Bloodhound – Lucky 7

LUCKY 7 is the feature where we ask artists to name their 6 favourite songs by others, and a lucky 7th song of their own…


Bloodhound’s musical and vocal fury is driven by enduring and seductive melodies. Melodies that will stay in the memory long after the song has expired. This is just one side of BLOODHOUND but there are many twists, turns and detours to discover what proves to be exhilarating and joyous journey of discovery. Bloodhound singer Max takes on his own journey of discovery, as he sweats blood and tears for Velvet Sheep and makes us forever thankful for his vital energy, over to you Max…

“I’ve kind of gone for songs that I’m really interested in currently, over the last 5 years or so. This in no way represents everything I listen to or what I grew up listening to, so I can’t honestly say these are my favourite songs ever because this was probably one of the hardest lists I’ve ever had to make. But these are all still absolute rammers.”

1. Interpol – ‘Rest My Chemistry’
This song has been on repeat for me recently, so much so that my housemates have started subliminally humming it. It’s a song that’s just got one of those really good solid groves and the chords sound super slick, like it all just flows so well. All in all, it’s just a fantastic song. Interpol were a band that I had heard so much about but never listened to, but as soon as I listened through Turn on The Bright Lights for the first time, I was sold.

2. Foals – ‘Syrups’
Anyone who knows me will know that this is a blindingly obvious choice. Foals are my number one and they have been for the last 7 years. They’re an incredibly talented band who churn out the most incredible records every single time. Their latest release was off the charts, and this song in particular absolutely blew me away. It’s got this ridiculous arc to it where it just goes from being the most chilled thing in the world to being this massive, in-your-face, brash animal.

By the end of the song it’s just got a vicious, raw energy to it. The first time I heard it live was before they released it and something about the melody of that first lyric just roped me in, and I’ve been hooked ever since. So much of my songwriting comes from Foals tunes but not even deliberately; it’s all subliminal which is kinda scary but kinda cool. Foals just never EVER disappoint.

3. Ben Howard – ‘Black Flies’
Ben Howard is arguably one of the most talented men on the planet. His combination of vintage and modern gear properly baffles me. A lot of the gear I’ve bought, I’ve bought because he has it. His songwriting is so mysterious as well that it just makes me want to delve further in; I can never decipher his lyrics which I love. A lot of the ways I’ve been writing in recent months have been thanks to Ben Howard. Every element of his music intrigues me and it’s refreshing to try new things.

He’s a very moody character on stage as well but I think it suits his material so well. The way he has progressed as an artist is so interesting but this song remains a staple throughout his discography. It’s got this beautiful mystery to it and this underlying darkness that has remained throughout his career which I just can’t get enough of. I’d love to see how his brain works.

4. Kid Kapichi – ‘Revolver’
I went to see Calva Louise on their album tour in March and I’d never heard Kid Kapichi before, but they were on support duties. So, I turned up to the venue in Leeds and they absolutely exploded my head. I remember being especially taken back by this song in particular. The riff just ripped straight through my ears.

You know when you hear a band for the first time and they play that one song where you just stand there with this look of pure filth on your face for the full 3-minutes? Yeah, that’s this song. I took a lot of writing inspiration from them in their song structure and melody too after hearing this. They are the loveliest bunch as well, I can’t wait to hear what they have coming next.

5. Thom Yorke – ‘Dawn Chorus’
One of the simplest, purest, but most effective songs I’ve ever heard in my life. It’s literally one chord pattern, one instrument, and one vocal melody throughout the whole song for like 6 minutes but you are NEVER bored of it. It makes you reflect on times in your life that you’ve never reflected on before, and makes you look at situations you’ve lived through in a different way.

The music and the lyrics hit hard. The simplicity of the melody and the chords combined direct the focus at the lyrics which just highlight the emotions portrayed in the message even more. Thom Yorke is an absolute god. It’s pure beauty.

6. Wolf Alice – ‘Don’t Delete the Kisses’
This song speaks to me on so many levels and hits me right in the heart every single time I listen to it. I remember hearing it for the first time and feeling just everything. A song that has stuck with me ever since its release.

It’s insanely beautiful and those quiet mutterings in the verses really get to me. Huge, heartbreakingly gorgeous soundscape that swirls to this colossal final call for love in the last chorus before it sinks into this fragile lyric that leaves you thinking about what you’ve just listened to. It’s such a reflective song and I honestly will never appreciate it the same way I appreciated it that night I first listened to. It’s angelic.

LUCKY 7: Bloodhound – ‘Again’
Again is just a ripper, y’know? It just cuts straight through, plain and simple. It’s brash, hard hitting, and gets the job done in under 3 minutes. It’s one of my favourites to play live just because I get to the end of it and I just have this buzz like ‘Oh my god, let’s do that again!’.

The final chorus is especially fun for us because we build up through the bridge in this giant wall of sound, and it’s like a fake-out, but then the chorus comes back in with this re-harmonised punch in the stomach. Then it’s all over. We felt like it was the perfect way for us to kick off this new chapter for us.