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Rad Releases 21 – Tri-City Fanfare

December 20, 2021

Rad Releases 21 – Tri-City Fanfare

For the final week 2 weeks of the year, as the countdown to the end of 2021 approaches, we take a personal look back on familiar names, labels, promoters, and musicians’ most loved releases of the past 12 months. It’s a time we enjoy and look forward to, through the contributions we get to find new music discoveries, releases we may have missed throughout the year. When we handed the site over last year for the 2020 feature, our 10th year into our annual special, we loved the contributions and it became apparent that we all found ourselves reconnecting with music new and old. Following another challenging year, the one constant has been how artists and their labels have adapted and produced some of the best records of our time, it’s those releases that fans have depended on to get them through another year.

Now in its 11th year, we are delighted to hand the site over once more, as we let our favourites share more details about their year in music.

Our next feature comes from an outfit that actually kicked off our 2021. This year we’ve been delighted to introduce our readers to this promising outfit and we’ve loved seeing what the band produce throughout the last year. The ferocious duo Tri-City Fanfare consists of  Shane Dixon & Martin Whittiker,  together the pair have shared new tracks and some incredible videos to accompany them throughout the last few months. As we’ve stated before from their debut track it’s clear that this outfit are carving the road for their own authenticity and we can’t wait to see what 2022 will hold for this band. We hand over to Shane and Martin to find out more about their year in music…

Top releases of the year

Shane:

Sam Evian- Time to Melt 

Such a nice album to listen to, really nice string parts, the whole album has interesting parts and sounds great throughout.

 King Hannah – All being fine

I discovered her the other week, nice simple groove that runs through the song with a haunting vocal and a cool synth that slowly builds throughout the song.

Mart:

Yeah Sam Evian’s is one for me too, amazing album.

The new War on Drugs album is great

And I loved Good Morning’s single, “Country”

And John Mayer’s single “Last Train Home.” Definitely in a cheesy 80s Springsteen phase.

  • The best show you have played this year / gig attended

Shane: We’ve only done one show since things started to open up which was great fun as it was the first gig with the band since the album was finished.

Mart: Yeah it was one of the sit down and distanced gigs which was strange but yeah it was good fun. 

  • Your own highlight of the year

Shane : Playing the new Tri-City Fanfare songs live for the first time with the full band, especially as I’m normally the drummer doing gigs so being the guy at the front playing guitar/singing was so strange but in a good way. I recorded an album on drums in the summer with Ginger Wildheart & the Sinners, I’m looking forward to that coming out next year.

Mart: Band wise we’ve just put up our video for Paradise which was so much fun to make. Hard work but we laughed a lot. My little brother got married this year so that was a personal highlight. 

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

Shane: Madison Cunningham – Wednesday – It was an ep she released after doing a cover every Wednesday on YouTube mostly during lockdown, her voice and guitar playing with her own interpretation to each song is just perfection, she’s going to be huge! 

Mart: I’ve been singing Chaise longue by Wet Leg like some kind of mantra since that came out. 

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

Shane: Ok yeah, well we finished our first album during lockdown which we recorded ourselves so it gave us time to work on it and send over ideas etc… Thank god for technology.

Mart: We still feel like we’re just starting out so we’re quietly making videos and pushing stuff online before we start getting gigs and we’ll see what happens. We’re both pretty excited about getting the band going properly. 

  • Best discovery this year?

Shane: I stumbled across a Dutch musician/composer called ‘Felbm’ recently. He’s released 3 albums all recorded on a 4-track tape machine which are all great. Beautiful chilled instrumental music.

Mart: I’m about 10 years late but I’ve just watched all of Game of Thrones in the last month, it’s been a wild ride! I’ve definitely watched too much too quickly, I’ve started introducing myself as “Martin Whittaker, first of my name.”

  • Artist/Band to watch for 2022

Shane: I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Bandicoot, the songs i’ve heard so far are cool, looking forward to their album next year. 

  • Plans for the New Year

Shane: More gigs hopefully then build to releasing our debut album! Which I’m excited for everyone to hear! 

Mart: We’ll have a few more videos coming out and then hopefully we can convince someone to let us play another gig. So if anyone needs a support band give us a shout! 

Amazing, thank you both for all your time this year and we’ve been singing “Is your muffin buttered” a lot in the office too! Look forward to 2022 for TCFF

https://www.facebook.com/TriCityFanfare/

https://open.spotify.com/artist/0YaUKVXHpd3WBttc2eM47S

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