1. Howler - America Give Up
Minneapolis four piece Howler conquered 2012 with the January release of debut LP America Give Up. Their effortless garage punk style takes massive influence from bands such as Jesus And Mary Chain and fellow Minnesota legends Hüsker Dü and with Is This It-style hype around the band prior to the release of the album it isn't hard to see how Howler made 2012 their year.
Stand out tracks Back Of Your Neck and This One's Different became anthems after months on end of touring, huge crowds swarmed to the shows and even Johnny Marr himself is a fan. Stage invasions that would give the Libertines a run for their money became routine, Jack Daniels became a lover and self designed clothing became a franchise.
Buy America Give Up from Rough Trade here
Buy America Give Up from Banquet Records here
Buy America Give Up from iTunes here
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2. Mystery Jets - Radlands
3. The Maccabees - Given To The Wild
4. The Vaccines - Come Of Age
5. Tribes - Baby
6. Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg
7. Spector - Enjoy It While It Lasts
8. Django Django - Django Django
9. Beach House - Bloom
10. First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar