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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.

As our last entry of 2015, we chat to psych rockers Kobadelta, who round up their year courtesy of guitarist Alex Malliris and vocalist Dom Noble.

So Alex, how was your 2015?
Alex – It’s been a strange one, it was a pretty hectic first half of the year, I think we crammed in about 20 gigs, our EP release and a few music videos between January and May. Mainly because I knew I was becoming a father for the first time in June, which on a personal level has made it an amazing year for me. Life changing isn’t even exaggerating! But yeah it’s been a good year for the band, we played our first gigs outside of the North East going to London, Glasgow and Leeds, played a few festivals like Northbound and Corbridge, had our first ever TV appearance with The Garage Live and supported the likes of Demob Happy, Lola Colt, The VoyeursGlass Animals and even The Fall at Riverside!

What was your best moment of the year?
Alex – Think we’d have to say Northbound Festival in Cockermouth, we opened the main stage there on the Friday which was a strange feeling being on a stage that big. A good one though, we fucking loved every minute of it! The whole weekend was class though, we drove up with our mates Bernaccia and a load of other pals and camped for the weekend. Nothing beats getting off it with your mates in a field listening to the music, and it was class knowing that we were a part of it. Getting to see Bernaccia up there too, alongside the likes of Public Service Broadcasting, The Beat and The Sunshine Underground was a class experience.

Your worst moment of the year?
Alex – From a Kobadelta point of view I can’t think of anything really. In boarder terms I think the Tories clinging into power and everything that has come with that, from further cuts to the poorest and most vulnerable people in the country, to their handling of Syria and the refugee crisis, has been a pretty big shit stain on 2015.

Your favourite band of 2015?
Alex – For me personally I’d say either Hey Colossus or King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. They’ve both released TWO albums in 2015 which on it’s own astounds me, but the fact that they’re all class albums just boggles me mind completely!

Your favourite song of 2015?
Dom – I’m gonna go with Adam Raised A Cain by Bruce Springsteen, I know it’s obviously not from 2015 but at the minute it’s my favourite track which I’ve hammered this year.

Alex – Maybe Let It Happen by Tame Impala? I lost me job on the day that Currents came out and played it on the way home. That song has been stuck in me head ever since. Definitely another favourite album of 2015 for me.

Your favourite film of 2015?
Dom – Antman.

Alex – I’m gonna ruin this one by saying I can’t even remember any films I’ve seen this year! Played loads of gigs, seen loads of bands and bought a load of albums but no film this year has really got my attention sadly. And I’m not much of a Star Wars fan

Your favourite gig of 2015?
Alex – It’s Nick Cave hands down. For anyone who doesn’t know, Dom had a bit of back and forth chatter with him lets say, and then halfway through the gig got pulled up on stage with him and had a bit of a boogie and a singalong to The Lyre Of Orpheus. It was the most surreal thing I’ve ever seen! I’m being completely honest though, regardless of Dom’s duet, I knew from about 3 songs in that it was the best gig that I have ever witnessed. We were sat 3 rows from the front and he was utterly captivating from the off. He’s a huge inspiration to us so it’s definitely a gig that we’ll never forgot, whatever the reason!

Finally, what’s 2016 got in store for you?
Alex – Well we’ve spent the past couple of months working on new tunes and trying to lay off gigging for a while to make sure our next release is bang on. We’ve got a gig on January 30th at Nemix in Newcastle with Massa Confusa, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaind and Cave Suns which should be class, but apart from that we’ll probably spend the first few months of the year whittling down the songs we’ve got and refining the ones we want to record – then getting them all down. We’re excited anyway, I’m sure every band says this all the time but we really think it’s our best material yet. There’s a few other gigs in the pipeline that we can’t reveal yet but we’re definitely looking forward to coming back with a bang in 2016!

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