This week's "Albums That Changed My Life" contributor is Dave Mackinder, front man of Michigan's answer to pop-punk, Fireworks!
The band released their sophomore album, 'Gospel' earlier this year and recently wrapped up a nationwide tour of Japan.
This is easily one of my favorite records of all time and will continue to be. Since its released in 2003, it has done nothing but resonate with me, lyrically, musically and nostalgically. From the ups and downs in my own relationships with people, it tends to be the background music through it all (Most "emo" thing you will read today, I promise). Its one of those records when listened on head phones, something new will surface almost every time. The musicianship as a whole on this record is unreal and it always makes me want to be a better songwriter overall.
When people talk about this band, the debate of their "best album" often come up. To me however, I don't think Saves The Day have one record better than another. To me, they are constantly evolving and challenging any notions fans have. They are a story, best read on the edge of your seat unaware of what the next chapter will bring. That being said, I choose this record as a life changing one because lyrically and musically, this record is so creative. Chris Conley really is a genius at his craft. Writing lyrics that are dark, morbid and combining them with a infectious melody is a craft. The music is also so diverse and iconic. Just thinking about the plucking of the first two notes in "At Your Funeral" get me stoked.
This was my first introduction to punk rock and hardcore. I was given this as a Christmas gift from a friend during middle school and I was floored. Prior to this, I had never heard anything so pissed and fast. "Damaged" is the record that sparked rebellion in me (my liberty spikes and Black Flag patch could tell you that!). Black Flag were a band that had no boundaries with song writing. They wrote honest songs that translated so well with me. Because of Black Flag, I found other life changing hardcore bands like Minor Threat and Bad Brains.
I really shouldn't have explain why this record is in my list. Clearly, The Beatles wrote amazing songs and every record has a signature sound. I listened to this record with my dad almost everyday in the summer one year and it remains my favorite Beatles record. The chord progressions are wild, vocal melodies are catchy and overall just amazing song writing.