Track and Field are pushing indie emo to a new place by throwing in their experience from their old bands The Plight and grindcore outfit The Afternoon Gentlemen Mixing up their punk rock past and their melodic present leaves a band who are mesmerising and cinematic. To celebrate their new albumm ‘Natural Light’, we grabbed the band to each pick an album that has inspired them in someway. Singer and guitarist Mick Grogan had his say on the picks “There’s definitely a lot of common ground amongst the bands influences and our collective passion for punk and hardcore music can’t go without an honourable nod. The bands we have all previously played in have surely had a significant impact on Track and Field’s sound and writing process and these experiences coupled with the appreciation for everything we have listed above I suppose is how we find our music coming together as it does.”
BIFFY CLYRO – BLACKENED SKY & THE VERTIGO OF BLISS
As chosen by Mick (Vocals & Guitar)
The reason I’ve chosen this band and these two albums is that this is the stuff I was listening to about ten years ago when I was around 15-18. This is when I first moved out of home and started to become the person I am. With a diet of heavy paranoia and excessive alcohol and THC consumption it was these records that were one of the few things I found comfort in and that managed to keep me level. These records have also stood the test of time for me. I listen to certain bands I was into when I was younger and I can’t get past the first track, but these records still hold up.
JIMMY EAT WORLD – CLARITY
As chosen by Dan (Bass)
This is the first album I ever got to listen to in its entirety on my brothers hand me down tape player. It’s a contrast of raw guitar driven melodies combined with slower more orchestrated songs. ‘Your
New Aesthetic’ my favourite from the album is an example of a driven muted verse followed by a massive chorus layered up with delicate backing vocal harmonies. The contrast of rawness and emotion with more considered delicate writing on the album definitely has parallels to what we’ve done with ‘You Are My Home’. Except there’s no 16-minute closing track on ours. That’s just indulgent.
MINERAL – THE POWER OF FALLING
As chosen by Jon (Guitar)
I think everyone deep down knows that those archetypal bands from the early 90’s have had an effect on the overarching guitar sound of Track and Field. ‘The Power of Failing’ is no exception and it’s obviously a record that ranks highly in the canon of emo history as it were. Stand out tracks like ‘Gloria’ and ‘Parking Lot’ draw you in and make you think “I really want to write a song as epic as this”.
ELLIOTT – SONG IN THE AIR
As chosen by John (Drums)
Elliott were a band who developed substantially between each record they released. ‘Song In The Air’ came out in 2003 and refined the production and songwriting heard in their earlier work. It locked on to a sound which continues to define them today, as they split up after they recorded it. They seamlessly blended post hardcore and post rock to create an album that I have been listening to for years.
Track & Field‘s new album ‘Natural Light’ is out now via Beth Shalom Records and you can download the record on iTunes (here).