Ever wanted to know what made the artists in your music library tick? What albums inspired their own? Their personal musical history? Wonder no more for Mytacism Music has got your Monday Inspiration to show you the albums that inspired the albums. For our second feature, Friday On Elm Street (AKA Frankie Alberti) tells us what inspired his irresistible pop punk debut.
There were many albums that helped shape the songs for Friday On Elm Street’s first album, “Midnight Fun”. Most albums being pop punk or punk rock, but a few are even outside of the genre. When I was a younger, Blink 182’s break out album “Enema of the State” had a huge influence on me. It’s what pulled me into the pop punk scene to begin with. The well-endowed nurse on the front cover of that album didn’t hurt either. Other bands such as Sum 41 and New Found Glory also became staples in my life as well. I loved what all these bands displayed, speed, energy, and the punk rock attitude of not caring what others think. Outside of the punk genre, I listened to bands such as The Cure and A Flock of Seagulls, I liked the imagery that those bands painted with their songs. “Space Age Love Song” from A Flock of Seagulls is one of my favorite songs. Most of the time I listen to albums in their entirety, whether with friends, driving by myself with windows down, beautiful weather, and more often than not, a Mountain Dew in my hand having a great time. To me that’s what pop punk is, so when I write I tend to keep that bright, upbeat, lighthearted and meaningful feeling in my songs.
My music makes me happy, and hopefully it will make others happy as well. Life itself can be tough at times, so I hope for FOES’s music to be an escape for people, a band that helps people tune out reality, even if its just for a few minutes. Which is another reason why I’ve mixed in elements of horror and pop culture in general into FOES’s songs. I wanted to escape realism at times, exploring fun ideas that tell stories taking people to another dimension. There are also some underlying messages in FOES’s songs, especially songs like 28 Days or My Girlfriend’s a Vampire, which express how far your imagination can take you.
Whether it’s zombies, vampires or apple pie, whatever it is, whatever you love, reach out and show the world what makes you tick. Be proud of who you are, which ties back into the punk rock mindset, express yourself, don’t care what others think, and know that “Friday On Elm Street” will always represent the notion of individuality and creativity.