My Record Collection - June 24, 2019

My Record Collection by Heart Of A Coward's Steve Haycock
by Tom
by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

My Record Collection by Heart Of A Coward's Steve Haycock

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 metallers Heart Of A Coward and guitarist Steve Haycock. Let's see what he goes for...


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

"The first record I ever bought with my own money was Significant Other by Limp Bizkit. I was very much a child of the nu-metal era! Unfortunately, I got mugged not long after buying it… it was on the same day when I was walking home. I kept the album but lost all of my money, so that’s a story to go along with that."

"I bought the CD from the Virgin Mega Store at the Merryhill shopping centre in Dudley, and then I got mugged..."


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

"It was probably Dookie by Green Day, which was one of the first albums that was gifted to me by someone. I can’t remember who it was. I think it was someone dating my friends’ sister. I was completely hooked instantly and I absolutely loved it, I really wanted to be in a band after that. I wanted to play guitar and I’m kind of doing that now!"


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

"The Black Album by Metallica, I still love it. It’s still awesome and it still stands out to this day. I think the same guy that lent me Dookie lent me a copy, and I just fell in love with it. It really kicked off my journey into metal and classic metal, it just opened the doors up for all that. You can’t deny that it’s still such an incredible record from start to finish, just pure riffs."

"I must’ve been around 13 or 14 when I first heard it. I remember taking it to school in my little Walkman, I’d recorded it onto tape you see, and my friends were laughing at me because they said that Metallica were an old band, which they found quite funny..."


The record that always makes me feel good is…

"This has kind of changed over the years, but recently it’s been the newest release from Turnstile, Time & Space. The album is just forty minutes of positivity and energy. If the suns out and if it’s a good day, just put Turnstile on and feel positive all day! I picked it up from a record store a little while back; I was buying a load of records and saw that it had come out that week, so I bought it on a whim."

"It’s awesome, I’ve probably played it at least once a month since then or when I’m feeling down. Sadly I’ve always missed Turnstile live though. We’ve played a load of festivals with them but every single time our change over time or stage time has always clashed. I’ve watched some videos of their live shows online and it looks like complete chaos. I want to go stage dive at their shows at some point!"


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

Really it’s going to fuel the sadness. It's Bon Iver ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’, that album. It’s the saddest album, I love Bon Iver and all of their material following on from this. I can’t remember when I first heard it, but I think it was when I was working in a pub in my home town and the boss was really into his music. He came down and put it on the stereo one day, and I loved it."

"It was so instantly gloomy. We had to change the record to put something a bit happier on in the end, but it’s an awesome record. I’ve been lucky enough to see them live. It was incredible, a truly moving, amazing experience. There were thousands of people and you could hear a pin drop, it was kinda captivating…"


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

"That’s a really hard question, but it’s got to be this album I love by Cro-Mags called Alpha Omega, which is just this absolute crossover thrash, hardcore, incredible riff-filled record. I think it’s probably underrated because it’s constantly compared to their other record The Age of Quarrel, which is one of the most groundbreaking hardcore albums that’s ever existed."

"But Alpha Omega, I just love it. It's chock full of riffs. Because of all the feuds between the band members, and there now being two versions of the band, I’ve only seen the John Joseph and Mackie Cro-Mags. I am however planning on seeing Harley Flannigan doing the Best Wishes 30th-anniversary tour soon. I wish they would reunite, it would be amazing."


The record with my favourite cover art is…

"I find this one really hard to pin down too, but I think purely because of the impact it had on me when I was young, I have to go for the Slipknot self-titled debut album - despite it being a photo on the cover, not so much art. I can still recall the moment I first heard the album. It was at a “bring your albums to school” day and my friend brought the album in, we were the little greebo kids."

"Just the sound of it and the image of these horrible masked people, it was like something out of a horror film. It blew me away! I went out and bought my own copy as soon as I could, and spent so much time looking through the booklet. I think it partially had such an impact because I’d never heard anything like it previously; it also opened up all these avenues of metal, getting heavier and heavier."


The record with my favourite title is…

"I think it’s The Descendants' Everything Sucks. I think I have to choose this record because the older I get, the more cynical I get and I think it’s related to that, just getting older."


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

"Anything by Muse. No offence to Muse. Let’s go for Origin of Symmetry as I don’t get it. They’re ridiculous musicians, Matt Bellamy is a musical genius but I don’t get it, I don’t like it. If it comes up on a random playlist, skip. It’s just not for me."


The last record I bought was…

"It was Holding Absence’s self-titled debut, which is not usually my sort of thing. We were playing at Impericon Festival Germany last month and I’d be hearing loads about them as a band, and their name was everywhere! We were sat in catering and a band started playing - this guy started singing and it really caught my attention."

"I was like “who is that guy singing that well live?” and then we realised it was the Welsh guys Holding Absence. The album is awesome, their songwriting is incredible and Lucas Woodland’s voice is just ridiculous. The tune ‘Like A Shadow’ from their album is just, wow. They’re going to be massive; they’re going to be arena-sized soon, easily."


The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2019 is…

"Tool. Everyone wants that album. Anybody that’s any sort of fan of metal or prog in any capacity wants that album. And everyone’s been waiting for ages since ‘10,000 Days’. It’s going to be crazy… it’s Tool!"


The greatest record of all time is…

"Black Sabbath’s self-titled. First of all, it’s one of the most important records that have ever existed in terms of metal but it’s also just flawless, and I’m a huge Black Sabbath fan. Ozzy’s voice on it sounds very different to what it sounds like on all of the albums after that. I don’t know if it was down the time constraints that they had – I heard it was recorded in just 8 hours or something. It’s a massively important album."

"The importance of this album was lost on me until I got a bit older and learnt more about music and music history, it’s just one of those albums that obviously stands out. Imaging hearing it back in 1969 or 1970? It’s just absolutely mind-blowing. Everyone was terrified of it, all the satanist stuff along with it was probably magnified for press reasons. It’s awesome, and I will never ever get tired of that album."


Heart Of A Coward’s new album The Disconnect is out now in hmv stores.

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