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I’ve tried to persevere


The last post ended, as is so often the case, with the Fall. So where better to start the new one with a track from the new EP by A Sudden Burst of Colour. It will all make sense in a minute.

Being largely averse to classic rock, I’ve never seen the appeal of compilations of ”ultimate driving anthems” that would sooner have me driving off a cliff than imagining that the latest stretch of average speed restrictions on the M1 was in fact an open road reaching across the American West.

Top Gear, back when it was racist and popular, once had a poll to find the ultimate driving song. With tedious predictability the winner was Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now; if only someone had.

A little under three years ago I embarked on a life-changing road trip and discovered that the ultimate driving music is in fact the Fall. Then I heard the new A Sudden Burst of Colour record. If ever a piece of music begged for the open road, this was it, a magnificent sonic journey, as a proper music journalist might say. And guess what it’s called.

A Sudden Burst of Colour // The Fall

Toronto’s Beliefs released their second LP towards the tail-end of last year and Leaper proved to be a worthy successor to their well-received, self-titled debut. Now this is what rock music — whatever that is — should probably sound like.

Beliefs // Leaper

Alternatively, it could come from Colorado and sound like this.

Gleemer // Long Hair

By the way, James May, this is the ultimate driving “anthem”.

The Wedding Present // Interstate 5

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One Response

  1. Sav says:

    Surely Kraftwerk’s Autobahn is the ultimate driving anthem!



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