Earlier this month, Leeds emo outfit Track and Field blew us away with their stunning EP – ‘You Are My Home’. If you have yet to hear it, then you’re missing out as it’s four poignant slices of perfectly executed emotional indie rock. It’s a stunning EP that shouldn’t be ignored.
However it has got us thinking why is it so good? What bands inspired Track and Field during the making of ‘You Are My Home’? Well we got in touch with them and asked them to tell us which five bands, or more specifically, albums influenced the EP. Here is what they told us…
The reason I’ve chosen this band and these two albums is that this is the stuff I was listening to about ten years ago when I was around 15-18. This is when I first moved out of home and started to become the person I am. With a diet of heavy paranoia and excessive alcohol and THC consumption it was these records that were one of the few things I found comfort in and that managed to keep me level. These records have also stood the test of time for me. I listen to certain bands I was into when I was younger and I can’t get past the first track, but these records are still absolute bangers today.
I guess things had been building towards more of a college rock sound through bands like Indian Summer and Christie Front Drive, but this 5 track EP nailed it for me. It’s kinda downbeat overall, but infectiously melodic and driven structurally by the vocals, rather than guitar parts. Check out the outro of ‘Tipping the Scale’, layers of vocal harmonies morphing into each other. Pop Unknown never topped this record, as they developed their sound I felt they lost that indie simplicity which made this record special. Pretty much what happened to Deep Elm records too. First four years of releases are pretty solid, and then they signed Fightstar?! I reckon they didn’t know about the Busted connection because there’s no excuse for that.
There’s definitely a lot of common ground amongst the bands influences and our collective passion for punk and hardcore music can’t go without an honourable nod. The bands we have all previously played in have surely had a significant impact on Track and Field’s sound and writing process and these experiences coupled with the appreciation for everything we have listed above I suppose is how we find our music coming together as it does.
‘You Are My Home’ EP by Track and Field is out now.