Record of the Year 2017 – The Staff Picks

Record of the Year 2017 – The Staff Picks

Last week, we revealed our top ten Record of the Year list. Now as the Already Heard team starts to wind down for the festive period, we would like to share our individual staff choices.

Read on to find out what albums, EPs, gigs and festivals we’ve enjoyed this year.

Sêan Reid (Senior Editor/Founder)

Albums:
1. Manchester Orchestra – A Black Mile to the Surface
2. The Menzingers – After the Party
3. Sorority Noise – You’re Not As _____ As You Think
4. Julien Baker – Turn Out The Lights
5. Brutus – Burst
6. Citizen – As You Please
7. Creeper – Eternity, In Your Arms
8. Bad Sign – Live & Learn
9. Can’t Swim – Fail You Again
10. Movements – Feel Something

EP’s:
1. Guillotine – Sapphire
2. Skywalker – Sugar House
3. Milk Teeth – Be Nice
4. Lightcliffe – For a While
5. Bukowski – Grow Up. Give Up. Let Go.

Best Gig: Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes and Basement @ Rock City, Nottingham
Best Festival: 2000 Trees Festival


Dane Wright (Assistant Editor)

Albums:
1. Creeper – Eternity In Your Arms
2. All Time Low – Last Young Renegade
3. Vukovi – Vukovi
4. Linkin Park – One More Light
5. The Apology Tour – This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things
6. As It Is – Okay
7. Blood Youth – Beyond Repair
8. Future Teens – Hard Feelings
9. Old Dominion – Happy Endings
10. Hoodie Allen – Hype

EP’s:
1. Victory Lane – Louder Than Words
2. Stand Atlantic – Sidewinder
3. Miss Vincent – Somewhere Else
4. Sean McGowan – Graft and Grief
5. Sainte – smile, and wave

Best Gig: Green Day and The Interrupters @ Leeds Arena
Best Festival: Download Festival


Rob Mair

Albums:
1. Big Thief – Capacity
2. Alvvays – Antisocialites
3. Dead Bars – Dream Gig
4. Laureate – Landmarks
5. Wild Pink – Wild Pink
6. Great Grandpa – Plastic Cough
7. Walter Etc. – Gloom Cruise
8. Iron Chic – You Can’t Stay Here
9. The Menzingers – After The Party
10. Oso Oso – The Yunahon Mixtape

EP’s:
1. Crake – By The Slime Mould
2. Swordfish – Rodia
3. Rebuilder – Sounds From The Massachusetts Turnpike
4. The Winter Passing – Double Exposure
5. Big Nothing – Big Nothing

Best Gig: Football Etc, I Love Your Lifestyle & Dags! @ Black Heart, London.
Best Festival: The Fest 16


Jack Rogers

Albums:
1. Sleep On It – Overexposed
2. nothing, nowhere – Reaper
3. Grayscale – Adornment
4. Knuckle Puck – Shapeshifter
5. The Menzingers – After The Party

6. Chase Atlantic – Chase Atlantic
7. Seaway – Vacation
8. The Gospel Youth – Always Lose
9. Trapped Under Ice – Heatwave
10. Blood Command – Cult Drugs

EP’s:
1. Stand Atlantic – Sidewinder
2. Lil Peep – Call Me When You’re Sober Pt.1
3. Terror – The Walls Will Fall
4. 7 Minutes In Heaven – Symmetry
5. Senses Fail – In Your Absence


Edward Layland

Albums:
1. Of Allies – Night Sky
2. Patrons – As Above, So Below
3. Sepultura – Machine Messiah
4. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – Modern Ruin
5. Wolf Alice – Visions of a Life
6. Comeback Kid – Outsider
7. Kamikaze Girls – Seafoam
8. Manchester Orchestra – A Black Mile to the Surface
9. Creeper – Eternity, In Your Arms
10. Roam – Great Heights and Nosedives

