5 Releases We’re Looking Forward to in 2017

Author: Jake McGloin

Welcome to 2017! So far no major celebrity deaths, political election ripping apart the country, just the continued sense of anguish and terror for the future within us all, right? Well at least we’ll have something to look forward to with a wealth of talent announcing new albums and EPs for this year. Here’s a look at five of this years upcoming release that we can’t wait for.




Scheduled for March 17th, Beauty and Sadness will be the third albums from Manchester’s princes of jangley surf sadness. Following up from 2015’s ‘II’, we’re expecting the same dreamy, wavy pop tunes perhaps with a hint of extra melancholy. Never a band to disappoint, Horsebeach’s next album is set to be as stunning, if their recent live shows are anything to go by.



February 3rd will see the debut of Norwegian fuzz maestros Beachheads. Built on a love of fuzzy guitars and strong melody, two former members of ‘Kvelertak’ formed the basics of Beachheads, now in full form, the bands sound must be everything they dreamed of, packed with hard-hitting drums and awesome riffs their debut promises to be an album full of twists, turns and stunning tunes.


Amber Run

“For A Moment, I Was Lost” will be the sophomore album from Amber Run. The Nottingham band don’t see album number two as a departure from their other work, more an evolution and so far they’re evolving quite nicely with tracks Haze and Stranger evoking feelings of a harder time in life though beautiful melody and spine tingling almost ambient noise at times. The album is set to be released February 10th with their tour starting in Norwich on the 8th.



Los Campesinos

My love for Los Campesinos is no big secret, for me they’ve been one of the most consistently underrated bands in the U.K for the past 10 years, so with album number six, ‘Sick Scenes’, on the way I couldn’t leave them off this list. So far the only taster we’ve had over the past few months is some pretty sweet art work and the first single ‘Broke Up in Amarante’. It’s a great track that seems to encapsulate every single part of the Cardiff based bands career so far but also feels like a departure from anything they’ve done before, with a little less melancholy and a smidgen of added pop punk. Out February the 24th it’s sure to be interesting experience.




With out a doubt one of Hulls best bands and a band we said a couple of years back would be one of their finest show cases as, now, city of culture, LIFE have just recorded debut album from what we hear and it’ll hopefully be dropping at some point this year. Indie-Punk with shouty vocals and fast pace guitars is always a great combo so this album is guaranteed to be one of the years best debuts.


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Richard Lomax – Choose Your Own Adventure

A step away from his sometimes acoustic folk stylings, Richard Lomax’s upcoming single Choose Your Own Adventure (June 24th, through Sotones Records) is dirtier, grittier outing with bigger guitars and more haunting beats but keeps hold of Richard’s irresistibly  unique vocal. His bard like style of guiding us through a song has always worked but some how fits perfectly with distorted riffs and almost tired, relaxed style of this latest single taken form upcoming second album “Postcards & Love-letters (From Somewhere You’ve Never Heard Of)”




DBFC – Autonomic

Hypnotic, enticing and simply cool are the only words to describe the latest single from Paris electronic group DBFC. A trance inducing beat, and slick pop melody fitted around a subtle wall of noise that wraps it self around you and won’t let go.


NO JOY – A Thorn in Garland’s Side

They’re Montreal Shoegaze band who’s bendy guitars and strategical use of dynamics in their latest single ‘A Thorn in Garland’s Side’ leaves your head bent, warped and wanting more. No Joy have been going around six years now and are currently playing shows in the Europe to so the rest of the world what they’ve been missing, catch them in the UK June 5th in guilford and 6th at Londons Moth Club, all building up to their Drool Sucker EP through Top Shelf on July 15th.




Gregory Alan Isakov – Liars

Some music stirs the soul in a way nothing else can, Gregory Alan Isakovs latest single does just that through his haunting vocal and gentle, exhausted guitar, in a song that layers it’s discreet, hidden melodies to perfection as it gradually evolves in to an epic show case of emotion through music in this cinematic barrage of beautiful noise.


The Record Summer – Prizefight

The first track in six years for The Record Summer, Prizefight is a laid out stopped back tune packed with relaxed summer vibes. Beautiful guitar and heavenly piano match the smooth vocal to create a stunning noise somewhere between The 1975 and Death Cab.



Here are the 5 tracks that we’ve not been able to stop listening to and that you need to hear this week. Got something you think we need to hear? Get in touch at Shopliftersuni@gmail.com and keep up to date on Facebook and Twitter.

