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.
Our annual end of year tradition is where 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 the boisterious Bristol trio Memory Of Elephants. Another incredible year for the band which has seen relentless touring, supporting Pelican, Holy Fuck, appearing at ArcTanGent and releasing their latest EP. With that all under their belt we hand over to the band to find out more about Memory of Elephants year in music…
Top 5 releases of the year.
1. Russian Circles – Guidance
I’ve arrived very late to the Russian Circles party and I hate myself for that. I was left completely stunned after listening to this album. Is masterpiece too strong a statement?)
2. Weaves – Weaves
The Canadian quartet have created something truly remarkable with their debut. Abrasive, angular and catchy as fuck. Definitely my favourite discovery of the year.
3. BadBadNotGood – IV
These guys are amazing. For three lads who are so young they craft really mature, clever music.
4. Totorro – Come To Mexico
Happy, inoffensive and groovy as heck. Perfect listening for a sunny day. They absolutely slayed it at ArcTanGent festival this year as well.
5. Everytime I Die – Low Teens
Everything this band touches turns to solid gold. The production is amazing, riffs for days and heavy as you like. They’re unstoppable!
Honourable mentions go out to RYLR for their Delayer EP, Explosions In The Sky for The Wilderness, Thoughtforms for their melancholic Songs About Drowning and Armchair Committee for their debut Half As Gold, But Twice As Grand.
The best show you have played this year and why
Supporting Pelican back in May was an honour, ArcTanGent festival for the fourth year in a row was, again, an honour and Bratislava and Paris were both absolutely crazy.
The best gig you have attended and why
De Staat at the Louisiana, Bristol, was insane – so much on-stage swag and charisma. And So I Watch You From Afar at ArcTanGent was as emotional as it was mind blowing, those guys never disappoint live. We supported Holy Fuck in Prague and they were absolutely incredible. Huge, uplifting electro-psych-post-rock-house. As mind boggling as it sounds! Seeing Refused for the first time at 2000 Trees Festival was absolutely insane and Everytime I Die in Cardiff, early December, was one of the best things I’ve ever witnessed. Woke up completely covered in bruises and unable to walk the next day!
Highlights of your year
Going on tour around Europe for the first time with the Shrimps in Chiyoda Ku was incredible. We met so many amazing people who had a genuine passion for music and got to see some awesome places for the first time. The mainland really knows how to nail it when it comes to live music.
Artist/Band to watch for 2017
a-tota-so have just exploded onto the scene and are making their mark on it early. Expect a MoE/a-tota-so/Chiyoda Ku tour in the spring! Members of Cleft, Alpha Male Tea Party and Bad Grammar have just started a new project called GUG. We have no idea what it’ll be like, but most likely amazing. Alpha Male Tea Party are set to release album number 3 next year as well – very exciting. Go pledge some money to help them out! They really do deserve it.
Plans for the New Year
Debut album! It’s taking us a while but we’re on our way. Aside from that, more touring – Europe again for sure – and possibly a collaboration with Chiyoda Ku, but that depends on whether we’re still friends with them (we’ve never met a bigger shower of arses before!)