Under The Influence: Lovebites.

Categorised as FEATURES., MUSIC.

Imagine being in a club in Berlin around 1983 – you’ve done a Ricky Hatton sized line of coke, two girls (potentially guys) are eyeing you up over the brim of their peach schnapps cocktails, you reach for a Davidoff cigarette from the breast pocket of your blazer and peer over to the DJ, blinking and repeatedly opening your eyes really really wide in that ‘yayo’d off ya nut’ way and think, ah ‘this is a tune.’ Lovebites is the soundtrack to that moment, only they’re from Leeds and present day, rather than Berlin 20 years ago. Here are some of the things that got their creative juices flowing.

David Bowie

The king of everything, the definitive pop star, pray silence for David Bowie. His constant reinvention of himself into his various alter egos is something that has instilled itself into pop-music ever since. From the ultimate rock icon, a blend of The Velvet Underground, Jimi Hendrix and Iggy Pop, we know as Ziggy Stardust and, his backing band, the Spiders From Mars to the cocaine addicted, dispassionate, new romantic, psychotic that is The Think White Duke, Bowie has changed the face of music as vastly as he changed his appearance.

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Liquid Sky

This visual aesthetic of our sound is encapsulated perfectly in Liquid Sky, a cult movie from 1983. Avant garde fashion, cocaine addicts, androgyny, New Wave, chic, satire, kitsch and sci-fi… what’s not to love?

Peter Murphy

The Godfather of Goth, frontman of Bauhaus; largely recognised to be the first Goth band. The often-gloomy poetics and baritone vocals found in our tracks owe themselves to Mr Murphy, and for that we are thankful.

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Lady Gaga

A cash cow? A corporate puppet to dangle in front of the masses? Quite possibly. However the character of Lady Gaga that Stefani Germanotta has created for herself rings alarm bells and conjures up these images of Bowie and his Ziggy Stardust phase, and that is fine by us. Stefani, after all, is a regular person but has reinvented herself into this weird ‘black space widow from mars’ character. It’s something no one seems to be doing these days and pop-music is the worse, and more boring for it.

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Suicide

An electronic proto-punk duo from the mid-70’s. One of the most influential bands of all time, and, with the benefit of hindsight, it’s easy to see why. Synthpop, Techno, Electroclash, Industrial and just about every kind of electronic music can count Suicide’s first album as their year zero. We owe quite a lot of our sound to these two, possibly unhinged, electro-maniacs. Any band that writes a song like ‘Frankie Teardrop’ deserves your respect… so give it to them.

[Disclaimer: We will not be held responsible if you listen to ‘Frankie Teardrop’ and come out the other side a more pensive and, overall, jaded character.]

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