Deanna Belos (Sincere Engineer)
1. What are your top five albums that were released in 2017? (In order 1-5)
- The Menzingers - After The Party
- Protomartyr - Relatives In Descent
- Iron Chic - You Can't Stay Here
- Oliver Houston - Whatever Works
- Meat Wave - The Incessant
2. What band did you discover in 2017 (can be a brand new band or an older band) that had an impact on your life? What made them significant?
I found the band Samiam this year, sorta. I had known one song of theirs for many years, but I stumbled across their record called You Are Freaking Me Out a few months ago and I wish I had listened to it when I was a kid. It has all the things I like hearing. Also, Doolittle by Pixies. I'm real late to that game, too.
3. How will you remember 2017? (In terms of music)
Some things I'll remember about 2017: I put out my own record, called Rhombithian, on my favorite record label. I attended and played at Fest for the first time. I experienced The Hold Steady at the Empty Bottle in Chicago. It was 1,000 degrees. All of my bestest friends were there with me and there was a lot of confetti. It was beautiful.
4. What can we look forward to from you in 2018?
I want to play around the US as much as possible in the coming year, and hopefully write some new songs in the process.
5. What records are you looking forward to most in 2018?
Brendan Kelly & The Wandering Birds, The Brokedowns, Red City Radio, The Sidekicks, Turnspit
6. For most, 2017 will be remembered as a year of political and social conflict. How does that cultural atmosphere influence your own music or artistic life?
To be honest, those things don't particularly influence my music or song writing. That being said, it is very hard to, on a daily basis, not feel depressed, scared, and appalled at the things that have been happening lately in this country.