Rad Releases ’12- Mount Fuji

December 29, 2012



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 take over- our good friends Mount Fuji.  For those unaware- Mount Fuji are four friends from Birmingham making music without boundaries. Formerly Conquistadors, the unfortunate trademarking of their name by another performer meant having to start over. But following a brief hiatus they’re back with their eclectic tastes and unstructured style intact, making for high-energy, catchy songs that can be infectious pop one second and hellish noise the next. From headlining shows to supporting Tera Melos, Shapes, Blacklisters, &U&I, The JCQ, Kong and Blakfish as well as countless other distinguished and hardworking bands, Conks – as they were affectionately known – leave behind a memorable legacy. Mount Fuji now aim to build on the solid fan base they gathered under their previous guise. The four piece consist of Adam Jaremko – Guitar, Andy Palmer – Drums, James Sharp – Guitar/Vocals and Oz Powles – Bass. Towards the end of 2012 they showed the UK what they were missing. We can’t wait to see what the next year holds for this talented quartet.


Top 5 Albums 2012

The Shins – Port of Morrow
Ben Folds Five – The Sound of the Life and Mind
Django Django – Django Django
Gaz Coombes – Here Come the Bombs
Sleigh bells – Reign of Terror

Best Gig

Ben Folds Five @ Birmingham O2 Academy

An eight month wait and fifty five pounds lighter I couldn’t wait to see Ben Folds Five live. I don’t know what made me more excited, the thought of witnessing something that has up until this point been a collection of made-up memories caused by youtube videos and my imagination or having purchased ‘Seated’ tickets.
Front row balcony, seated. What could go wrong? Nothing. The sound was great, the collection of songs chosen was perfect and to be in a room with hundreds of other people equally as excited and enthralled as I was, was a rare delight.

Best Mount Fuji Gig

Mount Fuji @ Sunflower Lounge (Birmingham)

Sound Check. String broke. Went home. Got strings. Strung guitar. Went on. Loud. Very loud. Everyone enjoyed it. Justin Lee Collins. Good times. Went home. The end.


Top 5 Albums
Lar Kaye – Lar Kaye
Maps & Atlases – Beware and Be Grateful
Rega – Solt & Plum
DZ Deathrays – Ruined My Life EP
Nick Reinhart – Satan’s Power

Best Gig
Red Fang @ HMV Institute – I’ve been waiting to see them for ages and just by chance have always had something going on when they have been nearby. I finally managed it this month and they were fantastic. For that reason alone it trumps performances by Maps and Atlases and Tera Melos as my gig of the year, which is saying something.

Best Mt. Fuji Gig
Sunflower Lounge, Dec 2012.  I’ve surprised myself here…supporting DZ Deathrays and This Town Needs Guns for our first two gigs as Mount Fuji was amazing but our 3rd gig was great because I think we’d had a few beers and Palmer ate a footlong steak ‘n’ cheese just before and….it was just a load of fun.


Top 5 Albums
Tall Ships – Everything Touching
Maps & Atlases – Beware and Be Grateful
Mutiny on the Bounty – Trials
DZ Deathrays – Ruined My Life EP
Fang Island – Major

Best Gig
Blur @ Wolverhampton Civic, August 2012.  Was great to finally get to see them, and they didn’t disappoint.

Best Mt. Fuji Gig
Sunflower Lounge, Dec 2012.  3rd gig in almost a year since our name change drama, and one of the best gigs we’ve done.  Lots of fun.



Top 5 Albums
Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
Lar Kaye – Lar Kaye
Toe – The Future Is Now EP
Maps & Atlases – Beware and Be Grateful
Axes – Wet Wet Wet Wet and also Calories – DMT. So these last two are single, whatever. Just how I roll.

Best Gig
Tera Melos at the Cookie Jar, Leicester, May 2012. The moment we arrived at the Cookie Jar, the vibe was amazing – so chilled out. Some really great people run that place. And Tera Melos killed it, plus it was a real guitar geek fest so I was in heaven.

Best Mt. Fuji Gig
Sunflower Lounge, Dec 2012.  I’m not gonna buck a trend here. We haven’t gigged a lot in 2012 after the shit around our name change, and focusing on writing our debut album. But this show was awesome fun, and because the stage was so small I got to stand in the audience all night while I played. Good times.


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