The Smiths – The Queen is Dead
Probably the best British band of the 1980s, if not ever. So, I’ve picked the title track from their most revered album.
The Brian Jones Massacre – Pish
Not enough people listen to this band. Their back catalogue is a goldmine and a mountain range of styles. This song is a slice of psychedelic class.
Gomez – Get Miles Later
This album was the soundtrack to my late school days and I was completely mesmerised by its brilliance. I still am. The voice – the percussion – the changes in rhythm. Gomez are a big influence for me in PETS.
The Doors – Back Door Man
Probably my top band ever. Love everything about them. They bring out a devil in my mind like no other band does. The energy of Jim’s performance in this particular song is mind blowing. The live versions are even better.
The Strokes – Hard to Explain
For me this track is the coolest song. On the coolest debut album. From the coolest band, ever. This is an album where I remember the exact moment I first heard it. It changed everything.
The Beatles – Tomorrow Never Knows
This is fucking rad. And it’s The Beatles. Enough said.
Bob Dylan – Fixin’ to Die
Another of those albums where as soon as I hear it I remember hearing it for the first time and it sends me straight back to that time. Love the performance in this particular track.
The Raveonettes – Love in a Trashcan
Not necessarily a huge influence on the way I play, but a great pop song that sparks early memories of being on the road doing merch and stepping in on drums with my Dad’s band The Caravans. Great vibe. Great memories.
David Bowie – Blue Jean
My parents are big Bowie fans. His songs have been embedded in my ears for as long as I can remember. This song in particular is one of my favourites from him, I love that 80s pop guitar sound that can be heard throughout this song.
T. Rex – Get It On (Bang a Gong)
Marc Bolan is a guitar hero of mine, and his influence can be heard almost everywhere. A timeless classic.
PETS new single ‘Colours’ is out now
A hypnotic pop band hailing from the South Coast. Infusing sun-drenched pop melodies and contagious guitar riffs, PETS pitch a crisp and mesmeric sound.
Front-man: Sam McCarthy, has already won plaudits this summer, working alongside Dagny, a pop celebration with this summer’s anthem “Backbeat”, and The Kooks on their latest offering “Creatures of Habit”. PETS released their debut single “If It’s for Sale” through NW1 Records a few months ago, applauded by many critics. The follow up Colours, is a certain summer banger.