All through December, we’ll have interviews and features with Irish acts helping us to round up the past year or so. You can see all the interviews so far here. Today’s act is Come On Live Long. The four piece released their brilliant debut album Everything Fall during the summer, following it with some well-received festival slots. They play alongside Halves and Liza Flume in Triskel Christchurch this Friday, December 13. Tickets available here.

How has 2013 been for Come On Live Long? What have been the highlights of the year?
It has been an amazing year for us. We released our first album in June so before that we were busy recording and since then we have been busy with gigs, no complaints! Among the highlights this year were playing the Body & Soul main stage at the Picnic, playing at the Other Voices festival and also we played at a small arts festival in Callan in Kilkenny in an old co-op. It was such a great gig and the people were amazing, they had jerk chicken for us when we came off the stage, not so bad…

Best gig you’ve played? And best festival you played/attended?
Best gig was probably the Body & Soul gig at the Picnic and also our album launch in Whelan’s was savage. It was the hottest day of the summer, fairly sticky onstage.

What have been your favourite songs of the year?
This year has been fairly outrageous for new music but here are a few…

Which new bands, Irish or abroad, that you’ve been impressed by this year?
On the Irish front, Our friends Meltybrains? have been tearing numerous stages apart! They are such a powerhouse live and should really be checked out. Our collective favourite Irish band Halves also released their second album which is also amazing and we saw them at that album launch and they fairly raised the bar when it comes to a live performance that night.

Internationally, John Hopkins’ album Immunity is incredible. Artists like Thundercat and Hiatus Kaiyote have really mad an impact on us this year.

And finally, do you guys have many plans in the works for 2014?
We are planning an English/European tour for the new year. We also have a lot of new material which we hope to record also.