This week's serving of "Albums That Changed My Life" goodness comes from Brian Southall of The Receiving End Of Sirens and The Company We Keep!
You'll be able to catch The Company We Keep this summer at select dates of the 2012 Vans Warped Tour. Check to see if the band are coming through to your town here.
Pearl Jam - Ten
Ten was the first record I ever bought on my own. I remember walking into the record store in the mall, and the entire wall was covered with the album. Pearl Jam was one of the first bands that ever moved me, and made me really feel something with music. To this day, anytime I put on Ten or VS, I can't help but air drum the entire album, sing along, and drive entirely too fast.
This record completely blew my mind as a kid. I couldn't comprehend how to actually play anything that fast, and spent far too much time trying to figure it out. It opened up a whole new world to me, and exposed me to pretty much every band I ended up loving during my formative years.
Choke - Needless To Say
This is a record that most people will have never heard, and its a complete shame. If you grew up liking "new school" punk rock bands, and missed out on this band, I feel sorry for you. I directly attribute my guitar style to unapologetically ripping off this band!
I know, I know, how could I name THIS record, when the earlier NIN records are usually the ones everyone raves about. Well, I had always liked NIN, but it wasn't until I heard this album that Trent Reznor completely changed my life, and made me want to strive for a higher level of perfection with my songs and my programming.