Lush Purr first came to our attention about 18 months ago when they featured on Song By Toad’s David Cameron’s Eton Mess compilation where Chad Murray described them as having “the muffled charm of The Beta Band with the staggered pop sensibilities of Beck”.

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

When I was first starting to playing in bands, Spiderland by Slint was the album that all my friends were listening to. As much as I loved that album, Tweez was the one that has really stood the test of time with me.

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

From the first time I heard the frantic Mike Watt bass lines of ‘Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs’ I was hooked. I loved D.Boon’s scratchy, funky guitar and George Hurley’s unusual drumming style. They had a really fresh sound unlike anything I had heard before. Really talented musicians but not in an overly flashy way.

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

One of my friends gave me this album on a CD-r and I really couldn’t get in to it at the time. It lay around in a stack of CDs gathering dust for years. It wasn’t till maybe about 5 years ago that I came across it again, put it on and I was blown away.

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.

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