Liquidlight is teaming up with VENTS for a unique and exclusive discussion on their greatest influential songs and they explain why these bands and songs have defined them.
1. The Beatles- She Said She Said
Who can really pick a favorite Beatles song? This one is our winner from the first note with inventive guitar riffs that punctuate one of John Lennon’s best melodies and possibly the most active and dynamic drumming Ringo ever laid down on tape.
It feels like we came a bit late to the Big Star party but once we started checking them out we were hooked. It seems like they’ve distilled all of the best parts about the 60’s British Invasion like the Beatles, Stones, and Kinks and fused it with their own version of jangly American Rock n’ Roll. This song sparkles like a diamond and rocks hard while doing it.
With a catalog of recordings that’s as huge as Robert Pollard’s it is incredibly tough to hone in on one specific song for a playlist. Bob’s sense of melody has had a massive influence on us and the way we write songs. We chose Dusted, which has some of the most profoundly beautiful lyrics ever written.
Husker Du is a hugely important band to us and has been for quite some time. The way they blend ear worm melodies with furious breakneck instrumental delivery was a profound shock to the post hardcore music scene of the 1980’s. Celebrated Summer just might be the pinnacle of this balance.
R.E.M.’s penultimate album “Accelerate” is one that has stuck with us as an example of a band in their late career who just seem to get everything right in making a record. All of the songs are fantastic, varied, and undeniably them. “Living Well” wastes no time in kicking off this record with a bang.
Losing Chris Cornell this year was a hard pill to swallow. Soundgarden has always had a special place in our core as a band because they’ve never been afraid to take chances or be adventurous with the variety of styles they present on record. They walk the line between Hard Rock, Metal, and Progressive Rock which has always been a huge inspiration to us.
Swervedriver was the resident Grunge band of the Manchester Shoegaze scene; drawing influence from the great American Indie bands of the 80’s such as Husker Du, Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. The grooves they employ and their layered guitar textures are always a reference point for us when creating certain moods in our songs.
Possibly the greatest song by the greatest Rock ‘n Roll band ever to grace the stage. This was Pete Townshend’s attempt at writing the best A side single he possibly could. When it inexplicably failed to reach number one in the charts, the band shifted gears and began work on Tommy and the rest is history.
Speaking of guitar texture, Sonic Youth created an entirely new style of guitar playing. With dozens of specialized tunings for each song and two total innovators at the wheel, they were able to forge unique textures that range from a distant whisper to a primal scream within the span of a single song. Dig Theresa’s Sound World.
Billy Corgan’s raw ambition is admirable to say the least. He and the Pumpkins put out a massive double album (4x LP) masterpiece in the aftershock of the grunge explosion which not only broke all of the rules of alternative rock, it became a certified Diamond seller. This sprawling opus contains everything from viciously heavy riffage to forward thinking blends of rock and electronic music. Porcelina of the Vast Oceans is a standout because of it’s epic peaks and dreamy valleys that rise and fall throughout the song. This is a special album by a special band.