Up next for Wall of Sound’s 2015 ‘Year in Review’ we bring you the incredibly mesmerising Jarrod Anthony Martin, front man for Sydney hardcore band Caulfield. We say mesmerising because once this bloke gets on stage it’s so hard to turn away and focus on anything else. We first discovered this talented collection of musicians at Brisbane’s Big Sound conference and haven’t turned our backs since.
At the start of the year they took a break from touring to record their new album and in August “Outcast” was released which was so well received it managed to snag a spot in one of our writer/editor’s top lists. We can only imagine what the next 12 months will bring for Caulfield but it’s safe to say we’ll following their journey and supporting their rise.
Here’s what Jarrod had to say about the year that was…
TOP 5 ALBUMS OF 2015?
1: Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes – ‘Blossom’
2: Stick To Your Guns – ‘Disobedient’
3: Stray From The Path – ‘Subliminal Criminals’
4: Stories – ‘The Youth To Become’
5: Hundredth – ‘Free’
TOP 5 SONGS OF 2015?
1: Stray From The Path – ‘First World Problem Child feat. Sam Carter’
2: Belle Haven – ‘Closet’
3: Void of Vision– ‘Sun//Rise’
4: Punch Dagger – ‘Cloud State feat. John McAleer’
5: She Cries Wolf – ‘Chapter II’
BEST MUSIC VIDEO OF 2015?
Ocean Grove – ‘I Told You To Smile’
“It’s hands down the gnarliest video to have come out in a long time. No long winded story, no bullshit. Just OG at their best. Closely followed by “Nothing You Can Do To Me” by Stick To Your Guns. Who doesn’t love dogs?
BEST GIG YOU’VE SEEN 2015?
Architects at the UNSW Roundhouse supported by Stick To Your Guns, Being As An Ocean and Stories.
BEST SHOW YOUR BAND HAS PLAYED THIS YEAR?
Hands down my favourite gig of 2015 I played was at The Worker’s Club in Melbourne with Belle Haven in July. On the eve of our album release, excitement swelled in the Caulfield camp as the room packed out early on and continually grew as the night progressed. Nerves and adrenaline were at an all time high for myself, and I put the world on hold to let loose in that half hour slot. I ended up cutting my head open with a broken glass and shocking everyone in the room as the blood streamed down my face and continued singing.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2016?
A fresh approach to writing music. Some new influences and outlooks have led me to a new head space, and it will be great to channel that into something.
NEXT BIG BAND IN AUSTRALIA? (not your own haha)
With so many bands breaking up of recent times, I personally feel like there is a dead space looming between the tiers of bands. Personally I’d love to see Vices, Ocean Grove, Graves, Stories and Void of Vision make this leap to becoming bands killing the Australian circuit and touring internationally on the regular.