The sound of Tube Amp 101 has been described as a mixture of jangle surf grunge. It is inspired using elements from both the 1960s and the 1990s. The intention is to combine new and old worlds, and to create something unique.
Tube Amp 101 will be releasing a 5-track EP ‘True Friend‘ on 18th June.
“The new EP True Friend, has five tracks: three new, one re-mix and one instrumental. I’m currently enjoying creating these small collections of work rather than a stream of singles. Although the downside to this is the longer gap between releases. There are a couple of songs on the EP which show a different side of Tube Amp 101 than previously heard.”
“The idea behind ‘Disconnection’ is from a piece I read on a book called ‘Chasing The Scream’. The author explores the science of addiction, and the view that rather than addictions being caused by too much partying, its more likely an individuals adaptation to environment and connections good and bad within it. It struck a chord with me and inspired the song.”
“‘True Friend’ is basically about saying a final goodbye to a loved one. The things you’d likely talk about with a dying parent or partner. Yes, a bit downbeat I know, but I tried to make it more uplifting.”
“‘Strawberry Smile’ is probably the most accessible song. Its a fairly psychedelic abstract piece, and was written a long time ago for one of my old bands. I remember it being about the juxtaposition between enjoying the warmth of a summers day, while also feeling a heavy loss of a relationship break-up. It now has a new piano part, and a vocal from my daughter Kate, who also appears on ‘True Friend’.”
Falling Down (ALT)
“‘Falling Down’ is from the last EP and is the version I talked myself out of using. Nice to have it as a comparison. I prefer it to the original and would be interested in what others think.”
Strawberry Smile (INST)
“Instrumental only version, which I think stands quite well. That’s one of the good things with EPs, the bonus tracks.”