The Lathums are one of the most exciting bands to have emerged over the last twelve months, a rise which has seen the group transform from performing at pubs every weekend in the North West to selling out a huge UK tour in less than a day and securing a deal with Island Records.
Their latest ska-infused single, ‘I See Your Ghost’, which was produced by The Coral’s James Skelly, continues the band’s trend of never sticking in one particular zone and shifting with each and every release, a factor which builds excitement around their debut album. I recently spent an afternoon with the band in their hometown of Wigan and, while I got to enjoy my first Wigan Kebab, I was also treated to a sample of the new songs that the band have been cooking up at a time when touring remains off the table. The full feature with the band will be arriving next week but, in the meantime, here are a selection of albums that each member holds dearly.
We are continuing with our Mental Health Awareness campaign as Far Out Magazine has teamed up with the suicide prevention charity CALM to help connect you with your favourite artists and hear how music has helped them during their darker times.
The organisation, with the full working title of ‘Campaign Against Living Miserably’, offer a free, confidential and anonymous helpline for those most in need of mental health support. The last six months have been a traumatic time for many who have struggled to cope during these truly extraordinary times which has seen CALM have seen a huge spike in their workload.
We at Far Out Magazine believe in music’s ability to heal. It could be the moment that the needle drops on your favourite album and provides respite from a chaotic world or, conversely, it might be the fanatic conversation you have with friends about which guitarist was the greatest. Music, it’s safe to say, has always allowed us to connect with one another and ourselves.
In support of CALM, we’re asking a selection of our favourite people to share nine records that they would prescribe for anyone they met and the stories behind their importance. Doctor’s Orders is an ongoing feature that sees some of our favourite musicians, actors, authors comedians and more, offer up the most important records, which they deem essential for living well.
Let’s dive in!
The Lathums name their 9 favourite albums:
Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg
The first pick from the Wigan locals comes from frontman Alex Moore who picked out Jake Bugg’s 2012 self-titled chart topping debut album. The record saw Bugg hailed as a teenage prodigy and earned himself a Mercury Prize nomination for the effort, one which displayed a maturity that the Nottingham artist showed at such an early age and one which can be said the same for Moore’s lyricism.
“The similarities I drew from the record about myself,” Moore said about why he chose to pick the album. “I proper just loved what he was doing, what he was playing, the way he was singing. I was mesmerised by it so I learnt how to play all of his songs. I think I discovered it when I was on holiday and that was the last time I had a family holiday, that would have been like 2013. That was the first time that any kind of music properly encapsulated me,” the vocalist revealed.
The Beatles – Rubber Soul
The second pick comes from guitarist Scott Concepcion who picked out The Beatles’ psychedelic infused Rubber Soul, an album which was The Fab Four’s sixth studio album and shocked the world when it came out all the way back in 1965. Rubber Soul was highly influential on the Beatles’ peers, leading to a widespread focus away from singles and onto creating albums of consistently high-quality songs, it is arguably the definitive album.
“It’s just such a dead laid back album,” Scott notes before adding, “It marked like the point where they really started to change their sound,” the guitarist said which shows that the record is still influencing new bands even 55 years later.
Nirvana – In Utero
Drummer Ryan Durrans decided to opt for Nirvana’s third and final record In Utero. The Kurt Cobain led group are undeniably one of the most significant rock bands of the last century who shaped a new way of interpreting alternative rock and became both music and cultural references that makes them still feel relevant today.
“It’s fucking sick, it’s just the best,” Durrans passionately said before recalling, “When I was learning to play the drums, I’d just play along to that album.”
The Rolling Stones – Some Girls
The fourth pick as we make our way around each member of the band comes from bassist Johnny Cunliffe who after a long-thought out moment of contemplation decided to opt for Some Girls by The Rolling Stones. The record which was released in 1978 was perceived as a return to form for The Stones who many people had written off as a busted flush following the disappointing prior album Black and Blue.
When probed on what he likes about the record, Cunliffe says he likes the “country feel to the album” which leads to frontman Alex Moore donning his best Texan accent to say “John loves his country, just a simple country boy,” which is met with deserved laughter.
The Smiths – Meat Is Murder / Queen Is Dead
The Smiths influence can rightly be traced back to their very beginnings but it was on their 1985 sophomore album that Johnny Marr and Stephen Morrissey really clicked. Though their self-titled debut record had all the intense spark of the sub-cultures of the past, it was on Meat Is Murder that their vision finally came to fruition and it is essential listening even now which is why Scott Concepcion picked it out along with their third album The Queen Is Dead which was the sound of the creative partnership progressing further.
“Can I do like a two-in-one?” Concepcion innocently asks before going into his adoration for Johnny Marr who deservedly walks on water in the guitarist’s eyes. “Those two albums, all the songs on them, all the guitar parts blew me away when I discovered all his (Marr) Smiths parts, I just loved the way he played the guitar and the way he made his melodies,” The Lathums man dotingly said.
Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon
The Lathums drummer Ryan Durrans then throws in another all-time great into the mix in the form of Pink Floyd’s near-perfect 1973 effort The Dark Side Of The Moon. The record is arguably the greatest concept album of all time with themes on the record exploring subjects such as conflict, greed, time, death, and mental illness.
After hearing his bandmate wax lyrical about Johnny Marr, Durrans felt compelled to throw his opinion on the greatest guitarist ever is, simply saying “The Dark Side Of The Moon, there’s competition for the greatest guitar player ever,” he said in reference to Roger Waters.
George Ezra – Wanted On Voyage
Wanted on Voyage is the debut studio album by British singer-songwriter George Ezra and is undoubtedly the first time that he has been in the same conversation as the likes of Pink Floyd and Nirvana but frontman Alex Moore picks out his debut straight out of left-field.
“George Ezra’s first album, I think it might be self-titled,” Moore says to a shocked room. “His first album is fucking sick, honestly, if you go deep into those songs into the root of it, it’s fucking sick,” he reiterates with a wry smile. “To be fair, I’m not a huge fan of his new stuff,” Moore says as he clammers to restore his reputation.
Elvis Presley – ELV1S
Alex Moore’s final answer was originally the Best Of Elvis which, unfortunately, isn’t a real record so ELV1S will have to take its place on the list instead. Elvis earned his moniker of ‘The King’ for a reason and any list is improved with the addition of the most iconic rock ‘n’ roll performer of all time.
“Elvis man, you can’t not have Elvis,” Moore said before contemplating on what Elvis album to pick out from the immense back catalogue he jokingly decided “Let’s go for the Best Of,” as the 19-year-old channelled his inner Alan Partridge.