The Powder Room – Lucky
Release Date: Late Spring/Early Summer
Label: Learning Curve Records
Recorded with Kyle Spence of noise rock titans Harvey Milk, the Powder Room’s upcoming sophomore full length, Lucky, will seek to capitalize on the success of their pummeling debut, Curtains.
Powerkompany – Fever & Chills
Release Date: February 5
Recorded at Chase Park Studio in collaboration with Andy LeMaster of Bright Eyes and Azure Ray fame, Powerkompany’s forthcoming new project, Fever & Chills, is an ambitious two-part album that will seek to highlight the synthpop duo’s wide range.
PURSES – Obsess Much
Release Date: April 22
Label: Laser Brains/This is American Music
Consisting of members of The District Attorneys, Tedo Stone, Modern Skirts, Ruby the Rabbitfoot, Grand Vapids and more, PURSES are about as a legitimate an Athens supergroup as you’re going to find. The band’s debut LP, Obsess Much, is out April 22, with a double single scheduled to drop on January 22.
Credit: Roni Nicole
Saira Raza – Inertia
Release Date: January 5
Yes, Saira Raza’s latest EP is already out having dropped on January 5, but we’re including it here anyway because it’s great (as spelled out in our recent review) and y’all need to recognize.
Sea Ghost – Boy Music
Release Date: Early 2016
Atlanta up-and-comers Sea Ghost had one of 2015’s most impressive debuts with SG (as evidenced by our glowing review), and the indie punk four-piece will seek to keep the momentum going with the release of a new EP, Boy Music, due out in the coming months.
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Shampoo – Terminal Heat
Release Date: August 18
Label: Bear Kids Recordings
Shampoo will finally be satiating our reverb-starved souls with their relaxed interpretation of new wave in 2016. Though they haven’t announced an official release date yet, the band has finished recording their debut full length and will be releasing it sometime in the coming year, along with tentative plans for another EP.
Shepherds – TBD
Release Date: TBD
Label: Chunklet Industries/Third Uncle
After shattering the expectations of their solid debut with the sprawling, wide-ranging concept record, Exit Youth, Atlanta trio Shepherds will team up with Chunklet Industries/Third Uncle for a new 7-inch to be unveiled sometime later this year.
Slang – Slang
Release Date: January 15
Slang’s self-titled debut is another terrific record that is already out and worth an immediate listen for reasons listed in our recent interview with the group. So, yeah, technically it’s no longer “anticipated,” but that doesn’t make the record any less worth seeking out.
Stonerider – Hologram
Release Date: April 15
Atlanta rockers Stonerider are finally set to release the long-awaited follow-up to 2012’s Fountains Left to Wake. The eight-song Hologram LP will be out April 15.
Uniform – No Trending
Release Date: TBD
Label: State Laughter
Ever since releasing their demo cassette in 2014, Uniform has been at the forefront of Atlanta’s hardcore punk resurgence. The group’s first proper release, No Trending, will be out later this year.