My Record Collection - April 14, 2015

My Record Collection by As It Is
by James
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My Record Collection by As It Is

In My Record Collection, we dig down to the bottom of musicians' souls to find out what the most treasured parts of their record collection are. This week, it's the turn of Brighton's 10-legged pop-punk outfit As It Is, and they're taking us on a journey that takes in Sum 41, Owl City and Simon & Garfunkel...

 

The first record I ever bought with my own money was…

"Enema of the State - Blink-182. I'd never bought an album prior to Enema of the State, which I feel speaks volumes about how much this album and band influenced my love of music. To me, it still sounds as awesome as when I first heard it."

 

 

The record that made me want to be in a band was…

"All Killer, No Filler - Sum 41. All the singles off this album were incredible, but the video for Motivation made me want to start a band more than anything else. Not to feel like a rockstar, just to be playing and writing music with my best friends."

 

The record I've played more than any other is…

"Commit This to Memory - Motion City Soundtrack. I can't even fathom how many times I've listened to Commit This to Memory from front to back. There's not a dull moment on this album, it's passionate, it's catchy, and Justin's lyrics are so unique and wonderful."

 

The record that always make me feel good is…

"Ocean Eyes - Owl City. I love listening to Ocean Eyes when the sun's out and I'm not feeling as miserable as our lyrics would suggest. Owl City has such a unique and magical sound; Adam's gift for songwriting is something I marvel at."

 

The record I turn to when I'm feeling down is…

"Say I Am You - The Weepies. I love every album The Weepies have released, but my favourite song of all time, World Spins Madly On, is on this record. It's one of my favourite songs to turn to when I'm feeling down, it tends to put a lot of things into perspective for me."

 

The record I think is the most underrated of all time is…

"Would It Kill You? - Hellogoodbye. Hellogoodbye's debut album was deservedly a breakthrough for them and is still a favourite of mine, but their following album is so brilliant it leaves me speechless. I can't say anything that will do it justice, and I strongly urge you to give it a listen."

 

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"On Letting Go - Circa Survive. I love the artwork to this album, but I love that it feels representative of the musical aesthetic of the album. It's so beautifully drawn and the colours are gorgeous."

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"What To Do When You Are Dead - Armor for Sleep. This is one of my all-time favourite concept albums. It tells the story of the life-after-death of a man who kills himself and reflects back on his life. It's so brilliant musically, lyrically, and conceptually."

 

 

The record I can't understand why everybody loves is…

"Origin of Symmetry - Muse. I listened to this album at a friend's house when I was younger and it didn't really do much for me. There are some people that absolutely love Muse and I've just never been one of those people."

 

The last record I bought was…

"Duality - Set It Off. We're currently out on tour with these boys, so I downloaded their latest record before we hit the road. This is album is something special and some of the best songs that this already terrific band have ever written, in my opinion."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2015 is…

"The Wonder Years' next album. The Wonder Years are a big influence for us and one of my favourites in the genre right now. They always impress me with the growth and evolution of their releases, so I'm very keenly waiting to seeing what their forthcoming album will bring to their history as a band."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel. My dad's been playing me Simon and Garfunkel songs for as long as I can remember. Some of the greatest songs ever written are on this record."

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