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UK indie rock icons THE SPEED OF SOUND present ‘Opium Eyes’ from ‘Museum of Tomorrow’ LP (Big Stir Records)

The Speed of Sound

‘Opium Eyes’ from ‘The Museum of Tomorrow’

Manchester indie rock icons The Speed of Sound present ‘Opium Eyes’ from ‘Museum of Tomorrow’ LP (Big Stir Records)

FOR FANS OF: Lene Lovich, Manic Street Preachers, Pylon, The B-52s, Blondie, Throwing Muses, Television, Buzzcocks, The Bangles
FOCUS TRACKS: Tomorrow’s World, Zombie Century, Opium Eyes, The Day The Earth Caught Fire, Last Orders, Shadow Factory
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“Their creative explosion is definitely worth it… The Speed of Sound are experts in balancing a raw and edgy sound with a guiding and invigorating sense of melody” ~ The Spill Magazine

“New Wave blood, powered by a heartbeat of 1960’s influences” ~ Louder Than War

“The thoughtfulness that goes into The Speed of Sound’s lyrics and music is precious. Unmistakable sound… a winning formula” ~ Big Takeover Magazine

“Distinctive traces of New York Art Rock and No Wave, often verging on the experimental and psychedelic while never losing its melody and infections catchiness” ~ Sounds

“Moody and intense, yet light and floating at the same time” ~ There Once Was A Note


UK adrenaline-infused indie rockersThe Speed Of Sound never sleep, back with a fervor to unveil the invigorating single ‘Opium Eyes’from their Future-Retro-Modernist long-player ‘Museum of Tomorrow’. 32 years to the day when the band’s debut EP saw the light of day in 1989, they have just released this album onCD and Deluxe LP via California-based Big Stir Records.

“Opium Eyes reflects the glazed and distanced stare of someone evading the present and the future. Disengagement is the safest retreat for the alienated – from the poppy fields of Panta to Thomas de Quincy and on to Wild Palms and Dune, the escape to an artificial reality overtook the ‘real’ world in importance,” says frontman John Armstrong.

Hailing from Manchester, The Speed Of Sound’s music is optimistic, but with lyrical bite, a punk-inspired DIY ethos and lust for experimentation rooted in psychedelia. Formed in 1989 with a pre-history dating back to the day Andy Warhol died in 1987, The Speed of Sound lies deep below the ‘music industry radar’, allowing for the evolution of their own distinctive sound and live act.

The line-up has changed over the years and today consists of father and son John Armstrong (guitars and vocals) and Henry Armstrong (keyboards), Ann-Marie Crowley (vocals and guitar), Kevin Roache (bass guitar) and John Broadhurst (drums).

‘The Museum of Tomorrow’ is an exhilarating nonstop sensory indulgence. A low-altitude magic carpet ride at breakneck speed over the insanity of the early 21st century, drenched in Science-Fiction and retro-futurist infused imagery and themes. Despite some dark subject matter, the lyrics are playful and as bright as coloured vinyl. This is the Museum Of Tomorrow – not a mere time-capsule or bleak survey of dystopian protest themes, but an immersive experience. Drunk with richness it hurtles on, twisting its many turns with subtlety; exhibiting mood, style and pace variance. The trajectory is laid in and the thrusters fire.

Earlier, the band previewed the lead track‘Tomorrow’s World’, highlighting how the entire 21st century was mis-sold – a cry of anguish and a re-statement of what should have been.

While The Speed of Sound has already released eight singles via Big Stir Records, ‘Museum of Tomorrow’ is an all-new experience, each song being single-worthy. Conceived as two seamless sides, the vinyl edition was mastered as two extended pieces – ‘Gallery One’ and ‘Gallery Two’. Korg synthesizer lines, reminiscent of classic Science Fiction incidental music, link the gapless songs.

This music has a definite 60’s influence but with an 80’s twist. With both female and male vocals, their sound is influenced by The Byrds, Small Faces, The Chords, Siouxsie & The Banshees and XTC. Merging the power of punk with floating harmonies, their sit tight between Sonic Youth and Dusty Springfield.

