It’s that time once again, as the countdown to the end of 2015 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 hosting takeovers from the featured artists of the site with their personal top 5 releases of the year.
Continuing our annual end of year tradition we let our favourites take over the site to tell us the records that have made their end of year lists, their favourite events/gigs and what we can look forward to from them next year.
Our next take over comes from a 2 piece who are making waves in their scene. Amy Grindhouse, the l 2 piece math rock act will win you over. Live they captivate with an intense set, filled with crazy mathy stop starts- the duo are kings of creating awkward pauses but they’ve nailed those dynamic breaks with perfectly timed and very tight enthralment. With a busy end to the year being on tour, we believe next year will see the pair progress some more, for now we hand over to Connor Dack to tell us about their year in music.
Top 5 Releases of 2015
Options – Driftwood Metaphor
Delta Sleep- Twin Galaxies
Sufjan Stevens – Carrie and Lowell
Mouse on the Keys – the flowers of romance
Bolt From The Blue- Your Song
Best show we’ve played this year
We played The Brixton Windmill in London towards the end of our tour with Lenin Death Mask. It was such a high energy show and we were blessed to play with Ghost Kings Of The Five Regions who are pretty new but absolutely incredible to watch. The show was put on by Del Noble and Alice Irvine who were both absolutely lovely and really looked after us. They also put on some other really incredible lineups.
Best show attended
Tangled hair at Arctangent was an amazing show for the both of us, we had waited so long to see those guys after they pulled out the year before but it was well worth the wait. Every element of that band is phenomenal but James Trodd on the drums is something else entirely.
Highlights of the year
We just came off a 10 day tour with Lenin Death Mask which has been an incredible experience for the both of us. We went all the way up to Scotland on a 19 hour megabus with all of our back line stored miraculously in the bottom of the bus. We got to see very little of the places we visited but we did manage to explore a lot of asdas and sleep on some pretty impressive floors. Reading this back I realise this doesn’t sound very fun at all but playing shows every day for 10 days was a dream come true for us.
Bands to watch this year
Lenin Death Mask- They have just dropped an Ep “Three Hits” and it is phenomenal. A great blend of Bruce Springsteen song structures with Angry punky poppy goodness Twisted ankle- They have only just started gigging but they are absolutely fantastic, Really fun to watch and incredibly heavy. Think Scratch Acid but not as scary looking.
Civil Elegies- Angry noise rockers from Scotland that seem to have slipped by pretty unnoticed so far. They have just dropped an album that is incredible, but the intense live show is where they really shine.
Plans for the New Year
Were aiming to record a Single in Nottinghams Jt Soar early next year and hope to sort out another tour to release it with. We have a few shows coming up that were itching to talking about but we can’t announce them yet, they are sure to be incredible.
Thank you Amy Grindhouse, looking forward to the next release and wishing you all the best for 2016.