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(10 for 2014!) Quickfire Questions #59: Eleanor Rudge of The Hundredth Anniversary

By on Wednesday, 4th December 2013 at 12:00 pm

Brighton’s The Hundredth Anniversary placed at #10 on our 10 for 2014 list. Guitarist Eleanor Rudge from the band was so kind to answer our TGTF Quickfire Questions. What song did she and her best friend choreograph an entire routine when she was small? What album would she be chilling in Heaven with God? Read on…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
I think probably something from the Beatles‘ ‘Live at the BBC’ tape that we used to play in the car all the time, I loved it.

What was your favourite song as a child?
‘Boom Boom’ by The Animals stands out as a particular favourite. Me and my best friend choreographed a pretty brilliant routine to it one afternoon in my front room, only our lucky Mums got to see the outcome.


What song makes you laugh?
Probably the same song, thinking about our amazing routine.

What song makes you cry?
‘When the Ship Comes In’ – Bob Dylan.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
‘Jesus’ – The Velvet Underground

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
The only music that I associate directly with feeling angry is music that I hear that has been made cynically. It’s the opposite to how I feel about music.

Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
There are plenty, but one that springs to mind is ‘Lamb’ by Lower Dens, the melody is amazing.


Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Marjane Satrapi makes my heart feel soft.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Building real things.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
I think I’d be too surprised at the existence of a God to decide on my favourite album. But saying I managed to get over that I’d ask for ‘Graceland’ by Paul Simon. Me and God would have a great time listening to that.


10 for 2014: #10 – The Hundredth Anniversary

By on Monday, 2nd December 2013 at 11:00 am

The Hundredth Anniversary are a Brighton-based four-piece whose female-fronted, gently keening material is for the most part downtempo and ethereal, merging the shoegaze revival and the recent feminist punk of PINS. Intriguingly, according to Song, by Toad they’re allegedly a much more aggressive affair live, which is exactly as it should be. Recent limited-edition (and fully sold-out, we might add) 7″ single ‘The Jump’ is a superb demonstration of just how beautiful a few overdriven guitars and a whole bunch of reverb can sound, particularly when overlaid by the lazy voice of Eleanor Rudge, which hangs cirrus-like over the soundscape.

Their most recent relese, ‘Last Drive’, is somewhat more sombre, with great washes of guitar dominating; it could be an outtake from R.E.M.’s last great album ‘New Adventures In Hi-fi’. But possibly their most accessible track is last year’s ‘Caroline’, their most up-tempo work, with jangly guitars and Rudge’s vocal reminiscent of ‘90s favourites The Cranberries. Indeed, all things considered, there might be a bit revivalism at work here, albeit probably unconsciously. But there’s enough in The Hundredth Anniversary’s small-but-perfectly formed oeuvre to make us optimistic about their potential for great things for 2014, thus their presence here, opening our 10 for 2014 list.



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