Released on September 17, the ‘Museum of Tomorrow’ LP is out now digitally, as well as on CD and limited-edition 170g heavy weight vinyl with a choice between black and glorious colour. Vinyl orders include a 16-page full-colour A5 printed Exhibition Guide containing lyrics, full-colour inner sleeve, a separate picture insert, a sticker, a pair of badges/buttons and a bookmark. Apart from platforms like Apple Musicand Spotify, the LP can be ordered via Big Stir’s website.

CREDITS
Written by John Armstrong
John Armstrong – guitars and vocals
Ann-Marie Crowley – vocals and guitars
Kevin Roache – bass guitar
John Broadhurst – drums
Henry Armstrong – keyboards
Recorded at Vibratone Sound Studio, Manchester
Engineered by Adam Crossley and Chris Guest
Mixed By Adam Crossley, Chris Guest and The Speed Of Sound
Mastered by Adam Crossley and Chris Guest at Vibratone Sound Studio
Sleeve front / Artwork by Local Hotel Parking

TRACK LIST
01. Tomorrow’s World
02. Opium Eyes
03. Smokescreen
04. Zombie Century
05. Wired And Tired
06. Virtual Reality (Part 2)
07. Shadow Factory
08. Impossible Past
09. Leaf Blower
10. Blood Sweat And Tears
11. Charlotte
12. The Day The Earth Caught Fire
13. Last Orders

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The history of music, Part 1.

Music is with us as long as our generations can remember it, but even also long before our times. Our parents, grandparents, and generations before them grew up with music for a very long time in history already.

But where did music originate? What was the very first known song ever created? Who were the famous musicians in times long before Mozart, Bach and Beethoven?

In this very first episode of a ten-part series about the history of music, I’m gonna try to find out more and give you a background story about how music came to life and transformed into the music we know today.

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LA-based alt-rock outfit BEAUTY IN CHAOS captivates on new single ‘Orion’ ft. WHITNEY TAI.

Los Angeles-based alt rock / post-punk collective Beauty in Chaos has released their new single ‘Orion’, along with a stunning otherwordly video, both of which feature the captivating Whitney Tai.

Beauty in Chaos is the brainchild of guitarist Michael Ciravolo. The LA-based New Orleans native is also President of Schecter Guitar Research. Until launching BIC, Ciravolo was guitarist in Human Drama for 30 years and had also played live and recorded with Michael Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel since 1998.

“Musically, Orion continues on the path set by ‘Stranger’, the final track on ‘The Storm Before The Calm’ album. Whitney’s lyrics and soaring voice were a perfect match for this track and sets the tone beautifully for our next record,” says BIC curator Michael Ciravolo.

In 2020, Beauty In Chaos released ‘The Storm Before The Calm’ and the remix-based ‘Out Of Chaos Comes…’ albums to critical acclaim. Recorded at Ciravolo’s SAINTinLA Studio, this LP was produced by Grammy nominee Michael Rozon, known for his work with Ministry.

“When Beauty In Chaos reached out to me with the opportunity to co-write on a song for their upcoming album, I was immediately hypnotized by the glacial, meandering and crystalline use of guitars against this haunting and dark verbed-out atmosphere. My mind went down the rabbit hole of the past two years that our globe has faced. ‘Orion’ is the ego of destruction,” says Whitney Tai.

“It’s about breaking free from the manipulators mind and severing the ties of deception. A story of an a-type personality, “the hunter”, and how the roles narcissism and exploitation torment the fears and strengths of the human psyche”.

Bridging a cosmic cross between Annie Lennox’s timeless vocals and Kate Bush’s lyricism, Whitney Tai crafts unique pop-rock anthems and melodic synthpop passages. With trademark seductive compositions, the award-winning singer-songwriter’s hypnotic voice, weaving seamlessly through genres.

“We try to make each of our videos different from the others, while being true to the singer and the lyrics. ‘Orion’ is like nothing we have done before; it has a very cinematic ‘big-screen’ look to it… and was really a lot of fun to make,” says Ciravolo.

Since its inception, BIC has involved many music luminaries, including members of The Mission, The Cure, Ministry, Cheap Trick, The Offspring, Gene Loves Jezebel, Marilyn Manson, Human Drama, Bauhaus, Nine Inch Nails, Van Halen, A Flock of Seagulls, as well as dUg Pinnick (Kings X), ICE-T, producer Tim Palmer, guitar icon Zakk Wylde, Ashton Nyte (The Awakening), Evi Vine and Rolan Bolan.

