DS Staff Picks – Dylan’s Top 10 Albums of 2017

Hello, I’m Dylan and I write for Dying Scene. You probably clicked on this because you’d like to know what my Top 10 Albums of 2017 are. Check out my list below.

10. Not Available – Grandpunks

Pretty good album from German skate punks Not Available. It doesn’t hold a candle to 1997’s Resistance is Futile, but it’s better than their last record.

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9. Rancid – Trouble Maker

Trouble Maker delivers what you expect from a Rancid record. Some hard and fast songs, some slow ska songs, and a lot that you can sing along to. It’s not their best work, but it’s fun and much more cohesive than Honor is All We Know.

8. Shirley D. Pressed – Rust

Not many bands take 10 years to put out their debut album, but Hamburg, Germany’s Shirley D. Pressed aren’t like most bands. The result of this practice in patience is a really well-rounded record which, despite its 15-song tracklist, doesn’t have much filler.

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7. Hack the Mainframe – Disorders of Consciousness

An extremely strong debut album from up-and-coming Australian skate punk band Hack the Mainframe. Nothing but fast, melodic, and catchy songs. Highly recommended listening for fans of their fellow countrymen in The Decline and Local Resident Failure.

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6. Less Than Jake – Sound the Alarm

A nice little EP from Gainesville ska-punk veterans Less Than Jake. The 7-track release clocks in at around 20 minutes. The sound is pretty similar to their last album See the Light. If they tacked on a few more songs I think this would have been a solid full-length.

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5. 88 Fingers Louie – Thank You for Being a Friend

88 Fingers Louie makes their long-awaited return with Thank You for Being a Friend, their first album in nearly 20 years. Despite the extended downtime, they haven’t lost a step. This album is a lot more polished and tame than the band’s first two LPs, but the songwriting is great and the instrumental work is as tight as ever.

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4. Hi-Standard – The Gift

Hi-Standard is another band whose new album was almost two decades in the making. The band’s still playing the same fun, upbeat pop-punk they always have. This album is on par with 1997’s Angry Fist, and it deserves more recognition. Get on that US release, Fat Wreck!

3. The Lillingtons – Stella Sapiente

The Lillingtons are the third and final band on my list that hadn’t put out a new record in an extended period of time. Stella Sapiente is their first album in 11 years, following 2006’s The Too Late Show. I’d say this is their best release since Death By Television.

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2. Riptides – Canadian Graffiti

After spending a few years releasing splits with bands like the Queers, the Apers and the Dwarves, Ottawa pop-punks the Riptides have graced us with a new full-length album. Canadian Graffiti was definitely worth the wait. It’s their best record to date.

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1. Frenzal Rhomb – Hi-Vis High Tea

Picking a favorite is usually one of the hardest things to do. But picking my favorite album of 2017 wasn’t difficult at all. Hi-Vis High Tea is a masterpiece. There are no bad songs on this record.

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