Usually the feature we do is 10 Tracks That Changed My Life but Reading band InAir decided to mix it up and all three of the lads contributed to a joint effort with three tracks each. Here’s what tracks they chose…
Paranoid by Black Sabbath (Joe) – I always knew I liked loud guitar music but never found it until I was eleven. A friend of mine at primary school brought in the Black Sabbath Greatest Hits and showed me Paranoid. I was instantly hooked by Ozzy’s unique voice, and into the world of metal I was born. Black Sabbath continue to still be one of my favourite metal bands today and I was lucky to see them on their final tour.
From The Inside by Linkin Park (Joe) – I struggle to give my top five favourite Linkin Park songs across their whole career as there’s so many great songs but this one I love in particular. This track is emotionally powerful, in particular Chester’s delivery of lyrics, and the chorus still gives me chills today. Meteora is an incredibly underrated album in compared to its predecessor and every song is as powerful as the last. The loss of Chester was and still is saddening to me today.
23 by Jimmy Eat World (Joe) – This track is incredibly beautiful and relatable to me. To me it’s about accepting things aren’t always the way you want them to be but you can’t sit around waiting for things to happen, you need to make them happen. Although I’m not 23 anymore this still feels applicable to me and my life at the moment. I was lucky enough to see Jimmy Eat World play their album Futures in full a few years back, including them playing 23. It was a very haunting moment for me.
Kascade – Animals As Leaders (Connor)
This is the AAL track that really got me into the band and introduced me to the incredible work of Matt Garstka, who’s playing I really aspire to be able to match one day, he’s an idle of mine and this song is still my favourite example of his playing. Both Tosin and Javier are also amazing on this track, but it’s all about Matt on here for me.
Two Headed Boy Part 2 – Neutral Milk Hotel (Connor)
I’ve spent the last few years getting into my depressing indie folk music, and I love artists like Elliott Smith, Cat Power, Sufjan Stevens, but for me, my favourite track from the entire genre is the closer to the seminal album “In The Aeroplane Over The Sea” It’s one of the most stripped back but powerful songs I’ve ever heard and I heard it at an important time in my life.
Touch The Sky – Kanye West (Connor)
Being my favourite musician ever, it would be rude to miss out Ye on this list, but it’s a difficult choice to pick one song. If it were favourite, I’d say Gorgeous, if it were best, I’d say Ultralight Beam, but for a track that changed my life, I’d have to go all the way back to ‘Touch The Sky’ for being the first Kanye track I ever heard, introducing me to a whole new world of music like Common, Yasiin Bey, Talib Kweli and many more.
Linkin Park – One Step Closer – (Aaron)- This track changed my perception of how heavy music could be written. Before this I was all about Metallica and megadeth it helped me broaden my horizons and see that you can cross boundaries with genre styles to create something new and exciting. Remember it coming on Kerrang tv and rinsing the volume.
Bullet For My Valentine – Hand of Blood (Aaron) – I remember hearing this song on one of those freebie CDs you used to get with magazines. Something about it just resonated with me. I started my first band we wrote songs that ripped BMFV riffs, I bought a Jackson guitar – fan boyed embarrassingly. I just loved the delicate singing over the modernised faux thrashing riffs.
Slipknot – Wait and bleed – (Aaron) – I was lucky enough to be taken to Reading festival from a young age by my Mum and Dad, I saw slipknot in like 2002? (I think) Aged 8. To me then it sounded scary, the crowd was crazy pits everywhere, it felt like an experience not just a band trying to replicate the sound on CD. The show helped me understand the power/energy of live music just being amongst the onslaught of chaos around me.
You can catch InAir at one of there shows in April:
20/04/18 The Admiral, Brighton
27/04/18 The Hobbit, Southampton
28/04/18 The Winchester Gate, Salisbury
29/04/18 The Acoustic Couch, Bracknell (not an acoustic show despite the venue name)
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