WOMPS – Live A Little Less

Glasgow two piece WOMPS released their video for ‘Live a Little Less’ last week and it somehow manages do me as dressed in 90’s style and fuzz as the track it’s self. Masterfully stylish, it’s a throw back to skate grunge that touches on Dinosaur Jr. and Pixies vibes.

White Reaper – Pills

Simplistically genius, the latest single from White Reapers debut album is a guitar chugging, beat steady work of pop art. The bouncing bass line and synth melody blended with a pack or guitar hooks is a perfect exhibition of what the Louisville band are capable.

The World Is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid To Die – January 10th 2014

Waiting to hear a bands new album is never fun but TWIABP have been keeping up filled up with new music lately and a taste of their new album ‘Harmlessness’ in the form of ‘January 10th 2014’. It’s a massive tune that touches on eternally relevant subjects that are hard to ignore. It’s another stellar effort from the nine piece, flushed with riffs, noise, beats and heart.

Cheap Haircuts- Paper Cuts

Taken from the new four way split EP between some of the best grassroots American bands around, one of the highlights has to be ‘Cheap Haircuts’ – Paper Cuts. The witty as ever lyrics that mirror early Los Campesinos!, are crooned over a heavenly combo of keys, horns and guitars. Keep your eyes peeled for our full review of the split.

Mike Garry –  St Anthony: An Ode to Anthony H Wilson

As a charity records for The Christie Mancunian poet Mike Garry pays tribute to the late great Tony Wilson. With the help of Joe Duddell, St. Anthony, hails the history and the culture of Manchester, is read by Garry over music arranged by Duddell and inspired by New Orders ‘Your Silent Face’.

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Kevin Rotherham – New York Love

Working on his new music in New York has really rubbed off on Kevin Rotherham’s sound; the first single from his up coming EP is the aptly named ‘New York Love’. It’s a tune that radiates cool, starting softly with tinny guitar stabs as more layers ease into the track. Lead by Kevin’s big rock vocal that track comes to life before your ears into an Indie floor filler. Riddle with small nods to act’s from the big apple, a beat that’d feel at home on a strokes single and a Television guitar tone, New York love is an exciting glimpse into an artist on the verge of mastering his craft. The track’s released Monday (20/04/15) and free from Kevin Rotherham’s Soundcloud on the day of release.

Liam McClair – Honest

Manchester’s Liam McClair’s stunning acoustic pop single ‘Honest’ is an emotionally charged work that draws in ears and hearts a like. Feel good pop at it’s finest, McClairs vocal grows through out building like timbre around him in this folk pop master class that’s packed with heart.

Gengahr – Heroine

Addictive Indie pop hooks lead the line in the North London bands latest track, Heroine echo’s a 90’s feel in parts (surely I can’t be the only one who hears the nirvana riff?) with big guitars and bigger beats leading them into a huge summer accompanying The Stokes and The Maccabees. Gengahr are a band that can do no wrong write now and Heroine is just further proof of that.


Their debut EP, Sea of Skies is a magical mystery tour of dark dream pop with splashes of Wild Bests and Radiohead in parts the EP takes a ride through beautifully strange emotions and the opener Sea of Trees if a perfect example of how have blended the electronic and acoustic ways of doing things together to create beautiful melody.

Heartless Bastards – Gates of Dawn

The latest effort from Austin’s Heartless Bastards starts like any 90’s alt rock big single and then explodes into a world of folk rock goodness. It’s a song that sounds like a new take on familiar songs but their ever so unique brand of rock and roll ensures it’s far from tedious repeats. The single brings in factors that span genres stadium rock riffs, world drumbeats and folk bones holding it all together. Gates of Dawn is an exciting taster of what to expect when their album ‘Restless Ones’ hit’s us on June 15th.

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Kerri Watt – You

With her second EP on the way, under Libertines drummer Garry Powel’s 25 Hour Convenience Store Label, Kerri Watt is a remarkable talent that seems to have no limit. ‘You’ is a beautifully layered song lead by the Glaswegians stunning voice over an almost country vibe. Check out her EP launch on April 27th at Camden’s Bar Fly.

Lusts – Mouth Wash

Ever wondered what would happen if you took a song, covered it in glue and threw it into a pool of post punk? Leicester two-piece, Lusts, have- and it works beautifully. Mouthwash is a consistently riled up pop tune dressed in fuzz, synth and Stephen Morris style beats. There’s just something about this song that gives you the urge to move, or at least slowly sway your arms by your sides.

