Rad Releases 23 – Vandalism Begins At Home Records
Our annual end-of-year feature is finally here, the time we enjoy the most where we spend the final two weeks of the year discussing the music that made 2023 special. Our Rad Releases feature is now in its 13th year, and we love sharing the site with musicians, labels, and promoters as we discuss their year in music. We take a personal look back on familiar names’ 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, and releases we may have missed throughout the year. We’ve made it to the final few contributions..
Another tremendous year for the hard-working label Vandalism Begins At Home. We are talking multiple releases, a huge string of gigs, podcasts, winning The Arts Award for the Community Awards Luton 2023, hosting their own Summer All-Dayer, the list goes on and this label shows no signs of slowing down. We’ve been in awe of this label, community since we were introduced back in 2021. We are delighted to chat to Ben of VBAH to find out more about the label’s year in music…
Geese – 3D Country
This record really got me on my feet. Geese throw so much at the wall and it all sticks. Blues, soul, art & noise-rock; it sounds like everything and absolutely nothing else, all at the same time. A truly refreshing and exhilarating listen.
The Kundalini Genie – False Highs, True Lows
Beautiful, ethereal & soul striking; this debut album shimmers and sparkles from start to finish. Definitely one to enjoy a night sky too.
Howling Bee – Endings & Beginnings
Released way back in January, this album never left me. Felt like a warm blanket throughout winter & a good friend to enjoy the sunshine with in summer. Superb songcraft along with subtle cinematics make this a wonderful listen.
AV Sunset – Disconnections
Plug it straight into my veins! I’m an absolute sucker for a good post-rock record, and AV Sunset have made a great one. It builds, it teases and it absolutely slaps!!!
Sean Grant and The Wolfgang – Kybalion Parts 1 & 2
One of our own label releases, but impossible to leave out. Released initially as two separate EPs, ‘Kybalion’ is another leap forwards for the band, bursting with cosmically-charged, manta-filled magnificence.
The best show you have hosted this year / or gig attended
We’ve been lucky enough to host so many great gigs with so many great bands this year! I’m going to go for our first ever outdoor alldayer ‘Summer Assembly’ at The Castle, Luton. 9 superb acts in the glorious sunshine. And the rum wasn’t bad either.
Best discovery this year?
There’s been a wealth of bands coming through in 2023 – don’t let anyone ever tell you there’s no good new music. It’s nonsense! One band that have really impressed me and got me excited is Manchester dream-pop band, Cruush.
Label Highlight of 2023
Peachstone’s sublime single ‘Off/On’ being spun on Radio One, Coda Rushing joining the family and releasing 2 great tracks. And Sean Grant and The Wolfgang going from strength to strength!
Artist/Band to watch for 2024
French Mothers are going to blow people away next year. Incredible live band with 2 excellent EPs released so far, and plenty more to come!
Label Plans for the New Year
We are ecstatic to be starting the year as part of Independent Venue Week. We’ll be curating the 1st February at The Castle, Luton. Then there’ll be more gigs from us than ever before throughout the year.
We’re also planning more releases with even more acts. Expect music from Peachstone, Coda Rushing, Sean Grant and The Wolfgang, Broken Castles, Screaming Mechanical Brain and more! It’s gonna be a big 2024 and we can’t wait!
Love that 2024 is already filled with so much to look forward to! Can’t wait to see what the year has for you all.