We asked guitarist and vocalist Brett Campbell about the 3 records that have influenced him as a person, but also Pallbearer as a band.
Rwake – If You Walk Before You Crawl, You Crawl Before You Die
Fast forward a few years to my first year of university where I met Joe. He sent me a message on early Facebook, because he’d seen me wearing an Anathema shirt around campus. We met up to have a jam with a couple of other guys at this warehouse. The other two guys who were playing with us weren’t impressed by me, they were a little bit older and I guess they thought I was some kind of loser, I mean I guess they weren’t wrong. I think they were some post-hardcore guys. I started playing the final massively heavy riff from the end of ‘Dying Spiral Galaxies’, first song on that Rwake record. Which is still the heaviest riff of all time, stupidly heavy. Joe recognised it and started playing that riff too and we were both like ‘fuck, you know Rwake?!’ We’ve been playing music together since then and that was in 2005, so essentially Pallbearer wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for Rwake. So that record and band are very influential to us.
Yes – Close To the Edge
Red House Painters – Rollercoaster
In the three albums that I mentioned, Rwake is a very absurdly heavy but also interesting, weird band. Their arrangements are bizarre and fucked up. Then Yes, their progressive symphonic tendencies, massive vocal harmonies and instrumental interplay. The melancholy and personal nature of Red House Painters, that sparse sadness and slowness. All three of those I think are heavily present in Pallbearer and my overall musical inclinations whenever I’m writing a song. There’s many others, but those I think are all three very prominent influences on my work.