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Our Most Anticipated alternative releases of 2017

December 09 2016, 2:55 PM EST By AltPress


We spoke to: Chris Conley (vocals/guitar)
WHAT'S DIFFERENT: Lyrically, it’s definitely more reflective from a comfortable place. The trilogy was me trying to bring myself back to life so I could not be freaking out all the time. Then the last record was me turning to the people I love and saying, “Hey, I get it. It’s hard. I’m here for you. I’ve been through this, too.” This new record feels like I’m more comfortable in the world, and I’m starting to reflect on how I got here and what it’s all about. I feel very grateful, so now it feels like the album is a love letter to life and the people and places I’ve been affected by, touched by,or changed by. I’m very grateful for all of that.
BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN MAKING THE RECORD: It’s not a challenge at all. It’s super-duper fun. There was one time when I hated doing it because I was in a very dark, self-loathing phase, so I didn’t like anything I was doing. It was all about me not being able to appreciate the things I do in general. Everyone has a hard time appreciating who they are. I’ve been really burdened by self-loathing, so there was a time when it was difficult for me because I was judging myself. But the process just happens, and I’m happy to be along for the ride.

IS IT MORE DAYBREAK OR SAVES THE DAYIt’s probably like Daybreak meets Stay What You Are. The songs have always been rocking, but if I’m in a weird place in my life, I’m not jumping up and down. It’s always come from high energy; it just depends where the energy is. The self-titled record had a lot of that rejuvenated feeling, which is why we called it Saves The Day. Saves The Day is about acknowledging that life is hard, but we can get through it if we stick together. Music is surviving all the pain and happiness. That’s the essence of Saves The Day: Despite the pain of life, I’m optimistic. —Evan Lucy


We spoke to: Kellin Quinn (vocals)
WHAT'S DIFFERENT: With each of our albums, it’s our goal to evolve and continue to grow as artists. That’s always the main focus: Go into the studio and surprise ourselves. If we can do that, we can make a great record that everyone can get behind and be excited about. Our goal is to become better songwriters every time.
BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN MAKING THE RECORD: Sometimes you have to really search for what you want to say and how you want to get it across. There’s a lot of things going on in the world right now—there’s a lot of things going on in our lives right now—that are definitely surfacing for me to go in there and say what I need to say. I’m really excited about that. I think it’s an exciting time for bands to use the pedestal they have to say things and how they’re feeling. I think our listeners need that right now.  

IS IT MORE FEEL OR MADNESSI think our goal is to be as energetic as we are live. We haven’t really been able to capture that yet onto a CD, and that’s the goal: to have a record that sounds larger than life. I want it to be more of a natural-sounding record. I think we can figure out how to get Jack’s guitar stuff and tone sounding huge. If we can do that, it’s going to be great. —Evan Lucy


We spoke to: Brent Walsh (vocals/guitar)
EXPECT IT: Summer 2017
WHAT'S DIFFERENT: We’re stoked to bring some of the progressive back to our music—Satori had five or six different songs with weird time schemes. With Connector, we allowed ourselves to be simple and mess around with other sounds and synths and styles, but now we want to combine that with what we used to do.
BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN MAKING THE RECORD: Finding the right producer to make it all work. It’s finding someone who has a nice blend of input while letting us have creative control and handle a large portion of the writing—it’s trying to find a marriage between those two concepts.

IS IT MORE CONNECTOR OR SATORII would say it’s closer to Connector. We’re still exploring a little more of a pop side than post-hardcore vibe, which we took a step out of. So, Connector, but with the progressive elements of Satori. —Jack Appleby


El Paso, Texas’ fave post-hardcore progenitors At The Drive-In had a bright career and a controversial history before imploding and blossoming into two distinct units: the more linear Sparta and the cosmic, post-everything group the Mars Volta. As those bands ended, talk turned to reuniting in 2009, with the original lineup of Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Jim Ward, Paul Hinojos and Tony Hajjar finally reconvening in 2011 for a series of live shows. However, when the band announced their summer 2016 tour plans, they did not include guitarist Ward, who was replaced by Keeley Davis, the former Engine Down frontman who was recruited by Ward in 2005 to play in Sparta. As the band prepare to record an album of new music (their first since the highly influential Relationship Of Command in 2000), fans and critics are wondering what kind of headspace the new-model ATDI will be in. Keep in mind that in December 2009, a panel of AP editors, writers, band members and industry folks proclaimed “One Armed Scissor” as the best single of the last 10 years. Rumors abound that their game plan will be revealed come February 2017. Watch this space. —Jason Pettigrew