We wanted to listen to the music that influences bands in Perth, so we launched SoundCloud residencies. In every week of July a member of Shit Narnia will share ten tracks with us that they’ve been influence by. The old, the new, the abstract and the popular – everything is welcome from any era, there are no limits.
This week Wills, the 3rd best Bass Player in Shit Narnia, drops 10 tracks on us that we should listen to. Listen for anything that resembles bass wah.
Fugazi – Merchandise
This track was pretty influential for me. Fugazi’s early releases take aim at middle-class complacency and I think Merchandise is a pretty durable example of one. Instrumentally, Piccioto and Mackay really nail the two vocalists/two guitars dynamic.
The Thermals – St. Rosa and the Swallows
The Thermals have a really infectious sound and I think this song is one I became really obsessed with when I bought their album “The Body, The Blood, The Machine”. The sound is described as Post Pop-Punk which is pretty on-point . This is as catchy as it is well conceived.
Parkay Quarts – Uncast Shadow of a Southern Myth
I was introduced to Parquet Courts only 9 months ago, and in that time, they’ve pretty much become my favourite band. In this song they surrender their Punk/Americana sound to their strong country influences with an instrumentally sparse, downcast ballad (I guess it’s a ballad). I think the standout for me in this track is its big finish, but I’m also quite taken with the vocal delivery and the storytelling.
mewithoutYou – Red Cow
MewithoutYou were my introduction to Post Hardcore (Kinda weirdly, I got into Fugazi through them, rather than the other way around) and they’ve been extremely influential for me . What really drew me in was Aaron Weiss’ vocal delivery. Really visceral. This song is off their latest release and it’s a pretty well-rounded depiction of their Post Hardcore sound. They nail the ‘subdued verse-massive chorus’ dynamic. Real belter of a song.
This Town Needs Guns – +3 Awesomeness Repels Water
Bit of a change of pace here, but I’ve not heard Emo/Math Rock done better than by This Town Needs Guns. Somehow the guitar noodling and drumwork is simultaneously angular but flowing (Don’t ask me how that works). This song in particular has a really infectious groove to it and the drumming is pretty immaculate during some of the tempo changes towards the end.
The Dandy Warhols – (Tony, this song is called) Lou Weed
If memory serves, the Dandy’s started up because they “wanted music to drink to”, and this song fulfils that mantra beautifully. Not all that ambitious (none of their output is, really), but super catchy and with a really endearing jangle to the guitar tone. Also, the blatant homage to Lou Reed both in the lyrics and vocal delivery is pretty entertaining.
McLusky – WhoYouKnow
This track is not an immediate standout on “Do Dallas”, but I’ve come to super dig it. McLusky have always appealed to me with their sledgehammer approach to songwriting and this song ticks all the boxes for noise punk. Also, the overdriven bass tone here has pretty heavily influenced my own playing and effects usage.
Husker Du – Something I Learned Today
Husker Du were a pretty fundamental Hardcore Punk band and one that I can remember really wanting to like from the outset. I didn’t find them particularly immediate, but their album “Zen Arcade” really grew on me and this, the opening track, is a real belter.
Hard Girls – Flying Dream
I was introduced to this band quite recently and have found that they are almost everything I look for in a punk band. It’s pretty earnest punk, heavily furnished with Math and Emo influences, which keeps it interesting. This song really nails the ‘strip back, build up’ structure.
La Dispute – You and I in Unison
This is the closing track of my favourite La Dispute album (Wildlife), and I’m hard pressed to think of any album that has a better finish. It’s a gut-wrenching, cathartic but also intensely determined song. Here, La Dispute opt for an extremely detailed lyrical approach, so you find yourself coming to really understand the sentiments rather than clumsily trying to relate to them. This song does exactly what an Emo/Post Hardcore song should do.