2nd demo album : The Speed Of Sound In A Blood Orange Sky

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The second album runs to 52'59" and, like its sibling carries twelve original songs.
The lyric booklet is provided as a 12page PDF download with purchase of the album.

"Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hear a merger between Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and Lou Reed? Well, wonder no more! The vocals are dark and melancholy – they have an intense quality that makes me stop everything I’m doing and just listen. The music surrounding the words pulls me along like a tide, making me drift away from reality without even feeling that I have an option. The Speed of Sound have a definitive sound for these times."
Music vs The World

".. cool mix of *punk_nastiness* and a touch of *The
Byrds_5th_dimension_LP* (know this one?) .. unusual mix! .." Lord Litter, Radio and web DJ (Berlin)

"This is dynamite! The first release was good but this is plain TERRIFIC. I could name influences but why bother, it’s just enjoyable, creative and well done. Top-notch.” Don Campau, Radio and web DJ (California)


And- Song by Song commentary from listener Mark in Brazil:

You’ve Got To Move Too : Memorable riffs on a 12-string electric guitar. One of the best ones on the CD. Catchy, drum rolls, dominant double tracked vocals even a slight stutter, Who like middle eight.

English Electric Lightning F6 : Great bass line and piercing electric prog guitar, like a combination of Rush but with a bit of John Cale from The Gift.

No Kicks : 1980s Banshees vibe about it.

There’s No One There : Of course the old classic – but changed.

Temporary Fault : Lou Reedian.

The Changes : One of my faves – post-punk influences – Gang of Four?

Uhrwerk : Hendrix! I like weird alarm clock gap in the middle and as always the guitars are interesting.

Sit By The River : Neil Young’s Crazy Horse-style raw guitar parts.

Torrey Canyon : I wasn’t quite born when this happened but good idea for a song.

Intercept : There is nothing in the world like a bit of backwards guitar

Throw It Away : Killing Jokish – one of the highlights of the CD for me.

Overlooked : You are not afraid to let loose your inner rock demon. Awesome last chord!

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released April 16, 2012

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The Speed Of Sound UK

"atmospheric alternative rock".
John Armstrong guitar/vocals, AnnMarie Crowley - vocals/percussion, Kevin Roache bass & Paul Worthington drums, based in Manchester UK. Unfettered, unchained & independent since 1989.
They frequently play live in Manchester and elsewhere.
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Track Name: You've Got To Move Too
You've Got To Move Too

Things move fast and you've got to move too
No news to me, no news to you
Things move fast and you've got to move too

Keep up to the minute - in the latest thing
You've got to move with it - or fade away
You've Got To Move Too

Keep up with the leaders - stay out in front
Yeah you need a feeling - for the next thing
Give up on the New Look - and you'll get passed by

Finger on the pulse - you're one step ahead
You know where its at - you're no fool
Throw away the throwbacks - of the old vogue
Put on the creations - of the new set instead
You can't stand still - cos its just not cool

Tune-in to the clothes show - and you'll do fine
Watch for new ideas - not a fashion slave
Thumb through the pages - of your magazines
Wade through the adverts - in your leisure time
Keep on moving - right to the grave

There can't be a last word - there's nothing new
Track Name: English Electric Lightning F6
English Electric Lightning F6

instrumental (with background radio chatter)
Track Name: No Kicks
No Kicks

I've had my fill of reading bad books
And tapping my fingers while I wait all night
I just gaze and gaze at that box of tricks
If you're not here I can't get no kicks

You treat me bad and you treat me rough
You leave me here to do the washing up
You go out you're having a real good time
You sure aren't acting like a friend of mine

It used to be good and it used to be cool
You used to love me right and you sure moved me
I still get a thrill when I feel your lips
But if you're not here I can't get no kicks

I'd like to say that my feeling's died
But I can't kill it no matter how I try
Since you got me in that grip of yours
I can't get away I'm stuck on pause

I fall asleep to some cowboy film
I wake up cold and crawl off to bed
Then you phone me in the morning at six
If you're not here I can't get no kicks
Track Name: There's No One There
There's No One There

It seems there's nothing that I can depend on
I know there's no one I can rely on
I can't even try to escape
I know I'm trapped and I know I'm alone
There's no one there

Depression has got a hold over me
Nothing I can do to set me free
I'm tired of living in confusion
But there's no way out and I'm alone
There's no one there

There's no way out from this abyss
There's no escape in this dreamscape
There's no release from this quagmire
There's no rescue because the fates conspire
There's no one there

I can't do anything in the state that I'm in
It'd help to talk but no one's listening
I know I'm slowly losing my mind
But I can't stop it I'm on my own
There's no one there
Track Name: Temporary Fault
Temporary Fault

Claustrophobia strikes with my hands in the sink
Crushed under the weight of these four kitchen walls
Numbed in shock I want to scream
But there isn't even enough room to breath
I should run I should shout but I can not I can not move
Pinned down pressing from all sides at one
The horizon closed in and now it is here
Right on the edge surrounded by fear
Swaying slowly at first I peer over the brink
And see nothing to catch me if I fall
Close my eyes and try not to slip
But something is pulling me into the void
I fight it I hold on I don't want to go
But expect to slip head-over-heels
And spin away out of sight for so long
Infinity beckons but the moment has gone
I plug in a kettle and boil up a drink
I look at the telephone - who can I call?
Nervous and shaking but back in control
I stare at my coffee until it is cold
I sip it I drink it I rinse out the cup
Washed and dried and then put away
Everything is back in its place
Something is different it is not the same
Doubt is waiting here inside my head
I don't quite feel at home anymore
I can't write it off as just one of those things
It could be a foretaste of what is to come
Maybe it was just a temporary fault
But I can't help feeling that something has begun
Track Name: The Changes
The Changes

