Southern Lord founder Greg Anderson (also of Sunn O))) and The Lord) recently sat down with Kevin Diers of Metal Shop's Backstage Pass to discuss the "starter pack" of albums anyone getting into the label should hear. Anderson takes a moment to think before landing on:
- Nightmare Logic by Power Trip, which he called "one of the most classic thrash albums ever create"
- Monoliths And Dimensions by Sunn O)))
- Sentenced To Life by Black Breath
- And then a toss-up between The Offenders reissues (a hardcore band from Texas during the '80s) and the BL'AST! reissue of The Power of Expression from 1986 (featuring Dave Grohl on drums, under the name The Expression Of Power)
"We've been so lucky to work with so many great artists and get involved with so many great albums," said Anderson. "I mean, the Nails records we did I'm extremely proud of as well… those early Boris records, the Earth records. You know, there's a lot of stuff that we've been super fortunate to work with. That's why it didn't come to mind right away, but you know. It's hard to pick. Everything to me is great."
"As far as Sunn O))) goes, I don't know. We're kind of in a position right now where we're like, starting to discuss what we're gonna do next and we're really in the early stages of ideas. Actually, I've done a lot of – you know, since COVID or whatever – have done a lot of home recording. Which is something honestly that I'd really never did in the past. It was always to me, my musical output and what I did musically was in a room with people, and I never really did a lot of practicing or you know, home recording or 4-track recording or any of that stuff at all, ever.
"But I got a digital 8-track recorder for Christmas in 2019, and I was like 'you know what? I'm gonna finally teach myself how to use a recording device and record some of my ideas,' you know? And I started doing that and I really enjoyed it. Now I'm totally into it, making noise and sounds and recording them and demos, basically. So I just started doing that, coming up with ideas for Sunn O)))."