Freebies: The Friday Free Download Round-Up

Some are weird as hell, some require email sign-ups, some your first-born, but they’re all free and they’ve all got guitars in and that’s the main thing.


Have you noticed how many free MP3s are floating around nowadays? It’s almost as if bands want you to hear their music. Being the helpful sorts that we are, TG thought that we’d put them all together and post them on this here inter-web-site.

Some are weird as hell, some require email sign-ups, some your first-born, but they’re all free and they’ve all got guitars in and that’s the main thing. Hopefully you’ll find something you like…

The Smoking Hearts – ‘George Street Wrestling’

UK street-punks with some nifty guitar licks, The Smoking Hearts sound like NOFX’s El Hefe handling lead duties for The Dropkick Murphies.

Archie Bronson Outfit – ‘Shark’s Tooth’

We don’t have a clue how they make that treble-y buzz-saw guitar sound, but we like it. One for the dance floors of the land’s more discerning indie clubs.

Vampire Weekend – ‘Ruby Soho’ (cover of Rancid)

No we weren’t expecting this either, but the evidence is there. The quality of this one isn’t top notch, but it’s an interesting and surprising souvenir from the Brooklyn-based pop darlings.

Times New Viking – ‘2/11 Don’t Forget’

Yes, it’s meant to sound that lo-fi. ‘2/11 Don’t Forget’ sounds like The Velvet Underground and Brian Jonestown Massacre rolled into one and we love it. This download is apparently offered under the following stipulations: “1) you play it loud and often, and 2) you never forget 2/11”.

Alcoholic Faith Mission – ‘My Eyes To See’

More mad guitar experimentation at work here, somehow AFM have managed to create a tone that allows them to freely converse with whales and other sea-based life forms.

Trivium – ‘Slave New World’ (cover of Sepultura)

One for fans of all things LOUD and HEAVY. This isn’t available yet, but if you head to our sister mag, Metal Hammer, tomorrow (Saturday 13 February), you can bag this exclusive Sepultura cover from talented metallers Trivium. Don’t hang around though – it will only be available for 48 hours.