Interview Whales In Cubicles

Whales’ In Cubicles Soundtrack the English-speaking world.

Once upon a time, Italian-born Whales In Cubicles’ Stef Bernardi took a pilgrimage across the English-speaking world, taking in as much music as he could. We asked the Anglo-American culture fixated frontman to talk us through some of his findings ahead of the band’s debut single release later this month.

Dinosaur Jr - Start Chopping The first place I visited was Northampton, Massachusetts. It’s close to Amherst where Dinosaur Jr are from. This song is just so uplifting, makes you want to move on.

Smashing Pumpkins - MayonaiseI got Siamese Dream at the beginning of summer, by the end of it I nearly consumed the tape. That guitar feedback and the unconventional way it was used on the song as a feature was a revolution in my head. Oh, to be a teenager and discover this song.

Fleetwood Mac - Albatross A British gem and a game changer, this song had a massive effect in shaping my taste in music. Not a wasted note in the whole song.

Cocteau Twins - Lorelei Sounds like magic. Their music must come from Mars there’s no other explanation. Or Scotland. It’s amazing how they can make a straight forward pop song sound like nothing else.

Big Star - NightimeWhile visiting Memphis all I could think of was Alex Chilton, Ardent Studios and the journey that is Third/Sister Lovers, his most intense album.

Senseless Things- Too Much Kissing I had never heard of them before meeting Leo, he has a wall covered with Senseless Thing’s singles. I really love this song.

Slint - WasherFour kids from Kentucky, one of the best albums of all times. I’ll never get over Spiderland. The breakdown alone five minutes in is a masterpiece of harmony.

Jeff Buckley - Vancouver Jeff at his best and most original. One of my favourite songs of all time, the guitar work is pure poetry. I went looking for the Sin-e’ club while in New York, but it had moved from its original location. I met the owner, Shane, and we talked about Jeff all night.

Sonic Youth - Theresa’s Sound-World I bought this cd for the second time in San Diego, I was living at a friend’s house in a tiny boiler room at the time. This song just blows me away. Lights off, stereo cranked up: a Sonic Dream.

Elliott Smith - Angeles A song about bullshit and his struggle with it. Some of Elliott’s best lyrics. It gives me chills. I worked at a hostel in LA for some time, this song makes me think of all the young people I met there, all looking for their break.

Sebadoh - Spoiled The unique sound of that detuned guitar and moody vocals. This song hit me like a freight train.. I met Lou after a show in London and asked him about this song, he said he didn’t remember the tuning.

Led Zeppelin - Rain Song Jimmy Page’s guitar work, especially in songs like this one is my benchmark. He’s the Bert Jansch and Nick Drake of hard rock.

Whales In Cubicles’ new single ‘We Never Win’ will be released via Young & Lost Club on 23rd January.

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