Alan Cross’ weekly music picks: Several MIA bands return with new albums

Any music fan knows that art, in all its forms, is only all set when the artist feels that the new work is prepared to be let loose upon the world. This week’s album release highlights consist of groups which have not been heard from for a long, long time.I say: welcome back, it’s been too long. Here are my music picks of the week.1. Control panel Confessional, Crooked Shadows

Has it truly been nine years since the last Dashboard album? Yes. Could this herald the start of some sort of emo revival? Maybe. And provided the apathy developed by the state of American politics, more emo may simply be the prescription. Head person Chris Carrabba, now 42, is aware of his emo legacy and comprehends that it does not hold the very same culture influence it when did, which is why he held back releasing any brand-new music up until now. It’s a brief album– simply 9 songs– so there’s blessedly little fat to handle.2.

MGMT, Little Dark Age

Speaking of bands who’ve been MIA for some time, the in some cases irritatingly mercurial MGMT have actually returned with their first album in almost 5 years. The first few records were equal parts pop gems and uncomfortable weirdness. Fed up with the inconsistency, their record label demanded more control over their third album, something that didn’t sit well with the band. The result, as you might guess, was made under a particular amount of duress. In some way, the band is still with Sony for a 4th record, which has some old-school hallucinogenic touches. “Off-kilter” is a term I’ve heard a number of times in relation to this album. That’s an advantage.3.

Legend of the Seagullmen– Legend of the Seagullmen

Let’s simply say it: This is a horrible name for a group comprised of some amazingly good metal guys. Bored awaiting Tool to obtain its act together for a new album, drummer Danny Carey gatheringed with Brent Hinds, the guitarist for the Grammy Award-winning Mastodon, to develop a record that informs of males who are seagulls, an orca that never sleeps and a huge squid that lives at the bottom of the ocean. You understand, the typical things. Perhaps this is the outcome of the contributions of film director Jimmy Hayward (Johan Hex, Free Birds and, er Horton Hears a Who), another main member of the group.4.

Brian Fallon, Sleepwalkers

In another universe, the head guy of The Gaslight Anthem is a star the size of Bruce Springsteen. Being in the incorrect years can result in profession setbacks. The last Gaslight anthem was launched in 2014; a year later, the band was put on ice so Brian could explore a solo profession. This year, though, the group is being reactivated– probably after Brian has a run with this solo record. It’s a peaceful, thoughtful record, ideal for soundtracking a winter evening’s contemplations.5.

Franz Ferdinand, Always Ascending

After going MIA for nearly five years, Alex Kaprianos’ team returns with a gem. I have actually had an advance copy of this album for about a week now and I really, truly like it. It’s quirky, shifts through all type of tempo changes when you least expect it and has a semi-New Wave feel to it. Simply puts, service as normal and everything we’ve concerned anticipate from FF. My favourite brand-new album of 2018 so far.This week

‘s undiscovered gem: MIEN

I have actually long been a fan of a Montreal indie band called Elephant Stone, a group that sounds like the Stone Roses if they had a lead sitar gamer. Now Rishi Dhir (stated sitar player) belongs to a new group including a member of Austin’s psych-y Black Angels, a man from the UK’s The Scaries and an American member of England’s The Earliers. They’ve all known each other since about 2004, when Rishi ended up playing bass for the Black Angels. Trips with The Horrors and The Earlies caused new connections, all of which finally came together with this brand-new job last year.London Calling– Phobophobes Evaluating from their name, South London’s Phobophobes seem to be afraid of … fears? That’s definitely uncomfortable. The band is also a bit unusual. When they had a recording session at Abbey Roadway Studios, they located the oldest microphone in Studio 2, the space favoured by the Beatles. They then took a swab of the inside of the mic and grew the resulting bacteria in a petri meal. That became the artwork for among their records. Was that bacteria, in part, the DNA of John Lennon? The Phobophobes prefer to believe so. Experiment with their new album, Mini World. Throwback Thursday– David Bowie Earlier today,Elon Musk’s SpaceX had a< a href = target=_ blank rel=noopener > successful launch of its Heavy Falcon, the most effective rocket ever constructed by the personal sector. The payload was Musk’s own Tesla Roadster with a mannequin– his name is Starman, of course– in a spacesuit behind the wheel. On the Telsa’s stereo was David Bowie’s Life on Mars on repeat– fitting, considering the Roadster’s trajectory will take it into a solar orbit beyond the Red Planet and into the asteroid belt. I ‘d enjoy to see the face on whomever(or whatever)recuperates this thing countless years from now. The response will be something like,” Dude! You are, like, truly lost!”Alan Cross is a broadcaster with 102.1 the Edge and an analyst for Global News. © 2018 Corus Radio, a division of

Corus Home Entertainment Inc. Andrew VanWyngarden( L)of MGMT performs on Ambassador Stage during Day

3 of the 2017 Life Is Gorgeous Celebration on September 24, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.FilmMagic


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