With 2011 closing out, it’s time to look to see what 2012 has to offer. Musically it looks like next year is going to be a doozy with releases by everyone from Hot Water Music to The All-American Rejects. Here are the eight albums that I am most looking forward to in 2012.
1. Esperanto Sessions by Doug McKean
The former GC5 bassist sent me an advance copy of his fourth solo album earlier this year and I have been eagerly awaiting its release since. McKean has always been an outstanding songwriter and this album is another testament to his great talent. Now technically the record was released digitally earlier this month (get it here) but since it was so late in the year and McKean told me that he won’t be promoting it until 2012, hence its inclusion here.
2. One Man Army
The recently reformed One Man Army started writing songs for their new album. The record will be released by Adeline Records sometime next year. This is the first new material from the band since 2004’s split with Alkaline Trio. The band will also be reissuing their first two records in 2012.
3. Teenage Bottlerocket
TBR will be heading to The Blasting Room in February to record their fifth full-length record. The album will be released by Fat Wreck Chords later in 2012.
4. Hot Water Music
HWM has nearly completed their next record which will be released on Rise Records in 2012. This is the first new full-length from the band since 2004’s The New What Next.
5. The Bouncing Souls
The Bouncing Souls recently finished writing their latest album (which will be their ninth). The album will be released on Chunksaah Records next year.
6. 40 Miler by Tim Barry
Tim Barry’s next album 40 Miler will be released in 2012 on Chunksaah Records. Barry released a video for the song “Amen” earlier this year and if the rest of the record is as good as that song then we are in for a treat and an outstanding album.
7. Chasing the Ghost by The Ducky Boys
8. The Gaslight Anthem
The Gaslight Anthem recently finished writing the material for their upcoming major label debut. The album is slated for a summer release and I suspect that it will be huge.