Leeds DIY stalwarts Bilge Pump have returned with their first album for a decade, We Love You, and it’s a real winner. A post-punk, art-quirk trio of formidable dexterity and fierce live reputation it’s probably fair to say they have, thus far, maintained quite a low profile. We Love You ought to see them reach a wider audience both with youngsters who were only kids when their last one came out and those of us who think 2009 was “just a couple of years ago, wasn’t it?” alike. 

We thought it was about time we found out more about what makes the band tick, so we asked them to pick the three albums that have influenced their music.

Emlyn – The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry

I was introduced to The Cure via the album Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, which I loved. This led me to seek out more in the form of a bargain copy of Boys Don’t Cry from almost a decade earlier.

I instantly found this stripped-down three-piece version of the band more appealing. The sparser, punkier sound, the jaunty bass, and apparent buffoonery appeared to add up to the perfect band.

As a bass guitar beginner I started learning classic Joy Division stuff but the under-rated Michael Dempsey style on this early Cure album was where I aspired to be. I expect this is probably still true.

Neil – Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath

I first heard it when I was 10 years old and it’s possibly no coincidence that I started wanting to play drums around the same time. It’s been a stand-out standard for me ever since.

As a kid its immediacy grabbed me; the drums sounded amazing… and the riffs, the bass, and Ozzy. Wow! I had no idea what was going on, but it sounded SO GOOD.

Three decades later and the lyrics remain ink-stamped on my brain and the songs are still working the same (black) magic.

Joe – Butthole Surfers – Psychic… Powerless…Another Man’s Sac

I was fortunate enough to witness The Butthole Surfers at their peak in 1989, seeing a band that unhinged made me realise what I had always wanted punk to be like.

While others cite Locust etc as their masterwork, I always come back to this album with its total rawness and lack of any inhibitions. From the crazed ramblings of Concubine, to the sublime bassline of Cherub; what sets them apart from their contemporaries is the fact that their songs are so catchy; a pop band hiding behind a psychedelic punk mask.

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