Such great music was released in 2019!
This list was pretty difficult for me to compile. I went back and forth for a while, until finally solidifying my top five for the year.
I hope you all enjoy my picks, and hopefully have a chance to check out these albums and these bands (if you haven't already).
MOBINA GALORE - DON'T WORRY
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Label: New Damage/Gunner Records
Release Date: September 6, 2019
Favorite Track: "Completely Disconnected"
Favorite Lyric(s): "Let's keep the past in the past, and talk about something new. I'm sick from being constantly down and feeling sorry for myself." ("Just Went Away")
THE LUCKY EEJITS - OUT OF TIME
Location: Oakland, CA
Label: Wiretap/Bypolar Records
Release Date: July 12, 2019
Favorite Track: "Re-Light"
Favorite Lyric(s): "We're fearless when no one can see our face, but it's time to step up for all of those who take it every day." ("Champion")
NOT ON TOUR - GROWING PAINS
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel Label: SBAM Records
Release Date: April 12, 2019
Favorite Track: "Therapy" Favorite Lyric(s): "Didn't mean to scare you all. I don't really wanna die, I don't know. But sometimes it feels like the lows take over the highs, all out of answers and no specific way to go." ("Saw it Coming")
RUSSIAN GIRLFRIENDS - IN THE PARLANCE OF OUR TIMES
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico Label: A-F Records
Release Date: June 21, 2019
Favorite Track: "Antidote"
Favorite Lyric(s): "My generation makes due with the minimum, maxed out beyond disillusion. Despair's expected! Dancing in the dark, no means to make a mark. We're desperate! Get used to it." ("Mark Knopfler is my Moral Compass")
PUP - MORBID STUFF
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Label: Rise Records/BMG
Release Date: April 5, 2019 Favorite Track: "Bloody Mary, Kate and Ashley" Favorite Lyric(s): "And half the crap I say is just things I've stolen from the bathroom walls of shitty venues across America. And I'm losing interest in self-help. Equally bored of feeling sorry for myself." ("Full-Blown Meltdown")
Here's to more rad music in 2020!