Pastilan Dong! are known for their loud, experimental take on indie rock. This is why their curated playlist for Splintr is one of the things we’ve been looking forward to the most during the past week. Today, we present to you a playlist compiled and curated by the members of Pastilan Dong!
Also included are some of their explanations as to why they chose these particular songs. We would like to use this short introduction to thank Pastilan Dong! for being our Cover Artist for the month of April. Now, on to the playlist!
Kaloy Olavides (vocals, guitar)
1. Lotus Eaters – “German Girl”
2. Hum – “Stars”
3. 4 Non Blondes – “What’s Up”
According to Olavides, he chose “German Girl” and “Stars” because he’s been trying to emulate the soft vocals that are prevalent in those songs. He also revealed that he chose to include “What’s Up” in the playlist because it was the first song that he learned to play in the guitar when he was a wee lad.
Pow Martinez (guitar)
1. Spacemen 3 – “Revolution”
I like it because that’s the sound I’ve been looking for for a long time. Simple rocking riff, with a lot of attitude, no need for any technical guitar tricks. Pure coolness, and the opening lyrics (“I’m sick/I’m so sick of a lot of people”). I heard it late, like 2012. It’s like, “where have you been all my life?”
2. Squarepusher – “Don’t Go Plastic”
This is the album that got me into experimental music and noise, synthesizers, free jazz, and just making fucked up music. My favorite album from Squarepusher is “Music Is Rotted One Note”.
3. The Normal – “Warm Leatherette”
I wish I can hear this track played by DJ’s here in clubs. I love the whole vibe of it… very self-destructive and kinky too hehe. To me this is punk… simple and effective. A badass song!
Costantino Zicarelli (bass)
1. PJ Harvey – “The Colour of The Earth”
About PJ Harvey… she is for me perfect in every way. I love everything about her, especially her album “Let England Shake”. And when they did an acapella version of “The Colour of The Earth”, it’s been my favorite song in a long time.
2. Patti Smith – “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Nirvana cover)
There have been a lot of bands who try and cover Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” but completely failed. But here comes Patti Smith doing an amazing cover and maybe even surpassing what Kurt Cobain and the gang created (yeah i know, please don’t kill me).
3. OM – “Rays Of The Sun/To The Shrinebuilder”
The monsters OM! The other half of one of my favorite bands ever, Sleep, created this beautiful masterpiece… one that I keep going back to all the fucking time. The repetitiveness of the song patterns is what makes it addicting to listen to over and over and over. That damn Intro!
Vin Zafra (drums)
1. Helmet – “Rollo”
I’m still addicted to John Stanier’s drum sound up to this day. I think the title of the song is a wordplay based on John’s drum rolls/fills for the song. The effects treatment on Hamilton’s vocals is a good counterpoint to the groove and guitar calisthenics that Helmet is known for.
2. Tool – “Stinkfist”
“Stinkfist” is a perfect opener for Tool’s “Aenima” album. This album is epic in all aspects. The textures of Danny Carey’s drum work here is perfect. “Aenima” is pure sonic indulgence.
3. Nirvana – “Breed”
Nirvana’s “Nevermind” was one of my biggest influences growing up as a musician. Breed was the most intense song on that album. The words “I don’t mind, I don’t care” pretty much sums up the album’s intentions. This album blew me away. Nirvana is bliss indeed.