‘Orion’ will be included on the next Beauty In Chaos album ‘Behind The Veil’, which will feature all female vocalists and is slated for release in February 2022 via Los Angeles’ 33.3 Music Collective. In the meantime, ‘Orion’ is available via BandcampBeauty In Chaos’ catalogue can also be explored here!

SONG CREDITS
‘Orion’ written by Tai / Rozon / Ciravolo c.2021
Whitney Tai – vocals and lyrics
Michael Ciravolo – guitars and textures
Michael Rozon – bass, synth, and drum programming
Dirk Doucette – live drums
Recorded, mixed and produced by Michael Rozon at SAINTinLA Studio
Mastered by Dale Becker for Becker Mastering, Los Angeles

VIDEO CREDITS
Whitney Tai – vocals
Michael Ciravolo – guitar
Tish Ciravolo – bass
Dirk Doucette – drums
Directed and produced by GABB Productions
Art direction by GABB Design
Makeup by Jessica Zweig
Photos by GABB / courtesy of Whitney Tai
Filmed on location at Schecter Guitar Research and FD Studios Los Angeles
Props courtesy of Prop Heaven

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Movie Scores Wednesday: The Tale Of Viktor Navorski. (The Terminal)

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KINGS AND LIARS Sign with Salt Of The Earth Records

SALT OF THE EARTH RECORDS is proud to announce the signing of Connecticut based hard rock juggernaut, KINGS AND LIARS.

Comprised of brothers, Charlie (vocals/guitars) and Nick Bellmore (drums/vocals) as well as Christopher Tayler Beaudette (vocals/bass) This album sees a more streamlined band returning to the spotlight as a three piece, hell bent on delivering some heavy as all hell, well crafted, catchy songs.

The members of KINGS AND LIARS share international notoriety as members of some severely ass kicking bands… Kingdom Of Sorrow, The Dee Snider Band, Jasta, Entierro, and Toxic Holocaust to name a few.


KINGS AND LIARS drummer, Nick, is an uber producer who has been at the helm of many many kick ass releases. When great artists want to up the heavy, they call these guys.
“When we started KINGS and LIARS we had a few goals – write serious riffs, have amazing choruses, focus on great harmonies, and be able to do it all live,” said KINGS AND LIARS bassist/vocalist Christopher Taylor Beaudette. “With this album we have definitely reached our goals sound wise, and we really can’t wait to bring this album on the road, and bring our performances to new levels.”


Guitarist/vocalist Charlie Bellmore comments on singing with Salt Of The Earth Records: “It feels like We’ve found a kindred spirit in Salt Of The Earth Records. And we have absolute trust that our new friends at the label will be the hardest workers in the room. They are going to bust ass to get our music into the ears and hands of heavy riff lovers everywhere. That’s what KINGS AND LIARS is all about. We want to get our music to everyone who has ever wanted to hear it.”


Salt Of The Earth Records founder Scott Harrington had this to say about his newest acquisition, “To say I am amped about having KINGS AND LIARS on Salt Of The Earth Records is an enormous understatement. When I heard these songs I damn near dropped. Seriously, Charlie writes epic riffs, and this band floors me. Just wait till you hear this!”
KINGS AND LIARS will release their first album on Salt Of The Earth Records this winter. In July, the band released a single titled “We Are Alive.” Stream the song at this location.

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In Loving Memory, Chapter One: Tommy DeVito.

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With this group they gained most of their success with songs like: Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Working My Way Back To You, and December 1963.

A documentary movie, called: ‘The Jersey Boys’ was made as an honor to their career in 2014.

Tommy DeVito died on September 21, 2020 at the royal age of 92 years old, due to covid-19.

New Song: Quando Meu Jogo Virar, by Brazilian artist: MarioMaster, Out Now!

Many new songs are being released these days and this one is again a banger.

It’s written by Brazilian artist Mario and underlines his motivation to get food on the table. How better to do so then with the best talent you have? That’s right, and it’s exactly what he thought too.

