I was a big industrial fan in my youth. The label that was churning it out at the time, dreamtime, put out this strange Dutch instrumental band called Kong so I immediately picked it up. Despite the fact that it has more in common with prog rock than noise it still blew me away. There’s something about the main chord progression that gets me every time. Still going to this day and still making incredible sounding records not a million miles away from their debut.
Breach : Common Day
Pretty much unrelenting negative aggression channeled via the nastiest sounding chords ever. What every black metal band tries to achieves but farcically fails. When I first heard Breach at the end of the 90s metal had really gone back up it’s arse. It was either knuckle dragging bro duddery or else it was over grandiose nonsense. Breach put the anger back into it, fair fecks.
Autechre : Arch Carrier
This sounds to me like music composed by sine waves. There’s something intensely cold about it but very emotional at the same time. I don’t listen to as much blips, beeps and crunk music as I should but this is a track I’ll never get out of my head.
Cop Shoot Cop : 10 Dollar Bill
If you can’t get into the rhythm, anarchy and the fuckin big ass horns on this then you have no soul. Signature song off a classic album. This song sums up the lunancy of the time for me, when punks, metallers etc would be dancing their asses off with ravers and crusties in muddy fields on some dodgy yokes before the wankers got in charge and decided you were either this or that so they could fit you into some lazy marketing demographic.
Slint : Good Morning Captain
Spiderland floored me when it came out. I remember my sister making me listen to it and for that I’m eternally grateful considering my musical vocabulary at the time consisted of an Obituary record and a Slayer tape. This song is one of the most powerful sea shantys ever put on record, although my knowledge of said genre is limited
Noel plays bass in Slow Motion Heroes, [r]evolution of a sun and “various other radio-friendly unit shifters”.
Slow Motion Heroes release their debut recording for FIFA records in the next few days, it’s called “Paper Over Cracks”, check it out.