It’s that time once again, as the countdown to the end of 2016 quickly approaches we take a personal look back on familiar names, features and musicians’ best releases of the past 12 months. In what has been a crazy year of highs and lows it’s the releases that have pulled a lot of people through the year. Now in it’s 6th year, Circuit Sweet will be hosting takeovers from the featured artists/musicians/labels and promoters of the site with their personal top 5 releases of the year.
Kick starting 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 first Rad Releases take over comes from our good friend Marty best known for his work in Alright The Captain/ A-tota-so and his promotions company Buttonpusher , seriously one of the most excellent promoters around. We hand over to Marty to find out more about his year in music!
Black Peaks – Statues
Black peaks earwormed their way into my life after hearing “Saviour” it wouldn’t leave my head, the album is a complete beast from start to finish and is definitely one of the best records released this year, it’s no surprise they are doing as well as they have been this year, very excited to hear what they’ll come out with next.
Three trapped tigers – Silent earthling
TTT never disappoint do they? This album has been the soundtrack for countless car journeys since it was released and never grows old. Electronic Mathy Glitchy goodness! So tight!
Ganglions – Fetch
This lot just appeared from out of nowhere and the moment i heard “Chindogu” i loved it and had to hear more so booked them pretty much immediately to come play the bUTTONpUSHER christmas party this year. Super catchy math pop from Sheffield via Cork, very excited to see them live.
Mums – Land of Giants
Big riffs, heavy hitting drums and lovely people to boot, Mums have had a right old time of it during their short career, they’ve had 3 different names (Aeroplane Flies High, Mothers and Mums), they’ve had Euro tours fall through and most recently had drummer Lewis leave the band but this debut album kicks ass and hopefully 2017 will find them back on their feet again and ready to make more noise real soon.
Cleft – Wrong
2016 was the year we lost Cleft, the guys called it a day but not before leaving us with “Wrong” which was a much darker album than Bosh and it’s just full of big riffs and incredible drumming throughout.These boys will be missed!!!!
Memory of elephants – Faux Carrion
One of my favourite bands and some of my favourite people there was no way i’d have left Memory of elephants off this list, the EP was another staple on the stereo this year, the Bristol boys make a big, big noise for a three piece, dark broody and bloody fantastic but it’s live that these boys really excel so go see them when you can.
The best show you have played this year and why
This years been quiet(ish) on the show front with Alright the Captain currently taking a break but highlights were the ArcTanGent warm up party at the Stag and hounds in Bristol and our tours with Steve Strong, A werewolf and Bear Makes Ninja mainly because it’s always a pleasure playing with your friends bands. As for a-tota-so we’re just getting warmed up and will be more active in 2017 we’re already stupidly excited about playing Strangeforms festival in the Spring.
The best gig you have attended and why
Radiohead at the Roundhouse, my girlfriend Zoe is a MASSIVE fan and managed to get tickets for one of the roundhouse shows which was just amazing from start to finish and seeing them play in such an intimate venue just made it even better.
Highlights of your year – 2016 hasn’t really been a year for highlights with all the retarded politics, celebrity deaths, my bands being robbed and some of my fave bands splitting but it has been nice to get a-tota-so out and gigging and of course ArcTanGent was a treat as always but i think New Years Eve in Bristol is a definite contender for night of the year with Mclusky, Memory of elephants, Falls, Chiyoda Ku and loads more at the Stag, you know it’s gonna be a messy one!!!
Artist/Band to watch for 2016 – Chiyoda Ku, i’m telling ya now this band are the bees knees, the cats pajamas, the dogs bollocks or just three talented little shrimps! Newer bands on my radar are Pfaff and Classically Handsome Brutes all of which you’ll find playing a bUTTONpUSHER show in 2017
Plans for the New Year – a-tota-so will be releasing a few more tracks in January and we’re currently writing for an album but while thats happening in the background we will definitely be playing a lot more shows, there are some plans for tours being made but its still very early days so you’ll have to watch this space. Other than that i’ll still be putting on loads of bUTTONpUSHER shows so there’s always something going on.
A huge thank you as ever to Marty and for all the incredible shows you’ve given us in the last 12 months, a huge thanks for all your hard work and continuing to bring excellent music together in whatever way you can! We can’t wait to see what 2017 brings and looking forward to more from a-tota-so!