Well, give or take a few days, that was 2011. As ever it’s flown by at an unbelievable rate of knots but it’s definitely been quite a year, both on and off the musical field of play, as it were. Special mention has to go to And So I Watch You From Afar who not only produced what turned out to be our album of the year but also probably our gig of the year with their utterly spectacular show at the Scala back in May.
On the live front, honourables also have to go to Future Of The Left (Hoxton Bar & Kitchen), Tormenta (Knowledge As Our Weapon), Frank Turner (Barfly) and Alright The Captain (Knowledge As Our Weapon) for showing just how exciting and vital music can be when it’s right up in your face. There’s been plenty more but those are the ones that have really stuck in our minds.
Anyway, we hope you agree with us that 2011 has been a pretty fine vintage. Here’s to more of the same in 2012.
Here’s our de rigour list of our favourite records of 2011. There’s probably loads that we’ve missed and will no doubt kick ourselves for not including, and we’ve no doubt that you’ll disagree with us on many of them, but they are all top quality records so enjoy.
36. Lanterns on the Lake – Gracious Tide, Take Me Home