She Must Burn are currently getting ready to release their excellent self-titled EP – our review of which can be read here. We caught up with band members James and Aimy to get an insight into their tastes and influences. Check it out below!
A song that influenced them
James: This one I’d have to go with Dr. Feelgood by Mötley Crüe. The band itself were one of my greatest inspirations and the first time I heard that riff it shook me to my core. So heavy and just explodes with groove! It’s aggressive, filthy and probably still my favourite guitar riff to this day.
Aimy: I’ll never forget the first time I heard the song Take it Away from the album In Love and Death by The Used. I was only 12, but I wanted to be Bert McCracken and lose my shit on stage every night! From that moment on, the ambition of being a standard singer/performer became a dream of fronting a band… yet I spent two years behind a drum kit, only to end up playing keyboard for a band 4 years later.
A song they wish they could have written
James: Spandau Ballet – True. Growing up I used to love a lot of the New Romantic stuff and Spandau Ballet are admittedly still one of my favourite bands…
Aimy: Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins. Without a doubt. Who doesn’t love a bit of Kenny?
Their favourite She Must Burn song
James: For me it would have to be Possessed. There’s just something about that second section where Aimy’s vocals come in that just makes me lose it onstage. Builds into that climactic chorus then onto some dramatic breakdowns. The Misery has a lot of moments like that as well being as it’s a complete riff attack.
Aimy: My favourite song to play live has to be The Misery. All the keyboard riffs flow nicely, so I can just focus on going nuts. They don’t call me ‘Windmiller’ for nothing…
A song they’ve been listening to a lot recently
James: Been revisiting a fair amount of Ozzy lately. Going to say No More Tears. It’s got that driving bass line, catchy chorus and the call and response between Ozzy’s vocals and Zak Wylde’s screeching guitar makes for a perfect blend.
Aimy: Haze by a band called Casey. All 5 songs that they’ve recorded are incredible. Lyrically, it’s as if their vocalist (Tom Weaver) has crept inside your head, ripped out some pages from your mental diary, and sung them back to you in the way that almost shoots you in the chest and the music marries so well with what he’s saying. Just an incredibly talented band all round.
Their all-time favourite song
James: A fairly impossible question, though if I had to give an answer it’s likely to be by Fleetwood Mac. Musically they’re probably my all time favourite band and Lindsey Buckingham continues to be a great inspiration. I’d say Gypsy and Everywhere are a couple of contenders.
Aimy: …I have no idea how to answer this. I guess I’ll go with Let Go by Frou Frou/Imogen Heap. It always reminds me of home.