and we will look forward to releasing it the same year.
And of course we’ll try to tour Europe/US extensively. The only sure thing we know is that we have to work very hard and keep playing live music.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
TWS: The only advice I would give is to support underground music scene, because it’s in the underground music scene where the next generation of bands will come out.


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REBUILDER

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017, and why?
Sal Medrano: Rebuilder put out Sounds From The Massachusetts Turnpike this year. It was very exciting and scary for us as a band. We are very proud of it but we weren’t sure if everyone would love it. I think a lot of bands might feel that way when putting something new out to the world. The response has been positive and we are very grateful for that. The artwork was made by Brian Butler and Panic State Records released it. We are happy to work with our great talented friends on it.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Sal: The amount of abusers that came to light this year was alarming. At the same time it’s a good thing that people are standing up to the bullshit and calling them out.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Sal: Fest 16 was definitely a highlight for us. We did a blink-182 cover set as well. We were afraid no one would show but the room was packed and people went crazy. The feeling to see that from the stage is one that I hope we can always have.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Sal: Choke Up put an amazing record out called Stormy Blue. We toured together and did a record release together for it. Check it out. Also Direct Hit, Dead Bars, and Save Ends also put out great records this year.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Sal: I’m excited that every time a year wraps up, we are still a band and still friends that want to venture on this journey together. I hope it keeps getting bigger and busier for us. It’s tough when you are doing everything DIY but we always persevere.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Sal: Do not buy plane tickets for a European tour before all the dates have been set. We trusted a promoter and he robbed us for thousands of dollars. We didn’t get to play in Europe and lost a lot of money.


 

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AMONG LEGENDS

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Among Legends: For Among Legends, filming the music video for Punk Rock Hoser was an unbelievably fun day, and we’ve also loved being able to build friendships with some amazing bands. Being able to get Some Days out the door before the end of the year has been really exciting as well. Having Sara join us on drums and Tyler join us as a second guitarist: those were also amazing turning points for the band.
For the world: Seeing a sea change in the way the music industry, and the entertainment industry in general, takes on abusers in positions of power. It’s incredibly heartening to see more people being held accountable for their actions. I hope it continues indefinitely. Our scene needs it. Everyone needs it.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Among Legends: For Among Legends: No real low points, although working on the Some Days EP was a big challenge and contributed to some stress in the band. But it’s out, we love it, and it was absolutely worth it. For the world: I was really hoping Trump would be impeached, so the fact he’s still president is a real downer. But I guess we need something to look forward to in 2018.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Among Legends: October 22nd at the Rockpile in Toronto, Canada. The lights went out mid-set but the crowd lit up the stage with their phones. It was probably the best moment we’ve had on stage so far.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Cameron: Seaway released an album called Vacation this year, and it’s definitely my top pick.
Sara: Propagandhi and Open City both released outstanding albums this year.
Anthony: I’m with Cameron. Vacation is outstanding front to back.
Tyler: You’re Not As _____ As You Think, by Sorority Noise, has been on repeat for me since it came out.
Mitchell: I saw a band called The Beaches a few weeks ago, and they have a new record out. It’s amazing.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Among Legends: More shows and more music! We’re on track to record a full-length album by the end of 2018, which is really exciting. I’m also looking forward to some more opportunities to just go and see some shows as a band. We don’t all live in the same city, so it’s a treat when we get to hang out at a time that isn’t band-focused. Also, maybe Trump will be impeached.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Among Legends: Be kinder to each other.


 

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LOST IN STEREO

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Lost In Stereo: Here’s three just to name a few: working with Stefan on our debut EP, going to London as a band and fucking about, and being named Fireball’s Hottest Band 2018 after playing 02 Academy in Glasgow as part of the Fireball “Fuelling the Fire” tour.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Lost In Stereo: Trying to find the time for the band when everyone has a different schedule. It’s an absolute nightmare when you’re not doing this full time, but it’s a great headache to have because we absolutely love what we do and can’t wait to do this full time and take our songs as far as they can go.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Lost In Stereo: Playing the 02 Academy, Jon’s favourite venue. It was definitely an eye-opener and one which has made us really hungry for more and to be playing the same stage as some of the best bands in the world was an absolute honour.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Lost In Stereo: For Andrew it’s Despacito by Justin Beiber, for Jon it’s I’m Wired by Vukovi, for Ellis it’s Broadsides’ new album, and Dean hasn’t got one as he is still waiting patiently for Michael Buble’s new Christmas album.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Lost In Stereo: We’re really looking forward to our touring schedule with Fireball UK and Academy Events and playing in front of people who haven’t heard or seen us yet. This is an opportunity we intend to capitalise on. The support we have been shown from everyone is amazing therefore we feel it’s only right we put everything we have into this to justify the support.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Lost In Stereo: Stop taking liberties, especially regarding all the sexual assault business: people deserve respect, no matter where you’re from, who you are, what you do, what gender you are, or sexuality. We should be able to live in a world without restriction or fear. Be grateful for who you are and what you have.


