Fleetwood Mac: Greatest Hits
My parents were big Fleetwood Mac fans when I was growing up, so this is the sound track to my childhood in the ’80s. It’s funny how music can bring back memories. “Rhiannon” reminds me of dancing around my backyard with my sister during summertime. Definitely a CD I always want with me.
Brand New: The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me
This album reminds me of being in college. I moved to San Diego to go to SDSU and had just started The Material. “Sowing Season” was my favorite jam at the time and I just wanted to make music like that. The lyrics are thought-provoking, the music hits you in your gut. It’s awesome.
Pierce The Veil: Selfish Machines
Pierce The Veil is a San Diego band. I remember seeing a couple of the guys at our shows before they blew up. It was really cool to see a band go from the local scene to international limelight. Now we blast their CD in our van when touring across the country. Their music pumps me up before we play, but it also reminds me of home. This album, in particular, came out in June 2010, so I have really vivid memories of listening to it on our Motel 6 Rock Yourself to Sleep tour.
Circa Survive: Blue Sky Noise
This album came out while we were recording What We Are. It definitely inspired us in the studio and we still play this album every time we have a long drive on tour. Fun Fact: I had a dream Anthony Green played a show in my neighbor’s garage last night. I think it’s safe to say this band is always on my mind, ha ha.
Ellie Goulding: Halcyon
Recently, I started getting more into the electronic pop world. I started a side project called With Beating Hearts. Ellie Goulding was a great inspiration because I feel like there is more to her music than a catchy dance beat. The lyrics are meaningful, the vocal manipulation in the production is interesting, and she knows how to put on a great live show. I definitely love to throw this album on to give my ears a break from rock from time to time.