The name Bastard Sword makes me think of either a) Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay or b) that isometric RPG Diablo. Despite what my massive nerdiness might suggest, these guys would NOT soundtrack a really intense day of live action roleplay, which may be why LARP is a niche hobby for social misfits.
In their own words Bastard Sword explore the uncharted territory between Tangerine Dream and Zapp (and on the evidence here a weird mix of glossy R&B and patriotism), which is an altogether more interesting prospect. The east London trio gave us a peek at the songs that are soundtracking their lives right now.
Name a song you can’t get out of your head…
Mark: Jay Z – ‘Dirt Off Your Shoulder’: it’s just always there whenever I look, or listen.
Rob: ‘The Holly And The Ivy‘
Alex: Jay-Z and Kanye West – ‘New Day‘
The song that inspired Bastard Sword in to existence…
Mark: I don’t know if a single song inspired us, we kind of happened out of accident. Maybe ‘Bad News’ by Kanye West. That album was a favourite in our kitchen when Alex and I lived together, and he’s definitely an influence.
Rob: ‘Single Ladies’ by Beyonce.
Alex: All of 808s and Heartbreak.
The first song/single you ever bought…
Mark: Hmm, I won a 7″ copy of a Betty Boo single when I was 10 in a radio competition about global warming but I gave it to the person who had drawn the penguin for the letter. I didn’t like music then. But then a year later I bought Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – ‘Turtle Power‘ on cassette – my Dad just kept saying to me: “You know it’s not a computer game, don’t you?”
Rob: Oasis – ‘Roll With It’.
Alex: Oasis – ‘Roll With It’.
The greatest song EVER …
Mark: The Buzzcocks – ‘Ever Fallen In Love’
Rob: The National Anthem
Alex: Royal Trux – ‘The Banana Question‘
A song you’d recommend to people planning on making sweet love…
Mark: During the planning process, you’ll probably need something to help you focus: ‘Computerworld’ by Kraftwerk
Rob: ‘Search and Destroy’, or the National Anthem
Alex: ‘The Plan’ by Built to Spill. After the planning process turn the music off. No distractions.
You can download ‘Whisk It’ by Bastard Sword here.
This post originally appeared on Spoonfed on 25 August 2011