|'Greg Anderson' From Roadburn
"I am a
fan, or fanatic of music. What I create comes from this
With that said..it all sort of began for me when I saw the Melvins play in my hometown of Seattle in early 1985. A friend of mine had taped me their very first demos, and because I had just discovered Black Sabbath and Hardcore/Punk.. and fell in love; the Melvins made perfect sense to me. But seeing the Melvins live back then was something completely incredible, and hard to put into words. They were just as intense as the Hardcore bands I was diggin (DRI, COC, The Offenders, Accused) but 10x as heavy and hell..they covered alot of Sabbath! I didn't miss a gig from 85 to 87. This was the first time I learned about sunn0))) amps. Buzz always played the sunn0))) Beta Leads (they may have been Beta-Bass, ...).And his style, presence, really everything was the ultimate! Along with the Melvins I really got into Saint Vitus, Trouble, Celtic Frost, and later... Pentagram, Winter, EyeHateGod, Sleep and Cathedral.
But my greatest obsession after the Melvins was Earth. I heard of Earth because the guitarist Dylan Carlson was always at Melvins gigs' and Joe Preston who did a stint in the Melvins was also on the first EP. But the 2nd Earth recordings (entitled "2") was the album that really changed my life. The entire vibe of that album is purely bleak. It is to me thee PERFECT atmosphere for how I felt the majority of the time I lived in Seattle. It has basically become the soundtrack for about 90% of my life. I've listened to that album about 4x a week for the last 6 years in a row! I presently own 4 different copies, most of them are worn out. So about every 6 months I have to replace it. And lately I've been on a kick again..so it will be time to purchase another.
the above ramble comes as no-surprise..considering the
fact that some friends and I started a Earth tribute band
called: sunn0))). We actually started out covering Earth
songs (We were called: Mars) but then we got really into
it and started making our "own" songs. But if
you listen close you can hear bits of Earth riffs sprout
up here and there within. Which nicely brings us to
another person who has been a influence and inspiration
on my playing: Steve O' Malley.
course there is the influences you would expect: Iommi, Hendrix,
John Mclaughlin, Paul Kossof, Trower, Wino, Leslie West,
Josh Homme, Skynyrd, all of them you can hear in the
sound. All of them influences. And honestly, John Coltrane really influenced
the writing of some of the riffs for "Flower of
Disease". The main riff on "The Dealer" is
directly lifted from a Coltrane melody-line I was diggin!
Davis also, a huge influence. Besides his music,
his ability to be one step ahead of everything, and
constantly moving, changing. Eric Dolphy, Herbie Hancock,
Jackie Mclean, Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter. All musicians
I've been heavily getting into over the last 7 years.