Celebratory rock & roll from Calgary, Alberta.

FFWD Weekly – Napalmpom Mix Tape

FFWD Weekly asked us to nerd out and compile a couple of songs that each of us love unconditionally. The only hard part was narrowing it down. Read on here, or click the link for the full version with Youtube playlist!

This week, Calgary rock ’n’ rollers Napalmpom will release their debut full-length album. Produced by Lorrie Matheson, The Unconditional Love of Napalmpom is an 11-track tribute to, well, rock ’n’ roll. As such, ahead of their release show at The Palomino on Friday, October 17, we asked the members of Napalmpom to tell us about some songs that they unconditionally love.

P.J. Lavergne, vocals:

Weezer “Only In Dreams”
“A classic from my teenage years. I can’t think of a single instance in my life where that build up to the coda hasn’t given me goosebumps.”

The Cult “She Sells Sanctuary”
“My friend Dan Winnick used to sing this at karaoke every week. Ahaha. Always makes me think of him. I wish he sang better songs. It was either this or Spacehog.”

Craig Evans, guitar:

The Who “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere”
“The original noise pop. What’s that? Your new song needs another part? Don’t confuse matters by adding cumbersome ‘notes.’ Just ride a wave of squealing feedback to sonic satisfaction.”

Shawn Petsche, guitar:

Roky Erickson “The Interpreter”
“Roky wrote unapologetic and delightfully odd songs (understandable given his history with electroconvulsive treatment), but through the power of hook-filled rock ’n’ roll music and his incredibly expressive voice, managed to invite you into his head, not leave you listening at a distance. This is my favourite of the bunch with a lead guitar part that I will forever chase. Soundchecking with his band before his first Canadian show ever remains pretty much the highlight of my life.”

Ian Baker, bass:

Black Flag “Six Pack”
“One of my all-time favourite bands, one of my all-time favourite songs. For me it’s everything that’s right with rock music, perfect amounts of bravado and nihilism.”

Napalmpom “Guided by Volume”
“Maybe it’s cheesy to pick your own song, but when the band all comes in together it just makes me want to do high kicks and play air guitar. I like the song so much that I got the tattoo.”

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