Music has always been a big part of my life, for the last year in particular. I
wanted to share some of the artists that have had a lasting effect on me and my
life today! Going in chronological order, let’s start with…
KATE NASH AND AMY WINEHOUSE
My sister Suzanne had the albums ‘Made of Bricks’ and ‘Back to Black’,
for me, two of the most iconic albums of the 00’s. I listened to them
constantly, and even now I play them on the regs. These albums came into my
life during those very important pre-teen years when I was just beginning to
form my own musical tastes, and whilst the topics of these songs were beyond a
12 year old’s comprehension, I still hung onto every word I went to see one of
Kate Nash’s 10th Anniversary Made of Bricks shows and it was frigging lit. (I’m
writing this before I go, I assume it will be lit?)
I can now confirm it was lit.
Ah yes, the angsty teen years we all know and love so well. These two
were my bands of choice. Slightly angry and just alternative enough that I felt
like I was going against the grain of society but not so out there that
everyone I hung out with was still totally into them and they sold out (and
still sell out) arenas and huge venues.
Most of my friends are still into both bands! Both have really evolved
over the years and done a bloody good job at staying fresh and exciting despite
line up changes. It’s still a major dream of mine to see P!ATD perform, it’s
always so hard to get tickets because on the rare occassion they do perform in
the UK, they do tiny venues!
Paramore I went to see in June, the night before my birthday! Our seats
couldn’t have been worse, but it was still an absolutely amazing night! My
third time seeing them and my third time dancing around for what seemed like an
endless set of bangers.
EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS
‘Home’ is a song that I have such specific associations with- sitting in
a park during summer holidays aged somewhere between 12-14. I’d listen to it on
repeat, via my iPod Nano 2nd generation of course, on my short walk to meet my
friends, where we’d sit for hours on end on a field, and then do this the day
after and the day after until summer was over.
This is more an association to one song rather than a band, but I’m
gonna let it slide.
MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS
Marina is one of those incredibly unique artists who is very
underappreciated for her art. Her lyrics are like nothing else I’ve ever
read/heard. Her voice is so distinctive and her production is next level. I got
really into Marina around the time of ‘Primadonna’, again, as did so many. Her
music reminds me of my early college days, listening to her on the bus
constantly, prepping to go see her in what was my first concert in years.
It’s funny looking back at how few concerts I went to during high
school, it’s August and I’ve been to more gigs this year that I probably did
during high school and college combined.
Marina’s next album came out during my second year of uni and I went to
see her in Manchester twice during the Neon Nature Tour, I bloody love her
Royals hit the charts just before I started University in 2013, like a
million other teens, it became my soundtrack for the summer. Pure Heroine,
Lorde’s debut album, was then the soundtrack to my commute to and from uni,
which in theory I thought would take about 40 mins. It took well over an hour.
I hated it SO much, I began to loathe going to uni, the workload felt
unbearable and I went into an extremely stressed place that I’ve never been to
before or since. I had many, MANY thoughts of dropping out, however I stuck it
Everyday I’d listen to ‘Pure Heroine’ on my long walk to the train
station, and on the train there, and then on the next walk, it took fucking
ages. Lorde’s album might have been documenting the struggles you go through as
a teen, a bit younger than myself at the time, but it all felt so raw, so real
and something I could really find myself getting lost in. I let this album
become my life, I listened to it everyday like some sort of weird, musical
Now a few years on, Melodrama is out and again feels incredibly relevant
to my life. Read my thoughts on Melodrama and Green Light here.
Ah, my crowning glory, my love for the band Bastille. About a year ago,
I quit my job that was bringing me down after graduating University on a
complete whim. I wanted to go to V Festival, knew I couldn’t get the time off
and just decided to quit and make some life changes.
Of course, life didn’t comply. I then struggled to find a job in the
field I wished, despite having a first class degree and experience in said
field. Thus began my spiral of being at home almost 7 days a week, apart from
when I was out volunteering. I was broke, I was sad, I was alone for most of
the day and I just felt so shit. Life had gone from living with my best friends
in a beautiful city, to being back in my bedroom in my parent’s house in a
small town with nothing going on in my personal life.
Bastille’s performance at V was incredible, we danced and sang in the
battering down rain and had an amazing time. After this I fell deep into their
music, listening to it day in day out, watching the videos, reading what the
lyrics mean, and I found myself having a deep connection to every track and
loving the meanings behind the words, the stories in the music, and seeing how
a group of 4 lads built their way up from the bottom.
Things are a lot different a year on. I got a job, moved to London,
worked my ass off on various projects, including starting a career in music
journalism. Bastille reinvigorated my passion for music, it went from just a
love to something that is more than an integral part of my life. That day at V
Festival feels as if it changed my life for the better, maybe that sounds
dramatic, but as I was losing hope and confidence in myself, I found a path
that lead me to bigger and better things.
And I’ve now seen Bastille 8 times, with a 9th coming up. Completely by
chance, I’ve bumped into frontman Dan Smith twice at gigs, and he’s been the kindest
man. My love for this band isn’t ending soon, and I feel like I owe them a