Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Top 10 Songs Chosen By Neil Tunstall (The Relitics)


  Until recently, Neil Tunstall was bassist with Durham band The Relitics  (   I've previously posted songs from their Bricks And Mortals album and their split with Australian band Myrtle Place). He's now left (though he'll be appearing with them at the Nice n Sleazy Fest in May). His plans now are to get back to writing and recording his own material so watch out for that.

  Here's his 10 favourite songs, though like several others he's struggled to keep to just 10.  Thanks Neil......

 1)  BAD RELIGION - Do What You Want

Everything a punk song should be, short and to the point.

 2)  REFUSED - Coup D' Etat

The Shape of Punk to Come is a mind-blowing album as it brings in electronica and some jazz references, but this is from their previous album Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent.

 3)  PRIMUS - Frizzle Fry

Primus are my all-time favourite band and Les Claypool is way out there with his playing and thought processes ... shrooms!

 4)  RANCID - Journey To The End Of The East Bay

A long time ago a friend of mine, who is no longer with us, threw down a taped copy of Lets Go and said 'You like mad shit, try this'. Matt Freeman's opening bassline on this is killer.

 5)  MASTODON - Blood And Thunder

Best band in metal at the moment for me. I first saw them supporting Tool about 10 years ago and not a bad album in their whole back catalogue.

 6)  MESHUGGAH - Straws Pulled At Random

A very heavy band, but this song has a beautiful soaring guitar solo towards the end. The song goes down at about 3:06 and more layers get stripped away until the solo at about 4:00. Both Meshuggah and Refused are from around Umea, Sweden ... something in the water there.

 7)  NOFX - Radio (Rancid Cover)

Thay've played this live every time I've seen them. A great reggae take on Rancid's original that then kicks back into full on punk. It's on the Rancid/NOFX BYO split series recording where the each cover six of each others songs.

 8)  H2O - Faster Than The World

A great band I've seen in a few places with no barriers, the way things should be. The best show was probably at Trillians, Newcastle, a few years ago when a kid who probably wasn't even old enough to be in there stepped up to the mic and took Freddy's (Cricien, Madball) part in Guilty by Association and killed it.

 9)  MADBALL - Set It Off

So many great songs its difficult to pick just one, so why not this one :-)

10)  LEATHERFACE - Not Superstitious

Gives me chills up and down my spine. I'm not sure who had more genius, Frankie Stubbs or Dickie Hammond (RIP)

11) SICK OF IT ALL - Death Or Jail

The band that spawned H2O by giving the roadies a go. Fuck knows how Lou Koller still plays guitar spinning around even the smallest stages. Craig Setari is no slouch neither!

12)  AGNOSTIC FRONT - For My Family

For me this says a lot about the punk and hardcore scene, that people look out for each other ... you disappear in the pit and people are there to pull you up.

13)  HAZEN STREET - Are You Ready?

Hardcore supergroup. One great album and, maybe without contracts and legal bullshit that then kept Chad Gilbert from doing shows with them, there might have been more.

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