On October 18th, UK based quartet, blanket, will embark on a UK tour in support of their debut full-length album How To Let Go, which has recently been followed up with a video for the track ‘Turn Ourselves To Stone’. Joining them on tour will be their friends from UK based quintet Pijn who have been busy this year having played at Roadburn, leperfest, Strangeforms and ArcTanGent festivals.
For this Under the Influence piece, both bands decided to put forth a joint selection, each choosing the same three albums but providing a different take on how each of those albums influenced them. How cool is that? Check out their responses below.
For more information on the tour, visit blanket’s Facebook page here.
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18TH OCTOBER – BOOTLEG SOCIAL, BLACKPOOL
21ST OCTOBER – ATTIC BAR, GLASGOW
22ND OCTOBER – HEAD OF STEAM, NEWCASTLE
23RD OCTOBER – THE PARISH, HUDDERSFIELD
24TH OCTOBER – THE CRAUFURD ARMS, MILTON KEYNES
25TH OCTOBER – THE CAMDEN ASSEMBLY, LONDON
26TH OCTOBER – HEARTBREAKERS, SOUTHAMPTON
28TH OCTOBER – THE COBBLESTONES, BRIDGWATER
29TH OCTOBER – THE OLD ENGLAND, BRISTOL
30TH OCTOBER – THE VAULT, SWANSEA
31ST OCTOBER – THE FLAPPER, BIRMINGHAM
1ST NOVEMBER – THE KEY CLUB, LEEDS
2ND NOVEMBER – THE LIVE ROOMS, CHESTER
Caspian – Dust & Disquiet
Pijn: We suspect Pijn and blanket both chose Caspian for the same reasons – they build grooves and crescendos quite unlike anybody else. The way the bass and drums lock together on ‘Dust and Disquiet’ is something we’ve been directly inspired by, and we can definitely hear that in blanket’s stuff too. This record is just so dark and bristly, you can feel the violence right under the surface.
blanket: Tend to agree with the words of Pijn, this is a record which has had a strong influence on blanket since the beginning. Caspian are a band who seem to have a very diverse range of influences, and have managed to reinvent their sound in a way which creates departure but still feels like a progression of the same art. This record for us was the moment Caspian really found their perfect sound, and when you listen to particularly the earlier blanket output, you can really tell that we were listening to this record a lot, but we can only dream of reaching such an emotional and impactful crescendo as Caspian do over and over on this record.
Deftones – White Pony
Pijn: Deftones at their most Deftones. Most people probably can’t hear much of their influence in Pijn’s music, but there are so many times when we’re jamming in our studio that we fall into a very White Pony groove. ‘Knife Party’ was also a direct reference point when writing Loss; the way they integrate those tortured wails and strange samples into this seething bed of noise.
blanket: This album was huge for us growing up, in a era of generic nu-metal music, Deftones were one of the few more dynamic acts breaking through this scene. White Pony in particular had such an impact on us that when we decided to put out a cover in the style of blanket, we went for the dreamy ‘Knife Party’. Vocally Deftones have certainly had an influence on our vocal style, at least in terms of the slower more almost shoegaze style of some of the Deftones’ work.
Mogwai – Young Team
Pijn: It’s sometimes depressing when we listen back to records like this one and hear all these small, clever things that Mogwai were doing, over 20 years ago. They’re a touch point for most ‘post’ bands, but too often these guys get written off as derivative themselves, or uninventive. Absolutely not the case. Beautiful, gorgeous chaos.
blanket: This was the first record Simon (guitar) ever bought, he hadn’t even heard of them before this, just read about them and felt compelled to go out and get a copy. Needless to say he would not be disappointed, and this record altered his musical trajectory forever, the music of Mogwai have a clear influence on all of blanket’s work, and even the music of some of our previous projects. Young Team is the peak of one of the most important and influential bands in alternative instrumental music.