The other night I was asked by someone who my favourite band/album of 2012 was. Anyone who read this blog a year ago would certainly know that there was one band in particular that stole my attention for a solid part of the year, but after naming a few good ones I really got involved in I decided it would be a cool idea to re-cap the top five in case you missed out on these absolute pearls for one reason or another.
On the old TIRS domain of Blogspot I named these guys “Album Of The Month” following the release of their debut LP, Wildlife Pop.
What I said in 2012 – “…There are literally more singles embedded in this debut effort than you could poke a stick at and the vibe of the album is just so much fun. In all the weekly finds I make it’s rare to come up with an entire album that I can do over and over for a month and still believe it will remain in my collection for a long time to come without getting tired.”
With a name derived from one of the coolest kids shows of my own childhood, what’s not to love about these guys?
What I said in 2012 – “…these guys have way better songs than that (albiet awesome) theme song with the burps from the Nickelodeon classic. The vocals take a bit of getting used to but I love them, and this is my top ten so suck it.”
Like many bands I listened to in 2012, I discovered Glowbug off the Blalock’s Indie Rock Playlist. I then found out their latest album at the time, Suit Of Swords, was downloadable, free and legal on bandcamp…sorted.
What I said in 2012 – “…Daniel Anderson, the man behind the bug, is an electronic dream maker, with his crafty use of reverb on pretty much every single lyric and melody he writes, he somehow creates one of the best albums of year in Suit of Swords.”
Perhaps the most surprising release of 2012. One that I still listen to on repeat almost once a month a year later.
What I said in 2012 – “It’s one of the coolest, jim jam jivenest tracks I’ve heard all year long (it’s still hip to be square right?). Thunder Clatter is one of those compositions that has taken full advantage of the over the top percussion phase that our beloved music industry seems to be going through and I for one hope it never ends.”
1. Little Comets
I was absolutely obsessed with this band all year and still kind of am. They’re super talented as live performers and musicians and it’s no wonder crowds everywhere are lapping them up with their grass roots style of self marketing (they play acoustic sets on the most popular trams on the way to their actual gigs, it’s amazing).
What I said in 2012 – “…in the short time Little Comets have been ticking along in the spotlight, their sound has matured at an incredible rate. Their debut record, In Search of Elusive Little Comets, was a collection of your standard British pop tunes with vibes taken straight off the likes of The Wombats, The Kooks or even perhaps to a lesser extent We Are Scientists. The vibrant three part harmonies and stop/start clanging of guitars rivalling the drummer for control of driving the beat of the songs, alongside Robert Coles unreal ability to make a crafted, polished voice sound gritty and cool is a thing of magic.”