Julien Baker: 5 Songs I Can't Tour Without

Julien Baker: 5 Songs I Can't Tour Without

by Rolling Stone Australia | October 11th, 2016 4:34:PM EST

Following the success of her breakthrough 2015 debut, Sprained Ankle, Memphis singer-songwriter, Julien Baker, is set to tour Australia for the first time this November.

We recently caught up with Baker to discuss life on the road, and her list of essential touring tracks.

All words below by Julien Baker. Full run of Australian tour dates, including the recently added run of extra shows, available here.

Bruce Springsteen, "Born to Run", 1975

"Perhaps the best youthful anthem and soundtrack to adventure ever written, Springsteen's music encapsulates all of the ethos of the traveling musician that is part vagrant and part artist poet, I challenge anyone to say they could tour without this song."

The Thermals, "Here's Your Future", 2006

"The Body, The Blood, The Machine a favourite staple record and this song gets played often in the van, it's a really energetic jam that engages everyone and reminds me of the camaraderie that develops with sharing music on long drives."

Sorority Noise, "Your Soft Blood", 2015

"Whenever I feel upset or detached or in a strange mood on tour, I listen to this song and it eases my distress. Something about the dynamic feel of the song is dramatic and emotional but in a soothing way; the breakdown is so loud and destructive that it's ironically calming, this kind of dark, consuming noise that is immense enough for me to get lost inside as a respite from whatever circumstance is bothering me."

Paramore, "Proof", 2013

"This is a song I revisit often while on tour, partially because its situationally appropriate. The lyrics pertain to a sense of literal and figurative distance from loved ones that I think is familiar to anyone who tours, and equally relevant in a romantic or non-romantic context. I especially gravitate towards it because its potentially sad subject matter doesn't dictate the sound of the song - it manages to become a relatively upbeat anthem about overcoming the obstacles of separation that I find very personally encouraging."

Jump Little Children, "Cathedrals"

"Few songs elicit as strong of a response from me as this one, there is something about the arrangement's simple elegance and the pure poetry of the lyrics that's captivating and outright magical, the line 'In the Cathedrals of New York and Rome, there is a feeling that you should just go home, and spend a lifetime finding out just where that is' evokes a very relatable image of the mixture between excitement and fear, awe and homesickness felt when traveling."

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