Andy Nelson (bass) Paint It Black, Ceremony
What is your name and band/label/etc?
Andy Nelson. Paint It Black, Ceremony, R5 Productions, frequently impossible.
What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)
- Constant Mongrel - Everything Goes Wrong
- Frank Ocean - Channel ORANGE
- Merchandise - Children Of Desire
- Scott Walker - Bisch Bosh
- Sickoids - self-titled
What band did you discover in 2012 (can be a brand new band or an older band) that had an impact on your life? What made them significant?
This may fall on the trivial side of things, but every so often a record makes itself known that leaves one to ask, "Where have you been all my life?" Hail Of Rage's Fucking Pissed 7" is such a record. While it seems almost mathematically impossible that a 13 song powerviolence-styled hardcore EP from a 1996 northeast could elude a Vacuum catalog worshipping teenager such as myself, somehow I heard this breathtaking work for the very first time at the end of 2012. It's painful to think how long I've lived without it. A truly perfect offering, and a welcome reminder that the lonely ocean is always full of pearls.
How will you remember 2012? (In terms of music)
Deep in the belly of the beast.
What can we look forward to from you in 2013?
A new Paint It Black EP, records and shows from two new, as-of-yet untitled, and vastly different musical acts, maybe a new Ceremony single if the fates allow.
What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?
Iron Lung, Give, Factory Floor, Savages, The Ropes, Total Control, Royal Headache, Veronica Falls. Plenty to look forward to in the unfortunate event the world doesn't end.
Fundraising sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have made a strong impact on the ability of artists to release music. Do you think this approach is a trend, or will it continue to shape how artists produce their material?
Is there any question that it's a trend? I'm not sure I have much to offer on this particular subject other than to say that, in general, anytime artists can minimize or eliminate the number of people or corporations between what they create and those who may be interested in it, it's a very good thing. It's nice to think these sorts of thing might give way to a widespread renaissance of DIY culture, but then, I've always been a hopeless dreamer.