The Doors – ‘The End’
Rich: The first doors song I heard and it blew my mind! Jim twisted poetic lyrics during that crescendo, made me fall in love with the band instantly.
Tom Waits – ‘Goin’ Out West’
R: Tom Waits is one of my biggest inspirations. Being a jazz musician at heart and still being able to write songs like this!
Kings of Leon – ‘Trani’
R: One of my favourite bands. Coming from a heavy religious background, but making really dirty fuzzy rock ‘n’ roll songs such as this. Singing about what it was like growing up in a really religious family.
The Urn – ‘All Them Witches’
Jack Biltcliffe: I think it’s a good blend of old and new music. You can really hear how much they appreciate the music that has influenced them.
Audioslave – ‘Show Me How To Live’
JB: They have the perfect synergy as a band and all work together seamlessly. In my eyes one of the most underappreciated bands musically.
John Lee Hooker – ‘Boom Boom’
JB: To me, it is the epitome of a well-written song. It’ll get stuck in your head for days.
The Arcs – ‘Velvet Ditch’
Jack Monopoli: This is a song that for me kind of has it all. The lyrics, the music, the feel, it’s all there, but it’s in no way pretentious – it’s just cool.
Alabama Shakes – ‘Future People’
JM: Big vocals, phat riffs, and a band tighter than tight. What more could you want?
Arcade Fire – ‘The Suburbs’
JM: The first time I heard this I was stunned by the lyrics, and it remains to this day one of my favourite songs not only because it’s a great tune, but because I can relate so easily to the words.
The Black Keys – ‘Thickfreakness’
The Jericho Racks: We had been friends a while and all heard this track before, but one day Rich raved about it and it was like a light went on. It’s such a great guitar riff, backed by really simple drums, and it’s just indescribably cool.