Under The Influence: Chmcl Str8jckt

Here’s the first instalment of Under The Influence… the idea is simple, ask a band or artist which bands/tracks have influenced them and their music

This week, we check in with Outlaw Industrial band Chmcl Str8jckt
You can visit them on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/chmclstr8jckt/ and on Bandcamp here: https://chmclstr8jkt.bandcamp.com/releases

My Dad always had music on as I was growing up…..Jerry Lee Lewis, Hank Williams, The Eagles. I loved it all! But, when I was about 12 years old I heard “Electric Funeral” by Black Sabbath and I knew this was “my music”. From there Ministry’s “The Land Of Rape And Honey” was the other massive shift in my world. As a lyricist and songwriter though, no one compares to Nick Cave.


I was an MTV kid, and videos with dark or unsettling images always captured my interest, especially since I was also into fantasy and sci fi. The Number Of The Beast video by Iron Maiden really mesmerized me, so I immediately asked my mom if I could buy the album. She took me to Bradley’s (store from the 80s) and bought me a copy, only to turn the car around minutes later to return it because of the satanic imagery on the cover. I found a way to get another copy a few weeks later on cassette and hide it from her!


No comment.


As a child I’d regularly hear the keys of an organ or an accordion at my mom’s direction. That little kid sent money in an envelope to K-tel records because of an infomercial on TV for the compilation “Rock 80″… upon hearing Gary Numan and ” Cars ” …keys were more than Dutch Polka! Eyes wide the search for synth meandered through many artists like Yazoo, Yello, New Order, Depeche Mode. DMs ‘Photographc’ (1981), ‘Black Celebration ‘ (1986), Yello’s ‘Si Senor The Hairy Grill (1987) had a heaviness that hinted at punk meets synth pop. I grabbed a copy of “Belief”(1988) and felt everything shift. That album with tracks like ‘Shame’ was the inception of a life-long appreciation of what ‘Industrial’ could be.

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