2012 - A Year in the Life of Across the Line (Oct-Dec)
Across The Line
It's remarkable that none of the bands we've had on since have let us down or even made (as far as we can remember) a single mistake live on air. Such blanket professionalism and reliabilty has made our lives so much easier and the shows a lot livelier. Listeners knowing what they are hearing is literally happening at that exact moment gives the performances a real edge and the reactive nature of the interviews is fun. Those October house bands by the way - Go Wolf, Little Bear, SOAK and Wonder Villains. Not a bum note between them.
Rigsy and Dan Hegarty from RTE present a simulcast for Belfast Music Week.
We went back to back, with the likes of RunawayGo, Pocket Blliards, Desert Hearts and A Plastic Rose representing the north while Dan introduced us to Northern Drones, Daithi and Kantor Tzar Collectif. We'd recently introduced the Niamh Nu Noise to our ranks as a southern correspondent of sorts in 'That New Band Smell', our weekly new band showcase. Our focus is and always will be the north, but at the same time ATL continues to celebrate music created in the south. As for 'That New Band Smell' - every week the standard seemed to get better. Even our greenhorn newbies were making the right noises and so many of them as well. Is everyone in this country making music?!
The year would end then, with us feeling very lucky indeed. Yes, the ATL Carol Service is an institution - but it still blows us away that so many well established bands are willing to learn and record a Christmas song just for us and our listeners. We couldn't be more grateful as we heard remarkable takes on Wham (General Fiasco - see below), Destiny's Child (EatenByBears), Joni Mitchel (Farriers), East 17 (The Salt Flats) and Chris Rea (Go Wolf), with Sons of Caliber, Ed Zealous and The Jepettos all reworking some standards. Why do this for us? I guess there's that legacy. ATL is 26 now - thinking about having kids and properly settling down. Yes were world weary but, as they say, the best is yet to come. Our whole life is ahead of us.
Happy new year then. It's our 27th. Thanks for sticking with us.