FAKE NOSTALGIA: An Anthology of Broken Stuff is a collection of Parker brothers material from their early and urgent days. Lyrical, frantic, minimalistic and eclectically unpredictable, theirs is a sound which has launched labels a decade apart. This collection is released by Audio Antihero Records, who formed in 2009 to release Nosferatu D2’s lone album, and, the fledgling Randy Sadage label, who are debuting in 2019 to release this Tempertwig anthology. This music means a lot to a few.
Released on Friday (29 March) we thought it would be a good time to find out more about the music that inspired the band.
Dinosaur Jr – Freak Scene
Adam: Anything by Dinosaur Jr and the great J Mascis will always hold a special place in my heart – it was the first gig Ben took me to, and totally blew me away! “Where You Been” will always be THE classic album, but special mention to “Freak Scene” off of “Bug”, and it’s pummelling tom-tom beats, as I completely ripped off the drumbeat for the first Tempertwig song “Undiluted” – every tom fill I’ve played since has always had Murph in the back of my mind
Ben: When I first heard “Where You Been” it was incredible, unlike anything else I’d ever heard somehow, and Dinosaur Jr became “my band” for a while. I briefly considered starting a Dinosaur Jr tribute band and just playing this album, but unfortunately I’m nowhere near as good as J on the guitar. They played at the Brixton Academy and I dragged Adam along – they opened with Freakscene and I remember Adam absolutely loving it from the first (incredibly loud) note. Quite memory that has just come to mind: we did a two-date mini-tour (London and Brighton) with a band called Spraydog who I knew I’d love when I saw that they had a song called “Us Vs Mascis” on one of their albums.
KoЯn – Blind
Adam: By the mid-nineties, I’d grown bored of the metal genre, and had moved onto other things, until a friend lent me a tape of the first KoЯn album, and my biggest drumming inspiration – plus the idea that you could own a double-bass drum pedal and not play impossible thrash-speed Slayer-esque 16th notes was a massive eye-opener
Belle and Sebastian – Like Dylan in the Movies
Ben: I played Belle and Sebastian’s first three albums a lot at the time. Along with bands like Mogwai and Arab Strap, they seemed like a good alternative to a lot of really crap post-britpop that was around for a few years. Although you can’t really hear any influence on the songs on the tempertwig album, the earlier songs I wrote definitely tried to rip them off a bit, although when filtered through the band the influence was maybe chiseled away quite a bit.
Of the albums, I’d have to choose “If You’re Feeling Sinister” and “Like Dylan in the Movies” would be the song choice.
Leatherface – Do The Right Thing
Ben: I have found that there are many joys to be had by endlessly listening to “Minx” by Leatherface. Like Lemmy singing with Husker Du I suppose, with pop songs that only come to the surface after a certain amount of plays, and lyrics that I love and don’t know why but I do. I can recite most of them now and haven’t listened for quite some time – In fact, I’ve just googled them and they really are magical to read even without the music.
Most people say that “Mush” is the classic but I first heard “Minx”, on second-hand cassette from Beanos (the biggest record shop in Europe apparently, that was in Croydon for many a year) and it is “Minx” that I will always cherish.
Life Without Buildings – The Leanover
Ben: I’ve only ever had to ask a DJ what he was playing once, and that was when someone played “The Leanover” by Life Without Buildings at one of the Rough Trade afternoon gigs that used to happen every Saturday afternoon in Notting Hill. Listening to the song now it will still give me goosebumps everytime.
The vocal is very distinctive and spoken world, stream of consciousness and repetitive. Not unlike what I was trying to do in my own way I suppose. I saw Life Without Buildings support the Strokes at the Monarch in Camden, must have been a really early London gig for them; full of record company folk I think, who ignored LWB so I got upset and moaned throughout the Stokes set and left before the end. LWB released one album and one live album before calling it a day.
“The Leanover” is the star of “Any Other City”, but there’s some other good stuff on there too.