THE SONGS THAT SAVED MY LIFE

UN­SUR­PRIS­INGLY, THE A7X SIX-STRINGER IS ALL ABOUT PUNK AND METAL. PROB­A­BLY WON’T BE BLAST­ING BEE GEES IN THE BUS TO DOWN­LOAD, MIND…

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THE SONG THAT RE­MINDS ME OF HOME IS… LINOLEUM NOFX

“This re­minds me of home be­cause it helped me through the tran­si­tion from my early days of skate­board­ing in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia to want­ing to play mu­sic with the friends I had. they were the same guys I ended up cre­at­ing a band with! It’s the song that takes me back… it puts me right back at home. It shows where I came from mu­si­cally be­fore all the tour­ing and trav­el­ling. I was 12 or 13 years old, skate­board­ing down the street, lov­ing punk rock and mak­ing friends!” FIND IT: Punk In Drublic (1994)

THE SONG THAT MADE ME WANT TO BE A MU­SI­CIAN WAS… PARANOID BLACK SAB­BATH

“I had al­ways grown up around good mu­sic thanks to my par­ents. My dad was a Black Sab­bath fan – he ac­tu­ally saw them on their first tour of North Amer­ica. I al­ways felt a con­nec­tion with [Sab­bath gui­tarist] Tony Iommi, a left-handed gui­tarist who wrote sim­ple riffs that res­onated with fans. When I heard Paranoid, I re­alised I could to­tally do this!” FIND IT: Paranoid (1970)

THE SONG I WISH WE HADN’T RECORDED IS… DO­ING TIME AVENGED SEVEN­FOLD

“I’d prob­a­bly go for the song Do­ing Time from our Hail To The King al­bum [2013] be­cause, al­though it’s a lot of fun, it feels a lit­tle bit con­trived to me. there are other great rock bands in the world that can do a song like that much better, and I think it’s better left to them. I mean, it was fun to try to do some­thing like that, but I’d rather hear it com­ing from some­one else, rather than us!” FIND IT: Hail To The King (2013)

THE LAST SONG I LIS­TENED TO WAS… BLACK HONEY THRICE

“I grew up with these guys, and we started out from the same cities. I’d al­ways been a fan but fell off over the years when they took a hia­tus.the other day I was lis­ten­ing to the ra­dio and this came on. It’s very sim­ple in struc­ture and ex­tremely dark – it left me with this un­com­fort­able feel­ing… which is hard to do! Only cer­tain songs are able to do that, but if you’re able to as a mu­si­cian, then you are def­i­nitely do­ing your job!” FIND IT: To Be Ev­ery­where Is To Be Nowhere (2016)

THE SONG I WANT TO BE RE­MEM­BERED FOR IS… THE STAGE AVENGED SEVEN­FOLD

“For a mul­ti­tude of rea­sons, I would pick The Stage be­cause I feel it’s the one that best tells this story and en­tire jour­ney we’ve been on. From grow­ing up as young punk kids, to los­ing our best friend [late drum­mer Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sul­li­van], to find­ing our place in this world against ad­ver­sity – ma­tur­ing and look­ing to the future.the mu­sic video re­ally show­cases a cer­tain point in time and his­tory that it’s im­por­tant to pay at­ten­tion to. If we had to leave any­thing in a time cap­sule for future gen­er­a­tions, this is it.” FIND IT: The Stage (2016)

THE SONG YOU WOULDN’T EX­PECT TO FIND ON MY IPOD IS… Bad Ro­mance Lady Gaga

“I lis­ten to pretty much everything. As a pop artist, Lady Gaga is un­be­liev­ably tal­ented and I’d much rather lis­ten to her than a lot of the other shit on my ipod! There’s some­thing re­ally spe­cial about Bad Ro­mance…” FIND IT: The Fame Mon­ster (2009)

“MU­SIC HELPED ME AC­CEPT THE REV’S DEATH…” ZACKY VENGEANCE

THE SONG WITH THE GREAT­EST LYRICS EVER IS…

WOULD? Alice In Chains

“This song comes from such a dark place that can be in­ter­preted in so many ways, but the main un­der­ly­ing tone of it is de­pres­sion, ad­dic­tion and the dark places hu­mans can find them­selves in. It’s a lyri­cal mas­ter­piece! It’s amaz­ing [late Alice In Chains front­man] Layne Sta­ley was able to sing that hon­estly about him­self and his sur­round­ings, and do it in a way that could con­vey that to peo­ple from all walks of life. It’s eas­ily one of the great­est songs ever writ­ten, it’s just so hon­est.” FIND IT: Dirt (1992)

THE SONG THAT MAKES ME WANT TO STAGE-DIVE IS…

LON­DON IS THE REA­SON GALLOWS

“It’s the first proper song af­ter the in­tro on the sec­ond Gallows al­bum [Grey Bri­tain, 2009], and it makes me want to get in the crowd and start moshing. It’s such a cool, heavy and unique song. Frank Carter [ex-gallows singer] is such a great front­man, and the al­bum as a whole is ac­tu­ally one of my favourites of all time!” FIND IT: Grey Bri­tain (2009)

THE SONG THAT MAKES ME WANT TO CRY IS…

We Close Our Eyes Oingo Boingo

“The day af­ter Jimmy died, I woke up in the morn­ing and the re­al­ity set back in. My whole day turned grey again. I can’t fully re­mem­ber how or why this song came on, but it’s a beau­ti­ful song by one of his favourite bands. It was a sad mo­ment, but also help­ful in ac­cept­ing his death. It car­ried me through the days that fol­lowed, and now it’s ab­so­lutely bittersweet. I love the song, but it makes me teary ev­ery time it comes on.” FIND IT: Boi-ngo (1987)

THE WORST SONG EVER WRIT­TEN IS…

STAYIN’ ALIVE BEE GEES

“This is eas­ily the worst song ever to be recorded. I hate all that falsetto stuff and the way it’s just too happy when there wasn’t any­thing to be happy about. I guess I’m not re­ally all that much of a disco fan, to be hon­est with you (laughs)!” FIND IT: Satur­day Night Fever (1977)

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