Midnite Mixtape Massacre - RavenEye Print E-mail
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Sunday, 27 September 2015 03:20



Rock trio RavenEye was formed by multi-award winning guitarist/singer Oli Brown along with drummer Kev Hickman and bassist Aaron Spiers. Having already toured Spain, France and Italy, RavenEye are going to be supporting Slash on his North American tour in October, and to support this they've created a Kickstarter campaign to help keep them on the road. The band have also recently announced two lives dates with Deep Purple for this November, as well as a special guest slot at the Brain Freeze festival taking place on 4th and 5th of December at Ebbw Vale’s EVI.


So as the trio have been slamming audiences with their signature heavy riffs and incendiary live show. We thought we’d ask the RavenEye lads to share with us the thirteen songs that make them the band they are…..


Oli - Guitar and vocals


1.) ‘Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)’ - Jimi Hendrix (from the album 'First Rays Of The New Rising Sun’)


It’s probably one of my favourite songs by Hendrix if not then it’s this live ‘Machine Gun’ bootleg I have. ‘Hey Baby’ was finished after his death and for some reason it speaks to me. Maybe it’s the candid “Is this microphone on” or the ridiculous guitar intro that melodically just blows my mind, the guy was something else as we all know, where you come up with those things is from something beyond this world. But then it takes such a different laid back feel that I love; it’s one of those, close your eyes sit your head back and let all the shit of the day just drift out of your body.


2.) ‘The Day I Tried To Live’ - Soundgarden (from the album ‘Superunknown’)


My first introduction to anything by Cornell was ‘Cochise’ by Audioslave, I remember watching the video on Kerrang! TV and losing my mind. I bought the single straight away and had it on repeat, which is why I almost picked that song. But that single was just the start of it; from there I found Soundgarden and one of my favourite albums of all time ‘Superunknown’. Stick me in a white room and put that album on 24/7 and I guarantee I’ll stay sane and perfectly happy. It was more like pinning the tail on a donkey picking my favourite song on this but if I had to choose this song would probably do it! The groove of that verse as well as the bass line is just sick, such a wicked time signature and then when Cornell gets up there on the chorus this song couldn’t get any more epic. It’s one of those songs that I stick my headphones on and crank loud when I’m in the need of pepping up for the day.


3.) ‘Go With The Flow’ - Queens Of The Stone Age (from the album ‘Songs For The Deaf’)


I’m a massive Stone Age fan, when it’s my driving shift you can guarantee they are on every playlist every time. I’m really into their newest album ‘Like Clockwork’, one thing that I love about this band is that their albums are incredibly well laid out, the order and sounds, I always get the feeling they really do care about the production of the record and where it takes you through the duration of the play. ‘Go With The Flow’ is the first song I heard from them (late in the game I know) and it’s one of those songs that started me with the band and my love for them and one that I always love hearing, there’s something about being in a hard rock band having such heavy riffs and sounds but then such a cool chilled vocal melody. The two sound like they shouldn’t mix but Josh Homme just kills it, on this song it’s a testament to that, so freaking heavy but so chilled too.


4.) ‘Grace’ - Jeff Buckley (from the album of the same name)


Jeff Buckley has one of those unpredictable voices that gives you incredible unique melodies and leaves you at ease hearing where he takes you. Sometimes there are singers that overdo it and leave me on edge as to whether they are going to land on the right note or if they even know where they are going, which makes it so much harder to enjoy listening for me. Buckley just nails it…. Every time and I love it. He’s an articulate guitar player too, that’s what switched me onto ‘Grace’ the first time I heard it, I loved that guitar melody at the start and before I heard the rest of the song I had to learn that intro.


5.) ‘Lydia’ - Highly Suspect (from the album ‘Mister Asylum’)


I was going to pick another classic song from my youth of another band that has influenced me but I want to mention a new band too as there are some killer new bands/music that has blown my mind too. For me, as a teen most of my favourite bands are chosen and I find it harder now to enjoy new music as I just have a bad habit of saying this sounds like them or him/her or it’s not quite as good as my other favourite band etc, sometimes it’s hard to get out of that box because I already know what I like and what I want to hear, but this is deserved as I think this is a freaking monster of a track! They are some pretty intense lyrics and some heavy tones too, the singer has a powerful, aggressive voice that I’m really into. I’ve just started getting into their album but ‘Lydia’ just has a great story and arrangement that captivated me and got me hooked on them in the first place, I hope we cross paths with these guys at some point so we can get heavy on the same stage.




