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Record Store Day 2015 in Retrospect

Another year, another set of releases, another day of early alarm clocks (or trips to no avail). Now in its 8th year, Record Store Day brought a wave of limited releases to Britain’s stores along with a range of gigs taking place up and down the country. Impact takes a look at how different students spent the day.

Max Miller, Geography, 1st Year

recordmaxA few years ago, waking up at 6 and heading to my local record store in Bromley at 7 would’ve meant I was one the first few people to get a record, but the growth of Record Store Day pushed me back to around 60th in the queue, with some dedicated fans having arrived at 2:30 and camping outside. This made me nervous that I wasn’t going to get the record I wanted most, a white version ofVampire Weekend’s ‘Step’ limited to 500 copies across the UK. But thankfully there weren’t many fans like me desperate for that record meaning I easily got one. I felt that this had been a relatively poor year for Record Store Day with there being only one more record I wanted, the Prospect Hummer EP by Animal Collective which was being released on vinyl for the first time. Normally there are a good 5 or 6 I’m desperate to own like the Tame Impala and Third Man Record releases in previous years, so although I was satisfied with my purchases I was disappointed there wasn’t more for me to get.

Ian Fillingham, English, 3rd Year

The Jesus and Mary Chain’s limited release of Psychocandy Live at a Barrowlands is the type of vinyl that matches the market for Record Store Day and always sells fast; it did, and I didn’t get it. Not to be disheartened I managed to get Nottingham trio, Kagoule’s
limited 7” – keeping some loyalty to the city even though I wasn’t spending the day there. Band line-ups have been better in previous years, though there were a few highlights dotted around the London stores, not least being able to end the day with a relaxing, and surprisingly uncramped, show from Ultimate Painting at Rough Trade East.

Anna Hand, English, 2nd Yearrecordstoreanna

This year I went to Rough Trade East off Brick Lane in East London.  I was looking to purchase Trashmouth Records RSD EP, of which there were only 500 copies released.  I saw only two in store, so I felt privileged to have got my hands on one.  Featuring on this rare rose-pink vinyl are artists such as Meatraffle, Bat-Bike and Fat White Family, Trashmouth’s most well-established band.  At midday, I watched Liverpool’s Hooton Tennis Club play a session in store.  Having just released their first single Jasper on Heavenly Records, the quartet played a selection of their early tracks interspersed with some of their new material.  In the afternoon, I journeyed across London to Rough Trade West in Notting Hill.  Palma Violets played a short set outside the shop to a crowd made up predominantly of moshing teenage boys.  Soon to release their second album Danger in the Club, the anthemic four-piece put on a good show and united the crowd in true Record Store Day style.  As always, it was another treasured day in the music lovers’ calendar celebrated by some unique releases and a pleasantly festive atmosphere.

Anna Hand, Max Miller and Ian Fillingham

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