Infusion magazine – 23rd March
2014 - Page 74-76
Behind The Boxtones
An established force on the live music scene, The Boxtones reveal the influences behind their new album, In The Pockets of Clowns.
Dave Grohl has always been an inspiration for me - Nirvana, Foo Fighters, QOTSA, Them Crooked Vultures, Tenacious D. The guy's a workaholic and just goes to show there's no substitute for hard work. The covers we've played of Foo Fighters, QOTSA and Tenacious D tend to go down best at our Armed Forces shows, which are mental!
I absolutely love Basement Jaxx's 'Good Luck'. It's an energetic song and it always gets me wired when I hear it. We do play it and unlike most songs we learn, I still enjoy playing it. That's unusual, few songs withstand that test. When I hear the first few chords I can't wait to get my teeth into the vocals. It has a lot of vocal attitude.
I also love Erykah Badu. As a vocalist she's a gymnast and as a lyricist her words are inspiring and resonate a lot of truth about human nature. That's about as deep as I'll get at this time in the morning.
When I first picked up the bass to join a punk band, I was given a bunch of Rancid tapes and sent on my way. You can probably hear Matt Freeman's scales-based fills on the chorus of our single, reminiscent of his opening line in 'Rejected'. Paul Simonon from The Clash has been a huge influence as well, if not bigger. I'd like to think that my tone on our track 'Identity crisis' might remind a few of 'London Calling'. But I do carry a bit of his stage charisma as well, his stance and allure were also quite inspiring as a young musician, and the scars left by that hero worship still can be seen today.
Will ‘The Hammer’ Janssen:
Starting at a young age, I was introduced to classical music as I took piano lessons. Growing up and studying the big names like Beethoven, Chopin, Bach and Mozart, I learned to adapt to their styles and later in life apply their tutoring to original metal and rock bands, past and present.
It wasn't until the 2000’s when I got into writing, recording, performing and touring with metal bands across Canada, strictly listening to metal bands with sub-genres ranging from progressive, death, doom and melodic power metal. If I had to narrow it down to one band, with the strongest influence on my responsibilities as being the 'key master' of The Boxtones, I would have to go with Swedish progressive metal monsters, Opeth.
Founder, singer, guitarist and songwriter of Opeth, Mikael Akerfeldt has moved me through music with every track, every album and every live performance. Ranging from acoustic guitar to hard chugging riffs, haunting keyboard accompaniment and strong dynamic shifts in each song, their music, combined with clean vocals and death growls makes this band my strongest influence to date.
Since joining The Boxtones 2 years ago, I have learned to open my ears and allow more than just metal into my iTunes library and accept other amazing artists from the UK such as Biffy Clyro (which we cover, "The Captain" and "Many Of Horror") and Muse ("Uprising" is next on the list to re-learn for pure pleasure). Both great acts and hope to one day see them live in concert (or better yet, support them at a festival).
The Dissociatives, Biffy Clyro, and Yourcodenameis:milo.
In The Pockets Of Clowns is out now.