We exclusively spoke to ascending alt-metal crew HOUSE OF HATCHETS who have been pricking ears and making waves with their immensely electrifying sound that brings to mind everyone from Killswitch Engage, Slipknot and Deftones to Funeral for a Friend. The irrepressible riff merchants have just unveiled a new video, Burn – https://youtu.be/k5CMyZiWRdY and the single is now streaming via all platforms. The Scottish hard-hitters will unleash their hotly-anticipated debut album, Reach, this Spring. For now, Chris Allison (Vocals), Frazer Parker (Drums), and Jamie Parker (Guitar) talk us through the tracks that have profoundly helped to influence their sound:
- Manic Street Preachers –Faster
|Manic Street Preachers – Faster
Music video by Manic Street Preachers performing Faster. (C) 1994 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
Faster is one of the best songs lyrically that I have ever heard. I also made a point of writing them out by hand several times. I love that they smash into the song in parts. I love the raw exposed crazed energy, I love the confessional parts the humour. I get it and it gets me. It’s weird and anthemic and terrible and lovely. All of it amazing. Listen to it at least 10 times in a row!!
This for me is the zenith of song writing. I aspire to be this clever, honest, direct and artistic
- Smashing Pumpkins – bullet with butterfly wings
|The Smashing Pumpkins – Bullet with Butterfly Wings
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Bullet with Butterfly wings – If you are a band, and looking for tone, look no further. The pumpkins have it in buckets. This song has a great vocal, its nasal snarly and sometimes otherworldly approach is very enjoyable. I think Corgan is an amazing writer. He lets music talk as much as lyrics and melody. This is a great example of his spinning plates approach, everything is loud and cuts, but it’s also balanced. Super skilful and aspirational
I try to be as careful as Corgan – His use of clever metaphor and the song title encapsulating the song but not quoting the lyrics is something I try to remember. There is no fat on this track. I want to write this lean
- Throwdown –Never Back Down
|Throwdown – Never Back Down|
Throwdown – Sometimes we all need a good punch in the gut and/or face. This is the musical equivalent. If you are feeling a bit low and a bit crap this song will smash through that and potentially your skull. I love its brutality coupled with hopeful lyrics?? It’s an odd combo and I like odd combos.
To be brutish, hard, unifying, sensitive, and hopeful but destructive. I try to balance many of these things in my writing. I also love the swagger of hardcore punk.
- Black Flag –Rise above (rollins band live version)
|Henry Rollins/Black Flag “Rise Above” Live
Directed by Modi and Kevin Kerslake
Rise Above – WE, it’s a collective WE. I love Rollins. His dedication, work ethic, fun, energy I feel are displayed right here. He can also channel that monster that is nearly…off the leash. His spoken word can have the same outcome as this, but it will take 20mins. This is now, its immediate, its rough, and its real. I want to write like that
- The Ramones –Poison Heart
|Ramones – Poison Heart
Music video by Ramones performing Poison Heart. (C) 1992 Radioactive Records J.V.
The Ramones – They are up there in my top 5 bands of all time. Yes they did image, fashion, buzzsaw guitar, bubblegum pop, and new york punks lords. They managed to be the beach boys of the underground until they broke through like a weed in the sidewalk outside CBGBs. BUT!! They were also great musicians, they had a great vision and they could write some amazing songs. Poison Heart has such an innocent heartache to it. Joey Ramone could also lumber a great vocal. This one in particular shows the geek that got picked on. He is an everyman in this song. That’s what’s amazing about it
I hope I can do something similar one day. I don’t think I’m grown up enough yet.
Frazer Parker (Drums):
- FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND –SHE DROVE ME TO DAYTIME TELEVISION
– for the breakout alone. But it kicked off an era of quality metal. Great guitar riffs.
- BEARTOOTH –THE LINES
– raw hard hitting honest tune that cuts to the chase. Love the sync between kick and guitar. This has really inspired a lot of our stuff.
- 36 CRAZYFISTS –AT THE END OF AUGUST
– it has great build up, brutal vocals and drums have a decent but unique sound to them.
- SLIPKNOT –DUALITY
– incredible riffs with good “jump up and down” vibes in chorus. Gets the blood flowing.
- 30 SECONDS TO MARS –KINGS AND QUEENS
– proper good anthemic quality to it, sticks in your mind.
Jamie Parker (Guitars);
- INXS –NEED YOU TONIGHT
– Such a jam. That lead guitar. It has absolutely inspired some of my writing on ‘Reach’. It sits back enough not to be this vile guitar solo type thing, but it absolutely cuts through. Without it, the track would be totally different, not in a good way! The breathy vocals are great, with the odd punchy ‘make you sweat!’ and ‘I’m lonely!’ – so good. The rhythm at the chorus as well, it’ll only ever make people want to move. Probably going to go listen to it right now. Again.
- SLIPKNOT –PSYCHOSOCIAL
– The guitar work throughout the song, the little pushes in the chorus. Really driving forward constantly, no room to take a breath. The breakdown is rhythmically technical and the general vibe is REALLY unsettling. Again it is giving us no time to settle down, then all hell breaks loose. Love it.
- KILLSWITCH ENGAGE –ROSE OF SHARYN
– Again, the guitar work. All the Killswitch stuff is SO tightly tracked. Immense. That final section is packed. Emotion, heavy. The lead and rhythm vibes are glorious. So simple, so effective.
- DAVID BOWIE –LIFE ON MARS?
– Bowie’s voice, needless to say. From the quality of it to the way it has been tracked. Amazing. The way the track just builds up to the ominous pre chorus, then the texture gets busier. Chorus massive, absolute anthem. I truly wish he hadn’t died.
- THE POLICE –MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
– Guitar and drums in the intro, the combination of what is happening rhythmically and harmonically – it gets me every time. Forward moving, emotions, then his voice coming in. I wish I hadn’t heard before and could experience it ‘new’ every time!
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