Best Comeback – 2012 Diffuser.fm Music Awards
Every year, beloved bands that had previously split up or gone on hiatus decide to reunite, eliciting much fanfare. In 2012, this happened with numerous acts, and as part of our first annual Diffuser.fm Music Awards, we’d like you to help us pick the Best Comeback of 2012.
Soundgarden may have had the highest-profile studio comeback of 2012; this year’s ‘King Animal’ was their first album in 12 years. No Doubt, meanwhile, returned with ‘Push and Shove’ and hit the road in support. Garbage embarked on their first tour in seven years and released ‘Not Your Kind of People,’ their first album in the same length of time. Canadian post-rock collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor dropped their first disc in a decade, ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!’ and toured behind it. And veteran power-pop band the dB’s, who rocked this year’s SXSW festival, ended our list’s longest hiatus. Their ‘Falling Off the Sky’ album was their first in 25 years.
Other bands reformed to play live without cutting new records. Sixteen years after breaking up, British alt-rock vets the Stone Roses kicked off a world reunion tour that’s scheduled well into next year. Cincinnati-based indie heroes Afghan Whigs mounted an extensive North American trek. Indie stalwarts Grandaddy played a handful of shows, their first since splitting up in 2006. Similarly, At the Drive-In rocked several major festivals, their first gigs since calling it quits in 2001.
But the most unexpected act to stage a comeback may be the Replacements, who announced in October that they were in the studio working on a new EP. What’s more, they wouldn’t rule out out future plans to record a full album or even tour.
Let us know which was the Best Comeback of 2012. Vote below! You have until 11:59PM EST on Jan. 15, 2013, to make your selection. We’ll notify you of the winner in this and every other category on Jan. 16.