A FEW ARE SOULS

AFEWARESOULS

It started out that we were going to finish up a new album, so we got working on it, writing, recording, producing, mixing and we were just flowing with ideas. We got 6 or 7 songs in and we started to think how eclectic the songs were, so we decided to release singles, after all, they are perfect snapshots and why not…..

We released “Falling Up” and got a great response. It was a song that really required a female vocalist and we scored big time when funkcutter from “anarchistwood” said she would do the honours.

Falling Up

Next we released “Human Racing” and we are very pleased with it.

Human Racing

Eventually we will put a bunch of “singles” plus a few surprises onto an album entitled “A Few Are Souls”

Its nearly October and we will release another single soon, expect something different.

Love and Peace.

Nigel of tunnelmental.

 

“Thorns” needs a music film!

A song called “thorns” from our album “shooting from the lip” needs a music film to help promote it. Any budding film makers who are interested in working on this please contact me.

I could make it myself but I really want someone else’s perspective for the visuals.

Here is a link to the song. https://tunnelmental.bandcamp.com/track/thorns

Write and explain your ideas on how we can collaborate on making this “music film” and send it to me.

We are based in Los Angeles.

nigelrmitchell@mac.com

 

Genres and Labels…hmm?!

me and derek at mic bw

We are tunnelmental and we were born out of the punk movement in the UK, we are and have always been loyal to the very core of what I, Nigel interpreted from the energy and art of that first call of Punk. I heard it clearly in 1977 in the UK and I still hear it clearly today. We must challenge all authority, we must stand and resist the established order, and we must forge a new and peaceful path towards freedom. Of course, my idea was gleaned from witnessing the likes of Crass and not just that band but many of their mindset. Almost 40 years later as we continue forward, we must once again face our task with renewed vigor. As a band tunnelmental has developed over the years, we have zigged and zagged, yet we remain constant and true. Derek, my music partner had a very different music background in the USA, he was influenced by the birth of hip-hop and studio recording. We clicked so well, for there was a common bond, we wanted to write original and passionate music. A couple of years ago at a small independent festival in the west of England, someone who watched us perform asked me what genre of music is this? I said I don’t like labels, you tell us, and he said “punktronica” I said I didn’t mind that.

Here is a link to our most recent release. https://youtu.be/MfCUFRxdTjM

We are constantly writing new material and have a studio base in Los Angeles.

If you would like more information please contact me.

Nigel of tunnelmental.

Hooked on fake and fakery?

me chainsawladymounted

I think too much, I get that a lot from my friends. I don’t really, most of my friends are just not willing to face the fact that we are all buying into a huge lie! As if, by admission of that, we are not thinking at all. It has always been a huge con, a shell game, a trick, if you will. You were born into the trick, it was and has been in effect through most of human history. It has been honed sure, it is constantly changing in order to fool most of us most of the time. We are hooked on fake and fakery, we are educated within it, we experience within it, we try not to think about it. So, in a way, my friends are correct when they say “I think too much” but also they are incorrect because I really don’t give any of my thinking much credence. Has it helped me? Probably not, would be my answer. Have I enjoyed it? Heck yes. It’s a great game, seeing the trick and the tricksters wriggle and squirm, watching it/them try to be one step ahead of those that see it as an elaborate illusion. I must watch myself here though, for part of the trick is to allow oneself moments of smug satisfaction; the tricksters do this in order to fool us into believing we have it sussed. I don’t think I am even close, I don’t believe, for one minute, that I have seen through the illusion fully. That would be very arrogant of me.

Here is some of what I observe and some of what I rail against, for they are intertwined for me. You see, I cannot help but believe it is all connected.

Some of what we are, in my opinion, detrimentally hooked on.

1. We live in a democracy… If there was ever a “trick” that got us here, it was that one.

2. Organized Religion… The most ridiculous idea, that if we do as we are told, the afterlife, heaven, our next life, call it what you will, will be better.

3. Freedom is essential for truth… This is a clever one, for it implies we can be completely free, as long as we follow it’s true path and do not need anyone or anything. I need others, they need me, we are connected, can’t you see. Who granted your freedom? Define true freedom. It can be a quest, it cannot be achieved.

4. Someone (non defined) knows better than me… This is a good one, sure I can’t possibly know everything, so it stands to reason, we are to trust the experts, heck, if someone has authority and has studied scientifically, they must be able to tell me answers to all my problems. Yeah sure, that one.

5. We can only make progress if we unify… Another complex one, for if we unite we would need to acknowledge our differences. Agree to disagree, compromise our beliefs. This is why “united” is a tool of the trick, it has by default assumed we are divided.

