Silverstein – Arrivals & Departures (Victory)
Silverstein released their third album Arrivals & Departures in 2007, a no-frills take on the band’s post-hardcore sound that was produced by Mark Trombino (Blink-182, Jimmy Eat World). The record is heavily indebted to Alexisonfire’s 2006 album, Crisis, a stylistic move which apparently alienated some old school fans. The band themselves evidently view Arrivals as a low point in retrospect: “People didn’t like it,” vocalist Shane Told recalled to the Aquarian. “And we didn’t have a very good time making it… maybe people can kind of feel that when they listen to it.”
The Academy Is… – Santi (Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen)
A nostalgic favorite of many an AP writer, Chicago's the Academy Is… were active from 2003 until 2011, briefly reuniting for Riot Fest, followed by a 10-year anniversary tour for Almost Here in 2015. The band's penultimate album, Santi, dropped in spring 2007, backed by Pete Wentz's Fueled By Ramen imprint, then called Decaydance Records. Santi's two singles, “We've Got A Big Mess On Our Hands” and “Everything We Had,” display a decent cross-section of the group's effervescent, super-retro-rock sound.
The Chariot – The Fiancée (Solid State)
The Chariot's live shows are the stuff of legend, and the metalcore band's second album The Fiancée hit right at the crux of a furious 10-year career. Issued on Solid State Records in April of 2007, the release is perhaps best remembered for its tune “Then Came To Kill” featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore, and the track titles' idiosyncratic sectioning of the old “Two Dead Boys” folk poem.
The Weakerthans – Reunion Tour (Epitaph/ANTI-)
Canadian indie-rockers the Weakerthans issued their fourth album Reunion Tour in the fall of 2007, and the record would end up being their last full-length release before announcing an indefinite hiatus in 2014. A slightly more experimental affair than their previous three forays, Reunion Tour was nominated in the band’s home country for the 2008 Polaris Music Prize. Take a listen to the bittersweet album opener “Civil Twilight,” above, with its mentions of reluctant landlords, Canadian provinces, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
The White Stripes – Icky Thump (Third Man/Warner Bros.)
The White Stripes' Icky Thump was the hard-charging rock duo's last album, and the group's unique music career was perfectly summarized in songs such as the explosive “Little Cream Soda” and the pointed title track. Recent political events have sparked a semi-resurrection of Icky Thump's ideas, with the eponymous tune's linchpin lyric inspiring an anti-Donald Trump “Icky Trump” T-shirt created by the band:
“White Americans? What?
Nothing better to do?
Why don't you kick yourself out?
You're an immigrant too.
Who's using who?
What should we do?
Well you can't be a pimp
and a prostitute too.”
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