This week, Atlanta, Georgia’s Microwave make their UK debut when they join Real Friends and Can’t Swim for an eight-date run. Following on from our recent interview with Nate Hardy, we asked the vocalist and guitarist to pick 10 of his favourite songs from British acts.
Nate’s choices covers a wide spectrum of music, as he picks from the world of stoner rock, electronica, psychedelica and more.
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats – I’ll Cut You Down
This is the “go-to smoke a blunt and drive somewhere” theme song.
Dinosaur Pile-Up – White T-Shirt and Jeans
My favorite song from one of my favorite current bands. They also have a new album which sounds like it has some killer nu-metal influences which I’m really into.
Aphex Twin – Come To Daddy
The video for this song and the song itself are so awesome. I listen to more people that are influenced by Aphex Twin than I listen directly to Aphex Twin, but I have to pay my respects. He’s a genius.
Radiohead – Reckoner
One of my main musical influences and probably one of the main musical influences of rock music in the past 20 years. I love the way songs like this have that groovy polyrhythm that makes you want to dance around a fire with your friends.
Electric Wizard – Dopethrone
It’s so heavy. This band’s bio on Spotify is very fitting. It references their “crippling weed consumption and/or simple lack of motivation” along with lost fingertips and ruptured eardrums as principle reasons behind their past lack of consistent activity as a band. I feel that.
Mclusky – To Hell with Good Intentions
I first heard this song on a fake allergy commercial on Adult Swim and had to look it up. “My love is bigger than your love!” It just makes me want to grab a tape measure.
Gorillaz – 19-2000
One of my favorite groups of all time. I first found them when ‘Clint Eastwood’ was on ‘Now 8’. This song is so tight.
Bloc Party – Positive Tension
This whole album (‘Silent Alarm’) is awesome. There’s a huge dynamic of different songs and they’re all catchy and hard-hitting. By the second half, you start saying, “damn I forgot they made songs like this too.”
Shpongle – Nothing Lasts…
This album is cool and trippy and Generation Y as fuck and it uses samples from one of my favorite movies, ‘Waking Life’.
Led Zeppelin – The Ocean
If you don’t like Led Zeppelin, chances are you have early-onset dementia. I’m a hypochondriac so I worry about that kind of thing. I don’t believe in God, but when Jimmy Page picks up a guitar, he’s probably the closest thing.
‘Much Love’ by Microwave is out now on SideOneDummy Records. It is available from Banquet Records.
Microwave will be touring with Real Friends and Can’t Swim next month.
06 Club Academy, Manchester
07 Asylum, Birmingham
09 Riverside, Newcastle
10 St. Lukes, Glasgow
11 Stylus, Leeds
12 Banquet Records, Kingston (no Real Friends)
13 Thekla. Bristol
15 Engine Rooms, Southampton
16 Electric Ballroom, London
Photo Credit: Cameron Flaisch.