This was actually pretty easy for me. These three were game changers…
Crass – Feeding of the 5000
The most influential album of my youth was definitely Crass’ Feeding of the 5000. I had tried to get into Crass a few times because they were my dad’s favourite band but I just couldn’t get my heard around it. Eventually something clicked, I think it was ‘Banned from the Roxy’, and I was hooked. I played this thing over and over throughout my teenage years. Angry protest songs with military style drums and scratchy guitars. I was still formulating my ideas about society, politics etc and this record helped a great deal to inform me about what was really going on and how to read between the lines. A ‘bullshit detector’, as they would say. It was written 25 years before I heard it but the themes were the same. I even visited Dial House & got logo tattoo. Proper sad act!
Conflict – The Ungovernable Force
Crass told me what was up, and Conflict told me what to do about it. Their second album The Ungovernable Force is the most aggressive thing I have ever heard. It’s relentlessly woven together to act as one piece rather than individual songs. When it’s over you just want to get off your arse and do something… retaliate… organize… it’s an assault on the senses. I would take a lot from this band, particularly the consideration of animal welfare and different forms of direct action. We got to tour with them a couple of years ago which was class.
Propagandhi – Today’s Empires, Tomorrow’s Ashes
When we started the band Jon would always have this CD playing in the car. I remember asking what it was and being shocked when he told me it was Propagandhi because I’d only ever heard the first album which sounds completely different. It turned out to be Today’s Empires, Tomorrow’s Ashes. I loved it straight from the off and explored all their other works from there, picking up the records and blasting them on repeat. This one remains my favourite, though. Musically and lyrically on point.