I don't know what I'm thinking anymore
My mind runs in spirals and crashes on the floor
I pick up the pieces and put them away
At the back of the draw where no one can see
But I can feel the changes creeping over me

I don't know where all this is going to
I'm just spinning round wearing out both my shoes
I try to go forwards but my feet walk back
To those places I know where no one can see
But I can feel the changes creeping over me

Something is changing its altering me
I don't feel the same I just feel the change in me

I don't know what I'm trying to lose
I collect all my things and watch them for clues
I sit up in the dark and push at the walls
One day they might move but still they can't see
But I can feel the changes creeping over me

I don't know what I'm looking at now
I don't recognise it but feel I should somehow
None of this is mine I don't know where it came from
Why can't they see?
But I can feel the changes creeping over me
Track Name: Uhrwerk
Uhrwerk

I lose myself in side your world your cold steel finger grind me down
I've got no time to stop and think no time at all to call my own
We are the pieces in your jigsaw
You fit us into shape and you take our minds
So that we can't see you've stolen our time

If you want to go forwars then go twice as fast
You'll need that pace to keep standing still
We live the nightmare of your dreams
And as I awake the alarm bell screams
I look at the clock and the time it says is not my own but yours instead
Track Name: Sit By The River
Sit By The River

Fallen leaves float down the river
Sweep the past aside
The weeping-willow cries discreetly
Tears for our lives
Grass that sways in lazy sunshine
Never asking why
Afternoon drifts into evening
Through my half-closed eyes
The setting sun is slowly sinking in a blood orange sky
The shadows reach my fingertips and hover for a while

I'm going to sit by the river where the swans glide by
I'm going to sit by the river or maybe lie
I'm going to sit by the river and close my eyes

Darker shades of summer madness
Drifting through my mind
Filling me with thoughts of sadness
And things I can not find
Water glides past stepping stones
Not holding back the flow
The river goddess singing softly
To the cooling meadow
Watching colours in the sky
As visions come and go
The clouds slide by as silent watchers
Of the play below
Resting in the mellow evening of your afterglow
A gentle breeze sighs through the trees leaving me alone
Track Name: Torrey Canyon
Torrey Canyon

I ripped a hole in Torrey Canyon
And perched her high on rocks
The cook on watch saw nothing amiss
As the short-cut stove her in
Her black blood spilled across the sea
Tide and currents pulled
Six score thousand tone pulsed free
She bled and bled and bled

Bombs rained down to break her back
But still she would not sink
The sea ablaze as her cargo burned
The stain still spread and spread
Booms broke up they could not contain
Contagion flooded on
Could chemical sprays save the day?
She bled and bled and bled

The black tide came on and came ashore
Rank stench in company
Detergents pumped onto the beach
Kill the ground kill the air
Rockets. bombs and napalm fell
Toxins filled the sky
Still she lay at sea held fast
She bled and bled and bled

I ripped a hole in Torrey Canyon, she bled and bled and bled
I ripped a hole in Amoco Cadiz, she bled and bled and bled
I ripped a hole in Exxon Valdez, she bled and bled and bled
She bled
Track Name: Intercept
Intercept

instrumental
Track Name: Throw It Away
Throw It Away

Have you heard the new one? (They can't last)

You don't have to listen to know what I;m going to say
You've heard it all before but we're happy that way
If I tell you once you've heard it twice
Don't bother listening just pay the price
Maybe I can get my message through
It might be recycled but its sold as new

Throw it away
Have you heard the new one? (They can't last)
Time to get a new one (They just don't last)
Dish-washer-video but so out of date
Better replace them before its too late
If it breaks down just throw it away
Its time to get a better one anyway
Try and find a purpose for your surplus cash
Snap it up use it up its instant trash

Throw it away
Run run run and chase the tail
We've got to use more got to make more too
Come on faster faster we want more more more
We can keep going for ever like this
The things we've got are too good to miss
The sky's the limit come on grow grow grow
There are other planets if we have to go
Throw it away
Track Name: Overlooked
Overlooked

Dark silhouettes take on featureless form
As the sun warms the hour of dawn
Popping up like mushrooms around the coast
As wave mutely roll in at their feet
Standing aloof and apart from it all
As the fresh wind gusts in over them
The stillness of morning belies and beguiles
Just enough to hypnotise
They don't exactly tell us lies
They just take out a full page and idealize
Try to convince us that no risk is posed
By squeaky-clean time bombs ticking away
Just one just once is all we would need
But I know it can't happen here
There's no way that it could end in tears

As the sun warms the hour of dawn
As the waves mutely roll in at their feet
As the fresh wind gusts in over them
Overlooked

Nestling between sea and green England
Far in the distance purple mountains stand
Serenely in harmony with everything
All wrapped up in Elgar's strings
Cows graze almost dutiful
Because all things - are bright and beautiful
With a breath of stale air the door shuts to the green house
Rudely awoken from the doze of a dormouse
Take one problem and add in some more
To do something we couldn't before
So all that is done is done in vain
Because the temperature rises again