Midnite Mixtape Massacre - Toadstool Print E-mail
Written by Alex Macaskill, Nick Ingram & Scott Mcparland   
Sunday, 25 August 2013 04:00



Toadstool are a Gloucestershire three-piece who have crossed Uber Rock's path on many occasions, far too numerous to mention, never disappointing. Vocalist/bassist Alex Macaskill (AM), guitarist Nick Ingram (NI) and drummer Scott Mcparland (SM) fingered their collective record collection and came up with 13 tracks that are unlucky for some, but not dedicated readers of UR's Midnite Mixtape Massacre.....


1.) 'Xanadu' - Rush (from the album 'A Farewell to Kings')


AM: Definitely one of my favourite songs from my favourite band. This is about as progressive rock as Rush ever went. I love the eerie build-up and the lyrical content which borrows heavily from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem Kubla Kahn. No other band sounds like this or has even come close.


2.) 'Trampled Under Foot' - Led Zeppelin (from the album 'Physical Graffiti')


AM: There’s many great Led Zeppelin songs I could have chosen, but this one stands out for me. Probably from my favourite album 'Physical Graffiti', it’s got an unusual funky feel to it. I always enjoy hearing bands doing something different or unusual.


3.) 'Mind's Eye' - Wolfmother (from the self-titled album)


AM: This is another epic song which goes through several stages of build-up and then rocks it up. Reminds me quite a bit of some of the longer Led Zeppelin tracks with a hint of Pink Floyd. A special mention for the crazy keyboard section in the middle.


NI: I love Wolfmother’s talent for putting a lot in a song but still keeping it very simple.


4.) 'Children of the Grave' - Black Sabbath (from the album 'Master of Reality')toadstoolvisitors360


SM: A huge intensive build up on the thundering toms introduces us to a high velocity Sabbath number with the head-banging reoccurrence of the notorious lead riff- it’s almost infectious. As a long time Sabbath fan, you just can’t help air guitaring or air drumming along.


5.) 'A Million Miles Away' - Rory Gallagher (from the album 'Irish Tour '74')


AM: More specifically the live version from the album 'Irish Tour '74'. I always prefer listening to the live albums of Rory Gallagher as they manage to capture the energy of his performance better than the sterile environment of the studio. You also get the sense that he was a great improviser, and this nine and a half minute version includes a great extended solo.


NI: Ridiculously underrated and one of my favourite guitarists. Just endlessly creative in everything he did, truly gutted I’ll never get to see him live.


6.) 'Endless Sacrifice' - Dream Theater (from the album 'Train of Thought')


AM: Another epic song choice, this one stretching over eleven minutes. Has everything that I want from a Dream Theater song, including a strong melody, with the crazy extended instrumental breaks where everyone shows off, then linking it all back together somehow reel it all in to finish off with a particularly epic ending. This was a period when Dream Theater were perhaps more metal influenced than they are now, so you get a great contrast between the heavy and the melodic. I’ve seen them play this live a couple of times which was pretty cool too.


7.) 'Rumble' - Link Wray (from the album 'Rumble: The Best of Link Wray')


NI: There’s a lot of argument about its origin, but this is where rock music starts for me. Such a simple piece but so badass sounding, and I don't think any one will be able to truly replicate it. He doesn't even need to sing, he just says it all with 3 chords and a little scale rundown - bam - invented rock!


8.) 'Searching With My Good Eye Closed' - Soundgarden (from the album 'Badmotorfinger')


NI: One of my favourite Soundgarden songs; great groove, skyscraping vocals, weird effects in the middle section, and then it fades out forever - truly excellent!


9.) 'Tales of Brave Ulysses' - Cream (from the album 'Disraeli Gears')


NI: As we've recently become a 3 piece, I've been looking more to Cream to see how those guys did it, and this song just stands out for me. One of the great descending bass lines of the era, and the start/stop thing only gives it more impact. Chuck in some wah pedal and some psychedelic Ancient Greek lyrics you’ve got yourself a classic!


10.) 'Mr Big' - Free (from the album 'Fire and Water')


NI: I don't hear any faking it on Free’s records; this was honest music. And from 'Fire and Water', 'Mr Big' displays everything cool about this band: the passion, the heart and just the sheer talent and musicianship. The instrumental section of the song could soundtrack an ascent to Heaven or something.


11.) 'Mother Superior' - Coheed and Cambria (from the album 'Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow')


NI: This track has a bit of everything I love about Coheed and Cambria. All their albums have re-listening value; you’ll find something new to love each spin.


12.) 'Black Bird' - Alter Bridge (from the album of the same name)


SM: Arguably one of the best modern hard rock bands. This song is well-known for being guitar heavy, rich with beautiful solos on the lead guitar. Something you don’t at first acknowledge is the awesome, almost bluesy drumming accompaniment which really does compliment the song throughout. A lengthy song, but none should be skipped past your ears. A true delight to any music fan with a good taste!


13.) 'Rain Wizard' - Black Stone Cherry (from the self-titled album)


SM: Hard ‘n’ heavy Snare-Floor tom drumming in the intro and that intense lead riff build up to an awesome all-round hard rocker. Singable choruses and epic hook-riffs make this song a real hard rock anthem.