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Blue Americans

Belfast-based duo Blue Americans finds inspiration for their music everywhere. From the changes in pop culture, to Japanese cinema and the musings of Camus, the pair’s music - a mix of indie, electronica and infectious guitar riffs - is filtered through their eclectic taste and emerges all the richer for it. If you need proof of their breadth then listen to the tracks “Honey”, “Dumbo” and “Sunchaser” before delving into the rest of their EP, Sum Yen, that was released just this April. Still intrigued? Then read below to discover the album, book, film, band and artist that have had the biggest impact on Blue American’s creativity through the years.

The Album: Tom Waits “Mule Variations”

This album changed everything. It appeared out of the blue and hit like a freight train. The amalgamation of beauty and morose was everything that was needed at that time and still is to this day.

The Film: Pans Labyrinth

Much in a similar vein to Tom Waits, Guillermo Del Toro made something graceful and horrifying. The moral being that a child’s imagination and desire for a better world far outweigh the intentions of any global or civil war. Absolutely watching that right after I’m done with this interview.

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The Book: J.D Salinger - Catcher in the Rye

This is a controversial book according to some. And a book too naïve to be read, in other folks’ opinion. I tried reading it at around 15 years old, the time you’d expect to understand it the most. I didn’t and so I left it there for 10 years. I picked it up again at my friend’s behest and then it all made sense. I wasn’t mad enough at the world when I was 15, I hadn’t witnessed the phonies yet. Holden knows the vibe and I’m very much in agreement with him.

The Band: Mewithoutyou

They’re a rock band from Philadelphia, and arguably the reason Danny and I started making music together.

The Artist: Jackson Pollock

His story is heartbreaking, and I believe his work is too. I saw Number 26 A, Black and White at the Centre Georges Pompidou when I was living in Paris and it really was the first time I had felt something beyond just admiring a painting. I love art but am hella skeptical of those ephemeral feelings. Hence why I can’t deny Pollock as being a notable influence.

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