Manchester underground outfit The Speed Of Sound present ‘Blood Sweat And Tears’, the darkest song on their acclaimed ‘Museum of Tomorrow’ album; where buzzing fuzz guitar lines emerge from a delicate acoustic introduction to intersect with the crashing chords and the ‘bulbous pulsing’ rhythm section” (Record Collector Magazine).
‘Blood Sweat And Tears’ raises a punk rock fist of anger for the downtrodden at the structural economic forces that simultaneously drive high rents and low wages in the dystopian reality that is the 21st Century, where a living wage is insufficient to live.
This song represents a cry for humanity at the inhumanity of corporate indifference. Protest is never useless. In the video, a dreamlike high street shopping scene forms the visual backdrop, where people are recast as mere consumers and resources to be exploited.
Hailing from Manchester, The Speed Of Sound’s music is optimistic, but with lyrical bite, a punk-inspired DIY ethos and lust for experimentation rooted in psychedelia. Formed in 1989 with a pre-history dating back to the day Andy Warhol died in 1987, The Speed of Sound lies deep below the ‘music industry radar’, allowing for the evolution of their own distinctive sound and live act.
The Speed of Sound is made up of father and son John Armstrong (guitars and vocals) and Henry Armstrong (keyboards), Ann-Marie Crowley (vocals and guitar), Kevin Roache (bass guitar) and John Broadhurst (drums).
‘Museum of Tomorrow’ is out now via Big Stir Records. Released 32 years to the day when the band’s debut EP saw the light of day in 1989, the new LP is available digitally, on CD and limited-edition 170g heavy weight vinyl (black and colour). Find the album on Apple Music,Spotify, Bandcamp and Big Stir’s website.
‘Blood Sweat and Tears’ https://youtu.be/Rxqlf6VX9f8
Album order https://orcd.co/thespeedofsound-bsr
‘Wired and Tired’ https://youtu.be/956CUQ3iFKc
‘Last Orders’ https://youtu.be/cJ0dulAy9-8
‘Opium Eyes’ https://youtu.be/ss69hWrCY_s
‘Tomorrow’s World’ https://youtu.be/3lEovb1GxrQ