Last year was a strange year for all of us because of the pandemic, but what makes it even stranger is the fact that it is the year that has sold the most vinyl records since 1985. We all saw it coming. Vinyl sales have been steadily increasing as CD sales steadily decline, but 2020 was the year vinyl overtook CDs. Vinyl has become the “main thing” that some Los Angeles custom vinyl pressing manufacturers have had to turn away customers because they were so overwhelmed with orders.
Almost all established and up-and-coming musicians have considered releasing a vinyl album. Even indie rock bands have released their indie rock albums on vinyl. After all, listening to rock music on vinyl in your living room is definitely something we all aspire to, especially now that we can afford to buy our own records.
If you are looking to add rock and roll music to your vinyl collection, here are some of the best indie rock bands that released vinyl records in 2020:
Women in Music Pt. III – HAIM
The name of the group HAIM comes from the Hebrew word meaning “life,” which reflects the Jewish religion of the members of the American pop rock group. It is composed of three sisters, namely Este Haim, Danielle Haim and Alana Haim who are well known for their mastery of different instruments, apart from their main instruments. They released their third studio album on June 26, 2020 titled Women in Music Pt. III which consisted of 16 songs, some of which were about loneliness and depression and 3 bonus tracks. The album was nominated for Album of the Year at the 63rd Grammy Awards and The Steps, which came out concurrently with the album’s pre-release, was nominated for Best Rock Performance at the same ceremony. award ceremony. The LP album comes with two standard weights with opaque black, yellow or red vinyl records in a gatefold jacket and d / l inserts.
Fantasies of a Psychopath at Home – The Blinders
The Blinders were a 3 member alternative rock band based in Manchester, England. On July 17, 2020, they released their second studio album titled Fantasies of a psychopath at home. After recording all 11 tracks, their drummer, Matthew Neale, left the band for personal reasons. The LP has two versions, one is a black vinyl record with 5 audio track files on the 11 tracks of the album, and the other is a gold vinyl record with a gatefold jacket and an 8 page insert.
Everything else has gone wrong – Bombay Bicycle Club
On January 17, 2020, the fifth studio album by British indie rock band Bombay Bicycle Club was released. The album was called Everything Else Has Gone Wrong, which has 11 songs on the tracklist, including a pre-released single with the same name as the album. The LP album also has two versions, Standard LP, with 1 standard black vinyl record, and Deluxe LP, with 2 heavy black vinyl records and a signed art card.
Shrine – Gengahr
Gengahr, an English indie rock band from Hackney, London, released their third studio album, Sanctuary, on January 31, 2020. The third album features 10 tracks that show the group’s growth as they explore and expand their musical style. . The LP is sold as a signed or unsigned version, depending on you, with a black or clear vinyl record, which is also up to you.
Every Bad – Porridge Radio
Dana Margolin, Georgie Stott, Maddie Ryall and Sam Yardley make us British indie rock band Porridge Radio, formed in 2015. They released their second studio album and debut album under Secretly Canadian on March 13, 2020. The album LP is offered in a standard version with a black or transparent blue vinyl record, and in a Deluxe version which was released on December 4, 2020 with 2 purple and nebula blue vinyl records and 5 bonus tracks.
Le Grand Lugubre – Nothing
Nothing, an American rock band, released their fourth studio album, The Great Dismal last year on October 30. This album is the first album to feature new band members Doyle Martin who replaced Setta (guitarist and vocalist) and Aaron Heard who replaced Bassett (longtime bassist). The LP is 12 inches with the vinyl record having the same design but with different colors.
Honeymoon – Beach Bunny
Chicago, Illinois American rock band Beach Bunny released their debut album under Mom + Pop Music on February 14, 2020. The album has 9 tracks with 1 bonus Japanese track. The group also released an EP on January 15, 2021 titled Blame Game which features 4 tracks.
Notes on a conditional form – The 1975
Wimslow’s 1975 pop rock group Cheshire is now based in Manchester with 4 members. They released their fourth studio album last year on May 22, titled Notes On A Conditional Form. The album contains 22 tracks which were placed on 2 transparent vinyl records of standard weight with a double gatefold jacket and an album download code.
Dreamland – Glass Animals
Dreamland is an album by the English psychedelic pop group Glass Animals, formed in Oxford in 2010. The album was originally released on July 10, 2020, but it was pushed back and released on August 7. . The LP album has thick black vinyl that has interior labels imprinted with rotating heads that come alive when played on the turntable. It also has a title spine with a single card sleeve and an opening poster with one side having our heads together and one side containing the song lyrics. It also has a download code included. Before the album’s release, they released 5 singles, namely Tokyo Drifting which peaked at # 7 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, Your Love (Deja Vu), Dreamland, It’s All So Incredably Loud and Heat Waves which has been voted. first place in Australia’s Triple J Hottest 100 Ranking of 2020.
Shore – Fleet Foxes
The Fleet Foxes, a 5-member American indie folk group, intentionally released their fourth studio album on exactly the Fall Equinox on September 22, 2020. The album is titled Shore, a 15-track album including the last title bears the same name. like the album. The LP album consists of two 12-inch black vinyl records, one having flat grooves while the other is engraved with 15 hand-drawn flowers.
These vinyl records can make any vinyl lover’s mouth water not only because of the music, but also because of the pretty records and packaging. Would you buy any of those indie rock band vinyl records on this list? What vinyl records do you play these days?