The German trio of Sizarr create a heavily post-punk-indebted sound, congealed with a synth-laden rhythmic glue with some pretty great results - listen to an Aenon remix of 'Boarding Time' here for an example of this.

Sizarr for our latest Under the Influence piece have chosen six albums that they hold dear, including an LP by Arthur Russell, which immediately makes them friends of The 405. Their debut EP titled Boarding Time, which features the aforementioned remix, is due out 19th August via Four Music. Watch the video below:

Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

No album has ever touched me deeper. For me as a singer, the words of a song and how the lines were sung, attract me naturally and Jeff Mangum is an outstanding lyricist who talks in the most beautiful pictures. On top of this the subject of the album has drawn my interest since I was little! I dissolve and drain away. - Fabian

Arthur Russell - Another Thought

Arthur Russell’s work in general changed my way of thinking about music dramatically. His ways of structuring and singing a song were ahead of time back then and are still decisive today in my opinion. His whole way of life was inspiring to me. I even sing that in one of our songs. - Fabian


I was 4 years old when this record came out and it was actually the first thing I heard from M.I.A. It was full of stuff. I've never ever heard before and I was totally fascinated. For me it was more than just a fun party-record, I really studied that thing from start to the end. It inspired me a lot and it was, most importantly, the reason I started digging for foreign music you couldn´t find in the local record stores. So, thank you M.I.A. - Marc

Panda Bear - Person Pitch

I remember listening to this when it originally came out but I didn´t spend that much time on it back then. I rediscovered it around 3 years ago and it totally blew my mind. I´m definitely a kid of sampling but I never wrote actual songs with samples but on "Person Pitch" he showed that you can. I was really fascinated at how he used samples to craft such an intense almost "singer-songrwriter" album. And besides that, every song on that album is just beyond beautiful. But yeah, this record made me start writing actual songs. - Marc

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik

The Red Hot Chili Peppers were very important for me because they were one of the first bands I played guitar to :-) When we started recording 'Psycho Boy Happy', I imagined how it would feel to be in a house for a while and do nothing but music. The Red Hot Chili Peppers did this to record 'Blood Sugar Sex Magic' in 1991, the year I was born, and precise 20 years before we started to work on our first album. We rented a house on an island called Ameland in the Netherlands to finish our album and during those two weeks I thought I knew how it probably felt for them in 1991. - Philipp

Dr Dre - The Chronic

It was one of the first HipHop records i owned. I was about 10 years old when I got it and the only words in English I knew were things like "Hi my name is" and "How old are you?". Without understanding what they were talking about, I picked up words, rapping along in some fantasy English. I don't know why this record caught me at the age of 10 but when I listen to it nowadays, I'm convinced it was because of those cracking Moog lines. - Philipp