The festive period may be drawing to a close, but here at The Sound of Settling, that just means it's time to start looking ahead to another year packed with gigs and festivals. An early contender for lineup of 2017 comes in the form of Derby's 2Q Festival. Taking place on Saturday 1st April, they've spent advent unveiling a band a day.
Earlier this year, Yellowcard broke the news to their loyal following that their imminent album release would mark their final studio recordings. As expected, they then went on to reveal that the subsequent tour dates would make-up their goodbye. Now, we end the already dismal 2016 bidding them farewell across the UK.
After a two year lead-in, during which St Albans pop punk band Trash Boat unleashed two great EPs, this year saw them unleash their debut album proper. The wordy title 'Nothing I Write Can Change What You've Been Through' is a world apart from the straight-to-the-point anthems contained within and the band are hitting the road to share them.
There's no denying that 2016 has been Black Honey's year. They've spent the duration touring relentlessly and it's been easy to track their growing reputation. Support crowds have been piling into the venue straight after doors to catch their set and their own headline dates have been selling out well in advance.
Next year marks two decades since Against Me! formed in Florida. A lot of has changed in the band's camp, and in the world at large, during that time, yet Against Me! have bucked every imaginable trend by actually increasing in relevance as time has passed. Theirs is a unique story and they're back in the UK to write anothe chapter.
If you're going to have seven members in your band then you need to make sure that the contribution of every member is justified; every song must become a cacophony of sound which could simply never be created with a more traditional number of contributors. Luckily, Felix Hagan & The Family manage all of this and more.