EP’s:
1. Bellevue Days – Rosehill
2. The Cruel Knives – Side One
3. Alter Eden – Tigers and Lambs
4. Scout Killers – Deception
5. Black Cat Bones – Down To The River

Best Gig: Prophets of Rage in Rio de Janeiro


Luke Nuttall

Albums:
1. The Menzingers – After The Party
2. Creeper – Eternity, In Your Arms
3. While She Sleeps – You Are We
4. Deaf Havana – All These Countless Nights
5. The Gospel Youth – Always Lose
6. Paramore – After Laughter
7. Seaway – Vacation
8. Sharptooth – Clever Girl
9. Nothing More – The Stories We Tell Ourselves
10. Knuckle Puck – Shapeshifter


Andy Davidson

Albums:
1. Converge – The Dusk in Us
2. Counterparts – You’re Not You Anymore
3. Arcane Roots – Melancholia Hymns
4. Employed to Serve – The Warmth of a Dying Sun
5. While She Sleeps – You Are We
6. Code Orange – Forever
7. Stick To Your Guns – True View
8. Bad Sign – Live and Learn
9. Creeper – Eternity, In Your Arms
10. ‘68 – Two Parts Viper

EP’s:
1. Gun Shy – The Long Dance
2. Deceit – Disconnected
3. Milk Teeth – Be Nice
4. Broadsea – Manmade Horizons
5. We Came From Wolves – Haunt Me

Best Gig: Dillinger Escape Plan @ QMU, Glasgow


Alan Cunningham

Albums:
1. Brockhampton – Saturation
2. Somi – Petite Afrique
3. Her’s – Songs of Her’s
4. Converge – The Dusk In Us
5. Happyness – Write In
6. Employed to Serve – The Warmth of a Dying Sun
7. Clark – Death Peak
8. Idles – Brutalism
9. Lorde – Melodrama
10. Hyenas – Deadweights

Best Gig: Radiohead @ Old Trafford
Best Festival: Field Day London


Ben Mills

Albums:
1. Sorority Noise – You’re Not As _____ As You Think
2. Counterparts – You’re Not You Anymore
3. Blood Youth – Beyond Repair
4. Enter Shikari – The Spark
5. Manchester Orchestra – A Black Mile to the Surface
6. Turnover – Good Nature
7. Hundredth – RARE
8. Free Throw – Bear Your Mind
9. WSTR – Red, Green or Inbetween
10. Knuckle Puck – Shapeshifter

EP’s:
1. The Wonder Years – Burst & Decay
2. Future Teens – Bored and Alone
3. Super Whatevr – Good Luck EP
4. SPQR – The House That Doubt Built
5. Homebound – The Mould You Build Yourself Around

Best Gig: The Wonder Years w/ Pup, Trash Boat and Tiny Moving Parts @ O2 Institute Birmingham


Tim Birkbeck

Albums:
1. Julien Baker – Turn Out The Lights
2. Converge – The Dusk In Us
3. Brutus – Burst
4. Wolf Alice – Visions Of A Life
5. SECT – No Cure For Death
6. Alvvays – Antisocialites
7. Mutoid Man – War Moans
8. Small Circle – Cyclical
9. Get The Shot – Infinite Punishment
10. ’68 – Two Parts Viper

Best Gig: Exit Order @ the Cowley Club, Brighton
Best Festival: Fluff Fest


Angelah Betmead

Albums:
1. Papa Roach – Crooked Teeth
2. The LaFontaines – Common Problem
3. The Maine – Lovely Little Lonely
4. Defences – With Might and Main
5. Paramore – After Laughter
6. Enter Shikari – The Spark
7. Vukovi – Vukovi
8. Linkin Park – One More Light
9. Motionless In White – Graveyard Shift
10. All Time Low – Last Young Renegade

Best Gig: The LaFontaines @ Boston Music Room, London
Best Festival: Slam Dunk Festival South