Fighting Boredom – Best of the Year Part One – The Photographer’s View

It’s the end of a brilliant year for music and for our website so we have decided this year to post up our top tens of the year, starting with Martin Ward the photographer’s lists. He has given us his top ten albums and comments about each one. Top ten live shows and a bunch of stuff that was very close but not quite good enough for his lists. 

You’ll find all the albums here on Spotify or Bandcamp so you can read what he thought and then go and have a listen, Check out the embedded tracks too, your new favourite band could be right here waiting for you. So in reverse order here we go.



Albums of the Year 2017

10 –  Bardspec – Hydrogen


It’s trippy, floaty and hypnotic.

9 – With The Dead – Love From With The Dead


A second helping of massive metal from one of Coventry’s finest.


8 – Wire – Silver / Lead


British art school rock at it’s best.

7 – JK Flesh – Suicide Estate Antibiotic Armageddon (digital release)

Crunched out hypnotic electronic beats. Plenty of noise here.

6 – Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Feed The Rats 

Driving Sabbath like guitars with psychedelic vocals.

5 – Resurrection Men – No

Howling lyrics and powerful rock mixes everything inc speed metal tracks in with mad riffs and doom, brilliantly bonkers.

4 – Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble – Finding Me Finding You

Stereolab lady, French laid back cool obviously.

3 – Black Mekon- One In The Hate

badass fuzzed out rock n roll.

2 – Dalek- Endangered Philosophy

Dark and deep hip hop beats with layered effects and samples.

1 – Oxbow – Thin Black Duke

Brilliant standout of the year, immense vocals with rich and varied songs, just buy it.


Live Shows of the Year

1 – Oxbow Choir- Birmingham

2 – Loop – Bristol

3 – Swans – Manchester

4 – Laetitia Sadier – Liverpool

5 – Kid Congo and the Pink Monkeybirds- Birmingham

6 – Rainbow Grave – Coventry

7 – Black Mekon – Birmingham

8 – Zonal- Birmingham

9 – MMMD -Birmingham

10 – DJ Steve Davis – Birmingham


Other Great Stuff From 2017

Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam


Yr Poetry

Planetary Assault Systems

Charles Dexter Ward and the Imagineers


Bass Agenda Recordings


All words and live pictures by Martin Ward


Adrian Bloxham

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *