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 Bristol based prog rock quartet Lambhorn. Earlier this year we got to see the four play a very special festival in fact, we’ve never witnessed as much ecstatic behaviour as when these four discovered they were on the bill for this years ArcTanGent. Lambhorn are a very energetic band which cleverly layer their compositions with intricate ties and good heavy cuts, moving between the two effortlessly. We spoke to Oli of Lambhorn to find out more about the bands year in music.
Best releases of the year?
Mutoid man – bleeder
This album is a total beast. And also very different to the music we create! This is some old school metal shit. I’ve always loved Steve Brodsky in Cave In, and after discovering this band, my love of stonery/metal stuff has all flooded back. Couldn’t be happier about that.
Vessels – Dilate
What a change from previous releases. This record is pumpin’ and techno savvy while Inkeeping with the intricacy of previous releases. The live show will complete the experience. Serious live show. SERIOUS. Production value is great and really makes me wander, how can it get any better?
Cousin – music to polish your rifle to
A cheeky little six track which features music I have never heard anything like before. Doom Pop? Yes please. Jangly, slow, happy, down tuned grandmother endearing musical perfection. Best listened to on vinyl, of course. And that artwork! Favourite of the year.
Temple Complex – Self Interest Behaviour
Our friend Josh Lamdin played, recorded and produced this beauty of a record. Featuring well chosen guest vocals and also singing himself, this is one of the only albums of the year which is a joy to listen to start to finish. With so much going on track to track it’s sometimes hard to remember this is just one dude. ONE DUDE. Big riffs, beautiful expanses, glitchy dance worthy jams all the way through. Can’t wait to hear what he has in store for the next release.
Feed me Jack – Covers EP
We love Feed me Jack here at Lambhorn inc. Summer jams for years to come. These guys have 2 awesome albums out already which will make anyone smile from ear to ear. This covers EP was quite unexpected as it’s rare to get a covers EP. The selection is great and features a cover of reelin’ in the years by (arguably) the best band in the world and fact of the day – Lambhorn’s favourite band – Steely Dan! Thanks to Feed me Jack for keeping shut real smooth.
Best show this year and why?
Hm. Hard question, not! It’s got to be Arctangent hasn’t it. I can speak for all of us when I say that was an important moment in our lives! It’s something we thought wasn’t really a thing and we joked about it. But it happened, I think…
So yeah, not only was it our favourite show but our best played and happiest as well. No idea how it’ll be topped, but we’re hoping for big things this next year!
Best gig attended and why?
Heavens above, what a question! No idea. Probably Russian Circles at The Fleece. The headbanging was extreme, the closeness was surreal and the sound was intense. But then again, I have a soft spot for them. Vessels at Start the Bus in Bristol was pretty mad… Think we all enjoyed that one!!
Highlights of the year
Well, 2015 has been year of the sheep, innit. So we’ve been through a lot! Released our first EP, played our first festival, played with awesome bands, released a live video which we’re super proud of, did our first band shots. Damn, we’ve done more this year than the past 5 put together. Go us!
Highlight though. Playing Chillfest in Nottingham with our pals, LEG and Memory of Elephants. Lots of drinks and lots of being inappropriate at an army base. Good times.
Artist / band to watch for 2016
This band from Bradford on Avon have been making waves in my ears for a little while now and I have a little feeling that they’re gonna blow up a little more in the next year. Brother and sister on bass and boyfriend and girlfriend on various stringed instruments with 4 part harmonies. Beautiful, interesting, quiet, loud, local and masterful music.
Are we allowed 2 bands? Because Port Erin are going to release another album. And this next one might be the one that gives them their big break that they deserve. They have been going for over 10 years and I rate them as one of the best bands in the southwest. Hands down. They do shows with Wasuremono sometimes. Damn, that’s a treat.
Plans for the New Year.
This next year is year of the Lamb, regardless of any Chinese New Years, and we’re planning on smashing it. Maybe a new video (a very long one, naturally) maybe a big ol’ release, maybe some touring, maybe working with a man called Jim Barr.
Who knows. Cheers!
A huge thank you to the lovely lads in Lambhorn, really hoping next year can top the past 12 months for this promising act.