Sometimes it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of amazing music out there. Where do you even start? It’s so easy to get wrapped up in listening to Infinity On High on repeat, every single day (and is something we’re all guilty of). But we’re here to help. Team Don’t Bore Us is hitting you with five albums that are absolute quality and are worth giving a go. Some of them are brand new, some of them might be a bit older, but all of them are essential listens for August that we hope you’ll love.

1. ALWAYS LOSE– The Gospel Youth

For fans of: Fall Out Boy, You Me At Six, Moose Blood

Our picks: Kids & Revolutions

Why you’ll love it: These guys have really started blowing up on Warped Tour this year, and for a good reason. Their tagline is Sadness and Sassiness, which is basically our constant mood. This is their first full-length album, and it’s the perfect debut. The entire album is a masterclass in heartbreak, and it’ll smack you right in the face with raw emotion. We’ve had this one on repeat since it came out two weeks ago, and can not tell you enough how essential this album is. These guys are one to keep an eye on, because they’re destined to be the next big band in the scene.

2. SANTI- The Academy Is…

For fans of: Panic! at the Disco, Boys Like Girls, Mayday Parade

Our picks: We’ve Got A Big Mess On Our Hands & Bulls In Brooklyn

Why you’ll love it: This little piece of magic is about to turn 10 years old! The Academy Is… is part of the original Fueled By Ramen family, and our hearts all broke in to a million pieces when they announced the break-up a few years back. If you like Fever-era Panic! at the Disco, definitely give this album a go. Guaranteed you’ll like it. (Sorry in advance for making you fall in love with a band that isn’t together anymore).


For fans of: The 1975, Halsey

Our picks: Tampa & 13

Why you’ll love it: LANY is essentially The 1975 for people who live for love. This is their first full-length album, and it only dropped a few weeks ago but is already a firm Team DBU favourite. This is the kind of album that you can’t help but feel in every cell of your being- it makes you want to believe in love in a rose-tinted view. It’ll also make you want to track down whoever the girl is who broke Paul Klein’s heart.

4. HOLD ME DOWN– You Me At Six

For fans of: Fall Out Boy, All Time Low, The Maine

Our picks: Fireworks & Trophy Eyes

Why you’ll love it: This album might be seven years old, but honestly in those seven years it’s never got the respect it deserves. This one gets an honourable mention because we’re all hyping for the Australian You Me At Six tour which is all going down next month. And also because it’s definitely one of the best pop-punk albums of the decade, without exaggeration. If you like your pop-punk with a hint of teenage angst, and a whole lot of emotion and feeling? This is the album for you. We challenge you to not listen to Fireworks on repeat.


For fans of: Paramore, 5 Seconds of Summer, Halsey

Our picks: Hoodie & This Is Me Breaking Up With You

Why you’ll love it: Hey Violet are really trailblazing for all the young ladies in the scene. The album came out in May, and is full of self-affirming and empowering sentiments (and a healthy dose of calling boys out for being Fuqboi’s). This is the kind of music you expect to hear in a make-over montage in a teen movie, and we swear that’s intended as the hugest compliment. If you like your pop-punk a little lighter on the pop and a bit heavier on the punk? Check out the last song on the album This Is Me Breaking Up With You which is a throwback to their old music when they were performing as Cherribomb.

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