My name is Ken, and I’m the drummer of Danish shoegaze/metal band MØL. Like all members of MØL, I have a broad musical taste, that ultimately influence the sound and shape of our recordings. The songs listed below have all influenced me and my playing deeply, and maybe, just maybe, you can hear some of the influences in MØL.. We’ve just released our latest single Bruma from our debut album ‘JORD’ which you can check out here – (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHlZA5OYj2I) or stream the entire album here (https://open.spotify.com/album/1SRL7s4njVHBEytSmM3MsN?si=bYIuzt4aS-KIqOm7g-mVRA
Let’s start with the oldest track on the list. I’m an 80’s kid, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t get to experience some of that lovely experimentation of new technology. The 80’s had some of the simplest, yet most efficient tunes. Oh, and Simmons octagon shaped electronic drums, and that phat fake drum sound will always have a place in my heart.
Ride – Seagull
I hadn’t heard about shoegaze or Ride until Nicolai, also founding member of MØL, introduced me to them. And man, what a gift. The way the whole song just runs out in a long jam towards the end, with more sounds being added, and a drummer who (thank god) don’t know how to keep a beat simple makes it another experience. I really learned that you don’t need to keep things simple, and that you shouldn’t play wha “you are supposed” to play. Something that I always take with me when playing live.
Dimmu Borgir – Mourning Palace
Haha, the other guys in the band saw this one coming a mile away. Yes, the glorious Dimmu Borgir! I listened to this so much when I was young, and it never gets old.This was my first experience with this inhuman type of singing called “growling”. Cheesy synths, dark atmosphere, and skilled yet slightly sloppy drumming makes it feel so natural. This is an album I’ll love to the end of days.
Raunchy – Watch Out
In 2004 Dimmu Borgir and similar artist was reining supreme on my stereo, and anything with clean singing was banned from it. Until the day got a promotional copy of the danish metalband Raunchy’s album “Confusion Bay”. Could you really mix disco beats and metal drumming? Clean singing and growling? Poppy synths with killer riffs? The answer was a loud and clear YES. And I was hooked instantly.
Madrugada – Vocal
While metal had been the soundtrack of my youth, I gradually opened up to more mellow sounds. An album that my dad got from a co-worker, handed to my sister, who then kept it on repeat in her room. And I didn’t mind hearing it all the time one bit. This one being one of my favorite song of all time. RIP Robert Burås.
And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – The Rest Will Follow
Roskilde Festival, 2009. I was wandering around, with the worst hangover was very dehydrated. I stumble across a stage with not one, but two drumkits which peaked my interests. And the performance blew my mind with the two drumkits adding to an even more massive and exploding sound. After the show, I knew I had to get everything they had made. Which was quite a lot! Trail of Dead inspired my drumming as well. Who knew you could just keep ramming cymbals over and over, and it would still sound great? I actually met Conrad Keely a few years later and shared some tequila shots. What a chill dude!
Blink-182 – Feeling This
Snotty vocals, catchy tunes, crazy energy and Travis Fucking Barker. Yes, I’m a fanboy, deal with it.
The Cranberries – I Can’t Be With You
She had such a lovely voice and unique style of singing. A rather upbeat track, even though the context is melancholic. The song reminds me of heartbreaks, being young and uncertain about everything. Was very sad to hear Dolores O’Riordan leave this world so soon.
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