 

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THE SPOOK SCHOOL

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
The Spook School: Playing End of the Road was quite special. Seeing so many people singing along in a place we had never played before was pretty wonderful. Taking our friends Bad Moves from Washington DC on a UK tour was also really cool. Playing a sold out show at the Scala was also amazing, as was revisiting Austin for SXSW.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
The Spook School: We had quite a fun year, it’s hard to think of lows. Having to cancel the Nottingham show of our tour with Bad Moves due to a traffic accident was pretty sad. Rescheduling the show meant Bad Moves couldn’t make it as they had to fly home. We ended up getting wrist cramps from writing everyone who came to the rescheduled show thank you cards. Sometimes doing nice things bites you in the butt. Or cramps your hand.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
The Spook School: Best and saddest. Playing a sold out show at the Scala in London to celebrate the life of our label Fortuna POP! We played with our friends and favourite bands, Martha, Joanna Gruesome and Chorusgirl. We had balloons drop from the ceiling for the final chorus of Binary which was pretty special to see from the stage.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
The Spook School: Charly Bliss, Japanese Breakfast, Lorde

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
The Spook School: Our new album Could it be Different? comes out on 26th January next year. And then we have a full North American tour from 28th January to 4th March. That’s pretty darn exciting. Getting on planes is always fun!

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
The Spook School: Stop being so shitty to each other.


 

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STAND ALONE

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Luke Harrison: Playing the O2 academy in Leeds and Newcastle! And recording new material gearing up to go into 2018 rocking it.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Luke: A lot of personal problems within the band held us back a bit and a lot of things sometimes going against us but we will come back stronger and come again!

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Luke: Leeds O2 academy because we played to a 1000-strong crowd and blew the roof off the place!

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Luke: Black Peaks, Press to Meco, Biffy Clyro, Arcane Roots

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Luke: Getting Stand Alone out to as many people as possible with the release of our next two singles with more to follow.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Luke: Keep going, even when you have every reason to quit, just keep going.


 

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STRINGER

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Stringer: Touring through America, swimming in Lake Michigan at dawn.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Stringer: Everything related to politics.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Stringer: Saying goodbye to the venue that changed our lives, Shea Stadium BK.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Stringer: Bueno, Bethlehem Steel, Yucky Duster, Vulfpeck.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Stringer: It’s the future. Also our debut record is dropping and we’re really stoked to share it with the world.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Stringer: He’s even worse than you think.


 

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BRAINCOATS

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Braincoats: 1.Going into the studio to record our favourite album so far, 12 reasons for Self-medication. We had a blast recording these songs and the whole process was super smooth and easy.
2. Going on tour all over southern/eastern Europe and playing for all the bat shit crazy people over there. Always a pleasure.
3. Getting to open up for Me First & The Gimme Gimmes in Gothenburg. We were really nervous and a bit scared, but it was a total dream come true nonetheless.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Braincoats: The eastern European border controls. Seriously. Not even joking.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Braincoats: We played this big festival, over in Ukraine. It was the last show of the tour, the biggest crowd of the tour and we got to headline one of the stages. We played our asses off for those guys and it was so much fun!

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Anton: Turnover, Forever Unclean
Elias: Citizen, Turnover, Joyce Manor
Simon: Japandroids, Weezer
Jonathan: My Chemical Romance, Millencolin, Tom Petty

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Braincoats: Playing more shows, writing new music and having more fun. Because it’s fun.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Braincoats: A lot of messed up shit is going to go down this year. You should do something about that.


