We’ve been massive fans of UpCDownC here at E&D for over a decade and have followed their transformation from post rock legends to progressive doom behemoth with great interest.
Their awesome new album, I, Awake, is released on September 22nd. ‘The writing was heavily influenced by the later Swans albums like “The Glowing Man” and “To Be Kind” where dynamics and repetition are used to great effect. We were listening to a lot of early Black Sabbath at the time which accounts for the heavy riffs, as well as quite a few different horror sound tracks’ says guitarist Chris Garth.
Ahead of that, we asked the guys to give us the three records that set them on the path to the music they make today.
Nirvana – In Utero (Chris – Guitar)
Nirvana are where it all started for me. They are the only band where I have pretty much heard everything they’ve ever recorded and liked it all. They also opened the door to so many other bands that I would have never found without them like The Wipers and Swans. In Utero for me was the album that represented all their best qualities. It still had the pop hooks but was also really dirgy and heavy.
It’s definitely influenced the way I prefer to record which is basically a band in a room with as minimal over dubs as possible. It also influenced my guitar playing and dynamics. The quiet/loud/quiet/LOUD!! formula is something I’ve always used when writing. I never learnt scales so when it came to solos I would also just experiment with noise and feedback rather than try and be quick and precise. I think sonically for me it’s the greatest album of all time.
The Haxan Cloak – Excavation (Jim – Bass/Synths)
Mogwai – Come On Die Young (Dale – Drums)
Although Nirvana’s Nevermind was the album that changed things for me when I was younger, it was this album by Mogwai that has been the biggest influence on me musically. The first song I heard was Ex-Cowboy on a compilation CD and I bought the album soon after. I was hooked as soon as I heard the first track, with the speech from Iggy Pop just making me sit and listen.
The whole album flows beautifully after that until it reaches “Christmas Steps”, which is one of the greatest post-rock songs ever recorded and the song that made me want to be in a band that played this sort of music.