Love Letter To A Record: Jack Berry On Arctic Monkeys’ ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’

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.

Jack Berry: Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare (2009)

Growing up, pre-teen music for me was a melting pot of whatever was on the TV, radio or something my parents had playing. It wasn’t until 14-15 years old where I fell upon my first niche, (thanks mainly to the power of the internet), indie rock. At the time, I remember being the biggest fan of The Kooks, with sprinklings of The Strokes / Phoenix / and Arctic Monkeys. Now at 23, when I look back at all of these bands, I feel like the sound and attitude are as prevalent as ever.

Favourite Worst Nightmare to me is a collection of high energy pop songs layered with personal story telling and attitude. A classic rock formatted album that doesn’t heavily rely on concept, more songwriting. It’s hard to choose one album from this time period to write about, but what I can relate to the most in this project is the ease of re-listening years later, something that is timeless. RIFFS!!!!

The best albums inspire the next wave, for me I can look back and find a wealth of inspiration in the songwriting and the idea of a guitar-orientated band, channeling this all into a laptop.

New Zealand-based indie-rock artist Jack Berry (real name Damin McCabe) has just unveiled his new single ‘Psycho’ – produced and mixed by Djeisan Suskov (LEISURE) — after wrapping up an Australian tour supporting Lime Cordiale.

Those lazy funk grooves are certifiably infectious. You’ll need a labotomy to get this one out of your head!

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