Yeah ok its the 10th of January, it’s pretty late on for an “end of year” post but I’m going to do one anyway, a slightly different one I’ve decided. I hadn’t felt much motivation to talk about music lately, but then I remembered all the great shit I heard last year and how it made my year better.
So I thought I’d do a small list of records that had the biggest impact on me last year, as opposed to my “best of 2017”, because I don’t really think like that to be honest. I don’t listen to a record and think “this is the best record I will hear all year”, instead I sort of think “I know I’ll listen to the fuck out of this and will do for a long time to come”, which I think is more valuable personally. I’ll try to keep it to 5, but I’ll see how I get on. Here goes…
Sheer Mag – Need To Feel Your Love
So this came out in July but I think I heard it earlier because I preordered the record from Static Shock. Having anticipated a full length from Sheer Mag for a long time, it’s needless to say that I was 100% fucking delighted with this. It didn’t disappoint me in any way. Still that same 70’s recording sound, those sweet Lizzy riffs and Tinas soulful but brash vocals. Perfection. This was my record of the summer and seeing them on the 22nd was also a big highlight for me, getting to sing and dance the night away at a sold out show in Mono. I will be spinning this forever probably. Thanks Sheer Mag.
L.A. Witch – L.A. Witch
I’d seen L.A. Witch before, on the strength of the handful of tracks they have on Bandcamp, I thought they’d be more than worthwhile seeing live. Also another band I was dying to get a full length from. Their self titled came out in September, and again they played in Mono (thanks Freakender for putting two of my favourite shows last year! Shout out also to Mothers Love and Future Glue who played that show also, very very good bill all round!) and holy shiiiiit they absolutely killed it. I think they must have almost played the full record and thankfully they played it to a lot of people too. It’s a record that I’ve put on a lot because it’s just such a dream. They’re a three-piece and just seem to fill every space on this record with reverb, heavy floor tom hits and sleazy bass riffs. It’s got that surf sound with a massive dose of garage psych and it’s just excellent.
Pissed Jeans – Why Love Now
I was so stressed on the run up to this record coming out. Pissed Jeans had released a couple of tracks from it and honestly, I didn’t love them. The Bar is Low sounded a bit like The Hives (which is fine, but not what I wanted from Pissed Jeans) and Ignorecam was almost too heavy. It was a stressful time because I love Pissed Jeans and I really needed a new record from them that would satisfy me. This came out February, and I’m still listening to it, and it makes me smile in a sinister and sarcastic way every time I listen to it. You need the record as a whole to understand to context of it. It’s another piece of music centred around the mostly fucking useless and disgusting male psyche, as written from Matt Korvettes perspective. There’s a lot on here that interests me as a feminist and a highlight is the spoken word track “I’m a Man” written and spoken by author Lindsay Hunter about the absurd inner monologue of an office alpha male, it’s honestly a fucking masterpiece and I thoroughly implore you to listen to it. It’s an altogether shinier and more polished sounding record from them, but it’s sludgy and still dirty and their still pushing themselves towards new things and I’m very happy about that.
Chastity Belt – I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone
I posted about this record when it came out so I’ll keep this short and you can go back and read the original post if you like! Chastity Belt are a band that mean a great deal to me, and really the winner on this record for me is that opening track and literally the opening lyrics “you’re hard on yourself, well you can’t always be right”. It’s got an immediate hook and it hit my really hard. The whole tone of the record is quite sombre but actually uplifting in an honest and intimate way. A definite classic post punk record for me and I’ll happily be in love with this band for a long time to come.
Daudyflin – Ofbeldi
My favourite punk band of 2017, hands down. I was so ready for this record and thanks to Iron Lung Records it got a great release. There’s not a huge amount I can say about it other than it’s 11 tracks of Icelandic seething feminist terror. I’m told the album title translates to “violence”, which seems massively appropriate as there’s nothing soft about this record. The songs are all in Icelandic and although I don’t know what any of it means I’m super glad it’s in their native language because holy shit it sounds fierce. Highlight track for me is track 4 Medvirkni, the opening riff is killer and the d-beat is relentless and has the best mid song scream ever in it. Thoroughly recommended for anyone who needs something to stomp to.
Ok, I’ve done it, that’s 5 records, hooray! I’m now thinking that I might post about some 7″s/tapes from last year too, because there’s definitely a lot that need a mention. Stay tuned for that…