With over a 100 songs to their name, you’d think it’d be difficult to know where to start with Birmingham’s Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam. However, they would probably suggest you start off with ‘Blackout Cowboy’. Released today, it sees the quintet display their admiration for US college radio albeit with a British alt-rock core and an off-kilter edge. Over the course of its eight songs, the ludicrously named band neatly execute a snappy set of songs. For example, ‘Running From My Ghost’ and ‘Mrs JR Hartley’ both provide a fuzzy indie-rock rush. Whereas ‘Mind Control’ and the title track highlight their quirky side.
Having written such an extensive back catalogue of songs, you’d expect Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam‘s influences to be far and wide. So with ‘Blackout Cowboy’ now out in the open, it made sense to see who they consider their musical inspirations. So we asked Andrew Bullock to pick out a selection of influential songs.
Girl Band – Lawman
Having watched them support METZ back in 2014 we were then lucky enough to play with them a couple of years later. Dara’s charisma onstage is scary, his snarling vocal sound matches the industrial post-punk perfectly.
Big Thief – Real Love
Adrianne Lenker is such a great songwriter but the beauty in her voice matched with the unusual timing of Buck Meeks guitar playing really makes them something special.
Parquet Courts – Berlin Got Blurry
I think it’s the prolific output that makes Parquet Courts so impressive. That and the fact they seem to get more confident with each record. I like how the two front men have different vocal styles but seem to go so well together.
Hot Snakes – Audit in Progress
Anyone who has seen a Hot Snakes live performance will know how impressive they are. It’s inspiring to watch how tight they play on stage, we all recently went to see them at Brudenell Social Club, has to be in the top 5 live shows I’ve ever seen.
Naomi Punk – The Feeling
Another band to see live. I don’t know anyone that sounds like Naomi Punk so it’s hard to describe them. It’s the experimental take on recording and the use of lo-fi samples both live & on record that I love about them.
Busdriver – Worlds to Run ft Milo, Anderson Paak
Some of the most beautiful production by Kenny Segal, from the guitar samples to the beats flowing throughout. I’ve always loved Milo’s vocal stylings and lyricism but this Busdriver track that he features on is just inspiring.
Sheer Mag – What You Want
Sheer Mag’s 70’s hard rock sound is easy to get in to, the Thin Lizzy-esque guitar playing is impressive but for me, Tina Halladays vocals on ‘What You Want’ are what makes this single.
‘Blackout Cowboy’ by Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam is out now on By The Time It Gets Dark.