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Playlist: DAZE’s influences

Following the release of Sleep Paralysis earlier this year, North London’s DAZE are back with another dose of infectious indie-rock, Reformation was released on 20th September 2018 and we got the band to put together a playlist for us. First up, their new track


Peace – Follow Baby (Sam)

This song is probably the reason why I got into Indie Rock! I remember listening to the intro and wondering how do they get such an aggressive tone. The guitar performance really hit’s home when the guitar solo comes in as it reminded me of when I first would leant how to play solo and headbang till I was too dizzy to see. The chorus sits so perfectly with the falsetto ‘Follow Baby’ & the dark undertones of We’re gonna live forever maybe


JAWS – Gold (Sam)

As you can probably tell as a band we love reverb and JAWS are probably the best representation of Reverb, probably the kings of reverb from 2012-2016. I’ve always adored the use of arppego chords in guitar playing. I’ve seen this song played live so many times and it always reminds me of K ciders & moshpits


Consoler of the Lonely – The Raconteurs (Oli)

You can just tell Patrick Keeler had a pint of Guinness before laying down the drums on this track. The crashes sound thick, and if I hold my fingers up to my ears I can still hear the ring on that snare (or maybe it’s just the tinnitus). This guy hits hard, and that’s the kind of energy I try to bring when drumming in DAZE.


Everlong – Foo Fighters (Oli)

A teaspoon of Dave Grohl in your morning coffee will keep you energised for the rest of the month; have you ever stopped and listened to how fast his hands are moving on those hats!? Strap his arms to the back of a boat and they could propel it across the Atlantic.

Ever since I was little I’ve been in love with the man. I like to think of myself as quite the hi-hat coinneseur, and that’s largely down to playing along with this track more times than I’d care to count.


Foals – Mathletics (Santino)

Foals have been a band I’ve been listening to for as long as I’ve been into indie music. Really love their math rock inspired riffs and bouncy pop rhythm section parts. They really influence me when I’m writing bass sections for DAZE.


Idles – Scum (Santino)

I’ve always enjoyed aggressive music with a lot of textures. In my opinion I think idles are making that kind of music more accessible for a large audience. Their tongue in cheek lyrics really resonate with me and I feel like they’re gonna inspire a whole new wave of punk inspired bands.


Radiohead – you (Luke)

For me growing up Radiohead was one of the first bands I’d ever listened to. Through my years of being a guitar player they have always influenced me, from there soft melodic tones to their powerful guitar riffs! “You” by Radiohead definitely encapsulates this. The dynamic build of this song has always inspired me to write such like this, holding strong, power chords and catchy choruses.


Linkin Park –Faint (Luke)

LINKIN PARK have always been a massive part of my life, through all of their albums, but one particular song “Faint” has always been one of my favourites. Their powerful choruses have so much aggressive energy, enough to make your blood boil. “Faint” has influenced me to play more powerful rock and has definitely made me the guitar player I am today.


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