Rad Releases 20 – Bugeye
It’s that time once again, as the countdown to the end of 2020 rapidly approaches and we quickly want to move away from this year- we take a personal look back on familiar names, labels, promoters, and musicians’ best releases of the past 12 months. In what has been a challenging year for all, the one constant has been how artists and their labels have adapted and produced some of the best records of our time and it’s those releases that have the audience has depended on to get them through the year.
This year the Rad Releases special celebrates 10 years, to mark the decade-long feature we let our favorites take over the site to tell us the records that have kept them going throughout this trying year. Telling us how they’ve adapted, if they’ve returned to a loved record and what we can look forward to from them next year.
Our next takeover comes from the band we’ve all needed throughout 2020- Bugeye. London-based disco-punks Bugeye saved our summer and then some with their debut album “Ready Steady Bang“ which came out July 10th via Reckless Yes. The 10 track record dropped and moved us to no-end. Bugeye are masters at creating mesmerizing and defiant disco-rock and we are so grateful this band uplifted our world throughout 2020. We handover to the band to find out more about their year in music…
Chemtrails/ The Peculiar smell of the Inevitable
love this album! I think it really captures the band and I also was a huge fan of the streams they did to promote it
Nova Twins/Who are the Girls
its just MASSIVE sounding
Listen and you’ll know why
Billy Nomates/Billy Nomates –
Totally brilliant album and introduced to me by Kat Five on our Podcast
The best show you have played this year / gig attended (if you had the opportunity at the start of the year)
Definitely GRRL at Ampt in Middlesbourgh. Aside from being one (if not the) last gig we played it was such a great day celebrating International Women’s Day. The bands were all stellar and we found new faves GG Allen Partridge
Has there been any record that’s got you through this year?
I initially went back to listening to alot of older music, particularly 90s music so lots of Portishead, Massive Attack and a healthy dose of Bikini Kill. Also high on the playlists were classics from Fleetwood Mac, Madonna and Disco Floor Fillers….though Orchards, Chemtrails and Gemma Freeman and the Cosmic Something also featured heavily!Also I have to say that Arlo Parks Black Dog became a fave when it all seemed a bit hopeless (or friends were feeling so)
How have you adapted with releasing/recording/promoting during this year?
It goes without saying this year has been a challenge! We released our debut album in July and in normal times would have toured to promote it, obviously in 2020 that was not possible! Social Media became even more important, and we reached out to contacts we had made to get the album out there. It also helped to that there’s a thriving community of music lovers out there (hello The Zine/Balcony Fest/Bechedel Sound Test/Loud Women and soo so many more) who pulled together, putting on live streamed gigs, Insta take overs and so much more to help bands to get their music heard! We also started a Podcast to chat about music, and honestly reasearching that kept me sane at times!
Best discovery this year?
Hmmmm thats a hard one! I’ll go with Chemtrails or Billy Nomates
Artist/Band to watch for 2021
Looking forward to hearing more from label mates Fightmilk and also Arlo Parks album in January…..plus I’m really excited by the new album from Twist Helix and would love love love to see them in the new year. Oh and Crosswires are well worth a look at!
Plans for the New Year
Well, I think it goes without saying for most bands that we are hopeful to play shows again when things are safe to do so! Other than that we will be working on new material and a follow up to the album we released……we are also interested in developing our live shows into a more of an experience….but watch this space for that!
Thank you Bugeye, still obsessed with the album!