This week, Press to MECO release their new album, Here’s To The Fatigue, the follow up to their 2015 melodic-beast of a debut, Good Intent.
Crammed with more of those sweet triple vocal parts, and massively satisfying choruses, that made their debut such a joy, Here’s To The Fatigue is a sophomore release which is as crunchy as it is shiny.
So, to celebrate the return of Crawley’s finest, Vulture Hound asked guitarist Luke Caley, bassist Adam Roffey, and drummer/lyricist Lewis Williams to tell us about the records that changed their lives…
Luke Caley (guitar/vocals)
SYSTEM OF A DOWN – Steal This Album
I remember being 11 years old; I’d just started learning the guitar and I was getting more and more sucked into the crazy world of rock music. One of my oldest childhood friends, Mitch, handed me this album with the strangest looking artwork I’d ever seen, Steal This Album written on the front. I was too young to understand the concept of this album and the message behind it at the time, but this was my first taste of a band that had completely created their own musical universe. They weren’t trying to sound like anything, they just oozed creativity and originality. I think it may have even been a bit too nuts for me at the time, and it wasn’t ’til later in the year when I found Toxicity that I really started to appreciate System of a Down. Either way I feel they opened my eyes to the fact you don’t have to conform to any parameters or limitations in music, just go out, do exactly what you want to do and master it. They were the band which really opened my mind to the idea of multi vocalists, which is become a real signature of Press to MECO.
The Dillinger Escape Plan – Ire Works
Growing up I remember all the dudes I really looked up to always raved about The Dillinger Escape Plan, but I’d never properly given them the time or checked them out. So, one day after school, I reckon I was 14/15 at the time, I walked into HMV and saw Ire Works sat there. I felt so compelled to see what all the hype was about. I remember sitting in my room pushing play and virtually being thrown across my room by the sheer intensity and heaviness of ‘Fix your Face’. I was into ‘heavy’ bands by this point, but this was a whole new level of chaos, and brought a whole new meaning to the word ‘abrasive’.
I don’t think I fell instantly in love with it on first listen; it was just so nuts to my brain and musical understanding at that age. I vividly remember thinking how crazy this music was, but that I should absolutely stick with it. Then slowly (but surely) the fog started to clear and some of the most complex, intricate and diverse music I’d ever heard started to shine through. I remember this being one of the first times in my life I’d felt properly challenged by music. It’s truly my all-time favourite album and changed the way I looked at music completely at that age. They innovated and changed the game in nothing but their own way. I don’t think there’ll be anyone else that leaves such an impact and obvious influence on the heavy music scene for a while.
Lewis Williams (drums/lyrics)
Paul Simon – Graceland
I’ve always been a huge fan of Simon and Garfunkel, and of Paul Simon’s songwriting. I stumbled across this album in my early twenties and became obsessed with it for a while. I’ve always admired how many different vibes it juggles, yet somehow paints a strange cohesive picture. This has been an album that I’ll look to when feeling a bit low on inspiration.
Manchester Orchestra – Mean Everything to Nothing
“I am the only one that thinks I’m going crazy and I don’t know what to do”, I think knew I was going to love this album from that opening line alone. Andy Hulls lyrics have always spoke to me and have been a big influence on my writing, he’s able to convey so much feeling even in the most cryptic moments. This album is full of so much raw emotion, weaved in to amazingly tasteful southern tinged indie rock songs. While I was at music college surrounded by a load of talented musicians playing really complicated stuff, Mean Everything to Nothing helped me remember that music doesn’t have to be hard to play to be good. I challenge any stone hearted man or woman to not be moved by this album.
Adam Roffey (bass/vocals)
Coheed and Cambria – Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV
I find myself going back to this album frequently. It is one of my favourite records and it influences how I play, sing and write music. I got this album when I had just finished school; it’s just the perfect music for summer at college. Nowadays when I put on this record, I can’t just play one track, I will listen to the whole thing, it really doesn’t have a bad song on it. Every time I hear ‘This Suffering’ it feels like the 1st time I heard the song. The whole album still feel fresh and exciting even after 13 years. This is one of the only bands from my youth that don’t feel dated in anyway and I will keep coming back to this album for years to come.
Billy Talent – Billy Talent
A friend in a band played me ‘Try Honesty’ when I was 15 years old. Having not heard much music like it before, my mind was blown. I listened to ‘River Below’, then I was hooked. ‘River Below’ is a song that we end up randomly jamming in most band practises – we all love the album. I really like the intro for ‘This Is How It Goes’ at the beginning of the album. Guitarist Ian D’sa got the guitar sounding perfect on this record. Every song is memorable in its own way and each song has its own individual sound and vibe – just sounds like Billy Talent.
Here’s To The Fatigue is out on March 30th via Marshall Records.
Watch the video album track ‘Familiar Ground’ below.