Saturday, 31 March 2018

with In Deed and Weimar in Aatma


Aatma on wednesday bounced nicely with a vigorous gig, thanks again to Eddy for sitting in on drums... and it's all eyes on the new stuff now; four new songs we haven't started on, two we've touched and another we had to leave aside but are coming back to... plus another twelve with titles waiting to be written... busy times ahead
Meanwhile
It's easter - be like the rebel bunny, be free.
 ( photo by NPME )
Set list:

Checkpoint Charlie
Girl On The Roof
Seen It All Before
Shut All the Clubs
Only Everything
Day In Day Out
Love
Opium Eyes
Glide On By
Uhrwerk

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Teenage Cancer Trust Gig

Saturday involved a 25,000watt PA, a great venue, a crowd and a mammoth gig in Stoke on Trent as part of the annual 31day long March Of The Mods gigs for the Teenage Cancer Trust, and it also involved kicking balloons off stage so was exactly like Top Of The Pops.

Set List:
Checkpoint Charlie
I'm Real
Shut All The Clubs
Tomorrow's World
Girl On The Roof
Smokescreen
Love
No Kicks
Day In Day Out
Opium Eyes
Uhrwerk
Seen It All Before
(photos by Alan May)


Wednesday, 17 January 2018

to thing two on Radio On too

The second part of the Radio On interview with John, and loads of music, repeated daily at different
times every day for a month: As the station guide says - "People working in the street, a new gas pipe, a van parked, doors open, loud techno for everyone. What a relief to put on headphones and listen to the new Lord Litter show. Songs in every graduation, introverted, nostalgic, fun, loud, weird and a nice interview over a cup tea to round it off. You don't find people irking in your street everyday of course, but if you'd like to take a holiday from your daily environment then this show is the place to go." Track list here Schedule and listen button here


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

one more thing on Radio On

93 radio airplays on Radio On in Berlin throughout December, the interview I recorded in Germany last month is on daily rotation for a month at different times every day.


Where-in Lord Litter virtually reconstructs a bar in Berlin. It’s a place where people talk more and smoke less. There is no wi-fi signal, and the clients are encouraged to leave the smart phones and tablets at home. Old friends talk about old times, and when the new times press their noses against the window, also the spleen of today gets discussed over a glass of beer. The music that sounds over the thirty year old loudspeakers is produced in a garage or in a small home studio. No majors will be heard here. In weekends a band plays, it is still possible, because the neighbors know that the neighborhood can’t do without a bar like this one. It is their Kneipe. Welcome to the Lord Litter CafĂ©. Ask for it the next time you visit Berlin.


Check the schedule and listen in at http://www.radio-on-berlin.com
As well as interesting and new music you will hear about a very new Artist Virtual Community and the 'then and now' of underground music.

Monday, 13 November 2017

live review - Sounds Magazine

live review, thanks to Sounds Magazine:
One of the most exciting, long-lasting and innovative bands on the Manchester underground; The Speed of Sound open the night with a storming set. They begin with their signature tune “Shut All The Clubs”, lead single from their acclaimed 2016 album release “Everything Changes”, and a hit with listeners of Manchester and Salford’s numerous underground radio shows. With its lyrics’ biting attack on gentrification and the authorities’ shameless erosion of subcultural lifestyles, it is a real anthem for the culturally oppressed in this day and age. Lead singer and guitarist John Armstrong’s distinctive vocal delivery and guitar style get the music off to a swinging start, complimented by the infectious bass grooves of bassist Kevin Roache, percussion from co-vocalist Ann-Marie Crowley and drum rhythms from Anthony Edwards, standing in tonight for regular drummer Paul Worthington during his break from the band.
The band follow with a selection of tunes from the aforementioned album, Armstrong and Crowley swapping vocal duties between songs. Armstrong is a powerful frontman, his modest but lively showmanship and Bryan Ferry-esque vocal style guiding the band smoothly through a set that never becomes dull or repetitive. Their music shows distinctive traces of New York art rock and No Wave, often verging on the experimental and psychedelic while never losing its melody or infectious catchiness. Ann-Marie Crowley, herself an understated heroine of the Manchester underground with her previous role as lead singer of Poppycock, is an artist you just cannot help but respect, her vocals on songs such as “The Moment Is Now” at times evocative of Nico with traces of Chrissie Hynde, her stage presence modest and unassuming yet powerful in its very humbleness. This band is about great art and infectious avant-garde pop without the ego or posturing that often comes with bands obsessed with hitting the big time. The band’s sound is very strong on both new and old songs, as well as the two cover versions, of The Flirtations’ “Nothing But A Heartache” and their lively cover of The Primitives’ “Crash”. Their set is brought to a close by a striking performance of their 1989 song “Glide on By”. (full article link here)

Sunday, 15 October 2017

All-Nighter

Zombie Shack in Manchester hosted the first in an irregular series of all-nighter gigs, with The Chords UK providing the headline and The Speed Of Sound playing a 50 minute set before them, 9pm doors, 10pm live and a bar licence to 5am with DJ's through the night. It might have been October outside but it was hot and bouncing inside. It all added up to great sound, great atmosphere and great people. There will be more.
Chris Pope & The Chords UK (photo Alan May)
The Speed Of Sound set list:
Shut All the Clubs
The Moment Is Now
Seen It All Before
Nothing But A Heartache
Tomorrow's World
Opium Eyes
No Kicks
Day In Day Out
Crash
Only Everything
I'm Real
I Don't Want Your Attentions
Glide On By


Sunday, 17 September 2017

Song By Song - The Wargame


The darkness and silence of the ocean depths fill the Wargame with salt and stay; it dates from 1989. There was a series of trawlers being dragged and or sunk by submarines in the late 1980's the introduction of quick release mechanisms for nets has changed that but the the silent and invisible 'ungentlemanly weapon' still remains a menace to fishermen.
I had just read Edgar Allen Poe's short stories and their recurring themes of live burial and claustrophobia resonated with the disappearing trawlers and submarines in the news headlines.
Submarine exercise areas surround the British coast and there are also visiting (and not always invited) submarines present.
There are several recorded versions of The Wargame; the 2010 version on the 'At Tree Level' album, a live studio recording from late 2013, an 'unplugged' version from also from 2013 and the 'Everything Changes' album version of 2016.
Regularly in the live et, The Wargame has multiple different live recordings also existing from 1989 and 1990. The 2010 version has a video filmed in North Brewick, which has submarine exercise areas clearly marked just off shore on the standard ordnance survey map.