Saturday 6 April 2024

Single release day

The first day a new project steps into the outside world is always exciting and West Wind is now the first of the Cornucopia project pieces to break out be heard and also seen, huge thanks to Vive Le Rock magazine for giving the video a premiere on their website and for calling us Psychonauts! 

"Long-serving Manchester psychonauts THE SPEED OF SOUND are back with a brand new video which they're premiering with Vive Le Rock!

Described as "recklessly fast and invigorating rock and roll, borrowing a Bo Diddley beat cunningly melded with a Wagnerian horn section," 'West Wind' is the lead track from the band's forthcoming new album.

“Lyrically this is a protest song," says singer, guitarist and songwriter John Armstrong. "A metaphor for the dominance of the all-pervading major label ‘music industry’ onslaught, snowplowing independent artists out of the way.”

Out today through L.A. label Big Stir Records, 'West Wind' is available to stream/download here."

And! Here is the video... click the image to watch on YouTube:


Friday 29 March 2024

West Wind

2024 has an entire cornucopia of releases lined up and the first of these is the new single; West Wind. It is out on 5th April and you'll find all the links a little further down:

As the official label press release says:

"Veteran Manchester, UK-based Future-Retro-Modernist rockers The Speed Of Sound return to kick off a year of with a dizzyingly ambitious musical activity with a brand new single. "West Wind" is a gale-force gust of garage-rock grit showing off every bit of the band's signature sound, and a level of energy that's no less than astonishing for a group entering its 35th year as a performing entity. The new single debuts on all digital outlets worldwide on April 5th and is up for pre-order and pre-save now"

In case that didn't make it clear we can add that it kicks. Big time. 

You'll find it here :

Tuesday 19 March 2024

Test Pressing

 More information to follow, for now lets just say this is very exciting...

Test Pressing!

Sounds Fabulous.

New album approaching.

This is what we've been doing for five years; seeing as we stared working on it while we were still recording Museum Of Tomorrow. 

Very exciting is an understatement.

Thursday 12 October 2023

a Video Premiere for Zombie Century

And in an appropriately spooky touch of unplanned yet synchronised occurrences, our latest video has it's premiere today on Rock At Night Magazine and it is Zombie Century which coincides with Big Stir Records (also new) Stir The Cauldron compilation. Here's the link... 

Zombie Century can be found on Big Stir Records compilation Stir The Cauldron and also on The Speed Of Sound's Museum Of Tomorrow album.

Tuesday 10 October 2023

Zombies and more seasonal horror

 Our own Zombie Century is enjoying itself among excellent company on the brand new Big Stir Records compilation Stir The Cauldron you can find it and more info here

Wednesday 26 April 2023

Archived treasure

Way back in 1991, Hyprtonia World Enterprises in Norway issued a cassette compilation in a shiny red plastic case and a startlingly bright yellow double-sided sleeve that folded out into an A4 sized poster: It contained two tracks from the first The Speed Of Sound release - from when we were known as The Blood Oranges - and has just (yesterday) been digitally archived with free download here:

The 29 track album with 21 artists was a bestseller for HWE and a constant feature in their catalogue, you can pick up the digital copy for free in the link above.

Ours were recorded on 24 track reel to reel Ampex tape, at Real To Reel in Macclesfield. 

Ancient history!

Thanks to Tape Attack for archiving it.


Sunday 11 September 2022

Extended 12" Single - Double-A-Side

 Happy Birthday to Museum Of Tomorrow and A New Single... So, this is Birthday week for our Museum Of Tomorrow album and astoundingly it is still getting multiple daily radio play twelve months on from release, it really is incredible that it is still current - Radio TFSC in Germany placed one of the tracks in their current top 25 last week. Amazing.

And: To mark the anniversary we have a new release!

A double A-sided single with the full version of Virtual Reality (the album of course contains only 'Part 2') and an extended version of Charlotte, both tracks are well over six minutes and simply wouldn't fit on the vinyl LP so they form an appendix to the album and are what a 12" single used to be.

Release day is Friday 16th September. So get your fill of Future Retro Modernism over on Big Stir Records bandcamp page: or take your pick of streaming platform here: