"I stole their guitar tunings. I admit to it. Guilty!
I couldn’t understand why they sounded so different and when I tried to learn a song I realised they have tons of custom tunings . Never Meant is in open Fmaj7. FACGCE. Sounds beautiful. Put a capo on and move it about. Most Xeresa songs are in this tuning. Also they use a lot of weird time signatures, I use that a lot."
El Ten Eleven- My Only Swerving
"They’re a duo with a drummer and a guitarist who uses a double neck, bass/guitar and lots of pedals. The songs are instrumental. They play lots of intricate stuff but make it sound really poppy somehow, catchy."
The Postal Service- The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
"I love Ben Gibbard’s voice, and I love Death Cab For Cutie, they’re one of my fave bands but The Postal Service is special. The whole album is amazing, and in a way I’m happy they haven’t done much more. It’s perfect, untouched. The whole concept of heart wrenching pop songs with electronic beats and mangled strings is a big influence, also guest vocalists. A few of my songs started under the title of Postal Service Rip Off hahahaha"
"It’s unbelievably beautiful, the way it builds, the melodies, the fact it breathes, it’s sparse but dense. Her voice is incredible, you’re never quite sure what you’re hearing , it’s kinda shoegazey in a way."
The Decemberists- The Engine Driver
"Not an influence but I just think it’s one of the best songs ever and not something I could write, it’s out of my songwriting comfort zone. It has an amazing storyline and lyrics and I can’t do that. I’m not Nick Cave and I never will be"