As you've probably seen, I've been covering some top 5 records of the year pieces on the site over the last few weeks from members of Leatherneck, Rain and Losing Sleep. Well, with this one I decided to break format a little bit and let Rob from Modern Rituals talk about the top 10 bands they've shared the stage with this year.
"This year, Modern Rituals had the good fortune of sharing bills with a wealth of incredible bands. Bands I’d not heard of before, and likely wouldn’t have otherwise. Despite being largely unsupported by funding, press or label, these bands equalled, for me, anything on the likes of Pitchfork or Noisey end of year lists. This list, in no sort of order, is my pick of those bands. Listen, enjoy, support."
"Perfect ramshackle indie rock. In the great American tradition but, you know, from London. To hear them is to fall irreversibly in love."
"Hefty, intimidating songs that sound like they’ve been carved from wood. Songs with the muscle of a rugby team and Norman Mailer’s brain."
The New Tusk
"Fun but also a bit sad punk to throw your fist in the air and hug your mates and feel bittersweet about life too. It's like Polar Bear Club jamming Archers of Loaf."
"Criminally underactive Glaswegians doing noisy/fizzy/lopsided pop that couldn’t come from anywhere except Scotland. Loud/tight AF."
"Proggy Cambridge expats living in Leeds. Sort of a warped English pastoral thing, like shrooms in a field on the fringes of a medium-sized market town after your A-levels"
"If Colin Meloy was from Salisbury and played desperate Mountain Goats-style acoustic jams about s*#t jobs, addiction and love-gone-wrong, he’d sound like this. Bottomlessly bleak, also very funny."
"Lithe, sinewy punk rock in the Fugazi/Unwound/Obits vein. Not a single note, beat or word wasted."
"Right, so you go to watch a band you’ve never heard before and their guitarist is ten feet tall and throwing himself around and his guitar is going through a table of weird knob-and-button-laden stuff that you don’t know what it is and it doesn’t sound like a guitar at all. The singer meanwhile is playing this broken sort of anti-jangle like Jeff Buckley or Frog and when you catch the lyrics they’re pretty sad, man. The band is Springbreak and they are great."
"Bloody ruddy boys playing loud, exuberant, Iron Chic-y punk that gets me right in the glad to be alives."
Workin’ Man Noise Unit
"Ever see that film ‘Easy Rider’? Imagine if it’d been soundtracked by Panthers and took place entirely on Reading’s Internal Distribution Route."
Gender Roles, Fawn Spots, Prison Whites, Pet Grief, Hot Shorts, Jum & Pet Crow.
Keep up to date with Modern Rituals, and where you can see them live in 2017, over at their Twitter page [here].