Review of 2015Thursday, December 31st, 2015
Another year is over, and it’s been another good one for Disconnect Disconnect! With a range of great releases and a few cool shows, along with the continued growth of the Disconnect Disconnect ‘brand’, I’m proud of our achievements this year and hope it puts us in a good place to bring more great music to punk rock fans in 2016.
The year started off with a bang with a couple of Disconnect Disconnect shows to kick off the new year, with Hellwinners, Bottler, The Burnt Tapes and H_ngm_n at the New Cross Inn, London, followed quickly by Losing Sleep, Bottler, Larkhill and The Scuts at the Scream Lounge in Croydon.
Our first release of the year was the vinyl release of ‘Rainmaker‘ from one of my favourite bands from the mainland, France’s Hogwash, which came out at the end of January on white vinyl, and was followed by a UK tour from the band.
March saw the release of ‘This Here’s The Hard Part‘ by Australia’s fastest rising punk rock band Local Resident Failure. This album has been popping up on a bunch of end of year lists, and tours with Frenzal Rhomb and NOFX in their homeland prove that the word is getting out there on these guys. We’ve got just a handful of these records left in the stock before they’re gone forever!
There was also our biggest show of the year, the long sold out London date of the Red City Radio and (soon to be signed to Fat Wreck) Pears tour at the Windmill in Brixton. A hot, sweaty night of punk rock not to be forgotten, with support from Bear Trade and Bottler. March also saw a couple of dates together for Bottler and Going Away Party, hitting the Birds Nest in London with new pop punkers Cereal Box Heroes.
In April, another of our bigger shows of the year came up with US pop punk legends The Gamits hitting London at the New Cross Inn. I never thought I’d get to see these guys, so putting them on and supporting them with Bottler was a great highlight for me and the band. Tour support was from Dwayne (featuring half the guys from the Gamits) and local support from The Dead Anyways, who were great.
June was a busy month for the label with the split between Sweden’s Rebuke and Germany’s Money Left To Burn being one of the best skatepunk releases of 2015.
This was followed closely by a fairly different, but equally great release – the self titled debut album by one of the UK’s best emo bands, Going Away Party. 11 great tracks for fans of bands from classics like The Get Up Kids and Braid to newer favourites like Moose Blood and Joyce Manor. After the initial release show was cancelled last minute with the venue shutting down, we managed to pull together a release show a week later at The Black Heart with London favourites Spineless Yes Men, Miz from Larkhill and Brighton emo mad men Glen Foye.
August saw our first release with a Spanish band, the vinyl re-issue of Adrenalized‘s album ‘Docet Umbra‘. These guys are the masters of shreddy skatepunk and seem to be rightly growing and growing in popularity!
In September, my own band Bottler finally released our second EP ‘Rotten Routine‘. Having a member leave midway through the year put a stop to shows for a while, but we got the EP out with some good feedback, and have got a new guitarist and songs which we’ve been previewing at a few shows near the end of 2015.
September also saw something really exciting happen – the first Might As Well Fest, at the Macbeth in London. Featuring 10 great bands and raising money for the Calais appeals, the day was a great success, and the first of hopefully many to come. It’s not often I can go to an alldayer and say I genuinely really enjoyed all the bands, but the lineup was brilliant (if I do say so myself) – Astpai, River Jumpers, Hogwash, Six Time Champion, Harker, Mug, Break Ups, WACO, Spineless Yes Men and Going Away Party all playing great sets to make it an awesome event.
October was also another busy month, kicking off with a Disconnect Disconnect show at the Birds Nest with the great White Stain from Slovenia, along with Dead Neck, Bottler and the debut show from Devereux. October also saw a couple of debut releases, firstly ‘Luck In Life‘ from Italian melodic punk rockers Years and Miles, showing the band packing a big punch, especially for a debut!
Our last release of the year was the self titled debut EP from one of the UK’s best new bands, Larrakia. Picking up where The Fear left off, these 3 tracks have whet the appetite for more great tracks from these guys, and we shouldnt have to wait long, with a new release scheduled for Spring 2016.
With all the releases done for the year, the end of the year saw us start up the ‘Disconnect Disconnect Sessions‘ – a series of live videos from bands we love – with the first bands featured being Forever Unclean, Going Away Party and One Million Motors. Check it out below and subscribe to our channel for more album and EP streams and more from the Disconnect Disconnect Sessions.
Well, that’s about all for the 2015 roundup – thank you to all of you who have supported us during the past 12 months, and please go ahead and like and follow our pages, share links with your friends, and check out our releases at the links below.
Happy New Year
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