Sunday, 11 August 2019

And five months later

Nothing has stopped apart from the blog: we're back in real time on here too now... things we've been too busy to add in here:
The gig at 'Summer of Lev Festival': a great night with sweaty alternative rock in the summer heat,
set list:
Love
I'm Real
opium Eyes
Tomorrow's World
Charlotte
Shadow Factory
Impossible Past
No Kicks
Last Orders
I Don't Want Your Attentions

Thanks to everyone that turned out for Levy Fest and to the other bands and of course to Jo and Les for organisational skills

 Recording: Loads of it. We're still at it and there is still a lot to do but we're getting there and are slightly ahead of schedule which is always nice and also not very rock-and-roll so quite on-brand.

30th Anniversary: Big news coming, the first EP was recorded on 17th September 1989 and we've got something interesting lined up for 30 years on.

Art work: A very exciting art collaboration starting with the30th Anniversary Thing mentioned above.

The Kite Collectors: AnnMarie and John are both providing guest vocals to different songs of the new The Kite Collectors album which is due for release in September, more on that still to come. We've gigged with them before and they are buddies so it is very nice to be on there. Look for it on Paisley Records.

Upcoming Gigs: Wigan, The Boulevard 20th September might also be linked to the 30th Anniversary Thing in some way, and
Manchester at The Peer Hat 16th November with Stephen's Ruin of Dusseldorf bringing their own brand of 60's infused power-pop to Manchester for the first time.

Recording: More of it. Lots more of it. Will update more when we can! mega busy!
Have fun out there!


Friday, 5 April 2019

St Patrick's morning in Germany

Live in Germany 16/17 March 2019
It was a great pleasure to play The Irish Pub in Hilden on St Patrick's Eve/Morning. A great support set from One Night Stand and a chance for us to run through 27 songs in a single 90 minutes set.
Set List:
Tomorrow's World
Girl On The Roof
I'm Real
Last Orders
Always Seems To Fall
Brand New Cadillac
Leaf Blower
Day In Day Out
Uhrwerk
Seen It All Before
Only Everything
Femme Fatale
Opium Eyes
Wired And Tired
Charlotte
Smokescreen
Crash
Love
Little Miss Restless
Karin B
Zombie Century
I Don't Want Your Attentions
Impossible Past
The Day The Earth Caught Fire
Shadow Factory
No Kicks
Checkered Land

Thanks to all that came out to see us and enjoyed a wild weekend!




Sunday, 16 December 2018

1918-2018

2018 has been interesting. 100 years to the day since the first women voted (and stood as candidates) in a British general election a statue of Emmeline Pankhurst was unveiled in her home city Manchester. Only the second statue of a woman there and the first for 117 years and; as the other one is Queen Victoria and it took all 66years of her reign to get round to putting hers up it is quite an achievement for Emmeline to join her.
It was a great pleasure to be able to attend the unveiling and to join the march from The Pankhurst Trust - her former home and birth place of the WPSU - and greet her return to Manchester in person. There is still a long way to go for gender equality, it is not over. The Pankhurst Trust carry on into the 21st Century and do tremendous work supporting victims of domestic violence and gender equality. Which is why the single issued this year is in aid of The Pankhurst Trust. Buy it, stream it, play it, sing it, whatever, you will be supporting social progress. There were 20 possible women on the list - one of whom is novelist Elizabeth Gaskell, whose house has a The Speed Of Sound connection as we have played a gig there. It would be nice to get the other 19 statues up as well.

Sculptor - Hazel Reeves and Helen Pankhurst holding hands with her great-grandmother at the Emmeline Pankhurst statue unveiling ceremony 14 December 2018.

Bandcamp: https://thespeedofsound.bandcamp.com/album/im-real-i-dont-want-your-attentions

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4vAuRDLhOEVsTyGBpLVC2L 

Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/i-dont-want-your-attentions-im-real-single/1434515014

Friday, 7 December 2018

European Gigs

Live in Sweden; solo acoustic live set in Open Mind Records Uppsala - where you can now buy our vinyl over the counter in store. Intimate and a really cool shop.
Set list: 20 Oct 2018
Love
Day In Day Out
Little Miss Restless
Girl On the Roof
Seen It All Before
Last Orders
Charlotte
Uhrwerk
Always Seems To Fall
Open Mind Records: S:t Larsgaten 8B 753 11 Uppsala Sweden
http://www.openmindrecords.se

and
Live in Germany; 26 Oct 18 solo acoustic live at the Irish Pub in Hilden - you can now buy our LP over the counter at Strangeville Records in nearby Wuppertal. A superb and large live music pub
Big thanks to Stephen Leech for hospitality and organisation skills and to Rolf Buschmann Trio for great support and a neat extended jam session afterwards.


