Tracklisted takes on two forms. It either presents a collection of songs under a selected theme, or allows a visiting artist to detail the influences relating to recent work. Click on the provided videos and listen to this week’s arrangement while you read a few words about the selections.
Chicago’s Tiny Kingdoms released their latest EP, Realms, last month via Whelmed Records. For today’s Tracklisted, three of the members chose some songs (and an album!) that helped influence their sound.
Paramore — Born For This
Musically this song is everything you could ask for. It opens with a bang and just keeps going! The lyrical message can be easily applied to many aspects of life, which makes it a song to appreciate.
Linkin Park — Breaking The Habit
This song normalizes internal conflict, and as a young teenager it was very valuable when growing up. This is something I’ve always wanted to express with my own music.
Avenged Sevenfold – Sidewinder
This is just a badass song and an example of how acoustic guitar can be metal. I look to songs like this for inspiration when writing tracks that go from aggressive to reserved.
The Offspring – Walla Walla
This song is my earliest recollection of listening to punk music and one of the starts to learning faster power chords. This song was the first organic discovery of faster music.
The Aquabats! – Pool Party
You can’t be in a bad mood listening to their music. The song is their reminder of simpler times. This band is a great example of doing what you love and loving what you do; taking a more playful approach to songs but still keeping them extremely intricate and exciting.
Black Sabbath — Paranoid
This song set the standard for guitar playing and without it I would not know how to palm mute.
Say Anything – Less Cute
This song has such a fun vibe and beautifully different instrumentals, while telling a rather beautifully “sad” story of trying to move on after a relationship.
Mom Jeans. – Edward 40hands
I’m a sucker for sound clip intros, to be honest. I can’t get enough of the riffs in this song; they’re just so much fun.
Camp Cope – Done
The bass in this song always gets me jacked; that intro riff is too sick.
Northbound – Kiss
Such beautiful lyric writing that sits perfectly over these heavy, gritty bass and guitar tones; it just gets me pumped.
Capstan – Zero Sum Game
Super dynamic, sick riffs, beautiful vocal ability and it’s catchy. What else could you ask for?!
Bright Eyes – Land Locked Blues
This entire song just seems like one, long poem, but it’s so beautifully written and performed. To me, it provides a feeling of sadness, but also a blanket of comfort at the same time. For that reason, this was listened to (and covered) a lot during the writing of Realms.
Fall Out Boy – Headfirst Slide Into Cooperstown On A Bad Bet
Not my all-time favorite FOB song, but this one really shows off Patrick Stump’s range and overall vocal skill. The lyrics are a little cryptic and the whole mood of the song feels like it shifts back and forth. It inspired me to try and explore different vocal melodies and test my range.
Porter Robinson & Madeon – Shelter
Every time I listen to this song it’s just so uplifting and hopeful to me. It always challenges me with, “How can Tiny Kingdoms write something that can provide the same sort of feeling?” The teamwork between Porter Robinson and Madeon in this song is flawless, and the music video is beautiful as well.
Hail The Sun – Human Target Practice
There’s just so much, vocally and instrumentally, going on, but it all worked together so well. All the pieces of the band just fit perfectly, and it was inspiring hearing such good teamwork like that.
Minus The Bear – Planet of Ice
Minus the Bear’s magnum opus, in my opinion. Excellent guitar work throughout, great use of synth and keyboard arrangements, and plenty of very interesting shifts both rhythmically and sonically. I should also mention how much I love Erin Tate’s drum sound on this record, one of my absolute favorites. Overall, it’s just a very fun listen.