Last Summer Effect are well known in the local scene for being quite simply the nicest bunch of blokes. Their relentlessness and motivation is matched by their politeness and their support of music in the area. A hard working band who are always entertaining, whilst able to put together some catchy tunes. So it would have been wrong for us to have not ensured that one of the band did a review of the year. This year Michael Bull took the opportunity… What’s your involvement in the music scene (gig goer, musician, etc etc)? I play the drums for local band Last Summer Effect and attend as many gigs as I can. How has 2011 been for you musically? 2011 has been really good. My band has come on a long way, with the recording and launch of our latest EP “Say What You’re Thinking” and much more such as playing at Belladrum. It has also been really good due to the quality and also quantity of the local bands and acts. What was the best local act this year. and why? My favourite local acts this year has to be Planisfear & Esbjerg (nothing to do with them being my friends and most definitely not biased in the slightest bit). They were playing on the We Own Mother’s Ruin stage at Belladrum this year, and although I missed their initial set (clashed with ours) I got to see them on the Saturday night closing the stage as they were drafted in at last minute. A thoroughly brilliant set. What was the best non-local act you have seen this year? Has to be Enter Shikari or Letlive What was your favourite music experience this year? Without a doubt, supporting letlive at the Ironworks. They had been one of my favourite acts over the last year and I was honoured to share the bill with them, also you couldn’t meet such a nice bunch of guys. What do you want from Santa? An 18″ Zildjian Oriental China would go down very nicely. What’s your hopes for the music scene in 2012? I hope it continues the way it has done over the past year, progressing and growing. What are your plans for 2012? To try and push my band as much as possible, play more across Scotland and aim to play some festivals. Got anything to plug? 1) Last Summer Effect;) (EP is available on iTunes and Spotify or physically from one of us, see www.facebook.com/lastsummereffect for more info. 2) www.gritbritain.bigcartel.com (A new clothing line I’ve started recently) Thanks to Michael for his time and thaanks to McIntosh Photography for the images.