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. This week we had a lovely chat with Coates about The Smiths’ ‘The Queen Is Dead’ which inspired his outstanding debut EP ‘Vol.1’, due 25th of Sept.
Mytacism Music: What made you pick up the album?
Coates: My dad gave it to me and told me that I this was real music. I was about 12 years old and just starting to play the guitar so I was intrigued.
Where were you when you first heard the album in its entirety?
I’m pretty sure it was the first time I was given it, I cant say for definite as it was a very long time ago. I’ve always been a fan of albums and still to this day only really listen to albums, I’ve never actually listened to my iPod on shuffle for example. I don’t like jumping around random songs and random artists, I like listening to a body of work.
Where did the album take you on your first listen?
I was too young to appreciate Morrissey’s lyrics and the humour he used but the songs captivated me instantly. The first thing that caught my ear was the melodic nature of Johhny Marr’s guitar playing and the way Morrissey sang was something I had not heard before.
Why did it inspire your own work?
Lyrically, Morrissey is my biggest inspiration, for me his wit and humour is always spot on. I try to use some humour in my writing, I don’t take myself very seriously, using humour is my way of conveying that.
Are there any lyrics that stuck with you from the record?
Yes for sure, “Oh, I didn’t realise that you wrote poetry I didn’t realise you wrote such bloody awful poetry Mr Shankly” – Frankly Mr. Shankly
And of course “If a double-decker bus crashes into us, to die by your side is such a heavenly way to die, and if a 10-ton truck kills the both of us, to die by your side, the pleasure, the privilege is mine.” – There is a Light that Never Goes Out
Do you have a favourite track?
Its such a tough one. I don’t think I can chose just one from this Album, but forced to, it would probably be there is a Light that Never Goes out. However, you can’t get away from that glorious guitar riff in The Boy with the Thorn in his Side now can you!
Do you have any particular memories attached to the record?
Yes, making an abysmal attempt at trying to replicate Johnny Marr’s riffs!