DS Staff Picks – Best Albums of 2014 (Rob Smittix)

Here you have it, a list of my top ten “punk” albums from 2014. Coming up with this list was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do, this week. Unfortunately I probably haven’t listened to every single punk album in its entirety that was released this year, although I tried. The order of these favorites are in the order in which they were released. 2014 proved to be a resurgence for punk rock music.

Click here for my top 10 picks of the year.

(10) FM359 “Truth, Love & Liberty” released in January 14, 2014 Pirates Press Records

I had the pleasure of attending the album release show at McGreevy’s in Boston where I first met Jay Stone of Dying Scene. Chances are without this side project band consisting of Street Dogs and Continental members I never would’ve joined the DS crew. For this reason and experience I have been listening to this album all year. “Truth, Love & Liberty” represents the true grit of America both raw and unrefined.

(9) Reverend Horton Heat “Rev” released January 21, 2014 Victory Records

The only album that I reviewed for Dying Scene that I’ve ever given 5 out of 5 stars to. I just felt as though the album was perfect through and through.

(8) Butcher Knives “Misery”  released February 18, 2014

I love Gypsy punk music and The Butcher Knives put their own twist of the genre. The way I discover this band for myself was by accident when I was researching the value of my accordion. I had the chance to meet and interview the band at their CD release show at Piano’s in NYC.

(7) Bad Buka “Through The Night” February 24, 2014

I reviewed this album for DS and I meant every word of it. I am so glad I had a chance to see Bad Buka play live this year. If you get the chance you won’t be disappointed.

(6) Interrupters (Self Titled) released August 5, 2014  Hellcat Records

The Interrupters album was one of the biggest surprises of 2014 for the Ska and Punk Scene. If Tim Armstrong was a woman I feel his vocals would sound identical to Aimee Allen’s style on this album which is another reason why Hellcat was the perfect fit for this release.

(5) Stray Bullets “Ghost Town Rockers” released October 7, 2014 Dying Scene Records

And not just because this album was released under DS Records but because it is well deserved. “New Prisons” in my opinion one of the best punk songs ever written. There I said it!  And the video to “Knife For The Pusherman” made me want to murder a drug dealer.

(4) Continental “Millionaires” released October 14 2014

East Grand Records I had the opportunity to join Rick and Stephen in the studio for a day last December which was the first time I heard 1000 Miles and Hope. These two songs have been stuck in my head ever since. The album Millionaires as a whole is an honest depiction of life ironically for those of us that are actually not millionaires.

(3) Rancid “Honor is All We Know” released October 27, 2014 Hellcat Records

Another album that I was just so stoked about, I can’t stop listening to “Evil’s My Friend”. This album was long-awaited by Rancid punks and I can’t thank them enough for the new tunes.

(2) Lagwagon “Hang” released October 28, 2014 Fat Wreck Chords

This album is amazing from beginning to end but “Absolute Obsolete” is by far one of the best songs written by a punk band in decades. I will keep this album spinning for the rest of forever.  

(1) NOFX “Backstage Passport” Soundtrack: released December 9, 2014 Fat Wreck Chords

Of course this album consists of songs that were written years ago, the songs or the version of these songs were not released officially until December of this year. This album makes me insanely happy. I always am game for NOFX! Bring on Backstage Passport 2 PLEASE!!

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