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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InFlowences: Scrunchies

After featuring them as the Set 4 Score in our Hair episode, we spoke with Laura, Danielle, and Bree of Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Scrunchies to discuss some of the artists and songs that have influenced them throughout their music career.  Listen to the entire playlist or each song individually and read each members’ backstory below! (📷 by Tessa Loeffler)


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Danielle Cusack “My mom used to always play this CD she had by Mission of Burma, and I was always entranced with how each instrument & voice was so imperative to the song & how it would be completely different without it. A great example of that is through this song & how the band moves through the twists & turns of the riff, and the end of this song where they all harmonize & do a vocal cannon over the line “what could I say to that” that gives me chills to this day.”

Laura Larson:  “I’ve been playing guitar in bands since I was 14 or 15 years old and my influences have always skewed towards the guitar-driven heavy, cathartic and deeply personal feminine/feminist rage- from Jack Off Jill in my teens, through Hole, PJ Harvey, Sleater-Kinney… and in the past handful of years there has been a drought of this particular brand of ROCK in lieu of bands skewing more towards the clean, tropi-pop, easy-listenin’ indie. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good head-bopper and I looooove pop music but when Romantic by Mannequin Pussy came out it was like the grunge/punk veil was re-lifted for me, like a fucked up homecoming of being allowed to experience and emote spite, love, fear, all of these emotions that seem to ebb and flow in vogue and accessibility for womxn. Marissa’s  guttural screams dovetailing into sweet pop melody while she rolls around of the stage is everything I want and need in my rock bands and kicked my ass right out of bed and back into guitar brat mode. .”

Bree Meyer: “I was listening to this band a lot when I started playing music a few years ago. They have a sound and swing to their music that is uniquely theirs and that is what I want in the music I listen to. They’re from Lincoln, NE and if you didn’t already know the Midwest is pretty alright.”

Bree Meyer: This song sounds so huge and I love everything about it. Hop Along has been working so hard for so long and that is something I look up to.”

Danielle Cusack: “I remember the first time I heard this song and became immediately mesmerized by how amazing everything in the song sounded (from the riff, to the drum part, to Corin’s catchy melody). It’s the #1 song I list as an influence for my drumming, and probably for my songwriting as well. Sleater-Kinney is definitely one of the most underrated rock bands of all time, and Dig Me Out was really the first CD to peak my interest in wanting to be a musician”

Laura Larson: “I always think of Sauna Accident as a band that Kurt Cobain would have on one of his musical influences lists. They are the epitome of how unique and strange while at the same time comfortingly familiar a 2-piece garage rock band can be. I listen to Sauna Accident when I want to be reminded that it’s possible to get weird without being over-complicated. Sophie’s voice veers around these post-punk yelp-hooks that always make me think “oh my god, why didn’t I think of that?””

Laura Larson: “We played with Squid Ink from Fresno, CA twice when we were on tour this summer. Not only do they write seriously catchy rhythm-driven punk songs (sometimes with TWO basses!! and sharing members with Fresno feminist punks Fatty Cakes and the Puff Pastries) they write personal/political lyrics that are funny and real and important.  Lifted from their own bio, Squid Ink “creates punk music for womxn and femmes combating the misogynoir, white supremacist, capitalist, actual dystopia that we live in.” Super amazing people and musicians and they have an EP coming out super soon!”

We at Feel Me Flow want to thank Scrunchies for taking the time to chat with us about their InFlowences.  Scrunchies is playing the First Avenue Mainroom this Saturday 8/18/18 with Jessica Manning and Bad Bad Hats. There are still tickets available so be sure to grab some before they’re gone! Also, don’t forget to head over to Scrunchies’ Bandcamp page and pick up the aptly named Stunner released via Forged Artifacts!

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InFlowences: The Treetops

After featuring them as the Set 4 Score in our Trees episode we spoke with The Treetops out of Lakeland, Florida to discuss some of the artists and songs that influenced them throughout their music career.  Listen to the playlist and read The Treetop’s reasoning behind each influence below!

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FMF: The Mamas & The Papas are one of a few harmony-laden groups chosen as influences to you.  Do any of you have a professional training background or do you play and sing whatever feels right?

