This week, in between performances at the Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City, and Isle of Wight Festivals, Baeble grabbed UK rockers JUDAS
for a quick shop around Rough Trade East in London. The four piece rock band is from all over the UK and currently based in London, and they’ve become a festival staple there due to their anthemic brand of rock with catchy choruses and shredding guitar riffs that have earned them comparisons to U2 and Kings of Leon.
"In terms of playing styles, Sam used to be a little metalhead," lead vocalist and guitarist John explains of drummer Sam. "And we used to call [bassist] James "fill" because he would always be adding in a bass fill everywhere."
John, Todd, and Sam, join me in Rough Trade and pick out some of their favorite records. I’m thrilled when John grabs the Strokes’ Comedown Machine
album, and we both agree that "Welcome to Japan" is our favorite from the record. Todd gravitates more toward classic rock, having been brought up on it from a young age. "The reason I first wanted to play music was I saw AC DC and Angus Young, and I was like, 'wow.' It was the Highway to Hell
album they were playing on Youtube, and it literally blew my mind."
Sam opts for Bruce Springsteen and Tame Impala’s most recent album Currents
. They all agree on the merits of Kings of Leon. John credits his brother for many of his musical influences.
"My brother got me into it at first - Artic Monkeys, the Beatles, Kings of Leon - he used to be a pizza delivery boy and he’d drive around all night and get 50 quid and a large pizza for free. He told me that if I would sit in the car with him and chat to him he’d give me the pizza at the end. He was 18, and I was like 11, and I would sit in the car with him while he played music delivering pizza and eat my Domino’s pizza at 12 at night. We used to open people’s chips and eat a couple out of them too."
Their favorite hangover music? Willie Nelson. "We were driving back from Newcastle to London- like a 6 hour drive- and all just dying we were so hung over. It’s amazing how music can change your mood."
Though they don’t yet have any US tour dates scheduled, with the traction they’ve built in the UK, it shouldn’t be long.