It’s the beginning of a new year, which means new bands and artists to discover and concerts to attend. Here are five bands that I’m looking forward to seeing in 2018.
Since the recent resurgence of the genre, Neck Deep was the first 2010s pop punk band to truly catch my attention. I started listening to Neck Deep prior to the release of their second album Life’s Not out to Get You in 2015 and had the opportunity to see them as the opening act at an All Time Low show within the same year. While their performance that night wasn’t the best, I didn’t hesitate to give them another chance at Riot Fest in 2016. I don’t know whether it was the energy of a music festival crowd or the simple fact that their stage presence improved, but one thing was for sure—it was obvious that 2017 was going to be their year.
In the late summer of 2017, they released their third studio album, The Peace and the Panic. Like many Neck Deep fans, I was absolutely blown away with the final results and it even made it in my “top five albums of the year” list. By currently being one of the most popular bands in the scene, it didn’t surprise me when they announced their own U.S. headlining tour. In the past, I had only seen Neck Deep play shorter sets at other concerts and festivals, so I am excited to see what kind of performance they will put on as the headlining act.
Silverstein is a Canadian metal-core band that I have only been hooked on for a little less than a year. Their current tour is a co-headlining tour with the pop-punk band, Tonight Alive. Despite the fact that I’m not a huge fan of the Australian-originated band, it’s a sacrifice I’ll be more than willing to take just to see Silverstein one more time. After all, I thoroughly enjoy a majority of their discography and I know they play a killer show based on what I had seen only a few months ago.
After seeing pop-punk band Can’t Swim open for Have Mercy a few months ago, it won’t surprise me to see them blow up in the scene this year. That night I had merely recognized their name, however, they quickly proved to be one of those bands that would win me over from solely a live performance. Even though they will be supporting alternative/indie band Movements this upcoming show, they will be the highlight of the night for me.
Post-hardcore band Senses Fail made it clear that in 2018, they will be returning to their roots akin to their earlier material from over a decade ago. In support of their upcoming album, If There Is A Light, It Will Find You, the band will embark on a headlining tour this spring with supporting acts Household, Have Mercy and Reggie and the Full Effect.
I was very late to the game—only discovering the band when they opened for Sum 41 over a year and a half ago. I wasn’t familiar with any of their music at the time, making it one of those rare occasions where seeing a band live for the first time convinces you to actually check them out. Little did I know, only weeks after that night, one of their albums became one of my favorite albums of all time.
New Found Glory
New Found Glory are essentially pop-punk legends at this point, with their 20th anniversary as a band happened only a year ago. I think what I admire even more, however, is the fact that not only have they been playing music together all twenty years, but they continue to remain one of the most popular bands of the scene. Perhaps it is because they continue to make great music or they have very loyal fans; either way, they clearly have worked hard to be where they are today.
Beyond the band and their music, another reason why I look forward to seeing them is because the supporting acts couldn’t be better. With Bayside, a rock band who reached their mainstream success in the mid-2000s and the reunited The Movielife, the night can’t be filled any more with nostalgia. Another highlight of the night will be a performance by William Ryan Key, the former vocalist of recently disbanded Yellowcard. Not only will he be playing a few Yellowcard songs and new originals, but he will also be accompanying New Found Glory onstage as their second guitarist.
Which bands are you looking forward to seeing in 2018?