Aaron - Bass and backing vocals


6.) ‘Boogie Woogie Waltz’ - Weather Report (from the album ‘8:30’)


This tune is from the live album ‘8:30’, where the band was absolutely at it’s peak (in my opinion) featuring Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius and Peter Erskine. I’m pretty sure the motto of the band for performances at that time was “go out there and tear people’s fucking faces off” because what you hear from this track is a combination of subtlety, power and virtuosity - one of my favourites.


7.) ‘The Rite Of Spring’ - Stravinsky (from the concert piece/ballet of the same name)


Back in 1913, this piece caused a riot when it was premiered, pretty incredible stuff really; it was so dissonant from what the audiences were used to hearing. I definitely have to be in a particular mood to listen to it, and even then, sometimes I can’t listen all the way through but it almost sounds like the birth of what modern film music is now… written over 100 years ago! You can picture anything from a car chase to robbery scene and the music will fit. I’m pretty sure another of Stravinsky’s pieces is about a single ballerina dancing herself to death… pretty intense imagery! 


8.) ‘Dazed And Confused’ - Led Zeppelin (from the self titled album)


I found an old cassette tape of Led Zeppelin in my dad’s tape box but the tape was unmarked, so I listened to Led Zeppelin for almost 5 years without knowing who they were. I listened to that tape until it broke and then because I didn’t know who they were, lost them for several years. It wasn’t until I was watching the Red Hot Chili Peppers documentary for the making of ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’ that I realized who that ‘band on the tape’ was. The Chili’s were listening to ‘Dazed And Confused’ to get amped for their recording. I just love the energy of that song. I also love that it speeds up so much. I guess it just goes to show, it doesn’t need to be perfect to be good. 


9.) ‘Pyramid Song’ - Radiohead (from the album ‘Amnesiac’)


When I first moved to London from Australia, I had to get used to spending hours on public transport. I also tend to listen to one album at a time for a long period of time, to really get inside it, which tends to ‘brand’ periods of time with the sound of one album….a thought that never really occurred to me until just then… cool! So Radiohead was my ‘newly moved to London’ sound and ‘Pyramid Song’ was a song that just stood out to me. The sound is not what you would expect and it creeps into your soul.


Kev - Drums


10.) ‘Thick As A Brick’ - Jethro Tull (from the album of the same name)


This is the album length 44 minute song ‘Thick As A Brick’, not the edited down part of that album. When I was a kid this is one of the first albums I ever heard, on vinyl too on my dad’s record player. It blew my mind, the sophisticated arrangements, excellent musicianship and mind warping sounds. It had everything you would want from a 70s prog concept album. As I grew older and found out more about the album, the fact that it was written as a parody, making fun of the progressive rock suites that Ian Anderson despised, it just made me love it even more. It’s long, pretentious and absolutely brilliant.


11.) ‘Cold Sweat’ - Thin Lizzy (from the album ‘Thunder And Lightning’)


Thin Lizzy’s greatest hits was the first album I ever had, I borrowed it from my dad’s CD collection and to this day he’s never had it back. Thin Lizzy without a doubt is one of my favourite rock bands of all time and this song in my opinion was their peak. Phil Lynott knew how to write a killer song but this was their single on their last album, ‘Thunder And Lightning’ and was also their heaviest offering. It floored me when I heard it as a kid. John Sykes’ solo is really cooking.


12.) ‘Sprung Monkey’ - Garage A Trois (from the album ‘Emphasizer’)


Garage A Trois and their drummer Stanton Moore was a discovery I made about three years ago, and when that groove kicks in at the start of this song you know he means business. He’s one of my favourite players out there at the moment. Funky, groovy, full of musicality and this song is one of his best examples of that. It’s an instrumental and a combination of New Orleans second line and jazz. Well worth a listen!


13.) ‘Asleep at the Wheel’ - Band Of Skulls (from the album ‘Himalayan’)


A good friend of mine turned me on to Band Of Skulls and I’m very glad he did, picked up their albums and they’re all great. They have a wonderful rock/indie sound. This song really stood out for me though. It’s a classic example of a great opener, catchy melodies and great playing. The unique male/female vocals at the same time still send shivers down my spine whenever I hear them. And when that chorus drops… Oh my.