(Photo by Patrick Houdek)

Chicago’s Aweful released their debut EP ME ME ME via BeerCan Records on August 2nd of this year. The trio includes Traci Trouble (HotLips Messiah), Lucy Dekay (Mystery Actions) and Izzy Price (Velcro Lewis Group). The album is made up of five fuzzed out and phaser drenched tracks made even more great with relevant lyrics sung in prime punk fashion.

We caught up with the band and asked them to pick three albums that have influenced them and their music. These are their picks.

ME ME ME is available for purchase here: https://aweful.bandcamp.com/album/me-me-me

Traci Trouble- Bauhaus – In The Flat Field

The first bass line I ever played was ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’ by Bauhaus but, since you are asking for an album, I would say In The Flat Field by Bauhaus had a very large impact on me and you can definitely hear it in some of our songs. I was 16 years old and just traded my drum set for a bass guitar and amp. I taught myself how to play bass by figuring songs out by ear and playing along with them. I love the simplicity and drive of Bauhaus’s bass lines and I love the songwriting. I am also really impressed by the guitar tones, vocal effects, depth and darkness of the music. 

Lucy Dekay – Hole – Live Through This

My most influential album since I was a teen is Hole’s Live Through This and it still plays heavily in my daily rotation. Everyday after high school, I’d run upstairs, grab my stereo, go into my mom’s bedroom (she had a huge bed) and jump on the bed while doing air guitar/screaming my heart out to the songs. I could really relate to the raw rage of the sound. I was an angsty teen so I felt a major bond with Courtney Love’s powerful screams/growls. I was instantly attached and never let go.

Izzy Price- Iron Maiden – Killers

During my 15th winter on earth, I discovered Killers by Iron Maiden. Finding out that Maiden had a singer before Bruce Dickinson was life-changing but, more importantly, I was discovering the sweet, sweet disco beats of Clive Burr, their first drummer. Master of the hi-hat trick and a creative filler, he developed the famous gallop that was to become the classic Iron Maiden sound and so much of the rhythm of the ‘New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM)’ in general. It’s a danceable punk rock album with two epic instrumentals and one of the fastest hi-hat rolls I’ve ever heard. This album redirected where my playing was going and how to approach the kit in a more lyrical way and I’m forever grateful for that.

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