Yes, it's that time of year again where we announce the best 11 bands and artists of 2017! We look back at some of the sounds which have inspired us to hear differently, think new thoughts and continue to be amazed by the power of music. Here's to the best of the best from the world of alternative music 2017 that have featured on Third Outing. Muchos thanks see you next year.
GK: Cigarettes After Sex
It felt natural to give Greg Gonzales the golden gloves this season given its been one hell of a ride. Cigarettes After Sex's eponymous LP came out a few month ago and they got all the reviews. As often the case with "blogs", we've been following them for a few years now and even met him in Nottingham last year. Thrilled the band are finally getting the recognition they deserve, here's the pick of the songs from the new record.
RB: Sidney Gish
A dark-horse contender in the Third Outing starting line-up, this is one of the most surprising records of the year. Like a gift from the Gods, Ed Buys Houses somehow appeared in the Third Outing stratosphere and the rest is history. We love Sidney Gish's laid back approach to music; she's the female one band version of Pavement. Listen to this time-capsule of youth in its entirety - honestly, we think she's better than the likes of Courtney Barnett.
The first notes of this record capture the Cotillon magic perfectly. There's just something so good about those vocal meet guitar lines, right? The Afternoons is strange, complex and tender. We noted the dark elements found on the record, but the more you listen, the more uplifting it feels. Alex's Room is the standout; it's a time and place where the air is becoming less oppressive and the scenery becomes more bearable.
CB: L.A. Salami
Easily one of the most influential artists this year for the Third Outing team, L. A. Salami has the art of song writing near perfected on the magnificent Dancing With Bad Grammar. Describing himself as "6 foot tall, dark skin with facial blemishes, thin, nappy hair, male, city dweller, artist, poet, on some days music maker" - this Burberry fashion man and Okkervil River support act has had a 2017 to remember.
One of the tightest and most consistent bands we've featured, Glasgow rockers SHREDD proved on Everytime We Meet I Want To Die that melody reigns supreme! We absolutely loved the second track on the EP I'll Leave It; merging Punk and Rock 'n' Roll together like no other this year. That bass line is savage, right?! The next time you're in the second city of the empire, catch 'em at The Old Hairdressers.
RM: Bonny Doon
We consider this fine group of musicians to be the 'flair players' of this year's line-up. We first came across Bonny Doon when we heard their self-titled debut EP, and like a scout who watches the young prospect grow to become world-class, it's wonderful to see how these few tracks, rough around the edges with little thought gone into recording, have ultimately shaped where the band are now.
CM: No Monster Club
"One listen through this year's No Monster Club encyclopedia, and you'll blurt out my favourite, over-used descriptor: GENIUS." - Third Outing. Aye, we were quoted on that one! Releasing one EP every month this year, the prolific Bobby Aherne has at times seemed absolutely unstoppable. With songs like Kung Fu Buffet being churned out on the regular, Aherne flies the flag for the Dublin collection in 2017.
You all know we're big fans. They're just one of England's greatest hopes, the band's band around town and real artists in the mix. Simple. The kind of band you acknowledge and deal with, Darkroom shows off YOWL's bemusing Frank Sidebottom meets Arctic Monkey's vibe, but then in truth there's nothing really to compare the Peckham punksters. Must experience live!
LM: Jack Cooper
The romantic North. Hardened faces, softened souls. It's about personality, mentality and wits. As winter crept up, Jack Cooper's solo debut became Third Outing's perfect rainy Sunday morning record. We love how the North comes across in Sandgrown portraying 9-5 mentalities and a constant battering from the seafront. Bravo! I mean, nice one t'lad.
CF: Catholic Action
We've already spoken about England's greatest hope, these lot are Scotland's greatest hopes! We told you to put your faith in a pop song and Catholic Action answered the prayers. Last year it was the rocking L.U.V which blew us away, this year it's Breakfast. They're a band who have just gotten better and better as time goes on. Nobody else is like them on this list or any other.
CF: Jonnie Common
The only guaranteed starter up top this year. Our very own Ibra and Neymar rolled into one, unrivaled in talent and Scotland's finest lyricist; Mr Jonnie Common. Since discovering Common with his Christmas ode to John McClane, we've become fascinated by his seemingly never-ending back-catalogue. With the release new single Restlessness, he is probably also the proud owner of Third Outing's very special 'track of the year' accolade. Perthshire's greatest.
The DIY specialists, deserving of a place in the starting 11. The former Hair Blair Bunchers (note excellent Peep Show reference) really impressed us with the Lucky Aide EP, especially the track Easy (Don't Be Long).
Indie Rock 'n' Roll Revivalists to the core, Remo Drive threw us right back to the late noughties earlier this year with their first full length record Greatest Hits. Yes, they make you want to start an Indie revolution!
Gifting us one of the best 'lose yourself and get smashed' records of the year with PLW VIP. Making music for movement, SWEAT chase a sexy sound, made in the wrong ways, that doesn’t add up the way it should.
MAN: Fuzzkill Records
Where do we begin but with a list of the mega bands and artists Fuzzkill Records have contributed this year? The likes of Spinning Coin, Catholic Action, Breakfast Muff, SHREDD; we've had the pleasure of interviewing them all on Third Outing. Raise your glass to Scotland's greatest party planners and this year's manager of the year!!