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FERLA on the top five inspirations for ‘The Human Heart’

I [Giuliano Ferla] wrote the song over a year-and-a-half ago and I can’t remember. I’ve got a vague memory about listening to Parquet Courts and DEVO but other than that it’s a blank. So, instead I’ve done something different. The other three are things that I happen to be into today.

Parquet Courts – ‘One Man No City’

I couldn’t even tell you how this song inspired ‘The Human Heart’, but there’s something there. Maybe it’s the guitar strum? The guitar tone? The overall mix? I can’t remember. What a banger though. Effortless groove.

DEVO – ‘Girl U Want

This one’s a bit more cut and dry. The motorik beat I took as direct inspiration. DEVO are such dorks, but at least they fully embrace it.

Georgia O’Keeffe – ‘Hibiscus with Plumeria’ This one is so lush and so colourful. There’s something really sexual about Georgia’s flower paintings. Or am I just a pervert?

Joseph Campbell – ‘The Power of Myth’ Joe is good for the soul. He wrote a book in the ‘40s called The Hero With A Thousand Faces. The whole idea behind it was that myths, religions and stories across all cultures all over the world share common universal themes and archetypes. George Lucas read The Hero With A Thousand Faces then wrote Star Wars. This really is my scene; I’m all about it. It reaffirms my belief that we have more in common with each other than we don’t.

Planet Earth Two. Because the irrepressibility and creativity of life is endless.

FERLA are celebrating the release of ‘The Human Heart’ with a headline show at The Grace Darling on Friday September 14. They’ll be joined by supports Spiral Perm and Jarrow.