Thursday, 16 September 2010

Jack's Influences & Inspiration.

Speaking to a key member of the band I was able to determine a few bands which Mox Pox base themselves heavily upon, bands as it happens I am also very fond on.


Originating from the UK, Cream were a very popular 1960's British blues-rock band consisting of Bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce, Guitarist/vocals Eric Clapton, and Drummer/vocalist Ginger Baker. Their sound was often described as the hybrid of blues, Cream are highly successful and loved throughout the years. Most popular and well known songs released by the band were, 'Spoonful' and 'Crossroads' and also 'Sunshine Of Your Love' and many others. Cream also had strong links with Jimi Hendrix and many other strong figures of Rock at the time.

Below is a Video of one of Creams most popular songs and a cover used previously by the band called 'Crossroads.' Live in 1968.

Looking at the album cover, 'Disraeli Gears' released in the 1980's and images I found on Google search engine it is evident that each of the bands influences follow the psychedelic theme, using bright obsured colours and strong bold easily recognisable images of the band members themselves. Their hair and style is another feature recognised during the rock era and some of which borrowed by our band today.

Some of Jack's other influences to play guitar are,
- his father - Playing guitar throughout his childhood, was also in a band.
- Josh - fellow band member formed friendship over the years.


A very recent band signed from London in 2008, Golden Silvers are signed to Independent Record Label XL. They consist of vocalist and keyboardist Gwilym Gold, Ben Moorhouse bass guitarist, and Robden Alexis Nunez on drums. Songs include, 'True Romance' 'Magic Touch' 'Here Comes The King' and many others.

They have a very different and contrasting vibe with Cream, as they have a modern edge are upbeat and more of a dance track than classic rock. Including keyboard as links to the band very closely as Lily Alden plays synth.

The Golden silvers album Cover for 'True Romance' also gives off psychedelic vibes and is very similar to that of Jimi Hendrix. This is proof that many modern day bands take their influence from older rock ledgends.


The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. Based on the songwriting partnership of Morrissey (vocals) and Johnny Marr (guitar), the band also included Andy Rourke (bass) and Mike Joyce (drums). Critics have called them the most important alternative rock band to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s. The group were signed to the independent record label Rough Trade Records, for whom they released four studio albums and several compilations, as well as numerous non-LP singles. Although they had limited commercial success outside the UK while they were still together, and never released a single that charted higher than number 10 in their home country, The Smiths won a growing following, and remain cult and commercial favourites. The band broke up in 1987 amid disagreements between Morrissey and Marr and have turned down several offers to reunite since then.

The Smiths use very iconic pictures such as this one for example which uses the slogan 'Meat Is Murder'. It is very subtle however as the lyrics for their songs do not back up the bold images used on the album covers.

Here is a similar image for an album cover with a very hard hitting slogan, 'The World Won't Listen.'

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