 

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HANG TIGHT

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Pete Zengerle: Releasing our first EP GRIND and charting on Billboard were definitely the high points of 2017, we had been waiting to release that album for way too long. Putting out GRIND meant we could finally start touring and playing live again.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Pete: KNOCK ON WOOD. No van issues, no sketchy promoters, no arguments. With Hang Tight everything has been pretty smooth so far.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Pete: Our EP release show was the best night of 2017. We over-packed fans and friends into a small venue in our hometown and showed everyone what we were sitting on for so long.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Pete: We all listen to super different music, collectively when we’re driving in the van hardcore music is always the middle ground, but here’s what we’ve been listening to individually. For me it’s Phoebe Bridgers, Power Trip, Joyce Manor.
Montana: The Interrupters, Rancid, and Angel Du$t.
Bill: Post Malone, Lorde, and The Acacia Strain
Sterling: Krust, Hank Williams, and Colter Wall.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Pete: We’ve got a bunch of tours planned in new areas we’ve never hit before and we’re starting to work on a full length album!

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Pete: Chill out! Focus on shit that matters and fuck everything else that doesn’t.


 

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PEANESS

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Peaness: One of our high points has to be signing with indie label legends, ALCOPOP! RECORDS, and thus releasing our first 12″ double EP. The guys at ALCOPOP also got us some amazing shows this year including Truck and 2000 Trees festival, which were both incredible for us and this year we’ve started to feel like a real band who are actually good or something?!

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Peaness: In Feb we did a mini run of headline shows around England and we had a friend drive us around in a van and everything. Our friend Dave is super busy with his own company and doesn’t have the time to drive us around now, so that first journey to a show using our beloved railway services like we’d always done before was a bit of a bummer. We were sulking the whole way there, as were our bank accounts.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Peaness: Honestly we’ve had a fantastic year full of the best gigs we’ve ever done. Indietracks was great, 2000 Trees festival was great, supporting We Are Scientists and grabbing a drink with them before and after the show was great, The Big Moon had asked us to join them a bunch if times this year, one was in a library! Also The Cribs have just asked us to open for them, though those shows don’t start until next week. I suppose we didn’t really pick just one there.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Peaness: Phoenix’s new record, both Alvvays records, The Big Moon debut, a lot of Get Inuit/Indoor Pets, Real Estate, the new Paramore record, the new The Shins, the new St Vincent, Lianne La Havas, the Catholic Action debut, the new Everything Everything. Urgh loads more.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Peaness: We’re all going part time to focus on Peaness that bit more. We’ve agreed to throw ourselves into our little band and try our hardest. I’m really excited for what might happen. We’ve made a lot of friends this year and we’ve got such a wonderful collection of people who like our band and want to help us. It feels so great!

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Peaness: Trust our own gut feelings. Buy railcards.


 

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GLOO

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Gloo: Gotta be playing BBC Amplify only to be shut down for overpowering Annie Mac’s speech. Still, the three songs we managed to squeeze in went down a treat!

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Gloo: No real low points but we did travel up to London Town for a show only to find out it was a fucking acoustic night with no back line! Needless to say we didn’t get the cajon out and light the candles for a sombre version of our set.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Gloo: Playing to a packed out Ronnie Scott’s in between an opera singer and a jazz duo was pretty sweet. By far the coolest venue we’ve played and considering the audience was probably expecting a Jools Holland style wine’n’dine experience they seemed to dig it!

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Gloo: METZ’ Strange Peace is the one! We went to see them at The Haunt recently too and it was unreal. The perfect blend of mind fuck and great songs.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Gloo: We finally get to release our debut album before summer sometime next year and aside from the obvious reasons as to why it’s exciting we’ve had this ready to roll since last November so will be cool as fuck to see it out!

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Gloo: Don’t be a dick…oh and come and watch Gloo at a show near you!


 

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ALPHA MALE TEA PARTY

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
AMTP: Well, we had a pretty busy 2017: we recorded our third record Health in January and released it on Big Scary Monsters in June and played some great festivals and shows over the year. After eight years of plugging away, it’s great to be working with a label as cool as BSM and Kev et al have been amazing for us so far. Also, Ben had a beautiful little baby girl and Greg got married and I drank all the prosecco.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
AMTP: Thinking we’d lost the keys to our tour van and having to call the RAC out to break into it an hour before we were due to play our biggest gig to date, only to realise our mate had them in his pocket the whole time is probably up there (don’t worry Chris, we forgive you) but also, and more powerfully, finding out that one of our best friends, Dan Wild-Beesley former guitarist in Cleft and co-engineer on Health, had had a relapse of his brain cancer. That was difficult to process and has really underpinned the whole year but we’re happy to report that Dan’s getting some amazing treatment over in Istanbul right now thanks to the unbelievable generosity and support of the music community, friends and family around him who successfully raised £50,000 via JustGiving to send him over there.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
AMTP: There is only one answer to this really and that’s playing ArcTanGent festival Main Stage to one of the biggest crowds of the weekend, our biggest crowd ever and being joined on stage by a choir comprising a load of our favourite people helping us close the set with our tune No More. It was an intensely special moment, possibly heightened by the losing of the van keys, who knows?

