Life Is Like A Box Of Records today is with Dan Walsh of London-based synthrock duo Iron Triangle.
They have recently revealed electro substrata anthem ‘Human Traffic’:
The first musical memory: Queen – Radio GaGa at Live Aid
Live Aid 1985, my toddler self was allowed to stay up to watch Queen as my Mum’s favourite track was I Want to Break Free. I remember being totally enthralled by their performance (but perhaps it’s a false memory induced by subsequent viewings of the set?) and Radio Ga Ga was the track of the set for me.
The life changer: Pantera – I’m Broken
Though I can always remember being into music my first true love was metal. I was given a mix tape by a mate on the first week of high school, it had stuff on by Metallica, G n R and heavier stuff such as Morbid Angel but the first band I saw live was Pantera. When they were touring Far Beyond Driven I managed to convince my mother to let me go to the show, god knows how as I was a tiny pre-pubescent 13 year old, but go I did and after fighting my way to the front row and getting the metal hand flicked at me by Dimebag I knew that was my life direction set.
The “ah there’s more than just metal”: Radiohead – Paranoid Android
Metal was my tribe, my people and in my early teens I thought that all other music was just a waste of sonic space – this track changed this and opened up a cornucopia of new sonic adventures for me.
The first heartbreak track: Depeche Mode – Shake the Disease
When I was in high school I was hopelessly in love with a girl and I was just too scared to go and talk to her, I eventually plucked up the courage only to find that she had been into me too but thought I wasn’t interested and had ended up going with someone else. Our paths crossed again a few times but things just never worked out. I was gutted but this song helped heal the wounds as the lyrics and the sentiment to this track perfectly mirrored my experience and showed I wasn’t alone in being utterly useless with the opposite sex.
The glory years track: Feeder – Just a Day
This track just symbolises the reckless abandon, freedom and party spirit of my uni years. I think I was pretty much the last generation to enjoy the carefree days before austerity hit and life got far more serious for students / young people so I count myself lucky in that regard!
The bright lights of the big city track: Clor – Good
I moved to London in the early noughties and found myself right in the heart of the London indie explosion. There were amazing gigs pretty much every night of the week, great indie nights such as Frog and of course some epic house parties. There are so many tracks I could use that would sum up this period but I’m going to settle for this belter by Clor as they started out in a great little venue called the Windmill that was at the end of the street I used to live on.
The lost summer: Calvin Harris – I’m Not Alone
In my 20’s I got pretty heavily into dance music, and I’m not ashamed to say it was in the more euphoric ‘hands in the air’ direction. Yes this track is cheesy as hell but it was was the perfect accompaniment to a fair few trips to the White Isle – the perfect track to totally lose yourself too.
The track that will never stop moving me: Idlewild – The Remote Part / Scottish Fiction
This is just an utterly beautiful piece of music, tender, thoughtful and sincere, it just fits to so many emotional states. I saw them live at Connect Festival against the backdrop of Inveraray Castle and this track finished off the set, it was one of my most touching live music experiences I’ve ever had.
The take me home track: Cast – Walkaway
Throughout my life I’ve travelled a fair bit and whenever I feel lonely or detached from those that I love in some remote place this track takes me home as, well, I’ll always be a scally at heart.
The current fave: Bring Me the Horizon – Throne
This track combines so many of my musical loves, metal, electronica, dark ambient sounds. Heavy rock had got itself into a bit of a rut after nu metal and I don’t think any band within the genre has done so much to innovate in the past ten years. I think they’re the great hope for the survival of the genre as so many of the bigger acts reach retirement age.