Stephen Evans – Bass Guitar.

The Beatles – The White Album.

I was given 2 albums at an early age which continue to influence the way in which I listen to and write music. Black Sabbath’s self titled debut released in 1970, and Help by The Beatles released in 1965.

Help encouraged me to further investigate The Beatles’ back catalogue, where I found the 1968 Beatles self titled album, otherwise known as The White Album. To me, this double album, full of such a variety of different styles of song, is a masterpiece and firmly holds the number 1 spot in my list of favourite albums. I continue to aspire to write a song half as good as anything on this album, perhaps excluding Revolution Number 9 which just annoys me. My top 3 songs off this album are Rocky Racoon, I Will and Julia.

Black Sabbath – Self Titled.

Black Sabbath’s debut album inspired a fondness of the macabre and riff based music inside me. The band intended to combine their music with horror, subject matters concerning the occult, and dark stage theatrics. They named the band after the Mario Bava film of the same name, which is responsible for my ongoing obsession with horror films. Black Sabbath are the pioneers of the heavy metal genre, as they combined riffs with dark imagery and dark lyrics of dread. Led Zeppelin is not heavy metal, as it misses the key macabre element. My top 3 songs off this album are N.I.B., The Wizard and Black Sabbath.

Joe Martin – Vocals / Guitar.

Chameleons – What Does Anything Mean? Basically.

Unsung heroes of the 80’s indie scene. The Chameleons paved the way for all of the following Manchester scene. This, their second album as they were pulling away from their existing record company, pushes Mark Burgess and Reg Smithies song writing ability in another direction from their stunning debut album Script for the Bridge. Fantastic, atmospheric, powerful, stunning songs.

My Bloody Valentine – Loveless

What at first comes across as an aural manifestation of the Texas Chain Saw Massacre soon reveals itself as a spellbinding mix of complex song structures, melancholy vocals and droning but intelligently applied feedback guitar. Behind the white noise lies a whole world of hidden melodies, sleepy moans and mesmerizing rhythms that with every listen evoke further oneiric horizons.




Words by Wayne Carey who writes for Louder Than War. His author profile is here and you can catch his blog here.

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