Ashley Kennedy: “I’ve been singing since I was as little as 2, swinging from a swing strung to a tree in West Virginia belting out Lion King songs. I grew up with my mom singing with me. She’s a singer and musician currently teaching elementary music. It’s kind of funny. She would always try to harmonize with me and I hated it. I’d put my finger to my lips and “SHH” her every time. I appreciate it so much now. I was in chorus throughout school and harmonizing came super easy to me. Still does! Thanks, mom. Creating and being a part of harmony is an aspect of being in the band I enjoy a lot. We all have an ear for it, of course. Otherwise, it wouldn’t work – teamwork makes the dream work, baby!”

FMF: Pearl & The Oysters are a relatively new and unknown band, how did you discover them?

Steven Miller:  “I try to keep tabs on local Florida bands and saw a post on Instagram about them. I love synth pop, and the organs and DIY production is so fun to listen to. They are high on my wish list of bands to play with.”

FMF: A James Brown deep cut; what of James’ soul music brings inspiration to you?

Jake Kladakis: “The funk, man! Gotta get funky. His attitude, energy, and the band cut through still to this day.”

FMF: Just three years after Transformer, Lou Reed released Metal Machine Music. Do you ever see the band making that type of drastic change?

Jake Kladakis: “Probably not THAT drastic, but yeah! We’re always experimenting with new sounds and pumping out the jams.”

FMF: Another dancing bassline in the playlist; ELO brings a disco side to things.  What draws you to Jeff Lynne’s style?

Andrew Sears: “ELO’s catchy pop songs and self-produced recordings can’t help but inspire us to come up with original hits like Lynne’s.  ELO deserves way more credit than they get!”

FMF: Salad Days helped bring lo-fi/slacker rock back into the limelight.  What do you think draws people to that sound these days?

Andrew Sears: “Simple songwriting and the DIY attitude along with catchy hooks and chorus is what draws me to Mac.  Anyone can pick up his songs and start playing which can be very influential to songwriting. Our songs “Sun And The Moon” as well as “Look On The Bright Side” were heavily influenced by Demarco.”

FMF:  Great choice with “Whipping Post”. I’ve yet to see The Treetops perform live. Have you guys ever broken into a 20-minute jam session like The Allman Brothers were famous for?

Ashley Kennedy: “Hell yeah. And it’s awesome! To essentially improvise in front of an audience is super fun. I mean, it definitely depends on the venue. You have the more structured sets that need to be 30 minutes SHARP. But then there have been places that gave us this giant window of play time that we took full advantage of.”

FMF: Soul seems to be a shared interest for the band.  Any plans on adding horns to the mix at some point?

Steven Miller: “We actually have a trumpet, Alto saxophone, and a trombone. We have some stuff we wrote for the new album that we are trying to put in that ranges from soul to big band horns….well we are gonna try.”

FMF: Love It To Death influenced quite the handful of punk rockers; from Joey Ramone and Johnny Rotten writing songs based off “I’m Eighteen” and Pat Smear picking up a guitar the day he heard the album.  What about that sound do you bring to The Treetops? Also, do any of you own the “thumb cover” version of the LP?

Steven Miller: “We all love that early 70’s rock sound with the towering stacks and the crunchy guitar tone. What we bring from that is that we understand how those cats got that sound. They didn’t have that pedal that did it. It was tubes, circuitry and a Gibson! We try to keep our tones simple and use as little pedals when we can. When we play live though it’s easy to see that we love to rock out same as those cats. When we end our shows we are drenched in sweat and that’s how we like it.”

FMF: Electric Warrior belongs in the 21st century.  Do you pull from Marc Bolan’s minimalist recording techniques here? Also, have you ever heard “Mambo Sun” next to The Black Keys’ “Everlasting Light”?

Steven Miller: “Recording is really important to us. Andrew just graduated as an electrical engineer and he has done wonders on our album with just an 8 track Tascam 388 and some good preamps and mics. We start with drum and guitar and just go from there. Recording is simple as we are just trying to put out music that we can re-create live. We have studio songs for when we want to go crazy with all the tracks we have. And with our next album we’ll be living together so we can really spend time doing everything we want. With “All Year Round” 3 of us had to drive 2 hours to Lakeland to record EVERY SINGLE TIME. It took us many trips over 2016 and 2017 to make it but we loooove recording so it was always worth it. We really have just done what we can with recording. We’ve made 3 albums self-produced so we feel like our 4th one is going to be another level above the one we just put out.”

