Held every third Saturday in April is Record Store Day (taking place on Saturday 16th April this year). Physical formats are very important to us, and with RSD approaching, we wanted to properly celebrate the all mighty vinyl record. So in the lead up, we decided to catch up with a few of our favourite bands to discuss their cherished memories with the medium, their opinion on RSD, and the RSD release that they’re most excited about. Today’s band in focus is Blooms.
Written by singer/guitarist of Blooms, Matt Adams.
The 12″ that I’m most drawn to, that means a lot to me is…
“I’d have to go with Halcyon Digest by Deerhunter. This is pretty much the record that appears in my head whenever anyone mentions their vinyl collection, as it is definitely the most played out of my own. All three of us are big fans of Deerhunter, and this is quite arguably them at their finest. I love the scale of atmosphere they can create through weird guitar sounds and loops, but still have a perfect pop song lying underneath it all. Closing track ‘He Would Have Laughed’ seriously might be one of my favourite things in existence.”
The Record Store Day 2016 release that I’m most excited about is…
“I was hugely tempted to say Alan Partridge’s ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’, as I saw it’s being released this Record Store Day, but, Xiu Xiu is releasing his album of the music from Twin Peaks. This was commissioned by David Lynch himself and is supposed to be an insanely good live show. It’s a re-imagining of the Twin Peaks soundtrack, and, from the excerpts I’ve heard, is more haunting and trippier than ever. There’s not much online from this or the live show, so it’s definitely the one to look out for (to buy for me, thanks).”
Our plans for Record Store Day 2016…
“We’ve always wanted to be part of Record Store Day, so we’re really looking forward to the afterparty show [at the Deaf Institute]. I think it’s an awesome celebration of music, in a way that’s almost lost because of how instantaneous music can be at your finger tips with the internet. It’s great to think that some things can still feel special, or rare.”
Photo Credit: Johnathon Phillipson
For more on Record Store Day, visit their website here.