Midnite Mixtape Massacre - Taylor Busby - Purple Print E-mail
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Sunday, 24 April 2016 03:00



Purple are probably the coolest band to hail from the small town of Beaumont, Texas. They describe themselves as a thunderflash of rock excitement and believe me they ain't wrong! While their debut album, '(409)', was an ear bomb of infectious punk pop done just right, the sophomore album, 'Bodacious', is a modern slice of sexy, alt. rock with a slick production and more influences than you can shake a stick at. Uber Rock caught up with guitarist/vocalist Taylor Busby to find out about those influences and discover why you should hit the parking lot and ride the 'Mini Van' with the Texas trio.




1.) 'Brain Stew' - Green Day (from the album 'Insomniac')


This was the first band I saw live. They had total control of the crowd. It blew me away. I knew that I wanted to play guitar after that. This was also the first song I learned on guitar.


2.) 'Waggy' - Blink-182 (from the album 'Dude Ranch')


Back when I first started playing music I listened to a lot of pop punk, I was obsessed with it. My first band was a pop punk band called "Vice Versa", we tried copying a lot of what Blink-182 was doing.


3.) 'Always On Time' - Ja Rule (from the album 'Pain Is Love')


I went to an all-black middle school. There was maybe five white kids in the whole school. I didn't mind it, though. It got me into Rap/hip hop/R&B. Ja Rule was my first experience.


4.) 'Pimper's Paradise' - Bob Marley (from the album 'Uprising')


I'm not really sure where my love for reggae came from but it's always been my go-to when I can't decide what I want to listen to. It's calming and you can just groove and get lost in it. Bob Marley was my first reggae purchase.


5.) 'Jailhouse' - Sublime (from the album 'Sublime')


After getting into reggae I discovered Sublime. It was the perfect mix of reggae, punk, hip hop, surf, and ska. Nothing else sounded like it.


6.) 'The Glory Of Man' - Minutemen (from the album 'Double Nickels On The Dime')


My dad showed me these guys in high school and I've been a fan ever since. The guitar in this band has been a big influence in my playing.





7.) 'Freedom' - Rage Against The Machine (from the album 'Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium')


These guys had a big influence on my guitar playing. I used to play along to this whole album to get my chops up.


8.) 'The Power Of Equality' - Red Hot Chili Peppers (from the album 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik')


I just love these guys' attitude. They don't give a shit, and it's funky as hell.


9.) 'Jazz (We've Got)' - A Tribe Called Quest (from the album 'The Anthology')


These guys really got me into hip hop. A lot of the samples they use are recordings of real instruments which gives it that organic feel.


10.) 'The Payback' - James Brown (from the album of the same name)


There's something about this song album always gets me dancing. Right when that funky guitar kicks in I lose it. James Brown is just another example of not giving a shit and doing your own thing.


11.) 'Lady Cab Driver' - Prince (from the album '1999')


Prince really got me into R&B and pop. He can make something so feminine and sexual but it still has balls. I love that.


12.) 'Betty Davis' - Pond (from the album 'Frond')


I just recently got into these guys. The guitar really gets me. It's helping me brew new ideas.


13.) 'You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire' - Queens Of The Stone Age (from the album 'Songs For The Deaf')


These guys just know how to create rock 'n' roll. I love how heavy and insane they can sound.