We promoted our first ever gig (former Geneva singer, Andrew Montgomery) which was a fantastic night. As well as Andrew I've been fortunate enough to attend gigs by a number of Britpop bands including Suede, Dodgy and former Bluetone Mark Morriss and the Gene re-issue launch party but the undoubted highlight for me was seeing Speedy perform live for the first time in 17 years as their debut album finally got its release.
It's also been a pleasure to interview so many people this year for the show, from new unsigned bands to the legend that is Sir Bernard Butler.
These are just some of the people we had on the show in 2014:
- Nigel Powell (ex The Unbelievable Truth)
- Richard McNevin-Duff of The Space Monkeys
- Jason Applin (ex Bennet)
- Johnny Dean of Menswear
- Mike Heaton from Embrace
- Jake Shillingford of My Life Story
- Matt James (ex Gene)
- Andrew Montgomery (ex Geneva)
- Simon Eugene (ex Out Of My Hair)
- Sonya Madan of Echobelly
- Nigel Clark of Dodgy
- Rick Witter of Shed Seven
- Will from CUD
- Bernard Butler (ex Suede, McAlmont & Butler, The Tears)
- Andy Watts (ex The Seahorses)
- Mark Morriss (ex The Bluetones)
One of the bands I want to get onto the show is our New Band Of The Year... Superfood. A fantastic new band with a sound that owes a clear debt to the nineties without sounding like a pastiche. Their debut album Don't Say That was released in October to rave reviews and they've been nominated for Best New Band at the NME awards (though they'll undoubtedly be more chuffed with getting the nod from us!)
And now to our Album Of The Year. Last year it was Suede's magnificiant comeback, Bloodsports but with none of Britpop's big names in the studio this year, what will take the honours?
1. Speedy - News From Nowhere
2. Manic Street Preachers - Futurology
3. Superfood - Don't Say That
4. Mark Morriss - A Flash Of Darkness
5. Andrew Montgomery - Ruled By Dreams
Yes, perhaps no surprise this one given the fact that we played this album before anyone else and played a (very minor) part in helping to get it finally released. A time capsule of classic 90s indie-pop from a band who were always on the edge of something big but never quite made that final step, News From Nowhere is the missing piece of your Britpop record collection.
Album Of The Year... Speedy - News From Nowhere
You can listen to our review show here: