The award, which is designed to celebrate the best in underground rock is now in its 6th year and is becoming a much anticipated annual event.
To qualify an album must...
a) Be a full length album, or album length demo, ie contain at least 6 tracks and / or have a playing time of greater than 30 minutes
b) Be self released, on a SMALL independent label, or an import not officially released in the UK
c) Have been featured on the BCFM Sunday rockshow in the year the award is for.
This is how it works...
a) Through out the year any album that meets the above criteria is entered into a long list
b) The award is judged by a panel of judges including regular listeners to the show, musicians, and other people from with in the music industry; dj's, gig promotors, record producers, music writers etc... The shortlist is compiled to give a representative balance so as many sub genres of rock are featured as possible
c) In December each year the long list is cut down to a short list of 12 based on the judges feedback and listener reaction to the album tracks featured on the show
d) In January the short list is announced
e) The judges then spend 8 weeks listening to and reviewing all the shortlisted contenders.
f) In early March the judges marks are collated and the award is announced on a special edition of the BCFM Sunday Rockshow.
There are two possible awards if no act from the Bristol area wins there is an award given to the best placed local act in the final listings...
This years 12 contenders are...
'Black Hearts & Bloody Hands' - CARS ON FIRE
'Peace Through Superior Firepower' - CAUDA PAVONIS
'Looking Back' - THE DELTICS
'An Adolescent Fantasy (vol.1)' - DEMON DUDES REVENGE
'Church of Yeah' - DYNAMITE PUSSY CLUB
'Diamonds And Stones' - GLASS WING PILOT
'Return Of A Sonic Assassin' - LASTWIND
'La danza del cadáver' ~ LOS CRIPTOZOOS
'Gutterdub' - NASTY LITTLE LONELY
'Mantis' - OBSIDIAN KINGDOM
'Lucid Abstractions' - SPIRES
'Paused In A Moment' - VAN SUSANS
The award (s) will be announced on the BCFM Sunday Rockshow early March
Album of the year
(2007) ' Chemical Dogs' - CRASH STREET KIDS
(2008) 'Project Destiny' - DIGNITY
(2009) 'Lunacy Box' - LUNACY BOX
(2010) 'Zer0' - VOID
(2011) 'Songcycle 2011' - TODD DILLINGHAM
Local Album of the Year
(2007) No Award Given
(2008) 'Psycles' - IAN RAGGETT
(2009) 'Misunderstood' - CRIMSON SKY
(2010) 'Who Am I?' - RITA LYNCH / 'Settle Up Or Settle Down' - JEBO (joint award)
(2011) 'Crack On' - RITA LYNCH