2022 has been a really decent year for new music, so much so that I’m having real difficulty picking out a favourite above all others….and with some absolute belters scheduled to come out over the remaining months, such a task will become an impossibility.
It’s not helped by the fact that one of my favourite releases from 2021, Catastrophe Hits, the latest album from Broken Chanter, also qualifies for consideration in 2022, all as a result of the vinyl version only becoming available back in January, a full four months after the CD.
My previous piece reviewing the album needs updated to say that it has proven to be a record that gets better and better with each listen.
David MacGregor should be a bona-fide pop star, topping the bills on outdoor festivals, or at the very least, selling out stadia in his home city during the summer months.
There’s something really unfair about the world when Gerry Cinnamon can play Hampden Park for successive nights (attracting The Charlatans and Travis as his main support acts), and Broken Chanter bring the latest tour to a close at a small venue in a New Town some 15 miles outside the city.
It was just last Friday that I found myself at the Cumbernauld Theatre watching another outstanding live show, with one absolute gem of a song following on from the next, interspersed with chat and anecdotes from a very fine and charismatic frontman. I came away thinking it would have been the perfect night out for the festival crowd, but sadly they all seem far too pre-occupied with lesser talents whose profiles appear in all sorts of places, thanks to well-oiled and well-resourced PR machines.
The show, and thus the tour, ended with what has now become my own favourite from the album, and saw me break out into a bit of a dance:-
I really can’t recommend Catastrophe Hits highly enough. You can get a taster for everything by heading over to the bandcamp page.
Where, incidentally, you can find the answer to a question I’m posing today which, if you leave behind correctly in the comments, will entitle you to be entered into a draw for a vinyl or CD copy of the album, signed by David.
“Which two record labels jointly issued Catastrophe Hits?’
Closing date for entries is 11.59pm (UK time) on Tuesday 9 August. I’m sorry to say that the costs of shipping the vinyl to anyone overseas means I have to restrict the competition to UK residents only.
I’m so very very very sorry…..blame Brexit.
PS : The winner of the ticket for the Glas-Goes Pop festival this coming weekend was Sarah. Thanks to flimflamfan for providing that partricular prize.