The Rainmaker explains why 2012 is going to be an incredible year for music.
After the look back at the best albums from 2011 I’m gonna look a forward. In a year with no glastonbury and the potential end of the world, it might seem strange to say that 2012 is going to be amazing. But it will be. And here’s why.
There has been an explosion of awesome bands announcing that they are now reforming. it started innocently, with Pulp reuniting and playing a spot at Glastonbury and then headlining Reading/Leeds festival. They were incredible and blew many minds (including my own) and clearly some other bands were paying very close attention. Specifically, The Stone Roses. The seminal northern band announced a number of dates for 2012 and many middle-aged ex-madchester dads went nuts for tickets. Another legendary northern band joined the others when New Order announced they would reform to play some gigs but without iconic bassist Peter Hook who is now left to grumpily declare it “like Queen without Freddie Mercury”.
What’s that world? You want some bands a bit bigger? You want some bands that have completely changed the music world? Oh yeh, those happened to, ladies and gentlemen Black Sabbath and the Beach Boys are both reuniting to play some gigs in 2012. I don’t think I need to push how significant both bands have been in shaping the musical world, and while my co-author may not approve of the former, he is definitely whitening his underwear following the Beach Boys news.
And then we come to my personal favourite re-unification of the last months. The Afghan Whigs have announced that they will reform to play a festival next year. For those who don’t know, they were one of the most underrated bands of the Grunge era, combining a sleazy hard rock sound with some killer grungey tunes. Allow youtube and an impossibly young Jon Stewart to demonstrate…
So all these amazing bands will be touring and making amazing music, and just generally reminding everyone of just how awesome music can be when it’s made by the right people. And speaking of touring…
THIS JUST IN – Literally as I type this I’ve just heard that BLUR ARE REUNITING to play at the Brit awards. Now I don’t know the length of this reunion but considering that Damon just terminated Gorillaz I think it’s fair to start giggling with joy and rocking out to Song 2 again.
Oh and I forgot The Shins. They rock.
2. Living legends will be touring
Enough about all those silly reunions you say? Well how about a tour from ‘probably-the-best-band-currently-making-music’ Radiohead. That’s right the age defining icons will be starting a tour of arenas in 2012, giving people the chance they finally need to see one of the greatest bands of all-time play somewhere actually near them and not just a surprise one at glasto.
Add that to the fact that half of grunges ‘Big 4’ and my two favourite Grunge bands (Nirvana not included due to reasons relating to death) Pearl Jam and Soundgarden are going to be touring next year. These bands are amazing, and combined with the Afghan Whigs and the general existence of Alice In Chains, have the chance to make 2012 the year Grunge’s dead corpse became reanimated and began wandering the earth, screaming things about ‘my libido’ and ‘jalapenos’ at millions of disgruntled teenagers. Here is a newly released song by Soundgarden for those who haven’t witnessed the awesome.
Oh yeah and barely-living legends Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen will be making their way to the Isle of Wight in the summer. If you’re wondering why there arent more newer bands in this section it’s because, frankly, they are always touring. But it is fair to expect gigs from The Vaccines, Tune-Yards and all those new but still good bands you can hear on BBC 6music.
3. New Albums = New Awesome
Guess who’s in the studio? That’s right, Radiohead. I won’t dwell on the amazingness of that because I’ve already ranted enough but lets just say you can pretty much include all of the above artists that reunited because like Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, they’re working on some new stuff. To save time here is just a list of people who have delared that they will actually, no bullshit, release an album next year.
- Paul McCartney
- Beach Boys
- Foo Fighters
- Bruce Springsteen
- The Shins
- Rodrigo y Gabriela
- Lana Del Rey
- Mark Lanegan
- Dry the River
And finally how can I forget the winners of my best album of 2011 list, Tom Williams and the Boat are currently raising funds to release their second album via a fan payment site called PledgeMusic, which you can see here, and go and give them money so I can hear their new record sooner please!
I’m pretty sure that should be enough for you. As its only fair to leave with a song, here’s my favourite song by The Shins, as their record is the one I’m most looking forward to.