Thursday, 28 May 2020

Able's Army - Old Songs

ALOMR favourites and Yorkshire's very own, Ables Army have just released a goodie bag of tunes on Bandcamp.
Compiled of, you guessed it, old songs, that they no longer play live, with a couple of alternative, early versions of songs they still do. This collection gives us a glimpse into the Huddersfield trio's early days, with songs they recorded at home.

Not as raw as you'd expect from what is essentially a "Garage EP", the band's soulful, shoegazing swagger is evident, a blueprint of the throwback Rock n' Roll they would go on to produce in last year's brilliant EP, God Won't Let Me Stop.

My personal highlight comes from track 3, britpop sounding "Toluca To The North", with a catchy chorus blaring between foot tapping verses. I also enjoyed the very well placed scream on track 1 "Something New". It's always quite nice joining others as they take a trip down memory lane, and that is essentially what has happened here. For the rest of us, we have some great little songs we normally wouldn't have been able to hear before.

Old Songs by Able's Army is available now on Bandcamp, where you can name your price. Also, be sure to check out God Won't Let Me Stop on Spotify, and give the lads some support over on Instagram and Facebook.

Monday, 25 May 2020

New Podcast - Mind Cassettes episode 1

As we embark on this challenging time, like most people, we find ourselves in a whirlwind of monotony, reflection and creativity. Off the back of Mr Foxon's recent Tony Hawk's post, we began to reflect on music in pop culture and those tracks that spark nostalgia and excitement. The Tracks that play in our minds and remind us of the good times been, those tracks that we think of in certain situations in life.

Then one bright spark had the idea of recording our discussion and thoughts, and here was born... MIND CASSETTES. Hosted by our very own Mr Foxon.

Check out episode 1 now at MindCassettes
Warning; explicit content and mature references, we discuss GTA gameplay so if the game isn't your cup of tea you might want to swerve this episode. (Or skip to 44mins when we discuss the Top 15 tracks, still some references though) 

Follow us @mindcassettes on twitter and Instagram. Tell us your favourite GTA track and why.

For now Mx

Thursday, 14 May 2020

JAEKO - Colder Than The Sea - a review

Hi Guys, hope everyone is doing good in these unprecedented times? I’ve been extra busy painting abstract shapes onto a wall only for the paint to bleed under the tape....quackers tape apparently the best you can get 🙄 I’ve also been slamming the BBQ living my best life getting my pasty arse burnt and fat(ter)...

I’m going to give you all a little bit of joy with the following song, it is to be released on the 23rd May and we at ALOMR have been given early access!

Set a reminder in the diary to check out the newest song from our newest friends JAEKO called Colder Than The Sea It’s absolutely amazing.

From my first listen earlier in the week I haven’t stopped playing it, my first impression is that it is one of the rawest most polished songs I’ve ever heard. Me and the rest of the team at ALOMR all love it, we have been unable to say who they sound like, the drumming is rhythmic, the guitars are a thing of beauty and the vocals just get you pounding those rock hands in the air. What about the bassist you ask, no idea am sure they are doing there best with the limited 4 strings 😂

A word of warning however... do not drive and crank this song, at best you will get 3 points at worst well let’s put it this way the NHS is busy enough. A band hasn’t had me going this fast since the first time I heard False Heads.

I cannot wait to get some tour dates from these guys, I will be there on the front row! Hopefully soon we will have a bit of a Q&A with them so we can get into their minds and what makes them tick.

Check them out before next Friday to get a taste of their brilliance. They've been on our recent playlists and here on Spotify.

Give the guys your support when the new single hits with plenty of listens, you won’t regret it.

Take Care


Check out the lads Instagram @jaekomusic

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater

Some epic news has just dropped! Activision are remaking the spectacular Tony Hawk's Pro Skaters 1 & 2 in one, beautiful, amazing, 4K package for PC, Xbox One and PS4.

Why are you talking about video games on the best music blog in the world, Chris? Well, friend, the answer to that is easy: Tony Hawk's 1 & 2 had Fuckin' bangin soundtracks!! I am excited as hell!!

If you're my age and into the same things I'm into, your fondest memories will be kick-flipping around downtown Chicago, grinding along handrails in a virtual mall or doing lip tricks on the edge of a school swimming pool. Also, like me, you're probably into the music you're into because of the soundtrack to these games!

I can honestly say, I'd probably never heard 'May 16' by Lagwagon if it wasn't for THPS2, and now it's one of my favourite songs of all time. I am a huge fan of Primus, the first track I ever heard was 'Jerry Is A Racecar Driver' on THPS!

Licensing laws are a tricky thing to navigate these days, so I don't know what songs will make it into the remake, but take a look at the trailer above, featuring 'Police Truck' by The Dead Kennedys! Activision assure us 'Superman' by Goldfinger makes its return, and let's face it, that's the one we want!

It's out September 4th, and hopefully it's gonna kick ass!!

In the meantime, here are my top 10 tracks from the original 2 games!

1. Guerilla Radio - Rage Against The Machine
2. Superman - Goldfinger
3. May 16 - Lagwagon
4. Blood Brothers - Papa Roach
5. You - Bad Religion
6. Cyclone - Dub Pistols
7. New Girl - The Suicide Machines
8. Police Truck - Dead Kennedys
9. Jerry Was A Racecar Driver - Primus
10. When World's Collide - Powerman 5000