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
AMTP: Well, it’s been a pretty great year for albums right and me being traditionally me, I’ve barely listened to any of them but the records I HAVE bothered to listen to and have enjoyed are:
Dutch Uncles: Big Balloon; Everything Everything: A Fever Dream; Jamie Lenman: Devolver; Glassjaw: Material Control (albeit for about a week). That’s pretty much it. Greg and Ben have informed me that they’ve just been listening to Berlin era Bowie and ‘a load of old shit from 2014’. We are not a cutting edge bunch.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
AMTP: Well, despite releasing an album this year and playing some great shows and all that, next year is looking to be much busier with a lot more touring planned. Real life got in the way a bit this year so we haven’t toured as much as we’d have liked but we’re going to be addressing that with vigour next year with some EU, UK and Irish dates in the pipeline and, if we’re lucky, a few more festival slots too. We’re also going to get stuck into writing number four as well so lots in the works.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
AMTP: I could probably write an essay on this but I guess if I had to pick something, it would be that if you really think you’re a compassionate person, be sure your compassion extends beyond that of your immediate friends and family and try to understand that not everyone’s experience or understanding of life is the same as your own. The big decisions you make in your life can have a profound impact on people you have never met so always gather as much perspective from the world around you as you can before you decide that nothing matters anyway and make a decision that indirectly fucks someone over.


 

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ALLOUT HELTER

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Ross Hostage: Releasing our latest album, The Notion of Control, was obviously the high point (shameless self-promotion). It’s our first big release with Bird Attack Records and the response we’ve gotten back so far has been overwhelmingly rad and positive. We also played The Fest for the first time and had an absolutely amazing trip.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Ross: Donald Trump et al.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Ross: Our Fest set was pretty stellar. The venue was at capacity with a lot of friends plus a bunch of new faces. We didn’t know what kind of turnout we’d have for our show but it definitely exceeded expectations. The “Punk Against Trump” show we played at the beginning of the year on Inauguration Day with a bunch of our friends was probably my fave local show. It was a room full of energy and rage and united purpose toward the year that came after. We also managed to raise $3000 for local organizations fighting against the Trump agenda, so that made the gig extra special.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Ross: Propagandhi (duh), Culture Abuse, Such Gold, Princess Nokia, Braidedveins, Charles Bradley, No Trigger, Sharptooth…plus all our Denver homies like Muscle Beach (who we share a jam space with), The Windermeres, faim, Line Brawl, Call of the Void, Over Time, The New Narrative, Cheap Perfume and so many more that I could name. Just search the “Denver” and “Colorado” tags on Bandcamp.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Ross: We’re gonna try to get out of town a little bit more in support of the new record and play some new places, so that’s pretty exciting. If I get my budget together, I might finally have health insurance next year so that’s pretty cool.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Ross: Fight even harder against the disgusting, bigoted, war-mongering kleptocrats that run this thing. And, y’know, be excellent to each other.


 

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DIRTY MAGIC

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Dirty Magic: A high point for Dirty Magic in 2017 would be winning support from the local rock station here in Tucson. Our first single, Sick Of It, was played on the air for about a month. It was pretty dope hearing our jam on the local airwaves. This was followed up by the release of our EP titled, Sick Of It. We dropped two music videos in 2017. The title track, Sick of It and Hey Girl have been featured so far. We filmed with Gonzo Photoz.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if any?
Dirty Magic: We did have a low point while we were on our summer tour. We played a DIY underground punked out house party around the Orange County area. Within fifteen minutes of playing, the cops came and busted the whole thing. We play loud, I guess no one was expecting that! It was once of those nights we spent sleeping in a Walmart parking lot.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Dirty Magic: The best gig of 2017, hands down, was playing the KFMA DAY Festival with Goodbye June, Islander, Highly Suspect, A Day To Remember, and Blink 182. We were lucky enough to win a battle of the bands hosted by one of local venues here in Tucson. We spent a lot time back stage hanging out with Highly Suspect, definitely some really cool dudes. It was a great experience we all enjoyed. The radio station here has been super cool with us.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Dirty Magic: As of 2017, we’ve been listening to a lot of local Tucson punk like Bleach Party USA, Distortionists, Bordertown Devils and Blue Collar Criminal. Other bands we enjoy jamming out to collectively are Minor Threat, Moterhead, Queens of the Stone Age, the Foo Fighter’s new album, Soundgarden, Touchers, Murder City Devils, No parents, Clutch, Jr Kembrough, Portis head just to name a few.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Dirty Magic: 2018 is fast approaching and we’re excited about what’s coming next. We’re working on getting our EP Sick Of It in vinyl form, distributed with the help of Mystic Records after the New Year. We’ll also be back in the studio recording the next album at Icelandic Studios. We’ll have some new singles and more music videos dropping in the coming months so watch out for that.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Dirty Magic: If I could go back and start 2017 all over again with a little advice to the world, I’d like to tell Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington they didn’t have to do it. Those two will be missed. Suicide is a serious issue we should all be having a conversation about. Each year we lose thousands of people to it. There is help out there.


