Colin – Guitarist & Vocalist in Scalp and Slowlight

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Colin – Guitarist & Vocalist in Scalp and Slowlight

I’m Colin O’Hara, I play guitar and occasionally do the odd bit of singing in the bands Scalp and Slowlight. Here’s my three records that changed my life.

The Beatles 1967-1970 (The Blue Album)
This was the first album I bought with my own money from Record Fayre in Clydebank for £9.99. This must have been around about 1998.

I was first learning to play guitar at about age 10 and started to listen to some guitar bands mostly the britpop stuff like Oasis and The Verve. After learning a few beatles numbers from a friend of the family who played guitar I decided to check out their music proper, and that was the game changer for me. The Beatles later material has always resonated with me more, the more experimental and unpredictable nature of some of the songs from this era appeals to my taste to this day.


Fugazi – In on the Killtaker
Fugazi are hands down my favourite band of all time, however I didn’t really get them at first, the music was raw and unpolished and at first my ears didn’t let them in, because the recordings I had heard from them weren’t like other records I had been listening to at the time. However, now this is exactly what I love about Fugazi, the honesty and raw energy that is evident on this record in particular is just inimitable.

Fugazi changed the way I listen to music, the way I approach music, the way I approach life. I sometimes say if a band has to make a decision about something and there is a difference in opinion, ask yourself “what would Fugazi do?”, that will generally lead you to the best decision.


Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation
There are so many records I could put in this, and to be honest Nirvana’s Nevermind should probably be on here as it led me to check out other bands affiliated with the whole early “grunge” thing, like Mudhoney, Melvins and Pearl Jam. But it was Sonic Youth who I stumbled onto through the grunge rabbit hole that have really stuck with me and in particular this album. Moments of noisy, free expression like “Silver Rocket” and “Total Trash” are mixed in with some beautiful and evocative guitar work like “Candle” and “Cross The Breeze”. It’s just a perfect record and I feel inspired everytime I listen to it.
Scalp are a punk band from Glasgow, Scotland. You can watch the video to their song “Wake Me When I’m Dead” on Youtube.
Slowlight are a post-hardcore/punk band from Glasgow, Scotland. You can hear their music on their Bandcamp page.

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