by Peter Lindblad
Smoldering organ, slightly corrosive guitars with a Southern accent, hooks that drag rivers for dead bodies, the occasional blast of smog-covered horns and unexpectly sweet harmonies — that’s what Winston Audio is made of. Formed in 2003, the Atlanta-based rockers the quintet brought forth its first EP, Come On, Hibernate, in July 2006. A full-length, The Red Rhythm, on the Favorite Gentlemen label, is due out in February 2010.
The 10 albums that changed their lives:
Smashing Pumpkins: Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
One of the best double albums ever made. I love that Billy (Corgan) puts “Thirty Three” and “XYU” on the same album and it works. Hard-rock bands don’t have to be loud all the time for them to be heavy.
Bob Dylan: Shot Of Love
Music about Jesus doesn’t have to be trite and unintelligent?! Shot Of Love is my favorite Dylan album. It’s honest, moving, aggressive and smart. I feel like I’m at church when I listen to it.
Ben Folds Five: The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner
One of the first albums I looked forward to hearing months before its release. My 14-year-old self didn’t quite get it at first, but 10 years later I still listen to it consistently and find new things to enjoy. Ben Folds is seriously under-appreciated as a songwriter.
Miles Davis: Bitches Brew
This record is a revelation. The melodies take a while to sink in and stick with you, but you don’t mind because the rhythms are so infectious. And once those melodies do finally get in your brain they’re surprisingly singable.
The Pixies: Bossanova
The Pixies show you can write a quirky pop song that doesn’t fit neatly into any particular category. Surf-rock with lyrics about alien abduction and space?
Nirvana: In Utero
First record I ever bought. As a kid it was easy to connect with the primal aggression of it. It’s beautiful how unhinged everything sounds.
Sigur Ros: ()
I had never heard anything like it when I discovered them and still haven’t really.
Pearl Jam: Yield
Second record I ever bought. The intimacy of Pearl Jam’s records is what I immediately latched onto. This and No Code are my two favorite records by my favorite band.
Radiohead: OK Computer
The first time I realized that anger can be expressed in a song without screaming. For my money this is the best record of the last 20 or 30 years.
Refused: The Shape of Punk to Come
I’m envious of the kind of feeling they were able to capture; they make it nearly impossible for you to sit still while listening to this record.
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