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Rad Releases 19 – Merrick’s Tusk

December 27, 2019

It’s that time once again, as the countdown to the end of 2019 rapidly approaches and we somehow end this decade- we take a personal look back on familiar names, features and musicians’ best releases of the past 12 months. In what has been another crazy year filled with plenty of highs and lows- it’s the releases that have once again pulled a lot of people through the year.

Now in it’s 9th year, we let our favourites take over the site to tell us the records that have made their end of year lists. Telling us their most loved events/gigs and what we can look forward to from them next year.

Photo by Haydn Campbell

Our next take-over comes from Nottingham based post-hardcore quartet Merrick’s Tusk. This band are easily one of the most hard-working acts about and earlier in the year they celebrated the release of their outstanding debut album ‘Between the Earth and the Trees’ on Undead Collective Records. After some huge shows this year and supporting their album release, the 4 have had a remarkable year in music. We handover to Sam to discover more….

Top 5 releases of the year

Dinosaur Pile Up – Celebrity Mansions

An absolute belter of an album! As soon as they released Back Foot I was excited to hear the rest of the album and it’s banger after banger.  

Puppy – The Goat

I was late getting into these guys but I’ve made up for it by listening to this album approximately 4000 times and telling anyone who’ll listen about it.

Gender Roles – PRANG

If you haven’t heard this album already, what have you been doing?!

Cursive – Get Fixed

Absolutely huge influence for us as a band, especially for our singer John. This album is just their unmistakable sound but still just as good as records like Happy Hollow and The Ugly Organ.

Prince – Originals

I’m a little bit obsessed with Prince admittedly but some of the original versions of tracks he wrote for other people are just top notch. Everytime they release something new from the Paisley Park vault I pretty much stop what I’m doing on jump on it!

The best show you have played this year

Supporting Maps & Atlases at Nottingham Contemporary was pretty special – it was an absolutely awesome venue and a pleasure to play for Robot Needs A Home. The M&A guys were super lovely and managed most of their cover of ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’ despite having not played it for a while! 

Oh, and our album release show at The Bodega in Notts too of course, that was pretty fun and a huge pleasure to play with the lads in Brooders and Bellevue Days. 

The best gig you have attended

Jamie Lenman at Rough Trade in Nottingham was awesome, always great to see him live and especially with Guy joining him on drums. Met him afterwards too, pretty sure he still buys his shirts at Burtons. 

Highlights of your year

Well I’d definitely have to say releasing our album in May this year! It’s something we’re really proud of as a band and working with Jason at Stakeout Studios was awesome. It’s our first album, and our first release as this line-up, and it definitely captures all of our individual influences. 

Artist/Band to watch for 2020

There are some awesome artists coming out of Nottingham so I’ve got to give a shout out to guys like Laurie Illingworth, Matthew Moore and George Gadd – definitely ones to keep an eye on for next year. 

Best discovery this year

Gotta be Gender Roles again! They’ve absolutely smashed it since releasing their album this year and it doesn’t look like they’re gonna stop going into 2020. 

Plans for the New Year

Loads more gigs hopefully! We’ve been a bit quiet this year as real-life has taken over a little bit with a marriage, masters and a few other things happening for some of us. So yeah, hoping to get out on the road a little bit more, play some awesome shows and get a few more people to listen to the record! 

A huge thank you for your contribution and congratulations on the record! Excited to hear more from you.

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