What’s On Michael Portillo’s iPod: WACO

Here at Birthday Cake For Breakfast, we like to get to the heart of what an artist is all about. We feel the music they listen to is just as important as the music they make. With that in mind, we’re delighted to have WACO talking about five releases that shaped their upcoming EP!

(Photo Credit: Steven Haddock)

Number 1: Baroness‘ album Purple (2015)

All: “We rinsed this record constantly last year while we were writing ‘Deathless’. It’s heavy, it’s prog, it’s got massive pop hooks and sky-scraping guitars, all things we love! We’re huge Baroness fans and this latest album is among their best.”

Number 2: Alice Donut – ‘Madonna’s Bombing Sarajevo’ (Fuzz2006)

Chris (bass): “I’ve been listening to this track a lot lately, so it’s bound to have influenced me. The different sections are insanely different to one another and are kind of mad, yet it all holds together in a really strong way. Plenty of bright sounding and discordant guitars, fused with heavy psychedelic rhythms. There aren’t many bands that can make a record so tuneful and uplifting, while at the same time weird as hell!”

Number 3: Creedence Clearwater Revival  ‘Long As I Can See The Light’ (Cosmo’s Factory, 1970)

Jak (vocals/guitar): “Creedence were my spiritual leaders during the writing and recording of Deathless. From the self-titled through to ‘Mardis Gras‘, they’ve got so much gold. I admire their rugged rawness, firecracker energy and heartbreaking blues. This is my soul-soothing favourite. I have very vivid and sentimental memories attached to this song, memories that inspired the lyrics on our record.”

Number 4: Aphrodite’s Child – ‘The Four Horsemen’ (6661972)

Tommy (lead guitar): “Aphrodite’s Child were an otherworldly gang made up of the Greek Adonis Demis Roussos and synth-lord Vangelis in the late 60s/early 70s. This track is taken from their album 666 which is the perfect cosmic companion to any intergalactic journey you may be planning, so gather your realm tokens, you’re going to need them! Any time I feel like I need a fresh perspective I can jam this record on and get lost in it. It’s also a concept record about the devil, so what more can I say?”

Number 5: Van Halen – ‘Jamie’s Crying’ (Van Halen, 1978)

Welshy (drums): “I was sitting my cave a few weeks prior to recording Deathless and this cheeky tune came on shuffle. I hadn’t heard it in years. What an intro! If you’re a big ‘Uncle Buck’ fan then the song’ll probably mean even more to you. We each grew up mainly listening to punk but now I reckon we listen to 70’s rock more than anything else. Definitely an influence on our stuff. I only know VH’s first album, but it’s top. Plus, I may or may not have ripped off that drum fill and stuck it somewhere in our EP…”

Deathless is out June 2nd on Venn Records!

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