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The 10 Most Anticipated Punk Albums of 2018

on January 15, 2018, 2:00am
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War on Women – TBD

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Release Date: TBD

In 2018, War on Women embodies something much greater and culturally pertinent than just music itself. The Baltimore-based co-ed punks’ yet-to-be-titled sophomore record is set to arrive in the thick of the still-growing Me Too movement, giving something tangible for the band’s powerful feminist rallying cries to bump up against. The cultural backdrop is such that even Newsweek, an outlet that normally wouldn’t bother with wading too far into punk and hardcore waters, has taken notice of the band’s ferocious-but-intelligent brand of hardcore. Powered by a sound the band self-describes as early Metallica crossed with Bikini Kill and frontwoman Shawna Potter’s passionate speak-sing vocals, War on Women feel like a band, maybe the band, that the world needs today. –Ryan Bray

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Thick – TBD

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Release Date: TBD

Brooklyn power-punk trio Thick may release a full-length album in 2018, or they may just keep pumping out a steady stream of singles and EPs along the lines of 2016’s It’s Always Something…. We’d honestly be happy with either outcome, so long as we get a few more swigs of a strange brew that blends late-’90s pop punk with sloppy garage riffs and a dash of millennial ennui. The group’s lyrics often read like an exhausted account of life as a young person in New York City (“I got that apartment in Bushwick/ And now I’m bored”), but they take on new meaning when plastered against a wall of sound and sung in harmony. We’re in this together becomes the dominant sentiment, each song tugging at your shirt with a reminder that there’s always someone to bang heads and drink beers with in a world gone absolutely fucking mad. –Collin Brennan

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Hot Snakes – TBD

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Release Date: TBD via Sub Pop Records

With their last record, 2004’s Audit in Progress, Hot Snakes left an almost impossibly high bar for themselves to clear should they try for a follow-up. The garage punk outfit broke up in 2005, leaving that much in doubt for many years. But now five years into their second act, the band is primed for a return to the primitive punk rock trenches. The band’s signed over the new record to Sub Pop, but beyond that there’s not much else yet in the way of details (a title and release date have yet to be announced). But based off a handful of new tunes unveiled during the group’s ferocious run of East Coast club dates in November, it’s clear that the Snakes’ savage instincts have only sharpened over time. –Ryan Bray

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RVIVR – TBD

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Release Date: TBD

The world could sure use some more posi-punk in 2018, and all signs point to Olympia’s RVIVR delivering the goods with another collection of fist-pumping anthems that celebrate life’s rougher edges. Singer-songwriter Mattie Joe Canino may be better known for their work in Long Island punk band Latterman, but their partnership with Erica Freas tends to produce an even more potent blend of cleansing and catharsis. We got a whole lot of that on 2013’s The Beautify Between (and a little more on last year’s single “The Tide”), but we’re overdue for another blast of unrelenting positivity. –Collin Brennan

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The Distillers – TBD

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Release Date: TBD

You can’t believe everything you see and hear on the internet and social media, but sometimes the news is too tempting to ignore. If we’re to believe the teaser video posted to The Distillers’ newly activated Twitter account earlier this month, Brody Dalle and crew are ready to return with their first release since 2003’s Coral Fang. Beyond marking the second coming of one of the most sorely missed acts of ’00s punk wave, the timing couldn’t be any better for a Distillers return on a more societal and political front. With bands like Thick, Downtown Boys, Bully, Screaming Females, and others shedding more light on women making tuneful, hair-raising noise, it only makes sense for a generational torchbearer like Dalle to rejoin the party. Details on a new record have yet to surface, but the band is slated to return to the stage at this year’s Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta in May. –Ryan Bray

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