FMF: Dr. Dog clearly pulls inspiration from The Beatles, so it’s no surprise you’ve picked tracks from both artists.  If you were a band in 1968, who would you want to open for?  Keep in mind The Beatles were done touring by then.

Steven Miller: “I would personally choose The Move because they came out with their amazing debut album that year and I heard their live shows were crazy and usually something was destroyed. I think we’d love to get wild but we are always opening so no one is quite loose enough yet.”

FMF: If you could only listen to one Beatles album for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Steven Miller: “Yesterday And Today is one that I could just play over and over. That period of the Beatles was my favorite because the songs were like the most perfect pop songs. Short, simple, and ridiculously catchy.”

FMF: Was “Do It For Me” inspired by “Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine” at all?  The keyboard chord progressions are similar.

Steven Miller: “Do it for me is a funny story to me because I made it up at first (just the intro) and I hated it. But Jake kept saying we should go over it and eventually it got more musical and interesting ideas got thrown in. We decided to take a doo-wop song and make it sound like a “baby baby” song, but really it’s about calling in a hit. We weren’t really into country joe until a bit after we wrote it. But as an organ player I am very influenced by the sounds of organs from the 60’s! I just bought a Yamaha organ that I’m excited to have on our next album! Organs rule!”

FMF:  Same question as the Beatles albums.  Which Stones album?  Have you ever dug into the original by Don Covay? Jimi Hendrix is said to have played the guitar on it.

Andrew Sears: “Out Of Our Heads is by far my favorite Stones record.  Its front to back full of hits. I’ve never heard the original, but I have heard other covers and I always end up going back to the Stones’ version.”

FMF: Thee Oh Sees are a staple on Feel Me Flow.  What about them influences you as a band?

Andrew Sears: “John Dwyer’s writing and formulaic songs get you hooked with every new album release.  Having owned more Oh Sees records than any other artist, I can safely say they’re one of my favorite bands.”

FMF: Many of Buzzcocks’ best songs were released as 7″ singles exclusively and compiled later.  Do you have any plans to release wax pressings, be it 7″ singles or LPs?

Steven Miller:We haven’t released anything but a CD of our second album and a cassette from Wiener Records of our first record. We record all our own stuff all the way to the final mix so we are all self-funded. A 7” would be awesome to have but at the moment we are looking to go all the way and make our next record (which we will get on this year) onto wax.”

FMF: It was always rumored that 10cc got their name from a pretty vulgar source, but that was disproven.  Where did The Treetops’ name come from?

Steven Miller: “Funny enough our stories are similar because we needed a name, and someone just suggested something at the right time and no one else could think of anything better. Ours used to be Jeremy Treetop Window. Nobody could get it right and everyone called us treetops anyway. It felt like a natural progression.”

FMF: Regina has a poetic way with words. Who is your favorite lyricist/poet of all time?

Ashley Kennedy: “I honestly don’t have a favorite of all time. I’m one of those people that can’t decide on a favorite of anything. Even making the list of 5 bands and songs was brutal! But I will say, and this sounds like a set-up for my next question but it’s true- Isaac Brock is super influential to me lyrically.”

FMF: Nobody bends a harmonic like Isaac Brock. What other unique music techniques have you discovered or even “borrowed” along the way?

Ashley Kennedy: “I’d have to say, personally, playing the bass and singing/harmonizing at the same time. It isn’t a novel concept, but it was challenging at first especially since I wasn’t a seasoned player starting out.”

FMF: If it wasn’t for Johnny Cash playing the prison circuit, we may never have gotten Merle Haggard. If you were to play a prison tour, which prison would you want to play?

Ashley Kennedy: “Great question! Do they still have prison tours? I’d probably play any prison but the one near my hometown. High school reunions aren’t really my thing.”

We at Feel Me Flow want to thank Steven, Ashley, Jake, and Andrew from The Treetops for taking the time to chat with us about their InFlowences.  The Treetops released the fantastic garage album All Year Round in March of 2018 with plans to record a 4th LP in the works for next year! Check out their Bandcamp page to support them!

