2015: The Year of Big Returns
As far as comebacks go, I can’t think of many years in our recent history where Alternative Rock Music has had as much of a comeback as billed for 2015. This might be purely because that’s more my neck of the woods than say Hip-Hop or Europop, but that being said the calibre of returning artists releasing new music this year, or announcing comebacks, has been incredible.
Now starting off with some of the announcements of new records and releases, amongst the biggest names are by far and away Radiohead, Blur and Modest Mouse, with Gorillaz announcing a scheduled for 2016. Modest Mouse released their first album in 6 years earlier in the year, Strangers to Ourselves was the beginning of a year full of surprises. Then Blur suddenly announced they were releasing their first new record as a 4 piece band for 16 years on the 27th April, and The Magic Whip promises to be a alternative BritPop gem based on the 3 released songs from the album. Then of course the one and only Radiohead hinted that they’ve got an album in the works for later this year. Of course there’s no release date or title as far, but that’s just Radiohead isn’t it.
But perhaps even bigger, is the touring schedules of some of the biggest names of the 90’s alternative scene, together in concert, burying hatchets and combining talents. The two huge colabs that come to mind are The Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson together, and Primus and Dinosaur Jr. For anyone who either grew up in the 90’s or is anti-hipster enough to listen to something that’s a bit out-of-the-loop then this pairing must be an absolute mouth watering sensation for you. I know my mouth is even thinking about it.
And even more so now with the recent announcement of the Splendour in The Grass lineup – more to follow a bit later – with blur returning, Johnny Marr of The Smiths Fame and Modest Mouse recency, and The Wombats returning to the country that loves them as one of their own. This might be (or definitely is) a case of one AJ being a nostalgic suck up to the great music of yesteryear, but we all have to be sometimes, don’t we?
Bring on the rest of what 2015 has to (re)offer.