These are bands that actually influence my writing/playing/composing. ill try to explain each a little Smashing Pumpkins- A lot of my playing is influenced by them. Any time I play a strat or a 7 string in standard or Eb standard I tend to write some pumkinsesque 90's riffs and chord progressions Silversun Pickups- any time I play a mid gain sound I feel a silversun groove. Plus any real rock bass I play I try to write something that's as tasty as their bass riffs/intros My Bloody Valentine- The layers and the movement of the guitar lines are something I try to do on a much simpler level but I still think about those big lush open chords The Used-They've got riffs for days, and I love the way they blend riffs and melody with catchy choruses. They are also great at having an album be cohesive without have 10 songs that sound the exact same. dynamics within the album too (slow songs, faster grooves, harder songs) 30 Seconds to Mars- Lyrically mostly Pvris-I love the way their guitars and synths sound like they're in a cave or something, just great atmosphere. Also using samples The Album Leaf- I just love the keyboard and synth sounds with the filter effects he has got going on The Decemberists- They've sort of inspire me to explore using baritones and 12 string electrics in a rock/pop/folk setting AFI- I love all the clean pretty guitar parts in their songs from like sing the sorrow and on. I like to create those sorts of intros and stuff. Actually Jade is my favorite guitar player. His approach to dynamics and the use of all his little tricks and movement in between parts is something I try to include in my playing. Although its tough sometimes hahaha Blaqk Audio - Their use of electronics and simplistic but very melodic songs is something id like to try with a snyth. She wants revenge- The use of simple chords and diads with repetition to create simple catchy songs is how I write. Like a bare bones approach to songwriting Misfits- Basically just a sense of melody and harmonies over power chords reminds me that tough sounding riffs can have pretty vocals over top of it and sound badass Safe to Say-The use of the loud soft dynamic is something I like to use a lot in the way I write songs when I'm plugged in vs my approach when writing acoustically The Getup Kids- Lastly I'm influenced by the sound and lyrics to take me to a headspace when I had so much to say and no real way to express myself, so its like writing the songs I wish I could have written before I started playing.