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hmv.com previews... 2017's Best Rock Albums
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hmv.com previews... 2017's Best Rock Albums

Over the next 10 days we'll be previewing 100 of the best albums you can expect to hear in 2017. Most will come out, some inevitably won't, but they are all worth getting excited about. 

Today it's 10 rock albums that we hope will light up 2017...

 

You Me At Six


A little background…

The campaign for You Me At Six’s 2014 album Cavalier Youth saw the band take on a lot of firsts. They headlined their first arena tour, scored their first Number One album and successfully navigated life after leaving their major label deal. After taking some time out they’ve now returned with a brand new album, an LP that saw them head to Nashville in search of new sounds...


Any titles yet?

It’s been given the title of Night People.


Have they got a producer on board?

Night People has seen the band working with Jacquire King, the man best known for being at the helm for Kings Of Leon’s Only By The Night and James Bay’s Chaos And The Calm.


Any special guests?

None, just the five of them.


What can we expect and when can we expect it?

An LP that leaves their pop-punk roots firmly behind in favour of swaggering riffs and big choruses. It’ll be with us on January 6th and you can pre-order it here.

 

 

Queens Of The Stone Age


A little background…

Queens Of The Stone Age’s last album ...Like Clockwork took them to heights they’d never scaled before in their career, ending with them headlining Reading Festival, at the end of a tour that had seen them filling arenas all over the world.

They’ve enjoyed some time off since with mainman Joshua Homme producing and then touring with Iggy Pop for his Post Pop Depression album alongside guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen keyboard player Dean Fertida, while bassist Mike Shuman and Jon Theodore have also busied themselves with other things.

They have now regrouped and are back at work on what will become their seventh studio album.


Any titles yet?

Not so far.


Have they got a producer on board?

The band self-produced the last album and look set to do so again.


Any special guests?

Nothing we know about, but Homme has confirmed that the band’s last line-up will stay in place for the album, so no Dave Grohl on drums this time.


What can we expect and when can we expect it?

Another thundering, groove-laden experience, probably towards the end of the year.

 


Royal Blood


A little background…

Though Royal Blood were tipped for big, big things at the start of 2014, it’s fair to say that they smashed their own expectations with their self-titled debut. It sold over 300,000 copies in the UK alone, put the band right at the top of festival bills and launched their career across the world.

Now for that difficult second album…

 

Any titles yet?

Nope.


Have they got a producer on board?

Details are scarce on that at the moment.


Any special guests?

See the above, it’s all very quiet.


What can we expect and when can we expect it?

The band have said that they want to expand and progress, but keep true to what made their debut great, so expect big riffs and plenty of them. As for release date, there’s no word on that, if we had to guess we’d say summer in time for the festivals...

 

 

 


Deaf Havana


A little background…

A lot has happened to Deaf Havana in the four years between their last LP Old Souls and the album that will be with you shortly. They were dropped by Sony BMG and forced to cancel plans to record a quick follow-up and they’re now a man lighter after the departure of guitarist Chris Pennells. But they’re back with a new label, new management and a new album for 2017...


Any titles yet?

Yes, it’s going to be called All These Countless Nights.


Have they got a producer on board?

Adam Noble, who did Placebo’s 2013 Loud Like Love, has produced this LP.


Any special guests?

Just the band themselves.


What can we expect and when can we expect it?

A darker, more introspect record, but one with renewed vigour and confidence and harder edges. It’ll be with us on January 27th and you can pre-order it here.

 

 

Wolf Alice


A little background…

The North London foursome have toured their debut album My Love Is Cool into the ground and are now resting, recuperating and preparing material for their second LP.


Any titles yet?

None, it’s very early days.


Have they got a producer on board?

No-one’s confirmed as yet.


Any special guests?

Too early to tell.


What can we expect and when can we expect it?

More blissed-out indie grooves with a tightness that hard touring will have given the band. We’d expect this to drop in the autumn with some tracks previewed in the summer festivals.

 

 


Lower Than Atlantis


A little background…

The last three years have seen Lower Than Atlantis recover spectacularly. In 2013 when they dropped by Island Records and their management departed, it looked like the band might be on its last legs. But their self-titled album did them proud, taking them into bigger venues and higher up festival billings than ever before, setting things up nicely for what comes next...


Any titles yet?

Yup, it’s called Safe In Sound.


Have they got a producer on board?

Dan Lancaster, who produced the band’s 2014 self-titled effort, is on with them once again, co-producing with the band themselves.


Any special guests?

Not that we know of.


What can we expect and when can we expect it?

More sharp guitars and poppy choruses with their grungey roots well and truly in the past. It’s out on February 3rd and available to pre-order here.

 


Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes


A little background…


After his post-Gallows band Pure Love hit the buffers it looked like we’ve heard the last angry yelp from Frank Carter, but he proved us all wrong with Blossom, his furious and frenzied debut. It catapulted him back into public consciousness and has given him real momentum for a second album in 2017...


Any titles yet?

Modern Ruin, typically chirpy...


Have they got a producer on board?

Thomas Mitchener, the band’s former tourist bassist, has produced the album.


Any special guests?

None whatsoever.


What can we expect and when can we expect it?

Another blast of rock and roll fury, this time with a little more polish and power thanks to the mixing of Catherine Marks, who made Wolf Alice and Foals sound so beautiful. It’s out January 27th and available to pre-order here.

 

 


Steel Panther


A little background…

The glam metal juggernaut just keeps growing and growing, Steel Panther are now a bona fide arena band and will be right up the top of the bills at next summer’s festivals. Their new album is locked and loaded too.


Any titles yet?

There is indeed, it’ll be called Lower The Bar.


Have they got a producer on board?

Jay Rushton, the band’s longtime collaborator, is with them once again.


Any special guests?

Not that we know of.


What can we expect and when can we expect it?

More riffs lifted straight from 1984, more puns and double entendres and some big choruses. The album will be with us on March 24th and is available to pre-order here.

 

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PVRIS


A little background…

At the start of 2014 there wasn’t a lot of hype surrounding Massachusetts electro-rock threesome PVRIS but their debut album White Noise proved to be a real sleeper hit, selling over 40,000 copies in the UK alone.

After completing their touring commitments this summer the band are back in the US working away on the follow-up.


Any titles yet?

Nope.


Have they got a producer on board?

Blake Harnage, their producer on White Noise, has got the nod for their second album.


Any special guests?

Nothing at this stage to say that there would be.


What can we expect and when can we expect it?

When we spoke to singer Lynn Gunn earlier this year she told us “There’s going to be a lot of different elements on the next record, we want some more oomph!”, let’s hope she keeps to her word. Expect this in the second half of 2017.

 

 


Surfer Blood


A little background…

Florida indie rockers Surfer Blood have had a rotten couple of years. Their founding guitarist Thomas Fekete, who had departed the band to get treatment for sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, after completing work on their 2015 album 1000 Palms, sadly succumbed to the disease earlier this year, leaving them utterly broken hearted.

After taking some time to grieve and regroup the band, who now have a new bassist in Lindsey Mills, adding female vocals to their mix, headed into the studio and have come out with a brand new LP, a tribute to Fekete.


Any titles yet?

Yes sir, their new album is called Snowdonia.


Have they got a producer on board?

Pitts has mixed and produced the album himself.


Any special guests?

Not that we know of.


What can we expect and when can we expect it?

A deeply personal and dark record, as well as one with new musical horizons and a much bigger sonic palette. It’ll be with us on February 3rd. 

 

To check out hmv's full range of new albums for 2017, click here. 

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