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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 psych rockers Kobadelta.

So, how was your 2016?
Alex: As a band, 2016 was pretty good, we released our latest EP The Metaphysical to a great reception and played some great gigs once again. As for 2016 in general, well that was a bit of a shit one wasn’t it? Death and the makings of destruction it seems…”

What was your best moment?
Alex: I’m torn between two for Kobadelta’s ‘best moment’. In April we supported The Fall for the second time, which a great feeling to be recognised and asked again. Also it was on the O2 Academy main stage, somewhere I’ve wanted to play since the opening night back in 2005, so it was a great feeling playing our tunes in front of a decent amount of people in such a great venue. The other one was being on the bill for Primal Scream’s Times Square gig in August, playing the Think Tank stage just before Super Furry Animals came on outside. The place was rammed and it was great to be involved in such a huge gig in our hometown – Newcastle’s been crying out for gigs like this for years. They’ve got a load planned in for 2017 so I can’t wait to be there, whether as a performer or a punter.

And your worst moment?
Dom: The passing of Leonard Cohen was personally my worst moment of the year. The man is an absolute legend. His ability to move with the times yet maintain his own unique musical identity is second to none, and his last album was a testament to his unrivalled skill as a lyricist and ice cool temperament. I’m envious of this fluid ‘anything goes’ approach to song writing and would love to have the freedom to produce music without the past having so much say over the future

Your favourite band of the year?
Alex: I’d have to say King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, after releasing 2 albums in 2015 they’ve put yet another one out this year in Nonagon Infinity and it’s an absolute beast! Although Blossoms have also had a great year too, we supported them in Riverside at the back end of last year and they’ve just completely taken off since then, playing some huge gigs and having a number one album which is mad.

Your favourite song of the year?
Alex: My favourite individual song is probably Mothers Of The Sun by Black Mountain. It’s opening track of their latest album IV which came out earlier this year and it blew me away the first time I heard it. It builds up slowly and really nicely and then kicks off about 3 and half minutes in with a huge drums and a lush dirty riff. A perfect tune for me really, love it.
Dom: To be honest, I don’t really digest that much new music, but my favourite song I’ve listened to this year comes from the late great Frankie Laine called The Cry Of The Wild Goose. I bought his ‘best of’ from a charity shop and have been hooked ever since. Don’t get me wrong like, it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but give it a listen and I promise you, you will be singing and tapping your feet before you know it.

Your favourite film? 
Dom: My favourite film of 2016 was Kubo And The Two Strings. It’s an epic story that uses mind-blowing stop-motion animation. The soundtrack is really cool as well. If you haven’t already seen it it’s definitely worth looking up.

What was your favourite gig of the year?
Dom: I went to Gregory Porter in Edinburgh earlier in the year and was blown away. Porter’s backing band were equally captivating, but the man himself has such an effortless voice and the ability to make the audience really feel every word that he sings. Really powerful stuff.
Alex: It’s back to King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard for me. I went with our bass player Jon to see them in Manchester back in February, and they were that good we convinced the rest of the lads to come down and see them with us again when they came back in September. They’ve just got boundless energy and their set is hypnotic.

And finally, what has 2017 got in store for you?
Dom: 2017 is when we plot our way to the top. We’re going to take a break from gigging, minus the odd special appearance here and there, and write a whole new set of songs. I think we’ve got to a stage now that we need to be our greatest critics and be honest with each other about the direction we want it to go. We aren’t going to give ourselves a timescale or anything, we’re just going to take our time and get things bang on the way everyone wants them. No more compromising. For me It feels 2017 is the year we evolve and push on to new levels and new sounds. Staying the same and keeping things safe I don’t feel will achieve anything. So 2017 is the time for new ideas and new horizons.

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