Monday 7 November 2016

Recollection: Shaun (TIMNTOY/Yuri/Adorno Records)

This is a bit of a milestone for me in terms of moving the blog forwards. I've been wanting to kick off a feature where band members and/or label owners talk about their favourite record(s) for a while. Shaun (from UK emo-violence/screamo bands Thisismenotthinkingofyou, Yuri and record label Adorno Records) answered my call and here we are. I had intended for him to only write about the one record, as you'll see further down but you get ten instead and in case you were wondering (you probably weren't), I came up with the title for this feature by splicing together "Record" and "Collection". I'll get my coat...

S H-H: I was approached by James a few weeks ago to write about my most influential record in my collection. At first I was honoured to be able to ramble incoherently about music on This Noise Is Ours, then I realised how hard this would be and immediately started begging James to make it a top ten. After much crying on my part, he agreed so here goes. (In no particular order):-

Orchid - "Dance Tonight! Revolution Tomorrow!". When an album starts with a track like Destination: Blood it's hard to put it down. The aggression displayed on this record has stuck with me for years!

Charles Bronson - "Youth Attack!". Everything Mark McCoy puts his mind to ends up pretty bloody good! This record is full of tasty stop-start action and it's fast as hell! 

Thursday - "Full Collapse". Geoff Rickly has a special place in my heart so a Thursday album was bound to be in this list. "Waiting" is also a cracking album, but y'know Understanding In A Car Crash is the jam.

We Came Out Like Tigers - "Agelessness & Lack". Blackened screamo is a wonderful thing and WCOLT were a beautiful example of this. This record is solid throughout and hits you with waves of noise that flawlessly flow into cold clean tones and violin. Who doesn't want that in their life?

Alexisonfire - "S/T". This album was massively influential to me growing up. To this day I'm still blown away by this record. I'm a big fan of the abstract, ambient sections used. The opening to Pulmonary Archery is my favourite example of this.

Beau Navire - "Life Moves". A record that truly gets you right in the feels! This is probably my favourite outing by the band. Although everything they've ever released is hella strong! I feel that this release kinda picks up where iwrotehaikusaboutcannibalisminyouryearbook left off.

PG99 - "Document #8". Classic noise! Heaps of emotion and oh so much power. I love the way this band layers the noise made by all 1000 members (okay there wasn't that many people in the band).

Capitalist Casualties - "Subdivisions In Ruin". This is another powerviolence classic. This band have been going for years and have tons of amazing releases. This record is one that firmly kicks me in the gut every time I put it on!

Daïtro - "Laisser Vivre Les Squelettes". Top tier 'Frenchmo'. This album is absolutely timeless and creates a vibe that only Daïtro can do! Pioneers of that French post-rock/screamo sound. Members from this band are amazingly talented having been in a ton of other influential bands as well.

At The Drive In - "In/Casino/Out". I've been a big fan of this band for the longest time. The way that they structure chords is out of this world. For years they've refined their own unique sound but "In/Casino/Out" is the album that defined it.

I just want to say thanks to Shaun for taking the time to write this and for sharing some if his favourite records. You can check out both his bands and his label via the links below:-

Thisismenotthinkingofyou Bandcamp -
Thisismenotthinkingofyou Facebook -
Yuri (via Adorno Recs Bandcamp) -
Adorno Records Bandcamp -
Adorno Records Facebook -

I am looking for more people who'd be up for sharing their favourite records, so if you're in a band or you run a label that fits the blog then please get in touch via Cheers.

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