BAMS Award 2015
Posted by Neil Wilson
Okay so there was no dungeon and certainly no clandestine meetings, but we can tell you that over 31 writers and bloggers voted for a total of 160 albums. There were 23 albums that received first places, and over 56 albums receiving more than one vote. Of course there can only be one winner to join the illustrious ranks of past winners including CHVRCHES, The National, The Twilight Sad, and Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat. And that winner is…
Kathryn Joseph – bones you have thrown me and blood I’ve spilled
At BAMS HQ we sought out Kathryn to tell her the news and present her with her famous BAMS bottle of Buckie! Here’s what she had to say after recovering from the shock!
Kathryn, congratulations! bones you have thrown me blood I’ve spilled is the winner of the Scottish BAMS Award for 2015! How does it feel?
“It feels amazing! Thank you so much!”
Previous winners include the likes of The Twilight Sad, CHVRCHES, Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat. Good company to be in?
“Yeah the best company! I can’t believe I get to sneak in with my fellow bams!”
Last year was a really exciting year for you. As well as the BAMS award, your album was also the Scottish Album of the Year as well. What have been the highlights of 2015 for you?
“Pretty much every single gig we’ve played!
“The SAY Awards night was just the most beautiful ever. I keep saying even if we hadn’t won it would still have been the best night ever because it was just such a beautiful atmosphere and the dancing afterwards was great, and Halina from Podcart played the most amazing records. And Suzie from Happy Meals was dancing around our heads, it was amazing!
“But yeah it has honestly been the best year of my life. All of the things I’ve got to do, all of the people I’ve got to meet, and all of the other music I’ve got to hear. It’s been amazing. Even if nothing good happens this year I won’t mind because I have that.”
Speaking of that, what other music where you enjoying last year?
“Live wise my first obsession last year was Babe. I saw them firstly at GoldFlakePaint‘s festival at Glad Cafe and just begged them to play at our single launch. They make a perfect and beautiful noise.
“Bossy Love also. Best live woman in the world. I’m going to say that now before anyone else does. She [Amandah Wilkinson] is incredible. They all are. They are just an incredible band, the atmosphere that they create and how they make other people feel is beautiful.
“And yeah A Mote of Dust is my most recent falling in love with something. The first two tracks of that album made me cry. It’s just perfect perfect beautiful music.
“There’s too many though. I could go on and on about all the people I’m in love with!”
Also on the BAMS list we had music from the likes of Miaoux Miaoux, Sufjan Stevens, Kendrick Lamar, C Duncan, CHVRCHES, Courtney Barnett. An amazing year for music wouldn’t you agree?
“Yeah, I mean Sufjan Stevens record is the most beautiful piece of music ever. For me that is the most beautiful record of last year.”
In regards to the album, when you finished recording it, did it match up to your expectations?
“I don’t think I had any expectations! I remember that moment of Marcus playing back what he’d done, and it just being like yeah ok that’s what I wanted it to sound like. But I still managed to convince myself that it wasn’t that great and then it took me another three years to think yeah maybe someone else would want to hear it.”
Obviously this is the Bloggers and Music Sites Award. How important to the success of the album have blogs and music sites been?
“Oh god, it’s massive. I mean that’s how anyone hears it or reads about it. At the very beginning to get any feedback at all is amazing. And then to realise that’s how other people discover it. And those are the people you want to like it and who matter.
“Weirdly for me, the people who did write about the record in the first place, and who did interview me in the first place, have ended up being some of my very best friends of this year. For me it’s been personally I’m so lucky to know these humans! And you are all amazing. And how much effort you put into listening and caring about it. It would be absolutely pointless if no one was going to listen and care about it.”
Now sadly our award doesn’t come with a £20,000 cheque, but you do get the infamous BAMS Award bottle of Buckfast. I hope you enjoy it, and enjoy 2016!
“Who needs money! No, thank you so much, and thank you to all the beautiful BAMS.”
Huge congratulations to Kathryn Joseph and of course all the team around her who released and played on the album. Incredible music and a much deserved winner. Here is the BAMS Award 2015 Top 20 in full:
1. Kathryn Joseph – bones you have thrown me and blood I’ve spilled
2. Miaoux Miaoux – School of Velocity
3. C Duncan – Architect
4. Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too
5. CHVRCHES – Every Open Eye
6. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
7. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
=8. Courtney Barnett – Sometime I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
=8. Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool
10. Public Service Broadcasting – The Race For Space
11. Belle & Sebastian – Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance
12. Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness
13. Best Girl Athlete – Carve Every Word
14. Lonelady – Hinterland
15. FFS – FFS
16. Garden of Elks – A Distorted Sigh
17. CARBS – Joyous Material Failure
18. STOOR – STOOR
19. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love
=20. Prehistoric Friends – Prehistoric Friends
=20. The Cathode Ray – Infinite Variety