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In the first of a new series on Crackle, we talk to some up and coming bands and look into how their tastes and talents have changed over the years . Did they learn their first chords on an Encore guitar bought from Argos? Did they find themselves stalking Northern Uproar in their youth? Have their musical heroes changed from John Power to Jacques Brel? We shall endeavour to find out.

One of the most exciting new bands to make a name for themselves in London, Lola Colt are a 6 piece who know that their strength in numbers can make a sublime din. The band encompass the layered, spaced out drawl of The Warlocks and The Velvet Underground and combine it with a stark and supremely confident vocal performance from Danish singer Gun O. This Yin and Yang approach makes for some captivating listening which is often hard to capture outside of a live performance, but it really shines through on their forthcoming single I Get High If You Get High / Boom Boom Blasphemy. Lola Colt are: are Gun O. (Lead vocals, Guitar), Matt L. (Guitar), Kitty Arabella Austen (Vox organ, Harmonium, percussion & backing vocals), Martin P. Scott (Drums/Percussion), James Hurst (Guitar) and Tim Burton (Bass). They should be sought out at every opportunity. Guitarist Matt makes the choices.

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Song that I heard and loved

The Shadows - Peace Pipe. That song used to send me into a trance when I was a kid, it's hypnotic. I'm a strong believer in the theraputic nature of music and the way it can affect you - whether it's listening, writing or playing - and I think that's tied to my early memories of the way songs like this moved me.

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The Raveonettes - Black Wave. It's a track that was intended for the Pretty in Black album but never made on onto the record. You can find it some special editions now, or on youtube. It's a perfectly crafted, timeless song.

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Album I bought

Dire Straights – Brothers in Arms on 12” Vinyl. I still think Mark Knopfler is one on the most tasteful and inventive guitarists out there.

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Album I bought

Brian Jonestown Massacre - Aufheben. I wasn't sure about it at first, but it's really grown on me. They have a superb ability to create timeless music by fusing abstract sounds and eastern influences with catchy, accessible songs.

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Instrument I learnt to play

Guitar. My Dad bought me a cheap guitar when I was young, and I had absolutely no interest in it whatsoever - but at some point in my mid/late teens I picked it up again and became completely obsessed with it. I used to skip school to go home and play. It became like an enigma, an intricate puzzle - like a game with endless possibilities but no clear instructions on how to play.

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I recently bought a 1967 Vox Continental, which is an electric organ. I've never been that interested in keyboard instruments before, and playing them doesn't come naturally to me, but something about the Continental just sounds unlike anything else and it's spurred me on.

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Song that I learnt to play

Romance d'Amour. It's one of those staple classical guitar pieces all beginners learn. The beauty of it is though that once you've learnt to play the notes perfectly and there's still something lacking, you then have to begin the real journey of understanding what heart and soul mean to a musician.

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Song that I learnt to play

Wagner's Bridal March. I learnt it to play two of my closest friends down the isle at the their wedding. Playing solo for those few minutes in a silent hall was more nerve wracking than any gig.

The single I Get High If You Get High / Boom Boom Blasphemy is out on 5th August and you can buy it here. The physical single can be bought at gigs and their next one is on 9th September at the Shacklewell Arms in London. Highly recommended.

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