2015 was an amazing year for new music and new bands, producing a huge amount of wonderful new albums.
Our personal favourites are:
Wolf Alice - My Love Is Cool
Wolf Alice have thrived this year. With a Glastonbury spot and huge sell out tours, they have really proved to the world just how great they are.
My Love Is Cool is for me, the best album of 2015. It isn’t very often that I can listen to an album and think ‘Wow. This is genuinely incredible.’ But that is exactly what came to mind a few songs into this album.
Nothing But Thieves - Nothing But Thieves
Having signed a record deal in just 2014, it has been a whirlwind year for Nothing But Thieves. With sets at Reading and Leeds festival, to supporting Muse in front of 32,000 people, things are really kicking off for this band.
For me, this was the most anticipated album in a long time. From the hit tracks ‘Itch’ and ‘Wake Up Call’ to the more mellow, haunting sounds of ‘Lover, Please Stay’ and ‘Tempt You’ this album really has something for everyone.
Catfish and The Bottlemen - The Balcony
Catfish and The Bottlemen have simply exploded this year. Having gone from a sellout tour of 1000 capacity venues to a whole tour with multiple dates at Manchester Apollo selling out in mere minutes, they have really shown their true potential.
With huge sing along tracks like ‘Cocoon’ and ‘Kathleen’ all the way to the beautiful sounds of ‘Hourglass’ this is a hugely impressive debut. A consistent, but not boring sound throughout provides a beautiful album, perfect for any mood.
Peace - Happy People
Kicking off the year with an intimate tour showcasing the new album before moving on to a larger tour at the end of the year, Peace have had a great year.
Happy People shows a new side to the Birmingham band. ‘Perfect Skin’ captures this generations desires to be as good as everyone else, ‘Happy People’ the stress and sadness of growing older. Peace have grown up, but their sound is still just as great as before. Happy People shows their growth, and proves their talent.