Broken Bones Matilda, The TVD First Date

“Playing a record is a ritual. Running your fingers along your collection (which you recently alphabetised by artist), pulling out a record and going over the track-listing in your head before taking it out of the sleeve and placing it on the turntable. You put the empty sleeve against the shelf, drop the needle and wait…”

“BOOM! There is sound! There is colour! There are memories…teenage angst, long summers, first joint, first times, everlasting, eternal life and lust and love all on one 12 inch vinyl that spins…and spins…and spins until you tell it to stop.

For us there is no better way to listen to our favourite music. Sarah’s music taste was shaped by listening to her Dad’s record collection when she was a young girl. Johnny Cash, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, The Rolling Stones etc—all music that was originally mastered and pressed for vinyl. As kids we both grew up in the ’90s and we’ve reacquired most of the stuff we bought on CD in vinyl form.

There is also a duty of care you take on as you build your record collection. You learn the importance of keeping them in as good a condition as possible, putting them away when you’re done listening and keeping them in the sleeve until the next time.

Now-a-days in the era of playlists and streaming people are consuming music faster than ever before, the creation of an album isn’t being taken into consideration like it once was. The beauty of vinyl is that you get to take in an album as it was intended to be heard, the story that it is telling, and the flow of the track listing that has been carefully considered.

When we were recording our debut album (currently unreleased) in November last year we were constantly talking about track-listings, side A and B, which song should end side A and which song should start side B, the ebb and flow of the music and how it fits together as a whole. You do all of this knowing it will inevitably be a small percentage of people who listen to the songs on your album in the way you intended.

However, the hardcore fans and music lovers out there that buy the LP will get why you did those things a certain way and understand why so much thought went into it. That is perhaps what vinyl is really all about. Back in the day you had to fit a certain amount of songs onto each side and that forced artists to get creative and think about a record being split into two sides, or even 4 sides if you’re banging out a nice big double album!

As an artist you dream of having your music on vinyl because it is the ultimate way your music can be represented physically. A fan taking home a copy of their favourite band’s record is a big statement and a beautiful way to show how much they appreciate the music!”

“Everafter,” the new single from Broken Bones Matilda is in stores now.

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