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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 fuzzy indie pop duo Mouses.

So, how was your 2016?
It’s been by far the best year we’ve had as a band. We’ve done some things we only dreamed about doing and it’s just been a really surreal year.

What was your best moment?
This is a tough one as there’s tons of contenders. We’ve had three tours, three singles, an album out on vinyl, a crazy amount of Radio 1 love and we got to play Reading and Leeds Festivals, which I’ve dreamt about since I was about 15. It’s been unbelievable but our album launch has to top the list. We packed out The Georgian Theatre and to have that many people going crazy and screaming along to the words was just unbelievable.

And your worst moment?
Probably just the rest of the world falling to shit around us, haha.

Your favourite band of the year?
NARCS. We supported them for their album launch and they kindly returned the favour and played ours too. Their second album A Thinking Animal was out this year and is absolutely amazing. Probably still my favourite album of the year – and the most politically charged I’ve heard in a long time. It was exactly what 2016 needed.

Your favourite song of the year?
My Oh My by Get Inuit. As soon as heard it I loved it. The chorus melody and chord pattern is just perfect. 

Your favourite film? 
I’ve seen literally no new films this year and don’t have TV so this is going to be an interesting answer. It’s not from 2016 but I watched Wild At Heart, the David Lynch film, the other day and I forgot how much I love it, so I pick that. 

What was your favourite gig of the year?
My favourite one that we’ve played is the same as our best moment answer and my favourite gig that I’ve been to is probably Ming City Rockers at The Green Room in Stockton. I’d been wanting to see them for a while. They headlined, played about 10 songs in 20 minutes, kicked the drum kit apart and didn’t come back out for an encore. I hate encores but this was the first time I think I’ve ever crossed my fingers that a band didn’t come back out for one haha. It just added to the whole experience and was one of the best things I’ve seen in ages.

And finally, what has 2017 got in store for you?
We’re in the middle of writing new material for hopefully a double A side and maybe another album next year; who knows. We’re also heading on our first European tour next April so that’s going to be exciting!

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