The Top 5 Bands That Should Make Another Album
Some bands break up prematurely, others offer up a single album and then dissolve into the ether and then there are the bands that have taken an indefinite hiatus. Whatever the reason, there are bands that I would really like to hear from again. And that’s not even to say that all of the artists that made my list have an insufficient catalog, but they exited before my cravings were completely satiated. Plus, when you get the band together to cut that album, it’s almost a foregone conclusion that a tour will follow! Oh, and one more caveat. We don’t merely want a “our coffers are low so let’s do a reunion tour” things, these are groups that I believe still have some great music left in them. I mean, the Pixies are easily one of my favorite bands of all time, but I was content to see a reunion tour without a new album . . . they don’t have to write another song again and will always retain their place in Rock Valhalla. Let’s get to the list already.
The Top 5 Bands That Should Make Another Album:
I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not a huge Conor Oberst fan, I find most of his material over-extended and self indulgent. Bright Eyes just doesn’t do a whole lot for me. But at the same time, whether you like him or not, you can’t deny the talent. His 2002 side project, Desaparecidos, showed his penchant for writing songs that were as rocking as they were catchy. The band’s single full-length album, Read Music/Speak Spanish is raw, urgent and spectacular. I understand the album was recorded in one week . . . just showing how well this collective worked together . . . and needs to again.
4. Death from Above 1979
It’s true, two-piece bands became fashionable somewhere along the way, but man, these two put out a huge amount of sound. Their 2006 album, You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine was frantic, a rocking good ruckus and even kind of danceable. Word on the street is, there is a reunion in the works . . . let’s hope that means new material is on the way.
Outkast could forever walk away from the idea of ever putting out another song and still keep their place as one of not only hip-hop’s, but music’s most innovative and enthralling artists. But let’s hope that doesn’t happen. Big Boi’s solo effort, Sir Lucious Left Foot…The Son of Chico Dusty, was all-around fantastic, but let’s face it, something magical happens when Big Boi and Andre 3000 come together as the mighty Outkast.
2. Cannibal Ox
Oh what could have been. Cannibal Ox only put out one album of new material (the other two albums came in the form of a live album and a rarities/B-sides album). 2001’s The Cold Vein was produced by El P and was full of lush textures, innovative and unpredictable beats and unique delivery and tone from both Vast Aire and Vordul Megilah. While it embodied underground hip-hop, at the time it felt like an important bridge between backpack and commercial hip-hop . . . although it would need some heavy editing to ever make it onto airwaves.
1. At the Drive-In
Aggressive, fiery and still literate, At the Drive-In made music that demanded attention. It combined all the best elements of punk, hard-core and indie rock that was frantic and unpredictable and so very satisfying. They transcended the typical really heavy sound that you like to save for when you’re angry or going running (I do love some ATDI for running), instead offering an innovative sound, well-crafted at every level and good for partaking of any time. They need, yes NEED to make another album and tour. While there are gems here and there from the fallout side projects like The Mars Volta and Sparta, nothing nears what they were able to do together.
Who’d I miss? Come on hot shot, comment below and let me know.