Liverpool trio SPQR have just launched their new EP ‘The House that Doubt Built’ with 5 dark new songs that take a journey into vocalist and guitarist Peter Harrison‘s troubled psyche. The record is lyrically open to a rare degree of vulnerability that stems from creatively channelling depression to form a fragile and honest listening experience. To find out how Peter shaped his sound, we got the singer to pick five songs that inspired him when writing and recording ‘The House that Doubt Built’.
JAMIE T – THEY TOLD ME IT RAINED
I’m not sure every Jamie T fan liked ‘Carry On The Grudge’, but it totally changed my life! The honesty, and his ability to paint this very vivid picture of the inner workings of life were hugely inspiring to me at the time. The acoustic part at the end of this song is what inspired the acoustic part of ‘Or So I Say’ – I just ripped it off in my own little way…
JAMIE LENMAN – ALL THE THINGS YOU HATE ABOUT ME, I HATE THEM TOO
The title says it all. The pure gut punching anguish in this whole record should be inspiring to anyone. It’s a man talking about how he is like no one else can do. It’s done in such an intricate yet crystal clear way. It inspires all my music all the time, specifically my lyrical approach.
PIXIES – MOTORWAY TO ROSWELL
I think ‘Trompe Le Monde’ gets mixed reviews when you bring it up, but it’s an album I definitely love! Nick, who was the first bassist in SPQR, introduced me to this song and I fell in love. This influenced lots of my songwriting. The piano bit at the end… it’s beautiful – I instantly thought ‘I want piano somehow somewhere in my songs’. I love the vocal melody and the way it effortlessly chugs along. What a little masterpiece.
RADIOHEAD – A WOLF AT THE DOOR
I was listening to ‘Hail To The Thief’ constantly while recording the EP. It’s a very late at night kind of album for me, so it fit the time perfectly. I think this final song influenced ‘Whatever Weather’ by accident. It’s that whole guitar and bass thing that I’ve tried to do. It’s a lovely song and a perfect end to that album.
EVERYTHING EVERYTHING – BLAST DOORS
Believe it or not, I was listening to ‘Get To Heaven’ right before I first wrote ‘Suffer’. I specifically remember hearing this song and trying to emulate that bloody great chorus. Isn’t it strange how different these things can turn out? I like music that I feel I could definitely NOT make myself, and EE are way beyond my musical capabilities, but that’s OK for me – it’s completely inspiring instrumentally, lyrically and melodically!
SPQR‘s new album ‘The House That Doubt Built’ is out now via Loner Noise Records and you can listen to the record below:
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