Monday, October 21, 2019
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Old Band of the Day: XLR8R

XLR8R – Mechanics of the Mind (1992)

[NOTE: I’m glad to say that since putting this post up here, I’ve made contact with Ed Box of the band who I obviously checked with regarding reposting the old music. I quote, “That’s fine with me.” Thanks, Ed!]

Most of you reading this won’t have heard of this band before, but following them around Newcastle for a couple of years was a major part of my late childhood.

XLR8R were a 4/5-piece hard rock band who played the game the way it’s means to be played – hard work, slog, gigging, self-promotion, some fortunate radio play, “battle of the bands” competitions… and ultimately, sadly, broke up without getting signed.

They did leave behind three excellent demos (well, two demos and a “here’s all the other shit we never released” tape) and a full album. And I’m uploading them here for you lot. Don’t worry, I do this with the blessing of frontman Mark Savage who I last exchanged words with many years ago. At one point, he was offering me the studio tapes for everything to do with as I wished, but I never got the chance to get them off him.

Instead, I’m ripping my cassette copies and uploading them here. SoundCloud would be great, but you only get 120 minutes of “space” for free. I was toying with YouTube, but the whole point is to allow you to download these for yourselves.

The first of the demos is up now, and linked below. The quality is pretty good, but being ripped from tape I’ve not bothered to make the mp3s stupidly high quality. It’s certainly decent enough through my headphones.

Mechanics of the Mind is, in my opinion, their best release. Four tracks, each one very different from the others. It includes “Mountain”, a track that Mark always said was about something personal, but he would never actually say what. I’m sure I remember someone asking him if it was about his grandfather, but he denied this.

I hope the download speeds are fast enough – and please let me know if you like the music. I’ll be uploading The Ultimate Sensation (not as good quality, unfortunately) and XLR8R over the next day or so.

Oh, and if anyone is in touch with any of the band members please pass on my details! It would be good to hear from them again after so long!


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  1. Am I Real?
  2. Rise and Fall
  3. Voice of Reason
  4. Mountain

All tracks copyright XLR8R 1992 and released with permission

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Beth Anderson
Beth Anderson

So great to find people still talking about XLR8R, I knew Mark and the boys really well back in the day, hanging out at the 244 Rock Club. Was very very happy times. Always thought I’d see them getting massive one day as they really were incredible musicians. I saw Martin playing drums with the Baghdaddies a few years ago and it was lovely to catch up.


So glad you posted this, it totally takes me back to the early 90’s seeing the band in Fat Sams & The Irish Center. I even remember seeing them at the North Shields Fish Quay Festival.

Trish Brooks
Trish Brooks

Loved them. Used to write to fan club regularly and attended gigs including support for Thuuder ( who I saw this year). Wore my tapes out years ago. Happy days


I saw this band in the old Air Balloon in Portsmouth 1993ish. They were great and it’s a shame that the musical climate didn’t suit their kind of music at the time.
Thanks for sharing the Mp3 files because I’ve been wanting to digitise my cassette copy for years.