5 Songs… James Alex (Beach Slang, ex-Weston)
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 Foo Fighters-Bassist Nate Mendel erzählte uns James Alex von Beach Slang während der Aufnahmen für das neue Album von seinen Lieblingsliedern.
My top 5 favorite songs of all time is changing pretty much all the time. But these are 5 that made me think, „maybe this rock & roll thing is for me.“
„Kids Don’t Follow” – The Replacements
That count in, that urgency, man, I swear, it’s the whole reason I do the thing. I heard this and like, right away, the thought of screaming with a guitar felt like power, like a voice, like that thing I’d been looking for. It’s pretty beautiful what finds you when you feel the most lost.
„Too Much Kissing” – Senseless Things
This song sounds like every best night I’ve ever had. I wish every thing I wrote could find whatever that thing is. It’s like magic to me. Really.
„Heaven” – Psychedelic Furs
In my head or heart or delusion, I sing like Richard Butler. Meaning, not nearly, but I’m aiming. Man, that throat belongs in museums.
„Disorder” – Joy Division
I’ve always sort of floated towards darker things, sadder things. This helped show me how to frame that junk. And the power of note choice. Don’t play a million of them, play the three that make you really feel something.
„Chesterfield King” – Jawbreaker
I wanted to be a writer before I ever picked up a guitar. This was the first time I felt like you could be really loud and really raw and really soft and really poetic. That changed everything for me.