In 2008 I was between my first and second years at University, did temporary office jobs for the Borough of Poole, went on my first UK tour with Canada Water, had a couple of short-lived relationships and spent most of my evenings at a bar my friend built in his spare room.
Frank Turner – I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous
A theme tune for life in 2008. I’m still proud to to say that Frank played this song live for the first time at the show we put on in Boscombe at the infamous Green Room (RIP). It incited many a drunken sing along back then and continues to a decade later, as the couple stood next me at this year’s album show in Camden will attest.
The Hold Steady – Constructive Summer
“Let this be my annual reminder, that we can all be something bigger” – It has been, for ten years now. Around about March / April time, I’ll put this on and find a renewed inspiration for my fading optimism and new years resolutions.
Foxboro Hot Tubs – Stop Drop and Roll
The first Green Day ‘side project’ (The Network) passed me by. This one I was fully onboard for. So much so that I’ve preferred the subsequent Green Day material that has sounded more like this. Crack a beer or two and turn it up.
Vampire Weekend – A-Punk
I never took the time to get into this band but every time I hear that opening riff I’m immediately transported back to 2008. On those grounds, it’s earned it’s place in this playlist.
Kids In Glass Houses – Lovely Bones
We all wore this album out during the Summer of 2008. Little did I know then it would come back into my life in a big way five years later as our first sell out vinyl pressing for Saint November Records.
Less Than Jake – Abandon Ship
A more melancholy moment from LTJ and a side of the band I welcomed with open arms as my teens became my twenties. “Give me some more music, I’ll sit and read the lyrics, like a bible, a gospel, I’ll sing along”.
The Gaslight Anthem – Old White Lincoln
I saw The Gaslight Anthem at Reading 2008 and picked up The 59 Sound shortly after. Driving around listening to this song I felt like I was driving an old white Lincoln. I wasn’t. It was an old white Fiesta.
Feeder – Fires
This album didn’t have the big hit for Feeder the previous two did, which isn’t a reflection of the quality, I guess their moment as a band in the spotlight had passed. I enjoyed it (and the three records since) just as much as the earlier records.
1997 – Winds Of Change
I had a borderline obsession with this band from 2007 to 2009. This is how I want 2000’s emo to be remembered, not guy liner and fringes. Unfortunately I’m not sure many people will even remember the name 1997 now. On The Run was my companion album for travelling on the 2008 tour.
Punchline – Just Say Yes
For their 2008 album Just Say Yes, Punchline changed things up a bit from their previous records, and no more so than on the title track. If you like this take a listen to their later album Thrilled which continues in a similar vibe.
The Academy Is… – About A Girl
All three The Academy Is… albums walked in a different direction. This is the opener from their third (and final) album Fast Times at Barrington High and is a fair representation of the sound on that record. It is also the only song I can remember having on my Myspace profile player.
Alphabeat – Fascination
Look, I know what it is alright. Allow me this one (and maybe one more further on)
Fall Out Boy – (Coffee’s For Closers)
It felt people had lost interest in Fall Out Boy by 2008. I remember being divided on this album at the time, but I liked a few of the songs, including this one. I’ve revisited Folie a Deux a couple of times recently and actually enjoyed some of the other tracks more than I did back then.
The Ting Tings – Be The One
I never invested in a Ting Tings album, almost every track from their debut We Started Nothing was a hit though. Listening back I think it’s aged pretty well, even if it does just remind me of The Inbetweeners (not a complaint).
Cut The Blue Wire – Everest
In the heydays of iBar (on Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth) I’d sometimes go to a gig two or three times a week. Cut The Blue Wire were one of the best bands to emerge from that time. I also saw the critically acclaimed Future Islands around this time play the same basement to notably less people.
I Say Marvin – Gloria
This band was criminally short-lived and this song is a fine example to prove my point. Everyone should still be singing this chorus now. I hadn’t heard them until the first night of our tour together. Looking back, getting to see their set every night for a week is a highlight from my time playing in bands.
Iglu & Hartly – In This City
Yep. This is the other one. Be honest, there was a time you thought they were going to be your new favourite band.
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly – Postcards From Catalunya
The first Get Cape record was such a big deal for me, it was near impossible for the second to live up to the giddy expectations. It didn’t. That said, it’s still really good and I struggled to pick a favourite to include, for all the right reasons.
Gym Class Heroes feat. Daryl Hall – Live Forever (Fly With Me)
I’m not sure how well time has remembered Gym Class Heroes. It becomes fuzzy around the early 2010’s as Travis became Travie and fell into some interesting company (Olly Murs?). Forget all of that though and enjoy this 7 minute epic with Daryl Hall (from Hall and Oats) to close us out.