Socially Distant Spins with Mockit Music

Today’s Socially Distant Spins is brought to David Campbell, founder of the incredible Mockit Music blog. Mockit Music is the ideal blog for keeping up to date with the latest music trends through single reviews, interviews and gig reviews. David has been keeping us entertained throughout the lockdown with his live instagram interviews with some of the best local talent about.

Have a read below to find out the top 5 albums he’s had on repeat over the last few weeks…

Album 1: The National – Boxer

I was quite late to The National, perhaps 2015, between the releases of ‘Trouble will find me’ and ‘Sleep Well Beast’, but from then on it’s been a full-on obsession. There’s some joy in just getting into a band with almost 15 years of material waiting to be explored, with my favourite discovery being 2007’s ‘Boxer’. Form start to finish, Matt Berninger’s deeply personal lyrics and brooding vocals just take you away, very few albums can completely transport your mind to a different place. 

Favourite Tracks:

  • Slow Show’ is perhaps one of my all-time favourite tracks, when you love someone but are filled with insecurity, that feeling of doubt and inadequacy, conveyed in the way The National only could. I eventually saw them play it live at All Points East in 2018! 
  • Mistaken for Strangers’ this was was one of the first tracks which hooked me in, if anyone wants to start their journey with The National, they should start here. 
  • Fake Empire’ – I feel this track is pertinent right now, with lines such as ‘ We’re half awake in a Fake Empire’ – about just meandering through life, ignoring, or blocking out reality – something we all go through from time to time. 

Album 2: The Killers – Sams Town

Why did it make the list? This album summed up my 2nd year of Uni and first flat after moving out. Living in a total dive on Leith Walk (hole in the front door kinda place) and my room was tiny – but i had this album and i played it religiously! I know everyone cites ‘Hot Fuss’ as the Killers finest moment, but for me Sam’s Town had it all. From massive Springsteen-esque anthems, to more subtle tracks like ‘Read my Mind’. 

Favourite Tracks:

  • ‘Uncle Jonny’ – I have no idea why, rarely played live, but that build up and the final third of the song gets me every time. Underrated classic. 
  • ‘When You Were Young’ – Huge track and a special one live. Back when i was too shit and lazy to learn actual guitar (much to my dad’s disapproval) – and after hours, i could smash this on Guitar Hero (Hard). Turns out all those hours spent conquering Guitar Hero could really have been put to better use. Currently just nailed Wonderwall during lockdown, so just the 10 years later…
  • ‘The River is Wild’ – Brandon gets to unleash on this one, his vocals are on-point and another unashamedly massive-sounding anthem. 

Album 3: Teenage Fanclub – Grand Prix

Why did it make the list? Growing up in the 90s/00s, i would always be going through my Dad’s CDs, with the likes of Pulp, Oasis and Radiohead all in there – but then he handed me ‘Four Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty-Six Seconds – A Short Cut to Teenage Fanclub’ – i was hooked, definitely the gateway drug to The Fannies back catalogue. My favourite being ‘Grand Prix’ (although it was a tough call). I’m in good company, as Kurt Cobain and Liam Gallagher both rated them one of the best bands around…

Favourite tracks:

  • ‘Mellow Doubt’ – Just a beautiful song about lost love. Simple melody, trademark harmonies and with a whistling section – what’s not to love?
  • ‘Sparky’s Dream’ – This just reminds me of summer; The sun shining, out in the park with a beer in hand. All the things we can’t do now…
  • ‘Discolite’ – If you can me find a better chorus, i owe you a pint. 

Album 4: Fontaine’s DC – Dogrel

Why did it make the list? For me, there’s not been a better band to emerge in recent years, this is about as close to perfect as you can get for a debut album. It was instant, i literally had it on every week for the whole of last year (my Spotify best of 2019 backs this up..). It’s Raw, but assured. It’’s off-beat, but everything just flows. A modern-day classic.

Favourite Tracks:

  • ‘Too Real’ – One of the first tracks i heard, and even now after 100s of listens it still sounds as fresh as it did on first listen. Grian’s vocals and lyrics manage to conjure up images of a gloomy, grey Dublin – and with barely a chorus to speak of, the track still keeps you captive. 
  • ‘Boys in the Better Land’ – Released in the lead-up to Dogrel’s release, the transition from pre-chorus to chorus is a thing of beauty. I recently heard it at an indie club night in London, while attempting to dance and smoke Carroll’s. So clearly a certified hit. 

Album 5: Arctic Monkey’s – AM

Why did it make the list? Discussions/arguments about Arctic Monkey’s best album are often futile, as with each release they re-invent themselves and each have their merits – but they nailed it with AM. It was released just before i took to the roads of South America, and so invokes good memories, as i traveled around for a year, keeping me company on many a long bus journey and beach chill-out. An album you can hit play and let the full 41mins run without a hint of a skip. The period when Alex Turner turned in to a “Blackpool Buddy Holly” – Glorious. 

Favourite Tracks:

  • ‘Arabella’ – The heaviest song on the album and the one i always find myself going back to first.
  • ‘Mad Sounds’ – Peak Alex Turner.
  • ‘Do I Wanna Know’ – Great opener and sets the tone for the whole album. The song which always gets blasted at an after-party.

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