What’s On Michael Portillo’s iPod: The Hyena Kill

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 gnarly duo The Hyena Kill collectively talk us through five releases that shaped their brand new single!

(Photo Credit: Ben Tallon and Danny Allison)

Number 1: Glassjaw – ‘When One Eight Becomes Two Zeros’ (Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence, 2000)

I recently became reacquainted with ‘Everything you ever wanted to know about silence’ and I’ve just been battering this track. I love the space it creates and the way it moves. It just pushes and pulls for the duration. It was definitely something I was conscious of when writing the new single.”

Number 2: Fiona Apple’s album When the Pawn (1999)

This woman has always been an inspiration to me but I’ve played this album non-stop this year especially around the time we were writing ‘Red’. The twisted melodies and lyrics get in my head and always make me feel like picking up the guitar and writing something.”

Number 3: Warpaint’s album The Fool (2010)

This album is on constant rotation. I absolutely adore all the textures and subtleties of each track. There is something really eerie and sinister about the production that i love, it just draws you in from the off.” 

Number 4: Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes’ album Modern Ruin (2017)

As soon as i heard this album i was blown away. The production is really slick which lends itself to the songs really well. The one thing that influenced me was the simplicity in the music, nothing too showy just great songs executed perfectly.

Number 5: Deftones – ‘Phantom Bride’ (Gore2016)

A bit of an obvious one as we are both huge fans of this band, but this song stands out for me as a more recent influence. The whole song is built on just a few chords which they just switch up creating perfect dynamics. The melody is killer and just floats through the entire song. The riff at the end is just pure filth.”

‘RED’ is out July 7th – Listen to it here!

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