As the countdown to the end of the year approaches we take a personal look back on our familiar names, features and musicians’ top releases of the past 12 months.
This year has stood out for incredible releases and even more so for uncovering exceptional talent; most of which discovered, promoted and featured right on this site.
Continuing our Rad Releases feature is familiar talent and good friends Alright The Captain.
Alright the Captain; the three piece regularly featured on here consists of Marty Toner – Guitar, Todd Wood – Bass and Ash West-Mullen on Drums. The 3 piece instrumental, math rock post-rockers have had one incredibly rewarding year. Having released their debut album SNIB on Field Records back in February, the anticipation proved beneficial in such a strong and powerful release for the three. Promoting such a sustainable record Alright The Captain have toured endlessly throughout the past 12 months. Taking their must-see live performance to countless new places including a recent European tour with Cheap Jazz.
If you haven’t seen this band live make sure you do in 2012. Such a promising and creative individuals with so much more to give.
What have been your favourite record releases this year and why?
Marty: A few of my personal favourites this year were Pink Magik by Giraffes? Giraffes! and Tripper by Hella as I’d been waiting so long to hear new material from both bands and sure as hell wasn’t disappointed by either release.
Iecava by our Field label mates Khuda is another great release from 2011 and a bold move for them as the album offered another side to the band which included rare disco beats from drummer Steve.
Ash: I want to say Radiohead’s King of Limbs, Mastodon’s Hunter or Mogwai’s Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will but shamefully I’ve not heard them properly yet so I guess I’ll go with Battles Gloss drop simply because despite its short comings, its a testament to how a band can persevere in the face of massive change and use what they do well to make a solid album. Also we went to see them a few weeks ago and they were boss!
Todd: I came across an album by a guy called The Auteurist called Slack Acid, was well impressed with that, some wicked squelchy acid sort of stuff. And I’d say Stay in the home you love by Nitkowski.
Your favourite gig we played of the year and why?
Ash : My favourite gig was probably our squat show in Leipzig with John Makay and Cheap Jazz. We were mesmerised by JM and a bit scared about following them but I think they got everyone so pumped up that our sets were full of energy and great fun. The mix of people at the gig was great too, not to mention the gallons of free beer 😉
Marty : We played alot of memorable gigs this year so its really hard to pin it down to just one, our album launch at Dub:rek (our rehearsal space) was pretty damn special for us, it was an invite only, BYOB show which got a little bit out of hand so the place was packed and everyone was hammered by the time we played but we still managed to hold it together as we played SNIB from start to finish before continuing the party through to the next day.
Another favourite was a recent show in Prague where we played possibly one of our most aggressive and heavy sets as a band to a brilliant reception in such an amazing city.
Todd: We’ve been over to Antwerp a few times now and played at a place called Music city, last time we were there was ace. The time before that I kicked over my beer while playing and dancing about like a spaz (a captain speciality) and was getting little electric shocks from my strings. That wasn’t so good!
And your favourite gig you attended and why?
Todd: Battles in Sheffield not too long ago. I tried to kiss John Stanier and got kicked out. So my girlfriend did and then I kissed her.
Ash: Battles were pro as f**k at their show in Sheffield and I’ve not been to a big gig just for fun in ages. They proper inspired me with their creative use of grooves and steady crescendo, not least their novel set up with the drummer up front. If it were up to me, we’d role like that every show!
Marty: Three Trapped Tigers set at Tramlines, I’d never heard the band before but as soon as they started i knew they’d be a band I’d find myself listening to on repeat for a long time, they were so good…i love it when you stumble upon a new band that just blow your wig!
Plans for 2012…..
2012 is getting pretty busy for us so far as we start getting new songs demoed over December/January then we’ll be spending quite alot of time in Europe in February and April including a slot at DUNK! Festival alongside some of our favourite bands like 65 days of static, Pelican and Beware of safety, then we start recording for the next release before joining You Slut! on their sophomore album tour round the UK and Ireland and hopefully lots more festivals during the summer.
We’re always looking for more shows and we really want to play alot of places in the UK that we’ve never played before so don’t hesitate to drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like us to come play for you.
Best of luck for 2012 guys and thanks for all your support in 2011.
Thank You so much to all of Alright The Captain! We’ve loved all you’ve done this year and would like to thank you so much for your support. It’s been a pleasure supporting all your endeavours to date. We can only wish you our support and good luck for next year and congratulations on the festival slot!
Images of Alright The Captain by Oli Montez