My Record Collection - October 29, 2019

My Record Collection by Vex Red's Nick Goulding
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My Record Collection by Vex Red's Nick Goulding

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 reunited rockers Vex Red guitarist Nick Goulding. Let's see what he opts for...

 

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

"I think it was Still Got The Blues by Gary Moore or it could have been Pet Shop Boys. I remember my sister had a compilation tape which had Gary Moore on it and the guitar playing pricked my ears up, so I went out and bought Still Got The Blues. It’s a great record and Gary Moore is still one of my all-time favourite guitar players."

 

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

"I know some of the other Vex guys were never into them but I think Metallica gave me the first taste of wanting to play in a band. The Black Album just took me into the heavy metal world and then discovering the back catalogue was even more exciting. To this day I think James Hetfield is one of the best rhythm guitar players in the world and I still try and get to see them play when they are in town."

 

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

"Growing up there were so many records on rotation from so many different genres. I had my metal friends, my indie friends, my dance friends and I grew up loving a mash-up of all the above. One record that does stand out and I still listen to loads to this day is Music for the Jilted Generation by The Prodigy. That record changed my perception of dance music. It crossed genres and took me into an unknown world that for so long was dominated with Heavy Metal. It really is what inspired the programming/electronic side of Vex Red."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"Got to be Helmet's Betty. I have always loved the sound of Helmets Drums when John Stanier was drumming for them. The drums cut through so nicely with a high Piccolo sounding snare drum complemented by the drop-tuned guitars chugging away. I loved the way Helmet used to look so normal, yet sounded so heavy."

 

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

"It's Alice in Chains - Dirt. I was always a massive Alice in Chains Fan. I still am and to this day, they are still writing great records. I love the melancholy, the slow grungy guitars, the harmonised vocals of Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell. Growing up, you tend to you feel a bit isolated in your thoughts and trying to make sense of who you are. You can just beautifully wallow in self-pity and definitely emerge from an Alice In Chains record a little more complete."

 

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

"For me, this is Paw's Dragline. They were a Grunge band in the US back in the early nineties. I first heard the song Jessie and bought the CD single from Ben's Record Shop in our town. Love the palm mute, heavy guitars. They were a band that should have been and never were. I can’t even find the album to stream."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"There are so many records. Before streaming the physical format of the album was a wonderful thing. It wasn’t just about the music, you were buying into a subculture, a movement, a way of life. The album cover defined generations of artists that I feel has been lost today. I loved the Pink Floyd's Animals cover, Battersea Power station with a big pig flying above it. The Album cover is wonderfully bleak."

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"It's Primus' Sailing The Seas Of Cheese. Primus shows were crazy! The crowd would go nuts. I’m not as keen anymore, but I used to love Les Claypole and crew showing off their exceptional skills."

 

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

"It's Drake. Why does everyone in the world seem to like Drake? What is it that people like? Is it good? Am I out of touch? I just don’t get it?"

 

The last record I bought was…

"I feel bad, I have fallen into the trap of not purchasing music that much anymore. I think the last record I bought was Killer Be Killed. This was the Heavy Metal Supergroup featuring Max Cavalera from Soulfly, Troy Sanders from Mastodon, Nate Newton from Converge. Loved the record, would like to hear more."

 

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

"This is so tough. Probably our own record. We squeezed an EP out so let's see if we can get an album out there as well. Time is not our friend these days, but, hopefully, we can put something together as I genuinely love Vex Reds music. As tough as it is and as different as we are somehow I like the sound we create together."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"I can’t possibly answer that - It’s a personal preference, isn’t it?  Most people would say The Beatles or something like that. If I have to, I think one of the most perfect albums is Rage Against the Machine's debut. This record simply has not dated. It sounds as fresh as the day it was made. It’s superb from start to finish."

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