Sussex grunge trio Gloo are due to release their debut album A Pathetic Youth on 6th July so we thought we’d catch up with vocalist/guitarist Tom to get their influences.
First up their new track ‘Holiday’.
The Beach Boys – I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times
I moved to Brighton for a year where I spent most of the time writing the album. Somewhere at the beginning of the move I heard Pet Sounds, I don’t know if was Spotify or what but it completely changed my outlook on what a song can do. I can honestly say that I don’t think the album would have been what it is without this song and the others on Pet Sounds.
The Ramones – I Wanna Be Sedated
I’m probably really late to the Ramones but after a while of trying to get into them it finally stuck and I couldn’t stop listening! I Wanna Be Sedated definitely stood out for me because of that seriously cool guitar lick thing on the bottom of the strings but The Ramones in general stand for not giving too much of a fuck musically whilst having fucking great, upbeat, simple songs that everybody can get in to and that is what this album is all about.
Sleaford Mods – Face to Faces
This song and many others from the Key Markets album just shows you can say whatever the fuck you want and not have to worry about what certain people might think. It really pays off in their music and not that we are as aggressive or direct as Sleaford Mods, the honesty with a bit of humour thrown in their music was really refreshing for me and I’d recommend anyone who hasn’t checked them out yet to do so immediately.
Metz – Spit You Out
The energy that comes out of this song is unbelievable. Sometimes it’s hard to picture songs as a band as a three piece but whenever I listen to Metz it reminds me that you can make anything sound as big as you want as long as the song is there. It’s also just a big fuck you song which I relate to a lot when I’m pissed off and felt whilst writing the album.
Nirvana – Heart Shaped Box
Nirvana weren’t really in my ears during the writing process but I couldn’t have a list of my inspirations without having them in it. They were the reason I picked up a guitar, starting fucking around with it and kept on trying. Heart Shaped Box is such a well written song with just the right amount of noise and could be translated to any genre and would still be fucking insane – That’s what we try to go for whenever we write a song.
Biffy Clyro – 57
I remember hearing this for first time when Mark (Tom’s brother the drummer) showed me on our family PC. From the first chord I was like what the fuck is this? Then the band comes in and it’s absolutely huge with the weird chord still going and a big open Drop D to bang it in. That might sound less rare these days but back then it was like a whole new language for songs that I’d never heard before. And top it all off there was tabs online for it and it was a piece of piss to learn and start writing my own music from.
The blend of heavy and melodic along with Nirvana is such a big influence on our band as a whole and the album in general and we shall be forever grateful to them.
The Stooges – Search and Destroy
Same as Ramones, I was a bit of a late bloomer to the Stooges but I got into them just at the right time whilst I needed a bit of fresh but old juice for the album. This track and the rest of Raw Power perfectly sum up what good punk music is. It’s no fucks given, straight to the point, all feeling and no second guessing shit, once you can play it all the way through it’s done. I’m all for that and once heard Iggy Pop wouldn’t write songs with more than 20 words (around that) I felt like I’d finally found someone I could relate to with our songs.
The Hives – Tick Tick Boom
Every day I would get the train to and from work, back in our hometown Littlehampton thinking what the fuck is this all for. Tick Tick Boom was such a loud energetic good rock n roll track I had to play pretty much every time I left the flat to remind myself that the work and commuting were shit yes, but it meant I could fund being in a band and live the Brighton life, whatever that is.
In true punk style, I didn’t want to stick to just using power chords all the time and The Hives really helped me get chords into our songs and see that it’s just about having fun, rock n roll and not taking it too seriously.
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