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Tomatrax Commonwealth Games 2018 – Double Long Player

For the next event we are looking quantity as much as quality. The albums that were really really long! So long that they needed a second disc to fit it all in! That’s right it’s time for the top 10 double albums!

 

10th place
Van Morrison – Hymns to the Silence

9th place
Simple Minds – Sons and Fascination/Sister Feelings Call

8th place
The Beatles – The Beatles

 

7th place
Led Zepplin – Physical Graffiti

 

6th place
The Who – Tommy

 

5th place
Paul Kelly – Gossip

4th place

Godspeed you black emperor – Lift your skinny fists like antennas to heaven

 

Bronze medal
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus

Silver medal
The Cure – Kiss me kiss me kiss me

 

Gold medal
Pink Floyd – The Wall

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Tomatrax Commonwealth Games 2018 – Long Players

It’s time for event number two in the Tomatrax Commonwealth Games, where we look at music from across the Commonwealth nations. This time we will look at full length “long-players”! I won’t be telling you anything about them though, instead you can just hit play and listen to them all in their entirety!

 

10th place
Roger Whittaker – New World in the Morning

9th place
Split Enz – Time and Tide

8th place
Fela Kuti – Zombie

7th place
Unseen Guest – Out There

6th place
Neil Young – Everybody knows this is nowhere

5th place
Go-Betweens – Before Hollywood

4th place
The Beatles – Abbey Road

Bronze medal
Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures

Silver medal
The Cure – Faith

Gold medal
Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the moon

Tomatrax Commonwealth Games – Extended Players

With another international sporting event about to take place, Tomatrax is doing what is does best and jumping on the bandwagon! Over the next two weeks, countries from across the world will be competing in the Commonwealth Games, and so Tomatrax will be celebrating records from artists across the Commonwealth. There will be seven categories, featuring artists  across 12 Commonwealth Nations.

To kick things off, we will look at Extended Players, the “mini albums” that span somewhere between 10 and 35 minutes.

10th place
Fela Kuti – Confusion

9th place
Midnight Oil – Bird Noises

8th place
Liquid – Abdul’s Secret Movie

7th place
Godspeed you black emperor – Slow riot for New Zero Kanda

6th place
The Arcade Fire – The Arcade Fire

5th place
Mogwai – EP

4th place
Porcupine Tree – Staircase infinities

Bronze medal
Swervedriver – Rave Down

Silver Medal
Gelbison – Gelbison

Gold Medal
Ride – Today Forever

Interview with Markus Saastamoinen from Degrees of Separation

Melbourne’s Degrees of Separation’s have just put out their latest offering ‘Losing my mind’, once again showing off their unique fusion of alternative, metal, and rock sounds. Tomatrax caught up with Markus Saastamoinen, the band’s lead singer, to ask a few questions.

How did the band form?

Beau our drummer & I came together in mid 2007 and have been writing & performing as Degrees ever since.  After some line-up changes, we now have Glenn Treasure on Bass Guitar & David Jones on Lead Guitar & Backing Vocals.

Where did the name Degrees of Separation come from?

I wrote a song in 2005 called “Degrees of Separation”, so when it came time to put a name to this band, I thought what better name to capture how closely connected we are as people on this planet, these days!  We are just a click away from connecting with someone on the other side of the world!

You’ve just released your latest single, how does it feel to have it out?

We are super stoked & proud of the song & the video!  It’s been a lot of hard work in not only writing & recording the song, but also coming up with the video concept, shooting & putting it out there for everyone to digest!

 What was the inspiration behind the video for ‘Losing my mind’?

 We came up with the concept in total collaboration with our video guy, Ian Ritter.  The song & the video is about someone who used to have it all, but by way of life & poor choices, have nothing left.  They literally have lost their mind trying to understand how everything slipped away!

Are there any plans for an EP or LP release this year?

We’re planning on releasing a further 3 singles this year, as well as combining all 4 on an EP (with a bonus track or 2) at the end of the year.  Next year we’ll being working on a full length album, I think.

Your music mixes elements of metal, alternative rock, and 80s rock, is it hard to get the elements to work together?

We’ve never wanted restricted how our songs sound…it’s really just a reflection of all of our influences.  We write what we would like to hear, we write about topics that are real to us & hope that people can relate to them, as well as enjoying them enough to buy them, haha!

You previously played alongside Shannon Noll, what was that like?

That was a trip!  More so for the fact that as the local opening act, we would have normally expected the room to be somewhat empty.  But as soon as we walked on stage, the room was packed!  That’s when you know you’re alive…trying to please the headliner’s fans who are just waiting for you to get off stage, haha!  I think we won a few Nollsie fans over!

Do you ever listen to your own music?

I’m not ashamed to say that yes I do!  I like what we write, as it’s the kind of music I would like to hear, so why not listen to it?  I’m so proud of what we have written & recorded, so I’m not too cool or too jaded to not listen to my own music.

What other music do you listen to?

Mainly harder rock, but I like to listen to good songs, irrespective of what genre they are.  A good song is a good song!  I do also from time to time like to listen to some Mozart!

Now that your latest single is out what do you plan on doing next?

We will continue to write new songs, book some shows, as well as starting to plan for our next single release.  Brainstorm some video ideas, as well as other visuals!

Check out Degrees of Separation’s Facebook page to find out more!

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