Wall of Sound Presents: “2022 YEAR IN REVIEW” – By Writer Lili Jean Berry

Oh holy MOLY it has been a year, that’s for sure!

After all the challenges of living in Melbourne across 2020 & 2021, it was hard not to be incredibly pessimistic when the year started. Even if it was at a HUGE heavy festival with all of you! Being catapulted into ‘normal’ life again, moving out of my apartment where I lived by myself & starting to work on my own instead of with the company I’d been with through the entirety of the pandemic was a HUGE system shock.

If it wasn’t for ALL the music & shows I’m about to summarise below, who knows where I would be! Luckily I never have to find out, let’s get into it!

TOP 10 RELEASES OF 2022

10. Ocean Grove – Up In The Air Forever
9. Dayseeker – Dark Sun
8. Patient 67 – Wishful Thinking
7. Saviour – Shine & Fade
6. Architects – The Classic Symptoms Of A Broken Spirit

5. Northlane – Obsidian
4. Thornhill – Heroine
3. Yours Truly – Is This What I Look Like? (EP)
2. Windwaker – Love Language
1. Bad Omens – The Death Of Piece Of Mind

TOP 10 SONGS OF 2022

10. The Last Martyr – ‘Sugar’
9. Drastic Park – ‘Deadline’
8. Spiritbox – ‘Rotoscope’
7. Yours Truly – ‘Bruises (Ft Drew York)’
6. Of Virtue – ‘Sinner’

5. Redhook – ‘Jabberwocky’
4. Thornhill – ‘The Hellfire Club’
3. Windwaker – ‘Beautiful’
2. Make Them Suffer – ‘Doomswitch’
1. Paramore – ‘This Is Why’

BEST MUSIC VIDEO OF 2022

5. Future Static – ‘Venenosa’

They went hard with the theme & everyone looks SIMPLY GAWGUS!

4. Patient 67 – ‘Scattered’

It’s not the most flashy video but I had a huge emotional response & it’s impactful as hell. Incredibly relatable.

3. Five Island Drive – ‘The Record’

The production is outstanding & this song made me fall in love with the band & singer Frankie Jean!

2. Hevenshe – ‘No One Will Ever Love You’

It was an honour to be with Jen when this was filmed & I have danced around my bedroom pretending I am on stage in a sparkly outfit for 31 years of my life. Nothing but joy when I watch this. I am so proud of my girl for going out on her own. More Hevenshe in 2023 please!

1. Saviour – ‘Younger’

Simply outstanding in every way. Just watch.

BEST GIG YOU CAUGHT THIS YEAR?

Aussie Band: The Veronica’s (@ Our First Kiss Fest)
I don’t care how many times I see them, these two Australian treasures make me lose my damn ass mind every single time!

International Band: Dayseeker
No questions. I sobbed the ENTIRE time they played & finally seeing ‘Crooked Soul’ live was a genuine life highlight. Their ’Sleeptalk’ record got me through 2 years of lockdowns.

CAN I PLEASE GIVE AN HONOURABLE MENTION TO THE FACT THAT I PLAYED A SHOW THIS YEAR?!

Best.
Moment.
Of.
My.
Whole.
Ass.
Damn.
Life!

Morepara. Photo by Thanks Photos

FAVOURITE CONTRIBUTION YOU PRODUCED?

This year has been monumental for me as far as writing pieces. There have been some hugely special moments, like helping my now DEAR friend Emmy Mack tell the emotional story behind Redhook’s ‘Jabberwocky’. Interviewing several bands that I have tattoos for like Trophy Eyes, Ocean Grove & In Hearts Wake. Ticking one off my ULTIMATE interview wish list with While She Sleeps. Turning an interview into a friendship like Nikki Brumen from Blood Command & Frankie Jean from Five Island Drive. Then one you’re yet to see yet with an artist I have loved for over FIFTEEN YEARS!!

But if I HAVE to pick one, I have to hand it to my interview & chat through of Fever Dream with Sebastian Danzig of Palaye Royale. Full Interview HERE

This written version of our epic conversation was just so fluid and natural. He gave me so much, we thrived off each others energy and I’m insanely grateful for all the energy Sebastian gave me, along with his candid honesty. 10/10 made me love their music even more!

Here’s to crossing off that checklist more in 2023!

FAV NEW BAND/MUSICIAN DISCOVERED IN 2022

BAD. OMENS. I have truly never listened to them before this year. By no means are they a new band. But their record THE DEATH OF PIECE OF MIND was 9 months old before I even listened to it. I slept on it hard but have enjoyed every moment since.

NEXT BIG AUSSIE ACT TO WATCH IN 2023

I AM BIASED BECAUSE THEY ARE MY BOYS but it absolutely has to be Bad Juju. I promise you, the new stuff coming is fire & I struggle not to leak it every damn day. Please stay tuned. I cannot wait for the album campaign to start. Buckle up legends.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2023

How much time you got? Kidding. But seriously I will make a small list…

  • MY. CHEMICAL. ROMANCE!
  • Knotfest (mainly for Spiritbox & Bad Omens)
  • One of my best friends & ex MTS member Booka Nile having her BABY!!!!!!!!!!
  • Going overseas at the end of the year for my other best friends 40th birthday to see the Dallas Cowboys play, visit New York, HOPEFULLY get to When We Were Young fest & then Hawaii on the way home.
  • Releasing my own music with my band (yep – it’s happening) & playing our first show.
  • TWO more Paramore cover shows…
  • Ticking a few more names off my ‘interview wishlist’
  • Growing my business and being more of a boss ass bitch!
  • Launching the third phase of my online store that I co-founded, BarbieCore!
  • Hanging out with my dog.

Written by Lili Jean Berry

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