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Rad Releases ’15- Space Blood – Part 1

December 29, 2015

Skye Portman Rad Releases

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.

 

Spaceblood- Paul Sutherland Fecking Bahamas

Spaceblood- Paul Sutherland
Fecking Bahamas

Our next take over is the first in a series of 2. We adore Space Blood and frankly we will give the site to them any time they want to take charge of some articles. In the first of 2 parts, we asked William Covet, half of the enigmatic Space blood duo, to tell us more about his year in music. Hailing from Chicago, Space Blood are a mask-wearing, theatrical instrumental duo consisting of William Covert on Drums and Sam Edgin on Bass. Together the pair combine their creativity to create an explosive melodic fusion of Math Rock, experimental, energetic instrumentation. Fusing their punk ethics with strong DIY roots results in a certain impetuous attentiveness found in Space Blood. They’ve had a rewarding 12 months and now we will find out more… 

 

Top 5 releases of the year

1) Lightning Bolt – Fantasy Empire

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Fantasy Empire was easily my most listened to album of 2015, and it is a non-stop musical onslaught from beginning to end. It mixes metal and prog influences in with the trademark Lightning Bolt sound to create a really interesting and creative album. It was the most cohesive album from front to back I’ve heard this year. It also sounds amazing! It’s not only easily the best sounding Lightning Bolt album, but is one of the best sounding albums of recent memory. The album was recorded at the same studio in Providence, Rhode Island, as my second favorite album of 2015.

2) Battles – La Di Da Di

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Battles came back in a big way in 2015. La Di Da Di is a super melodic album while at the same time is just as musical complex and innovative as previous Battles releases. La Di Da Di and Fantasy Empire were the two most influential albums on me and my playing and writing in 2015, and they contain my favorite drumming of any two albums this year, but I think La Di Da Di falls just short of reaching Fantasy Empire’s timelessness.

3) Mutoid Man – Bleeder

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I’m a huge fan of Cave In and a really big fan of Ben Koller’s drumming, so when I first heard of Mutoid Man when they released Helium Head a couple years back I immediately fell in love with the band. Bleeder is an improvement of the song writing and sound production of Helium Head. It’s a true tour-de-force from the opening feedback and doom riff intro of “Bridgeburner” to the epic soaring eagle vocals of Stephen Broadsky in the closer self-titled track, Bleeder is a musical saga that’s meant to be listened to at 11. The musicianship is pristine on every song, and

4) Liturgy – The Ark Work

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The Ark Work was one of the most original albums I’ve heard this year. I still don’t know how to classify this album. Liturgy has always fell in-between genres, but the mix of electronics with black metal, post-rock and even hip-hop really makes this album stand out over their previous albums and stand out amongst other albums of heavy music that’s come out this year. Greg Fox’s drumming alone is enough to rank this album on any best of list.

5) Delta Sleep – Twin Galaxies

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This is one album that Sam and I in Space Blood can really agree on as one of our favorites of the year. Twin Galaxies is filled with hook after hook while

never caving in to simple song structures. The depth and layering of each song creates a lush musical soundscape the band explores with elements of math-rock, post-rock, punk, and pop music.

The best show you have played this year and why

This is a hard one to answer as I got to play a lot of great shows in 2015, but if I had to pick one it would be our UK tour at London at the Old Blue Last. The lineup for the show was insanely good with itoldyouiwouldeatyou, Quadrilles, and Theo playing with us. One of my favorite shows I saw in 2014, was Wot Gorilla?, Alarmist, and Bats as a pre-ArcTanGent show at the Old Blue Last, so to be able to come back to the UK this year and play a packed show at the OBL was something that will always stand out to me personally. It was also the show that tour we first did a live bit in our show wearing masks of David Cameron and a pig, and the audience reaction in London was just incredible.

The best gig you have attended and why

This summer I saw The Austerity Program, Sweet Cobra, and Bear Claw play at the Burlington in Chicago. The Burlington is a smaller sized venue in Chicago, with its venue room having a capacity of around 100, which makes it a great setting for a show with the right bands on the bill. The Austerity Program rarely tours, and they are easily one of the best live American bands out there today. Their live show blew me away, and they have really brought back noise rock to place of musical experimentation that I think the genre had been lacking for several years. If you ever get a chance to see The Austerity Program live, do it! Sweet Cobra and Bear Claw are two hidden gems in the Chicago music scene, who also don’t play out very often, but when they do it’s the kind of event where you need to stop whatever you’re doing and go see the show. They did not disappoint at the Burlington and both bands fully complimented The Austerity Program.

Highlights of your year

Touring the UK for two weeks is easily at the top of the list of highlights for this year, but some others included playing with LITE in Chicago this spring, opening for Mutoid Man and getting them to drink Malort for the first time, and putting out the compilation series Math & Atlases that we curated and got to work with some of other favorites bands in the US and UK.

Artist/Band to watch for 2016

Bands I have on my music radar to watch out for are Buildings and Lume.

Buildings is one of my favorite contemporary US bands. They are one of the best live noise/math rock bands I’ve seen in recent memory and they have the ability to write some really catchy songs and play with the energy and madness of a band like The Jesus Lizard, but with a more modern take on the noise rock sound. They’ve been recording a new album this year, and it’s one of my most anticipated releases for 2016.

Lume is one of my favorite up and coming bands in Chicago. They have a really original take on shoe-gaze, post-rock, slow-core and their new album that drops in January, 2016, is absolutely fantastic! These guys have the potential to break it big next year.

Plans for the New Year

Tour more than in 2015!!!! We plan to back in the UK for another tour next August. We also plan to maybe tour the states in 2016, as well as release our debut full-length next year. They may be some videos, and another Math & Atlases compilation in there as well. It’s definitely looking to be a busy year for Space Blood.

A huge thank you as ever to the lovely William, we will be back with more Space Blood pt. 2 when we hand over to Sam to tell us his year in music but looking forward to that UK tour!!

 

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