They are currently out on the road in support of their new album Cuckoo Waltz, which came out last week also on Song By Toad, so we caught up with guitarist/vocalist Gavin Will to get the lowdown on some of the albums that influenced him as an artist.
Catch them live at these places:
12th May – FOCUS Wales, Wrexham (Tickets)
13th May – More Music, Morecambe (Tickets)
15th May – JT Soar, Nottingham
18th May – Leith Depot, Edinburgh (Tickets)
26th May – The Hug & Pint, Glasgow (Tickets)
8th June – The Glad Cafe, Glasgow (Tickets)
Slint – Tweez
I remember seeing Slint at the first All Tomorrows Parties that I went to in 2005. They were playing Spiderland in its entirety but towards the end of the set they started playing songs from Tweez and the crowd around us suddenly changed. The art kids disappeared, beards and tattoos appeared, and the mosh pit started. It was fantastic!
Slint are a band and that could appeal to all sorts.
Minutemen – What Makes A Man Start Fires
The whole DIY ethos of Minutemen as a band really appealed to me. We were at school with no jobs but bands like them really made being in a band a more realistic prospect for us. They showed us that you didn’t have to have much money to be in a band, play live and release records.
Arthur Russell – Calling Out Of Context
My music tastes were changing and the sound of this album really struck a chord. Swaying from country to drone to pure pop. It’s a beautiful, heartfelt collection of songs. The fact that it wasn’t released until long after he died adds to the poignancy, but the album still sounds as though it could have been recorded yesterday.