We can all agree that 2016 was a rollercoaster of a year, right? Well as the year draws to a close, we at The Boileroom have decided to reflect on the year’s musical happenings by picking our favourites of the year (as well as the worst thing about 2016). Take a read below…
DOM FRAZER – MANAGING DIRECTOR
Boileroom Show: Band of Skulls
Album: Utopia Defeated – D.D Dumbo
New Music Discovery: Mammút – Salt
Best thing about 2016: ATS of course! and being included in the Indie50 list was pretty cool.
Worst thing about 2016: Nothing was the worst or bad… always learning and growing from the challenges the universe gives me!
JOE JAMES – EVENTS MANAGER
Boileroom Show: The Graveltones, an hour and a half of murky blues rock riffs. The best show I have seen at the Boileroom. Ever! Lovely guys as well!
Single: Crystal Castles – Concrete
Album: Bossk – Audio Noir
New Music Discovery: Karnivool. They’ve been around for ages, I have seen them live twice, but only this year managed to get into their music. I have wasted my life!
Best thing about 2016: Putting on Always the Sun. Almost killed us, but we did it and it was awesome! Roll on 2017!
Worst thing about 2016: Nigel Farage or sitting next to Duncan Smith in the office… hrmmm
DUNCAN SMITH – BOOKINGS MANAGER
Boileroom Show: Death By Unga Bunga. Norwegian garage rock ft. Three guitars, Thin Lizzy riffs played behind heads, crowd bothering frontmen, lots of moustaches and lots of denim.
Other Show: Bangers at The Lexington. Last and most fun show from punk rocks best kept and most handsome secret.
Single: Sincere by Doe. Powerful and catchy indie rock from probably the best band in the UK. Like Sleater-Kinney meets Weezer with a bucketful of harmonies and some wicked smart dual vocals.
Album: Higher Power by The Dirty Nil. 90s nostalgia, blasting hardcore and bubblegum blowing pop all within 11 songs, 26 minutes. Also song title of the year with Wrestle Yu To Husker Du. Also they’re Canadian.
New Music Discovery: Crying who smash up video game synths, convulsing guitars and pop melodies. Like Van Halen plays The Go! Team and The Locust at Sonic The Hedgehog on Sega Megadrive.
Best thing about 2016: Putting on a festival with so many pals! That or growing a moustache. Tough choice.
Worst thing about 2016: Apart from the obvious, Southern Rail have been pretty bad.
LYDIA STOCKBRIDGE – VENUE MANAGER
Boileroom Show: Weaves on 4th July, new favourite band this year, such a tight live show; Jasmyn Burke’s voice is incredible! We’ve had a lot of great Canadian acts through this year (DJ Format, Besnard Lakes, No Joy); but these guys won it for me.
Other Show: Ty Segall & The Muggers at The Forum back in June was a low-fi delight. Running through latest album Emotional Mugger and splicing in some of the extensive back-catalogue; it was a real treat. This show happened the day the EU referendum votes came out; it heartened me to think a country of extremes (conservatism, liberalism) like America could still produce a bunch of creative, loveable freaks like these!
Single: Prince Rama banger Now Is The Time of Emotion, kick-started 2016 for me. Taken from their debut album Xtreme Now released on Car Park records. Apparently the concept of the album came about from that time in 2012 when the sisters were living in a black metal commune on an island off Estonia; like you do. I love the 80s synth-pop futurism of this track.
Album: Would be Animal Collective’s Painting With released back in February on Domino. Floridada is a solid, straight-up banger. Coming out a bit slicker than previous release Centipede Hz; but still with those psychedelic synth sounds.
New Music Discovery: Tacocat. And their album NVM in particular. Awesome lo-fi pop-punk vibes from Seattle quartet; whose song inspiration ranges from the Turn of the Crimson Tide (as I like to call it), psychedelic Quincianera’s, to Dana Scully. Dream combo. As discovered from an article our press intern Jasleen wrote for Upset magazine.
Best thing about 2016: Putting on Always The Sun Festival with a bunch of pals, of course.
Worst thing about 2016: Litter-picking on the hottest day of the year after Always The Sun Festival *crying face emoji*
Boileroom Show: The Lounge Kittens 12th October. This show was SO much fun. TLK are so charismatic, had killer style and made everyone smile too. Highlights included covering SOAD, Slipknot, Rammestien (their German was amazing!), their pop punk melody and Sean Paul melody (the rapping was on point too). Not to mention their cover of Jump Around which was constructed entirely a capella using a loop keyboard.
Other Show: Allusondrugs and Fizzy Blood at Kingston’s Fighting Cocks. My two favourite “local” bands in the entire world went on tour again together and it was so magical. I might have been the only person there who knew all the words to all the songs, but it was so worth it. Ultimate fangirl moment fuelled by dutch courage chatting to them after. Was well worth multiple late night train journeys and bursting for the loo when everywhere was closed. Unforgettable.
Single: Greedy by Ariana Grande. I don’t need to justify my choice for this song, but I listened to it for a few hours on repeat when I discovered it.
Album: Lost Time by Tacocat! What an album. It’s so much fun, but touches upon some serious topics at the same time, whilst not being too serious. So much fun and can be appreciated by punk and pop fans alike.
New Music Discovery: Deftones. Don’t judge me. Had only heard ‘Swerve City’ before discovering the masterpieces that are their first two albums. Now I’m hooked. Also all the memes of We Are Number One from Lazy Town, and the Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc. Memes Cover.
Best thing about 2016: Interviewing Joel Madden from Good Charlotte was pretty cool. Finally seeing one of my favourite bands of all time Garbage was incredible to say the least too.
Worst thing about 2016: Cleaning up after Always The Sun was pretty grim!