Vinyl Perspective: Fuoco on Record Store Day 2016

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 Fuoco.

Written by singer/guitarist, James Gale.

When I was a little bit younger than I am now. I used to be obsessed with CD’s more instead of vinyl. I didn’t have a vinyl player because my Mum and Dad didn’t really see the point so I got into CDs more when I was a young kid. I used to have a walkman and I’d listen to all the pop party albums on it but I’d also listen to a lot of The Eagles and John Denver because they we’re my Dad’s favourite artists at the time. I got into buying vinyls when I stopped living with my Mum and Dad in an attempt to be ‘a cool guy’ I guess. The album that I probably cherish the most in my collection is most definitely ‘Ty Segall – Twins’. It’s the album that changed the way I played as a guitarist. Before I listened to it I was a lame indie boy with not much inspiration. I kept trying to rip off lame bands like Foals and stuff but Ty showed me how to stick my middle finger up to boring drab indie music. It’s heavy, hypnotising, fun, chaotic and mixes pure noise with total melody in the best way possible. When I first moved to Brighton I bought it and I’ve only ever listened to it once on vinyl format it means that much to me. 

The album I’m really looking forward to buying on Record Store Day is definitely ‘Jay Reatard – Blood Visions’ (10th anniversary addition). When I was like 13, I listened to Jay Reatard for the first time. He was so prolific to me. He made me wanna have long hair. I remember being at school listening to NME radio (like the indie boy I was) and I remember hearing about his death. It really weirded me out. It made me realise how scared of death I was. I have autism and the reason why I listened to him in the first place is because his last name offended me in a way but I’m glad it did offend me. I can’t get over how long he’s been dead for. This will be a big deal for me for definite.

I’ve never properly celebrated Record Store Day. I’ve always loved the idea but every year I always forget which day it is and I end up missing out on some great buys. I’m going to make sure I’m on it this year. The list looks so good. I might buy everything that they’re offering. 

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For more on Record Store Day, visit their website here.

Charlotte Holroyd
Editor, Creator and Founder of Bitter Sweet Symphonies. A lover of music and cinema, who's constantly attending gigs and in search of a great experience.

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