Since 2006 we've aimed to make our year-end roundups feature not just our thoughts on the best records of the past twelve months, but the thoughts of the people producing them: the bands and artists who make our scene what it is. In this collection of 30 interviews, we've spoken to bands and artists like Frank Turner, Russ Rankin, Ceremony, Teenage Bottlerocket and a ton more to find out what they dug in 2014, what they're looking forward to musically next year, and what cool new stuff we can expect from in the 2015. Read on to find out how bands and artists experienced 2014 while we PASS THE MIC!
(Look out for part two of this feature where we ask record labels for their take on 2014 too – coming soon!)
To whet your appetite, here are a few of our favorite quotes:
"I realized that a lot of current hardcore bands that people are excited about don’t do anything for me. Whatever. It’s my problem, not the kids."
"I don’t listen to records anymore. Now I consume music through a cutting edge technology called iSuck. The iSuck technology is filtered through the user's rectum and renders all music one enormous Bruce Springsteen tribute."
"The big money being poured into US pressing plants has further fucked independent artists' ability to survive via releasing vinyl."