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)
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)
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.