Midnite Mixtape Massacre - Mohawk Radio Print E-mail
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Sunday, 20 March 2016 03:40



Manchester based alt.pop quartet Mohawk Radio are currently over in America playing a short run of live shows including a prestigious slot at this year’s SXSW. Before they packed their bags to jet off though they had just enough time to compile a 13 song mixtape that is designed to make you feel alive this Sunday morning. Is that the sound of ‘Two Million Heart Beats’ we detect?


Mia Page (Lead Vocals)


1.) ‘Somebody To Love’ - Queen (from the album ‘A Day At The Races’)


I am obsessed with Queen and the purity in Freddie's voice from the first note in this song, it gives me goosebumps every time. The lyrics in the song are relatable to all of humanity no matter who you are or where you come from, we are all trying to find somebody to love.


2.) ‘Closer’ - Nine Inch Nails (for the album ‘The Downward Spiral’)


This is a great anthem with great lyrics, its raw and animalistic, and makes your blood pump. Trent Reznor is a god.


3.) ‘Witchy Woman’ - Eagles (from the self titled album)


I grew up listening to the Eagles. This song is spell binding, I want to be the witchy woman in this song.


4.) ‘White Rabbit’ - Jefferson Airplane (from the album ‘Surrealistic Pillow’)


Grace Slick is captivating, strong and delicate all rolled into one song. Tales of Alice’s white rabbit with powerful rock instrumentation behind her, rock in its purest most beautiful moment.


Sean Frankland (Bass Guitar and Backing Vocals)


5.) ‘Killing Moon’ - Echo And The Bunnymen (from the album ‘Ocean Rain’)


The best track of a flawless album. ‘Ocean Rain’ has a brilliant atmosphere throughout and epic production and string arrangements. Pure class.


6.) ‘Life On Mars?’ - David Bowie (from the album ‘Hunky Dory’)


The best track of perhaps his best album. In fact ‘Hunky Dory’ might be the best album of all time by anybody. Again the string arrangements and Rick Wakeman’s piano playing are first rate and the chord structure itself is almost a mockery of music it is that convoluted. Genius.


7.) ‘L.A. Woman’ - The Doors (from the album by the same name)


Best track of perhaps their best album. This track has a driving force that is like nothing else. Jim Morrison paints Los Angeles in vivid colours and scenes to the point where the song is almost book-like in its descriptive power. Oh and it also features the best breakdown and build up to a guitar solo ever.


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Dave Quinn (Drums)


8.) ‘The View From The Afternoon’ - Arctic Monkeys (from the album ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not)


One of my favourite drummers, playing one of my favourite drum tracks. I also love the lyrics and really related to them when I was 18 finishing work at 12 on a Friday and meeting my mates in the pub.


9.) ‘Money’s Too Tight (To Mention)’ - Simply Red (from the album ‘Picture Book’)


Being in a band everyone knows how tough finances can be. Here that is mixed in with some sleazy funk!


10.) 'Nighttrain' - Guns N’ Roses (from the album ‘Appetite For Destruction’)


My idea of a rock song. Great lyrics, guitar and I have always loved the production on this album. I actually listen to it all the time before shows to get in the zone.


James Gregory (Lead Guitar)


11.) 'Nude' - Radiohead (from the album ‘In Rainbows’)


For me this is Radiohead's finest hour, such and emotive and captivating arrangement. It proved to me that bands can keep on maturing and improving on their previous album.


12.) ‘Rocket Queen’ - Guns N’ Roses (from the album ‘Appetite For Destruction’)


How this song completely shifts from a hard hitting rock song into a powerful well thought out ballad always gets me. I’ve listened to ‘Appetite’ more times than I can begin to remember and this track always stands out to me. GN’R never gets old.


13. 'Lover You Should've Come Over' – Jeff Buckley (from the album ‘Grace’)


Not much to say here other than, that voice, that emotion, that talent, that feel and depth, and did I mention. That voice!