Many of us can link a certain album to pivotal moments in our lives. Whether it’s the first record you bought with your own money, the chord you first learnt to play on guitar, the song that soundtracked your first kiss, the album that got you those awkward and painful pubescent years or the one that set off light bulbs in your brain and inspired you to take a big leap of faith into the unknown – music is often the catalyst for change in our lives and can even help shape who we become.
In this series, Music Feeds asks artists to reflect on their relationship with music and share with us stories about the effect music has had on their lives.
Here are their love letters to records that forever changed their lives.
Harrison Storm – City And Colour’s Bring Me Your Love
It’s funny when I think about it, because these collections of songs were a lot more influential to me than I ever realised. When this album came out I was 16 and just starting to write my own songs. The bus rides home from school were always a chance to put my headphones on and pick apart City and Colour’s music. I remember getting off the bus near home but often walking around the neighbourhood so i could finish the album start to finish.
The melodies on this album are largely positive but the lyrics are quite melancholic and introspective. For me at the time, that was an interesting mix and the songs really made me think about what was going on in my own life. The song ‘Body in A Box’ was a track that I kept going back to. [Dallas Green’s] voice was so ethereal, with such an honest and reflective sadness that really fascinated me. It’s a heavy song and for some reason, and was the one I quickly learnt to play myself. I tended to lean towards songs that I could learn something from, and that seem to be about harder topics. They were like 3-4 minute life lessons, things that school didn’t teach you about life.
The honesty in City and Colour’s music is always something I try to create myself. And the man just keeps getting better! His albums since have varied, but I’ve loved every single one of them. What a songwriter!
Harrison Storm’s new single ‘Feeling You’ is out now & you can catch him on tour across the country this June & July.