December already, cripes. This year has totally flown by don’t you think? This means that it’s time to sum up, in the fashion of a teen magazine, a
selection of best of’s from this year and dust off the Elba Annual for another year. It’s like the Smash Hits annual of blogging (hopefully that’s selling ourselves very, very short.)
Our first entry in our 2011 edition comes from the person who has the privilege of being our first Annual contributor in 2009. This, as you will see from the title is Chris Devotion who next year will release his first album along with his band, The Expectations. Amalgamation and Capital will be released on Armellodie Records, on January 30th. It’s the ideal album, 16 songs spanning 36 minutes, each a sparkling rock n roll nugget. You can hear album opener, ‘An Honest Refusal’ after the questions…
– Album of The Year
Fucked Up – David Comes To Life. A brilliant record, it sounds like stadium hardcore (imagine Husker Du playing Be Here Now) and all the better for it
(Honourable mentions: Tom Waits- Bad As Me, Wild Flag – Wild Flag, Off! -First Four EP’s)
– Song of the Year
Shaw by Reigning Sound, (I could have picked almost anything from the free (FREE!) mini album they released, a fun collection of wee gems from one of the best bands around)
Best gig you played
The launch for our last single was a good un, we were showered with praise, love and good vibes (though cash would have been better), as was supporting Pete Yorn. It is always nice to win over a crowd who don’t know who you are.
– Best gig you saw
Possibly Kyuss at the ABC, I went in reasonably sceptical but it was full of heavy awesomeness.
(Honourable mentions, Wilco, Primal Scream, Best Coast and Gillian Welch)
– Any musical thoughts to share on the year 2011?
Hmmmm……well, every year has its ups and downs musically but as ever, there is always good stuff happening. The biggest problem for me, just as a fan of music, is people who will not shut the fuck up at concerts. I swear it seems to be getting worse, I would gladly bring back hanging for those cunts (though, for the record, in all other cases I am against capital punishment)
– What does 2012 have in store for you?
Ready for the hard sell? Good. Our debut album ‘Amalgamation and Capital’ is out 30th Jan, just in time to banish those post-xmas blues. What’s that you ask? Are we playing live in support of said debut? Yes we are, thanks for asking, we are playing a bunch of places throughout February and March.
Amalgamation and Capital, the debut album by Chris Devotion & The Expectations is released on January 30th 2012 on Armellodie Records. However, the album before December 9th and the good lads at Armellodie will make sure you get your record before Christmas, a whole month before it’s release, plus you get an instant download of ‘Blister’.
It’s also worth noting that you can see the band I proclaimed as one of my favourite live acts as they launch their album at the Captains Rest on Feb 3rd 2012 with support from Kill Surrrf and The Dirt.