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Strictly Punk (vol.5)

Happy New Year!

It’s been 2012 for almost a week now and I’m sure you’re all sick of hearing that, as well as talk of resolutions, so I pose to you all a quote from Australian artist and musician Aisha Elderwyn:

“Every new year people make resolutions to change aspects of themselves they believe are negative. A majority of people revert back to how they were before and feel like failures. This year I challenge you to a new resolution. I challenge you to just be yourself.”

Right, all that philosophical thinking out the way, it’s time to finish up my look at upcoming punk releases for the rest of the year.

Upcoming Releases in 2012 – Part Two

Swedish skate punkers Millencolin are set to put out a B-Sides collection but it’s also set to feature 2 new tracks. This is being seen as a follow-up to The Melancholy Collection. Just this week NoFX have been talking up new material and that work has begun on the follow-up to 2009’s Coaster. We’re expecting something late Summer through to the Autumn-time.

Another monster of the genre, The Offspring, have been camping out in the studio throughout the Autumn and Winter. Noodles is pretty vocal on Twitter and the band are set to tour in the Spring and Summer which means the album must almost be wrapped up. Still no date or working title has been revealed but I would expect the new track, ‘You Will Find A Way’ which got an airing at last year’s Reading Festival, to be on there.

More Southern Cali skate punk: Pennywise have been in and out of the studio since October last year. When the album finally lands it’ll be the band’s first album with new vocalist Zoltán Téglás (alos of Ignite). Another band that spent their Autumn cooped up in the studio were Canada’s ultimate punk DIYers Propagandhi. I’d expect the follow-up to Supporting Caste early in the Spring of this year.

2012 marks the 20th anniversary of Rancid and I predict this is gonna be a big year for Tim, Lars, Matt & Branden. Talk of world tours (they’d better come to England!) in the Summer are also coupled with talk of a new record. The band’s studio activity backs this up tenfold.

Fat Wreck’s Scottish/Canadian punks The Real McKenzies have named their upcoming 2012 album and named a date for it too. Expect some Celtic party punk to land in March in the form of the band’s seventh studio album, Westwinds.

Something far less concrete are the activities of ska punkers Reel Big Fish. It’s been almost 5 years since the band’s last studio album Monkeys for Nothin’ and the Chimps for Free (excluding 2009’s covers album Fame, Fortune and Fornication) so there might be something to see before 2012 is out.  Something far harder could be on the horizon from NYC HxC legends Sick of it All who were writing material at the tail end of 2011.

Something more British now as Sonic Boom Six, who blend punk, dub, reggae, hip-hop and anything else that’s going spare (self confessed genre terrorists) have been telling anyone who’ll listen in recent live shows that new material is a-coming. New Song, ‘Kids of the Multi-Culture’ will surely feature on the band’s self titled fourth album currently due out in April 2012.

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