6. This “ism” will fix it… Rubbish mate.

7. Get real… This is good too, it is just more “blame game” nonsense, my reality is bigger than your reality, utter bullshit.

I could go on but I am too busy, thinking, dreaming, making music and creating my reality. I have one thing left to write here, it is the sum of all my “thinking” and pondering. Or, if you will, my lack of it!

LOVE IS THE ANSWER. WHAT’S THE QUESTION?

Nigel of tunnelmental.

CLICK THIS LINK.      some songs

 

What’s the question?

“falling up” on you tube.

As a man conditioned by his life and the ugly culture I grew up in, I could sense, somewhere deep inside that we are all connected, that connectivity idea took me all over this abundant planet, in search of what was born within me and soon lost by the conditioning I was told to believe. I am only now in a very small way becoming aware that what I was searching for was an answer and that answer is love.

Action versus reaction still sometimes catches me out. I often try and “zoom out” and re-focus my attention to get perspective. I have found it helps me, yet I am never truly outside of myself. I have made many mistakes and some lead to greater knowledge of myself, some lead to me unintentionally hurting myself and others, I am truly sorry for hurting anyone with my words, actions and deeds. I have always tried to be an “open book” but that is a poor metaphor because that open book is still being written. I know I will make mistakes, for I will always have a sense of doubt and I will give everyone the benefit of that doubt.

I am trying to live a peaceful and simple life and I am starting to really understand my mode of existence. Trying as best I can to expand upon the ideas that make me who I am.

Theory and practice are very relevant to my progress. I am trying to avoid contradictions within and without myself here. The example of Christian and as far as I can tell, all religious theory and practice is a good example of that. I am trying to practice what I preach.

We as humankind are constantly growing and evolving yet we forget the basics so easily. If we keep ourselves informed we can make active choices, if we rigidly stay within one idea and allow no other idea validity we are lost. The accumulated five or six thousand years of written history represents about two percent of human existence, we must continue to search for truth, we must create a peaceful life, we must find the true source of our desire. I think the only question we should actively pursue is who am I.

I believe we will find that love is the answer.

Nigel of tunnelmental.

coming out of the tunnel, mental….

I wrote this near the beginning of June and forgot to publish it, oops.

me and big mic

This morning I had to accept something in myself that I have struggled with for many years. I am different. I was listening to some songs that Derek and I had just finished remixing for the brilliant Sleaford Mods and the new band called Steroid, that’s when it hit me pretty hard, I am different. I am alone and I am different. I have worked all my life on oh so many things yet all the time I really wanted to just be me. To stop playing a game, to stop trying to fit someone’s idea of who I am and to be truly me. I really felt it this morning, I had a real breakthrough, I think it was whilst being lost in music and feeling not properly awake, I just had a shiver down my spine and a weird feeling of both unity with humanity and separation from anything directly around me. Instead of automatically rejecting that feeling I just let it wash over me. The feeling has now subsided to manageable electricity coursing through me and I am attempting to explain it quickly, for I do not know how long this may last. I do know it was real to me.  I am not odd, I am at odds with many things but I am essentially just different. I am not just talking about each of our individual differences, I have acknowledged that all my life. I am feeling different from anything I previously felt.

I am certain that, as I emerge from the old darkness that acted as a warm blanket, that the warmth of the sun will propel me into new and exciting territory. I do know that I am writing this to myself, I also know it really means nothing to anyone who reads it. I am probably confused and “shooting from the lip” but honestly I really don’t care what anyone thinks about me anymore. I have stopped asking permission to be me. I am different. Hello world, its me, let’s get to really know each other.

It is a few days since I wrote the first part of this ramble and I feel no need to edit it. I am very sleepy but wide awake. I have many challenges ahead of me as I view the society that surrounds me. I will meet those challenges with kindness and compassion because those are the things I see missing in society.

Falling Up.

It is important to understand why I Nigel, am so grateful for the release of tunnelmental’s new single “falling up”. It is a celebration on many levels for me, I am celebrating the friends I am fortunate to work with, for they are special to me. I am celebrating the love of life by living it, fully. I have what some would call a charmed life, I do what I love and love what I do. This particular song is a real love song, I know that there have been many love songs written through the ages but I have struggled to write one, up until now. I have had some issues defining what love really is and what it means to me, again up until now. Please listen to “falling up” and try to let go of all the trouble and strife.

MAKE LOVE. BE LOVE. LOVE IS THE ANSWER.

me n funk ewerks1

Nigel of tunnelmental and funkcutter of anarchistwood from a couple years ago.

 

falling up full title bandcamp art

The artwork for the single.

A link to hear it. https://tunnelmental.bandcamp.com/track/falling-up-featuring-funkcutter-of-anarchistwood

Release date July 27th 2018.