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Rad Releases ’14- Samoans

December 22, 2014


As the countdown to the end of 2014 quickly approaches we take a personal look back on familiar names, features and musicians’ best releases of the past 12 months. Circuit Sweet will be featuring the featured artists of the site with their personal top 5 releases of the year.

In our end of year special we let our favorites take over the site to tell us the records that have made their end of year lists, their favorite events/gigs and what we can look forward to from them next year.


The next traditional take-over comes for a quartet who have had one of the most monumental band years to date. Cardiff based Samoans have toured extensively, released a flawless debut album and been nominated for a prestigious Welsh Music Prize. Since forming in 2008 the band have gone from strength to strength and soon established themselves as one of Wales’ up and coming talents, duly noted in the recent nomination. Blending a broad mixture of influences and composing a set of genre jumping, intense, melodic songs. Think Biffy Clyro meets Manic Street Preachers with a math rock blend of Maps and Atlases. We’ve had the pleasure in catching Samoans perform live at various venues this past year and we are hooked. Guitarist/Vocalist Daniel tells us more..

Top 5 releases of the year: 

Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso


Euphoric, excellent and inspiring.
Pink Mountaintops


Get Low gives us belief in guitar music again.
Lonely The Brave -The Days War

lonely-the-brave-the-days-warDown I Go – Gods

Actually it came out in 2011, but we only found them this year. F**K THE RULES! BAD BOY FOR LIFE!
DFA 1979 – The Physical World

 One of Dan’s top 5 all-time favourite bands coming back after a long break and they did not disappoint!

The best show you have played this year
O2 Academy Islington with No Devotion. Great show. Great tour. Great crowds.

The best gig you have attended
We have a few. Nine Inch Nails – O2 Arena (light show alone is better than anything you’ve ever seen! McLusky & Jarcrew at Le Pub in Newport and Death From Above 1979 at the O2 Academy in Bristol. All these bands inspire us to want to be better musicians!

Highlights of your year
Releasing our debut album and going on tour with No Devotion were huge highlights. Chris, our drummer, finally got to go on his honeymoon to Avoriaz too!

Artist/Band to watch for 2015
Sylvan Esso and Down I Go

Plans for the New Year
Finish writing our next record. Get Rich. Buy a Boat
Dan, it’s always a pleasure thank you. We can’t wait to see what the next 12 months hold for Samoans, such a great band!

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