During 2016, we saw some stellar bands rise to the top. From covers to arenas (I Prevail, anyone?) these bands beat the odds and shed the hate, and made their names the biggest on the roster. Now it makes us pause and think about what bands will do the same for 2017. Shockwave decided to take a stab at predicting our Breakout Bands of 2017. Here are our nominations:
My prediction for the breakout band of 2017 is Blessing A Curse a genre-defying metal/rock five-piece from Orlando, Florida. Fronted by vocal wiz Joshy Singer, Blessing a Curse released their debut CD Satisfaction for The Vengeful just two short months ago. Now they’re embarking on their first major tour with The Browning and It Lies Within. Says Singer, “We’re really excited for the opportunity. Both bands seem great and very talented. We’re just blown away that our first tour ever is going to be in another country.” I’m not the least surprised. From the moment I listened to Blessing A Curse, I was sold. I’ve played their CD for many people since, and everyone has found something to love in their unpredictable tunes. Mixing a little dub step with massive metal and old school guitar solos, Joshy performs each song like a vocal olympicist, crooning or belting out hooks that go on for days. Says Joshy, “I like to keep it pop-y with BAC too because I think that’s a nice juxtaposition with the heaviness, to have a pop chorus to balance it out. I definitely try to keep it memorable with the hooks.” If you are looking for a new band with a fresh sound, head over to this link and stream the entire CD for free. Get in on the ground floor of 2017’s breakout band, Blessing A Curse.
If you haven’t checked out 9Electric by now you are missing the boat so to speak. 9Electric couldn’t be a more perfect name for this band. They can only be classified as electronic metal. Children (and teens) of the 80s can hear the synethisizer-esque sounds that will take them back to the days of Depeche Mode and Devo, yet the hard hitting metal beat draws in younger metalheads. With songs, such as “New God” and “Time Bomb” the audience can’t help but to begin bouncing and singing along in an effort to release the energy created by 9Electric. “Goodbye” entrances the crowd while it tells a tale of serial killers finding their perfect match in each other. If you haven’t picked up a copy of The Damaged Ones, their second LP, do yourself a favor and do it now! At the very least, check them out on youtube and find out what you’re missing out on.
2016 was a stellar year for From Ashes to New. Releasing their sophomore album, playing Warped Tour, releasing a single for the WWE, as well as supporting major tours. These guys have that sound that just leaves you wanting more every time you hear them. Seeing them live for the first time in 2016, I’ll definitely be looking out for them in the future, as soon they’ll have a headlining tour on this path. FATN topped Billboard charts for Day One and have had continuous radio success. Catch this band in the small venues while you still can!
Have you ever listened to a band and immediately been drawn into it? That is what happened when I first heard Crobot. I was hooked from the very first song. No matter how many times you listen to them, they never get old. Even now as I write this, I’m listening to “No Where to Hide” from their first album.
You don’t find many bands with the sound they have. It’s like a “Dirty Groove Rock,” as described by the band. Whether you’re listening to it in your house, car, or live, it makes you want to dance and rock out. Like this moment, I can’t help but bob my head and jam out. They put on one of the funniest live shows I have ever seen with so much energy, so much passion, you almost feel like you’re on stage with them. They pull you into the music whether it’s your first time seeing them or tenth. Every single time listening is a new and amazing experience. Do yourself a favor and check out this band. They recently released their sophomore album, Fat City, with Wind Up Records. Just like their debut album, Something Supernatural, you are in for amazing guitar riffs, drum beats, and smooth harmonics, all tied together by the amazing vocals of Brandon Yeagly. This is why I think Crobot will be one of the top artist to keep your eyes on in 2017.
I think 2017 is about to be hit by Monster Truck. While these guys are no rookies to the rock music game, they have yet to really break into the mainstream. They are the quintessential All American rock band with a southern soul. They come with a sound comparable to the likes of Shaman’s Harvest and Black Stone Cherry, so they’re sonically in good company. Keep an eye out for these guys!
One of the bands that took me by complete surprise last year was on support for one of my favorite bands. Sleepwave played right before I Prevail and, like most of the crowd at the time, hadn’t heard anything from them before. Spencer Chamberlain gave me the vibe of two different singers that I both admire and respect, and I was immediately drawn in by the passion this band exuded on stage. Originating in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2013 they quickly turned around their debut album Broken Compass on September 16, 2014 (happy birthday to me). Their debut album reached #4 on the Heatseekers Chart and gained some heavy positive reviews. I expect some new music to hit the charts for them again in 2017, with what I hope to be a headlining tour soon. Don’t miss this breakout band!