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 a trio going from strength to strength. With a monumental year under their belt which includes a double a-side vinyl release and a recent Maida vale performance. We hand over to Cardiff based band We’re No Heroes to find out more about their year in music! We’ve said it once and we will say it again this band deserve all your attention…
- Top 5 releases of the year and a brief reason why (albums, EP’s, Singles- if you have more than 5 send too).
In no particular order:
+ Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love
+ Anderson Paak – Malibu
+ Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered
+ A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
+ Wild Beasts – Boy King
- The best show you have played this year and why
Luke: TRUCK Festival was a bit aberrant. We play to some mad crowds but this one reached new hights and we were lapping it up! Nothing will beat playing to a tent full of beautiful lunatics, some doing acrobatics and others climbing each others backs to draw attention to themselves while cheering along to our songs and howling propositions of encouragement. Great day.
- The best gig you have attended and why
Tom: Tame Impala at Alexandra Palace, one of the best live bands I’ve ever seen.
Luke: Acid Mothers Temple at Clwb Ifor Bach. When someone says ‘that was face melting’ they use it in a metaphorical sense. Acid Mothers Temple actually melted faces. They also covered Black Sabbath’s The Wizard on point and harder than anyone has played it since Sabbath did in the early 70’s.
- Highlights of your year
Luke: Playing my guitar on top of Glastonbury Tor on the hottest day of the year and coming up with potentially the greatest song in the world.
- Artist/Band to watch for 2017
Tom: Reuel Elijah, believe the hype.
Luke: Boy Azooga a.k.a David Newington best known for his drumming in Charlotte Church’s band, Keys, Gulp, the late Houdini Dax and Monico Blonde has now put together his own band and wrote his own solo songs. Probably one of the most talented musicians Wales has seen in decades and already known in Cardiff as such, the new singles/demos he has released are something of a quality no one has seen any one do that slick in Wales before. I’m real excited to see what 2017 brings for him.
- Plans for the New Year
Tom: Find a way to make it back to Maida Vale.
Luke: We’ve been in the studio recording some new tunes and we’re set to release them all in 2017 followed by a tour more grand than any we’ve attempted before, or so we hope if the gods allow it and Donald Trump & Teresa May don’t trigger the end of it all between them.
A huge thank you We’re No Heroes, after the last year we can only wish for more success to come your way for 2017!