If you had to go away for a while and you could only take five of your favorite albums with you, which ones would you choose? Yes, we know it isn’t a fair question, but that hasn’t stopped us from asking music fans who happen to be recording artists in their own right. This edition of Desert Island Discs comes courtesy of Wild Adriatic, a band from Upstate New York that has supported bands like Third Eye Blind and OK Go. Their new EP, Lock & Key, is out now! Go check it out — after reading their Desert Island picks, of course!
The band’a drummer, Mateo Vosganian, says: Our interpretation of the Desert Island Discs idea was to give each member of the band a choice of disc and then choose one all together. Also we kind of felt inclined to shy away from the idea of being trapped on a desert island forever (that’s terrifying!) and instead decided to treat it like a vacation we were going on for a couple of weeks and could only bring 5 discs to listen to. This way we avoided giving some of the more cliche answers and were able to give an insight to some of the eclectic array of records that we’ve been listening to a lot lately.
Travis Gray (Vocals/Guitar):
Keane – Hopes and Fears
Hopes and Fears is a simple album with great melodies. All of the songs are fantastic; there’s nothing here I could skip over.
Shane Gilman (Lead Guitar):
The Allman Brothers Band
The Allmans’ self-titled album has lots of highs and lows, but it’s always hitting the sweet spot for me.
Rich Derbyshire (Bass):
Envy On The Coast – Lowcountry
A dynamic record from a now defunct New Jersey band that inspired me when I was first beginning to play shows with my first band. Every song jams so hard that I can’t help but listen to the rest.
I’m bummed that this was their last release.
Mateo Vosganian (Drums):
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings – Naturally
When the party needs starting, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings are there. Hearing these tunes makes it impossible not to dance a bit. We’d be inclined to serve up some whiskey and margaritas and start a desert island dance party with this album.
Mutemath – Odd Soul
Such a groove filled record. One of the records that gets played pretty much every time we get in the van. Excellent songs and production throughout the whole thing.