Wednesday, 1 October 2014

The K-Tizzle Sizzle - Many years ago today something grew inside of your mother...

... that thing was you!
by Katie Langley

Some would claim that I have gone soft if I were to dedicate a blog post to a friend for their birthday. Others would accuse me of doing it as a way to circumvent the outlay of money on a present. Perhaps it’s a little of both, but can I also just add that after 11 odd years of friendship I think I’ve used up all my best ideas already… And no, Matt D, I will not buy you a weapon!

We moved in similar circles before we became pals. I always knew him as “goth boy” because of his love for black and the floor length trench coat he use to rock. YOU CAN’T DENY YOUR PAST, MAN. Our friendship has blossomed over a shared interest in music, sarcasm, gutter talk and the inherent belief that people are just a bit shit. Oh yes, and we’re both assholes. Maybe him a little more than me (sorry, but you know it’s true).

I like to give him shit about his love for ‘Freestyler’ by Bomfunk MC’s, but there’s a whole lot of other music he has introduced me to over the years...

Nine Inch Nails

It should come as no surprise to you that someone I once referred to as “goth boy” would be interested in Nine Inch Nails. I was always a little reluctant to get on the bandwagon as I found Trent Reznor to be a whinger, but Matt D persisted with pushing their music onto me and also encouraged me to see them live. I can remember being completely transfixed on the stage and feeling this overwhelming sense of awe. To this day it still rates as one of my most memorable live experiences. But I do also wonder if those special cigarettes we smoked had something to do with it.


A few years ago now I found that I was becoming bored with everything that I was listening to. I was stuck in a heavy metal loop, while Matt D started branching out into music with electronic influences. His suggestion to listen to listen to Combichrist has been one of his best to date and they’ve fast become one of my favourite bands. When are they touring again?


This was another push from Matt D into more electronic sounds, with the heavy/rock foundation. At times it's total cheese, but shit, I’ve never let that stop me from enjoying music before.

The Herbaliser

When Matt D insisted I needed The Herbaliser in my life my immediate reaction was to scoff, smirk and mutter “typical” (based on name alone of course). However, he’s right – I did. And interestingly enough this jazz rap awesomeness also has the ability to mellow my mood, and to make me smile.

Happy birthday, Matt D. You are old now.


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