Black Dice are soldiers, steadfast and indefatigable.
While many of their contemporaries – Animal Collective and Gang Gang Dance spring to mind – have increasingly courted the favour of the masses, Black Dice have stayed true, doggedly true, to their uniquely deranged muse. After a spell on DFA that yielded the spotless trilogy of Beaches & Canyons (2002), Creature Comforts (2004) and Broken Ear Record (2005), 2009 saw them decamp to Paw Tracks to issue a stomach-churning collection of self-styled “roadhouse boogie”, Repo; the live shows in support of that record were the best of their career. Their latest album, out now on Domino-affiliated Ribbon Music, is aptly titled Mr. Impossible, and finds them as uncompromised and fitfully exhilarating as ever.
We asked Black Dice co-founder Eric Copeland (pictured above, centre, with Aaron Warren and Björn Copeland) to pick, and tell us about, five records that have significantly impacted on the band and its creative stance. From “scumbag rock” and Californian ska-punk to pulsating proto-darkwave, it’s quite a selection.