Japanese band Taffy, Norway's The Megaphonic Thrift and Manchester based Daniel Land & The Modern Painters will all release limited edition 7" vinyl for this years Record Store Day so we caught up with the 3 bands to talk records and record stores.



What was the first record shop you went to?

DL&TMP: I'm not sure if I remember the first record store I ever went to, but I remember the first one that meant a lot to me. It was called Fat Tones, in the West Exe part of Tiverton, Devon, where I'm from. I always thought it was a funny name for a shop because the guy that ran it was called Tony, and he was really chubby, hahaha. I used to do a Saturday paper round and walk old ladies dogs for pocket money, so I had like a tenner a week I could spend on music, which felt like a fortune when I was 14. Fat Tones was all secondhand stuff so with that amount of money I could buy two CDs or three tapes a week if I wanted to. And you know how important music is to you at that age - you just soak it all up.

Taffy: It was called "DISC NOTE" in SENDAI. It was a local record store back then, and had expanded as band scene in Japan grew in the 90s [however] it shrank as the band scene did in 2000s, but I hear it still exists.

TMT: Shabby Records in my hometown of Haugesund, Norway.

What was it like? Did you build up a relationship with the shop?

DL&TMP: Ah, it was ace. It was the tiniest shop, but it was a real treasure trove and you could find anything you wanted there. I guess I was a bit of a weird kid, I was like 14 or 15 and was buying all this really unfashionable music, stuff by Brian Eno and the Cocteau Twins and Talking Heads. But the guy seemed to know exactly what kind of stuff I was into - he'd even buy-in things that he thought would appeal to me. The shop didn't last that long, maybe two or three years, but when you're a teenager that feels like a massive amount of time anyway. It was a really important relationship.

Taffy: It was just a room in an old building. They were selling CDs and Vinyls, half and half, mainly UK pop, and were were also organizing events and parties with guitar bands. I used to go to some of them.

TMT: It was the classic nerdy record shop with a big second-hand section with lots of gold on vinyl. Hairy middle aged dudes hanging out by the counter listening to old prog-rock. It was a hangout for the town music nerds, high school freaks, metal heads, punks and hippies.

What was your first purchase? Or What was your favourite record ever bought?

DL&TMP: I think the first thing I bought from Fat Tones was the cassette of Peter Gabriel's "Shaking The Tree", which was like £3 or something. A bargain! But the first record I ever bought with my own money, that was years before, probably in 1991 when the Deacon Blue single 'Twist & Shout' came out. I was ten at the time. I still have a soft spot for Deacon Blue, if I'm honest.

Taffy: The first record I bought was "The best of Small Faces", or something like that. I'm not really sure about the title, but it was a best hits of Small Faces.

TMT: First cd I ever bought with my own money was actually "Everything Must Go" with Manic Street Preachers. A decent record, but not something that has defined me as a musician.The first LP I ever bought on the other hand is still very important to me. Larks' Tounges In Aspic by King Crimson is a great record, and Robert Fripp became a great inspiration.

Why did you decide to release a record for RSD2012?

DL&TMP: Our second album is coming out in May of this year, and we wanted to do a single from it, so it seemed like good timing all round really. We wanted to do a nice limited vinyl release for the single, which fits in well with the Record Store Day ethos. Also, our label – Club AC30 – have a couple of other singles coming out on that day, so it feels like we're in good company too.

Taffy: We don't really have [Record Store Day] in Japan, I read that it started last year somewhere, but I don't think it's really here yet. I think it's nice to release our 1st single on such a spacial day in UK. We're rather flattered that we get to do that.

TMT: The only rule we made in The Megahonic Thrift is that all our music is to be released on vinyl. RSD is a good way to celebrate the physical format of music, and we are happy to support it.

Why do you think RSD is important?

DL&TMP: I think anything the highlights the importance and value of investing in independent music is a winner, really. It'll be interesting to see how it develops over the coming years; there's already been a massive explosion of Record Store Day releases since it sinception. I think it sits better with me when it's truly independent labels being involved with the thing, if I'm honest. That should be the spirit of it. Those are the kind of things I spend my Record Store Day money on.

Taffy: Actually none of us had heard about RSD until this year, so it is a little hard to say about the importance of it. But I think it's a good thing to get attention to music and record store,because it is simply a fun place to be.

TMT: The smaller, independent music shops are the future for physical format music. Digital music is only going to grow, and this is also important. But there will always be a market for vinyl out there, and the indie shops play a crucial part in keeping the records alive. RSD is important because records in hands are important!


Take a listen to the Daniel Land & The Modern Painters and Taffy Record Store Day releases below and be sure to check out our Record Store Day section on the home page.