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Rad Releases ’11- Clay Statues

December 21, 2011
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.
As the feature continues, friends and familiar name to the site Clay Statues share their top releases.
 We’ve shared another successful year with the Aberdare/Cardiff based duo. This year the band have continued to maintain the hype of their live performance’s by endless live dates across the UK. Our friends and legendary unconventional drum and bass act have also seen numerous recording sessions and the digital release of their 3 track EP ‘A Town On The Edge Of The World’.
We were lucky to hear from both Doz’s about their top releases of the year.
Clay Statues Top Releases:
Dorian Adkins-
Ok, my top 5 releases this year are…..

1. Joe Lally – “Why should I get used to it?”
Fugazi are one if my all time favourite bands. They’ve been on an 11 year break now, but all still releasing their own solo/new band stuff which has all been amazing. Joe the bassist has released 3 solo albums now all with different ‘backing bands’. This one being my favourite so far. One of my favourite musicians ever. It’s hard to describe him as being underrated as Fugazi are one of the most influential bands of their era, but I still think more people should be listening to his stuff. A proper genius.

2. Primus – “Green Naugahide” 

The last full original album Primus released was ‘Antipop’ back in 1999, which is an absolute blinder! Since then, Brian Mantia (who in my opinion was the best drummer they ever had) had left to join Guns n Roses, Les Claypool had done some solo stuff etc etc, so when I found out this album was coming out I was excited but not too optimistic about how it would sound. Hearing the first track ‘Hennepin Crawler’ totally blew me away. It’s classic Primus from start to finish.

3. Foo Fighters – “Wasting Light”

 
The first 2 Foos albums really remind me of the time when I was first getting into rock and punk music and having my mind blown after realising that skinny fella from Nirvana was the same guy who sings in the Foo Fighters! I really lost interest in them after The Colour and the Shape. This album really pulled me back to them. I loved that the first song ‘Burning Bridges’ had a big reference to Ian Mackaye’s ‘Embrace’ (one of my favourite Dischord records bands ever).

4. Pearl Jam – “PJ20 soundtrack” 

Although there is no new material on this double album, it’s still one of this years favourites. Some classic old pearl jam tunes recorded live, a cover of Crown of Thorns by Motherlovebone and an amazing demo version of Reach Down by Temple of The Dog. Anyone who doesn’t know the back story of the band and the “Green River, Motherlovebone, Temple of the Dog, Pearl Jam” timeline is missing out on some awesome music and pretty amazing stories.

5. OFF! – “First Four EP’s”

It was released on cd in February of this year after only being available as a vinyl. It’s pretty much an instant punk classic. 18 songs and the whole thing comes in at just over 18 minutes. The longest song on the album is 1 minute 32 seconds. It’s absolutely amazing. Even the line up is a who’s who in punk. Keith Morris of Black Flag/Circle Jerks, Dimitri Coats from Burning Brides, Mario Rubalcabra who drummed for Rocket from The Crypt and Stephen Shane Macdonald from Red Kross. In my opinion, this is THE best album of the year.

Best Show Attended

I was lucky enough to get to see Primus and the Descendants earlier in the year (separate shows obviously) and picking a winner from those two would be almost impossible. Neither band had played the UK in over 10 years, Primus played for 2 and a half hours straight and were absolutely phenominal. The Descendants gig seems to have been labelled as a bit of a “car crash gig”. It had awful reviews, I thought it was pretty amazing though. Milo’s voice went after 2 songs, he hit the guitarist in the mouth with his mic, the gig fell apart and they left the stage. People were booing, it was pretty horrible…. Then they came back out, and started playing again with guest singers, singers from both the support bands sang, the bassist sang, their stage manager sang, Eric Melvin from NOFX randomly came out and sang, then they all swapped instruments and did a 20 minute set of Black Flag songs. Amazing.

Best Show Played –

Of all the shows we’ve played this year, my favourite has to be Cwmaman Festival. It’s always a great weekend every year, there’s always something for everyone. There was a great Ramones tribute band and an amazing 80’s style metal band called Mutator. We had a pretty good turnout for our set and we were both totally smashed on wine. A good fun gig!

Band plans

We actually plan to have a bit of a break in 2012. We both have a few other projects on the go and we want to give them some more attention so we’re planning on taking a few months off to do that. We’re gonna come back to it after the summer and maybe get some newer material recorded and start gigging again.

Dorian Holmes-

Rad Releases


1. The Black Keys – El Camino


2. Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
  
3. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
 
4. Twilight Singers – Dynamite Steps
 5. Henrys Funeral Shoe – Donkey Jacket
Best Gig Played: Feb 5th, 2011, The Glandover, Aberdare. Just because it was our first gig since I’d gotten better and our first gig in Aberdare in around 4 months. It was dirty, sweaty and manic. The perfect Statues gig.

Best Gig Attended: Bestival 2011, I though about all the other gigs I went to this year and then realised that in one weekend I managed to see The Cure, PJ Harvey, Brian Wilson, Public Enemy, Big Audio Dynamite, Mogwai and Tweak Bird!!

2012 Plans:
We’re playing our last show for a while at the end of January, we’re going to concentrate on the other things we’ve got going on and give them a chance without feeling guilt about leaving Statues out of all the fun. We’ll be back when we’re ready.

Thank You Clay Statues for all the support you give us and we can only wish you our support and good luck for next year, no doubt the new projects will be featured here but get Clay Statues back shortly- there will be a massive hole unable to fill.

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