On Thurs., January 4th, 2018, we will publish The Pier’s 2018 Most Anticipated Albums. This is the time of year we get to anticipate and discuss upcoming albums from some of our favorite bands in Reggae-Rock. We’re compiling all of the information from the bands about their new releases for one big convenient read…
First, we want to thank everyone for their 10+ years of support in following The Pier. We’ve been documenting the evolving reggae-rock genre since 2007. As we move forward into 2018 we look forward to bringing you a brand-new website and platform as well as covering a new wave of up and coming artists that we’ve spent the last several months discovering and connecting with. These are artists from New Zealand, Australia, Europe and Canada as well as the US. There’s a shift that’s taking place in the music scene as a new generation of music makers establish their mark on a thriving digital platform of streaming.
One thing that 2017 showed us is how streaming is taking over which may translate to artists and bands being more inclined to release fewer full-length records in light of working with more producers and dishing out more singles and EP’s accompanied by music videos. The reggae community seems to be a niche market which makes it economically viable for some artists to continue putting out full-length records, especially when hitting their crowd-funding goals to pay for said releases if an independent label isn’t already attached to it — We love the stories these artists tell in a full-length record and hope to continue bringinging you this feature for years to come.
Some notable and regular artists that did-not release a full length album in 2017 are: Slightly Stoopid, Pepper, Rebelution, Iration, Stick Figure, The Movement and that’s just scratching the surface. We’re hearing hints that Steel Pulse, Raging Fyah, Hempress Sativa, The Interrupters, Katchafire and The Skints have new records prepped for 2018. Let us not forget about hinted debut records from Kabaka Pyramid, LAW, and The Late Ones.
Out of breath yet? Well there’s more as there are new records from Sublime with Rome, Ethan Tucker, The Hip Abduction, Ballyhoo!, Tunnel Vision, Krooked Treez as we’re also excited about the return of Tomorrows Bad Seeds who have been sitting on their record for a couple of years. Speaking of a return, we may or may not have updated information on a Long Beach Dub Allstars album, which would be their first in 17 years.
On Thursday, January 4th, 2018 we will discuss the aforementioned artists, and many others who are expected to put out new albums in the new year. While some of the information we’ve received is quite detailed and exciting, other groups provided limited and reserved info as some bands are still in the confirming/prepping/planning stages for a new record — Stay tuned for January 4th’s publish of The Pier’s 2018 Most Anticipated Albums.
Watch: Iration – “One Way Track” (The Pier’s Live Acoustic Series)