Ahead of Morag Tong’s release of their upcoming debut album Last Knell of Om we sat down with Lewis and asked him what 10 Tracks Changed His Life.
Here’s his feature for our 10 Tracks That Changed My Life
King Crimson – 21st Century Schizoid Man
As a kid I remember rifling through my dad’s record collection and coming across King Crimson’s debut album, the cover by itself was enough to pique my curiosity but when I sat through “21st Century Schizoid Man” it hit me very hard. The harshly distorted vocals and intricate sax riffs were unlike anything i’d heard up until that point. It’s only in retrospect that I realise how much it influenced me as a music fan and later as a musician, it gave me an early entry to psychedelic music.
Elder – Compendium
It’s only recently that I’ve started listening to Elder but i can’t begin to describe how much “Lore” has brought me back to the modern metal scene, specifically the track “Compendium”. I’ve found Elder’s sound quite unique with their hard hitting progressive riffs with tight melody, it sounds incredible. As a guitarist I’ve always been amazed by the guitar work on this track and it’s inspired me to approach riffs from a more melodic angle.
Daft Punk – Aerodynamic
I remember back in 2001 when the album “Discovery” first came out and hearing it everywhere on the radio, I’d never had much exposure to electronic music prior to this so the hugely digitized synth guitar on “Aerodynamic” blew my tiny mind. Blending electronica with hard rock, it was a firm gateway to later discoveries in the genre.
Boris – That Woman’s Volume (あの女の音量)
Boris have been hugely inspirational to me ever since I first discovered them, but when I came across “That Woman’s Volume” I knew that down-tuned fuzz was the sound I wanted. It’s instantly catchy but unbelievably heavy, this song does everything for me.
Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond
As much as I love a lot of their early 70s work, “Shine On” has always stood out to me because of its huge soundscapes and minimalist approach. In my opinion it’s a beautiful piece, truly their best track and one I hold dear to my heart. David Gilmour has influenced me greatly as a guitar player and probably always will.
Cream – Badge
I have very fond memories of Cream as they were on constant rotation in my house from an early age. Nothing beats Eric Clapton’s soulful vocals over Jack Bruce’s flowery bass work on this track, indulging in Cream’s tight blues dynamic in my teenage years is what made me realise I wanted to be part of a band.
Melvins – A History of Bad M\en
I’ve had a huge love for the Melvins for many years and I could have listed any one of 10+ tracks but “A History of Bad Men” always seems to be the one I keep coming back to, with the raw sludgy riff and huge vocal hooks it’s up there with some of my most played.
Bjork – Thunderbolt
I can’t say I’m a avid follower of all of Bjorks music but out of her vast back catalogue “Biophilia” is the one album I’ve heard to absolute death. Her use of unconventional vocal patterns and sparse instrumentation introduced me to avant-garde pop in a very big way, plus the use of a Tesla coil as an instrument still blows my mind.
Iron Maiden – Revelations
There’s nothing I can say which hasn’t already been said about Maiden, but in my early teens maiden were the first band that really made me switch on to metal. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as Bruce’s vocals and their trademark galloping bass, especially on “Revelations”.
Boris – Farewell
The only band on here to have 2 songs, and with very good reason. I could talk forever about the instrumentation but what has really affected me about “Farewell” is the progression alongside Boris’ trademark wall of sound. It was first song I heard which nodded to all of my earlier interests of 70s psychedelia and combined them with huge ambient noise rock, incredible stuff.