@Bizkitdoh I saw your post about Isis and got soooo hype for this thread. And now your mentioning Del??? You’re so cool
My love of music began early on. In 2nd grade, my parents got me Gorillaz ‘Demon Days’ and Fall Out Boy’s ‘From Under the Cork Tree’ for Christmas because I liked the music videos. They also got me Iron Maiden’s “Number of the Beast” and “Piece of Mind” because my dad wanted me to get into the stuff he liked when he was young. Those four albums shaped what was to come.
At around the same time, my parents were going to a lot of shows. Their favorite bands were My Chemical Romance (yeah that band haha), Alkaline Trio (sick punk band from Chicago with great lyrical composition) and HIM (self-proclaimed “Love Metal” band from Finland. Also Bam Margera’s favorite band). As a result, I heard all of those bands playing around the house growing up. My first ever concert was My Chem’s album release show for the Black Parade album, where I met the band. A picture of Long Haired 8 year old me with Frank Iero is floating around on tumblr as we speak. That was around the time I started teaching myself guitar.
As I got into middle school, my taste got a bit heavier. In 6th grade, my favorite bands were Pantera and Justice-era Metallica. In 7th grade, I got into Graves-era Misfits as well. By this point, I had seen and met My Chem once, Alkaline Trio twice (met them also) and I’d been to a HIM show in Philly where we met Bam Margera. Funny thing is I’ve crossed paths with him twice since then. Once at an AlkTrio show in 8th grade, and once at a Mastodon show in May 2014 (also met John Baizley from Baroness there).
Anyway, 7th grade, I started getting into more obscure metal bands. By that point, my favorites were Paradise Lost, Candlemass, My Dying Bride, Isis, Vektor, Obliveon, Agalloch and Ahab. Due to my excessive knowledge of obscure metal, I became somewhat of an elitist asshole. One night during the summer between 7th and 8th grade, I was listening to Mastodon’s “Crack the Skye” while reading the Zabuza arc in Naruto and realized “this is the greatest fucking album ever, I think I have a favorite band now.” I went through a period of obsession with Mastodon for a while. “The Hunter” came out that September, and I was so excited for the upcoming tour (that had yet to be announced).
December 8th, 2011, the night of my 8th grade winter dance, I discovered a new band; Ghost. They became my new second favorite band. Lo and behold, a few weeks later, Mastodon announced a tour with Opeth and Ghost. I went to their Philly date and it was entrancing. Being right up front for both bands changed my life. Also met Mastodon that night, and Troy accidentally confirmed the identity of Ghost’s singer to me (if it matters to you, he is indeed Tobias Forge of Swedish indie rock band Subvision, I saw him at two different Ghost shows at Philly and I have pics).
Anyway, come freshman year of high school, I began to expand my music taste. I discovered Joy Division and the Cure (though I’d been hearing the Cure from my parents for years, I didn’t really get them till then). I also joined a shitty metal band that sounded like a Pantera rip-off. The people in the band were the biggest assholes ever and my string of bad experiences during that 9 month period almost totally turned me off from metal forever. It was at this point that I hit my personal nadir, and on a whim, at an attempt to get back into anime, watched Clannad. It is very safe to say that watching Clannad when I did changed the course of my life and gave me a much more positive outlook then I had.
At the end of freshman year, I discovered post-hardcore. Not scene-kid post-hardcore, but At the Drive-in and Fall of Troy. I listened almost exclusively to post-rock, shoegaze (namely Slowdive, Pinkshinyultrablast and Tears Run Rings), emo revival and math rock for my sophomore year. I also started getting into electronic music through M83’s “Before the Dawn Heals Us.”
The next summer, I entered hip-hop through Death Grips, Bop Alloy, and one of my all time favorite artists, Nujabes.
Fast forward to today, the summer before my senior year of high school, and my favorite bands are probably Slowdive, Whirr, The Fall of Troy, Tiny Moving Parts, Jizue, Nujabes, Amesoures, Joy Division, The Sword, Teen Daze, Connan Mockasin, WMD (awesome chill electronic producer. Find his stuff on bandcamp), Thursday, and a bunch of others I can’t recall right now. I’m all over the place.
Also figured I should say, I have to thank this website for helping me find my favorite song. Although I only heard it for the first time the other day, I think Hikikomori no Uta by Jun Maeda is my favorite song. As I mentioned above, Clannad really affected my life. A little over a year after watching Clannad, I watched Kanon, Air, Angel Beats, read Kanon, Clannad and Little Busters, and watched Little Busters. Now, two years and three months after initially watching Clannad (having seen it six times total now. I know, it’s crazy) actually hearing the voice of the man behind it all was like a religious experience. Even more chilling was how directly the song spoke to me. “Awkwardly playing guitar in my room” “I don’t play games anymore, walkthroughs are a pain” “I just watch anime because that’s all I enjoy” describe my life right now perfectly. It’s crazy that someone I look up to so much seems to get what’s up, ya know?
Anyway, I hope my story isn’t too all over the place to follow, haha
Edit: I have no clue how I forgot to mention Toe in my favorites earlier