End of the Year Day Two: Specialist Subject Records

By Maryam Hassan

Throughout December we at PT:HQ are bringing you end of year lists from bands, labels and promoters. We’ll have a new one for you everyday so keep your eyes peeled for them! See all the lists here.




Day two sees the wonderful Specialist Subject Records pick their favourites from 2014. They churned out a lot of our favs here from Doe to Caves to Big Wow. Lot’s to come next year too. Here are their picks:


Tweens – Tweens

This band makes me giddy, saw their first ever UK show in Brighton in September and they didn’t disappoint! Awesome trashy garage pop.

Martha – Courting Strong

I liked Martha a lot before this record came out but it totally exceeded expectations. Great people, great band, only seem to be getting better every time I see them.

Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else

This was the only CD in my car for a long time, think I blasted it on repeat driving to about four Bangers band practices in a row. If that influence comes through in some of our new songs, that’s why.


Woahnows – Life in Reverse

Think I must have seen this song played life about 30 times this year (mostly on tour in Feb), they changed half the lyrics before recording it and it still throws me off!

Cayetana – Hot Dad Calendar

Total hit, Nervous Like Me is an incredible album.

Sundials – Splinter

Only had a short amount of time to get aquainted with the new Sundials EP, but it’s probably the best thing they’ve ever done.


If Tenement finally finish these 2 new LPs they’ve been threatening to (coming on Don Giovanni and Derranged apparently), I imagine that’ll dominate my turntable for 2015.

I’m obviously discounting anything Specialist Subject related for these lists otherwise Doe, Pale Angels, Caves etc would be all over it. Already got new records from Twisted, Great Cynics, Pale Angels, Sam Russo in the works for the start of next year so those are really my tips for 2015!

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