8track: everythingwesayisfact

Picture the scene: you've just stepped out of the Hercules Moments DeLorean and you find yourself in the 90s. MC Hammer pants and Walkmen are all the rage. Deciding to ignore the fashion of the day, you pick up a Walkman and head home to 2012...

Over the past few months, we've been getting in touch with bands, celebrities and more to ask them to create eight-song-long mixtapes for YOU. So crack out your Walkman and enjoy...

everythingwesayisfact are a two-piece from Stonehaven who formed in 2007 when Euan and Conor were still in school. After only a year together, they broke up, but reformed in late 2012 after playing a reunion gig for Aberdeen promoters Laika Come Home. The phenomenally noisy duo have since made quite a name for themselves within the Aberdeen music scene. Let's see what frontman and guitarist Euan likes to listen to. 

GZA/Genius – Liquid Swords
The eerie introduction, the gritty RZA production, this is probably my favourite hip-hop record ever. I’ve actually met a few of the Wu-Tang Clan and they’re the nicest guys. Seems right to start any mixtape with this.

Dananananaykroyd – Some Dresses
This song sort of reminds me of finishing school, and I remember listening to the version with Giles (Dana’s original singer) on the bus down to Glasgow with Conor for EWSIF’s first show there. I just associate Some Dresses with being real happy, and I just wanted to play guitar like D Roy for so long, but I could never manage. Just hassled him on Twitter instead. I don’t think he minds me too much but maybe he’s just being nice.

Sonic Youth – Theresa’s Sound World
One of the things I love most about Sonic Youth is that they can go from 0-100 out of nowhere, but it was always at the most careful moment, never just indiscriminate noise for the sake of it (erm… actually…). This song’s a good example of that. People tend to criticise Dirty because maybe it followed some of the trendy grunge that was going about at the time, but I think it’s a great record, and certainly a decent reference point for those who are a bit unfamiliar with Sonic Youth. You shouldn’t be unfamiliar with Sonic Youth though, c’mon son.

The Yawns – Take Me to the Moon Please
Holy shit, I love The Yawns, you’ve no idea. I’ve been really into these wafer thin, jangly guitar melodies (stuff like Real Estate) forever, but The Yawns just nail it every time. Sean Armstrong has an unbelievable work ethic; he’s constantly putting out music, but seems so cool and laissez-faire on stage. Some Stonehaven representation in there too, which is always good. Eases the pain of Copy Haho being gone just that little bit.

Pavement – Grave Architecture
Pavement are my favourite band. Ever. I don’t know why I should write more than that.

The Blood Brothers – Fucking’s Greatest Hits
The Blood Brothers are pretty much the main reason everythingwesayisfact exist. I remember playing some of Young Machetes to Conor and after that we bought everything of theirs we could get their hands on. The dual-scream assault, the rasping guitars, the propensity to go from scathing punk-rock to free jazz-esque vocal exercises (in their later stuff), just all that was so inspiring for impressionable teens like me. I pretty much want to be Johnny Whitney.

Minutemen – Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing
Richard Scott from Copy Haho (and the older brother of my friend Jamie) got me into Minutemen, and they didn’t click with me immediately. But, looking deeper into songs like the one I’ve chosen, they had a real craft for putting philosophical, quasi-Dadaist imagery into these razor-sharp, short songs. I love that they’re a punk band that don’t really sound like a punk band all that much.

Pinact – Into The One
This is a direct appeal to Corrie and Lewis: can we tour please? We love you two. We think that the future is two-piece bands. Corrie, you have really interesting hair now and we like that. You have songs like this one, and they’re really good. I could’ve put Mogwai in here or something, but I picked Pinact. See? That’s real love.

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