Social Media has gone wild for the #10YearChallenge trend recently, sharing photos of dodgy hairstyles, questionable fashion choices and comparing them to the people they are today.
We thought we’d give the challenge a go but with a music twist. Take a look below to reminisce with a bunch of bands that are touring very soon, as we throw it back to 2009 and see how they (and their music) has changed in the past 10 years.
On Tour: 25 January - 8 February
Kaiser Chiefs have been a British institution for nearly 20 years, giving us some of the biggest indie anthems in history. Ten years ago they were knee-deep in the album cycle for their third full-length, Off With Their Heads, which gave us the Mark Ronson-produced belter, ‘Never Miss A Beat’. See if you can hear Lily Allen’s guest vocals in the video below.
Now, the band are still a driving force in the UK music scene and they’ve been spending the past few months putting the finishing touches to the follow-up to 2016’s Stay Together. Until we hear what’s been brewing in the studio, though, here’s a favourite from recent times.
On Tour: 15 - 29 April
There aren’t many bands who have remained a constant in the alternative scene, but Papa Roach have consistently progressed without losing their status and are still to this day an iconic name in rock and metal. 2009 saw them release their sixth album, Metamorphosis, which included the fully-charged single, ‘Hollywood Whore’.
Ten years on and the band have just dropped their new album, Who Do You Trust? Their 10th record that sees them once again grow as a band, whilst still retaining their nu metal roots. Check out the video for the title track below.
On Tour: 5 - 16 February
Nearly 25 years since their inception and Buckcherry are still the leading hard rock heroes. Despite some minor line-up changes over the years, they’ve continued to dominate stages across the globe and keep the spirit of rock and roll well and truly alive. Towards the end of 2008 they dropped their fourth album, Black Butterfly, which included the song, ‘Rescue Me’, inspired by the Dave Pelzer book, A Child Called It.
And here we are in the present day, the band have announced that their eighth studio album, Warpaint will hit your ears in March and you can get a taste of what’s to come with new single, ‘Bent’, below.
Weezer have been everyone’s favourite nerd band since the early 90s. Known for their artistic and unconventional songwriting, bonkers music videos and witty humour, they’ve earned themselves somewhat of a cult following, with musicians and a number of celebrities declaring their love for the band. By 2007 they were already on their seventh album, titled Raditude because, well, actor Rainn Wilson suggested it, and it gave us gems such as this…
With a few more albums under their belt and another on the way, Weezer are now going into their 27th year as a band and frontman Rivers Cuomo doesn’t seem to have aged in that time. For their latest video, they’ve roped in Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz on acting duties, take a look at ‘Can’t Knock The Hustle’ below.
On Tour: 29 January - 1 February
It’s hard to believe that’s it’s been 19 years since The Dandy Warhols told us they’d like to be ‘Bohemian Like You’. It was the song that saw the band gain mainstream success and has lead them to release nine more albums of quirky power-pop goodness. Their sixth record, …Earth To The Dandy Warhols… was the first to be released on their own label after parting ways with Capitol Records and it gave us the space-age video for, ‘Mission Control’.
Celebrating their 25th anniversary as a band in 2019, they’ll be hitting the road to play their biggest and best hits from their catalogue of art, whilst also adding another full-length to the collection. Here’s a taste of what modern-day-Warhols sounds like…
On Tour: 15 - 23 February
Platinum-selling Texans, Blue October have truly honed their brand of alternative rock over the years. Creating music that you can move to, whilst injecting each song with emotionally-charged lyrics that highlight both personal and worldwide struggles, they’ve enjoyed great chart success and even inspired Twilight author, Stephenie Meyer when writing the book series. Their fifth album, Approaching Normal, was released in 2009 and included the single, ‘Dirt Room’.
The band returned in 2018 with their ninth album, I Hope You’re Happy, which landed at number seven in the Billboard charts and received rapturous applause from press and fans alike. Before they return to the UK for more headline shows, take a listen to the title track from the record and then come and witness this powerful band in action.
On Tour: 22 - 27 April
Newton Faulkner, loved equally for his folk-pop melodies and his dreadlocks, shot to fame in 2007 with his debut album, Hand Built By Robots. His music was the perfect addition to warm sunny days and left you with a smile on your face. Second album, Rebuilt By Humans landed two years later and continued the theme of exceptional guitar work and songs sung from the heart, just like ‘If This Is It’.
Okay so his dreadlocks may be a lot shorter but Newton Faulkner’s knack for songwriting certainly hasn’t’ changed. Celebrating 15 years in the business, he’ll be releasing a Best Of album this year, which also includes a handful of new tracks. Listen to ‘I Wish I Could Wake Up’ here.
P.O.D rose to fame in the nineties with their rap-infused style of nu metal, a genre that was dominating the charts and airwaves thanks to bands like Limp Bizkit and Papa Roach. By 2008 they’d already released six albums to critical acclaim, collaborated with Katy Perry and given us huge skate anthems such as, ‘Youth Of A Nation’, but then came album no.7 and with it the riff-heavy, ‘Addicted’.
The band have continued to release music over the past decade, earning Grammy nominations and selling over 12 million records worldwide, with their tenth full-length arriving at the end of last year. A contemporary album that still plays true to their roots, here’s a taste of what they created with Circles.
On Tour: 16 - 22 February
10 years ago many teens were walking around with fringes that covered half your face and jeans that were so tight you couldn’t breathe and one of the reasons for this was Mayday Parade. The band were the poster boys for emo-pop, with their infectious hooks and heart-on-your-sleeve lyrics. 2009 welcomed the release of sophomore album, Anywhere But Here and with it we got ‘Kids In Love’.
After a bit of a break following 2015’s Black Lines album, the band came back swinging last year with Sunnyland, a true return to form for the Floridian pop punkers. Riddled with angst, but with a more mature attitude, it’s Mayday Parade at their finest.
O2 Academy Islington: Saturday 30 March
Black Grape was the meeting of minds between the legendary Shaun Ryder of the Happy Mondays and Paul Leveridge (known as Kermit), from the Ruthless Rap Assasins. Two of Manchester’s finest musicians who let out their creative frustrations to produce the number one album, It’s Great When You’re Straight… Yeah.
After a 20-year break from Black Grape, the band reunited in 2017 to release the disco-punk delight, Pop Voodoo and all its Mancunian street sass. It saw the band throw back to their glory days and relight the fire for making music together again, and it sure does feel good to have them back.
O2 Forum Kentish Town: Sunday 28 April
Tokio Hotel are one of the few German bands to break into the mainstream in countries across the world. Their theatrical pop-rock sound and artistic live performances broke boundaries and won them a hardcore, dedicated fanbase that has stuck by them for nearly two decades. Throughout 2008 and 2009 they took home countless awards for their videos & concerts, as well as releasing their third album, Humanoid.
And here we are now, the band are gearing up to celebrate 15 years of performing on stage with a brand-new show concept, which’ll undoubtedly be a spectacle unlike anything they’ve done before. With another album in the works too, they’ll give fans the ultimate Tokio Hotel experience that looks back on what they’ve achieved whilst looking positively towards their future.
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