InFlowences: Double Grave

After featuring them as the Set 4 Score in our Road Trip Part 1 episode, we spoke with Jeremy from Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Double Grave to discuss some of the artists and songs that have influenced him throughout his music career.  Listen to the entire playlist or each song individually and read each pick’s backstory below! (📷 by Tessa Loeffler)

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Jeremy Warden “The first time I heard this album, it was like stepping into another world. It really opened me up into what an album could be like, and what a “band” could be. It doesn’t have to just be a collection of separate songs by a group of four people, in can move like a movie, and involve dozens of contributors. I still strive to make a record like this, that isn’t afraid of scope, that creates it’s own world. I also continue to be inspired by how, despite the lush production of these songs, they stand alone just as strong when played by one person with a guitar. It’s really impressive to me still. “

Jeremy Warden:  “When I was in middle school beginning to play with other people, this record is what really inspired me to actually start a real band and try to write songs/book shows together. I learned every part of every instrument on this record so that I could play whatever was needed to keep bands moving. It had an emotional rawness and huge sound that just really captivated and influenced me for a long time.”

Jeremy Warden: It’s hard to know what to say about this record. Every time I listen to it I love it a little bit more. It’s been hugely influential just to the way I look at/approach/play guitar. It almost feels like rather than molding the guitar around the songs, the songs are molded around the guitar sounds, if that makes sense. The first time I listened to it I was like, “What are these sounds? Are these guitars? How do I make sounds like this?!”, and have more or less never stopped feeling that way. Even though I’ve never tried to make “true shoegaze” music like this, it’s definitely guided the general textures/methods of playing for me.”

Jeremy Warden: “This record really changed the game for me. I was thirsty for stranger music, for weirder sounds. I’d always loved just making weird noises with the instruments I had collected, but it wasn’t until Animal Collective that I realized you could turn weird sounds into actual songs. That anything could be an instrument, and that there were actually no rules to music at all. They sparked a long road of weird, fearless, exploratory song writing for me. Another album worth mentioning here is HyperMagicMountain by Lightning Bolt, which had a similar impact but instead of breaking all the rules with weird psych sounds, they just used loud bass and wild drums. They inspired me to play loud and shreddy and use noise and feedback in music more melodically.”

Jeremy Warden: “This was the first record/band I heard associated with the work “punk” so, that’s pretty huge to me, as I always say that Punk is the school/church that I grew up in in terms of music, and guides my approach to music on many levels. Before hearing The Clash, I mostly just stuck to whatever came on the radio, so, they were the first older band I listened to as well that wasn’t inherited from my parents. From here I’d fall in love with all offshoots of punk, from hardcore, to pop punk, to skater punk, ska, metal, crust, you name it, I love it all, and continue to turn to punk art and ethics for inspiration and guidance, and it all started here.”

We at Feel Me Flow want to thank Jeremy and Double Grave for taking the time to chat with us about their InFlowences.  Double Grave is headed out on an East Coast tour starting tomorrow in Minneapolis! Also, don’t forget to head over to DG’s Bandcamp page and pick up their latest effort Empty Hands released via Forged Artifacts! You can stream the EP below via their Bandcamp.

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Author: Nick FMF

Music Blogger. FMF is a playlist curated specifically to chosen themes. Think Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour meets Little Steven's Underground Garage.