Yesterday, now, tomorrow? Who cares when listening to an album so filled with energetic songs that bring together the best of punk, postpunk and some Britpop that leans heavily on what all that came before in pop-rock. The Speed of Sound does a lot of things very right on Museum Of Tomorrow.
The cradle of The Speed of Sound goes all the way back to Manchester, 1987. The band has gone through many incarnations and released four albums before. The current line up is together for four years but remains the vehicle for the songs of guitarist, singer John Armstrong. Together with singer, guitarist Ann-Marie Crowley Armstrong alternates lead vocals giving the band a different vocal/focal point, making the album so much stronger because of it.
Come 2021 and The Speed of Sound releases its fifth album, after releasing a string of singles on its new, American label. The influences range back as far as the mid 1960s. 'Wired' with a slightly different arrangement would easily have fitted on 'Takes Off', Jefferson Airplane's debut album, when it was still a folk influenced band. Don't be surprised when a little 12 string Rickenbacker sound à la Roger (Jim) McGuinn comes by as well. It goes to show how wide influences are.
Time has not stood still for this band. The clear drumming on the cymbals by John Broadhurst is of a subtlety no punkrock band ever commanded and the same goes for the keyboard playing by Henry Armstrong, John's son. Things really become great fun when all these influences come together in one song: 'Shadow Factory'. 60s folkrock, The Stranglers punk and a great rock guitar solo. The song works too.
|Promo photo: Shay Rowan|
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