We’re coming to your house tonight. What new music are you most excited to introduce us to? What are you making everyone listen to at the moment?
At the moment I cannot stop listening to Condition by Summer Vacation. A highly versatile and intelligent punk band whose hooks will not leave your head for days. Seriously, check these guys out.
Five hours later we’ll still be there and, politely, you’ll be wanting to get rid of us – what goes on the stereo to clear the house?
Probably the Best of Hank Williams. A a great collection of twenty four of Hank’s best songs.
What was the first record you can remember hearing at home? Did it have any effect on where you are today?
Oddly enough my dad had a turntable, but no records to spin. He was more into cassette tapes for whatever reason. Any time I dug into my dad’s tapes it was always good time accompanied by the tunes of the Beatles and Pink Floyd, particularly The Wall.
And what was the first record you bought with your own money? And why?
Honestly the first CD I bought was probably something goofy like the Space Jam soundtrack. As a boy I was a Michael Jackson fanatic and I remember buying the two disc collection, the one where there is a giant statue of him on the cover, being a pretty big moment for me. As far as vinyl, oh boy let me think here...I believe it was Until Your Heart Stops by Cave In. I was able to get my hands on a 2xlp and each record was clear and a different colour. In my young age that was a really mesmerizing looking record.
Any records in the collection you bought because you liked the cover, only to get them home and realize you’d made a terrible, terrible error?
Way too many times. Metal is the biggest culprit of this.
If you didn’t answer this in question (3) what was the first record to make you think you might like to try your hand at rock n’roll yourself?
It wasn’t until middle school that I got into punk bands like Black Flag, the Descendents, and the Misfits. Those were the bands that made me think I could make a go at this music thing.
And what record is so good it makes you feel like giving the whole game away every time you hear it?
Fucking Jane Doe by Converge. The Shape of Punk to Come by Refused might be tied with Jane Doe. Honourable mention goes to anything by Glassjaw.
What record for you most fits the term ‘Metal as Fuck’?
Craft’s Fuck the Universe.
What decade is most represented in your record collection?
The mid nineties up till’ about a decade beyond that, but I have bits and pieces of a ton of eras in my collection.
What would you recommend to unbelievers as the best ‘entry level’ metal record in your collection?
That’s a hard question. Uh, I dunno probably something by Metallica just because everyone knows fucking Metallica. Ideally, probably the Melvins' Houdini or something.
And what album from your collection should be in every other home in the land, apart from one of your own?
Probably Close to the Edge by Yes. Smoke a bowl (or consume the drug of your choice, but I don’t like to get too crazy anymore) and just listen. It’s up there.
What’s the vinyl/CD split of your collection
I didn’t have a turntable for a while so I began to sell a lot of my records. I just recently bought one to get me back in the game, but after all the records I got rid of I would probably say it’s split at 70/30...30% being the records.
And finally, what record would you take with you to the next world, if such as thing exists?
Just one? That’s fucking hard to answer too! I’d just have my loved ones bury me in a Sarcophagus and put me in a tomb with all my records. I’m going to be dead for a long time so I’m going to need more than one record.