Ryan Getz’s Tops of 2012

Honorable Mentions: Thousand Foot Krutch – The End is Where We Begin; Paper Tongues – Crowdsurfing EP; Matt and Toby – Matt and Toby; Public – Red EP; David Crowder Band – Give Us Rest; Derek Webb – Ctrl;  The Lumineers – The Lumineers; mewithoutYou – Ten Stories; The Overseer – We Search, We Dig; Mount Eerie – Clear Moon

10. Civil Twilight – Holy Weather


The South African trio is back with their sophomore record, a fuzzy ambient alternative rocker with catchy falsettos and brooding themes. Bring the earplugs to a live show – the white noise-esque background that permeates the record get’s intense. Key tracks: “Holy Weather,” “Fire Escape,” “River,” “Every Walk I’ve Ever Taken Has Been in Your Direction”

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9. SONS – Keep Quiet


The formerly named Sons of God released their full-length debut – one of the most overlooked releases of the year. While some Christian alternative circles have given SONS recognition, many in the Thrice/Manchester Orchestra camp have overlooked these counterparts from Indiana. The boys in SONS are equally good at rocking hard or drawing out quiet soundscapes, and overindulge in neither. Key tracks: “Keep Quiet,” “Doubt,” “Masters of the Flattery,” “Retribution”

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8. Project 86 – Wait For the Siren

Following an overhaul of band members, frontman Andrew Schwab had basically free rein to make a Project record like never before. Yet, it stayed true to the sound many fans came to love. Experimentation with dulcimers, mandolins, and Uileann pipes accentuated, rather than detracted from, the rockers that permeate the record. An all-star line-up of guests helped as well, including Ben Moody (formerly of Evanescence). Key tracks: “Fall, Goliath, Fall,” “Ghosts of Easter Rising,” “SOTS,” “Avalantia”

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7. Wolves at the Gate – Captors


The Cedarville, OH based metalcore band exploded in a big way in 2012, with their debut LP on Solid State Records. Unabashedly bold in their spirituality, each track burns with passion and energy. Steven Cobucci just might be the best new clean vocalist in metalcore this year, but don’t let that make you expect less of Nick Detty’s passion-laden screams and growls. Key tracks: “The Harvest,” “Dead Man,” “Step Out to the Water,” “Awaken”

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6. Two Door Cinema Club – Beacon


The dance-rock trio from the UK released an upbeat, catchy record that proved why this band is leading their branch of the alternative genre. The reserved singing of Alex Trimble provides a nice contrast to the intense, club ready music and takes the success of Tourist History and makes it better. Key tracks: “Sleep Alone,” “Sun,” “Wake Up,” “Spring”

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5. Come Wind – Grow My Roots


The dark horse EP of 2012 is probably this one. Ohio’s Come Wind released six emotional tracks that wowed nearly everyone that heard them, including me. They are fresh off a tour with fellow Ohioans twenty one pilots and are poised to leave their mark in 2013. Blatant, honest, faith-ridden lyrics carry the record. Key tracks: “Sleep,” “Rend Your Heart,” “Pockets”

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4. Abel – Make it Right


Abel did something rare and put out a record that’s simultaneously emotional and a blast to listen to. Like turn up your stereo all the way fun. At least that was how I felt just a couple minutes into hearing the opening track for the first time. From a band that released a satisfactory yet mediocre debut LP, this was a wonderful surprise. Key tracks: “I’ll Be Waiting,” “Fifteen Years,” “Fire Walk With Me,” “Fine Lines”

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3. Purity Ring – Shrines


If Come Wind released the dark horse EP of the year, Purity Ring released the dark horse LP of the year. Never has creepy chillwave influenced electronica sounded so good. The tracks are dang catchy! Macabre and whimsical lyrics dominate the record, which still seems to be exploding in popularity. Key tracks: “Crawlersout,” “Obedear,” “Amenany,” “Belispeak”

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2. Paper Route – The Peace of Wild Things


After way too many delays (none the fault of the band) this superb sophomore record was released by the ambient alternative rockers. JT Daly sings his heart out on every single song. Angst, honesty, and raw emotion permeate a record that, among other things, ought to make you move. Key tracks: “Love Letters,” “Two Hearts,” “Letting You Let Go,” “Better Life”

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1. Anberlin – Vital


Oh my goodness. Anberlin cemented me as a lifelong fan with this record (as if they really needed to in the first place). This record gets a 10/10 because I like every single song. Even the two exclusive b-sides that came tacked onto the Best Buy version are good. If your adrenaline isn’t flowing by the end of the first two songs, you might be dead. Or have no soul. Key tracks: the whole dang record, but if I HAD to pick some – “Self-Starter,” “Little Tyrants,” “The Modern Age,” “Someone Anyone”

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10 Favorite Shows (no particular order, except for MUTEMATH being at the top)

MUTEMATH w/ Canon Blue at Newport Music Hall in Columbus

twenty | one | pilots w/ Red Hot Revival, Public, LVX at the LC Pavilion in Columbus

mewithoutYou w/ Sainthood Reps at Rumba Cafe in Columbus

Mumford and Sons w/ Dawes at the LC Pavilion in Columbus

Death Cab for Cutie headlining the final day of Bunbury Festival

Two Door Cinema Club w/ Guards at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus

Future of Forestry w/ Pas Neos and Fever Fever at Veritas Community Church in Columbus

August Burns Red w/ Of Mice and Men, The Color Morale, The Overseer at Newport Music Hall in Columbus

Purity Ring w/ Evian Christ, Headaches at Ace of Cups in Columbus

Kye Kye w/ Fever Fever, The Castros at Skully’s Music Diner in Columbus

 

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