(Photo credit: Rachel Cabitt)

I’m totally late with sharing several Under the Influence (UTI) pieces. My life went off the rails at the beginning of December and I’ve been playing catch up ever since. One of those UTI pieces was by/for WIVES, a Queens, NY-based punk band. They released their debut album So Removed via City Slang late last year and also toured the UK/EU during the month of November. Although the tour has come and went, their cool album still remains.

If you didn’t know, the band is made up of Jay Beach (guitar, vocals), Andrew Bailey (guitar), Alex Crawford (bass) and Adam Sachs (drums). The album is made up of eleven tracks that are “tethered to daily anxiety without resorting to cynicism.” The lyricism is raw and the instrumentation fits it like a glove. My favourite track off the album is ‘Workin’.

We asked the band what three albums have influenced them and their music. Their picks are below….

Wives’ debut album is available here: https://wives.lnk.to/SoRemoved

TelevisionMarquee Moon

Lou Reed was a visionary alien from another planet akin to James Brown. Dylan was the protege of an old weird America we no longer understand because it’s been extinct for half a century. On Marquee Moon, and in particular ‘Venus’, Television gives us the closest thing to the actual realisation of life in New York and all its accompanying celebration and despair, that a couple of average eyes have ever told

Bo DiddleyThe Chess Box

Kinda ironic how they were called Chess Records. Anyway here’s the man who invented Rock and Roll as we know it, who ended up dying alone in a subterranean studio in Time Square covered in piles of porno DVD’s. One time he was asked what he thought of the contemporary artist James Brown, He said- “James gets it. He took my beat and just slowed it down some.” So Bo, along with his third person mythologizing, seems to have invented hip hop as well.

The Jesus and Mary ChainPsychocandy

A raw, driving debut record. Allegedly the sounds from the record that made it so unique stemmed from the band’s usage of a broken fuzz box and amplifier. The juxtaposition of the deadpan vocals against the abrasive guitar and primitive drumming fabricates an atmosphere unlike any other band at that point in time. Sounds almost as if the Velvet Underground and the Sex Pistols had some sort of lovechild. Uncompromising, noisy and filled with badass attitude. This record truly is too cool for school.

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