As opposed to our favorite songs, or songs we'd like to think define our listening habits, taking a look at what a person actually listens to can be far more revealing. With that in mind, every Wednesday we ask an artist or band to take a look at the most-played songs in their iTunes libraries and share with us the results. We do this on the honor system, and we ask our subjects to share a few words about each song.
With a recent nod on iTunes as Editor's Choice for their new single "Headlights," we thought we'd keep UK rockers Morning Parade aboard the iTunes express with our humble questionnaire. The anthemic, power pop five-piece recently released their self-titled debut and are starting to pick up steam stateside with their energetic, guitar-driven rock. Frontman Steven Sparrow recently sat down with his band mates and assembled a list of their collective iTunes toppers. (And yes, that's M83's "Teen Angst" and Sufjan Stevens' "John Wayne Gacy, Jr.", you sickos!)
Morning Parade play the KNDD Radio Festival this Saturday (8/25) at Marymoor Park.
"Am I Wry?," Mew: Mew is one of the most important and influential bands that changed my approach--and the band's--to music.
"Codex," Radiohead: Probably the most progressive rock band to ever exist on the planet. Their diverse and complex songwriting is always very high on our play lists and iTunes libraries! "Codex" is a beautiful, eerie piece, with Thom and the piano peeking through a wash of ambient ear candy.
"Teen Angst," M83: This arpeggio led, big expanse of pads and synth track from M83 is always played on the tour bus; it's pacey, epic, and always one to get you ready to play a show. Love the production on this record (Before The Dawn Heals Us.)
"Little Girl," Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse: This track has Julian Casablanca on vocals and playing guitar, from Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse's collaborative album Dark Night of the Soul. Love the pacey drums against Julian's story telling voice and a great fuzzy solo from him. Great guitar tone and love the interesting sounds going on in the track.
"John Wayne Gacy, Jr.," Sufjan Stevens: This track always seems to come out a lot. The lyrics in this track are very strong; Sufjan seems to tell the story of Gacy, but also shows the humanness and the capacity of us all to be the tormentor or a killer if the situation led us there. Beautiful harmonies.
"Run," Air: Love the rhythms they use in the verses and then a complete wash when it breaks into the most atmospheric, hypnotic chorus. Great song.
"Untitled 1," Sigur Ros: Sigur Ros have a great way of pouring out feeling and emotion from their music. This track is organic, and its use of old instruments with Jonsi's mesmerizing vocals is inspiring. It always makes my hair stand on end.
"Joy.Discovery.Invention," Biffy Clyro: Scottish band and one of our early influences. This track is epic. Coming from only three guys, the sound that they can create is out of this world. "Joy. Discovery. Invention" inspired me to turn my guitar up and start head banging!
"Red," Elbow: Elbow have always been around in the UK, but it is only lately that they have had mainstream success. Elbow was one of our hidden secrets. The album Asleep In The Back is a masterpiece. "Red" is one of the highlights of the record.
"Can You See Anything," Veto: We found Veto from listening to another Danish band, Mew. Veto mix electronic and rock nicely. The album There's A Beat In All Machines is always being played on the road. Veto inspired us to play around with time signatures and drum n bass grooves.