What most people don’t realize is that it has been a decade now since 2008, and it seems just like yesterday. It is totally unbelievable how time flies so quickly no one even notices it. 2008 was such an eventful year that some people will never forget it but is surprised that it had been 10 years since then.
Some of the most unforgettable moments of 2008 happened right before people’s eyes. It is when the vampire-human romantic genre started to rise with Stephenie Meyers’ Twilight Saga, that, of course, became such a huge thing when Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart debut the first film. It is also the year when Britney Spears made her official comeback, wherein she even released her Circus album and it became one of the fastest-selling albums of that year with over four million copies all worldwide. It is also the year where Barack Obama was beginning to take over and make some historical changes for the country by running for the presidency.
Speaking of albums, 2008 has also been the year when musicians mostly released their debut albums, and it has been 10 years since then believe it or not. Here are some of them, who are actually mostly celebrating their 10th year anniversary by doing shows to thank their fans.
Alas, I Cannot Swim – Laura Marling
Who would’ve thought that just at the young age of 18, British singer and songwriter Laura Marling would actually release her very own album? It was in 2008 when Marling releases her debut album called Alas, I Cannot Swim, by Virgin Records. The album was actually produced by her former bandmate, Charlie Fink, while she was still in the band Noah and the Whale. Before she has managed to release her album, she has released a couple of Eps.
The singer admitted that her first album was literally about young love and she did enjoy recording every song in the album. The album was even nominated at the Mercury Awards and Marling has been nominated for the Brit Awards’ Best Female Solo Artist four times, and she won one back in 2011.
Alpinisms – School of Seven Bells
Sisters Claudia and Alejandra Deheza from New York City formed an indie rock band with Benjamin Curtis back in 2007. All of them came from different bands but decided to go together, they have released their debut single that same year, but it wasn’t until in 2008 when they released their debut album called Alpinisms. It has 11 original songs and the album got re-released the year after.
Unfortunately, one of the sisters left the band in 2010. But before leaving, they managed to release their second album.
She wasn’t the only one who left, because Curtis died in 2013 after suffering from lymphoblastic lymphoma, just after a couple of weeks of being diagnosed. Their final album got completed even after he died and was released in 2016.
Antidotes – Foals
This rock band from Oxford, England have signed with Warner Bros. Records at the moment but in 2008, with their debut single Antidotes, they have been heard on every rock radio. Their latest album was released back in 2015, but despite not being active as much, the band has managed to perform to some of the biggest festivals such as Glastonbury, Coachella, and Roskilde over the years.
In 2016, they were nominated for not just one but three NME awards as Best British Band, Best Album, and Best track. They have managed to snag the Best Album award with What Went Down.
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Yesterday we celebrated the 10th anniversary of our first album, '3 Rounds and a Sound.' I can’t believe it’s been ten years! Ten years of travels to strange and beautiful places I never thought I’d go. Ten years of getting to play music in bars, theaters, and concert halls strung out in map lines to and from our Oregon home. Ten years of meeting and befriending good, good people all over this country and others. This little album we recorded in our friend’s basement studio sure has brought us so much, and I’m especially grateful for the connections it’s brought us with you all. To celebrate, we’re releasing a special limited edition vinyl (link in bio) and heading out for a short tour. We can’t wait to see some of you soon on that trip! I hope this find you somewhere in summer sun and thinking back ten years to the day and trying to recall what it is you were doing and feeling and hoping for all that time ago. – Israel
3 Sounds and a Sound – Blind Pilot
Last but definitely not the least is the Blind Pilot, which originally consisted of Israel Nebeker and Ryan Dobrowski. They added four more members after releasing their debut album in 2008.
The 3 Sounds and a Sound was by Expunged Records and one of the songs on that album called Go On, Say It, actually became the Single of the Week on Apple’s iTunes. It has even reached the number 13th spot on the Billboard top hits on a digital album. They are currently on tour after releasing their third one in 2016, with Gregory Alan Isakov as well as Bad Bad Habits’ Anna Tivel. The band is celebrating their 10th anniversary with a couple of shows as a tribute to their fans over the last decade.