In recent years, album anniversaries have become too common in the music world, especially in the alternative scene. It seems we are constantly bombarded with tour after tour of the albums we loved growing up. Since this seems to be a trend that will continue for a while, here are some albums that deserve some recognition as they reach the ten-year mark this year.
01. The Gaslight Anthem – The ‘59 Sound
– We definitely got lucky with this one. The four-piece rock band will be playing a string of shows (including a two night stretch in Toronto), performing the album in full. The band wore their influences on their sleeves with this record, the most notably being Bruce Springsteen, but maintained the sound that made them the band we know and love. Hopefully you’ll be able to make it to one of the shows they have set up. They may not be touring, but at least the band is taking the time to celebrate the album.
02. The Academy Is… – Fast Times at Barrington High
– The Academy Is… may have broken up, but it wouldn’t be a total shocker to see a celebration of this record. The band did come back in 2015 to play a set of shows in honour of the release of their 2005 debut, Almost Home, so who knows what can happen? With the hit single, “About A Girl”, this last record only increased their popularity before their separation in 2011.
03. Underoath – Lost In The Sound of Separation
– This may not be the most popular Underoath record, but it is by far the most experimental and different from what the band has ever been, while keeping the signature Underoath sound intact. This is also the last record with drummer/founding member Aaron Gillespie before his 2010 departure. Though Gillespie has since returned to the group, this tour one is pretty unlikely considering the fact that they are releasing a new record this year, but you never know what can happen.
04. Fall Out Boy – Folie A Deux
– This is the one Fall Out Boy record that has gotten better with age. The last recording released before their four-year hiatus, this is an album not well received by fans or the group themselves. Musical direction, tensions in the band before the split, this is a release that slips from memory. However, as mentioned, it is the only FOB album that has gotten better as the years go by and there are still fans out there that love this record as much as the rest of catalogue.
05. Panic! At The Disco – Pretty Odd
– The weirdest of the P!ATD collection, the then four-piece went into 60’s rock territory with Pretty Odd, right from their burlesque-emo debut. It would also be their last album before the 2009 departure of guitarist Ryan Ross and bassist Jon Walker. A celebration for this record would baffle fans as it barely gets the recognition it deserves, and Brendon Urie (“Nine In The Afternoon” is the only song from the record that has been played live in recent years). Sadly a long shot, but there are still those odd fans that adore the Beatles phase that P!ATD went through.
06. Bring Me The Horizon – Suicide Season
– Nobody could’ve imagined what this band would’ve become ten years after Suicide Season came out. Bring Me The Horizon has redefined themselves, dropping the deathcore sound in favour of a pop/rock oriented sound, and it’s working. Fans praised the change and have grown with the group while taking in fans of the new sound, but there will always be listeners that have a special feeling for the old stuff, dreaming for a show or tour to commemorate this banging release.
07. Attack! Attack! – Someday Came Suddenly
– CRABCORE REVIVAL 2K18!!! The good times of fake Ray Benz sunglasses, jean shorts, tanks with edgy quotes and, who could forget, Attack Attack! Remembered for their use of autotune, synth-drenched breakdowns, this now defunct act made big waves in the metalcore scene with their debut and self-titled follow-up. Whether you loved them or hated them, songs like “Stick Stickly” still resonate to this day. However, considering original vocalist Austin Carlile’s state of health and second vocalist Caleb Shomo’s schedule with Beartooth, this is another reunion that is very unlikely.
08. Bullet For My Valentine – Scream Aim Fire
– For their sophomore release, Bullet For My Valentine kept it heavy but limited the screaming. Despite the change, the album did very well, having songs featured on video games, charting in the top 10 and selling over 1,000,000 copies to this day. Both the title track and third single, “Waking The Demon”, have stood the test of time and remain in the band’s setlist, making it clear that fans continue to appreciate this album.
09. Forever The Sickest Kids – Underdog Alma Mater
– I truly miss the days of neon pop punk. MySpace, various colours in our clothes and family friendly breakdowns. Forever The Sickest Kids embodied all of these things and then some. Remembered by songs like “Hey Brittany” and “She’s A Lady”, the then six-piece showcased their complex voices and catchy melodies, crafting an album that any scene kid from that time will remember dearly. Last year, the band played their first shows since 2013, performing this album in full. They have proposed the idea of a tour to fans through social media, but only time will tell.
10. Jonas Brothers – A Little Bit Longer
– You probably hated the Jonas Brothers at the height of their career, but that’s cool. This is the record that sent the three-piece pop rock group to fame no one could’ve imagined. This is by far their best record. The songs have more edge, more catchiness. It was their way of showing that they were more than a Disney band while sticking to Disney morals. Getting their start on The Disney Channel and releasing their eponymous debut in 2007, the group would go on to have parts in movies, their own TV show, and continue to play stadiums worldwide. There are theories going around regarding a reunion after their Instagram account was reactivated and a photo of the three brothers were posted. They all have their separate lives (Nick and Joe still pursuing music) but this would be practical compared to the rest.