With 2015 almost over, it’s time to look ahead and see what 2016 has in store for the music scene. With new albums from The 1975, Nada Surf and Bloc Party as well as highly anticipated debuts from DMA’s, Hinds, and New Desert Blues, 2016 already seems to be a great year.
See the tabs below for what we are looking forward to.
DMA’s – Hill’s End
- Out on February 26nd via I Oh You / Infectious
Aussie brit pop act DMA’s has become my new favourite band over the past year. They have taken the UK and Europe by storm after the release of their eponymous debut EP and have toured their arses off since.
Recorded in Johnny Took’s (guitar) bedroom, Their debut album Hills End will features hit single Delete as well as the previously released So We Know and the latest single Lay Down. The track list also includes live favourite Play It Out as well as several new songs.
The Coral – Distance Inbetween
- Out on March 14th via Deltasonic
After a five-year hiatus The Coral return in 2016 with their new studio album, Distance Inbetween. Who would have thought? While the band may be best known for their 2002 hit single Dreaming Of You, there is actually a lot more to this band. Their 2007 album Roots & Echoes is probably one of my all-time favourites.
Coinciding with the new album’s release, the band will embark on a UK and European tour in spring. The Coral will be joined by none other than Manchester rockers Blossoms on all dates.
The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It
- out on February 26th via DirtyHit
After touring their debut record for two years straight and taking the world by storm, expectations are high for The 1975’s second album that goes by the baroque title I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It.
New singles Love Me and Ugh! seem like good indicators that the band have upped their ante adding even more R&B and 80s influences to their sound. I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It is probably one of the most anticipated releases of 2016 – let’s see if it can live up to those expectations.
Nada Surf – You Know Who You Are
- out on March 4th via City Slang
Nada Surf are one of the bands that got me into indie rock music in the first place. When they released their fourth record This Weight is a Gift in 2005, it marked the beginning of a whole new musical era for me.
Fast forward ten years, Nada Surf return with news of their new album You Know Who You Are, set for release on March 4th via City Slang. The band are streaming the first single from the record Believe You’re Mine.
Nada Surf has confirmed the first leg of a European tour for early next year. Full dates are listed below.
New Desert Blues – To Be My Own
- out on January 28th via Whiteley Records
Although the are from Hampshire, New Desert Blues sound as American as you can get. They describe their sound as noir americana which seems like a fitting description particularly in light of their earlier material which evolved around stories from the American West.
Their debut full length To Be My Own marks the follow-up to their Devil’s Rope EP which gained the attention of Augustines who invited them on their European tour. While they were in Berlin, we met them for an interview.
Hinds – Leave Me Alone
- out Jan 8th via Mom + Pop/Lucky Number
¡VIVA HINDS! With only a handful of singles Spanish lo-fi group Hinds has broken onto the DIY scene last summer. Now with their eagerly awaited debut on the horizon, Hinds are firmly establishing themselves as one of the most exciting emerging acts of the year and show no sign of slowing down.
Hinds create sun-kissed, 60’s-inspired melodies with that raw guitar sound of an old radio. Originally named Deers, the band had to rename last year but that didn’t stop them from being a lot of fun. They have even created their own videogame playable on their website.
Ra Ra Riot – Need Your Light
- out on February 19 via Barsuk
Ra Ra Riot have recently shared the first single from their upcoming new album, Water, a collaboration with Vampire Weekend‘s Rostam who co-wrote and produced the song. Water is a lot different from their synth pop tinged 2013 record Beta Love, indeed it sounds a lot like a Vampire Weekend song – which is a good thing.
When asked the band said they were getting back to their house party roots without abandoning the more heady soundscapes they explored with 2013’s Beta Love. I have no idea how the full record is going to turn out, but I have no doubt it will be great.
Bloc Party – Hymns
- out January 29th via PIAS
To be fair, I was a bit unsure whether or not to include Bloc Party’s fifth full length in this list. Neither of the new singles, the quirky The Love Within nor the mid-tempo blues rock number The Good News, really clicked with me. The first sounds like it was taken from Kele’s solo work while the second was just quite bland.
The fact that founding members Matt Tong und Gorden Moakes left the band doesn’t make things any better. Still, their live shows still rock and I am eagerly anticipating this record – for better or worse.
Augustines – TBA
- release TBA
Granted, no title or release date has been set for Augustines’s third record but it will drop some time in 2016 and apparently, the guys are finished recording.
Meanwhile, vocalist William (Billy) McCarthy is set to embark on a solo tour across the UK and Europe starting in January. On that tour he will tell stories, sing songs he’s written over the past decade and a half, as well as read from his journals. McCarthy’s life story is also to be covered in the upcoming documentary ‘RISE’ (Todd Howe / Big Vulture) which has been financed via crowdfunding.
Racing Glaciers – TBA
- release TBA
Racing Glaciers from Macclesfield haven’t announced details of their forthcoming debut yet aside the fact that it is coming in 2016 on Killing Moon.
Racing Glaciers released their new single Seems Like A Good Time this November, the first exciting glimmer of what is to come from their debut album release next year, and a track that pulls together all that is great about the 5-piece from Macclesfield, as gloriously cinematic, inventive and essential as we need right now.
Also published on Medium.