We asked Canshaker Pi’s Willem Smit to run us through five of his favourite songs ahead of their show this Friday.

Amsterdam indie-rock quartet Canshaker Pi are set to cause a storm across the UK amid the release of their new album ‘Naughty Naughty Violence’. From supporting names such as Car Seat Headrest and Parquet Courts, to local friends Pip Blom, and indie legends The Cribs, the band have absorbed all the skill that surrounds them and poured it into the new record.

The band are no strangers to touring with 15 countries and 27 shows under their belt with Scott Kannberg’s Spiral Stairs, they’re now embarking on a UK headline tour and will be performing at The Great Escape as well as London venue The Old Blue Last this Friday 11th May.

Ahead of the gig, we asked Canshaker Pi’s Willem Smit to run us through five of his favourite songs.


Pixies – The Holiday Song

Pixies are probably my favourite band of all time. I guess, together with some other bands, they made me like music. All the songs off of Come on Pilgrim just sound like they’ve always been there.


Arctic Monkeys – From the Ritz to the Rubble

This is one of those other bands. Like the Pixies, it has youthful energy mixed with great songs and a heavy sound. This record was the first CD I owned and I think it was the only thing I listened to from age 8 to 10.


Scram C Baby – Last of the Great Smokers

Together with De Artsen and The Ex, Scram C Baby is probably my favourite Dutch band. Last Of The Great Smokers from their fourth full-length, Love Is Not Enough, has this Fall-esque repetition combined with an awesome hectic vocal performance. Very cool.


The Necessaries – More Real

A couple of months ago I stumbled upon the best song ever written. I had this song on repeat for a couple of weeks while I was writing the song No Sack, No Way, which is on our second album Naughty Naughty Violence. I’m not sure why, but it makes me feel extremely sad and incredibly happy at the same time. Check it out, it’s on YouTube.


Bull – Perfect Teeth


We love Bull. We’re going to play a couple of shows with them and we’re sure they’ll influence us with their perfect songs, intelligence, weirdness, energy and humour.

Canshaker Pi play The Old Blue Last, London – Friday May 11th