We asked OHHMS singer Paul Waller what three releases have been a big influence on him.
Kiss – Alive
I could have easily chosen Rollins Band’s The End Of Silence or Metallica’s …And Justice For All as perfect examples of bands releasing records at the height of their live prowess, but holy shit, Kiss in ’75 were hungry as fuck. They were shockingly heavy and raw at the time. The footage I’ve seen on YouTube and on DVD from that era proves they were an utterly incredible live act in the mid-70s. That period in Kisstory inspires me every time I get on stage, you have to give it everything or get off, no half measures. If I am not wringing sweat out of my t-shirt by the end of a gig then shame on me.
Without Kiss I wouldn’t want to be in a band at all. Period.
Crass – Christ – The Album
I was writing for a magazine at the time and requested an interview with the singer, Steve Ignorant and I couldn’t believe that just a week later I got to spend a couple of hours on the phone with him. When I put the phone down I found myself at a sort of crossroads, I remember questioning everything about the way I lived my life. I looked into their ethics and general ethos and adapted what I liked and what worked for me and ran with it, not that I was an asshole to begin with of course, but I still feel the same four years later. I question everything. Just a simple act such as doing research before accepting what I am told on the news was a big change for me.
It’s so odd how a decent band can actually truly change your life. Steve and Crass inspired me in many ways and when it came to forming OHHMS in 2013/2014. I would have to say that it’s with a massive doff of the cap to Crass that I have been far more direct with my lyrics. Personal politics and social and political commentary play a big part in what we do.
Black Sabbath – Sabotage
What’s more those six records are full of my very favourite riffs ever. I can’t honestly choose between those albums and I see them as a singular monolithic body of work. When I am down they pick me up and when I am up they inspire me to be better. On that great movie, Such Hawks, Such Hounds someone remarks that Sabbath are played out, like he is bored of them and I hope I never get there. That would be an awful day indeed.