With news coming out last week that the Foo Fighters have a new album in the works now seems like a perfect time to look at some of the bigger acts who have albums in the works to drop in 2014.
Oh…I stuck to more of the acts that us here at The Undercard enjoy. We did not include every single underground/indie artist out there. Lets start with the aforementioned Fighters of Foo.
Foo Fighters - Fall 2014
News of a new Foo Fighters album isn’t completely shocking. I knew their “hiatus/we are done being a band” thing was not permanent. They had just finished making an album, doing a long tour, playing every giant festival under the sun and released a documentary about the history of the band. Plus Dave Grohl had a few other things of interest he wanted to work on. Mainly making the Sound City documentary, jamming with Paul McCartney, and Nirvana being inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall Of Fame. All we know about the new album is it should be out some time this fall. If the last album was any indication then we should not except the Foo Fighters to be slowing down on their 8th studio album.
Death Cab For Cutie - TBA
There is nothing out there as far as when this album will come out or its name or anything. All we know is that 7 months ago the DCFC Instagram account posted this picture with the hashtag #inthestuio #deathcab. That post was the first of 20 pictures the band posted on their Instagram with the hashtag #inthestudio. After that barrage of post there has literally been nothing from the band concerning their new album. Here is what we do know or can at least speculate about their upcoming album. Once again Chris Walla will be producing the album. We know that this album will be closer to Transatlanticism than Codes and Keys given that DCFC has spent much of the last two years playing shows that featured a heavy dose of Transatlanticism songs. Other than that we really we are in the dark.
Jack White - Lazaretto - June 10th
We get our first album on the list that has an actual release date. For the past few months Jack White has been teasing the tracks off his follow to 2012’s Blunderbuss. For me Jack White can do no wrong and is the greatest guitar player roaming the Earth right now.
Kanye West - Yeezus 2 / Watch The Throne 2 - TBA
A while back Kanye teased that Yeezy season could make a return sooner rather than later with an 8 track follow up to Yeezus produced by Rick Rubin and Q-Tip. There have also been rumors of a sequel to Watch The Throne with brother-in-law of the year award winner Jay Z. Like a few other artists on this list we know nothing beyond that. Considering how Yeezus dropped last year I wouldn’t be shocked if we didn’t know anything until two weeks before it drops.
Interpol - TBA
Back in January the band announced they were back in the studio working on their fifth studio album. From the tweets and photos the band posts they seem pretty excited about it. I am less excited than they are simply because last I check former Interpol bass player Carlos D still has the word ‘former’ and not ‘current’ in front of his name. The first Interpol album Turn On The Bright Lights was so close to perfection. Their second album Antics was no where as good as TOTBL but it was still a damn fine album but since then Interpol has gone down hill fast. I am a big fan of them and hoping they get their groove back with this album.
Flyleaf - September 2014
Of course I am going to mention a band that features Kristen May. For the past few months the band has been working on said untitled album and this week news came out that they have signed with Loud And Proud Records. The first single from said album will be released in July and a tour should follow in early fall. Still no word as to when Kristen May’s solo album will be coming out but go ahead and put me down to buy two copies.
Jenny Lewis - The Voyager - July 29th
Former Rilo Kiley lead singer and 1/3 of The Postal Service, Jenny Lewis releases her follow up 2008’s Acid Tongue and is produced by singer/song writer Ryan Adams. I am a huge fan of Jenny Lewis and everything she does and am really excited to hear this album.
Chance The Rapper - TBA
Acid Rap was easily one of my favorite rap albums I have heard in the last few years. Chance The Rapper’s voice and cadence are unique and when they are paired with his lyrical style you get one of the best young rappers making music right now. Apparently he has moved into James Blake’s house in L.A. to make his upcoming album. I would venture a guess that Childish Gambino makes an appearance on the album.
Kendrick Lamar - TBA
This falls strictly under the rumors category of upcoming albums. Everyone assumes Kendrick is in the studio working on a follow up to the critically acclaimed good kid, m.A.A.d. City but other than the verse he spits in the Beats By Dre commercial there isn’t any hard facts to go on to make me believe that a new album by him will be a reality in 2014.
By - Craig A. Brenner