Rad Releases 20 – Hamburger
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 a band we were so so thrilled to be introduced to earlier this year. Thanks to Specialist Subject Records, back in October they introduced us to the sounds of Bristol-based 6-piece Hamburger, and from their first single unveiled- we’ve been obsessed! Earlier this month Hamburger released their flawless debut EP “Teenage Terrified” and the record is the perfect prescription to end this year on a much-needed high. This band has harnessed their considerable talent by melding together various genres into their own- they create the most enticing environment. We handover to the band to find out more about their year in music….
Oro Swimming Hour – Pteradactyl
This was hands down our favourite album of the year. It’s full of beautiful little pop earworms that poke their heads over warm layers of warbling noise.
Park National – The Big Glad
A lil gem we stumbled across on r/Emo over on Reddit. We were happy to discover just how much this EP kicks ass. It hits that sweet spot between full on emo and bangin’ pop songs.
Adrianne Lenker – songs and instrumentals
We’re big fans of Big Thief so it came as no surprise that Adrianne’s new solo album instantly stole our hearts. The emotional delivery in her songs is just unlike anyone else.
Ratboys – Printer’s Devil
This was definitely fuel for the songwriting fire for us this year. Julia’s sweet voice paired with top-qual pop bops makes you feel like you should be skating down a palm tree laden boulevard while the sun sets, en route to grab a slushie.
Slow Pulp – Moveys
Jinkies, the definition of short and sweet. The perfect album from a melancholic, rainy Sunday – which feels like every day at the moment.
The best show you have played this year / gig attended (if you had the opportunity at the start of the year)
Some of us were lucky enough to see Alex G at Thekla back in February and what a show it was. We got to witness Pet Shimmers strut their stuff for the first time and we were completely blown away. And then to see Alex perform all the sweet hits we know and love. It was like living in a whiskey fuelled dream, surrounded by friends. Seems hard to imagine it being this year, it feels like a distant fever dream at this point.
The best show we played this year was definitely supporting En Attendant Ana at The Lanes. Aside from fighting with the cacophony of the bowling alley next to us it was one of those shows where everything feels effortless. And of course seeing the wonderful people in En Attendant Ana play was kick ass.
Has there been any record that’s got you through this year?
Elliott Smith – XO
How have you adapted with releasing/recording/promoting during this year?
This year has been the first time we’ve ever released anything! So it’s been more of a strange learning curve rather than an adaptation. We had lots of plans to record and tour but considering the circumstances we’re really happy we’ve managed to finish our E.P. whilst staying safe. We also started working with Specialist Subject Records and put out Teenage Terrified with them. They’ve been so amazing and we’re super grateful for all their help and support this year.
Best discovery this year?
Ichiko Aoba – qp
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 you?
Yuck’s debut album was very important for us. Fearghall went into school the next day after hearing it without shoes to stick it to the man. For Tom, it was more of a beckoning to a richer world of music that he was unaware of before. 17 year old Katie first heard that album when she was in a potential boyfriend’s car on the way to his house, he asked her if she liked Yuck and she was confused, he then put on the CD and she instantly connected with the band. Her love for the album lasted much longer than the love she had for that boy. They are still friends though.
Artist/Band to watch for 2021
Definitely watch out for Wych Elm. This lovely group of Bristol pals are on their way to bigger things next year for sure. Their debut album Rat Blanket is one of our faves from last year. They manage to create a delicate twinkliness with Jack’s guitar lines but all the while it’s wrapped in this bodacious attitude that’ll blow your socks off when you see them live. Natural rockstars through and through.
Plans for the New Year
There’s lots of maybe’s and hypotheticals floating around at Hamburger HQ but we’re gearing up to record some new material in the new year. Our biggest hope is just to be able to see each other again properly and to play music with each other. We’re not holding out for regular shows to be a thing anytime soon but when that does happen and it’s safe, we’ll be there softly shredding on our axes and whimpering down our mics.
Thank you so much Hamburger and congratulations on your release, really looking forward to more from you all!