The song has a hip-hop vibe in it, but also brings over his message to the world, which is a great motivation for him to focus on his talent. Enjoy the song!

On this day in 1969,Sugar Sugar by The Archies was on it’s way to become the longest running one hit wonder!

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Toronto postpunk/darkwave duo TRAITRS release beautifully caustic ‘Mouth Poisons’. Out on September 17.

Canadian post-punk rising stars TRAITRS present their new single ‘Mouth Poisons’,  the new taster of their forthcoming long-player ‘Horses In The Abattoir’, to be released in mid-November via Freakwave, a Berlin-based label that is part of the Schubert Music Europe group, with distribution by The Orchard. Not long ago, the duo released the single ‘Oh, Ballerina’. with a short moody art-house horror film meets 80’s new wave music video, directed and edited by Shawn Tucker.

Recorded by and produced with Josh Korody (F*cked Up, Japandroids, Dilly Dally, Beliefs, Nailbiter) at Candle Recording Studio, the new output was mastered by Pete Maher (U2, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, Prince, Linkin Park, Katy Perry).

Based in Toronto, TRAITRS was formed in 2015 by Sean-Patrick Nolan and Shawn Tucker. With a cinematic blend of post-punk, goth, alternative and post-rock, their emotive melodies, propulsive rhythms, angular guitars and dark cinematic electronics quickly led to the duo becoming one of the dark music scene’s fastest rising independent artists.

“The core sketch of this song was written late at night at a very good friend’s place in Frankfurt, Germany. ‘Mouth Poisons’ is an extremely personal song and lyrically I set myself up as the main target. It carries an air of ‘come see what’s going inside of me that wants to burn down everything in sight’. Definitely my favourite single we have ever released to date,” says Shawn Tucker.

“‘Mouth Poisons’ was initially supposed to be a fast, angular punk track and it remained in this form for several months until Shawn wrote the bass guitar part and completely changed the way I heard the song. His melodic bass line brought out a sadness and vulnerability in the track that I didn’t know was there. All of a sudden this frantic punk song sounded more like The Smiths or New Order, so I completely rewrote my synth part to tease out those elements even more. The break before the outro is one of my favourite parts on the album,” says Sean-Patrick Nolan.

Early demos, recorded with Josh Korody, led to TRAITRS’ 2016 debut cassette ‘Rites And Ritual’ with Pleasence Records. After gaining traction in Europe and North America, TRAITRS released their critically acclaimed ‘Butcher’s Coin’ LP via Pleasence Records / Manic Depression Records / Alchera Visions in 2018. Bolstered by lead single ‘Thin Flesh’, the duo embarked on several lengthy tours overseas, performing in over a dozen countries with showcases at Wave Gothik Treffen, Castle Party, Extramuralhas, Nocturnal Culture Night, Wavefest, Canadian Music Week and Pop! Montreal.

Their relentless touring schedule and work ethic caught the attention of Thomas Thyssen and Eric Burton of Schubert Music Publishing and, in October 2020, they announced TRAITRS as the first signing to their brand-new record label Freakwave Records.

With the preceding limited 10’’ vinyl ‘The Sick, Tired And Ill’, which practically sold-out before its actual release, TRAITRS were able to triple their Spotify monthly listeners to >33k. In addition, lead single ‘Magdalene spent 5 consecutive weeks at #1 on the German Alternative Charts (DAC).

As of September 17, ‘Mouth Poisons’ will be available digitally everywhere, including Spotify and Apple Music. On November 19, the full-length ‘Horses In The Abattoir’ LP will be released on vinyl, CD and digitally. It can be ordered here!

CREDITS
Written and performed by TRAiTRS
Shawn Tucker – Vocals, guitar, bass guitar and lyrics
Sean-Patrick Nolan – Synths, piano, sequencing and programming
Additional percussion by Josh Korody
Recorded at Candle Recording Studio in Toronto
Produced and mixed by Josh Korody and TRAITRS
Mastered by Pete Maher
Album cover design by Shawn Tucker, based on ‘Anna Pavlova In The Fokine/Saint-Saëns The Dying Swan. St. Petersburg – 1905’.
Video scenario and production by TRAITRS
Video directed and edited by Shawn Tucker

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