Young rockers Honey Lung have been one of summer 2017’s must see acts, taking their sweet but heavy guitars all over the year’s festival season.
With new material in the form of ‘Stuttering Mind’ released today (29 September), there’s no better time to delve through the band’s collective record collection…
Built to Spill - 'So'
Built to Spill have always been a favourite band of ours. They've definitely influenced us musically, especially with some of our earlier songs, and are one of the more underrated bands to come out of the nineties.
Elliott Smith - 'Angeles'
Elliott Smith was one of the best songwriters of all time. We think so anyway! The vocal melody and the way Elliott sings in this song is so hauntingly beautiful and calming.
My Bloody Valentine - 'When you Sleep'
My Bloody Valentine were another band that hugely influenced on us. The whole "wall of sound" production really had a big impact on how we started writing, and you can hear it in some of our earlier songs, like our track 'Something' .
Dinosaur Jr - 'Watch the Corners'
There's not really much to say about this song other than how great it is. The guitar solo at the end is godly.
Yuck - 'Get Away'
When people say rock music in the 21st century is dead, they clearly haven't heard Yuck's first album. Highly recommended.
Ride - 'Vapour Trail'
This song reminds us of our first jam together. Jamie (the singer) played a riff similar to the one in this track for the first song we wrote together as a band a very long time ago called ‘Wasting Away’. We haven't played that song for years but this song always reminds us of our first days as a band together.
Sparklehorse - Piano Fire'
Sparklehorse is a band we got into more recently. The structure of this song is pretty interesting, they're not afraid to let the instruments drop in and out texture-wise. They just wrote great music.
Wolf Alice - 'Don't Delete the Kisses'
Admittedly not everyone in the band is a fan of Wolf Alice - but we can all agree on this song. It's got a really cool 80's vibe to it.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - 'Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)'
The vocals in this track sound like they're coming out of speakers in a school hall and they're surrounding you. We all agree that this is just a really nice song. Charlie plays this song quite a lot while we warm up or tune up for a set, so it's always in our minds. The music video for this song is also really cool, so go check it out if you haven't.
Pavement - 'Stereo'
Considering we reference Pavement (and this song specifically) in one of our own songs, we couldn't not put it on this list. The song's got weird parts in it, like the random guitar feedback sprinkled through the track and the interesting verse lyrics. It's great.
The Smashing Pumpkins - 'Cherub Rock'
We also couldn't not have a Smashing Pumpkins song on the list considering they're the band everyone says we sound like, which is fair enough because they're probably our biggest influence. This is a song we head-bang to regularly whilst driving down the motorway to our next show. It's the best song to air drum to of all time.
Alex G - 'Bug'
This is most likely Jamie's favourite song - the rest of the band thinks so anyway. He always calls shotgun when we're out on the road, and we like to make a bet on how long it takes until he puts this song on. The drum beat heavily influenced our single "Sophomore" which came out a few months back, see if you can pick it out.
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