Here we are! The final day of 2014. The day where everyone talks about their ups and downs and trials and tribulations of the year but the one thing most people neglect, one of the most important things to reflect on, is how amazing the music has been this year. From the return of Copeland and Antiskeptic to the beautiful farewell to Anberlin, the releases of 2014 have made for one of our favourite years in music. We reached out to readers and writers of Cool Try (bro) and even a couple of special guests to share with us their top 10’s of 2014. Enjoy.
Adam Cobcroft – Reader of cool try, father and husband, super handsome dude.
Before we get into Adam’s top 10 we’d like to congratulate him on the greatest release to him this year, his daughter! We have no doubt you and Ashlee are going to bring this girl up into a happy and beautiful world with the best taste in music.
10. Slipknot – 5: The Grey Chapter
9. Comeback Kid – Die Knowing
8. The Gaslight Anthem – Get Hurt
7. He Is Legend – Heavy Fruit
6. Killer Be Killed – Killer Be Killed
5. Marmozets – The Weird and Wonderful
4. Architects – Lost Forever/Lost Together
3. Machine Head – Bloodstone and Diamonds
2. Beartooth – Disgusting
1. Every Time I Die – From Parts Unknown
Shaun Irwin – Photographer/Reviewer for Cool Try and super nice dude/expert hugger.
(In no particular order)
FACT – Witness. This album is pure energy, a huge amount of progression from previous releases by these Japanese dudes! Save for one acoustic song, this whole album pours out energetic post punk/punk rock.
Code Orange – I Am King. Believe the hype, maybe not of this album but definitely of this band. I Am King doesn’t top Love Is Love//Return To Dust for me but comes very close. There are lots of exciting guest vocalists on this one too.
Job for a Cowboy – Sun Eater. More progressive than any of their previous releases, Sun Eater is probably the best album JFAC have put out in my opinion. The bass lines on ‘Sun of Nihility’ had me grooving.
Eagulls – S/T. Angsty, post punk, Joy Division-esque, 5 piece from Leeds. Not much else needs to be said!
Finch – Back To Oblivion. Bit of bias for me, but its a very different direction for Finch, definitely more mature, but at times a little simpler.
Chiodos – Devil. Thomas Erak and Craig Owens both show their growth as musicians on this one, Chiodos are back (with Craig) and better than ever!
Monolord – Empress Rising. Mountain ranges of fuzz, immense riffs. Easily my favourite stoner/doom release of the year.
Ceres – I Don’t Want To Be Anywhere But Here. One of the best bands in the country at the moment, go catch one of their shows before they blow up!
The Hotelier – Home, Like Noplace Is There. Album title is slightly confusing, whole album melted my heart. Particular mentions are ‘Housebroken’ and ‘Among the Wildflowers’. Emotive rock for fans of anything, just make sure you have this album.
Behemoth – The Satanist. Polish lords doing their thing, The Satanist has such a tight production and shows how much the band has matured.
Darcy Rice-O’Connor – Interviewer/Reviewer for Cool Try and Guitarist for Deadtown Nothings
Azaelia Banks – Broke With Expensive Taste
Common – Nobody’s Smiling
Cymbals Eat Guitars – Lose
Joyce Manor – Never Hungover Again
The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream
(In Alphabetical Order)
BadBadNotGood – III
Bane – Don’t Wait Up
Code Orange – I Am King
Comeback Kid – Die Knowing
Puig Destroyer – S/T
Single Mothers – Negative Qualities
The Contortionist – Language
The Hotelier – Home, Like Noplace There Is
Tingvall Trio – Beat
United Nations – The Next Four Years
Timothy Busby – Reviewer for Cool Try with a scream that can melt your ears and a smile that can melt your heart.
(In no particular order)
Young and In The Way – When Life Comes to Death.
Goodtime Boys – Rain.
Code Orange – I Am King.
Crosses – Crosses.
Marathon – Cure.
Cult Leader – Nothing For Us Here.
Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt vs Jxckxlz – Split Lp.
This Will Destroy You – Another Language.
Pianos Become the Teeth – Keep You.
The Matador – Destroyer.
Brooke Nash – Writer, Reviewer, Photographer for Cool Try and Sean’s favourite person who types out a lot of the interviews!
Forever Came Calling -What Matters Most
Fireworks- Oh, Common Life
I Am The Avalanche – Wolverines
Handguns – Life Lessons
Aaron West And The Roaring Twenties – We Don’t Have Each Other
10. Allday – Startup Cult
9. Tove Lo – Queen Of The Clouds
8. Taylor Swift – 1989
7. Bayside – Cult
6. Yellowcard – Lift A Sail
5. Transit – Joyride
4. Mary Lambert – Heart On My Sleeve
3. Real Friends – Maybe This Place is The Same and We’re Just Changing
2. The Smith Street Band – Throw Me In The River
1. New Found Glory – Resurrection
SPECIAL GUEST: Nick Coppin drummer for Antiskeptic
Before we get into Nick’s top 10 we just want to say a big welcome back to Antiskeptic and congratulations on a brilliant return with their album ‘Stare Down The Ocean’. (Streaming Below and available for purchase at antiskeptic.bandcamp.com)
Royal Blood – Royal Blood
The Peep Temple – Tales
Eric Clapton & Friends – The Breeze: An appreciation of JJ Cale
War on Drugs – Lost In the Dream
Copeland – Ixora
Timothy Coghill – Nowhere
Future Islands – Singles
The Smith Street Band – Throw Me In The River
Anberlin – Lowborn
Antiskeptic – Stare Down The Ocean
SPECIAL GUEST: Gates- Gates are a band from New Brunswick, NJ. They released their beautifully brilliant debut LP ‘Bloom and Breathe’ this year which is streaming below and available to purchase here. We are super stoked to have them give their top 10 on the site.
Tycho – Awake
Pianos Become the Teeth – Keep You
Prawn – Kingfisher
Alt-J – This Is All Yours
Frameworks – Loom
Beck – Morning Phase
Young Widows – Easy Pain
Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams
This Will Destroy You – Another Language
RX Bandits – Gemini, Her Majesty
Sean Degan – Co-Founder, Writer, Reviewer and Interviewer for Cool Try. Father and music maker.
6. Say Anything – Hebrews
5. Anberlin – Lowborn
4. Twin Forks – Twin Forks
3. Bleachers – Strange Desires
2. Jason Lancaster – As You Are
1. Antiskeptic – Stare Down The Ocean
10. Taylor Swift – 1989
9. Taking Back Sunday – Happiness Is
8. Yellowcard – Lift A Sail
7. Twin Atlantic – Great Divide
6. Damien Rice – My Favourite Faded Fantasy
5. The Cinema – Talking In Your Sleep
4. Manchester Orchestra – COPE/HOPE
3. Gates – Bloom & Breathe
2. Copeland – Ixora
1. Angels and Airwaves – The Dream Walker.
And there we have it folks! I’m proud to say there is a lot of diversity in these lists! 2014 has been a fantastic year for music but we’re already excited for whats to come in 2015 with new albums from blink-182, No Doubt, Faith No More, Fall Out Boy, Death Cab For Cutie, THE STARTING LINE, Enter Shikari and more. What are you looking forward to?
Happy New Year lovers! Get ready for cool try to make a few changes in 2015!