All Time Low - Future Hearts
While I have loved All Time Low for a great number of years, Future Hearts made me fall in love with them all over again. Even though, at first listen, Future Hearts comes off as far more mature than most of All Time Low’s previous work, I could not be more excited to see how their style continues to evolve, because it has become very clear that they are only getting better with time.
Bring Me the Horizon - That's the Spirit
That’s the Spirit has shown the world a brand new Bring Me the Horizon, and while not everyone has loved it, personally, I could not be a more proud fan. This record, more so than any other, has exhibited the raw talent and lyrical genius that makes Bring Me the Horizon a musical force to be reckoned with.
SayWeCanFly - Darling - EP
Meeting and interviewing Braden was one of the highlights of my year, so it only makes sense that I include Darling, his first release as a part of the Epitaph family, on my year-end list of favorites. Hands down, this EP conveys Braden’s sweet and uniquely introspective take on life and love in a more succinct way than any of his work thus far.
Sleeping with Sirens - Madness
Sleeping with Sirens never fails to exceed my expectations, and their 2015 release was no exception. Without a doubt, Madness is one of my most favorite records of the year, and it makes me cross all of my fingers for Sleeping with Sirens to make an appearance on Warped Tour 2016!
Paradise Fears - Life In Real Time
I have loved Paradise Fears since I first discovered them when they opened for The Summer Set on the Wake Up and Be Awesome Tour, and I have been waiting for this album since the day they released their debut album, Battle Scars. Paradise Fears will forever be one of my favorite bands of truly meaningful songwriters, and Life In Real Time only stands to show this quality to the world.
State Champs - Around the World and Back
2015 was a spectacular year for State Champs, between releasing an outstanding album and securing tour spots with All Time Low and 5 Seconds of Summer, they have exploded into the spotlight of the music scene. Around the World and Back, while a perfectly solid record in its own right, makes me beyond incredibly excited for what the future holds for these talented guys.
Neck Deep - Life's Not Out to Get You
Life’s Not Out to Get You solidified Neck Deep as one of my new favorite bands of 2015. They are a fantastic group of people who created an amazing, and phenomenally poignant, record, and I can’t wait to see them co-headline the AP Tour with State Champs in 2016!
The Maine - American Candy
The Maine will forever be one of my first favorite bands, and as such, they hold a special place in my world. Through the years The Maine has experimented with a variety of styles, with each record taking on a different flavor, completely unique to all the others. Yet, American Candy puts forward a mature and fun-loving band who have figured out what it is that they do best, and they do not fail to deliver a massive dose of that greatness.
5 Seconds of Summer - Sounds Good Feels Good
Sounds Good Feels Good resolutely dispels any thought that 5SOS is anything short of a legitimate, and legitimately good, rock band. Tracks like “Jet Black Heart” and “Broken Home” drag listeners through a sea of emotional turmoil in a way that only a truly good band can do, while the closing piece, “Outer Space/Carry On,” serves as a sophisticated and reassuring catharsis at the completion of a heart-wrenchingly dark album.
twenty one pilots - Blurryface
Blurryface will go down in history as the record that started twenty one pilots’ meteoric rise to the upper echelons of the music industry, and after one listen it’s not hard to understand why. For me, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun’s unique way of conveying genuine emotion through clever lyrics and phenomenal instrumental phrases has solidified Blurryface as a stand-out album of 2015.
Halsey - New Americana
Halsey’s New Americana is yet another stand-out of 2015. With a mix of catchy choruses, infectious melodies, and poetic lyrics Halsey captures all facets of the musical imagination. As 2016 is bringing Halsey a sold out show at Madison Square Garden, as well as a slew of other awesome achievements, the sky’s the limit for the quirky singer/song-writer.
Escape the Fate - Hate Me
Somehow, Escape the Fate manages to surprise listeners with an album that is a complete lyrical departure from their previous work. However, nothing about this lyrical change seems awkward as Escape the Fate does not fail to bring their familiar style of bad-ass instrumentals.
Marianas Trench - Astoria
I will start by saying that I do not have enough words to describe all of the amazing thoughts I have about this album. While I have loved nearly all of Marianas Trench’s previous work, Astoria is in a league all its own. This record encompasses everything from cinematic 80s anthems to heartfelt ballads and sentimental nods to a host of their previous tracks. Without a doubt, my absolute favorite album of 2015!