Metz – Wasted (from Metz)

These Canadians play grungey, hardcore punk. They have 2 albums out on sub pop records and their live shows are wild and full of energy, they’re one of the best newish bands around.

Babes in Toyland – Ripe (from To Mother)

(Kel) I remember buying this EP from my local record shop when I was about 14 and it blew my tiny mind, just the sheer, manic noise these three made, especially on their earlier releases opened my mind to a whole new world of raw expression. Kat Bjelland was a massive inspiration to me creatively when I was growing up and first messing around with guitars and songwriting. I saw them again on their reunion tour a couple of years ago and they were as catatonic and bold as ever. Shame it was so short lived.

Band of Gypsys – Machine Gun (From Band of Gypsys)
(Giz) Billy Cox, Buddy Miles and Jimi Hendrix recorded this album live in 1970 at the Filmore east in New York and made a record that would go on to inspire and influence musicians for decades. Soul, funk, rock, blues it’s all in there. Machine gun is a 12 minute protest against the Vietnam war full of fuzz and feedback.

Sugar – Helpless (from Copper Blue)

(Kel) The 90s was full of bands making intelligent, catchy, creative indie pop and the album Copper Blue by Sugar reminds me so much of being young and watching 120 minutes on MTV, discovering countless amazing new bands. I revisited it and listened to it constantly around the time we were writing Unfolding and I like it think some of Bob Mould’s melodic gorgeousness has left its mark on our songs.

Biffy Clyro – All The Way Down: Prologue, Chapter 1 (from The Vertigo Of Bliss)

(Jim) I love bands that sing with their own accent and don’t pander to the radio friendly ‘generic American raaawck’ style. Biffy Clyro are 100% Ayrshire and they sound it. Their first three albums (produced by Chris Sheldon who also did Troublegum) captured that raw, post-hardcore, experimental nervousness and intensity that made them an effing tremendous live band. 
The song I’ve picked shows their skill of melody and counter-melody. It’s a cracking tune that builds into something heart-exploding. When we got to work with the very producer – Gggarth – who helped evolve their sound I knew we’d have an amazing record and by gggod we do. 

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