Already Heard’s Record of the Year 2018 – Staff Picks

You may have recently seen our all-important Record of the Year list, and while that consisted of Already Heard‘s overall favourites, we thought you’d like to know the team’s individual choices for 2018.

Some of us have also picked out our favourite EP’s of the year and more.


Sêan Reid

Top 10 Albums
1. Spanish Love Songs – Schmaltz
2. Black Peaks – All That Divides
3. Turnstile – Time & Space
4. Møl – Jord
5. Happy Accidents – Everything But The Here And Now
6. Trophy Eyes – The American Dream
7. Boston Manor – Welcome To The Neighbourhood
8. The Xcerts – Hold On To Your Heart
9. Harker – No Discordance
10. Real Friends – Composure
Top 5 EPs
1. The Get Up Kids – Kicker
2. Redwood – Lay Your Love Down
3. The Hyena Kill – Spun
4. itoldyouiwouldeatyou – Get Terrified
5. Acadia – All Heart

Favourite Label Holy Roar Records
Favourite Festival: 2000Trees Festival


Andrew Davidson

Top 10 Albums
1. Frontierer – Unloved
2. Rolo Tomassi – Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It
3. Idles – Joy As An Act of Resistance
4. Black Peaks – All That Divides
5. Greyhaven – Empty Black
6. Architects – Holy Hell
7. Parkway Drive – Reverence
8. Shame – Songs of Praise
9. The Wonder Years – Sister Cities
10. Svalbard – It’s Hard to Have Hope
Top 5 EPs
1. The Plainviews – A Million Different Ways if Saying Nothing At All
2. Trail of Lies – W.A.R.
3. HMLTD – Hate Music Last Time Delete
4. Declan Welsh & The Decadent West – All My Dreams Are Dull
5. Loathe/Holding Absence – This Is As One


Ben Mills

TSSF_properdoseTop 10 Albums
1. The Story So Far – Proper Dose
2. Hellions – Rue
3. Turnstile – Time & Space
4. Drug Church – Cheer
5. Super Whatevr – Never Nothing
6. Trash Boat – Crown Shyness
7. The Wonder Years – Sister Cities
8. Greyhaven – Empty Black
9. Trophy Eyes – The American Dream
10. Tiny Moving Parts – Swell
Top 5 EPs
1. God Complex – Created Sick
2. Counterparts – Private Room
3. Covent – Heaven Knows
4. I Feel Fine – Long Distance Celebration
5. Guillotine – Weakness

Favourite Label: Failure By Design Records


Edward Layland

Top 10 Albums
1. Conjurer – Mire
2. Winchester – Life Begins at These Dead Ends
3. Palm Reader – Braille
4. Black Foxxes – Reiði
5. Failure – In the Future Your Body Will Be The Furthest Thing From Your Mind
6. Idles – Joy As an Act of Resistance
7. Black Peaks – All That Divides
8. Canavar – Canavar
9. Barely Civil – We Can Live Here Forever
10. Bleed From Within – Era
AFITop 5 EPs
1. AFI – The Missing Man
2. Circle of Crows – Everything Comes After Zero
3. Nine Inch Nail – Bad Witch
4. Neshiima – Purple
5. Dissonants – Vultures

Favourite Gig: Ozzy Osbourne in Rio.


Tim Birkbeck

Top 10 Albums
1. Turnstile – Time & Space
2. Candy – Good to Feel
3. Zeal & Ardor – Stranger Fruit
4. The Hirs Collective – Friends, Lovers, Favourites
5. Orchards – Losers/Lovers
6. Cult Leader – A Patient Man
7. Cassus – Separation Abxuety
8. Svalbard- It’s Hard to Have Hope
9. Culture Abuse – Bay Dream
10. Mind Force – Excalibu
Favourite Label: Triple B Records
Favourite Festival: 2000Trees Festival
Favourite Gig: Let it Die’s final show @ Stuck on a Name, Nottingham
Favourite Song: Lay Low by Fiddlehead


Sam Seaton

Top 10 Albums
1. Conjurer – Mire
2. Jpegmafia – Veteran
3. Deafheaven – Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
4. Young Fathers – Cocoa Sugar
5. Zeal and Ardor – Stranger Fruit
6. Svalbard – It’s Hard to Have Hope
7. Jeff Eosenstock – Post-
8. Brockhampton – Iridescence
9. Soccer Mommy – Clean
10. Møl – Jord