Set List:
Last Orders
Seen It All Before
Only Everything
Charlotte
Day In Day Out
Impossible Past
Leaf Blower
Love
Little Miss Restless
Girl On The Roof
Opium Eyes
Uhrwerk
Always Seems To Fall
Blood Sweat And tears
Glide On By
The Wargame


Strangeville Records: Marien Strasse 35 42105 Wuppertal Germany
https://www.strangeville-records.de

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Release Launch Party

And the single launch gig was a blast; in the community space at Levenshulme Old Library, with a pop-up bar provided by Inspire (and selling Emmeline cocktails). A wonderful acoustic set by Turner ahead of their single launch and John Broadhurst's first gig in The Speed Of Sound's drum chair... Thanks to all who turned out and made it a magical evening and helped raise some money for The Pankhurst Centre/Manchester Women's Aid. Single link here. Set List:

Tomorrow's World
Impossible Past
I'm Real
Last Orders
Smokescreen
Opium Eyes
Uhrwerk
Charlotte
Only Everything
Leaf Blower
Day In Day Out
Wired And Tired
Love
Shadow Factory
The Day The Earth Caught Fire
I Don't Want Your Attentions

Welcome to John B. Sixteen songs down in the first gig; a bit of catching up to do on some more of the back-catalogue and then we're of on the new songs journey again. Exciting.

We didn't want to use a traditional music venue fir the single launch something more community related was much more appropriate for a double-A-side single the could not have originated within the 'music industry' which is itself part of the problem with incessant objectification and repression of artistic creativity. Rise up. Rebel. DIY music is always where the interesting music lives.

Giant thanks to Turner for playing a fabulous set before us including their first single as a band 'Don't You Ever Stop' and a selection from their forthcoming album. Art is not a competition, it is about inspiring each other.
Turner's single is here



Sunday, 2 September 2018

New single

And here it is: with a timely review from Louder Than War:
Manchester’s The Speed of Sound have been crafting their genre-melting underground alternative sound (New Wave post-punk blood powered by the heartbeat of 60’s influences) for nearly thirty years now, a time-frame which may have seen progression for women but, as they themselves seek to address with this latest release, we have a long way to go. Their new double A-side single “I’m Real/I Don’t Want Your Attention,” has been created to mark the 100th anniversary of suffrage for women, whilst addressing the issues facing women in the modern world. Recorded at the VoltaLab in Rochdale (previously The Cargo, a legendary
studio with an impressive post-punk history), the video was filmed in the parlour of Emmeline Pankhurst’s old home, now the Pankhurst Centre (all profits from this release also go to the Pankhurst Centre and Manchester Womens’ Aid, and have drawn heavy influence from sources like Charlotte Newson’s “Women Like You,” exhibition (pictured).) As ever, John Armstrong has also shown that he really knows how to craft an ear-grabbing melody with both of these songs. “I Don’t Want Your Attention,” sees vocalist Anne-Marie Crowley singing in a fashion both despondent and defiant about sexual harassment in the workplace, whereas “I’m Real” deals with the brutal subject of a possessive relationship. The language used as Crowley tries to articulate all the doll-like things that she isn’t reinforces the problems of the traditionally feminine whilst kicking against them. Both songs have a jangly indie feel which to a casual listener has a sense of optimism: the perfect hook to grab attention before pulling in the listener with the hard-hitting issues at hand. Speed of Sound clearly want us to reconsider the wider representations of women – in history, in social politics, in modern homes and workplaces, and yes, with the music industry – in a fashion that is accessible and far-reaching. Their
long-term DIY spirit is full of anti-conventions and the way industry women should be portrayed is another part of that. The objectification of women in popular music, they claim, is part of the problem. “I Don’t Want Your Attention” and “I’m Real,” are both excellent, melodic indie records. But it is the bold and defiant way that they tackle what the band see as a lack of social progression which means everyone really ought to sit up and take notice of what The Speed of Sound have to say.
The full piece is here (thanks Amy)
Go on, be inspired and get one

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Line-up

It has 'been a bit intense' lately, very very busy, which means there is a lot happening. Thing One is: Huge thanks to Anthony 'Eddy' Edwards of Weimar for sitting in on drums since September 2017 and a big welcome to John Broadhurst who will be playing his first gig with The Speed Of Sound at the soon to be announced new single release gig.
Meanwhile - for those that like lists - here's the updated personnel listing since the first EP released in 1989:

Stay tuned for more updates!