Midnite Mixtape Massacre - Nicole Hawkins & Jason Hawkins - Grandhour Print
Written by Nicole Hawkins & Jason Hawkins   
Sunday, 26 June 2016 03:40



Uber Rock reviewed 'Bombs & Bullets', the debut album from female-fronted Australian rockers, Grandhour, recently; now, with a new single and making-of documentary just released there could be no better time to catch up with Nicole and Jason Hawkins from the band to get their collective thirteen song mixtape par excellence.....




1.) 'Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner' - Iron Maiden (from the album 'Somewhere in Time')


Jason: Iron Maiden are one of my all time favourite rock bands. When I was a young teenager I was in India on holidays with my parents and thrashed this album the whole trip! The song ‘Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner’ always takes me back to that trip! Such epic guitar harmonies in a typically long Iron Maiden song!


2.) 'The Show Must Go On' - Queen (from the album 'Innuendo')


Nicole: My favourite band of all time. I was exposed to Queen from an early age and loved everything about them. As a teenager I made it my mission to purchase every Queen album ever released on CD. I still remember just a few days before my birthday hearing the sad news that Freddie Mercury had died - in fact I still have an original newspaper clipping. Queen was a massive musical influence on me and I love the emotion in this song - gets me every time.


3.) 'Back In Black' - AC/DC (from the album of the same name)


Jason: When I was a young guitar player working in a music store, I made a point of learning this song perfectly because I couldn’t stand listening to the hundreds of guitar players who came into the shop to try out guitars who all seemed to play it out of time and never knew anything more than the verse! Cheers to AC/DC for the biggest selling rock album of all time.


4.) 'Wherever I May Roam' - Metallica (from the self-titled album, also commonly referred to as the ‘Black’ album)


Nicole: Metallica’s ‘Black’ album is a killer album and another one of my favourites - especially on a road trip! Whenever I hear this song in particular it always takes me back to that feeling of cruising on the open road! Love it! Lyrically, the entire ‘Black’ album is just great!


5.) 'What You Are' - Audioslave (from the self-titled album)


Jason: One of both Nicole’s and my favourite bands. The massive guitar onslaught in the choruses of this song is one of my inspirations for pulling great guitar sounds as a recording guitarist and mix engineer. It is one of my ‘go-to’ reference songs!


6.) 'Only to Be With You' - Roachford (from the album 'Permanent Shade of Blue')


Nicole: Another oldie, but goodie! This is just such a well written and well executed pop-rock song. The vocal melody and the way it crosses the beat is infectious. I love the lyrics and the way he sings it. Such a simple song, but it still stands up today as I song I love every time I hear it!




7.) 'The Last In Line' - Dio (from the album of the same name)


Jason: As father of the modern rock vocal, Ronnie James Dio reminds me what it is to be a true rock fan! It doesn’t get better than this!


8.) 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' - Nirvana (from the album 'Nevermind')


Nicole: As clichéd as it is to put this song on a mixtape, it is one of THE songs of my teens. Like everyone else at the time, I was blown away when this album exploded onto the scene and changed music forever. Simple brilliance - that is Nirvana’s 'Nevermind'.


9.) 'Sailing Ships' - Whitesnake (from the album 'Slip of the Tongue')


Jason: For years this song was the last song on my ‘going to sleep’ compilation CD! David Coverdale showing off his vocal range and Steve Vai showing off his guitar chops. What’s not to like?


10.) 'If Eternity Should Fail' - Iron Maiden (from the album 'Book of Souls')


Nicole: I had never listened to Iron Maiden growing up and was only exposed to them a few years ago through Jason. When Iron Maiden toured Australia recently we were lucky enough to get tickets and I was blown away! One of the best concerts I’ve been to and I absolutely love their new album. Just proves, you are never to old to rock! These guys seem to have just got better with age!


11.) 'American Idiot' - Green Day (from the album of the same name)


Jason: Theme song for Donald Trump perhaps?! Mixed by the king Chris Lorde Alge - amazing mix with incredible dynamic range. So much energy in this song!


12.) 'Crosstown Traffic' - The Jimi Hendrix Experience (from the album 'Electric Ladyland')


Nicole: A friend gave me a mixtape of Hendrix and Led Zeppelin songs when I was in high school and I became an instant fans of both! 'Kashmir' and 'Rain Song' were two songs that I just loved for their emotion but there is something about Hendrix’s music and 'Crosstown Traffic' in particular that makes me feel good every time I hear it!


13.) 'The Pretender' - Foo Fighters (from the album 'Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace')


Jason: If you ever doubt that you should be doing what you are doing…. listen to this song. It reminds me how important it is to do what you believe in regardless of the status quo. As one of the bands who have kept rock alive in the commercial market, Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters have mastered their emotive flavour of punk rock.



Grandhour’s new single, ‘Take Back Your Words’, has just been released along with a full documentary about the band and the making of their debut album, ‘Bombs & Bullets’ - watch the music video above and documentary below:



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