As 2011 comes to a close, there’s no arguing that the year saw tons of break-ups (Thrice, Thursday, Valencia and Alexisonfire, just to name a few) and reunions (The Movielife, American Nightmare, Verse, etc…). But what about those bands who have been touring throughout all of those break-ups and reunions? This 3 Of The Week is about three bands that will be making a lot of noise going into 2012.
1. “Sssnakepit” – Enter Shikari
For the first time in three albums, Enter Shikari will have both their North American and European release dates coincide just days apart, and with support from Hopeless Records, the quartet will get a big push with this album. Musically, the band is better than ever. The first three tracks released off of the upcoming A Flash Flood Of Colour, “Sssnakepit,” “Gandhi Mate, Gandhi” and “Arguing With Thermometers,” are some of the group’s most diverse songs, blending more electronics than ever, while at the same time making things heavier. If these are any of indication of what the album is going to bring, this band will explode. With their unique blend of post-hardcore and electronic/dubstep music, Enter Shikari made North America a big priority on their last album cycle. The band will be headlining in the US/Canada in April/May, 3 months after the album will have been out. How will fans respond? I’m excited to see.
2. “Chrono” – The Ghost Inside
Coined by organizers of The All Stars Tour as “The Hottest Band In Hardcore” this past summer, 2011 was a big year for L.A.’s The Ghost Inside, with 2012 looking to be even bigger. Through extensive touring this past year with the likes of Parkway Drive, Senses Fail, As I Lay Dying and the entirety of the 15-band All Stars Tour, their fanbase has grown substantially. With their upcoming yet-to-be-titled third album produced by Andrew Wade (A Day To Remember, The Word Alive, Our Last Night), it is arguable that The Ghost Inside have the opportunity to become the biggest band of its kind since Bury Your Dead. Something that hardcore fans may gave forgotten over the course of the past few months is the addition of drummer Andrew Tkaczyk, formerly the main lyricist and brains behind For The Fallen Dreams. It will be interesting to see just what kind of dynamic Tkaczyk adds to the group from a songwriting standpoint. The band’s first US Tour of 2012 sees them out as direct support for Attack Attack! Just before the summer ended, The Ghost Inside left their Booking Agent at The Pantheon Booking Agency for Dave Shapiro at The Agency Group, and he’s one of the best at what he does. Don’t be surprised to see the band branching out to grow their fanbase. I would expect them to be on the 2012 Vans Warped Tour on one of the side stages, growing the same way We Came As Romans did this past summer.
3. “Bring It Back To The Streets” – Stray From The Path
Every Time I Die fans, meet one of the hardest working and honest bands in alternative hardcore: Stray From The Path. With influences ranging from Rage Against The Machine and Glassjaw to Deftones, the Long Island four-piece gained new fans in 2011 touring with bands such as Underoath, For Today and Norma Jean. On top of a busy touring schedule and releasing their band new album, they stared death in the face in late November after an unfortunate van flip (don’t worry, everyone was okay). Stepping things up in every way from their previous album, 2011’s Rising Sun was without a doubt one of the year’s best metalcore/hardcore albums. Much like Enter Shikari and The Ghost Inside, the band’s bread and butter is their crazy live show and their upcoming tour with Every Time I Die this February/March is a match made in music heaven. However, just before this tour, they’ll enjoy their first headlining run, with Cruel Hand, Structures, Counterparts and Betrayal. Be sure to check them out before you head out to see Every Time I Die. They are are hands-down the most underrated band in metalcore/hardcore today. Expect to see the band continue to tour with many Sumerian labelmates. If it happens again in 2012, a stint this summer on The All Stars Tour wouldn’t be too far off.