There's no better way to spend a lazy afternoon than putting on a vinyl and dancing around your living room. Or going into a music shop in the market and flicking through their wonderful collection.
On that note, I would like to welcome you to my first vinyl collection post: a new series I've wanted to start for a while, beginning with my band collections. I didn’t want to show you everything in one go as that would have been a very, very long post!
Let’s start with my prize possessions: Neck Deep. I’ve collected these babies at festivals and through pre-orders.
First of all, we have Rain in July/A History of Bad Decisions. Two of their EPs put together to create one fantastic album full of classics such as ‘What Did You Expect?’ and ‘A Part of Me’. This was the album that first got me into Neck Deep, although they had already released their first official album by that time.
Secondly, we have Wishful Thinking. This seems to be their forgotten album, and something that I rarely hear at gigs (and I’ve been to a lot of Neck Deep gigs, both supporting and headlining). I’ll be honest, it’s my least favourite of the four but it’s still great nonetheless. It also has one of their best songs: ‘Losing Teeth’.
Next, we have Life’s Not Out to Get You. Arguably their best album and the one that really grew their following. I got this vinyl signed the first time I met the band in 2017 at Slam Dunk Festival.
Lastly, their latest album (although not for long), The Peace and the Panic. An album that defined the band. So much pain and heartbreak went into this album, and I have nothing but admiration for it. I also got this one signed the second time I met them at a Neck Deep soundcheck.
Next up, Nirvana. An old favourite of mine that dates back to my teenage years. (I say that as if it was a long time ago – I’m only 22!)
The first vinyl I have is Nevermind… smells like the only song you know, right? Let’s be honest, Nevermind is a classic. This isn’t the special edition version but I do have that on this old-fashioned thing called a CD. Can’t remember the last time I listened to one of those.
My second vinyl is their Unplugged in New York set. I love listening to Nirvana live, Kurt Cobain’s voice was just so calming. Whenever I want to relax, this is one of the vinyls I like to stick on.
If you know me even a little then you’ll know that Enter Shikari are my favourite band. For this reason, I’m ashamed to say that I don’t own all their vinyls. One day, okay? One day…
As for the one’s I do own, I have their first studio album, Take To The Skies. An absolute classic. This baby turned 13 years old the other day. I love listening to this old album and comparing them to how they’ve evolved today. It also has that clap clap clap song that every Shikari fan is sick of. Still a great tune though, I’d never turn it off.
Secondly, I got their latest live albums, Take to the Skies: Live in Moscow and Live at Alexandra Palace 2, in a bundle that included a signed set list. The only issue I have with these albums is that they cause post-concert depression.
Twenty One Pilots
Fairly big change in genre now, another two-man collection I have is Twenty One Pilots.
I own Vessel and Blurryface. Vessel is my favourite of the two… partly because it’s only two discs instead of four. Both albums are fantastic, however. This band brought me into a whole different world of music. I don’t really listen to their new stuff, if I’m being honest, but these albums will always hold a special place in my heart.
Ah, Arctic Monkeys… I bloody love them. Or, at least, loved them. Their new stuff just isn’t my thing unfortunately.
The two records I own of theirs are AM and Whatever People Say About Me, I Am Not. AM was actually one of the first ever vinyls I owned. Neck Deep’s Life’s Not Out to Get You was my first, this one came second. I remember listening to this album non-stop when I was in college.
Whatever People Say About Me is probably my favourite album of theirs. In fact, it's one of my favourite albums full stop. It has some of my favourite songs and I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor will always remind me of my childhood because of the time one of my classmates sang it in assembly.
Def Leppard are one of my favourite bands. As they’re what is considered old now (older people reading this – don’t hate me, I agree with you. I listen to 60s and 70s bands!) it’s fairly easy to find their records second hand.
The first one I bought was Hysteria – a classic, of course. This is one of my all-time favourite albums. I saw them play this album in full at a gig with my mum and it was one of the best days of my life.
The second one, my partner bought for me, is Pyromania. Another fantastic album that will go down in history. I could literally listen to Def Leppard all day long. In fact, sometimes I do.
Last but not least, we have Northlane, a band I fell in love with after seeing them support Amity Affliction. Also, how beautiful are these covers?
If I remember correctly, I bought Mesmer at a gig of theirs and Node I had pre-ordered. They are both fantastic albums and are also on the list of records I pop on when I want to relax or do work. They’re a fantastic band with an interesting sound. I haven’t listened to them in a while, I think I’ll have to put a vinyl on again…
That’s it for this portion of my vinyl collection. There will be more in the future as I love vinyl and the raw, beautiful sound quality they have. Writing about them has been a lot of fun, something we need during lockdown!