On their mostly acoustic album, Kill the Sun, released in January 2019, New Orleans ragers Cane Hill embraced what they have collectively called their “weirder and mellower side.” Think of it as their Jar of Flies. Considering his band’s sonic and emotional range, it should come as no big shock that frontman Elijah Witt loves all kinds of different music outside of, say, Pantera — though he does really love Pantera. We asked him to share with us some five albums that he loves that might surprise fans of his bands’ heavier output, and he had some great picks, from Irish alt-rock to the King himself.
Ben Folds – Rockin’ the Suburbs
This is the album I listened to to fall asleep at camp when I was a kid away from home for the first time, and it gets me through the shit times.
Elvis Presley – Elvis’ Christmas Album
Christmastime is my favorite time and basically the only holiday I care about. This has been the album that gets me in the spirit every year since I was born.
Third Eye Blind – Third Eye Blind
Some of the wildest and catchiest lyrics ever created. “Jumper” is trash, but the rest is solid gold.
As Cities Burn – Hell or Highwater
They’re from my hometown and this is their best work in my opinion. They became real songwriters and went outside of the box and I love that shit.
The Cranberries – Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?”
Irish Nineties grunge alt? Yeah please. Nothing but hits, and Delores was a god among vocalists.