First off I just wanted to say I hope everyone had a lovely Easter and everything, I would have uploaded this last night but for some reason I hadn’t considered the possibility that my grandparents wouldn’t have wifi… so that’s my excuse.
What I really wanted to talk about today though is Record Store Day, which as I’m sure many of you know, was on Saturday. For those that don’t know, RSD is a national day where music lovers join together to support the few remaining independent record shops, with live music and special releases from artists who actually care about the cause. It’s a really lovely thing to be a part of as it’s all focused on retaining the dying industry that is vinyl, rather than just being about making money and that’s rather refreshing to see.
My RSD actually started on Thursday, when my local record shop (Sound Knowledge in Marlborough) had George Ezra doing an in-store performance and signing so I luckily got to meet him as well as him signing my EP which was pretty cool. I am so lucky that even though I live pretty much in the middle of nowhere, I happen to have an amazing record shop in my nearest town that regularly gets artists in for free in-stores and signing- past events include the likes of Tom Odell, McFly, Scouting For Girls and Spector. This is definitely a part of the reason I think RSD is such an important cause, I couldn’t bare to see my local store go and it would be such a shame to lose records all together, because let’s face it.. everything sounds a hundred times better on vinyl.
On the Saturday itself, I went to Bristol to possibly my favourite record shop- Rise. I met with friends that I made when I was in the Dog Is Dead music video over a year ago, who I annoyingly hardly ever see thanks to the fact we don’t exactly live nearby, ranging from Devon to Cardiff to Leeds! It was lovely to see them again for the day though and watch some great music in Rise from the likes of the ever-hilarious Beans on Toast who I’ve managed to see four times now without ever specifically getting tickets to see him!
Of course, we also had a mosey round the RSD releases, although by the time that we got there at about 11 a lot of them had sold out already (the fact that the releases are so limited is one of the things that makes them so special and people queue from about 7am to get in!). I did manage to pick up a 12″ Haim special release of the ‘Forever’ single, which I was pretty chuffed with. I also bought the Mumford & Sons ‘Sigh No More’ LP which I’ve wanted for absolutely ages and couldn’t resist purchasing. After looking round some of the shops on Park Street, which are some of my favourites in Bristol, we wandered back up to Rise to catch George Ezra’s set, which was fantastic even though I felt like a bit of a stalker seeing him twice in three days!
I had a wonderful day, and I just felt so glad that so many people care about music and keeping vinyl alive that they go to these measures to ensure it doesn’t die under the domination of downloads. Maybe it’s just because my parents own so many records and hardly listen to anything else, but I really don’t think there’s any comparison to the sound they create. They’re so much more satisfying than just pressing a play button, and if we’re going to be superficial- they’re a hell of a lot prettier.