Why choose a Byrds cover?
How did a UK band get on an LA-based label?
We got to hear about Big Stir Records in Burbank LA from two directions at once; we hosted and played a gig in Manchester with a Swedish band called In Deed (lovely people and great music) their LP release is vinyl, on Open Mind Records in their home town of Uppsala, but they hadn’t had a CD release and Big Stir wanted to do that. Plus, I have two radio shows and Big Stir started sending their releases as submissions for airplay, you spot patterns with labels and I was able to tell they were a very good match for our own musical style. They love power-pop which is one of ‘those’ genre’s that can mean something different to everyone, it is a spectrum and yes we are at the punkier end of the scale but we’re definitely on that scale. They already had several internationally based artists in their catalogue. We got talking and, they’re good guys (and so are we) so yes it has worked out nicely.
Other than several compilation albums we’ve previously featured on this is the first The Speed Of Sound release that hasn’t been issued on our own label. The release is via the Big Stir Records website we’re single No.49.
The Speed of Sound is considered to be kind of a mod band. Mod music never went away in the UK. Do you see it coming back to America?
Since The Speed of Sound is on an LA-based label, are there any plans to perform and/or tour in America?
The Speed Of Sound started in 1989 are you doing anything to celebrate the band’s 30th birthday?
We’ve just released a very limited edition CD compilation to celebrate 30 years since the first EP was released. It isn’t a ‘greatest hits’; it is a ‘scoop’ through our archive, picking up 12 that have not had a CD issue before and ranging across the whole timeline. The artwork for the Big Stir single and the Scoop album (plus the releases for 2020 and quite likely beyond!) is by Local Hotel Parking, her surreal style compliments the music – and she’s good to work with too – its nice to have some visual continuity too. There is no download for the Scoop album, it is physical CD only and its only available through the shop on our website.
And we’re recording. A Lot! A four song EP for release in early spring (2020), a double-A-side single for summer plus a 13 song album for autumn, so nineteen new ones coming next year… and… I’ve already started writing for the album after that. We’ve been working with Vibratone Sound Studios in Manchester for about five years now and it works well they really get what we’re trying to do; that definitely helps in the creative process. The Scoop CD only covers The First Thirty Years, there is plenty more coming!