Chris Anderson (Owl Maker)

Chris Anderson - Owl Maker
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This time around we feature the collection of Chris Anderson, drummer of the southern Connecticut based band Owl Maker.

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

It’s been a while, but I think they would be Deep Purple’s Machine Head and the first Van Halen. I scooped those up at a tag sale back in the day for a buck each. Maybe some old hardcore 7”s too. I was also lucky enough to still enjoy records when they became out of vogue in my early teens, so a lot of my collection fell in my lap for free.

The record that made me want to make music was…

If we’re speaking strictly vinyl, it was an old K-Tel Masters of Metal comp my parents got me as a little kid, oddly enough. Basically Maiden’s “Run to the Hills” was all over MTV at the time, and obviously most parents aren’t going to buy their 5 year old a record called Number of the Beast, heheh. So as a compromise, they got me that for Christmas. The consolation prize was it had Sabbath, Rush, Dio, Twisted Sister, etc. on it. Perfect choices for an impressionable child, heheh.

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

Probably a gold vinyl copy of Bad Brains ROIR sessions. I scored that from this older punk dude who used to just give me records all the time, as we were the only two kids into records at the time. Maiden’s Live After Death and the first Hatebreed get some regular spins as well.

The record that always make me feel good is…

All of ‘em. Seriously though, it’s hard to pick just one.

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

The first Boston record, believe it or not. That or something super heavy, like Angelcorpse or the first Vio-lence.

The record with my favorite cover art is…

Tough choice. On one hand I love super complicated covers like Tales from Topographic Oceans or Maiden type stuff. On the flipside, I also dig stuff that is simpler, but well designed. The Bad Brains record I mentioned earlier, or Carcass’s Heartwork would be good examples of that.

The strangest LP I own is…

Hmmm. Probably this Realistic Test Record. For Home and Laboratory Use, LOL. I do actually own that Herb Alpert “whipped cream” one that every record store has 8 million copies of. Now that I think about it, I do have one by this hair metal band called Marchello. The title is Destiny. The music is your standard 80’s ballad rocker stuff, but the album cover is fucking hilarious. Google it if you want a good laugh; I have no idea what the hell it’s trying to say, other than “we don’t understand graphic design”.

The rarest LP I own is…

I don’t think most of my collection is all that rare, honestly. I’ve never been “that guy”; I’m just looking for quality tunes in good shape. That said, I think a few of the 7”s I own might be hard to get these days. Drowning Room’s “Divinity Syndrome” or this random Disrupt 7” I found come to mind.

The last LP I bought was…

I bought a stack of random used records in Brooklyn a few months back. I looked through just now, and found Tom Jones Live! and Ravi Shankar. Guess I’m up to some rather interesting listens this weekend, heheh!

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Owl Maker will self-release their debut EP, Paths Of The Slain, on March 16, 2018.

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