The Bled, whose recent album Found in the Flood has been something of a breakout success, have embarked on tour with Thrice and Underoath. But while fans are professing their love for the Tucson, AZ-based fivesome’s CD, SPIN.com wanted to know what albums the members of the Bled are hoping to force on their tourmates this fall. The responses offer surprising proof that musicians don’t always listen to the same music they play.
Jeremy Talley (guitar): I chose …And Justice For All because you ask most people what their favorite Metallica record is and they say Ride the Lightning or Master of Puppets. Mine is …And Justice For All because the guitars work like an orchestra almost and they’re really well thought out; all the music is really well thought out. The shortest song is five minutes and 12 seconds, so it works almost like an opera, a heavy metal opera. That’s what it means to me. I love it and it really helps shape who I am as a guitar player.
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Michael Pedicone (drums): I chose Anthony Hamilton’s Comin’ From Where I’m From as one record because this man’s voice is like soft, hot butter. It’s delicious to listen to. His songs are perfect. When you listen to it, it grabs your heart, and it will pull you down and depress you, but it’s good. And then Louis Prima here: You listen to him and you can’t sit still. His voice is amazing too; it’s like listening to a trumpet solo. He’s an all-around real crazy guy, that’s why it’s called The Wildest! And Keely Smith is featured on this record, and her voice, I will tell you what: Mmm-hmm. Can you write that? Mmm-hmm.
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Darren Simoes (bass): I chose Siamese Dream by the Smashing Pumpkins because it was the record that pretty much got me into playing music and it’s been my favorite record since.
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Ross Ott (guitar): I chose UNKLE’s Never, Never, Land because it’s a record that upon first listen just took me to a very different place, and I fell in love with it even though it was something that was really different to listen to at first. It just paved the way for other records by DJ Shadow and other UNKLE records that are similar. And then Nation of Ulysses’ Plays Pretty for Baby because it’s a staple. Bands like the Refused and I guess us wouldn’t really be around if they hadn’t set the precedent for that kind of thing in the early ’90s and the late ’80s.
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James Munoz (vocals): I think Prince is pretty much the shit. And I picked Ryan Adams’ Cold Roses because as far as double discs go I think it’s an instant classic and I can’t stop listening to it.
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