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 False Advertising.
Written by Jen Hingley, vocalist, guitarist and drummer in False Advertising.
Being a graphic designer, I have big love for special edition 12″ releases. A bit of a superficial answer really – but I can’t help but enjoy the added value that things like heavy-weight coloured vinyl, foil blocking and chap-books bring to a listening experience. Digital music is exciting, but I’m so glad that these nice physical objects exist.
Anyway, I’m a massive fan of Radiohead and their associated projects. I loved Thom Yorke’s ‘The Eraser’ back in the day, so when Atoms for Peace released their album AMOK, I jumped at the chance to get the special edition Stanley Donwood double 12″. It’s just so good and well made. That album specifically reminds me of us lot forming the first incarnation of our band back in 2013, it was a pretty exciting time for us.
I’m massively for RSD. It has a streak of good old-fashioned music super fandom to it which is a good thing for all of us. It also mostly just feels like a bit of a party when you’re there, especially in Manchester down at Soup Kitchen afterwards.
I think the only part that makes me feel a bit sad is when you see bigger artists who are using it to release, or re-release rare versions of records for no discernible reason. I’m sure it’s a valid thing to put out a 12″ bootleg of a 20-odd year old concert for fans who would appreciate such a thing, and want to collect it. But to everyone else it just seems a bit weird.
The Record Store Day release that I’m most excited about this year is…
Why? It’s was one of my favourite albums as a teenager and taught me a lot about imaginative songwriting. Both from a rhythmic point of view and in terms of melody. I’d love to have it on vinyl – bet by the time I turn up they will all be gone though.
I also designed a RSD sleeve this year Tom Hingley Band’s Beggar’s Hand. A privilege! Special shouts also to the Field Music album, Pinact’s 7″ and the Too Pure compilation those will also be on my ‘I hope it’s still there when I get there’ list.
For more on Record Store Day, visit their website here.