It’s December, we’re tired, a little bit chilly and we've heard so much amazing music that we think our brains might melt, but we’re feeling fully festive and very thankful because 2014 has been A Badge of Friendship’s biggest year yet!
This year, our bands and labels have featured on the Guardian, NME, The Quietus, The Line of Best Fit, Drowned in Sound, The 405, Clash, Kerrang! and Rock Sound plus many more.
Up in Scotland, The Skinny, The List, The Herald, BBC Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway and XFM’s Jim Gellatly have been especially brilliant about championing our bands.
And speaking of radio, BBC 6Music’s Steve Lamacq, the Shaun Keaveny Breakfast Show, Tom Robinson, Lauren Laverne, Danielle Perry over at XFM and those good folks at Amazing Radio have played many of our bands singles this year.
We'd also like to give a special thank you to online hubs such as Podcart, Ravechild, Scottish Fiction, Jockrock, Echoes and Dust, Shout4Music, Atlsounds, Netsounds and Punktastic who have been especially supportive over the last 12 months.
Idlewild joined our roster in autumn. Their album is due for release on 16th February 2015 and it’s already been a campaign that’s started with a bang. Their single Collect Yourself is currently on the BBC 6Music Playlist, has been championed by XFM and everyone from The Quietus to Clash are talking about the band’s return.
Check out the teaser trailer for the album via Idlewild's YouTube channel.
Fat Goth, Bear Arms, Felix Champion and Algernon Doll led the way this year with the rock press, proving that heavy independent music ain’t dead yet. Fat Goth's filth laden, balls out gonzo rock gained praise from Kerrang!, Rock Sound and even The Line of Best Fit!
You can stream our ABoF Scotland Rocks 2014 playlist via SoundCloud.
Our favourite German label Sinnbus has been with us for over two years now. They've gone from strength to strength with four superb album releases this year from Hundreds, The/Das, Einar Stray Orchestra and Miss Kenichi. The quality of their output is unparalleled, proving their 'cutting edge' status with features, premieres and reviews popping up on Clash, The Line of Best Fit, DJ Magazine, Mix Mag, MTV Iggy and many more.
You can stream the Sinnbus playlist via the ABoF SoundCloud page.
This year, we started working with Glasgow based label/venue BLOC. The label has a strong DIY ethic and has put out several fantastic compilations including BLOC Ensemble Vol.2 Part 1 which premiered on The Skinny, BLOC Ensemble Vol.2 Part 3, and the BLOC+TYCI Ensemble Vol.2 Part 4 which premiered on The Quietus.
You can stream and download the BLOC Ensemble Part 2 for free (or name your price) via Bandcamp. You can also check out and download the rest of the series while you're there.
We're sure there's lots of stuff we've missed out, as this has been one of our biggest years so far, but we'll be back in 2015 with releases from clients both old and new, so keep your eyes peeled and, as an early present, check out our ABoF Xmas playlist. Have a fantastic Christmas, and a Happy New Year.
If there are any bands, musicians or labels out there wanting to find out more about what we do, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
"HAWK combine post-punk and folk in a spine-tingling brew that'll take potshots at your emotional wellbeing" - The Line of Best Fit
"...a searing post-rock epic..." - Gigwise
HAWK have released free single Hush as an emotional and passionate farewell to 2014.
The single premiered on Gigwise, and you can stream and download it for free via HAWK's SoundCloud page.
The single's haunting video premiered on The Line Of Best Fit and you can now enjoy it on HAWK's YouTube channel.
Hush embraces the furthest reaches of light and shade of the band’s uniquely primal sonic tapestry, teasing the pain and pleasure from every resonant chord and truly living the healing power of music through every spine tingling vocal nuance.
HAWK are Julie Hawk (vocals & guitar), Matthew Harris (guitar), Chris Handsley (bass) and Sam Campbell (drums). Hush is a precursor to their first new release of 2015 via Veta Records, the stunning EP Clock Hands.
Hush is available digitally via HAWK’s official SoundCloud page.
The Capture Effect are pleased to announce the release of their debut EP, Frequencies, due for release on 23rd March 2015 via Free Radio.
To celebrate the release of their forthcoming EP, The Capture Effect are giving away EP track 'London's Burning' for free from the ABoF SoundCloud page.
On Frequencies the London based five-piece have created intense rock music, spliced with electro-synth sound waves, bridged neatly by a compelling narrative told through provocative lyrical content. Each track tells an individual story as the band touch on myriad of topical subjects, both unique to the individual and to society as a whole.
First track ‘SKYwave’ charts the phone hacking scandal of 2011 with sampled news reports combined with up tempo fuzzy synth to transcend breakneck drumbeats and affected vocals. ‘Lies and False Signals’ sees the band focus on more personal subject matter as the track follows the end of a broken relationship. Guitars screech and samples soar as the vocals take centre stage here, emotive and passionate, as the band come together as one to produce an impressively big sound.
Featuring Iain Littlemore (guitar, vocals), Adam Parr (guitar, keyboard, backing vocals), Andy Malliff (bass, samples, backing vocals) and Stuart Roberts (drums), the band formed in summer 2014 after an extensive writing period together. Inspired by a shared love of Nirvana, Bloc Party, Biffy Clyro, The Clash and all things David Fincher, The Capture Effect set about writing music that built upon these influences while maintaining a sound very much their own. Indeed their name and the idea of incorporating news reports and samples in their songs came about after an amp picked up a live radio broadcast during rehearsal. The phenomenon is known as ‘The Capture Effect’ and the rest, as they say, is history.
Frequencies is released on 23rd March 2015 via Free Radio.