9. June 2021 By Walter Price 0

Do You Feel That Way Too? A Tribute to THE SOUND

Do You Feel That Way Too? A Tribute to The Sound is available at Dune Altar, Bandcamp, Apple Music.

The Sound

by Walter Price

With all due respect, this article began as a review of the AMMO’s [Ammo Bankoff] ethereal escape single, “Rose + Crown“. But it was the B-side’s title that kept creeping into my memory bank. It felt like something I’ve known before and so I clicked and an entirely new world of artists unfolded. Indeed, the song in question is called “Total Recall” and it’s an out-of-this-world The Sound cover.

Total Recall” is from The Sound’s 1985 seminal post-punk masterpiece ‘Heads and Hearts’. And not to age-shame me, I had this CD back in the day and absolutely loved the Ian McCulloch meets Bowie/Andrew McCluskey vocals of frontman Adrian Borland and the lyrics were just the right amount of shadowy angst and cerebral poetry that I could and did, get lost in. This album is unbelievably great, too bad it kind of faded away from my faves list over the decades. Regrets, I’ve had a few.

This is now, and the brilliant cover comes from the mesmerizing 2020 compilation from Dune Altar Records called ‘Do You Feel That Way Too? A Tribute to The Sound’. A 16-track set that is using its beauty to raise mental health awareness as well as donating all proceeds to LA’s Painted Brain organization. You can read the label’s sincere press release in full, at the GTC.

With Dune Altar’s first charitable compilation we hope to help bring awareness to the mental health conditions plaguing 44 million Americans today, and so many more worldwide. Inspired by Adrian Borland, frontman of The Sound and brilliant artist who suffered from schizoaffective disorder and severe depression, Do You Feel That Way Too? A Tribute to The Sound features various artists contributing covers of songs from The Sound’s timeless catalog. Also includes an extensive booklet, featuring unseen photos, brand new interviews, mental health statistics/resources, and more!

As a criminally underrated, yet tremendously influential 1980s UK band, The Sound was seldom acknowledged by and has long since been forgotten by the mainstream. The story of The Sound has long been inextricably linked to mental health, a connection that was solidified with Adrian Borland’s suicide in 1999. In the spirit of this cause, we’ve partnered with Painted Brain, a Los Angeles non-profit organization, providing art and community-based solutions to mental health challenges. 100% OF THE PROFITS FROM THE SALE OF THIS COMPILATION WILL BE DONATED TO PAINTED BRAIN, TO PUT TOWARD THEIR VARIOUS PROGRAMS.

And so here we are, 16 artists who have all been touched and inspired by the music of The Sound, and we’re proud to present our versions of their songs.

ACTORS – Mining for Heart
CREUX LIES – Contact the Fact
ANCESTORS – Dreams Then Plans
BRASS BOX – One Thousand Reasons
MODE MODERNE – Barria Alta
INTIMATCHINE – I Can’t Escape Myself
SALO – Heartland
THIEF – Desire
SONODA – Night vs Day
AMMO – Total Recall
YOU. – Hothouse
OVER – Golden Soldiers
INVSN – Monument
ZARA GLAZE & KAI TAK – Prove Me Wrong

So after you listen to AMMO’s new single as well as the shoegaze-vibe cover of “Total Recall’, please do yourself a favor and have several addictive streams of this charitable compilation and then help out by purchasing the LP. It’ll be the best money you’ve spent in a while…

Do You Feel That Way Too? A Tribute to THE SOUND

+ AMMO – Rose + Crown

AMMO photo by Kristin Cofer

Cover Artwork:
Eric Euler

Cover Design:
Justin Maranga
Tara Jane

Justin Maranga

A History of The Sound &
From Lion’s Mouth w/ Mike Dudley & Steve Budd
by Justin Maranga

Thank You:
Mike Dudley
Stephen Budd
Jean-Paul van Mierlo
Richard Wyatt
Jason Klein @ Fender
Richard Laing & David Harthcock @ Big Cartel
Andy Schiaffino
Kevin Donlon
Taylor McKinstry

Big Cartel
Fender Musical Instruments

Rose + Crown
Written and Performed by AMMO
Drums and Percussion by Alex Posell
Produced by AMMO and Alex Posell
Mixing and Mastering by Robert Duncan IV

Adrian Borland

1957 – 1999

AMMO the sound

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You cut me off just as I was starting to speak
The language you keep hidden away
It’s just like the question on everyone’s lips
But it’s not on mine where all you’ll find is a twisted smile
From another time, another time, another time

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