December 4, 2013

Our Top 10 Albums of 2013 by Blitz Kids
by Tom

by Tom Goodwyn

hmv London; 04/12/2013

Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

Our Top 10 Albums of 2013 by Blitz Kids

For every day of December, we're going to be bringing out the Top 10 albums or films of the year, chosen by someone who we think has excellent taste to show off.

Today it's the turn of Blitz Kids, the energetic rockers from Nantwich, who release their new album The Good Youth on January 20. Chosen between all four band members, this is their Top 10 Albums of 2013 and it’s pretty rocking…

Old Souls

Deaf Havana - Old Souls

Chosen by Jono Yates (Guitar)

"This is my favourite album of the year. We first played with Deaf Havana five years ago when they still had Ryan Mellor doing screaming vocals, so we’ve seen the complete journey of the band. The lyrics are amazing, we can really relate it to our lives, the way he writes about being on the road, waking up feeling like shit, coming back home and picking yourself up. They’ve really matured, like a fine cheese and this is the best work they’ve ever done."

The Blackest Beautiful

Letlive – The Blackest Beautiful

Chosen by Nic Montgomery (Bass)

"We saw Letlive at Download two years ago and just thought ‘Wow’. I went on and bought their first one Fake History and absolutely rinsed it. I was a bit nervous about how they were going to follow it up, but they smashed it again. It’s so raw, it’s like listening to a boombox and they’ve taken what they do to a new extreme. I was expecting it to be more melodic, but they’ve gone the opposite way, it’s an amazing record."

Love Triangles, Hate Squares

The Computers – Love Triangles Hate Sqaures

Chosen By Matt Freer (Drums)

"The Computers are from my hometown, Exeter, and I’ve been a fan of them for years. They used to be this screaming, nasty punk rock band, but this is a proper Northern Soul record. It’s really refreshing and the album is just banger after banger after banger. Rather than doing another trad punk album, they’ve done something different. It’s brilliant."


Biffy Clyro - 'Opposites'

Chosen by Joe James (Vocals)

"When I heard that Biffy were doing a double album, I think most people were quite apprehensive, but I was so excited because I had absolute confidence in them to pull it off. We’ve seen Biffy grow from playing to 20 people in Stoke and morph from this weird alt-indie band to a huge, arena-filling band and become that much more mainstream. I was worried that they were going too much in that direction and too far away from the Biffy that we all love, but then they came back with Opposites. It combines everything that’s brilliant about the band, incredible musicianship, weird time signatures and incredible choruses. It’s an album I’m going to be listening to for a long time."

Sempiternal (Deluxe)

Bring Me The Horizon - Sempiternal

Chosen by Jono Yates (Guitar)

"This is just a flawless metal record. From the second it starts with those massive synths, it just sucks you in with these incredible atmospherics. The production is incredible and their new synth player has just changed their dynamic completely. Everything about it is spot on. To come from what they were in 2004, I hated them then, it was just really shit deathcore, but from then on it’s just been getting better and better. This has taken every aspect of what they were and refined it into this perfect mixture. Incredible."

Save Rock And Roll

Fall Out Boy – Save Rock And Roll

Chosen by Nic Montgomery (Bass)

"They’ve been gone for a little while, but they’ve come back with this and absolutely roasted it. As soon as I heard that first single, I knew we were in for a big pop album, it’s brilliant."


Mallory Knox – Signals

Chosen By Matt Freer (Drums)

"Our first show of the year was supporting them at the Signals release show in Cambridge and to watch them grow since then has been incredible. We’ve just been on tour with them and it’s been brilliant to see them develop. The album is just a great rock record; it really harks back to the rock I grew up listening to in the early 2000s, which is always great to hear."

I Love You.

The Neighbourhood – I Love You

Chosen by Joe James (Vocals)

"I fucking love this album. I don’t actually think the band have made it over here yet, but they’re main support on The 1975’s tour, which I can’t wait to see. They’re so cool it actually pains me. The lead singer Jesse walked down the red carpet at the American Music Awards recently in a leather jacket, no shirt, now that takes some balls! Some bands look cool, but their music is absolute shit, but they really back it up. It’s weird R’N’B beats with electro atmospherics; some songs don’t even have guitars, just tastefully used reverb. It’s incredible. They write in a really, new, interesting way and I’ve listened to this non-stop since it came out. They’re going to be massive."


Paramore - Paramore

Chosen by Nic Montgomery (Bass)

"I’ve always loved Paramore, which I didn’t know how they were going to come from back from all the misery business (very good lads, very good). They’ve gone in this indie/electro direction and although it’s still a guitar heavy record, the songs are more diverse, like some are built around basslines and synths and it’s just worked so well. This is a perfect 10 out of 10 for me."

Tonight Alive – The Other Side

Chosen by Joe James (Vocals)

"We got offered a tour with Tonight Alive last year, so I checked them out and I thought they were just a very good pop-punk band. But, once we got on tour, they were so good live and so interesting to watch that we knew their next album would be pretty special. This album just has such a nostalgic feel to it; it takes me back to when I first discovered Dashboard Confessional and early Hundred Reasons, it’s full of warmth and Jena, their singer, has a really great voice and a dead interesting style. It’s a brilliant record."


Blitz Kids’ third album The Good Youth is released on January 20 next year.