Who are the musical influences of the band and
The Niz - vocals & guitars Gino Vonck - drums Tom - bass Duncan Paul - guitar & keys
You COULD say: "I will list all my CD's", because in every album
you'll listen to will be somewhere a line, melody, chord change,
lyric, or other element that inspires you and that can count as
being an influence.
instead of just listing their whole record collection, we've
asked the boys to talk about the bands and artists that heavily
influenced them in the musical sense. Here's the outcome:
in their early years: tight beats (bass and drums) with
atmospherical sounds (guitar and synths) and claustrofobical
vocals by Jim Kerr. In the later Simple Minds it is especially
the spacious guitar-playing of Charlie Burchill that attracts me
(indeed The Edge of
U2, but I’m a bigger fan of Simple
keeps re-inventing himself over and over again with a different
musical style (rock, soul, industrial,...) and with a different
is there a need for explanation? They’re the ultimate pop group
Guided By Voices:
a no-nonsense approach. The idea that everything can be said in
a one-minute-song (be it rattling and sometimes sloppy).
The Tragically Hip:
rock-music and not too cliché. Cool drummer (very tight) and a
(take me up!)
I confess. In the deepest of my bones, blood vessels and genetic
structures I am a rockabilly.
I do love a lot of different music styles, and so my
"favourite CD of the week" changes style quite often, but I
always seem to get back to rock'n'roll every once in a while,
you know, the fifties' stuff:
Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran,
Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, The
Goose bumps are my ultimate barometer for really good music, and
boy these guys do get me some.
Hence also my love for the things that
been/is doing. He is not only one of the most interesting guitar
players that I admire, but he also brought back to the attention
of the public two nearly-mummified-in-oblivion genres:
rockabilly in the 80's and big band in the 90's. Respect! He
also plays the coolest guitar model ever made: the Gretsch 6120
- the ultimate guitar, in my book.
Combine all the above rock’n’roll, add a dose of blues and roots
and a master class guitar player such as Dave Gonzalez and you have
the steaming music of
Definitely my cup of tea! I admire the way Dave always seems to
get a good sound out of his guitar, be it on record or live.
This is another constant to which I tend to get back to (no pun
intended) every once in a while. These guys invented the way
people make and record music nowadays. They’re more than just
the sum of the parts. Need I say more?
Another guy that influenced me heavily is
Not only do I find it a good idea to use humour in music and
albums, his concept of guitar-playing and music in particular is
very refreshing to me and opens a whole new world of
possibilities ("The most important part of art is the frame
around it"). Very enlightening and just plain brilliant. For the
freaks: my preferred line-up is the early seventies one with
Duke, Brock and Underwood.
In the same league I put his son
through him that I “discovered” Frank. He's got the same
humour-thing going on, which I like very much, and his approach
is a more 80's-90's guitar-oriented style which I can't copy.
Perhaps that's why I like it so much.
A guy that influenced me especially in the harmony department
Brian Wilson. He has created some fabulous
masterpieces, and I’ve kind of learnt how to sing harmonies
through his songs.
For the same reasons as Gino, I like
Guided By Voices
because of their let’s-put-it-on-tape-and-get-on-with-our-lives
way of music-making. The fact that you can condense a song to
the basic idea (heeeey – now that sounds familiar) and get
away with it is quite
interesting and appealing to me.
I’d like to finish off with
for their song-writing skills and garage-rock-like rawness, the
which does reflect in some of our songs. Amen.
(take me up!)