With a thirst for musical insight as yet unquenched by the deluge of reviews and
interviews the minions and monkeys at Live And Die In Music’s Fortress work
ceaselessly to produce for your personal edification LADIM is
discovering which songs the artists playing in some of your favourite bands find
inspirational, memorable, and down-right essential to include within any discerning listener’s playlist.
This month we asked Birmingham, UK Grunge-Rock fore-runners Nishi which tracks
tickled their aural happy-gland to the point of awed exhortation…
Andy Price – Drums
Chevelle – This Circus
Tucked away at the end of Chevelle’s fifth album Sci-Fi Crimes I love the driving
beat that builds up and becomes slowly more complex throughout the verse then
dropping into this huge sounding chorus with a wicked half time feel.
Finally the track drops back to slight effected drums for the outro. I just love it.
A Perfect Circle – The Outsider
For me this is the stand out track from APC’s second album Thirteenth Step,
it really showcases all the talents within the band and ebbs and flows finally
building into an awesome crescendo.
Honestly I love it and I never tire of listening to it.
Ben Horsley – Guitars
For me it would be Jimi Hendrix ‘Gypsy Boy’ he was a blues player and
managed to combine the psychedelia of the 60’s with the blues,
this portrayed it well, the guitar just paints a wonderful array of colours
for the mind to explore.
To me you can hear the journey he has been on through his voice.
Its a song i cant really explain but it just opens all my senses.
Another blues track for me would be from the godfather himself
Robert Johnson, I think all the myths that surround
him fits perfectly to ‘Me And The Devil‘. This song just has that
kind of hair standing on end feel. His guitar work is simply way ahead of its time and his voice, you could feel everything he felt
when he sang.
Finally for me, I love a good tale, a story to be told; and Alestorm
really do it. I saw them in 2008 and was hooked.
When they released ‘Back Through Time’ their third album I didn’t
know what to expect. Being a band from Scotland, and
singing about being pirates, I guess you could say you are
limited to material, but not them, they just played even more
catchy hempen jigs, haha!
Death Throes of the Terrorsquid is a lengthy track about defeating
leviathan. You don’t need to watch a video to see the story,
its a constant tempo changing song with beautiful melodic work throughout.
Bruce Oakley – Guitars
Ahh a hard choice, so many tracks I love.
At the moment I’m loving Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith, just love that
laid back bohemian vibe. Maybe also because it reminds me of Wayne’s
World 2, and naked Indians. is that such a bad thing?
Alice in Chains’ Rotten Apple; what a tune! This song has always
been a favourite since getting into the band. It’s got that
dirty 90’s feel with some great guitar work from Cantrell, which
goes perfectly with Laynes melancholic tones and lyrics.
The Jar of Flies EP is just a brilliantly realised piece of work and
for me stands out from the other work with the late singer.
The Doors with Hyacinth House is another classic tune, simple and catchy.
A stark contrast to the other songs on the L.A Woman album. Jim’s abstract
lyrics, Robbie’s chilled strumming and Ray’s perfect chord progression
make it an audible delight for the discernible listener.
James Warren – Bass
These are some great tracks for me…
In Mourning – Black Lodge
It starts out with some lovely hat work on a quite standard melodic
metal intro but then breaks in to a riff that surprises you
with it’s slightly odd timings but still sounding heavy.
Then we get to the meat of the track which is one of the finest choruses
I can think of.
It’s like a very heavy epic film soundtrack. From there it breaks in
to some jolty speed picking and then goes in to a bit of a hard
rock vibe with sung vocals rather than the growl vocals for the rest
of the track before breaking out in to a very chilled and
beautiful break which leads in to a sublime solo. It then repeats
the whole intro to chorus sections again. I appreciate a lot about
this track from the ridiculous extended middle to way they fit all
these great riffs in to one cohesive song.
Johnny Flynn – Tickle Me Pink
This song holds a special place for me as it was played repeatedly
to get my child off to sleep in the first week of her life.
The lyrics are fantastic and could have multiple meanings. The
whole vibe of the song just has a very understated but powerful feeling.
West Addams – Vocals
Guns n’ Roses – Rocket Queen
Jungle and Sweet Child get all the attention, but Rocket Queen
off the Appetite album is the one I’d put above all others off AFD.
From the slow throbbing intro beat to the sweaty grind of the verse,
it’s a song you can – as Marc Bolan would have it – ‘get your rocks off’ to.
It’s a powerfully anthemic track with a really uplifting outro that sadly
never gets played live but is always at the top of the old playlist for me.
Soul Asylum – Runaway Train
For capturing that feeling of complete dissociation with the world and
people around you, of being in an almost ‘otherworld sense of reality,
nothing has really captured that emotion of being alone-in-a-crowd.
It hits just the right emotional notes of expressing the loss of innocence
and disambiguation with the world as a whole.
It’s not the best song Soul Asylum ever wrote but is certainly the one
that showed there was more to grunge than the over-riding sense of
malaise and unfocused frustrations at the established order most
other bands at the time were coming out with.
Twitter – @Nishi_Lives