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My Favourite Record: With Confidence’s Josh Brozzesi

Brii Jamieson
Brii Jamieson 5 August 2018 at 13.00

This is My Favourite Record- the feature where we give band members the chance to gush about the music that they love.

Because everyone has a favourite record. Even band members. Especially band members. 

This week we talk to With Confidence drummer Josh Brozzesi, whose favourite record of all time is the The Dangerous Summer's 'War Paint'.

WHEN IS THE FIRST TIME YOU HEARD 'WAR PAINT'?
I still remember the first time I heard the record, I was at a girl’s house. She played it and usually when I hear music that’s unfamiliar it fades to the background, but I liked it instantly and it caught me. Normally I’ll hear something and make a note to come back to it but it’ll take a few listens before I really connect and understand a song but this album had me from that first listen.

WHEN DID YOU FIRST ACQUIRE IT?
I was never big on physical albums as a kid so it was either iTunes or Spotify back then. I grabbed a proper copy when they came out to Vans Warped Tour Australia in 2013 two years later. They were my favourite band and even though they had one of the smallest crowds that day it was my favourite set. Another kid in a Spongebob backpack knew all the words so I yelled them out with him the whole set.

HAVE YOU SEEN IT PERFORMED LIVE IN ANY CAPACITY? 
I’ve now been lucky enough to see them multiple times in Australia and the US. Seeing it live is something else. They’re a band that come out and dump their hearts out on stage and they leave a piece of themselves on stage when they get off.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TRACK OFF 'WAR PAINT'?
It’s so hard since they’re one of those bands where I always want to listen to an album start to finish and not just singles. I love Siren. The intro guitar part was one of the first things I ever learnt on guitar. I love the chorus lyrics. All of AJ’s lyrics are amazing one liners. I related to everything when things fizzled out with the girl. I kept the songs, I’d dropped out of uni and I was struggling with this overwhelming feeling of apathy and pointlessness I was grappling with daily. It was hard to get out of bed. Sometimes I didn’t think it would make a difference whether I woke up or not that day to anyone or anything. At a point it became hard to leave my house. I’d yell along to them at 1am on the drive home from work, so much so I damaged my voice for a year or so. The lyrics are real but they’re positive.

WHY IS THIS RECORD SO IMPORTANT TO YOU?
It’s the record that made me interested in music again. I’d just dropped out of university which I took really badly since I’ve always seen things through. I’ve always done really well at school and I was doing fine at uni but I just freaked out. I wasn’t happy. My future was mapped out ahead of me, the next four years of my life and then a career and a family and it freaked the hell out of me. I spent months just working at a restaurant and trying to sleep away as much time as I could and I heard the record and it just made me start playing drums again and brought me back to music and ultimately lead to me studying music again and starting a band. I’m thankful for that. Trying to commit to a career at 18/19 always scared me and still scares me now. The future freaks me out.

Hard to argue with such sentimental value. Check out 'War Paint' by The Dangerous Summer below:

With Confidence's new album 'Love And Loathing' is set for release August 10, through Hopeless Records. You can get all the details on that here.

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