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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.

Dark, alt-blues merchants Goy Boy McIlroy‘s frontman David Saunders answered our next round of questions.

So David, how was your 2015?
Good. We played the Alternative Escape in Brighton, Live At Leeds and Stockton Calling alongside a load of other great gigs, as well as releasing our EP Duell.

What was your best moment of the year?
Being part of a thriving North East music scene full of exciting bands/artists rich in talent and integrity.

Your worst moment of the year?
Not being able to gig from October to December due to our drummer having a baby. Although Al’s baby Elodie is lovely and is definitely not a worst moment.

Your favourite band of 2015?
Velvoir and Avalanche Party.

Your favourite song of 2015?
Socotra by Coquin Migale, She by Figmennt, We’ve Already Seen The Dead by J.P. Rigall and Who’s The Most Virile? by Velvoir. With me presenting The Grind, local music show I have too many favourites.
Actually, here’s some more.
William McTaggart – Opium Eater
Mouses – Girl
Kingsley Chapman – Lovers
Cellar Door – It Follows
Kobadelta – Blame It All On Me
Ilser – Breaks
Bernaccia – Power To The Hills
Them Things – Astronauts
The Welcome Party – Dead Love

Your favourite film of 2015?
Frank, What We Do In The Shadows and Only Lovers Left Alive.

Your favourite gig of 2015?
Lone Wolf gig at Cluny 2 in January alongside Avalanche Party, Coquin Migale, Shade and Wake. Was explosive stuff.

Finally, what’s 2016 got in store for you?
Something different. Something that inspires. We’re maturing as a band now and our songwriting is developing in weird and wonderful ways. Maybe record an album… Who knows?

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