January 13, 2014

My Record Collection: The Orwells' Matt O'Keefe
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My Record Collection: The Orwells' Matt O'Keefe

In our brand new feature, 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 Matt O'Keefe, guitarist with rising stars The Orwells. Let's dig in...

 

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

"I was in the 4th or 5th grade and my family was on a spring break vacation in Scottsdale, AZ. We rented a car that only had a CD player, so we went to Borders and all bought albums. I bought In Utero and Guns N’ Roses Greatest Hits. Those are technically the first albums I ever bought. Not to say I enjoyed them, although I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for GNR."

 

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

"Led Zeppelin’s Zeppelin IV was the reason I picked up a guitar; Is This It is what made me find other musicians to be in a band with."

 

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

"The Replacements Let It Be is hands down my most played album ever. The Replacements were my best friends in high school.

Me and them spent many hours driving around together. It’s without a doubt the best thing ever made. better than anything I can think of. It’s better than the moon, it’s better than the grand canyon, it’s better than Abraham Lincoln."

 

The record that always make me feel good is…

"Pixies' Doolittle or The Stones' Out Of Our Heads always puts a smile on my face. Both amazing records that remind me of green football fields and buying sexy ladies sodas from the concession stands."

 

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

"Whenever I’m down I listen to The Beatles for some reason. I never listen to them. I went through a big Beatles phase in middle school/early high school and ever since then I rarely play their music. But when I’m down, there’s something about it that brings me back up, so I always throw them on."

 

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

"All the Big Star albums seem unbelievably underrated. All of them are outstanding."

Who Needs You EP
Who Needs You EP The Orwells

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"Let It Be (The Replacements), hands down the most amazing photo ever. That photo should be hanging up in a museum as a piece called 'The Product Of the U.S.A.’s Mundane Suburbs'."

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Blonde on Blonde, It just sounds so sexy. Plus it’s my favorite Dylan record. So I got a bias."

 

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

"Shoot me, put a gun to my head and pull the trigger, but I just don’t get the whole Bowie thing. As Lester Bangs said “anyone who claims to be from space but refuses to get on an airplane is a liar.” Or something along those lines."

 

The last record I bought was…

"Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks and Thin Lizzy’s first record. both are amazing. Astral Weeks is unbelievably good. I’ve been on an Irish kick recently."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2014 is…

"Underneath The Rainbow by the Black Lips, those dudes mean so much to me."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"Let It Be by The Replacements. Summing up what that album means to me would take far more years than my life has left."

 

The Orwells' new single 'Dirty Sheets' is released this week. You can hear the track below and buy it now from our download store here. 

The Orwells - Dirty Sheets [Official Video]

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