Why did your favourite band pick up a guitar and start playing? Who moulded them into the band they are today? Who do they look up to now? We’re setting out to answer these questions by talking to musicians about who inspires what they do and what goes into their music
Exeter newcomers Witterquick are so fresh to the scene, that they’ll be releasing their first ever EP ‘Beneath The Spinning Lights’ soon – and if you like Mallory Knox and Young Guns then you’ll need to pick it up on June 17th. We caught up with alternative rockers to talk about the albums that inspired them to start a band and release music.
The Naked and Famous have two fantastic albums. Their debut ‘Passive me, Aggressive You’ was highly successful, with the perfect blend of rock, riffs and electronic/synth ambiance. The popularity spoke for itself, but their second album ‘In Rolling Waves’ followed suit perfectly. They really went to town with the synth accompaniment, which is something we are really going for ourselves. I really dig their vibe, and obvious passion for the feel of the music. The lead and backing vocals are also very impressive, even live. They seem to tick all the boxes, but also we see a bit of ourselves in The Naked and Famous.
When I first heard ‘Puzzle’ it blew my mind. Something about the way it’s put together connected with me. There’s so much raw emotion and power in that record, and with everything happening in my life at the time, it really hit home. It sounds dramatic but it was the catalyst for a turning point in my life musically, it changed the way I thought about music, and definitely changed the way I write music. It’s honest, and it’s something i wanted my music to be. Plus Storm Thorgeson was a king, the artwork for that record is sublime. I even have the puzzle piece from the front cover tattooed on my arm, not many people know that’s what it relates to.
This was the first album I bought with my very first paycheck, and Idlewild were the first band I saw play live. They blew me away. I love Dave Eringa‘s production on this record, the backing vocals, the tone of the guitar, and the title track at the end with Edwin Morgans poem, its still enough to give me all the feels.
This record got me hooked into the Foo Fighters, I remember seeing the video to ‘Learn To Fly’ on Kerrang! when I was younger, I used to sit and watch the music channels for hours after school with a blank VHS ready to record the songs I liked, I was too young to buy the records for myself, and iTunes and YouTube didn’t exist.
I was brought up listening to music, all kinds of pop from my mum and a real varied mix of punk, rock 80’s and more from my dad. I’d always been into it, but I must have been 11 or so when I first really heard ‘Appetite for Destruction’. I remember sitting down and a friend of mine put his vinyl player on, and played ‘My Michelle’, it blew my mind. I must have listened to the album pretty much on loop since then. Duff was a massive influence on me picking up a bass guitar, his playing on that album (and in general) is unlike most bass players. He blends the scrappy punk rock ethic with a lot of melody, and almost treats it like a lead guitar at times. If it wasn’t for that album, I honestly don’t know whether i’d have started my first band.
Witterquick’s brand new EP ‘Beneath The Spinning Lights’ is released on June 17th through Lab Records, and you can pre-order it via iTunes (here). Make sure you follow the band on online via Facebook (here) and Twitter (here).