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InFlowences: The Merks

After featuring them as the Set 4 Score in our Summer Solstice episode, we figured we’d chat with Connecticut band The Merks to discuss some of the artists and songs that influenced them throughout their music career.  Nick Claps and Conor Philips dive into what drives their band’s sound while chatting about a few of the artists as well.  The range on this is incredible! From garage rock to pop, to vocal jazz, The Merks pull from all walks of music.

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Conor Philips: “The Growlers write incredibly catchy songs that reflect vibes of groovy disco in their album “City Club” and use really unique synths and guitar effects doing really catchy melodies. Their live shows are long and fun and heavily influenced how we like to perform live.”

Conor Philips: “I love her strong voice and the natural rasp that pops into her voice sometimes has a really nice feel to it. It makes it sound effortless and like she is very genuine and not trying to pretend anything and just singing naturally. I try to take that same idea and apply it to my vocals.”

Conor Philips: “I have been very obsessed with Post Malone lately. I started with his recent release, Beerbongs & Bentleys and then was so in love with it that I backtracked and bought his first album, “stony.” I think that Post is amazing because he takes modern pop and hip-hop and fuses it together with beautiful melodies but very in your face and modern lyrics. I hope that our band can find that same balance between different genres so that we can play something we love and something that others can love just as much. I think as a musician you are usually a little farther ahead on your musical journey than a person who is just a consumer of music rather than a producer. This kind of creates a communication break down between an artists intentions of growth and evolution and the consumer’s expectations. I think if The Merks ever want widespread recognition we need to take it on as our responsibility and bridge that gap so that people will be interested enough to listen and then we can more easily take them along on our journey through different aspects of music and hopefully just keep getting better.”

Conor Philips: The Voidz’ recent album Virtue is a great influence. The Voidz songs are all so dynamic layered with unique melodies with guitars and synths each having such a great thought out tone.

Nick Clap: “Catfish and The Bottlemen are powerful and have a classic fun alternative rock that reminds me of childhood. I love how their music is so accessible, with fun happy/catchy melodies.”

Conor Philips: “Jim Morrison started my obsession with lyrics when I was about 13. I read a biography about his life and his love for literature and then got heavily into the doors. he helped me learn how to dream up a scenario in my head and then use it to write lyrics that would hopefully bring the listener on an emotional journey through a song. Also, I loved the power in his voice and I feel like he was awesome at harnessing the power of his voices imperfections to make the art seem more real like a random poet had started a band and was singing his songs to the best of his ability. His lifestyle of excess was also very interesting to me in how he pushed everything to its limit from drugs to just daily activities in general. I personally don’t find fun in drugs necessarily but I do take that excessiveness and focus it in other areas of my life whether it is working late into the night to finish a song or getting very deeply involved in learning about new topics or working out.”

Conor Philips: “The Strokes or basically their frontman and main songwriter, Julian Casablancas has been a massive inspiration. Where Jim helped to show the way in the form of lyrics, Julian is a great mentor to follow if you want to write a perfectly crafted song. The strokes songs have no extraneous parts and every single part is tastefully added to complete the product. I love the way they interweave guitars harmonically and melodically and it sounds like a tight whirlwind of sound rather than a jumbled mess. That is something huge that we work hard to try and incorporate into our music but I don’t think we have fully achieved that yet. I personally find the most vocal inspiration from Julian because he writes his vocals in a way that serves the song rather than showing off how well he can sing. I also got more into falsetto and head-voice singing after he began doing it on comedown machine and in his later work with The Voidz.”

Conor Philips: “For me, Frank Sinatra really had two amazing talents. He could sing beautifully written melodies with perfect pitch but he could also assume the character of the subject in the song that he was singing. If he sang a song about being a young person excited for the experiences to come he would assume that character and then the next song he could be this downtrodden and abandoned middle-aged human that was looking for true love after a life of heartbreak. That chameleon-like quality is so important for an artist because without it you cant fully integrate yourself into the work of art and if you aren’t fully involved then your audience won’t be fully focused or affected by the message you are trying to send.”

We at Feel Me Flow want to thank Nick, Conor and The Merks for taking the time to chat with us about their InFlowences.  The Merks released The Mercenary EP in April of 2018 and are playing at Arlene’s Grocery on July 28th!

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