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Rad Releases 20 – Clwb Fuzz

December 17, 2020

Rad Releases 20 – Clwb Fuzz

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.

In April this year we became absolutely besotted with the punk/grunge four-piece Clwb Fuzz, the band has this fearless commitment in creating an intoxicating wall of sound and earlier this year released their latest single ‘No Heaven’ on Libertino Records. We’re so excited to see what else is to come from this promising outfit. We hand over to Emily of Clwb Fuzz to find out more about their year in music….

TOP 5 RELEASES

1. Bottle Blonde by Mudd Club

Big Bratmobile vibes, really damn good.

2. Punisher by Phoebe Bridgers

Perfect album to transition into autumn with, really calming and gives you that whiff of nostalgia that feels sad but kinda nice. 

3. Chillin in the Void by Rosehip Teahouse

This EP is a treasure to me, my favourite track is “It’s The Wrong Time”, it’s blissful and my rats like it too.

4. Science Fair by Black Country, New Road

Just really bloody good, love this band.


5. 925 by Sorry

An obvious choice but the production on this album is too good not to talk about.

The best show you have played this year or gig attended  (if had the opportunity at the start of the year)

I can’t actually remember any gigs we’ve played this year, if any. However the best gig I got to see this year was Black Midi in Bristol which was good fun.

Has there been any record that’s got you through this year?

Soft Sounds from Another Planet by Japanese Breakfast. Really good for dealing with those lockdown blues, it’s definitely kept me grounded this year.

How have you adapted with releasing/recording/promoting during this year?

We just kinda put our hands up and said hell to this and got stuck down with writing and recording instead. We also released our first bunch of t-shirts which was fun.

Best discovery this year?

Two albums, one called “Spooky” and one called “Gala”, both by a band called Lush who I have hopelessly fallen for since hearing their song “Desire Lines” earlier this year.

As this is our 10th year of Rad Releases, we want to look back on your 10 years- has there been on standout moment/standout record of the past 10 years?

For records It’s between Visions by Grimes, or LP1 by FKA Twigs. Both of which I discovered in college, and both albums have changed the way I listen to and play music for the long run.

I remember having a wonderful “standout” moment when I was about 16, watching Wolf Alice live and having the biggest epiphany about performing, I never saw myself having the confidence to be a performer until I’d watched Ellie Rowsell. She made all the rough edges and imperfections of performing cool. To think that I’d been doing music from the tiny age of 7 and only told myself I should try performing 6 years ago.

Artist/Band to watch for 2021

Katy J Pearson and SOPHIE. I am also desperate to see Mitski release a new record.

Plans for the New Year

It is a secret! You’ll just have to follow our socials to keep in loop!

Thank you Clwb Fuzz, intrigued by the secret! Looking forward to hearing more.

https://twitter.com/clwbfuzz
https://www.facebook.com/clwbfuzz/

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