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Teesside funky pop purveyors Moon Wax release their latest single Blind To Love, which sees them teaming up with vocalist Elizabeth Liddle (who the band worked with on the single Slick Cosmology) but this time as a permanent edition to the line up. The call and response track, with its smooth grooves and soulful vocals, talks of drunken nights out and how it can lead to the optimistic and almost primal approach of an overconfident male.

Here, the band discusses six of their influences in film and music…

As cheesy as it sounds, this is an album that changed my life. Listening to it religiously in my teenage years, The Who’s 1973 rock opera, Quadrophenia, introduced me to a whole new world of subculture and style. If you want your life changing too, turn off the lights and listen to this full album recorded in quadraphonic sound and hopefully you’ll understand me. Daltrey, Townshend, Entwhistle and Moon will always be one of the most powerful forces in rock music. I got to see The Who perform the full record live from start to finish. I’ll forever thank my grandad for showing me this music.

One of my favourite movies of all time is Goodfellas directed by ‘Martin Scorsese’ in 1990. It has one of the coolest soundtracks in movie history for me. When Robert De Niro takes a drag of his cigarette while ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’ by Cream is being played, it created a generation of smokers because the scene is just too cool. I’m not advising you to smoke but just watch the scene and you’ll understand.

Favourite album of all time would have to be Songs about Jane – Maroon 5. Not a bad track on the album, and a fantastic example of funky, soulful musicianship. Freshly signed, they took an EP and made it legendary. With funk driven tracks like ‘Shiver’ and ‘Harder to Breathe’ to get you grooving, followed by slower more soulful numbers like ‘Secret’ and ‘The Sun’, this album is an excellent example of how diverse a band can be.

Best movie ever. Tropic Thunder. Unbelievable cast and premise and brilliant from start to finish. Robert Downey Jr, Ben Stiller, Jack Black all putting in edgy one time performances whilst rinsing their own professions. Definitely a film that needs to be viewed with a pinch of salt. The beauty of it is where this film pushes boundaries and should be offensive for many reasons in 2021, the satire on the film industry makes it all the more hysterical.

Carole King’s Tapestry is my favourite album of all time. I was given this album when I was around 15 and a year later I went to see Carole King live in Hyde Park in London. She’s my biggest influence and idol and seeing her perform this album live I would say is the reason why I decided to pursue a career in music and songwriting! 

I have so many different favourite films but I’m more of a box set kind of person, my favourite is Criminal Minds!

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