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We here at NARC have decided we’d end 2015 with a fond look back at the year just gone, and who better to tell us than some people who’ve had an utterly fantastic year; and for whom 2016 is sure to be just as exciting.

Our first post-Christmas installment features the wonderfully catchy and melodic guitar driven pop quartet, Canyons.

So Canyons, how was your 2015?
Champion, thanks. We played some fun gigs and made a load of new friends which is what it’s all about really.

What was your best moment of the year?
I think my favourite moment was the AutismAble fundraiser with Kubichek! and Minotaurs. There’s so many other gigs it could have been but that one sold out, was for a great cause and everything went right. The recent one with Drifts would also be in with a shout as well because I love riffs, the Mining Institute and bottles of old speckled hen.

Your worst moment of the year?
There’s not really been anything too bad. Jonny’s had a bit of a curse at The Cluny this year. I think three times stuff has broken. The Micachu gig was the worst he just had to put his guitar down and have a dance. That’s why everything going right at the AustismAble gig was good

Your favourite band of 2015?
Local bands, it’s been A Festival A Parade. Not local, we’d say Alvvays, they tick a lot of boxes for a bunch of pop loving divas like us.

Your favourite song of 2015?
Helen picks El Vy– Return to the Moon, Jim picks Twilight Sad-I Could Give You All That You Don’t Want. Local shout would be Sour Days by The Welcome Party.

Your favourite film of 2015?
Jim and Helen both loved Beasts Of No Nation with King ‘Dris. We also loved A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night. Not sure if that came out this year but we watched it this year and it was good.

Your favourite gig of 2015?
TOO MANY. Highlights would be Hold Steady at the Riverside, Teenage Fanclub at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge and Sharon Van Etten at the Sage. Sorry for giving multiple responses to all these questions. (I’m not really sorry).

Finally, what’s 2016 got in store for you?
Well, we’re about three quarters done recording our EP with the dead lovely Paul Gregory from Lanterns On The Lake and it’s sounding great. We should have a date to release that soon and once that’s out just more of the good stuff I suppose (playing gigs and knocking about Ouseburn with our mates). It’d be nice to try and do some festivals, we’ve never played outside before and we’re all really pale so could do with the Vitamin D.

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