At The Great Record Chase we strive to get inside the heads of prominent new artists, and what makes their musical nerves tick. Over the course of several months we have been putting together a project in which a selection of new artists on our radar have put together an editorial. This consists of musical influences that formed, shaped, and brought to life their sound. There has been an impressive amount of new talent that has come our way since starting this website back in the Fall, and we want to take everything to a whole new level. This feature will be regularly occurring on our website, so make sure to check back often.
Today we sit down with Phlecia Sullivan, frontwoman from Year of October; a Southern-sounding back to basics band with the knack for writing catchy hooks and riffs. As of recent, the group have released their new single, “Gone,” which has been doing quite well in the blog realm, and to much deserved acclaim.
Name three albums or artists that influenced your musical styling you play today and why they are important to you. What made them so influential to you?
Led Zeppelin is big influence on us. They are the first band our guitar player Josh really got into. He grew up listening to them and several other classic rock bands with his dad. They are one of the reasons he wanted to start playing music. Norah Jones is a huge influence on my writing style. I’ve been listening to her since my early high school years and her music is a big part of who I am. Her melodies and the things that she writes about still impact how I write today. I like that she can take something really dark and make it sound beautiful. I try to do that in our music.Rocco DeLuca’s album Mercy is a big influence on both Josh and me. He showed me the record when we first started dating and it really stuck out to me both lyrically and musically. Rocco’s mix of bluesy rock, and soulful dark vocals really impacted me with my own music. Josh is really influenced by Rocco DeLuca’s guitar playing on the record and we always find ourselves listening to it on road trips with the band.
When did you first discover them?
Josh got into Led Zeppelin when he was 12, I got into Norah Jones when I was 15, and Josh and I got into Mercy when it first came out in 2009.
How did they help form the music you play today?
Each of these artists helped us to form the music that we play in very different ways. Josh grew up learning a lot of Zeppelin riffs, and I sang trying to sound like Norah Jones. With Rocco DeLuca I think it really taught us the importance of dynamics and how blend beauty with madness.