Hi, I’m Matthew Wright and I play guitar and sing in HarborLights. It’s hard to narrow it down to three but I’ll do my best. These aren’t necessarily my favorites, but they definitely shaped my life in some way and had an effect on how I approach music.
Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation
This record was a huge influence on me growing up and learning to play guitar. Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo compliment each other perfectly. So much noise and organized chaos and dissonance and absolutely beautiful moments all over this record. The album moves so fluidly that it’s easy to forget that it’s over an hour long. 13 year old me, after hearing this album for the first time, immediately detuned his guitar. Do yourself a favor and watch a video of them playing Silver Rocket.
Rage Against the Machine – Evil Empire
Tom Morello may not be the reason that I wanted to pick up a guitar for the first time, but he was absolutely the reason that I bought my first delay pedal and my first book by Howard Zinn. As a kid I couldn’t comprehend how a person could make sounds like that. The creativity and aggression on this album is insane. Both musically and politically, this band had a huge impact on me as a teenager.
At the Gates – Slaughter of the Soul
I was not into metal growing up, not really anyway. Outside of a few bands here and there, I thought that most of it was pretty silly and that being a virtuoso was dumb. Apparently, I had been listening to the wrong stuff. My music teacher in high school (shout out to Alec Waugh!) showed me Blinded by Fear and my opinion of the genre was changed immediately.
HarborLights is a post-rock band from Revere, Massachusetts, USA. harborlightsma.bandcamp.com