2017 Year in Review

It’s hard to believe we’re already at the end of 2017. So without further ado, here is your year in local music.

1. Memorial
2. New Releases
3. Show Highlights
4. 2018 Watch List
5. Podcast

Memorial

The year began on a somber note as we lost a brilliant vocalist, musician, and performer. Sean Wolfe was a graduate of Manheim Township High School in Lancaster, PA. As early as 1988, he sang in the band Gunther Syndrome, playing just one show at his school’s “Spring Fling.” The band quickly transitioned into Brom Bones with Sean on lead vocals and his younger brother Casey on drums. Over the years, they played together in several bands and on numerous recordings. Brom Bones released two albums on cassette before Sean left the band to pursue his higher education in Philadelphia. Along the way, he released a 2-song record under the name Swag 45. After returning to Lancaster in 1994, he formed the band Stiletto Boys. They released three 7″ singles and three full-length records. Their last album, Liberator, released in 2013, earned rave reviews (“a powerpop masterpiece” – Razorcake). In 2016, Zodiac Killer Records released “When Wolves Emerge,” a compilation of studio recordings from 1996 to 1998.

We remember Sean. We listen to the music he created. And we keep his family and bandmates in our thoughts.

New Releases

(in chronological order of release)

Bitter Taste
January 9, 2017

Talk Alliance
January 19, 2017

Divided Heaven
January 20, 2017

The Sophisticates
February 3, 2017

The Sophisticates
February 7, 2017

Might Makes Right
February 9, 2017

The Virus
February 14, 2017

Disappoint
February 19, 2017

Brom Bones
March 3, 2017

Punktual
March 18, 2017

Dead Scouts
March 27, 2017

Seasonal
March 31, 2017

LocalNewsLegend
April 2, 2017

Human Collateral
May 3, 2017

Fake
May 9, 2017

Daniel French
May 9, 2017

Metalwülf
May 18, 2017

91s
May 19, 2017

Edgewood
May 19, 2017

Magnolia.
May 25, 2017

EAO (formerly The Wilderness Hymns)
May 29, 2017

Tonka Tuff
June 8, 2017

War Orphans
June 21, 2017

Bullet
Jun 24, 2017

Goat Skull Rebellion
June 24, 2017

Testosteroso
June 25, 2017

Avery
July 1, 2017

Divided Heaven
July 7, 2017

PLEASE.
July 27, 2017

None Given
July 28, 2017

Disappoint
August 4, 2017

First In Space
August 4, 2017

THE GRIP!
August 13, 2017

Shitty Friends
August 13, 2017

Night
August 25, 2017

RADD
August 29, 2017

Cave Paint
September 5, 2017

Sleepy Limbs
September 22, 2017

Earth Telephone
October 2, 2017

THE GRIP!
October 26, 2017

Tsunami Experiment
November 24, 2017

The Main Street Sweep
November 28, 2017

Don’t Sleep
December 1, 2017

Anthrophobia
December 8, 2017

Sun Not Yellow
December 8, 2017

Guilt Trip
December 9, 2017

Leg Day
December 9, 2017

High Heels
December 11, 2017

The Big Fat Meanies
December 15, 2017

Show Highlights

Some memorable moments from shows I attended this year.

2018 Watch List

The following is a list of bands who started recording new material in 2017 or have intentions to record in 2018. Hopefully, we will get to hear more from them in the coming year. Be sure to click on their name to go to their Facebook page for the latest updates.

Alow
Amanda and The Noise
Chalmers
Don’t Sleep
Dutchland Diesel
Mid Rats
Olde Tigers
Tigerbomb
Witch Hazel

Podcast

As a full-time dad to three young boys and a full-time worker in higher education, I still managed to produce seven episodes this year. I wish it were more but I’m happy just to find the time to put these together. I love creating playlists balancing old and new bands, trying my best to represent the different areas within south central Pennsylvania, and interviewing talented musicians. The show mostly kept to a set format until Episode 14. For this one, I recorded five separate interviews with members from the same band. It was challenging and fun to find a different angle for each interview and bring it all together in the end. I thoroughly enjoyed the process and I plan to do more episodes like this occasionally.

Thank you for listening to the podcast. In all, it has been played 13,000 times. That number is astounding to me. It affirms my belief that the music and musicianship we hear coming out of south central Pennsylvania is of the highest quality. I look forward to hearing new music in the coming year and unearthing lost recordings of bands from long ago. Have a happy new year, everyone! – Jeremy

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