Wednesday 29 October 2014

Viva Magazine has done a preview feature on our 7Th November gig with The Transmitters: 

Manchester’s underground alternative band The Speed Of Sound are back in action after their Night and Day gig on 16th October with their new drummer; 18 year old Owen Deane joined veterans of the independent music scene John Armstrong and Kevin Roache in their new pan-generational line-up.
 “Age isn’t important in music, it’s about enthusiasm and ability” said bass player Kevin.
John added that “Every time the line-up changes the songs evolve, everyone brings something different in their style. Pete (the last drummer) was sparse and minimal where Owen’s drumming hits you like a waterfall - it’s very different.”
Following on the success of their Manchester Fringe all day “What’s the alternative?” event, the band will be returning to the theatre at The Kings Arms in Salford to host a series of gigs featuring other independent and minor-label artists. The first is on 7th November with visitors The Transmitters have a change from their tour slots supporting music legend Bruce Foxton’s From The Jam. David Lees, singer with the Bolton based four piece said“We are mixing new recordings at the moment and we will have some new songs for you in the Kings Arms set.”
The “What’s The Alternative?” nights will continue to run in alternate months throughout 2015. John from The Speed Of Sound said “It’s great to be back playing in such an intimate space as the Kings Arms Theatre again with some very exciting bands; some we’ve played with before, others are bands I’ve only seen from the audience. Music in the 21stcentury is very much alive and well, we want people to realise there is an alternative out there.”
You can hear The Transmitters on Soundcloud HERE
The Speed Of Sound’s recent double-A single is on sale in Piccadilly Records and Vinyl Revival as well as on the internet via Bandcamp plus the usual digital retailers. 

You can listen it HERE
Advance tickets are available on the Kings Arms website HERE
You can see the full article on Viva's Site HERE

The Transmitters

Tuesday 21 October 2014

No.1 for 100th post

Coincidence but the 100th post on the blog gets to say we're No.1 in the Reverbnation Alternative Chart for Manchester. Nice. Thanks for listening. Charts are like opinion-polls, they only get quoted when they give the desired answer, But, we've been at it for a while and not everyone gets there so the band are just going to feel a little smug about this for a day or two. Thanks again, its you lot that put us there.  


Sunday 19 October 2014

back live

It felt good to be back at Night And Day on Thursday for Owen's first gig with us, even if he was barely visible hidden behind the wall of amplifiers.

 Set list:

Girl On The Roof
Maid Of The Grey
Checkered Land
There's No One There

Owen's well coordinated t-shirt and the backdrop.

John, David Lees, Owen
If you were there thanks for coming down and it was cool to catch up with David Lees (centre) of the Transmitters there. Our next gig is with them at the return of "What's The Alternative?..." at The King Arms on 7 November.

Tuesday 14 October 2014

Return to Night And Day

We are live at Night And Day again on 16 October
its our first gig with Owen our new drummer. Its a great venue and a constant supporter of independent bands. Its good to know Night And Day survived the licence renewal after the bizarre single complaint about noise (why would you get a flat above a live music venue?) Anyway. Five bands for a fiver.
Set time obviously subject to alteration, but:
Doors at 20h00
Chaika 20h10
The Speed Of Sound 20h50
Kashmere 21h30
Black Sonic Revolver 22h05
The Jackobins 22h45

We did a short walk up set at The Blue Cat in Heaton Moor on 6th October, (Setlist was - Checkered Land, Girl On The Roof, Love, There's No One There) but this will be Owen's first actual gig at proper (or improper) volume with us.

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Live in session

The Speed Of Sound live in session on Caroline Boyd ALLFM 96.9

Acoustic live radio session and plenty of chitchat with The Speed Of Sound and Caroline Boyd on a hot Tuesday Evening in July. Technical gremlins meant the session was only archived for listen-again today. Give it a go. 
What 'influence tracks' did John, Kevin and Pete pick? 
What makes them tick? 
With live versions of Checkered Land and Love.
We are on from 10'30" til 50'00"

there are some session photos here: Link to post from 15th July