Lee Jackson picks his first mix of 2018

By Mark Johnson

Our guest playlist curator Lee Jackson is back for the new year with a new list of recommendations for your listening pleasure. With these latest tracks, Lee’s list has reached a century of great songs, so make sure you check out the whole thing, if you weren’t keeping up with us last year.

Blackout Problems – ‘OFF/ON’

‘OFF/ON’ is the newest single from the Munich based emo/punks. 2018 is going to be a massive year for these guys and they definitely need to be on your radar.

Great Collapse – ‘Meltdown!’

Gearing up for the release of their new album, ‘Neither Washington, Nor Moscow.. Again!’, Great Collapse hit the UK in a few weeks time. Make sure to make it out to a date!

Terrible Love – ‘First Flowers’

Terrible Love are flying the flag for a new wave of melodic hardcore in the UK. The quintet were recently snapped up by Big Scary Monsters. Catch them on tour in the UK this month.

Lemuria – ‘Christine Perfect’

Lemuria surprised everyone with the release of their new album ‘Recreational Hate’ before Christmas. Another fantastic dose of melodic indie punk-rock.

The Copyrights – ‘Heart Of Glue’

Having just been announced for Manchester Punk Festival in April, and UK tour dates in the pipeline, I just had to include one of the best pop-punk bands in the world in this week’s playlist!

Jeff Rosenstock – ‘Yr Throat’

Surprising everyone on New Years Day, Jeff Rosenstock dropped his new album, ‘POST-‘. Catch him on tour all over North America this spring.

Cold Years – ‘Miss You To Death’

Hailing from Aberdeen, Cold Years are a name that’s going to be appearing a lot in 2018. Not only is ‘Miss You To Death’ a real banger, but the production is absolutely flawless. Make sure to catch them live when they inevitably pass through your town.

Hell and Back – ‘Treasure Chest’

Germany is kicking out some insanely good punk rock at the moment, and Hell And Back are no exception. ‘Treasure Chest’ is taken from the 2017 record, ‘Slowlife’, available through Fond Of Life Records.

LIRR – ‘this house is clean, baby (this house is clean)’

LIRR are difficult to describe. They combine, punk, hardcore, hip-hop and post-rock to make a truly unusual and unique sound. Their debut album, ‘god’s on our side; welcome to the jungle’ is out now through Grand Hotel van Cleef / Dogs Knights Productions. Catch them in the UK for a handful of shows next month.

mewithoutYou – Red Cow

mewithoutYou have been putting out fantastic records for over 17 years. Truly one of the finest experimental/indie/rock acts there is. ‘Red Cow’ is taken from the 2016 album ‘Pale Horses’: make sure to check it out! Catch them on tour all over the UK and EU with Paramore this month.