Andrew Day (Allfather)

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This time around we feature the collection of Andrew Day, bassist for the UK sludge/doom band Allfather.

The first record I ever bought with my own money was…

Bad by Michael Jackson, purchased in 1987 from Woolworths in Sheerness. I still have it, along with a sticker with my name on it on the cover that I put there so I’d get it back after the school Christmas disco.

The record that made me want to make music was…

Probably the first Amen album. It was angry and visceral but also accessible, with songs that were straightforward enough for an amateur guitar player to figure out and play. One of the weird after-effects of growing up under nu metal was that up until a few years ago I played everything in drop D. It took an actual guitar player joining Allfather for me to get out of that habit. Thanks again, nu metal.

The record I’ve played more than any other is…

That’s a tough one, but probably White Pony. It’s a real desert island album. If you want heavy, it’s there, if you want melody it’s there, if you want straightforward or sophisticated songs it’s got those covered. White Pony was also one of those rare albums that you could make out or throw down to. It’s White Pony’s ability to reach my angry, sad, sexually frustrated inner teenager that keeps me going back to it.

The record that always make me feel good is…

Live at the Old Quarter by Townes Van Zandt. It’s like sitting down and having a beer and a heart to heart chat with an old friend. An old friend who happens to be unnaturally talented and partial to sniffing ‘airplane glue’.

The record I turn to when I’m feeling down is…

It used to be In Utero, but for turning sadness into beautiful, lacerating music I now go to Created In the Image of Suffering by King Woman. It’s a great work of art and an important re-imagining of what heavy music can do in terms of emotional and intellectual depth.

The record with my favorite cover art is…

This is a tough, tough question. Heavy metal, for me, has a total monopoly on iconic, visually striking album art. For a recent example I’d say the cover for Paradise Gallows by Inter Arma. It manages to be realist and dreamlike at the same time, with a nice nod to the work of Russian maritime artist Ivan Aivazovsky. Metal’s also good at producing cover art that lets you know exactly what you’re going to get before you’ve even spun the vinyl. The first Bathory album, Morbid Tales by Celtic Frost and the cover for Arise by Sepultura are all great examples of that.

The strangest LP I own is…

Kim Wilde’s self-titled debut album. I was drunk. Don’t judge me.

The rarest LP I own is…

I don’t have it anymore, but picking up the first pressing of the first Kinks LP for 50p from a charity shop was a bit of a score. Never underestimate the potential of crate digging.

The last LP I bought was…

Rheia by Oathbreaker. Listening to it is like being stabbed in the heart with tiny shards of ice, but in a really good way.

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Allfather’s latest album, Bless the Earth With Fire, was released on April 29, 2016. You can download a copy or purchase a CD at this location. They also released a single called “Inherit The Dust” on December 2, 2016, which is a “name your price” download here.

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