Gazelle Twin, Richard Dawson, Chris Carter, Sleaford Mods, BEAK>, Goat Girl, U.S. Girls and audiobooks on the year that Mark Wahlberg got up at 2.30am to crush three turkey burgers
Hello Richard (Dawson)
For better or worse, what will be your lasting memory of 2018?
I don’t think I’ll forget the excitement and emotional thrill of playing the masterpiece Red Dead Redemption 2 – an absolute milestone in gaming.
How carried away did you get with England’s performance in the World Cup?
I don’t get whisked away by football much these days, it’s more like a weekly green balm. Only Newcastle, very occasionally, have the power to whisk me. Regarding those last England games, my plane was delayed by four hours so instead of watching the quarter final in a bar in Helsinki as planned, I was in the air for precisely the duration of the match. The pilot told us the result as we landed, which makes him a real bastard.
What did you do on your birthday this year?
Not very much at all.
What box sets did you destroy this year?
I re-watched Sopranos with my partner, who hadn’t seen it. I think it’s ‘one of the great works of art’.
Did anything weird happen at any of your shows?
Someone told me Chris Tarrant came to see us play, does that count?
Did 2018 provide you with any new music discoveries?
I have enjoyed the new Sophie record, lots of P.C. music – Hannah Diamond is a big favourite in our house. Always more Sun Ra, Eliane Radigue, Circle. Snail Mail made a great record. Cath and Phil Tyler’s last one. Mainly just Hannah Diamond, though.
Socially and politically it’s been a bit of shit-fest, hasn’t it. What have you done to remain positive?
I take a sauna, and concentrate on my work.
What’s your New Year’s resolution to make 2019 your best year yet?
I don’t care about ‘best’! I’m well rested and now just want to be productive, next year and beyond. Got a lot to do.
Thank you, Richard.