5 Songs… Nate Mendel (Foo Fighters, Lieutenant)
In der Rubrik „5 Songs” erzählen uns Musiker von Songs, die einen großen Einfluss auf ihr musikalisches Schaffen hatten bzw. haben. Nach Redaktionsliebling Michael Feuerstack und EMF-Keyboarder Derran Brownson, erzählt uns Foo Fighters-Bassist Nate Medel von einigen seiner Lieblingslieder. Stilsicher, wie „If I Kill This Thing We’re All Going To Eat For A Week“, dem aktuellen Album seines neuen Projekts Lieutenant.
No Distance Left to Run – Blur
I appreciate how eclectic Blur are. Quirky and poppy at the same time, and unafraid to experiment. D. Albarn is one of my favorite singers, and he puts a fresh spin on the love lost song here. Not easy to do.
One of These Days – Camper Van Beethoven
Not the most popular band to appreciate, but „Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart“ is one of my favorite albums ever. I was on tour shortly after it came out and watched the singer of the band throw the CD out of the van window while our guitar player, who loved it even more than me, was asleep so he wouldn’t have to hear it anymore – Criminal.
Rana (Frogs) – Pitchfork
Pitchfork was the first John Reis/Rick Froberg collaboration, all of which have been great. This song uses the chord structure of the classical song Pachelbel’s Canon, which you hear over and over. Vampire Weekend just used it in a song on their last record. The Lieutenant song Artificial Limbs originally did, too, but I mixed the chords up when I realized it was just to close to the Pachelbel song.
My Little Town – Paul Simon
This song rambles on and on, and then hits you in the gut with this crushing, dark chorus. “Nothing but the dead and dying back in my little town.” I wanted to cover it, but there’s about 142 chords in the song, and the band only had 12 rehearsals to get ready to tour…so, we had to let it go. Shame.
Frankly Mr. Shankly – The Smiths
I remember exactly the snowboard road trip where I discovered The Smiths. Well into my 20s. A little late, but worth the wait. I think Morrissey sounds like he’s swinging a baton and leading some gloomy parade down a London street in this song.