Having just released their debut album, Recipes from the Bible, at the beginning of December we got them to sit down and pick the three records that drive their furious sound.
Jack Gordon (vocals) – The Mountain Goats – Tallahassee
Tallahassee by The Mountain Goats is all the more extreme in its ability to plumb the depths of my underclass soul, not contrary to its stripped back singer-songwriter folk rock sensibilities, but directly because of them. As with all of their music, it’s downright fucking purifying.
Ed Snell (bass) – Converge – Jane Doe
It’s fiercely heavy but it’s got hooks, there’s down-the-line, snappy songs like Concubine and then there’s big meandering beasts like the title track Jane Doe. It’s uncompromising throughout and the intense energy of the album is palpable. If I can create just a few of those characteristics in Irk songs, then I’m happy.
Matt Deamer (Drums) – Kong – Snake Magnet
An insanely tight rhythm section and baffling drum patterns underpin harsh guitars, whilst a derranged man shouts gibberish. It’s a bizarre and invigorating racket. The album’s exciting mix of nuance and noise was a bit of a revelation to me, and definitely reignited my interest in starting a band.