Substream’s 10 most popular song premieres of 2015

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Most Popular Song Premieres Of 2015

As 2015 winds down, Substream will be recapping our most popular content from throughout the year. These lists are not meant to be ranking things critically; they exist instead to catch you up on what everyone else was checking out this year. Browse all of our Most Popular Of 2015 lists here.


Dan Andriano
photo: Rob Futrell

10. PREMIERE: Hear “Wait,” the newest song from Alkaline Trio’s Dan Andriano produced by Jeff Rosenstock
WHAT WE SAID: 
“One of the album’s finest tracks, the jangly pop number ‘Wait,’ could fit comfortably on a playlist between Ted Leo and Superdrag.”


The Real McKenzies

9. EXCLUSIVE: The Real McKenzies get political with the pit-starting “Who’d a Thought”
WHAT WE SAID: 
“The Real McKenzies will never turn down a drink and have no problem wearing a kilt or two onstage, but they’re also not afraid to address the messed up sociopolitical situation in the world, as you can hear on ‘Who’d a Thought.'”


Emery

8. EXCLUSIVE: Emery’s “Hard Times” is a melodic, screamy pop jam
WHAT WE SAID: 
“It’s a super-catchy pop jam that doesn’t neglect the screamier side of Emery so many fans adore.”


Joey Cape
photo: Rudy DeDoncker

7. PREMIERE: Hear a brand new Joey Cape song + win tickets to his fall tour!
WHAT WE SAID: 
“It is a beautifully orchestrated, lyrically meaningful piece of art that most singer/songwriters never come close to creating.”


citizen
photo: Andy Swartz

6. EXCLUSIVE: Citizen’s “Numb Yourself” is provocative, progressive and powerful
WHAT WE SAID: 
“Its 6/8 groove is deceptively straightforward, with cleverly discordant guitar lines interweaving behind frontman Mat Kerekes’ obtuse confessions.”


Reflections
photo: Tyler Andrew

5. PREMIERE: Reflections’ “Shadow Self” is a sludge-filled, rage-fueled riff monster
WHAT WE SAID: 
“The Minnesota band is one of the most interesting in modern metalcore, and their new direction evident on their upcoming album The Color Clear is certainly worth paying attention to.”


Dance Gavin Dance

4. EXCLUSIVE: Dance Gavin Dance crank up the prog and the pop on “Eagle Vs. Crows”
WHAT WE SAID: 
“Their new album, Instant Gratification, is just the latest in a long line of innovative, progressive records that have no issue being both aggressive as hell and catchy as shit while also throwing in a few sonic curveballs.”


The Ivory

3. EXCLUSIVE: The Ivory (Shane Crump of Alesana) gets soulful with “I’m A Mess”
WHAT WE SAID: 
“Shane Crump’s debut single under the Ivory moniker, ‘I’m A Mess,’ is a soulful piano-based rock song that could’ve come off a Straylight Run or Jack’s Mannequin record—maybe even something by the Fray.”


State Champs
photo: Sandra Markovic

2. PREMIERE: State Champs’ “Around The World And Back” is a gorgeous acoustic duet
WHAT WE SAID: 
“The band has won over plenty of people due to their softer side, too, which is why they made the title track of their new album, Around The World And Back, a gorgeous acoustic duet with Jule Vera frontwoman Ansley Newman.”


photo: Claire Marie Vogel
photo: Claire Marie Vogel

1. PREMIERE: Mindless Self Indulgence’s “For The Love Of God” is an industrial-strength attack on religion
WHAT WE SAID: 
“‘For The Love Of God’ […] is a direct shot across the bow of religions everywhere.”


As 2015 winds down, Substream will be recapping our most popular content from throughout the year. These lists are not meant to be ranking things critically; they exist instead to catch you up on what everyone else was checking out this year. Browse all of our Most Popular Of 2015 lists here.