Fall is almost here, and fall brings so many changes. The air turns colder, the leaves change colors, they start putting the Christmas display up in the Home and Garden section at Walmart…. ah, fall. Fall also brings us the last few batches of the great, new, awesome music that’s coming out, and there’s plenty of those great new releases coming out just before (and just after) the start of the fall season. Let’s take a look at some of these:
Billy Talent – Dead Silence (Warner Bros. Records/Roadrunner Records)
The boys in Billy Talent bring us their 5th studio album (though only their 4th album as Billy Talent) inDead Silence, an album that the guys had been working on since November last year. A couple early singles (“Viking Death March” and “Surprise, Surprise”) have already hit the airwaves and are making quite a buzz for the Canadian quartet.
Interesting Fact: This is the first album the band has released that has not been self-titled since their name change to Billy Talent in 1999.
Imagine Dragons – Night Visions (Interscope Records/KIDinaKORNER)
Imagine Dragon’s debut album Night Visions is one of the more anticipated releases of the second half of the year, since the release of their EP Continued Silence earlier this year, and the popularity of the single “It’s Time” from it, which has been receiving a great deal of airplay on radio and has been featured in previews for the upcoming movie version of the Stephen Chbosky classic novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The band is including a special package to fans who pre-order the album, including a t-shirt and a special signed tour poster.
See the music video for “It’s Time” here:
NOFX – Self Entitled (Fat Wreck Chords)
Legendary 90’s punk act NOFX brings us another helping of their sound in their upcoming release. It’s the band’s 12th studio album and their 34th release overall as band. The band teams up with Bill Stevenson as producer, the same man who produced their last two studio albums. The recording process reportedly took only two and a half weeks, and the band released a limited edition 7″ vinyl single featuring the song “Ronnie & Mags”.
Band of Horses – Mirage Rock
The 4th studio album from Seattle, Washington’s own Band of Horses is the follow-up to the Grammy-nominated Infinite Arms, which came back in 2010. It’s already been a hectic year for the band, who toured South America for the first time this year. The band teamed up with Glyn Johns for the album, who has also worked with The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Clash and more. Quite impressive! They released the album’s debut single “Knock Knock” back in July, and ended a tour opening for My Morning Jacket.
Ben Folds Five – The Sound of the Life of the Mind (ImaVeePee Records)
This is the first album released from Ben Folds Five since 1999, and it’s the first album the band has released since their reunion last year. The song “Do It Anyway” is gaining steam and it looks as though Ben Folds Five (which only has 3 members) is coming back with a vengeance. The band has already toured extensively this year, and is slated to continue to tour throughout the year, including headlining theater dates and a spot at the DeLuna Festival in Pensacola Beach, Florida on September 21st.
Grizzly Bear – Shields (Warp Records)
Brooklyn-based Grizzly Bear recently performed for the first time since 2010 when they were featured on The Colbert Report as part of “StePhest Colbchella” in August, and now are now ready to hit the road for more than just TV appearances with their 4th studio album. The band wrap up a European tour at the end of this month and will hit the road in the US and Canada this fall with Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
Interesting Fact: Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has called Grizzly Bear his favorite band.
Check out the album’s first single, “Sleeping Ute”, here:
The Killers – Battle Born (Island Records/Vertigo Records)
Returning from a 2010 hiatus, The Killers return with their 4th studio album and their 1st since 2008’s Day & Age. The band worked with a vareity of producers on the record, including famed producer Brendan O’ Brien, and the album was mixed by Alan Moulder, the man who mixed the band’s first two albums. “Runaways”, the album’s debut single, was released to radio in July, and Rolling Stone readers called it “the best song of the summer” in a recent poll.
Local H – Hallelujah! I’m a Bum (Slimstyle Records)
The band Metacritic calls “rock’s greatest unknown two-man band” and the Chicago Tribune’s 2008 Band of the Year releases their 7th studio album, their first studio album since 2008, and their first for Slimstyle Records next month. The band is mostly known for the 1996 release As Good As Dead, which featured the hits “Eddie Vedder” and “Bound For The Floor”, as well as amazing and very fan-involved live shows. The two-piece originally from Zion, Illinois will be hitting the road in support of the album starting on September 7th.
Green Day – ¡Uno! (Reprise Records)
The first of a trilogy of new Green Day albums comes out in the final week of September, having already sported out the new singles “Oh Love” and “Kill The DJ” so far. Green Day recently surprised fans in the UK by playing a surprise set at the Reading Festival and will hit the road in support of the trilogy in the US later this year, including a headlining slot at the Voodoo Experience in New Orleans.
Mumford and Sons – Babel (Glassnote Records)
Folk rock is back! Mumford & Sons hit the ground running with their 2010 debut album Sigh No More, and have only grown in popularity since. Babel looks to continue this track with producer Murkus Dravs, who also produced Sigh No More. The album’s first single, “I Will Wait”, was released in August and peaked at #23 on the Billboard charts, their most successful song to date on US soil. The band are on their Gentlemen of the Road Tour in the US right now, which ends at the Aspen Jazz Festival on September 1st.
No Doubt – Push and Shove (Interscope Records)
Ska-influenced, Gwen Stafani-fronted No Doubt are releasing their first album since their 2009 reunion, and the first album since 2003’s Rock Steady. The band released the Spike Stent-produced single “Settle Down” in July and have appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Good Morning America since. The album also features DJ’s Diplo and Major Lazer, and dancehall reggae artist Busy Signal.
See the video for “Settle Down” here:
NOTE: All release dates listed are USA release dates for the albums.
Do any of these releases excite you? Or anything else we might have missed? Let us know in the comments!