Formed in 2014 and hailing from Cardiff, Malum Sky soon set about releasing their self-titled debut EP in the Summer of 2015. Their bold loud sound has gained them wide acclaim but where does their inspiration come from. The band let us in on their all time favourite records.
Mike (guitar): Billy Talent II
This album is very special to me because it opened my teenage eyes and ears to drop D tuning and the world of really cool guitar playing. I always loved the way Ian D’sa made really awesome guitar riffs using weird shaped chords and patterns. His style has definitely imprinted on me and I try to put that creativity and innovation into my own guitar playing.
Jon (guitar): John Martyn – Solid Air
This album for me is a perfect marriage of good musicality and song writing. The lyrics and overall vibe resonate with me on a personal level. When John Martyn writes a tune, he means every word of what he says in it. The pain and realism come through in his voice and his sense of melody is Outrageous.
Joe (drums): Mastodon – Leviathan
It has to be Mastodon. So much is conveyed by every song. In particular, Brann Dailor is a rare person who, with every last gram of strength, blasts out feeling as if he were engaged in an all-out apocalyptic war of self-expression. No other drumming conveys so much emotion and he executes it with such seamless style. It’s real genius to speak through your instrument so fluently. On top of that is powerful and emotive singing that resonates with every bone in my body. This raw passion that I aspire to emulate in Malum Sky is most captivating in “Leviathan”. For me, music would die on a desert island without this album.
Saki (bass): Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Bloodsugarsexmagic
This is the album that got me into playing bass. It has a very raw, funky vibe to it and a groove that never gets old. This album inspires me as a bass player and I try and put that groove and drive into my own playing.
Ben (vocals): Black Sabbath – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
This record means a lot to me, it’s one of those pivotal records that really got me into music when I was young. It has a depth and diversity that still inspires me now. It’s exactly the kind of inspiration that I feel when writing and performing with Malum Sky. Ozzy Osbourne wrote some incredible lyrics for this album and I’d like to think I put the same and thought and conviction into my own lyrics. Being stuck listening to just one thing would be horrible, but if that’s going to happen to me, then at least I’d have some Sabbath to help me out!