 

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CANSHAKER PI

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Canshaker Pi: Touring Europe with Spiral Stairs was probably the coolest thing we did this year. It was our first proper EU-tour and we had a blast with our new buddies in Spirals’ band. We met a lot of cool bands from the UK like Swine Tax, Mouses and Bull, who we’re playing with on this tour (we just left Amsterdam to go on our two-week UK-tour supporting The Cribs). Before the Spiral Stairs thing we played some sick Dutch festivals and we also threw an awesome party in Amsterdam with our buddies Pip Blom and Teddy’s Hit. Also, Recording at IJland studio with Remko Schouten and Paul Murray or at Schenk studio with Jan Schenk is always great, so that’d be a high point for sure.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Canshaker Pi: That party we threw was going to be a foam party, but we heard that wouldn’t be allowed because it would be too dangerous or something. We were pretty sad we couldn’t do the whole foam cannon thingy, but we came up with the plan to order a hundred cans of shaving foam to spice things up anyway. Our gear still kind of reeks.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Canshaker Pi: Probably that show. If you’re ever in Amsterdam, please visit Skatecafe: it’s the best place in the city.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Canshaker Pi: Vince from Swine Tax told me about Sandy Alex G. That last record is killer. Plus there were a lot of Dutch bands with great records out like Baby Galaxy, The Homesick and The Mighty Breaks. I think our guitarist Boris is listening to some German bands.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Canshaker Pi: We’ll dominate at least 70 % of the world by September, which is pretty chill.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Canshaker Pi: Save your Rick & Morty episodes, you won’t get new ones in a pretty long time.


 

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WRATHS

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Steve McCall: Putting out the My Home EP on Bird Attack Records was a highlight of 2017 for me. I love the vinyl package Garrett at Bird Attack put together. My wife and I welcomed a little boy into the world so I’m grateful he is healthy and happy.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Steve: A few members of WRATHS (myself included) lost some friends that checked out way before their time. In that sense it’s been a heavy year. We dedicated our EP My Home to their memory.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Steve: For me personally it was probably It’s Not Dead fest. It was great to play with OFF!, Buzzcocks, Down By Law, Me First, and many other acts.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Steve: I’ve been into the new Bronx, Afghan Whigs, Mac DeMarco, Quicksand, the live Replacements album. Good stuff!

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Steve: I’m interested in hearing the new Pennywise record. I’ve been hearing good shit about it so just like everyone else I’ll spin it when it’s released. WRATHS has a few new tunes that are pretty fun to jam so there’s that too.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Steve: Whatever we’re in we’re in it together.


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LIDO BEACH

The Punk Archive: What were the high points of 2017 and why?
Scott Waldman: I started 2017 in a hotel in Vietnam… My honeymoon was DEFINITELY my highlight.

The Punk Archive: What were the low points, if there were any?
Scott: July 30th, 2017 was the ten year anniversary of my father’s passing. It was a hard hard day.

The Punk Archive: Best gig in 2017 and why?
Scott: I only played two gigs (a sweet sixteen for my 90s cover band The Seattles and a Lido Beach show at the Knitting Factory last week) and they were both equally as good and bad.

The Punk Archive: What have you been listening to in 2017?
Scott: I The Mighty, Anti-Flag, Rozwell Kid and Jeff Rosenstock make me happy.

The Punk Archive: What’s exciting you about 2018 and why?
Scott: Mike Cubillos of Earshot Media and I co-manage a band called Stringer. I think that 2018 is going to be fantastic for that band.

The Punk Archive: If you could go back to the start of 2017 and give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
Scott: Sleep more. Work out more. Dad bods aren’t cool, bro.

 

All of us at The Punk Archive would like to thank all the bands and PRs who have supported this feature and us this year!


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