by Daniel Colussi | Chains Of Love have in short order positioned themselves as one of Vancouver’s most promising new bands. In the increasingly overcrowded world of 60’s-indebted garage rock, they’re leaders of the pack with a sound defined by the vocals of two very capable lead singers (Nathalia and Rebecca) as well as by their bouncy, organ-drenched melodies and ample tambourines. A healthy dose of sex-drenched swagger never hurts either. I invited the Chains to let us peek into their record collections and drop some knowledge, all in an effort to understand what makes this band tic. The result is a killer playlist many DJs will undoubtedly crib from. Check out their fine selection of tunes after the jump and then head over to the Chains’ bandcamp to find out what would happen if Phil Spector had stayed just slightly less crazy and put The Ronettes and The Cramps in a recording booth together…
Ivo Papazov and his Wedding Band – Live on Night Music.
Nathalia of course picked one of her dad’s tunes that he performed a few years ago on television. Introduced by David Sanborn. I don’t know that you could really say it’s an influence, but you can certainly see where she got her musical gift.
Al Green – Le’ts Stay Together
Felix is a huge Al Green fan, and he chose his favorite Al Green tune. While we don’t sound like traditional soul music, we’re heavily influenced by old school soul.
Brian Jonestown Massacre – When Jokers Attack
Clint has always been into The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and you can definitely hear it in the tunes he helps write. He says this isn’t his favorite song, but it’s the most brilliant, whatever that means.
The Coppertone – Hidden Dreams
Rebecca Marie gets all giddy when she hears The Coppertone, and she thinks this is a good example of why they are a good band for us to listen to and emulate.
Wham vs. Daft Punk – Around The World
Henry is insane and eclectic when it comes to music, so we let him choose two songs. He was about to throw a tantrum anyway, and it’s better to let him have his way. He loves mashups and he loves Wham, so this Wham vs. Daftpunk thing is his first choice.
Fine Mist – Stop Or Start
He’s also friends with another local Vancouver band called Fine Mist and he says their tunes influence him a great deal. Here’s one of their tunes played live at Goonies
The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
We all agreed that The Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds” is a big influence on us, but no one could agree on a specific tune from the album, so we’ll just list the whole album and you can pick a tune.
Dick Dale And The Del Tones – Misirlou
We also really like surf music, and Dick Dale’s Miserlou is the king of all surf songs, so it made the list as well.
Nathalia is the one with the crazy cool record collection. She says she has over 2,000 vinyl records and she has two ipods because all her digital music doesn’t fit on one! She says it’s best not to point people at music too much, because it’s more fun and better for your understanding of music if they discover things on their own. As she often says “If you build a hipster a fire, he’ll be warm all night. If you teach him to build a fire he’ll get drunk and burn down some cool ass landmark. But if you light him on fire he’ll be warm for the rest of his life!”
Chains Of Love celebrate the release of their new 7″ at the Biltmore on Friday July 29th, with Dead Ghosts and DJ’s galore.
Zulu Records veteran and tunage aficionado Daniel Colussi is the Music Editor of Scout Magazine.