With the recent turnaround in vinyl sales, the album has started to regain some lost ground as an art-form. We have all been so spoilt for choice with the numerous streaming services and instant downloads, that the ritual of listening to say The Beatles’ White Album from start to finish in order has become as a rarity. A Beatles playlist on Spotify cherry-picking the more famous songs has unfortunately made track order debates that can split a band apart now irrelevant. The upturn in vinyl LP sales and listening habits means more and more music fans were making a point of playing an album in its entirety, rather than clicking shuffle or skipping to the hits.
To celebrate the rise of the classic album format, and in part inspired by Ryan Adams‘ cover of the fantastic 1989 by Taylor Swift, HTF asks some of our favourite artists which records they would take on. So many artists are always asked which tracks to cover on numerous radio shows. But what if they have been invited to cover an entire album? Would they make a faithful interpretation or entirely have a re-haul and create their masterpiece from the foundations of another. Would Metallica take on The Wurzels’ classic Vintage Cider? How about Blur covering Shed Seven’s Maximum High? Both didn’t reply to our emails so sadly we shall never find out. Luckily these acts did!
Sulk are an indie who share the same swagger and joy as bands as holy as The Stone Roses and Ride. They shine with melodic guitar riffs and anthemic -choruses that are perfect for the live arena. Their second album No Illusions is out now and is one of the best albums of the year.
Lead singer Jon Sutcliffe: “I’d pick Julian Cope ‘World Shut Your Mouth’. It would not be because I feel we could better it but would be such a great journey to go in the studio and take on. I got into this album by finding a massive collection in a ditch while out driving in the Yorkshire countryside with my best mate.Obviously, it had belonged to someone who had upset their boyfriend/girlfriend because the collection was too rich in content just to throw away. Once we got it home we drew straws to see who would go first and one by one we picked until they ran out. There were loads. Anyway, this was one of the last records, and I got it. My mate didn’t want it because he thought it was the single of the same name which came out two albums later.
The lyrics like all Julian Cope and Teardrop Explodes records are breathtaking, and the songs have clever arrangements while keeping a pop sensibility. We have often talked about covering ‘Head Hang Low’. It’s a song supposedly about Ian Curtis for those who haven’t heard that, but I would sing it for Adrian Borland of The Sound instead. I can just hear it in my head as a SULK song. I think at some point we will end up doing it. I’d hope that my vocals could deliver his lyrics in the same sincerity backed up with the monster that is my band. Oh yeah, we would beg Julian to record it with us, so we didn’t miss any of the subtleties he intended and know we had done it the justice it deserves.”
The band are currently on their European tour. Check out their site for more details.
In the meantime watch their excellent video for ‘The Tape Of You.’