My Record Collection - November 14, 2017

My Record Collection by Lonely The Brave's Ross Smithwick
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My Record Collection by Lonely The Brave's Ross Smithwick

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 heartswelling rockers Lonely The Brave and their guitarist Ross Smithwick, let's see what he picks out...

 

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

"It was M.C Hammer's 'U Can't Touch This. I'm a huge early 90’s rap fan and hip-hop is probably the first music I was exposed to, along with folk actually around the same time. I guess I must have been six or seven. My best friend’s older brother had a huge collection of hip-hop records that he was constantly blasting out whenever I was over there, which was all the time. I don’t think he actually played M.C Hammer, but I somehow found out about him and asked my mum to take me to the record store where I bought the album cassette. I thought I was the coolest."



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

"This was Nirvana's Nevermind. I had a mixtape given to me when I was around 12 years old which had Nevermind, Blood Sugar Sex Magic by the Chilli Peppers and the first RATM album on it but it was Nevermind that really made me realise that i wanted to start a band. The songs sounded like it was a possibility that someone like me could write them, and I think I instantly started coming up with song ideas around the same time. Before that, I listened to a few rock bands, like Bon Jovi but it just seemed so far fetched that I could ever do anything like that - shredding guitars and filling arenas. Nirvana definitely changed my life and from there I didn’t look back."



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

"I'd say Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream. Another band that I got into around the age of 12, but this album I have always gone back to over and over again. Even now when I’m stuck with something to listen to it springs to mind. Smashing Pumpkins, I would say are my biggest influence as a guitar player. Everything I have ever written is me basically trying to be Billy Corgan. Listening to songs like Cherub Rock, Today, mayonnaise gives me the same feeling I had when I first listen to them. Such amazing songs."

 

The record that always make me feel good is…

"It's got to be The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds. It's not a happy record really, but it makes me feel happy. Brian Wilson is one of the greatest of all time. It never fails to make me feel good, there is no other record that sounds anything like it. Happiness with underlining of melancholy. Thats what I’m about."



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

"I'd say Talk Talk's Spirit Of Eden. The last two Talk Talk albums are complete masterpieces. Going from their sound of the mid eighties to this was a complete transformation. Spirit Of Eden I found while going through my Dad's record collection and it completely floored me. Again, it's full of melancholy and when I’m feeling low I'll put the record on and get fully submerged in it. It always makes me feel something powerful and its like a bit of therapy for me now I think."



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

"Facing New York - Get Hot. I used to be a tour manager and I was supposed to work with a band from America called Facing New York who were touring the UK. I checked out their tunes and was instantly hooked. The tour fell through which I’m still gutted about as they split up not long after and I never got to see them, but I continue to listen to this album over and over."



The record with my favourite cover art is…

"I'd pick Madvillain's Madvillainy. Classic album, classic cover art. Simple as that really. It's simple and striking and instantly memorable."



The record with my favourite title is…

"Refused's The Shape Of Punk To Come. How could they be so right? I love the fact that they knew that what they were doing at that time was important and special. I'm sure they had no idea exactly HOW important but I love to see confidence in a band when the music is that good. Doesn’t happen much these days. Unfortunately it spawned a hundred copycats that ruined the sound over the years, but they weren’t to know that. That record is still the best sounding record of that genre, probably of all time in my opinion."

 

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

"Anything by Ed Sheeran. Okay, so not everybody loves Ed, but a hell of a lot of people do. I guess I can understand it, I just don’t like it or agree with it. Not now. It's not really music anymore. It's made to sell millions of records, with that in mind from the get go. How can good music come from that? It can’t. Sorry Ed."



The last record I bought was…

"It was Kendrick Lamar's Damn. I don’t buy as many records as I used to, or as many as I should to be honest, but when an artist comes out that I adore I will buy the album on vinyl. It just feels special and there is a reason that vinyl sales have gone through the roof in the last few years - people want something that feels real. In a world where everything is so disposable and you can see a million things a day online, to have something like a vinyl record that you have to physically do a lot with before you even play it is a beautiful thing. I buy all my favourite albums on vinyl and this album is most certainly a favourite. I was obsessed with Good Kid Maad City, and even more obsessed with To Pimp A Butterfly so I had massive expectations with Damn. To be honest, I wasn’t blown away on first listen, but after three or four 4 listens I was absolutely hooked again. Kendrick is a true genius of our time."



The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2017 is…

"Not many, but Pinegrove's new one in 2018 I can not wait for. I'm gonna say it, Pinegrove are the best band in the world right now. I don’t fall deeply in love with many bands these days, but they are one that give me the same feeling that I got back when I was discovering music for the first time. They have such great songs that have everything you want from music."



The greatest record of all time is…

"Jeff Buckley - Grace. The record that means the most to me, and arguably the best of all time. A true one off genius talent and beautiful person. He released one album and it will always be the greatest of all time to me. Such an important artist and record that changed the way I looked at music, and everything that goes with it."

 

Lonely The Brave's Things Will Matter has been re-released with a series of redux versions of key tracks. It's available here in hmv's online store. 

Things Will Matter (Redux)
Things Will Matter (Redux) Lonely the Brave

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