My Record Collection - July 4, 2016

My Record Collection by Night Verses' Douglas Robinson
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My Record Collection by Night Verses' Douglas Robinson

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 darkhearted punks Night Verses and their mainman Douglas Robinson, let's see what he chooses...

 

You can check out some of Douglas's picks in this playlist...

 

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

"I was given my first three punk rock records at the age of 12. Those three records were the ones that made me want to be in a band. I instantly knew I wanted to pursue being a musician the minute those records were put in my hands. They were NOFX's Punk In Drublic, Pennywise's self-titled record and Earth Crisis's Destroy the Machines. When I heard these records... I instantly saw my future. This was it for me. No going back. I told my mother at that moment that I was going to be in a band."

 

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

"It would be a toss up between Audio Karate's Lady Melody and A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders. Actually, Deftones' Around the Fur. Yeah, I think I melted that CD in my player one summer because of how much I listened to it."

 

The record that always make me feel good is…

"It's hard to pinpoint because most records make me feel good. Off the top of my head, I would say Foals' Total Life Forever. That Foals record is pretty life changing. It's mesmerizing and so ahead of its time. I don't say that often...or ever. I feel like once our world is at its lowest of low, that record is going to be the record that reemerges and brings people together."

 

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

"This is Fiona Apple- 'When the Pawn...'. Fiona Apple is the most beautiful creature in existence. I don't know if this sounds selfish of me, but whenever I'm feeling low, I listen to her records and know that there is someone out there who has been through so much shit that I feel really connects with me. I love that she's not afraid to express her truest emotions through her lyrics / music. There's no filter with her. She's probably the heaviest, most haunting and honest lyricist I can think of. Her music doesn't necessarily make me feel "better" when I'm low. At times, it makes me feel less at ease. That's the beauty of Fiona Apple. She doesn't want you to feel better. She wants to feel something for herself and you can connect with that more than you can with a lot of other artists."

 

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

"This question is difficult to answer because I never want to be the artist who calls another artist's work underrated. What record do I wish more of my friends heard? I would say anything created by These Arms Are Snakes. What an incredible band. I would start with their This Is Meant to Hurt You EP or their full length Tail Swallower And Dov'."

"These Arms Are Snakes had something so unique. All members were so vital to their sound. Not many bands can create what they were doing and that's what drew me to them. They didn't fall into any category and I don't think they wanted to. That's what made them so special."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"This is Germs' GI. It's so bold but it's so simple. I can spot that cover from miles away. The blue and the black contrast is so eye-catching. That cover was what first made me listen to the record. So happy I did. It was a life-changer."

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Smashing Pumpkins' Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. One of the first lengthy titles that just felt so natural reading and saying. It went so well with the album cover. Such an epically titled record and a perfect fit for the release itself."

 

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

"Though I may not agree with certain artists or styles, it's not my place or anyone else's place to try and dissect why people like certain artists, sounds, records, etc. That's the beauty of music. If I had a gun to my head and had to pick though... I would say anything by David Hasselhoff. Although, I loved Knight Rider. Sorry, David."

 

The last record I bought was…

"I'm about to pre-order Norma Jean's new album Polar Similar. By the time you read this, that will have been my last purchase."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2016 is…

"Norma Jean's Polar Similar. These dudes are some of our best friends. They're extreme forward thinkers and I really believe they're about to reinvent themselves."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"At the Drive-In's Relationship of Command. There's nothing I can say about this record that hasn't already been said. It's my favorite record ever. The production, the performance, the band, the lyrics, etc. This is the best rock record of our time. It's a crazy feeling to know that Night Verses' Into the Vanishing Light was produced by the same producer, Ross Robinson. I listen to "Relationship..." now and it hits me even harder than it did prior to working with Ross. Records don't get made the way Ross makes them anymore. It's a beautiful thing to listen to something as powerful as "Relationship..." and be able to feel every single emotion as if it's just slamming into your body and spirit."

 

Night Verses' new album Into The Vanishing Light is released on Friday (July 8th) and available to pre-order digitally on the right-hand side of the page. 

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