1. “Four Year Strong” by Four Year Strong
Since its first major label LP release, FYS has been my favorite band. The blend of heavy, complex music with the dual lyrics of guitarists Alan Day and Dan O’Conner makes one of the more unique bands making music today. I don’t know if I’m more excited for the music or the fact there will be new songs for me to learn on guitar. With its return to a blend of sound of its first two LPs, this record is going to be playing all the time after its June 2 release.
2. Unknown title by The Wonder Years
I have no idea when this album is coming out, but the band has announced it’s coming this year. It seems this band gets better with every record, and this will be the first album from the band to not be included in the trilogy of stories from “The Upsides,” “Suburbia” and “The Greatest Generation.” Vocalist Dan “Soupy” Campbell has some of the better lyrics within the pop punk genre, and it will be interesting to see what he brings to the table with this album.
3. “Speedin’ Bullet to Heaven” by Kid Cudi
It seems Cudi has released an album every year since his debut album “Man on the Moon: The End of the Day” in 2009. Cudi is the kind of artist I listen to when I want to be in a chill state of mind. The music isn’t too overpowering with the beats, and his lyrics are meant to get people hyped. There is no release date yet, but I wish he would complete the “Man on the Moon” trilogy. It should be another solid effort for Cudi that I will accept with open arms.
4. “Blurryface”by Twenty One Pilots
I got on the Twenty One Pilots train late. I really started listening to these guys a couple of weeks ago, and I haven’t stopped. It seems I have listened to “Vessel” once a day since I first heard it. Twenty One Pilots released “Fairly Local,” the lead single for “Blurryface,” on March 16, and it has got me even more excited for the two-man group. I love the mix of the soft instrumentals with Tyler Joseph’s rap lyrics. The album will be released May 19.
5. “Found in Far Away Places” by August Burns Red
The release date for “Found In Far Away Places” is set for June 30. The band released a 17-second clip of a new song March 30 through Facebook, and it sounds like the usual crazy, sort of allover-the-place ABR song that the band has been known for. One major thing I love about this band is Matt Greiner’s drum work. It is simply out of this world. He has continually shown he is one of the better drummers in the metal genre today.