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5 Songs I Love w/ Silk Letdown

Following the release of their debut single 'Big Blue', we caught up with US alt-rock band Silk Letdown to find out more about what influences their eclectic sound. If you enjoy Silk Letdown's picks be sure to check out 'Big Blue' at the end of the article.

1. 1.4.5. - Dead Poet Society

"I love this song because it takes so many elements of blues, rock, metal, and even pop, and melds it into an absolute banger that is fresh and has its own independent sound, something that is tough to accomplish these days. Dead Poet Society has so many amazing songs, it was tough to pick one. They are my new favorite band. Their ability to mix rhythmic, hard hitting elements with sailing melodies and killer vocals/lyrics definitely puts them in a category of their own among new rock acts."

2. Over Now -  Alice In Chains (From MTV Unplugged)

"Alice In Chains was one of those bands growing up that really stood out from the rest of the alternative scene with their distinctive harmonies and dark sound. When this unplugged album came out, it highlighted even more their amazing musicianship and tight live performance. Layne’s little laugh at the beginning is timeless and genuine. Their crowd interaction and sincere presence in the moment makes the entire album such a gem. Again, hard to pick just one song from this album. As a beginning guitar player, this song was the first song I played using open tuning, and it was so satisfying being able to play that main riff and get a piece of that sound."

3. Bombtrack - Rage Against The Machine

"I remember being in a friend’s car in high school when we heard this song for the first time. It was rap, it was rock, metal and every angry feeling I ever had as a teenager all wrapped in such a well delivered punch. Tom Morello’s riffs and insane guitar work were mind blowing, and revolutionary, as were Zac’s delivery of anarchy and rage-filled lyrics. It was like nothing I had ever heard, and of course I had to (try to) learn all those guitar riffs as well. There are so many RATM songs I love, but, as this was track 1 on their CD, it was that first song that changed everything."

4. I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) - Otis Redding

"I’ve started collecting vinyl albums of live performances, and this one definitely gives you the feeling of being in the same room in 1967 with Otis Redding, one of the greatest vocal artists ever. To hear his voice close up with all the grit, emotion, heart, and feeling he put into his performances along with the crowd interaction, is truly special."

5. If You Want Blood (You've Got It) - AC/DC

"As a guitarist, I can’t make a list without AC/DC. So many great songs, but lately this is the riff that’s most often in my head. And the scene in Empire Records where the staff is lip syncing and dancing while the boss plays drums in his office is epic. This is the type of song that makes me want to crank up the amp and sing my lungs out, as well as get the crowd going. Is there anything better than that?"

Listen to Silk Letdown 'Big Blue'



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