It’s been a decade since I first met James, and we’ve been friends involved in music since. He’s been an integral part of music in Jacksonville, and a member of countless bands; doing small weekend tours of house shows to essentially touring the world. He currently plays in Bane, Loma Prieta, and Captive Bolt.
So, it’s been a little over a week since you asked to me to make a list of the top 5 records that changed my life. I’ve thought about it A LOT. It’s been really tough thing to narrow down. There have been many records that have had a huge impact on me. I have memories that go back as far as elementary school of being obsessed with bands or songs. Anyway, I did my best to think of 5 albums that were distinct milestones in my life. It would be impossible for me to rank these albums, so I’ll list them in the order I discovered them.
1. Rage Against The Machine “Evil Empire”
When I was 10 years old I was trying to get my hands on all the rock music I could. My older sister showed me Metallica and The Smashing Pumpkins but I needed MORE. So, I made a habit of saving my lunch money to buy cheesy rock magazines and cassette singles from the mall. Sometime in 1996 I was shopping with my mom in a Kmart and saw the Rage tape and I NEEDED to hear it. I had seen photos of the band in magazines and I thought they looked so cool and I thought the band name was awesome. In those days if you wanted to hear the band you would just have to spend the 10 bucks on a tape and hope it was good. And if you thought it sucked you could sell it back to the used record store and hopefully get 3 or 4 bucks back. Fortunately this tape did not suck, it fucking ruled. I remember popping that tape in our shitty boom box and thinking it must be the most intense music ever written and although I’m sure a lot of the things in the lyrics went over my head but I knew that Zach De La Rocha was saying something pretty cool.
2. Minor Threat “Discography”
Throughout middle school me and my friends were into mediocre rock and metal bands and whatever punk music we could find. I had always seen older kids with Minor Threat shirts and patches and finally when I was 15 I became friends with a dude that owned the Minor Threat Discography CD and I asked him to let me borrow it. From the first few seconds of Filler I was obsessed. It was more aggressive, more pissed and just overall cooler than anything I had ever heard. I had just bought my first bass guitar and was determined to learn how to play every song on the CD. So I took a 3 ring binder I was supposed to be using for school and I printed out the tab for every song and put them in order in the binder and played along to the CD almost everyday. This was also my introduction to the idea of straight edge, something that I’m still stoked on.
3. Reversal of Man “This Is Medicine”
When I was around 17 I started going to every punk or hardcore show that I heard about. At the time the coolest shows in Jacksonville were put on a tiny DIY spot called The Pit. I remember you had a distro (Dead Tank) set up at those shows but I wasn’t familiar with most of the records in your bins so at one show I asked if you had any recommendations and you handed me 3 LPs and you told me I could bring them home and keep the ones I wanted and bring you the cash at the next show or just bring them back if I wasn’t into them. One of these LPs was Reversal of Man. I remember playing that record it blowing my mind! It was so fast and crazy sounding that I was sure there was an error at the pressing plant because I was sure no band could play like that. It all was so new to me, I had never heard music so wild and I had never seen a layout that creative. I love that LP.
4. Bane “Give Blood”
It might seem a little strange for me to have Bane on this list because I am now a member of the band, but I fell in love with this record years before I even met the dudes and became friends with them. And there is no way I am going to leave this record off the list. For a few years in my late teens, early 20s I worked at a venue in Jacksonville called Thee Imperial. One afternoon I was cleaning out the basement of the venue and found a small stack of CDs on the floor. One of them was Bane - Holding This Moment. I took it home, played it, and loved it. I looked the band up online and realized they had some newer stuff out so I went down to the local record shop and picked up ‘Give Blood.’ I was even more into this record than the previous stuff I had heard and that was saying a lot because I really loved the early stuff. The band had really stepped up the songwriting, it seemed to be more mature but also more cool (I didn’t even know that was possible). ‘Give Blood’ just felt special and it felt important. The songs are so intense, they just punch you in the face but are also so musical and sincere, a balance few bands have been able to execute quite as well. The lyrics were the best I had ever come across and they probably still are. This record helped me understand that hardcore was something bigger than just a style of crazy music.
5. Jawbreaker “24 Hour Revenge Therapy”
I honestly can’t remember the first time I heard this record, or how I discovered the band, but in my early and mid 20s I started really getting into the more melodic side or hardcore and punk music. I don’t think Jawbreaker was a band that instantly grabbed me like the other bands on this list, it kind of grew on me in a more organic way. But I’ve been listening to this album for years now and I think it is a perfect LP. The songs are so well crafted. Catchy but not too poppy, the recording is gritty, but not too dirty. The songs have structure but are not too formulaic, very musical and smart but not pretentious. Blake Schwarzenbach’s lyrics and voice are definitely some of the best around. It’s just perfect.
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“Into the darkness. Darkness amidst the ice. Darkness amidst the grey days. Darkness warping every note and sound. Cold isolation. Frozen warnings. Hexis makes hardcore drained of machismo and the warmth of human companionship. There is no celebration, no brotherhood, no cathartic violence.
Hexis makes black metal that pays no allegiance to deities or archetypes, black metal that is immersed in the foul grit of the human condition. All you are left with is your own pointless thoughts being battered blind by this overwhelming force of sound.” M. Moyer
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A warm and cohesive 10 songs from musical veterans of the nations oldest city - Matt Pius, Jacob Hamilton, Rich Diem, & Lenny Rutland. Musically, a catchy nod to early Neil Young and Crazy Horse, and The Replacements. Exceptional artwork from Sean Mahan. Pro-dubbed cassette tapes with 4 panel j-card housed in a re-used cassette case.