In September of 2019, Massachusetts natives HarborLights dropped their post-rock masterpiece and Deathwish debut album Isolation Ritual (which you can pick up here). After forming nearly a decade ago, the group released two split EPs and the blazing 2017 LP, Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree. Catching the attention of Deathwish Inc. staffers and record label co-owner Jacob Bannon of Converge, HarborLights joined the label’s esteemed, highly-acclaimed taste-making roster. In keeping within the Converge family, Isolation Ritual was recorded at (Kurt Ballou’s) God City Studios by Zach Weeks and Mike Moschetto at The Record Co. This 10-track record delivers a striking balance between the dynamics of melody and harsh sounds. We recently caught up with guitarist Andrew Diaz to find out what albums changed his life and, not surprisingly, he had some great picks — from Glassjaw’s “floored” masterpiece to which ones influence his instrumental playing to a “too obvious,” but worthy pick.
Circa Survive – Juturna
It’s safe to say that this album shaped the way that I look at playing guitar today.
Glassjaw – Worship & Tribute
I heard a track on a tour sampler (remember those?) and proceeded to get floored when I sat with the whole thing.
The National – High Violet
The first record I heard from them and they have since become one of my absolute favorite bands.
Caspian – Tertia
This is another record that’s really had an influence on how I look at playing my instrument. It never disappoints when I go back to it.
Radiohead – OK Computer
It almost feels too obvious, but there’s a reason why it matters to so many people.