My earliest memory of Million Dead resides in 2003 when I accompanied a friend to the Southampton date of Pitchshifter's farewell tour (which, coincidentally, wasn't). I remember being stormily disappointed on learning that the initial confirmed support, thisGirl, had pulled out due to an illness and had subsequently been replaced by relatively unknown local act Million Dead (a name taken from a lyric in Refused's 'The Apollo Programme Was A Hoax'). Their set was dire; loud and disorganised, abrasive against the university sound system. However, as I held little interest for the headline act, I proceeded to lurk around the merch desk to introduce myself with a garbled opening line. Unbeknown to me at the time, that meeting had a major altercation on my musical tastes, ethics and pretty much everything else that comprises my passion for instrumentation today. I still own a copy of the EP I was given, with such utopian titles as 'I Want To Be Shot At (By An Israeli Gun Squad)' and 'Everybody Needs To Read More Books', signed by all members, including vocalist Frank Turner.