YEAR IN REVIEW: Breakthrough Bands Of 2017

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It can be hard to make a name for yourself and stand out in a crowd these days, especially when it’s so easy to upload music to the Internet. But there were a number of bands and musicians who achieved the “impossible” and broke through onto our radars. With the help of some of our friends, we compiled a list of some of the most awesome musicians who made a huge name for themselves in 2017!

Check out our list below and let us know who you consider to be a breakthrough band of 2017 in the comments!

If you’ve missed any of our previous Year In Review posts, you can check them out here.


Hands down, it’s got to be Phoebe Bridgers. Stranger In The Alps is quite possibly one of the most honest and intelligent albums of all time. We’ve been nerding out over every lyric from start to finish.


Crumb from Brooklyn, New York. They’re a jazz-infused indie band that formed a little over a year ago and crushed the U.S. touring circuits in 2017.

TJ Horansky of Sleep On It

I’m really excited to see our friends in Grayscale doing well. They are great guys that work hard. I hope we get to play some more shows together soon!


Remo Drive is hella tight. Minnesota couldn’t be happier to represent a band like that. True heroes.

One For The Braves

Sleep On Itʼs Overexposed makes them hands down my choice for breakthrough band of the year. Following up 2016’s Lost Along the Way which was one of the catchiest EPs that Iʼve heard in a long time. Sleep On It drove home their lyrical depth and skills on Overexposed and created a stellar debut full length record that sucks you in start to finish and will have you yelling along.

Reach The Shore

We choose Code Orange for this spot. They basically came from nowhere. In 2017, they toured all over the world with bands like Gojira or System Of a Down and they played at major well-known festivals. We all agree with them being the breakthrough band of 2017!

Maggie Schneider

In Her Own Words


Chris Arcand of Vicious


His Dream of Lions

Knocked Loose seemingly came out of nowhere from VFW shows to headlining over massive bands. Seeing the crowds they drew everyday on Warped really made it clear that they are definitely this year’s breakthrough band.





Sami Marshall – Infectious Magazine Managing Editor

2017 seemed to be the year of MovementsThe release of their full-length Feel Something, an album that was so different from their EP Outgrown Things, was huge! They finally got to release the album they wanted and it was perfect. They played Warped Tour for the second year in a row and finished the year by sharing the stage with Knuckle Puck. I cannot wait to see what 2018 holds for them, because it’s gonna be amazing!

Brooke Daly – Infectious Magazine Staff

Whether you are a fan of the band or not, there’s no denying I Prevail left a considerable mark on metalcore’s landscape in 2017. Following the success of their debut album Lifelines, the Detroit rockers embarked on massive tours and drew plenty of crowds. They were a headlining act at Warped Tour and had a huge, two-month- long headlining run this past fall.
A lot of naysayers will tell you that I Prevail are a generic band, too “in-your- face,” or something to that effect. Still, they’ve had the best year of their career thus far – and with the touring and radio play they’ve received, things are only looking up.

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