Guitarist Paul Callow of Aussie rockers Figures got stuck in to our Desert Island Discs challenge and gave us an insight into his musical background.
Bjork – Homogenic
This album is just full of beauty, and I think for me it has everything to do with not only Bjork’s voice but also the strings. I remember buying this album after work and sitting on the train and listening to it in full and being in complete awe of everything on it.
Jeff Buckley – Grace
What can I say that hasn’t been said about this album and this man? It’s just perfection. I still remember hearing Jeff Buckley’s ‘Lover you should have come over’ for the first time while on my way to guitar lessons and it just blew my mind! His voice, the emotion and the song writing was perfection. I remember getting home and finding enough money to buy the album the next day. To this day I still get sad about him passing away too soon.
Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Before this album came out it I remember reading that it was going to be a double album and I thought that it might end up being about 7 good songs and the rest might be filler… I was so wrong! From start to finish it was amazing. It was a massive statement and it covered so many musical genes from folk to heavy metal. I loved Siamese Dream but this one was just massive!
Periphery – Alpha/Omega
I’ve loved these guys for a long time now and this double disc album is just brutal, melodic, heavy and just plain fun… It’s also a good album to work out to.
Radiohead – OK Computer
Again not much that I can say about this album that people haven’t said already so I’ll just say “perfection” It was such a good album that when the next album ‘Kid A’ came out I bought it without listening to it and I was so disappointed with Kid A that I gave it away to a friend. I don’t hate Kid A as much anymore but OK Computer is just freaky good.
These albums might not sound like our band but they definitely shaped me as a guitar player. There are so many other bands that could be listed like Soundgarden, Tool, Meshuggah, The Cure, Janes Addiction, Karnivool…. (The list is endless) but these 5 albums are always my go to albums no matter what mood I’m in.