End of Year Day Six: Guerrilla Monsoon

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.


Guerrilla Monsoon


Top 3 albums of 2014


The Kimberley Steaks – To Live & Die In West Scotland:

Easy comparisons to be made with early Green Day but this is just plain brilliant. All In Vinyl records discover another gem from north of the border!

Spraynard – The Mark, Tom and Patrick Show:

These guys are back and I couldn’t be happier!

Braid – No Coast:

Another ‘comeback’ output from one of my favourite bands of all time. Quite frankly, it is a belter.

Top 3 songs of 2014


Issac – Sweetheart:

These dudes just write the catchiest songs and I am excited to see what they will do in 2015, building upon a great 2014. They remind me of my childhood idols “Ruth Ruth” and their record the Little Death (Epitaph/Deep Elm co-release) but no one I speak to seems to either know who they are or agree.

Don Blake – I heart U(SA):

Whilst this song was strictly released very late 2013, 2014 was very much their year and the year I discovered their music. They absolutely killed it at Fest 13 and this song sums it up some of the experiences I shared with these rotters.

The Lion and The Wolf – Bandages:

Another dude that we met on the “circuit” this year, incredible to watch him progress (clocking up the miles) to his stunning debut album, for me summed up in this opening track: “There’s no point in sitting, waiting, wishing for the man to tell me it’s my turn, I don’t want to look back at my life and realise that the glory days are gone…”

Top pick for 2015


Austeros – loveable indie-pop done right, just signed with new Murderburgers’ new label “Round Dog Records”.

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