Luke Nuttall

The Wonder Years - Sister CitiesTop 10 Albums
1. The Wonder Years – Sister Cities
2. Architects – Holy Hell
3. The Xcerts – Hold On To Your Heart
4. Ghost – Prequelle
5. Nervus – Everything Dies
6. Boston Manor – Welcome To The Neighbourhood
7. Itoldyouiwouldeatyou – Oh Dearism
8. Black Peaks – All That Divides
9. Rolo Tomassi – Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It
10. Idles – Joy As An Act Of Resistance


Peter Stewart

Top 10 Albums
1. Hot Mulligan – Pilot
2. Trophy Eyes – The American Dream
3. Charmer – Charmer
4. Beartooth – Disease
5. Can’t Swim – This Too Won’t Pass
6. No Better – It Felt Like Glass
7. Panic! At The Disco – Pray For The Wicked
8. mewithoutYou – [Untitled]
9. Stand Atlantic – Skinny Dipping
10. The Xcerts – Hold On To Your Heart


Kathryn Black

Top 10 Albums
1. Spanish Love Songs – Schmaltz
2. Janelle Monae – Dirty Computer
3. Lily Allen – No Shame
4. The Wonder Years – Sister Cities
5. Ariana Grande – Sweetener
6. Chvrches – Love Is Dead
7. Fickle Friends – You Are Someone Else
8. Fatherson – Sum Of All Your Parts
9. The Xcerts – Hold On To Your Heart
10. Idles – Joy As An Act Of Resistance


Ian Kenworthy

Top 10 Albums
1. Rolo Tomassi – Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It
2. Palm Reader – Braille
3. Hypophora – Douse
4. Mask of Judas – The Conspirator
5. Drones – Exiled
6. A Perfect Circle – Eat The Elephant
7. Pjin – Loss
8. Thrice – Palms
9. Pagan – Black Wash
10. Press To Meco – Here’s To The Fatigue


Ashwin Bhandari

Top 10 Albums
1. Camp Cope – How To Socialise & Make Friends
2. Fiddlehead – Springtide & Blind
3. Drug Church – Cheer
4. Self Defence Family – Have You Considered Punk Rock
5. Portrayal Of Guilt – Let Pain Be Your Guide
6. Doe – Grow Into It
7. Basement – Beside Myself
8. Slow Crush – Aurora
9. Nothing – Dance On The Blacktop
10. Montero – Performer


Ffion Riordan-Jones

Top 10 Albums
1. Black Foxxes – Reiði
2. Palm Reader – Braille
3. Black Peaks – All That Divides
4. Gouge Away – Burnt Sugar
5. Boston Manor – Welcome To The Neighbourhood
6. Conjurer – Mire
7. Estrons – You Say I’m Too Much, I Say You’re Not Enough
8. Trash Boat – Crown Shyness
9. Turnstile – Time & Space
10. Basement – Beside Myself


Dylan Whitty

Top 10 Albums
1. Conjurer – Mire
2. Idles – Joy As An Act of Resistance
3. Gouge Away – Burnt Sugar
4. Young Fathers – Cocoa Sugar
5. Deafheaven – Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
6. Turnstile – Time and Space
7. Zeal and Ardor – Stranger Fruit
8. Møl – Jord
9. Jpegmafia – Veteran
10. Frontierer – Unloved


Helen Messenger

‘Joy As an Act of Resistance’Top 10 Albums
1. Idles – Joy as an Act of Resistance
2. Drug Church – Cheer
3. Bad Moves – Tell no one
4. Rolo Tomassi – Time will die and love will bury it
5. Deafheaven – Ordinary Corrupt Human love
6. Møl – Jord
7. Black Peaks – All That Divides
8. Ruth Rundle – On Dark Horses
9. The Xcerts – Hold on to Your Heart
10. Black Foxxes – Reiði


Jez Pennington

Top 10 Albums
1. Foxing – Nearer My God
2. Basement – Beside Myself
3. The Dangerous Summer – The Dangerous Summer
4. Thrice – Palms
5. Can’t Swim – This Too Won’t Pass
6. Elder Brother – Stay Inside
7. Black Foxxes – Reiði
8. Tiny Moving Parts – Swell
9. The Wonder Years – Sister Cities
10. The Xcerts – Hold On To Your Heart


Angelah Betmead

Top 10 Albums
1. Three Days Grace – Outsider
2. Cane Hill – Too Far Gone
3. Tonight Alive – Underworld
4. Halestorm – Vicious
5. Shinedown – ATTENTION ATTENTION
6. Architects – Holy Hell
7. Don Broco – Technology
8. Waterparks – Entertainment
9. Of Mice & Men – Defy
10. Mayday Parade – Sunnyland
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