Can’t Swim are one of the hottest bands around right now. Having recently released their debut album, Fail You Again, to a massively positive reception, it seemed only right to see exactly where their musical influences come from. The band gave us their own desert island discs.
Tegan & Sara – The Con
This was a refreshing change from the louder pop punk I was listening to in 2007. This album is so honest and I was fascinated by the songwriting and emotion in all of the songs. After listening to this album a million times I still feel every bit of emotion in every song. It never gets old or fades and has inspired me to be a better songwriter since the first listen.
The Replacements – Let It Be
I first heard this band as background music in the movie airheads some time in the late nineties and I watched the end credits and wrote down the name of every song featured in order to figure out who it was. I’ve been listening to this album ever since and it’s still one of my favorite albums to this day.
Third Eye Blind – Self-Titled. This album hits so many points for me. It came out right when I started playing guitar as a youngin. I had the Hal Leonard tab book. Spent hours on end navigating the crazy open tunings, tricky riffs, layered parts, etc. It also taught me how to write/arrange songs, and when I later got into engineering and producing I kept coming back to it for reference. I still find myself deep in the forums uncovering some of the pretty unreal techniques that Eric Valentine used to make this record. There’s some real magic that happened in the studio. I love the track sequence. I love the poppy music vs darker lyrics about loss and substance abuse. I can’t deny that it’s a 90’s top hits pop rock album, but maybe I’m just that kinda guy.
The Lemonheads – It’s A Shame About Ray
It was the first record I heard that made me want to be in a band. I love the simplicity in the song writing and the honesty in the lyrics. I’ve probably listened to it all the way through 1,000 times and I’m still finding new things that I love about it.
Metallica – Ride the Lightning
It’s too heavy to never listen to it again