Lots of great albums were released in July, so here are our favorite records, EPs, and singles of the month! (In no particular order.) Want a Spotify playlist? Click here!
Like Pacific – In Spite of Me
Raucous distortion and granular vocal performances characterize the sophomore record from Like Pacific titled In Spite of Me. In Spite of Me spans beyond the typical pop punk timbre, branching out into alt-rock and emo-tinged territories while maintaining charisma and catchiness. Standout tracks include “Had It Coming,” “Sedatives,” “Something Missing,” and “Self Defeated.” In Spite of Me will appeal to fans of The Story So Far, Knuckle Puck, and Between You & Me. Click here to listen.
Real Friends – Composure
Composure displays Real Friends at their most refined state yet, as if they’ve gained more … composure. The Chicago pop punk band still delivers their emotional subject matters and hint of youthfulness but in a much more mature, cultivated sense. Standout tracks include “From the Outside,” “Unconditional Love,” “Me First,” and “Get By.” Composure is bound to satisfy followers of WSTR, Transit, and Seaway. Click here to listen.
Oh, Weatherly – Lips Like Oxygen
Oh, Weatherly’s debut full-length Lips Like Oxygen will take your breath away with its hard-hitting instrumentals and singalong choruses. Lips Like Oxygen makes it feel like 2005 pop punk never really ended… in the best way possible. Standout tracks include “Love and Poetry,” “Here Tonight,” “I Think I Want You,” and “Dark of the Night.” Lips Like Oxygen is sure to attract listeners of Mayday Parade, You vs. Yesterday, and Sincerely, Me. Click here to listen.
The Hunna – Dare
Dare, the second studio album from The Hunna, dares to step outside the lines through moody atmosphere, fervent energy, and impassioned vocals. Coarse guitar melodies and poignant lyricism make Dare an emotional roller coaster, demanding for repeated listens. Standout tracks include “Summer,” “Flickin’ Your Hair,” “NY to LA,” and “Babe, Can I Call?” Dare is for fans of High Tyde, The Night Café, and JAWS. Click here to listen.
Lydia – Liquor
Lydia’s latest long-player Liquor amalgamates everything from indie pop to singer/songwriter to indie rock to every experimental mixture in between. With vertiginous guitar refrains and ethereal vocal layering, Liquor will intoxicate you with every spin. Standout tracks include “Sunlight,” “Goodside,” “Way Out,” and “Red Lights (feat. Lauren Ruth Ward).” Liquor will attract followers of From Indian Lakes, Half Moon Run, and Holy Holy. Click here to listen.
Amy Shark – Love Monster
Joining forces with the likes of Jack Antonoff, Joel Little, and Mark Hoppus, Australian singer/songwriter Amy Shark provides an alternative pop record defined by soul-rattling ballads and upbeat summer anthems. Standout tracks include “All Loved Up,” “I Said Hi,” “Psycho (feat. Mark Hoppus),” and “You Think I Think I Sound Like God.” Love Monster will capture listeners of Methyl Ethel, Cub Sport, and Jack River. Click here to listen.
Trash Boat – Crown Shyness
Hopeless Records signees Trash Boat deliver their sophomore effort titled Crown Shyness. Crown Shyness is filled to the brim with heart-rending lyricism and somber attitude through hard-hitting guitars and harrowing vocal performances. Standout tracks include “Shade,” “Inside Out,” “Old Soul,” and “Don’t Open Your Eyes.” Crown Shyness is sure to satisfy fans of Like Pacific, The Story So Far, and Boston Manor. Click here to listen.
Buzzhowl Records – Buzzhowl Volume 1
Available August 17, Buzzhowl Records’ first compilation Buzzhowl Volume 1 is a delectable collection of exploratory noise rock and alt-rock. With mind-bending melodies and boisterous walls of sound, Buzzhowl Volume 1 is a must-listen for any fan of noise rock. Standout tracks include “Reset” by Dead Tenants, “Power Bomb Baby” by Gravves, and “Mother” by Bo Gritz,but the whole release is phenomenal! This compilation will appeal to followers of IDLES, Hot Snakes, and Hey Colossus. Click here to listen.
MORE GREAT ALBUMS
Wet – Still Run
Halestorm – Vicious
Hard-hitting rock with powerhouse vocals. Standout tracks include “Skulls,” “Painkiller,” and “Uncomfortable.” Vicious will interest fans of Shinedown, In This Moment, and Pop Evil. Click here to listen.
Save Face – Merci
Mom Jeans. – Puppy Love
Hopesfall – Arbiter
We the Kings – Six
The Nude Party – The Nude Party
The Spitfires – Year Zero
Between You & Me – Everything Is Temporary
Pool Kids – Music to Practice Safe Sex to
Standout tracks include “They Only Care About My Fills and Not My Feels,” “Patterns,” and “Borderline.” Music to Practice Safe Sex to is for fans of Charmer, Dryjacket, and Woolbright. Click here to listen.
Covet – effloresce
Chelsea Grin – Eternal Nightmare
YUNGBLUD – 21st Century Liability
Bury Tomorrow – Black Flame
Knox Hamilton – Beach Boy
Dog Mom – Ripe
Emmalee – Take Me As I Am
joan – portra
The Friends of Batman – Pain
George Ogilvie – Nowhere
Pink Skies – Does It Really Matter?
Colorful, kaleidoscopic production. Standout tracks include “I Don’t Wanna See You Cry” and “Passing Me By.” Does It Really Matter? is for fans of Smallpools, MILKK, and The Japanese House. Click here to listen.
Chaser – Life I Used to Love
Thunder Club – Summer Vice
Norphlet – Norphlet
Orchards – Losers/Lovers
Yoke Lore – Absolutes
- “That Something” by With Confidence
- “Birthday” by All Time Low
- “Let It Go” by The Story So Far
- “Masterpiece” by Vinyl Theatre
- “I Call Shotgun” by Happy.
- “17 (A Gothic)” by Babyblu
- “Rachel” by Steppes
- “Victim” by Johnnie Guilbert
- “Lately” by Viewpoints
- “Fever Dreams” by Emma Ruth Rundle
- “Dr. Dare Rides Again” by Send Request
- “Impossible” by Miranda Arieh
- “Bad Habit” by Your Smith
- “Worry” by Kill the Clock
- “Pancakes” by Prey Drive
- “I Don’t Like Football” by TV Coma
- “Obsess” by Ross Andrew
- “Say That You Love Me” by Single By Sunday
- “You’re the Reason” by Ky Rodgers
- “Jumpsuit” by twenty one pilots
- “Slick” by Rosie Thorne
- “Before It’s Too Late” by Major Moment
- “Stranger Here” by Weathered
- “Transient” by The Blank Minds
- “Blue Line Baby” by Nothing
- “Underneath the Streetlights in the Winter Outside Your House” by Wallows
Let us know what you think of July’s releases down in the comments below!
Our Alt Col Picks are curated lists of the best albums and EPs for each month! We keep a schedule of upcoming releases and pick our favorite ones at the end of the month, giving them a spotlight here and on Twitter. To be featured in one of our lists, hit us up on our contact page or Twitter, though nothing is guaranteed. (We rarely make exceptions to include past releases, so if your album came out in June, we might be hesitant to include it in July or August, for instance.)