Joining Wall of Sound for today’s dose of 2015 ‘The Year in Review’ is Carl Whitbread, guitarist of Sydney’s sludge/hardcore/metal conglomerate, LO!!
LO! started the year on a ‘bummer’ of a note with news that EyeHateGod had canned their Australian tour and therefore, LO!‘s supporting appearance however it was all north from that point on. The band released a new music video, ‘Orca’ in late January and immediately garnished priase both in the music industry and the video makers, nationally and abroad. The pink goo and gas masks combined beautifully amongst the brute force of the track and the video went on to win a few awards including the prestigious Miami short film festival for ‘Best Music Video’. From there, the EP, The Tongueless was released in February and the international tour supports rolled in, firstly with The Ocean Collective in April followed by Red Fang in May.
A host of local shows ensued throughout the year including an appearance on ‘Slaughterfest VIII’ at Valve Bar, Sydney in August. The band has more recently played shows with Perth’s Förstöra and Sanzu.
Whitbread has delved far and wide for his run down of 2015’s best of the best, some local talent and some far ranging. So get out your search engines and enjoy his look back on the year that was…..
TOP 5 ALBUMS OF 2015?
1 Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Asunder Sweet and Other Distress
2 Förstöra – All That Will Save or Destroy Us
3 Deafheaven – New Bermuda
4 Refused – Freedom
5 We Lost the Sea – Departure Songs
TOP 5 SONGS OF 2015?
1 Refused – ‘Old Friends / New War’
2 Deafheaven – ‘Baby Blue’
3 We Lost the Sea – ‘Challenger Part 1 (Flight)’
4 Godspeed you black emperor – ‘Piss Crowns are Trebled’
5 Förstöra – ‘Inevitability’
BEST MUSIC VIDEO OF 2015?
High Tension – ‘Bully’
BEST GIG YOU’VE SEEN 2015?
Boris – Newtown Social Club
Phot courtesy of fromthepit.com.au
BEST SHOW YOUR BAND HAS PLAYED THIS YEAR?
Red Fang – Manning Bar Sydney
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TOO IN 2016?
Recording a new album hopefully!
NEXT BIG BAND IN AUSTRALIA? (not your own haha)
Kinda Neurosis sounding, they’ve only recently played their first show, so I predict great things will be coming from them in 2016.