It should be apparent, even after just one listen, that there is more than meets the eye to the chaotic hardcore Mouthbreather peddles on their new album, I’m Sorry Mr.Salesman (Good Fight Music). (Oh, and read our review of the album here.) Dig dipper through the fury and rage you will find that, amidst the unbridled chaos, there is something much darker in the air.
Intrigued by what it is that makes the experimental outfit tick, we got the band to pick through their record collections and talk us through some of the albums that have had the biggest impact on each of them.
1. Amon Tobin – Bricolage (1997, Ninja Tune)
Ryan Fosdick (Guitar): “This album was virtually my Introduction to electronic music and music created by sampling.”
Favourite Track: “Easy Muffin”
2. Converge – Petitioning the Empty Sky (1996, Ferret)
Ryan: “This broadened my musical horizons and Introduced me to ‘metallic hardcore’.”
Favourite Track: “For You”
3. The Mars Volta – Deloused In the Comatorium (2003, Universal)
Brett Cates (Vocals): “This album shaped the kind of musicianship I would go on to crave as a young adult. It introduced me to tempo changes and grooves that are downright explosive. I remember listening to this album in my room as a kid and feeling like I was under attack from every direction.”
Favourite Track: “Cicatriz ESP”
4. The Bled – Pass The Flask (2003, Fiddler)
Brett: “Not only was this album an absolute banger but it really introduced me to a vocal style that I would go on to try and emulate.”
Favourite Track: “Sound of Sulfur”
5. AFI – Black Sails in the Sunset (1999, Nitro)
Nick Cates (Drums/Producer): “I remember listening to this record immediately and asking my parents to buy me an AFI shirt. It was my intro to punk music and I still listen to this record weekly.”
Favourite Track: “The Prayer Position”
6. Lagwagon – Duh (1992, Fat Wreck Chords)
Nick: “I love these songs. This record was among the first I started to try to play guitar and drums along with. I still spin this one too.”
Favourite Track: “Of Mind and Matter”.
7. Trap Them – Darker Handcraft (2011, Prosthetic Records)
Derek Lamoreux (Bass/Vocals): “This album was my introduction into grimy grind metal. Genuinely some of the best riffs I’ve ever heard, and I don’t think this band ever got the recognition it deserves.”
Favourite Track: “Damage Prose”