Photo Credit: Jonathan Minto
We talk to our favourite people about all things Bristol, from food to favourite bands. This month, we pick the brains of Kay and Andrew of Bristol-based label and shop Specialist Subject Records.
Who’s your top Bristol artist at the moment?
We’ve not lived in Bristol very long, so haven’t had chance to see many local bands yet, but we were blown away by Dogeyed when we saw her play the Exchange Bar the week we moved here. We work with a couple of Bristol bands through our label – Austeros and Woahnows, who for obvious reasons we think are top!
How would you describe the music scene here?
For punk it’s pretty much got everything! There’s a great bunch of promoters and labels like Deadpunk and Art Is Hard who are doing really good things in the DIY scene, as well as having venues like Exchange and Thekla putting on diverse shows. Within one week there will be a number of live gigs to catch – whether it’s at Hydra Bookshop or Colston Hall.
What are your favourite eats around town?
The Assembly in Old Market does really awesome pizza. As does Flour & Ash on Cheltenham Road. Since opening the shop we’ve pretty much been working 12-hour days, so filling up on delicious wraps from the Exchange coffee shop, and less delicious chip wraps from the kebab shop down the road!
What’s your favourite thing about the city?
We really like how vibrant and progressive the city is. There’s lots going on and the people we’ve met through the shop have been really welcoming and positive.
And your least favourite?
High rent and high house prices. And the hill we have to walk up on the way home.
What are you most excited about for the rest of this year?
We’re excited about settling into the shop and seeing how it develops. We’re hoping to put on a few events in the run up to our Christmas party at Exchange on 16th December – that should be pretty great! We’ve got a couple of releases left for 2017: albums from Durham-based Onsind, and a Californian band called Hard Girls. We’ll also be announcing our 2018 Season Ticket, which will be in its fourth year.
Specialist Subject have releases Muncie Girls, Doe and Personal Best among others, and recently opened a record store above Exchange in Old Market.