Pill – Misty Eyed Porno Reader

Brooklyn’s ‘Pill’ don’t only have an incredible knack for incredible song titles they can also make some pretty awesome sounds. It’s like heaped insanity, it’s like a Dali movie, it’s like Pill. It’s just incredible. Some of the best drumming we’ve heard this year.



Michael Baker – Dust and Bone

London based Michael Baker’s hypnotizing sound is soul stealing, irresistible and incredibly imaginative. ‘Dust and Bone’ is a strange and wonderful tune from his latest EP matching his voice with Georgia Mason, acoustic guitar and a laid back beat. An addictive acoustic sound with a taste of Bon Iver

Wolf Solent -Hold On

At first glance, this lo-fi infused pop song bares a strikingly obvious resemblance to The Velvet Underground, but it’s more like a New York Beatles. This charming tune is a fuzzy, folk work of art, radiating good vibes!

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False Advertising – Wasted Away

A shower of guitar fuzz, a kick ass beat and a thick bass line like a vein through the song, ‘Wasting Away’ is a breath of fresh air. Manchester’s newest alt gods, False Advertising, feel a little different from all the false idols we’ve seen lately, this is the real deal.

Hinds – Davey Crochett

Hind’s cover The Headcoatees garage track Davey Crochett for their split record day release, with Parrots,. Recorded on the Madrid bands recent trip to the UK and produced by The Vaccines Arni Arnason, it’s a slick simple ditty from the former Deers.

Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta

One of the most talked about releases so far this year, Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly” has been hyped to high heavens. King Kunta is a funk infused whirlwind of words and feelings that hit hard and come fast.

Nai Harvest – Out of Time

Sheffield’s Nai Harvest’s epic ‘Out of Time’ flows beautifully though different tempos of fuzz, pop and punk that sounds like the perfect highbredhybrid of east coast surf pop and New York rock.

Hop Along – Waitress

Hop Along’s ‘Get Disowned’ was a ground breaking debut back in 2012 and it’s been a long wait for something to follow it up, but Francis Quinlan and co are back as the Philly folk rock trio fire out this emotional charged, melody packed single that only breathes a whisper of what to expect from the bands second album.

5 Texas Acts You Need To Hear Right Now

Author: Jake McGloin

SXSW has undoubtedly become THE event to take down in your musical calendar, it’s the largest music event of its kind in the world, with over 2200 artists across 100 stages, conferences and talks from music industry professionals and hell of a lot of people making their way to Austin TX from all over the world, all hoping to spot the next big thing (when all they need to do is read Shoplifters Union). So with the music world gathering in Texas to showcase itself this week, here are five bands ‘The Lone Star State’ has to offer the rest of the world.

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Cheap Haircuts:

Folk Punk four piece Cheap Haircuts hail from Plano and mix upbeat tunes and witty lyrics to great effect. Imagine The Front Bottoms packed with keys and good vibes and you’re halfway there. These kids are building an awesome sound that somewhat shadows what Modern Baseball have been up to but making it their own.


The musical-poetry Biographies are putting out is something else, as much heart in the words as the music, every layer of sound has its own story that weave through out one another. The six man musical coalition creates beautifully encapsulating sounds that can’t help but raising Goosebumps.

Shakey Graves:

Alejandro Rose-Garcia unleashes jaw dropping rocking blues fueled by a breath taking guitar technique. It’s dark and stormy with essence of folk that is difficult not to be lead away by. With two albums under his belt Shakey Graves is flying pretty high with a huge fan base, and no wonder his music is bursting at the seams with a heart felt, powerful sound.

Two Knights:

Denton rockers, Two Knights, enlist twanging guitars and big beats to create a distinctive sounds that holds roots in too many genres to list. The two piece emo band delight and destroy with their brutal lyrics floating on hard hitting riffs and even harder drums. DIY ethics and emotive tunes that have a feel of ‘TWIABP’ but still sounds gloriously like Two Knights.

Feral Future

Feminist Punks, Feral Future, hailing from Austin are a shining light in a time with such questionable female role models tackling hard hitting issues along to an even harder hitting sound track of noise. These songs hold an over bearing resemblance to the past, making them even more relevant. Cagey punk ethic with a modern twist makes for a brutally good listen.

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