Willow Ryan (Body Void)

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This time around we feature the vinyl collection of Willow Ryan, guitarist, bassist and vocalist in the crushing sludge/doom duo Body Void.

The first record I ever bought with my own money was…

I can’t remember exactly what it was. I started collecting vinyl in about ’07 and I think the first album I bought back then was Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew, which definitely changed the course of my musical tastes at the time.

The record that made me want to make music was…

Another Miles Davis album. His 1974 live album Dark Magus. The guitarist on that record, Pete Cosey, made me pick up a guitar.

The record I’ve played more than any other is…

Another record I bought early on was Sigur Ros’s Agaetis Byrjun. I think I’ve probably listened to that more than any other through the years. It’s still one of my favorites.

The record that always make me feel good is…

Pretty much everything I own makes me feel good in some way, but lately if I need to throw something on that’s basically musical comfort food it’s Elton John’s Madman Across the Water. I’ve had that record stuck in my head all summer.

The record I turn to when I’m feeling down is…

I don’t really have a go to for this, but I tend to listen to music that reflects my mood rather than something to change it. Two recent record purchases that I think are great for sad times are Phoebe Bridger’s Stranger in the Alps and Julien Baker’s Turn Out the Lights.

The record with my favorite cover art is…

The Stooges’ Fun House is an album cover I always love studying. It’s perfect for the music. It just looks like hell.

The strangest LP I own is…

Sadly, I don’t think I have anything in my collection that qualifies as strange 🙁

The rarest LP I own is…

I have first presses of Electric Wizard’s Come My Fanatics… and Dopethrone. I bought them when the albums were out of print and they cost a lot at the time.

The last LP I bought was…

Vale’s Burden Of Sight. The Bay Area’s best black metal band with the best people.

Body Void’s new album, Bury Me Beneath This Rotting Earth, will be released on April 23, 2021, via Prosthetic Records. It is available for pre-order on two vinyl variants (white w/black swirl and magenta), CD and digital from Body Void’s Bandcamp page. It is also available for pre-order on cassette (green shell w/black and white sticker label) from Tridroid Records Bandcamp page.


Revised: February 25, 2021

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