My Record Collection - March 17, 2020

My Record Collection by My Dying Bride's Aaron Stainthorpe
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My Record Collection by My Dying Bride's Aaron Stainthorpe

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 metal veterans My Dying Bride and their frontman Aaron Stainthorpe. Let's see what he chooses...

 

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

"It was Watermark by Enya. I bought it from HMV! She obviously was part of the whole Clannad Irish Celtic vibe and I just thought she had the most enigmatic voice. So, when Watermark came out, obviously this was pre-internet, I went out and I bought the CD. I’ve still got it today, love it, it’s a magical piece."

 

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

"It was Nightfall by Candlemass. It was super heavy, super emotional – a lot of feeling was going on. For me, a lot of metal and rock is just great to listen to – nod your head to and tap your feet to and it’s just got a good vibe, whereas, when Candlemass released Nightfall, I wanted to be in that. I wanted to do what they were doing because you didn’t just listen to that music, you felt that music and I wanted a bit of that."

 

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

"Murder Ballads by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. It’s got such a stunning variety of misery going on in there. Well, not just misery – there’s violence and all sorts of stuff! A lot of its tongue in cheek as well. There are catchy things, deeply saddening things and brutal angry things going on in that record. Every song is a gem."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"Casanova by The Divine Comedy. Neil Hannan’s lyrics are amazing, his voice is amazing. Again, a lot of tongue in cheek stuff going on there, it’s a little bit surreal in places but it always makes me smile. That particular song as well, 'Something for The Weekend' just makes me smile and that’s got to be a good thing."

 

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

"I'd have to say that it’s The Serpent’s Egg by Dead Can Dance. It’s an odd one because if you give it to the average Joe they’ll say “Ooh, I can’t listen to that it’s really depressing”, so it’s one that you might not immediately turn to, because if you’re already down its gonna take you further, but for me, it doesn’t! I find it very uplifting. Once I’ve finished that album, I feel elated and marvellous. Not sure why, a chemical reaction in my brain must work well with The Serpent’s Egg. It’s a great one."

 

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

"Probably Hammerheart by Bathory, they’d moved from black, satanic, occult stuff and were heading towards the Viking thing. They hadn’t made the full transition yet, but it’s an epic album. It’s made better that I’m on the thanks list but that’s by the by. It’s just a brilliant brilliant album. Buy it!"

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"To Mega Therion by Celtic Frost. The album’s alright, but the cover is astonishing. It’s H.R Giger. I didn’t know that Tom (Fischer, Celtic Frost frontman) knew Giger, but apparently, he did! And he owns a number of original Giger pieces, which is amazing. That cover is an astonishing piece of blasphemy to look at, but its an amazing piece of artwork. I’m sure most people, if they saw it would really not like it at all. It’s really uncomfortable to look at, but I think it’s amazing."

 


The record with my favourite title is…

"Gratuitous Sax and Senseless Violins by Sparks. I just thought – what a great title that is! Great play on words. They’re such a quirky outfit as well. It really stood out. I first heard Sparks when they were on Later With Jools Holland a number of years ago, everyone remembers 'This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us', but there was a second song that I thought was better than that that they played on the show."

"They are such an interesting and very underrated band. Love them, but they haven’t made the big chart successes they deserved and they’ve been around a thousand years. They deserve bigger success."

 

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

"The Black Album, by Metallica. It’s alright. People rave about it when Master of Puppets, for me, is the absolute stand out Metallica album of all time. Maybe I’m stuck in the old school and I didn’t like The Black Album because it was a turning point. Some of the old fools like me probably aren’t that keen on it, but all the millions of new fans they won over from it would probably argue with me about that. It’s alright."

 

The last record I bought was…

"The entire back catalogue of a Welsh trio called Pizzatramp. I saw them live in Blackpool and they were devastating so I immediately went home and bought their entire catalogue.  Now admittedly the albums aren’t as good as the live performance which was ferocious but great to hear. When you put them on in the car you drive faster and more aggressive. So I wouldn’t recommend playing Pizzatramp in the car, but give them a blast at home, it’s f**king wild music."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2020 is…

"I don’t even know what’s coming out this year. Well, there’s one called The Ghost of Orion and it’s meant to be mint. But other than that I’m not involved in music enough. Nick Cave isn’t coming out with something this year. Grinderman, his side project might so it’d probably be that then. I’ve got the first two Grinderman albums and I’ve seen Grinderman live – love it! It’s real sort of visceral music. They played at Leeds university and they were mint. If Grinderman are doing a third one, that one."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"Has to be Master of Puppets by Metallica. The production is phenomenal, the riffing is off the planet brilliant, the songs are amazing, everybody who has contributed to that album has done a sterling job. For me it’s their best album, it was my introduction to Metallica and I think with most people, their introduction to a band is what they’re gonna like the best."

"Metallica have written tonnes of good albums but in my formative years that made a good impression on me. That’s always on my playlist, everywhere I go. I’ve just had it on in my car, full blast and again, if you have it on normal volume it’s great, but if you have it on full volume, it’s f**king brilliant."

 

My Dying Bride's new album The Ghost Of Orion is out now in hmv stores. 

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