Los Angeles based noise-pop/shoegaze band The Meeting Places have been together since 2001 creating some incredible music. On May 24th they released, You and I on cd/digital formats via Saint Marie Records. On July 26th, they are set to release the EP via vinyl format. The EP is made up of four dreamy and lush tracks that stay true to the shoegaze sound.

We asked the band to tell us what three albums have influenced them and their music. The following are their picks.

You can pre-order the EP here: http://www.saintmarierecords.com/products/640273-the-meeting-places-you-and-i

Guided By Voices – Bee Thousand

This album rewrote the book on what constituted a great album. The lo-fi recording and what seemed to be mere fragments of songs barely registered after repeated listenings. Robert Pollard’s stream of consciousness lyrics added to the choose your own adventure feel of Guided By Voices ‘ high-water mark. 

The Stone Roses – eponymous 

Pure perfection. It’s pretty well known how much John Leckie laboured over various aspects of this masterpiece, but listeners reap the rewards. The track sequencing is spot-on, with an effortless flow. You can hear these young men feeding off each other’s creativity and it’s an amazing listen straight through.

My Bloody Valentine – Loveless

It’s pretty hard to ignore this album, which demands to be heard in its entirety played loud on a good stereo system. My Bloody Valentine delivered in spades the sonics that were gestating in Isn’t Anything. This album in the pre-internet days had many trying every combination of stomp-box and rack unit to mimic Kevin Shields’ sound. Loveless isn’t a collection of singles, but a perfectly executed musical ride.

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