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 Dreamweaver.
Written by singer/guitarist of Dreamweaver, Harry Hayes.
“I’ve always been drawn to records for some reason. I can remember going through crate upon crate at boot fairs looking for at least one good one. There’s always a lot of crap to sift through, but that’s part of the fun in a way. I’ve got a lot of fond memories with particular 12”s but I’d say the record I’ve felt closest to is John Lennon’s first proper solo album: ’Plastic Ono Band’. I don’t even own it – the copy in mind belongs to my friend (and bandmate), Ryan. We spent hours just playing it back to back until the early hours, obsessing over the production and Lennon’s lyrics. It’s just such a solid album and a huge part of my growing up. It still sounds great when listening on digital format, but something always lacks for me when I don’t listen to ‘Plastic Ono Band’ on vinyl. I feel similarly about Joni Mitchell’s ‘Blue’ and Spacemen 3’s ‘Playing With Fire’ (both I actually own). Neither sound quite right to me when listening on the computer or CD.
There’s nothing on the RSD release list that leaps out at me, however the ‘Suspiria’ 7” from Goblin looks quite interesting. I’m a big fan of the movie and soundtrack so I guess it’d a nice token to own if I could get a copy. One of my big issues with RSD lies in this – the difficulty in actually getting the release you want. I was unsuccessful 3 years in a row trying to pick up particular pressings. It’s really shitty that it causes so much disappointment, and I know what I’ve experienced has happened to many others. I think RSD is a great concept not executed that well. Howling Owl Records (and a few others) have a great point that everyday should be record day. Vinyl is an incredible and intimate format for music to exist on. Everyone should have it in their lives.”
For more on Record Store Day, visit their website here.