We asked Max about the 3 albums that have influenced him the most during his musical career.
Ripping a page from the Killing Joke school of lo-fi noise, then setting it on fire via the way of Today Is The Day and Godflesh, Hull’s scariest kids, Parasitic Twins unleashed their debut EP; the furious All That’s Left To Do Now Is Sleep With Each Other on October 26th. Recorded live and raw, at Melrose Yard Studios in York, the hardcore duo, made up by guitarist/vocalist Max Watt (Rotting Monarchs) and drummer Dom Smith (Mary and The Ram), have performed together previously as part of Seep Away was born of a desire to create the most abrasive sound they could.
Second only to the genius of Dimebag, this is one of the most influential albums I’ve ever heard in regards to guitar work. It’s never said, so I’ll say it here. Scott Middleton is a fucking guitar legend. So there. Besides that, this was the first hardcore album I ever heard. My gateway. And to hear the genre covered in metal-tinged execution made it one hell of a gateway.
A ways into my hardcore sojourn I discovered Backtrack. There was no going back after that. As well as being able to write riffs with simplicity and such coolness they’d freeze your nuts off, this band brought something important. Positivity, a resolute mindset, and a smart life plan that will resonate with me forever. If Cancer Bats was the gateway to hardcore, Backtrack were the gateway within hardcore to the lyrical gold that shaped my philosophies. Not to mention, the New York hardcore scene, which while a long way away from my corner of the woods, is in my opinion the best of the genre. Bands like Mags are beyond the sands of time, but the underdogs such as Breakdown et al, are the real warriors.
If there’s one thing that resonates more than awesome riffs and resolute mindsets, it’s the ones who deal with the darker side of things. Depression, being masochistically uncomfortable in one’s own skin, and anxiety, are just a few issues I’ve faced in my personal life that Expire express throughout their discography. But the one I owe it to most is their debut album. I mean, wow. There’s some serious stuff being expressed here, and eloquently, which frankly is a fresh thing in the hardcore world. Few have written lyrics quite so poetically as Josh Kelting.