Music Reviews are truly not what I had in mind today when I woke up. I mean, there's the planning of a concert Starlight Music Chronicles is hosting in June for Morgan's Mission (huge undertaking), a new page to set up on our website for our newest Contributor, gearing up for yet another exciting Artist of the Month competition for March 2016, and a full Spotlight spread on Project Cuddle and the CEO Debbe Magnussen to launch within the next 24-48 hours.
So when I was approached by Mr. John Armstrong of the Manchester based band 'Speed Of Sound' via email correspondence, I wasn't sure I was up for the task. But workload aside, after giving the band a listen, I knew I HAD to write a review: They are just what the doctor ordered today!
The band's connection to me is derived from the recent review of The Transmitters song 'Here Comes The Weekend' earlier this week (see here). Industry peers and friends of the band, The Speed of Sound are a quartet of truly great sounds and lyrics of the past with influences in the music of: The Jam, XTC, The Who, Terje Rypdal, Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Byrds, John Coltrane, Ludwig van Beethoven, The Boomtown Rats, The Chords, Blondie, The Beatles, Martin Carthy, Throwing Muses, The Velvet Underground, Joy Division, & The Kinks to name a few.
The band formed in August of 1989 and is comprised of members: John Armstrong guitars/vocals, AnnMarie Crowley vocals/percussion, Kevin Roache bass guitar & Paul Worthington drums, and are based in Manchester, UK. They are about to release their newest single 'Shut All The Clubs' on March 28th, 2016 and have pre-orders currently available on Band Camp (Click Here).
Upon listening to this sound, I am immediately drawn to say that this has a Johnny Marr (The Smiths) vibe happening. The instrumentation in this is carefully organized and I don't know if Armstrong realizes that he is giving off the Johnny vibe or not in his vocal ability but it's THERE! The lyrics are a feel-god vibe (similar to Marr) with post-punk finesse. I had the privilege of seeing Johnny live at the Starlite Room in Edmonton in December of 2014 and loved him! I feel that anyone who can pull off this kind of vibe similarly (as The Speed Of Sound has done here) automatically has my attention and admiration. (see video/song below)
I was pleased to delve into the band's Reverbnation page only to find more treasures await and I would highly recommend this band to those wanting to listen to a true Brit sound and to hear something new! Although this band has been around for some time, it is the first time that it has hit this Canadian girls ears and I am happy to have been introduced to this new discovery!
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