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Over the last twelve months, we’ve had our pages filled with some super-talented creative souls, we asked a few of them to be kind enough to share some words on the last twelve months. Next up, it’s Steven Bardgett from fuzzy indie pop duo Mouses.

So, how was your 2018?
It was pretty good, thanks. 

What was your best moment?
I turned the notifications off on all the social media apps on my phone and everything immediately got better. I’m still a bit shit with it all but I’m getting there. I’m trying to make a conscious effort to just fuck it all off and live in the real world again.

And your worst moment?
A tough question but I might as well be honest. I had a bunch of panic attacks, broke down and took myself into counselling a few months ago. Consequently though, starting counselling could also be my best moment. I’m only just at the beginning of it all but it’s already starting to have a positive impact.

Your favourite band of the year?
I fell in love with Milk Crimes loads. We’ve known them for a little while now and got them to play this year’s Mousetival. They brought out an ace new EP and I had it on repeat for a good few weeks I think. They’re also some of the loveliest people we’ve met.

Your favourite song of the year?
Gabrielle Aplin – My Mistake. I’m a huge fan of Gabrielle Aplin’s early stuff. She went in a bit of a pop direction with her last album and it just seemed like there was something missing. She’s back to self-releasing again now which is ace, and this is the first single from her new album that’s out next year. The first time I heard it it just blew me away. It hit really fucking hard. It’s one of the most honest and relatable songs I’ve ever heard.

Favourite TV of the year?
I watched all of Bojack Horseman in about 2 weeks on Netflix and it was amazing. I’ve never felt so many things watching a cartoon before. It touches on and deals with loads of really dark and difficult subject matters better and more brutally honest than anything I’ve ever seen before. There’s no cheap laughs or bullshit and everyone that does shitty things actually faces the consequences, loses friends, loses respect etc. just like real life. This should be the blueprint of everything that is made now.

Your favourite film?
I went to a screening of Queercore: How To Punk A Revolution at The Star and Shadow and it was amazing. I immediately went out and bought a Tribe 8 7-inch and haven’t stopped listening to Pansy Division since. Both amazing bands.

Favourite venue of the year?
It’s a toss-up between Leith Depot in Edinburgh and Fruit in Hull. Both phenomenal independent venues. Unfortunately Fruit recently closed due to the commercialisation and gentrification of the area and it sadly looks like Leith Depot is heading the same way. The ‘Save Leith Walk’ campaign is still ongoing. Search for it online and show your support! We need to stop this shit from happening as much as we can and save the little venues we’ve got! It’s so important.

What was your favourite gig of the year?
Mousetival. It’s always my favourite show of the year. I think just throwing everything you’ve got into something like that and then getting to watch everyone enjoying themselves so much on the day is the best feeling in the world. We try to be super inclusive in everything we do and just make sure every single person has the best possible time – we try and treat the bands we get along to play in the same way too! To see it all come together like it did and all of the kind words we got about the day afterwards too, there’s honestly no feeling like it. 

And finally, what has 2019 got in store for you?
We’ve got loads planned so it should be a pretty exciting year. Album number two is on it’s way! There’ll be another Mousetival, and also on a personal note me and Hana get married!

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