For as long as i can remember i've had an insanely close relationship with music. it may sound a bit weird or corny to put it that way, but it's the best wey i know to describe it. different types of music, different bands or styles or whatever, even before i knew anything about that stuff, would elicit different emotional responses from me. when i was a kid, it was usually happiness or excitement.. i remember listening to my cousin's stereo when we were visiting them and i had him just repeating this one song over and over "the danger zone," from Top Gun. i was maybe 5 at the time.. and i guess it was the first time i'd ever gotten that feeling. i suppose a lot of it was... inspiration. or, at least, inspirational. like, when i was about 13 or 14, and i would go to a show and see a band along with a crowd of 30 people, and they would just be incredibly intense, and amazing; i'd never known bands/music like that existed.. so this fascination developed along with my musical tastes and all while broadening my horizons, finding new bands at every turn (most punk rock / hardcore kids know what it means to really go search for good music; you're not gonna find it on the radio, or on TV, where you're essentially sold whatever the people are shelling who gave the most money for ad time)...
anyway, i thought i would list a few bands out of randomness and because it is a big part of who i am. some i haven't listened to in maybe 10 years or so; some only released a single 7" and then disbanded.. but all were a major influence on me in some way or another:
codeseven, managra, circa survive, chiodos, the receiving end of sirens, the weak link breaks, jonah, kid dynamite, engine down, avail, boy sets fire, cursive, get up kids, owltian mia, my chemical romance, 400 years, insidious, inkwell ('95), alkaline trio, the doors, fugazi, get up kids, trigger quintet, muse, nirvana, smashing pumpkins, sponge, spirit assembly, our lady peace, thursday, texas is the reason, mineral, hot water music, the dear hunter, fun, fall out boy, vendetta red, brand new, coheed & cambria, sleepytime trio, i hate myself, the black keys, cold war kids, protest the hero, yaphet kotto, twelve hour turn, hero of 100 fights, forstella ford, the decemberists, chuck ragan, deftones, emarosa, dance gavin dance, isles and glaciers, darkest hour, thrice, the bled, dashboard confessional, pink floyd, gameface, radiohead, tool, breaking benjamin, AFI, mumford & sons, zegota, rush, brett dennen, taking back sunday, tintoretto, we came as romans, of mice and men, from autumn to ashes, further seems forever (chris carraba), from first to last (w/ sonny moore).. these were off the top of my head. i'm quite sure i missed at least a few dozen. i'll try to keep the list updated if anyone likes the same kind of stuff and would like to find more bands they might like. also, please let me know if you have any suggestions based on what i've got listed here.