Cultures – 5 Albums That Shaped Me

Manchester indie-pop trio Cultures have just dropped their latest single Marlone, another high energy, guitar rife banger. So we wanted to know how they found their sound and asked the band to tell us about some of the albums that influenced them the most. Check out Marlone below:

I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose – Bombay Bicycle Club

This album came out when I was around 15 and completely changed the way I looked at music. I love every track on it and the way it sounds as a whole. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve played it front to back! The album definitely influences Cultures’ sound, as Tom’s bass riffs and the way we link them in with my guitar riffs have taken a lot from this album. My favourite track is Always Like This.

The 1975 – The 1975

Another record which came out while I was in my teens that I can’t bring myself to skip a track on. A few of its songs feel like the ones I was writing myself at the time – we call it “College Band” music where you get a singer/guitarist, bassist, guitarist and drummer singing melancholy rock about getting dumped. The thing that makes the album special for me is that some of the tracks on it go beyond those limits and hint at the synth-led sounds that were to come over their following albums. These synth tracks like “Menswear” gave me a huge amount of inspiration of what our own “college band” could do if we opened our minds a bit. Plus I heard in an interview that Matt Healy wrote the lyrics for the album driving at night down the same road that separates my parents’ house from Tom’s, which we used to drive down at night listening to The 1975. Fate or what?

For Emma, Forever Ago – Bon Iver

There aren’t many albums that have affected me and shaped me as much as this. The album feels like it’s telling a story and although a lot of people think the album is mopey and sad, for me it’s a healing type of sound. I don’t think I’ve listened to an album that feels as raw as authentic this one. I’m pretty sure there’s a story about Justin Vernon writing it over the course of a winter spent in a log cabin and that seems pretty poetic to me, and reminds me of Into the Wild, which is one of my favourite books.

Because Of The Times – Kings of Leon

Honestly, I could have put any of Kings of Leon’s first 3 or 4 albums in this list but Because Of The Times makes the cut because I think it shaped me, musically, more than any of the others. The album represents a perfect half-way house between the raw, Hillbilly rock of the band’s first 2 albums and the more polished, stadium friendly Only By The Night.

Rumours – Fleetwood Mac

My favourite album of all time. Every single track is incredible. Just a group of people who are a rare combination of great musicians and great songwriters. Dreams is a standout and Songbird is just breathtaking. Is there a person alive who doesn’t know Go Your Own Way or The Chain? Just perfection.

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