We continue our insight to some of our favourite bands, both national and international and their thoughts on 2015’s best.
Pat Decline, frontman and guitarist of Perth skate punk band, The Decline has stepped forward and nominated his list for 2015, again some surprises in store! The Decline had another massive year kicking off 2015 with the big news of bassist and co-vocalist Dan Cribb and guitarist Nathan Cooper leaving the band. Enter Ray Ray Chiu on bass, the band’s former roadie and Ben Elliott on guitar and helping out Pat with vocals. From that point on it’s been business as usual with a host of local shows before kicking off the ‘Giving Up is a Gateway Drug’ single launch tour nationally, followed by another Australian tour on the back of the release of the album Resister.
The Decline went crazy tour life following the release heading off overseas for a spate of festival performances and smaller club shows across Europe, including France, Slovenia, Germany and the UK. It didn’t stop either with the band heading out to Japan in support of Useless ID before a U.S tour in October culminating in a run of shows across Mexico supporting A Wilhelm Scream.
TOP 5 ALBUMS OF 2015?
1 – Jeff Rosenstock – We Cool?
2 – Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – Blossom
3 – Pears – Go To Prison (Fat Wreck Re-Issue)
4 – Local Resident Failure – This Here’s The Hard Part
5 – The Hard Aches – Pheromones
TOP 5 SONGS OF 2015?
1 – Jeff Rosenstock – ‘Nausea’
2 – Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – ‘Loss’
3 – Pears – ‘Sycophant’
4 – Teenage Bottlerocket – ‘Can’t Quit You’
5 – Being Beta – ‘System’
BEST MUSIC VIDEO OF 2015?
Clowns – Euthanise Me
BEST GIG YOU’VE SEEN 2015?
Kemuri, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake & Skankin Pickle live in Tokyo at Studio Coast for the Kemuri 20th Anniversary shows. We managed to catch this show on a day off on our Japanese tour, I have never seen a more packed out ska show, holy shit.
BEST SHOW YOUR BAND HAS PLAYED THIS YEAR?
Can’t even say, so I’ll do a top 3…
1. 1/11/15 at The Fest in Gainesville, Florida (there was even a wedding ceremony on stage during our set)
2. 5/8/15 at Punk Rock Holiday in Tolmin, Slovenia
3. 10/10/15 with A Wilhelm Scream in Monterrey, Mexico
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2016?
Writing more music, playing more shows in more rad places and hanging out with the band, our manager, my girlfriend and our cats. Oh, and Lord of the Fries opening in Perth.
NEXT BIG BAND IN AUSTRALIA? (not your own haha)
The Hard Aches baby!