Cheltenham’s finest DIY powerpop trio Asuteros have a look back at 2014.
How has 2014 been for you?
It’s been a good year! Considering it was our first full year as a band, we’ve been quite busy. We released our second EP on Round Dog Records, which is run by Fraser from Murderburgers. Played some shows with some of our favourite bands. We went on our first tour, with the wonderful Chewing on Tinfoil, and Steve and I even started a little label of our own, called Don’t Ask Records.
What was the best/most memorable show you played?
Our hometown shows are always so much fun. But that’s too obvious an answer, so I’m gonna go with our slot at Book Yer Ane Fest in Dundee. It felt like we’d played there several times before, but it was our first time in Scotland. The crowd was so welcoming. And we made lots of new friends.
What was the best show you went to?
Got to see so many amazing bands this year. Seeing Pup and The Front Bottoms at the Deadpunk all-dayer was great. Also loved The Smith Street Band and The Menzingers show at the Fleece in Bristol. I’m going to see Laura Stevenson and the Cans, Muncie Girls and Personal Best this week, reckon that’s gonna be a good’n!
What are your favourite releases this year?
Some of my favourite albums of 2014:
Martha – Courting Strong
The Menzingers – Rented World
PUP – PUP
Kimberly Steaks – To Live and Die in West Central Scotland
Modern Baseball – You’re Gonna Miss it All
Young Attenborough – Isolations
Cayetana – Nervous Like Me
Cheap Girls – Famous Graves
The Putrid Flowers – Midnight in the Summer of Caffeine
Bob Mould – Beauty and Ruin
As for EPs:
Happy Accidents – Not Yet Jaded
Creeper – Creeper
Stu Daly – You and Me and These Four Walls
RVIVR – Bicker and Breathe
Art Sorority for Girls – Older Boys
Haters – Skip to the End
What are you excited for in 2015?
Well since there isn’t much set in stone, I can’t be very specific. But, I can say with absolutely certainty that we’ll be back in the studio on a number of occasions, to record a couple of songs for splits, as well as to start working on our first full length album! The first split will be a 4-way with Young Attenborough, Isaac and Happy Accidents. It’ll be out around June on Don’t Ask Records.