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Album Review: Tragical History Tour’s ‘Aphorisms’: honesty with a capital “H” and a guitar

By Lloyd Wakeling, Rock At Night Manchester

ALBUM REVIEW: Tragical History Tour’s Aphorisms

Genre: Punk Rock

Listening to Tragical History Tours new album Aphorisms, isn’t easy: Lyrically or musically. Slowly but surely, it digs it’s heel into a sensibility you probably never even knew you had and whether it is a good thing or bad, it will wake you or numb you. Strong lyrics and stretching vocals, inhabit the very air that fights itself to be heard or inhaled, and with no excuses or apologies, it enlightens, with words that actually mean what they say without the blurring that many bring to a song.

Derrick means it and you quickly realise that underneath the picking and the melody of the guitar. He has something very relevant, topical and heart wrenching to portray, resonating  with an anger, a desperation but ultimately with a plateful of hope. He is the true minstrel, a man with a voice, a man who wishes to be heard, but you know he could quite easily sit in a room alone and listen to himself because he believes passionately in what he has to say, passionately in every word thrown. Each track strips bare a recognisable musical history, exposing influences real or maybe imagined and with this intimate look into the soul of Derrick Johnston, all is still not as rosy as we might be led to believe. ..and I for one applaud the honesty.

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SONG LIST

Fight For Light

Come On Home, Hero

Old Words

Three Two

What Would Vinnie Mac Do

Pink Couch

It’s Cool, I’ve Got This

My Little Ray of Sunshine

No Advice

The Final Intervention

Performed by Tragical History Tour.
All songs written by Derrick Johnston.
*except “Three Two”, written by Jamie Wright and Derrick Johnston.

Recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by John Harcus at Clearwater Studios and Harcus Audio HQ in Perth at various points between October 2016 and September 2017.

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Lloyd Wakeling

Lloyd Wakeling

The product of a there, where, everywhere lifestyle that all service families live through combined with being born into the 60's mishmash of politics, love and an anything goes era, is it any wonder I have an eclectic and varied love of all things music. Discovering the Beatles in Malaysia, Elvis and Fred Astaire in Torquay, Pink Floyd and Zeppelin at boarding school in Cornwall, Creedance in Saudi, taught me many things, but mainly the importance of the saying, 'each to their own'; nothing artistic can be crap...it is just different and after being diagnosed with Tourettes Syndrome at 38 a lot about my life and outlook became much clearer to me, being a chef is what I do to earn money, being a much sold, self-obsessed artist tortures my dreams, but in all of it, music has remained my companion and as a friendly, happy companion with all of life’s memories entwined within their lyrics and melodies, things could definitely be worse…
Lloyd Wakeling
About Lloyd Wakeling (1 Articles)
The product of a there, where, everywhere lifestyle that all service families live through combined with being born into the 60's mishmash of politics, love and an anything goes era, is it any wonder I have an eclectic and varied love of all things music. Discovering the Beatles in Malaysia, Elvis and Fred Astaire in Torquay, Pink Floyd and Zeppelin at boarding school in Cornwall, Creedance in Saudi, taught me many things, but mainly the importance of the saying, 'each to their own'; nothing artistic can be crap...it is just different and after being diagnosed with Tourettes Syndrome at 38 a lot about my life and outlook became much clearer to me, being a chef is what I do to earn money, being a much sold, self-obsessed artist tortures my dreams, but in all of it, music has remained my companion and as a friendly, happy companion with all of life’s memories entwined within their lyrics and melodies, things could definitely be worse…

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