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2017 has been a rather interesting year. We’ve been lucky enough to fill our pages with some incredible creative talent, so we asked a few of them to share some thoughts on the year just gone. We caught up with fuzzy indie popsters Baker Island to take a little look back, through the highs and lows of their  year…

So, how was your 2017?
Our 2017 was a very busy one.  We finished mixing an album, which we then released and toured around the country.  We also dealt best we could with the disintegration of western society.

What was your best moment?
Probably the album launch gig at The Mining institute in September, followed by the tour playing with good bands around the country with our pals.

And your worst moment?
The worst moment was watching the news at pretty much any point (and going to work).

Your favourite band of the year?
Bad Idea from Leeds, Sprinters from Manchester, and Slurs from here!

Your favourite song of the year?
Plum Duck by Slurs, Crossing the Road Material by Mogwai, Ciggy Stardust by Crumbs, and Gallant Encounters by Outside Your House.

Favourite TV of the year?
Mindhunter.  Well made, took its time, plenty of character development.  Went around thinking like a serial killer for weeks.  Know these aren’t officially this year but enjoyed watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Black Mirror.  Also, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.

Your favourite film?
Get Out. Validated my unease with getting invited to parties. 

Favourite venue of the year?
The Cluny. Such an amazing number and range of gigs for the whole year, made even better by the PA upgrade.  Good bands never sounded so good.
Out of town, would have to say Brock n Broll HQ in Chorley which is a class little venue / studio / art space in an old mill. 

What was your favourite gig of the year?
Watching – Destroyer at Cluny 2.  Probably amongst the most capable bunch of musicians in a single band I’ve seen for a while.  The sound was great.  The songs were great.  The band was great.  Was pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty great.
Playing – Crux in Wakefield, which Rob from Philophobia helped organise.  Great venue and lovely friendly people!

What gifts are on your letter to Santa this year?
Mince pies and glasses of Buckfast.  Dude must have loads, don’t want to see it go to waste.  And socks.

And finally, what has 2018 got in store for you?
A single in the new year, and an EP release later on.  And hopefully sanity.  For us and everyone else.  Merry Xmas.

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