A common theme here is that a lot of the music that influences and inspires us is pretty weird and catchy. This taught us that its okay to do whatever we want and write however we feel. We’re lucky that it happens to be catchy enough to remember!
Play on shuffle or in order. This is just a quick handful of songs that were thrown together so we can hang out. Enjoy!
Stone Temple Pilots – Meatplow
This song has a certain grime and groove with such “sing-along-ability” that just hits the spot every time.
Musically wacky, yet unmistakably STP. Just one of those songs that says its okay to be weird.
Bush – Swallowed
Just a great song off of a great album. Steve Albini sort of took his “In Utero” Nirvana sounds and plugged Bush into them.
Say what you will about people stealing people’s sounds, but the fact is that this shit moved us as impressionable babies and just made us want to play harder and louder to get our lil’ feelings out.
Pearl Jam – Brain of J
We’re all pretty big Pearl Jam fans. I only chose this song because it was right in front of me and its not a go-to PJ song.
I could go on all day about what Ten and VS did to us when they came out, or how I sat about a foot away from the tv during that ridiculous MTV Unplugged performance…
Soundgarden – Burden In My Hand
Try not to sing along. They beat the system. They wrote some of the weirdest stuff, while being SO fun and easy to listen to.
We all really love this band and this is a good safe song choice everyone can dig. Miss you, Chris!
Meat Puppets – Backwater
This is such a Jeff song. I think we covered it once. If you’ve heard a handful of Sunshine Riot songs, It ain’t hard to hear
how we were influenced by these dudes.
Eels – Novocaine For The Soul
Just another weird 90’s jam that makes you go “Oh yeah! I remember this!” Our Jonny has a whispery voice like this sometimes, so I guess that’s a thing.
Aerosmith – Jaded
Hometown heroes I guess. Nobody in the band is a huge Aerosmith fan, but JESUS FUCK this might be the
catchiest song ever written and its always cool to stop and think about how they were once just some pals in a basement trying their best.
Nirvana – Serve The Servants
I don’t even know how to fully express how much this band and album means to us. This is that Albini sound I was
referring to earlier. Its just so damn important and I’m so glad we all love it so much. Thanks for everything, Nirvana.
Foo Fighters – Floaty
This is a very pretty one off of that first album that was actually only Dave Grohl. Another one that made me want to play
hard and with all the feeling. A lot of the stuff on this album is actually kind of a nightmare to play on any instrument, but it sounds so simple and catchy! Super inspirational.
The Replacements – Bastards Of Young
Metal dudes say Lemmy is God. Other, less tuff dudes say Paul Westerberg is God.
Another big influence on us. Replacements mastered that raw, borderline bad sound that just makes you feel.
Now that you have a bit of an explanation of us, go check out our new tunes off our upcoming record ‘Lonely Hotel’ and then go ahead and dig into that back catalogue to really get to know us! See you soon, dweebs.
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