My Record Collection - August 25, 2015

My Record Collection by TesseracT's James Monteith
by Tom
Tom
by Tom hmv London, Bio hmv.com Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

My Record Collection by TesseracT's James Monteith

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 James Monteith, guitarist with prog metallers TesseracT, let's see what he's got for us...

 

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

"This is Michael Jackson – Bad. I was 8 years old on a school journey when a friend played me this record and I was immediately hooked. Michael was my first musical love."

 

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

"This is Guns N' Roses' Use Your Illusion II. The aggressive guitar tone, huge melodies and hilarious bad language made me obsessed with living and breathing rock n roll."

 

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

"Slayer – Decade of Agression. I love slayer’s studio albums, but I always return to this it’s so raw and real. And it’s a bit of a best of…"

 

The record that always make me feel good is…

"This is The Prodigy - Experience. Brings back memories of ice skating in my 10s and then going to raves in my 20s.. it’s like a double nostalgia trip!"

 

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

"This is Onyx – Bacdafukup – because it’s so f***ing ANGRY! And angry music makes me happy!"

 

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

"I'll go for Textures – Drawing Circles. Textures were a key band in pioneering the modern wave of progressive metal and this album was hugely ahead of its time. The rhythmic patterns and riffing style was like nothing around then, and it has had a huge impact either directly or indirectly on many bands today."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"System Of A Down – Steal This Album!. It literally looks like a CDr with the album title scrawled across the label. I remember record shops actually putting it in opaque bags like the top shelf mags in newsagents to not catch the eyes of potential shop lifters. Not sure whether it was a protest against the music industry or a commentary on the value of recorded music in the internet age; whatever it was, it was a great stunt!"

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Fiona Apple - When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks like a King What He Knows Throws the Blows When He Goes to the Fight and He'll Win the Whole Thing 'fore He Enters the Ring There's No Body to Batter When Your Mind Is Your Might so When You Go Solo, You Hold Your Own Hand and Remember That Depth Is the Greatest of Heights and If You Know Where You Stand, Then You Know Where to Land and If You Fall It Won't Matter, Cuz You'll Know That You're Right."

 

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

"Death Magnetic by Metallica. When it came out everyone went nuts for it, but it was average at best."

 

The last record I bought was…

"Steven Wilson – Hand. Cannot. Erase. I had to get this as I’m a big fan and the package is outstanding. A real work of art. Oh, and it’s fantastic record as you would expect from Steven Wilson…"

 

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

"Dead Letter Circus are one of the few bands who successfully couple tasteful intelligent composition with accessible song writing and I can’t wait for this new one, it's called Aesthesis."



The greatest record of all time is…

"This is an impossible question, so I’ve gone for an album that never fails to get the party started, Bon Jovi's Crossroads. Whether it’s genuine or ironic love, no one can resist the Jovi."

 

TesseracT's new album Polaris is released on September 18th. You can pre-order the album on the right-hand side of the page. 

Polaris
Polaris Tesseract

More Articles

View All

My Record Collection

My Record Collection

My Record Collection