The Basick Spotify X-Mix Series is back for round three! This month's guest is our very own Paul Green; front-man of Basick bands Devil Sold His Soul and The Arusha Accord! Paul has selected 16 tracks that he just straight-up loves or that have influenced him in some way.
Kicking things off with Devil Sold His Soul's 'Devastator' from the EP 'Belong ╪ Betray', Paul takes us down various musical paths with choice cuts from The Dillinger Escape Plan, Karnivool, Hans Zimmer and more!
Here's what he had to say about some of those selections:
The Dillinger Escape Plan - 'Panasonic Youth' - "I remember when I first heard TDEP, I'd just started Broken Empire, a post hardcore band with my buddy Tom Gilmour at college in Reading, and one of our friends came down to watch us practice. He'd been raving about 'Miss Machine' and I didn't have a clue what he was on about so checked it out. As soon as this song kicks in it makes me just want to lose my mind! It was my first dive into tech-metal and it still genuinely gets me psyched today. Everything from the general musical insanity to Greg's versatility and intelligence in his phrasing means 'Miss Machine' is a top 5 album for me."
Hans Zimmer - 'Time' - "I think we can legitimately say that between John Williams and Mr Zimmer we have a huge deal to be grateful for as a band. When I was growing up I played violin in a string orchestra. I learned a ton about classical movements and, although I kind of wish I'd picked up the guitar as a kid instead, it pushed me to appreciate the possibility of infinite layers and, at times, the unsung genius of film scores. Time, will always sit high on my list as it was the intro we used in my early days in DSHS, it evokes a lot of emotion for me, especially nerves - I genuinely feel on edge as it builds because my mind thinks it's show time."
Karnivool - 'New Day' - "100% in my top 3 songs of all time! The album 'Sound Awake' is also my favourite album of all time, hands down. I'd heard 'Umbra' on a Rock Sound CD and was totally sold, bought the album and I will say, hand on heart, if you like progressive, melodic, intelligent music: IT IS THE BEST!"
Thrice - 'In Exile' - "Thrice are one of those bands, only really noticed for what they were/are when they went on hiatus. For me, they've been a soundtrack to growing up. I was a massive skate punk kid before I heard the album 'The Artist In The Ambulance' and Finch's 'What It Is To Burn'. These changed everything. Thrice have managed to captivate me and grow with my evolving tastes with each record. That being said, 'Beggars' wasn't instant for me. It took a year or so before it clicked and now it is a favourite. Dustin's lyrics (when he's not being too preachy) are incredible and I think this track delivers a unique vibe. Singing along to early Thrice was how I learned to scream, but it's from listening to their later work that helped me refine my song writing."
Huge thanks to Paul for getting together with us to create this killer playlist. Listen and subscribe right now:
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Remember to be realistic with your choices - James Hetfield is a busy man ;)