To coincide with that release, we asked the guys to pick the books, films & music that have influenced where they are as a band today.
Matt Sheldon (bass) – Zen Arcade by Husker Du
It feels almost cinematic, as you can envision the pictures moving and telling a story with the record as the score. This had a huge influence on me and the way Blanket operates as a band, as we have always used conceptual paintings for our artwork, and we feel that the artwork is a part of telling the story that the record is the score for, much in the way I personally interpreted Zen Arcade.
Bobby Pook (guitar and vocals) – Donnie Darko
The alternate universe theory shown in the film is so interesting and mind bending, I saw the Horizon documentary about the same subject years ago and it has always interested me. The most inspirational message for me in the film is the journey of awakening and the haunting ending to the film which really stuck with me for years.
Simon Morgan (guitar) – Cloud Atlas
This is told in six seemingly disparate stories which are somehow connected to each other. It’s the way that these stories are connected that I enjoy particularly about this book. On the surface it appears to be almost some kind of reincarnation through some of the characters – others a chance reading of a book written by a character one of the other stories in the past or an accidental listen to the ‘Cloud Atlas Sextet’ on a record player. I also love how the way each of the stories are written in a different way, such as in diary form, letters, interview transcript and straight up thriller. This was one of those novels that stays with you long after you’ve read the final page.
Steven Pellat (drums) – Presence by Led Zeppelin
Storm Thorgerson, who is the co-founder of Hipgnosis once said that it’s not even an object per se in the pictures but a black hole, to demonstrate that Zeppelin were so powerful they didn’t even need to be there in the flesh, not physically, but that the memory would do that. There’s also a kind of tongue in cheek reference to the film 2001 A Space Odyssey, which is brilliant. There is a definite sinister feel to it too, there’s a real dark energy within the pictures.