But with the debut album getting a well deserved second wind through its reissue on Stereogram, some cracking gigs and much of the second album recorded, it was a great year for STOOR as a band.
Otherwise, not so much, as Scott from the band recounts to MPT in our last pre-Christmas 2016 review.
Your own musical highlight of the year?
Supporting Brix & The Extricated. Being a life long Fall fan kind of did it for me. Also being played regularly on radio stations in Germany, New York and even on Vic Galloway’s show.
Favourite performance of the year?
The same gig, we played well, they played well, it was just a great night.
What’s the one thing that went wrong in 2016 you’d like to fix?
David Bowie dying!
What you gonna be doing next year?
First three gigs of the year are going to be crackers; the first supporting The Membranes, the second a Stereogram night in Edinburgh, and the third we’re not allowed to divulge just yet, but it’s maybe the best of the three.
Also, our second album is pretty much finished, so we need to decide whether to release it or not!
Album of the year?
Blackstar David Bowie
Song of the year?
Lazarus or Blackstar David Bowie
Best gig attended?
Either PIL in Falkirk (which i didn’t expect to like) or Television in Glasgow, and both in the same week
Best discovery in 2016?
Who should we be looking out for in 2017?
Sadly, there’s not much new music I’ve heard that’s made me sit up and take notice.If pushed I’d say The Van T’s.
Hero of 2016
Can’t think of one, are there any heroes left?
Villains of 2016
Cameron, Farage, Trump, Green and May
High point of 2016
Can’t think of any. 2016 just seemed to be one piece of bad news after another; Brexit, good people dying, refugees, terrorism. Lets hope 2017 is a bit better.
Lowpoint of 2016
Brexit!, Bowie & Muhammed Ali dying and Dundee United being relegated
Favourite book of 2016
Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas
Favourite film of 2016
Spotlight, The Assassin, Midnight Special
Sorry, David Bowie (again)
Best piece of advice you gave or were given in 2016
Can’t think of any advice we’ve been given, maybe someone would like to offer us some.
What place will you most associate with 2016
Something to look forward to in 2017
Our 2nd album then world domination.
Here’s the whole of STOOR’s set supporting Brix and the Extricated in November.
Previously on MPT
STOOR interview (October 2016)
STOOR/Brix and the Extricated live in Dundee (30 October 2016)
STOOR and the Cathode Ray live in Edinburgh (26 March 2016)