When it comes to listening to music very few things beat flicking through your record collection, gently pulling it out of the sleeve and placing it on your turntable. Feeling every groove, appreciating every single click & pop, and then five songs later getting up to change it. It is inconvenient, takes up a ridiculous amount of room, expensive; but oh boy is it worth it.
For some, though, experiencing an album on vinyl just isn’t practical.
In the first edition of our new segment, FOR THE RECORD, we chat to CHRIS CRESSWELL, frontman of Canadian punk rockers THE FLATLINERS about his preferences when it comes to consuming music.
“There’s nothing quite like, at the end of the day, popping some headphones on and focusing on the music rather than other things around you,” says Cresswell. For a band who toured extensively last year and have no plans to stop anytime soon, getting some alone time in between shows is bliss.
2018 will see The Flatliners head back to British soil when they join Hot Water Music and London‘s Electric Ballroom before supporting The Gaslight Anthem on their The ’59 Sound anniversary tour. For Cresswell, vinyl is a luxury, but an inconvenient one at that: “I like to go record shopping on tour, but my girlfriend and I are running out of room for new records.”
Although vinyl isn’t always available to listen to on the road, there are perks of being away from home so much. The first is appreciating the collection more when he is home. For example, he explains how: “She [his girlfriend] has all these Glenn Miller and big band records. They are great morning music because it puts you in such a good mood!” Also, being able to deconstruct your own collection and how it has developed your taste is something Chris enjoys.
“There’s a lot in there that shapes me as a musician, but also a lot of friends’ bands that we get to play with on the road and take home with as souvenirs.”
This being said, however, as a touring band Chris’ final point that, “I think, given the amount I travel, headphones in my iPhone is the way for me. That’s my favourite way to listen to music – just plugging myself in,” is a fair one. Not discarding listening to vinyl completely, he is in fact fond of that method and leaves us with a quote we can all use:
“You should take the time and give vinyl the attention it deserves.”