Wall Of Sound presents: “2021 YEAR IN REVIEW” By Wall Of Sound Reader/Pest Ali J. Bean

Oh, shit. It’s me, ya boy.

To say 2021 was underwhelming would be an understatement. Every day we get a little closer to normality but we still have a ways to go yet.

Still didn’t get to see Hatebreed again, again, so that sucked, knee’s still fucked, so no spin kicks, I could count the shows I went to on one hand, and dense motherfuckers are still refusing to get vaccinated, marching in the streets about about freedom, ironically delaying the very freedom they want back.

I’d say things can only get better in 2022 but, considering it’s pronounced like 2020 too, I don’t have high expectations. On the plus side though, Comeback Kid and Devil In Me have new records coming in the first couple months, so there’s that to look forward to.

TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2021

1. Enforced – Kill Grid
2. No Bragging Rights – Self-titled
3. Gatecreeper – An Unexpected Reality
4. Angels & Airwaves – Lifeforms
5. Latest God – Self-titled

6. Love Is Red – Darkness Is Waiting
7. Chvrches – Screen Violence
8. Urethane – Chasing Horizons
9. No Home/Ghost Chant – Split
10. Time and Pressure – Halfway Down

BEST MUSIC VIDEOS OF 2021

No Bragging Rights – ‘Breaking Point’ 

This one, like most NBR songs, has a pretty strong message to it.

Angels & Airwaves – ‘Losing My Mind’

Tom DeLonge is God.

FIRST GIG LINED UP POST-COVID?

No shows lined up at this point in time. Should have been seeing STR with Serpahs Coal, Thinktank, and Antiskeptic, but COVID continues to fuck that up.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE NEW YEAR?

Time is a man made construct, and means nothing to me. /aggressive air guitar

NEXT BIG AUSSIE BAND TO WATCH IN 2022

Human X Error. If you like 90s metalcore, get around this.

FAVOURITE NEW BAND DISCOVERED THIS YEAR?

Latest God. I’m a big Dag Nasty fan, and they basically sound like a Dag Nasty cover band.

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2022?

I’m sure Hurricane Fest 3.0 will happen in the new year though. That’ll be cool. Might even whip up a band to play in it. Who knows?

For anyone who doesn’t know Hurricane Fest has been a series of free secret shows put on by Jesse Conte (All In, No Peace, Human X Error), inspired by the old Alley Way Crew, held in Adelaide to keep shows/the scene alive during a difficult time for live music.

Written By Ali J. Bean Insta: @ohalistair

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