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When our writer Richard Collins isn’t smashing out reviews for us, he spends some of his time putting on gigs with his mate Lins at a night called Cosmic Carnage. When he’s not doing that he can often be found talking complete bollocks, we have decided to capture some of this bollocks and call it the ‘Cosmic Roundup of 2015′. He’s caught up with shit loads of our favourite people from across the scene and we’ll be publishing one every day until we run out… like a brutal advent calendar!
Cosmic Carnage gave Casual Nun their first gig back in November 2014, opening for Bong. They are an intense hypnotic beast on stage and we were delighted to find out they are recording an album with Wayne at Bear Bites Horse studios which we can look forward to next year. Here’s what he thinks about 2015 and some other shit.
CC: Hi Matt, how are you?
MR: I’m doing well, thank you
CC: This has been Casual Nun’s first whole year as a band, how’s it been?
MR: It’s been really fun. We’ve been able to play shows with bands like Bong, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, Blown Out, Luminous Bodies & Workin’ Man Noise Unit and had our first cassette released.
CC: Are you going into the studio any time soon?
MR: Yes, we record with Wayne Adams from Shitwife in December.
CC: What’s it going to sound like?
MR: I’m hoping it sounds noisy and odd.
CC: What’s with all the line-up changes?
MR: When we started we envisaged having a somewhat fluid lineup, with people collaborating and adding elements to the band when they could, but we didn’t imagine that it would happen quite the way it did. I guess the biggest change occurred when our other guitarist Alex unfortunately decided to move back to Greece. We didn’t want to replace him so we got Julia in as an additional drummer instead.
CC: What albums have you enjoyed in 2015?
MR: The Luminous Bodies LP is wonderful. Workin’ Man Noise Unit, Early Mammal, Blown Out, Acid Mother’s Temple’s latest LP, & Gnod were all highlights too.
CC: What’s the best gig you played in 2015?
MR: The Cosmic Carnage Smash It Out all-dayer in Brixton as it was with so many bands we love at one of our favourite venues in London (The Windmill). Another standout was playing in Bristol with Consumer Electronics, Drunk in Hell and Pigsx7 back in March.
CC: What’s the best gig you attended in 2015?
MR: Cosmic Dead at the Lexington with Girl Sweat & Snapped Ankles.
CC: Best festival?
MR: So many to choose from I have to pick three: best indoor UK festival – Raw Power, best outdoor UK festival – Supernormal, best European festival – Milhoes De Festa in Barcelos, Portugal. I had an amazing time at each of them and am looking forward to going again in 2016.