2014 was a year ripe with excellent records for every season and emotion, and now that the year is over I am once again surrounded by a collection of fantastic tracks. These are my favorites from the bunch, all carrying a special meaning to me after my experiences with them. I hope you enjoy what I’ve thought of the year’s music display.
10. Seahaven – Reverie Lagoon: Music For Escapism Only
9. La Dispute – Rooms Of The House
8. Gang Of Thieves – Thunderfunk
7. The Hotelier – Home, Like Noplace Is There
6. Pianos Become The Teeth – Keep You
My adoration for this record still surprises me, as I was later than most to jump on the MoBo bandwagon. Those frequent listens rounded up high enough to justify a thousand mile road trip based around the opening date of their tour with pop-punk heavyweights The Wonder Years, and they packed a bigger punch. This record is an awkward indie emo pop-punk mess that dug deep inside my head and resonated with me through terribly hard times, acting as a proper soundtrack to the prospect of better, freer days.
Despite the fact that it’s more of a Dave Grohl concept album than a Foo Fighters record, it’s still made up of eight different amazingly well-crafted arena rock tracks, made as perfect as humanly possible by some of the most revered musicians in the genre and beyond. These songs yearn to be blasted within arenas and stadiums all over the world, and they deserve to be. It justifies its existence by rocking my socks off, and it’s the best mainstream rock album you’ll hear this year for that reason.
Confusing and abrupt breakup aside, Hostage Calm released a beautiful album that is destined to go unappreciated due to the fog of the surprising demise of the group. Growing from 2012’s Please Remain Calm, Die On Stage is an homage to the concept of timelessness and creating a name for yourself. The band’s heart and soul is working the hardest it possibly can, and you can hear it in every melody and harmony. Though the group has died on stage, their swan song will live on to make it’s own name.
I’m a Buffalo booster and I know it. As soon as I left home I fell in love with it, from Ted’s Red Hots to the Loganberry (wings are overrated). My obsession with Every Time I Die swelled between their previous effort Ex Lives and this latest release, coinciding with their continued aggression and unrelenting chaos. Keith Buckley is a maniac who’s sixteen years deep in the game and he hasn’t sounded more raw. “Moor” still sounds ripped from Edgar Allen Poe’s mixtape and is easily my favorite song of the year.
My favorite record this year comes from my favorite band; not particularly due to bias, but because of the noticeable progression it exudes. The band bends the brackets of its sound without breaking it and proves that they can keep churning out gems for their discography as time goes on. It is the most complete product that a listener can get from Circa Survive, as of now at least, and it’s honestly really damn good.
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