Nothing But Thieves guitarist talks about the ten albums that changed his life including Pearl Jam’s Ten.
“Front to back, this is one of the best albums ever written. It’s certainly one of the greatest debuts of all-time. I can listen to it whenever, it just always seems to work for me. I was going through a big discovery of grunge and branched out from Nirvana to Pearl Jam. I think Ten taught me a lot about the pace of an album, how songs shift in mood from one to the other…
For example, I think the song Porch seems to inject a bit of energy into the album at exactly the right time. Even the opener, Once, has this big moody intro before it fully kicks off. It’s probably how we tried to start our first album, with the song Excuse Me. I’ve learned a lot from Pearl Jam!”
Joe Langridge-Brown (Nothing But Thieves)
Born in Reggio Emilia in 1980. He created pearljamonline.it in 2001 and wrote the first edition of “Pearl Jam Evolution” in 2009 along with his wife Daria. Since 2022, he is behind 2 podcasts: “Pearl Jam dalla A alla Z” and “Fuori Orario Not Another Podcast”. He has collaborated with Barracuda Style, HvsR, Rolling Stone, Rockol and Il Fatto Quotidiano.
He continues relentlessly to try to find “beautiful melodies that say terrible things”.
Favorite song: Present Tense
Favorite album: No Code
Favorite bands/artists other than PJ: Tom Waits, Soundgarden, Ramones, Springsteen, IDLES, Fontaines D.C., The Murder Capital, Mark Lanegan, Cat Power, R.E.M.