1. The First Record I Bought
The first record I bought (besides all the bullshit pop CDs you get as a kid) was Make Yourself by Incubus. It was one of those albums that was really easy to convince your parents that it was a sensible purchase because everyone had heard the song ‘Drive’. While it’s still quite a tame record it really opened my mind to louder and heavier music. It also started encouraging me to explore being more self-aware and politically conscious.
2. The Last Record I Bought
The last record I bought was Rebuild by Verse from Resist Records’ rare and out of print section. Everyone in our band is quite obsessed with Sean Murphy and all his projects so this is just furthering my love and need to own his music. If you’re a fan of Verse/politically fuelled hardcore you should check out Sydney’s Homesick. Those boys are doing it right.
3. The First Thing I Recorded
The first time I did any real recording was when I was 16 with my mate Liam Cooper. He was a mate I grew up with who was very talented at playing piano. At the time we both were big fans of Ben Folds so Liam decided to give singing a go and we recorded an EP in some guy’s basement. It was decent. After that I had a little run in an indie/punk band called God Rest The Good Doctor with Jack R Reilly, which was sloppy but tonnes of fun.
4. The Last Thing I Recorded
The last recording I’ve been a part of is Vices’ upcoming album Now That I Have Seen I Am Responsible. It was recorded late last year with producer Jay Maas (Defeater, Bane, Carpathian) in Brisbane. This release is quite a bit heavier and darker than anything we’ve done in the past.
5. The Record That Changed My Life
The one record that was the game-changer for me was Converge’s Jane Doe. I was 16 when a friend from school first showed me the album and it shifted my whole perspective on music. I’d been listening to bands like Good Riddance and Lagwagon for a few years prior but the only ‘heavy’ music I had been exposed to was bands like Bring Me The Horizon and Suicide Silence, which had completely put me off. My friend showed me Jane Doe to prove to me that not all heavy music was shit and it completely opened my eyes to a whole new sound. That being said, I pretty much never listen to Jane Doe any more, purely because Converge’s Axe To Fall is the hardest record ever.
Now That I Have Seen I Am Responsible is out Friday March 17 through Resist.