Exploding out of Leicester, newcomers Mouth Culture are as exciting as they come. You might have heard them on TV shows or see them on stage with Pulled Apart By Horses but now is the time to listen up and take stock. Their funky tones are reminiscent of British pop rock like You Me At Six and Don Broco but with a mellow contemporary twist that Dayseeker/b> impress with.
To celebrate the release of their new single ‘sink’, we spoke to Mouth Culture who each picked an album that inspired them to create their music.
TAME IMPALA – ‘Currents’
Pretty much every song on this record is a statement in itself, the ingenious blend of melodic falsetto with crunching bass encapsulates the very definition of experimentation and for me that’s what I love about making music – creating something new, something that’s never been done before.
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE – ‘THREE CHEERS FOR SWEET REVENGE’
This album was an essential discovery for myself. If it were not for this album I would not be in this band right now. It opened up a door for me that really informed my playing and how I looked at song writing in particular, jamming to this album on repeat in my bedroom is how I learnt guitar. Guitars being the main driving force behind the album is what stood out to me the most, but the approach of backing up melody with harmony and keeping the sections interesting by changing it up each time is something that has stuck with me through the years making it somewhat instinctive now, as it’s sub-consciously applied to every Mouth Culture song in one way or another.
FRANK OCEAN – ‘CHANNEL ORANGE’
When I was 18, I had this album on in my car every day. We’d play it on long drives, at pre-drinks, before I went to sleep and then again, when I would wake up. Whatever mood I was in or place I was at in my head, this album had me relating. If I had to put it down to one thing it would be his continual use of controversial melodies backed by an almost ambient wall – You can experience the sound he is creating as well as taking in exactly what he is saying.
FOO FIGHTERS – ‘THE COLOUR AND THE SHAPE’
This album is pure nostalgia for me. It reminds me of holidays in Cornwall, surfing, young love and just being a teenager, I listened to it for about a year straight. The first time I heard ‘My Hero’, I was hooked. The thing that stood out to me the most about this album was the differentiation in styles between each song, which is all tied together with that classic ‘Foo’ sound that everyone knows and loves. I remember watching an interview with Dave Grohl where he said this album made him into a real musician. After his DIY roots with the first Foo Fighters album; going to a proper studio with a big-time producer (Gil Fuckin’ Norton) really pushed him and the rest of the band. Dave’s DIY attitude really resonated with me, I think having creative control over what we make as a band is incredibly important.
SLEEP TOKEN – ‘SUNDOWNING’
You never quite know what to expect when pressing play on a Sleep Token track, for me the anticipation is what makes their songs so exciting to listen to. A perfect harmony of elegant melodies and crushing breakdowns make the experience one to remember and the mastery of musicianship behind them makes every track even more impressive.
Mouth Culture‘s new single, ‘sink’, is out now.