For the better part of the last year, Minneapolis/Nashville rockers, 3 Pill Morning, have been grinding it out on the road to promote Black Tie Love Affair, a collection of melodic, radio-ready rockers. We were fortunate enough to corner vocalist, Jeff Stebbins, for a few minutes. His candid approach made this one of the more memorable “Five Albums That Changed My Life” installments.
So, here is Jeff is his own words:
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magic: This was the first CD I ever bought and I was a drummer at the time. The way Chad Smith played was always awesome, but then I started to really get into the phrasing and melody that Anthony Kiedis used and really made my move as a vocalist. I’ve listened to that album a million times. So awesome.
Eminem – The Eminem Show; Already a big Eminem fan, this album was one worth memorizing every lyric to. It just does a killer job of raw emotion and the freedom to say or feel whatever the hell you want to feel. This definitely broke down a lot of doors in what can be said in music nowadays. I probably listened to this two million times.
Nirvana – MTV Live & Loud: One of the first live albums I’d heard at the time and considering everything that transpired for Nirvana after the release of it. You can feel the pain throughout the entire performance. One of the few albums that every listen felt like you were sitting in that studio watching them perform. Unreal performances.
Limp Bizkit – Significant Other: I know, I know, bring on the haters because this album changed my life. The album coincides with seeing Limp Bizkit live and watching them in their prime and how crazy the energy was in the venue every time they performed. They were one of my first live shows and it was an insane experience. It pushed me to want to be a front man and entertain just as much as perform. And, if you like Rap-Rock, it’s a damn good album.
Breaking Benjamin – Phobia: This album had some incredible songs and, from cover to cover, is an amazing album. The songwriting and lyrics of Ben Burley kick ass and as a fan of the genre—and at that time working on improving my song writing—this album was certainly influential in helping get to the next level. I think “The Diary of Jane” is a really great song because it’s an extremely well written rock song with a very cool, original lyrical concept and and awesome melody. AKA…Rock-n-Roll Sugar!
To hear how it all comes together, check out Black Tie Love Affair and,. in the meantime, check out this single from the album.