Guitarist Mark Linder: "The new Torche record, Harmonicraft, drops in April and I'm far too excited for it. I've been listening to the track that they released early (‘Kicking') – it's just genuine Torche. This has been a band that's always had my heart, even with their prior incarnation, Floor. There is no band that can put me in a childlike state of euphoria like Torche, regardless of my mood. They've got that '90s grunge-alt feel meets sludgy doom-y, gorgeous riffs and, dare I say, a dash of pop. Meanderthal and Songs for Singles are staple records for sure.
"Playing while I wrote this: Major Lazer, Young Widows, Oneohtrix Point Never, Vince Guaraldi and Wilco."
Bassist Kyle Van Cleave: "If I had to mention one thing that I am currently listening to, it'd probably be El Ten Eleven. Mostly their 2004 self-titled album but also some of These Promises Are Being Videotaped. Super dynamic; incredible for a two-piece. They really strike a beautiful balance between progressive and pop music. Such great hooks, with an indie work ethic."
Drummer Nick Floyd: "Big Deal's ‘Lights Out': I'm a huge fan of groups that decide to create full songs using just guitar and vocals. This isn't singer-songwriter stuff – this is indie pop at its finest, bringing me back to the indie scene of the 1990s. Also the soundtrack to Sound of Noise: Nothing like a musical without singing. The combination of tracks created using everyday objects and a solid film score is absolutely brilliant."
Singer-guitarist Abbott Jones: "Recently, I've been trying to decompress, musically, and have been trying to get back to music that is simple yet still interesting. The three albums I have on repeat are the Sufjan Stevens All Delighted People EP, Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, and Radiohead's Kid A. For me, these albums are completely about texture and layers. Simplicity coupled with fantastic songwriting."
Local shoegazers Mirabeau celebrate the release of their debut EP 8 p.m. Friday, March 16 at Back Booth with A.T.T.I.C. and Cheryl Traugott. Admission is $8 and includes a copy of the EP.