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Baker's Dozen

Dark Nights Of The Soul: Chelsea Wolfe’s Baker’s Dozen
Greg Hyde , January 24th, 2024 10:42

From a teenage love of Fleetwood Mac and Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet soundtrack, to real life encounters with Sunn O))) and Smashing Pumpkins, Chelsea Wolfe talks to Greg Hyde about the 13 records that most impacted her life


Sunn O))) – Black One

When I started playing music, getting into heavier music and bands that were playing, Sunn O))) were definitely one that I admired a lot. I finally got to play some shows with them. I was always blown away by their showmanship and their sonic power when they played live. The whole vision of that band is wonderful. I think the coolest thing about this album is how collaborative it is. I love the songs on it, and it’s cool how many different vocalists they included. I love a good collaborative record, and this is one of my favourites.

Sunn O))) as a band are wonderful in any incarnation that they do. I know they change things every once in a while, which I’m also inspired by, because I’ve done that over the years too. My band line-up hasn’t remained the same over time. I’ve slowly morphed and changed it, invited different people in and out of the project. That’s been an inspiration to me. We played with them in Japan in 2012. We did two shows together with Boris as well, so it was a killer lineup. I’ve always found Stephen O’Malley to be really cool, really personable, really interesting, artistic, great to talk to, and great to watch and listen to as a performer. When we played with them, Attila [Csihar] from Mayhem was the main vocalist. That was great too, to hear the low rumble of his voice. It was equally great to play with Boris. They’re such great musicians. I was at soundcheck feeling blown away. I hadn’t been touring for that long at that point, and I was thinking, “What am I doing playing with these two great bands?” It was a lot of fun.