Fall Out Boy – From Under The Cork Tree
Mathew: This album was given to me when I was 12 and I fell in love. It’s perfectly poppy but has all the anger and angst that I felt then. It means so much to me.
Freddy: Patrick Stump taught me everything about melody and harmony – this album makes me feel warm and fuzzy and reminds me of being young.
Ben: It was the soundtrack to my awkward adolescence and had the nice mix of being really emotional and also hitting hard af.
Biffy Clyro – The Vertigo of Bliss
Mathew: The first Biffy track I heard was on this album, Toys, Toys, Toys, Choke, Toys, Toys, Toys. It felt so fresh and exciting and to hear a Scottish voice was very encouraging. They are unbelievably horrific now.
Ben: One of my favourite Scottish albums ever, from the production to the songwriting, it’s a solid album by what was a solid band.
Freddy: This record is everything – fucking stonker.
Craig David – Slicker Than Your Average
Freddy: One of the first albums I ever picked up, a romper stomper masterclass in lush R&B.
Mathew: Fill Me In is an incredible song and should be on this album. When Craig David was in the charts I was only wee but he reminds me of going to Dundee shopping with my family and my Auntie and not wanting to be there.
Ben: Wham bam thank you ma’am.
Gay Panic Defence is a hardcore band from the east coast of Scotland. You can hear their music on their Bandcamp page.