The writers of Hear & Now get together with a vinyl of their choice, a bottle of wine, and an open mind full of things to say about each album.
Allyson brought Fang Island's Major
ALLYSON: I forgot all about this, and much I liked this one. Total rock opera.
JASON: Everyone else seemed to dig this, but I was a bit underwhelmed with the songwriting. That is, until the '70s-esque twin guitar leads popped up about the third song in. Overall, I can see this being a grower and won't judge it based on one listen.
MARK: I can't say it better than this: "Like Arcade Fire ditched the pretension and turned every amp up to 10." -Jeph Jaques
Jason brought Fear's The Record
JASON: It wasn't nearly as heavy or intense as I thought it was going to be. You could also hear a lot of the roots of many punk sounds and genres, as well.
ALLYSON: The cover is an excellent precursor to the cocaine video that we all watched on Reddit. This record is dope. I like how it's not a straight-up punk records; I can definitely hear rockabilly.
MARK: The origin of the most quality breakneck beat down punk riffs I've known. Sexually.
Mark brought The Yardbirds' Little Games
ALLYSON: I like how all the songs are different. One song had a sound where it felt like you were riding a carriage in the Plains.
JASON: You can hear how guitarist Jimmy Page laid a lot of the foundation for what would become the Led Zeppelin sound in its production. "White Summer" is an absolutely gorgeous Indian-tinged acoustic instrumental that you need to hear now.
MARK: If you don't think a band can be cooler than the Beatles go listen to the Yardbirds.