2011 perhaps proved to  be a slight disappointment for Cancel The Astronauts in terms of releases as they only released the excellent ‘Seven Vices’ single but didn’t manage to get the LP out. But in ever other way, it was a year of progress for the band with an increased profile and some prestigious dates inlcuding a slot at T in the Park.

Singer/songwriter/tennis fan Matthew Riley looks back on his 2011 for MPT.

Your Music

Your own Musical highlight of the year?

 T in the Paaark!!!

Favourite performance of the year?

 I thought we played quite well when we supported The Saw Doctors. That was our biggest ever crowd and we did a pretty good job of playing most of the right notes in most of the right places.

What inspired you musically in 2011?

Bob Dylan. I’ve got right in to him this year. There’s one album in particular called ‘Oh Mercy’ which I’m very much enjoying.

What you gonna be doing next year?

Releasing an album. Or at least we better bloody be.

Others’ Music

Song and/or LP of 2011?

‘Oh Mercy’ by Bob Dylan, although it actually came out in 1986 I think.

Best gig attended?

Kid Canaveral ripping up the BBC Introducing Stage at TITP.

Who should we be looking out for in 2012?

I’ve no idea.

Anything and everything

Event of 2011

Roger Federer humping Rafael Nadal at the ATP Tour finals in London.

Lowpoint of 2011

Federer losing the first set to Nadal in the final of the French Open after having a set point.

Hero of 2011

Novak Djokovic.

Villain of 2011

Andy Murray. He breaks my heart several times every year.

Something to look forward to in 2012?

A first slam for Roger in 2 years?

A chance to hear ‘Seven Vices’ again:

Previously on MPT

Live at the Woodside Inn (December) (photos)

Interview with Matthew (November)

‘Seven Vices’ single launch (photos)

MPT Podcast #9 with all 5 members

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