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Over the last twelve months, we’ve had our pages filled with some incredible creative souls, we asked a few of them to be kind enough to share some words on a year that the world all went a bit odd. Next up, it’s garage rockers Avalanche Party.

So, how was your 2016?
This year for us has been a sublime vintage. It’s been firm in the pencil. It’s been a sumptuous banquet of creative and positive happenings where we’ve sailed to new lands, scaled new heights and made new acquaintances. Festivals, touring, recording etc. It’s been pretty bang on.

What was your best moment of 2016?
Setting sail from ol’ Blighty post Brexit shenanigans and playing some shows in Europe to reassure the continentals that not all of us are slimy wankfish was great. From a tiny sweat filled café in Brussels that was so packed that there were people in the street outside jostling and crowd surfing to six thousand people in Germany on a huge festival stage that was about thrice the size of my house. We also played Reading & Leeds Festival for the BBC, released a brand new single called Solid Gold which has received some outstanding national and international press coverage and we also had a support band play for an hour before us in Huddersfield. These moments are definite standouts.

And your worst moment?
We stayed at the promoter’s house in Brussels after a show and made friends with his little fluffy cat Bruce Lee. Bruce however decided he’s had enough of small talk and left via a second story window never to be seen again. We also were stranded once for a wee while after playing a festival due to a flat battery. After about an hour of waiting we searched the car to find some jump leads underneath a seat, a vital piece of equipment we’d thought were in another car. Not necessarily THE worst moment but a hefty lesson in always checking what you’re sitting on as never know when you may have for it. There has also been the abominations of Nigel Farage’s toothy grin, Brexit, Trump, worldwide famine, wars, corruption and the English football team too.

Your favourite band of 2016?
Been listening to albums from Fat White Family, Death Grips and Kendrick Lamar rather a lot. 

Your favourite song of the year? 
Ketamin Ma’am by And Yet It Moves. Certifiable banger.

Your favourite film? 
Not entirely sure I’ve been to see anything this year off the top of my head. Just popped the Black Mirror series fizz bottle. That has been rather enjoyable. Narcos was an entertaining watch too. 

What was your favourite gig of the year?
That we’ve played or attended? There has been many gigs that I have both witnessed and played that have been just marvellous. We very recently played a gig in a pub in the middle of nowhere called The Lion Inn on the North Yorkshire Moors. We invited our Glaswegian/Danish allies And Yet It Moves to play with us and they tore the place several new ones. The expression of utter joy and terror combined on the audience’s faces was quite something.

And finally, what has 2017 got in store for you?
Who knows? Probably a good hiding. What we do know is we’ll be supporting our comrades Cabbage in Jan to blow the turkeys off our backs and then we have a single and UK tour planned for February. We’ll be heading out to Europe for two weeks in May sampling the cultural delights of the continent and then probably an EP release coupled with further touring later in the year. Slip slap slop.

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