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Over the past twelve months, our magazine and website have been brimming with super-talented, creative souls and we’ve asked a few of them to tell us about their year. Here, Newcastle’s brutalist art-rock superpower trio, TANKENGINE give us their 2019 recap.

So, how was your 2019?
Unexpectedly good to honest. We’d started the year with a bunch of recordings we were going to give away and see what happened, maybe play a gig. We sent a few emails on the off chance and Steve at Cruel Nature and David at Sapien wanted to put them out.

What was your best moment?
Getting the physical copies of the EP from Steve, no matter what’s going on seeing it and listening to the physical artefact is the point at which it becomes real and an achievement rather than just another file name.

And your worst moment?
“Boris Johnson is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom”

Your favourite band/artist of the year?
Underworld. Decades into their career and deciding to push themselves by releasing a new track each week to show their working process was incredible. It’s an amazing and unnecessary gamble when they could just be pushing another greatest hits or riding on nostalgia. And the end product was of a very high standard.

Your favourite song of the year?
I operate on a knockout basis, one track remains sovereign until it is toppled, as such my track of the year remains The Theme from Ski Sunday aka Pop Looks Bach.

Favourite TV show of the year?
The correct answer to this is “I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson”.

Your favourite film?
Joseph Heller was frequently told he hadn’t written a book that was any good since Catch-22 and his retort was “who has?”. Jaws was released in cinemas in 1975.

Best book you read?
Mark Fisher – Capitalist Realism. I was late to the party on this one and only read it this year but it’s so simply and clearly written while dealing with the very complex and frankly depressing state of the modern, western world and the average person’s part (or lack of) in it. I went on about it loads to people, when drunk, more so.

Favourite venue of the year?
Probably The Cluny. For a lot of people it’s a home and that includes us. However, need to put a big shout out to Little Buildings and how much that place and people are missed, we need venues like that, always.

What was your favourite gig/show of the year?
Opening for McLusky was great for us, we really enjoyed it but opening for McLusky after nearly a decade was very special for myself and Ross. McLusky have always been one of my favourite bands and then in ycni:milo, we opened for them on a few tours so got to see them an awful lot. Getting to see them again was a real treat, especially, as in my opinion, they’re now at their best they’ve ever been.

Any upcoming artists we should keep an eye out for in 2020?
Ballpeen, DUNES, Kkett, Body Hound, The Palps, Slime City. And Hollow Legs manage to pull off that Soundgarden thing of loads of riffs and melody and you don’t realise how complicated what they’re doing is.

And finally, what has next year got in store for you?
We’re playing ArcTanGent and also releasing TANKENGINE TANKENGINE, the second EP by TANKENGINE in March on Cruel Nature and Sapien Records.

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