My Record Collection - November 17, 2015

My Record Collection by TRAAMS' Leigh Padley
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My Record Collection by TRAAMS' Leigh Padley

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 Chicester's finest TRAAMS and their bassist Leigh Padley, let's see what he's got for us...

 

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

"This is Gorillaz - Gorillaz. The first CD single I remember getting my hands on was the song by Chef of South Park fame. I figured that this Gorillaz CD was also made by cartoons so I gave it a shot. I'm pretty sure I'd seen the 'Clint Eastwood' video but I had never heard of Damon Albarn at this point. I thought it was a cool record, though I think I just enjoyed drawing the characters to be honest."

 

The record that made me want to be in music was…

"I'll say Kings Of Leon - Youth & Young Manhood. This album was a breath of fresh air for me, it had an attitude and a distinct style which drew me right in. I got my first guitar around this point so I printed out the tabs for the whole album and worked on it until I could play it all the way through mimicking Caleb's rhythm guitar style. Playing along gave me a buzz and it made me want to write and perform music myself."

 

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

"I'll say Gentle Giant - Octopus. I listen to this record at least once a week. It's a crazed sonic journey in which I find something new every time. It's quirky personality is comical at times and musically it is a British as it gets. It breaks new ground, particularly in it's arrangements though it manages to run effortlessly through constant and often abrupt changes. It's a bloody strong ride but above all it's a heap of fun."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion. There are thousands of reasons and memories as to why this record is such a pick-me-up. The sheer amount of apt adjectives used to describe this record speaks volumes. It's bouncy, sickly, lucid, sharp, challenging, honest... the list goes on. It's such a welcoming record that can be identified with from so many angles, making it for me, one of the most heartwarming listens I could ever experience."

 

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

"Frank Sinatra - In The Wee Small Hours. When I'm feeling a little sorry for myself I prefer to compliment the mood as opposed to trying to change it, this is a good move in my book and this dude had a hand in showing me that. Sinatra is the don of expressing the loneliness of being a bit bummed out whilst declaring that that is ok. Thanks mate, you would've been 100 years old this year, century lad."

 

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

"Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Some Loud Thunder. Their fantastic debut was so well received (deservedly so) that their follow up Some Loud Thunder had a lot to live up to. For me, they absolutely nailed it. This album is brilliant. They found a unique enough sound whilst being able to make such interesting, primal Indie-Pop. I know no one is in the game for recognition, but this album is shockingly overlooked as it's proven to be a huge influence / blue-print for a lot of today's alternative indie acts."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"Pink Floyd - Animals. This photo is as claustrophobic as it is open ended. Accompanying one of the greatest records ever made with one image is always going to be a tricky task, but this is right on the money. The scope in the photo is in the music, it's a simple idea on the surface but a lot is going on here. It's great to look at, but the way it relates to the music is what in my eyes gives it the title of greatest artwork. What a cover."

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Meet Me In St. Louis - Variations On Swing. One of the best live bands I've ever seen, Meet Me In St. Louis always had a way with words. Their song names double up as pub quiz movie question clues yet this album name gets straight to the point. I'm not sure why I like it so much but it sounds good to say, read or hear. 'Variations On Swing' is a quality album name for a quality album. It made me really want to hear it."

 

The last record I bought was…

"This is Grateful Dead - Dead Set. I often buy records that sit on my shelf for a bit and as such I haven't actually listened to this one yet. I saw a documentary about them recently and from that I learned I should probably go pick up one of their live albums. I'm gonna wait for a clear evening at home when I'll stick in my earphones half-cut to check it out, I'm obviously looking forward to that."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2015/2016 is…

"Oneohtrix Point Never - Garden Of Delete. I have every faith that it'll be one of the strongest releases of the year. A very consistent, forward-thinking sound artist that only adds weight to the argument that today's true rock stars are producers. His last full-length was otherworldly, this is sure to be a treat."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds. It just is, isn't it? I feel I relate to a lot of music out there, whether it's the message or the melody. But there's nothing quite as powerful as Pet Sounds when it comes to that aspect of the listening experience. Are they singing about me? No of course they're not, they're just singing about living. I find it unrivalled. My life would be different without it's influence."

 

TRAAMS' new album Modern Dancing is out now and available to preview and purchase on the right-hand side of the page. 

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