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 October Drift.
Written by lead singer/guitarist, Kiran Roy.
My dad was given a copy of The Velvet Underground & Nico by a friend and has since kindly passed it on to me. Years ago, I was in our my local record store and saw a copy of that same album with the Andy Warhol banana cover. I was sure the banana on my copy at home peeled, to which Phil (who owns the shop) told me it wouldn’t as only the early copies did and they’ve become really rare. I went home to check I wasn’t going mad, and my version does peel. The only thing was the banana sticker was ripped in half and then stuck back on. So I called my dad to see what happened there, apparently I tried peeling it off and ripped it when I was little, oops. Anyway, it still plays perfectly – stunning album.
I find this task kind of challenging. I mean, there’s bands I like in this list, notably 13th Floor Elevators, Auction for the Promise Club (because they’re from our neck of the woods and we’ve played with them a couple times), Low, Metz, Nirvana, Talking Heads etc. But I can’t pretend to be excited about any of these releases, or Record Store Day.
I think the initial concept was good. It set out to help independent record shops and record sales. I remember Record Store Day making 10x more money than any other day at our local shop Black Cat Records. But now, they don’t even stock the record store day releases because there’s nothing to gain from it. Likewise, it no longer (not sure if it ever did) supports small record labels. It negatively effects the smaller labels because all the pressing plants are full up. It would appear that, like most good, pure concepts, money and greed has corrupted it. The majors have taken over and pumped it full of worthless shit. It’s worth noting the Bristol band Spectres’ effort of releasing a record every day in response to RSD too, hats off. I’ve chatted with Phil at Black Cat Records (check it out if you ever find yourself in Taunton, it’s a great shop) about Record Store Day. He could talk about it for days but the basic gist is this – “The whole event has become a record label promotional. Nothing else. Records stores are merely the vehicle for this. It is now seriously damaging the remaining stores…”
To read the full article that Phil wrote about Record Store Day, head to The Quietus here.
For more on Record Store Day, visit their website here.