The right music can get you super pumped, we all know this. From destroying deadlifts to killing your 10k time, music can get your adrenalin flowing and give you a psychological advantage when the right track comes on. A heavy guitar riff, flowing lyrics, incredible bass or some choice electro synth, music is so diverse, and that’s the beauty of it.
My music taste is a bit ‘eclectic’ if I use kind words, others would say ‘shit’, but it’s personal. Music is like marmite. You love some genres and hate others. I like a bit of everything, with the exception of garage (do I really like it? No. No I don’t. Is it is it wicked? No, not really) and over the top cheese-pop. My iTunes library contains everything from Pirate Metal to Aussie Folk music, but primarily I love a bit of rock (punk-rock, pop-punk, southern rock.. anything really) and a healthy dose of hip hop, all blended together with a little EDM and mash up.
For me and many others, the right song at the right time is great with the MTB world. I wanted to share some of my favourite segments from some great MTB films over the years that have the perfect accompanying music. Check them out below, and if you don’t feel like shredding your trails after this, there is a very real chance that you may be dead inside:
New World Disorder 8 – R.A. The Rugged Man/Chains:
R.A is a lyrical genius, with ‘Chains’ and ‘Uncommon Valor’ both well worth a listen.
Kranked 8 – Love Grenades/Young Lovers (Sam Sparro Edit):
How every segment should be filmed. The Coastal Crew take riding to another level, with the perfect tune to accompany the trails.
Seasons – Wintersleep/Orca:
This segment from Seasons featuring the late Stevie Smith in his early days is super motivational, but sad to watch since his passing. #longlivechainsaw
New World Disorder 7 – Danko Jones/Baby Hates Me:
Danko Jones’ gravelly voice over some simple yet catchy guitar riffs is sure to get the blood pumping!
Martyn Ashton Back on Track – Coasts/A Rush of Blood:
This one just sums up overcoming obstacles in life, with a great backing track. Martyn Ashton is an inspiration and a legend in the cycling world, so this is a well deserved spot.
There are so many more segments with perfectly chosen backing tracks, although sometimes, a raw edit works wonders too, as seen below from Mark Wallace/Red Bull:
And there you have it! A few of the favourites here at Stealth Riders. I could go on for ages, but you don’t have all day, you’ve got a trail to hit up, and like Curtis Robinson in the Kranked 8 vid, some berms to destroy!
My favourite Band if you were wondering (I’m sure you weren’t, but whatever), is California based Zebrahead. Their pop-punk/punk rock fusion never fails to get me psyched for trail slaying (well, wobbling along a green trail, but in my head, I’m Gwinning). Have a listen to ‘Keep It To Myself’ from their latest album ‘Walk the Plank’ below, and if you like it, be sure to send some money their way and buy the album:
What are your favourite tracks to get you pumped for a ride? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time, cheers,
Ian @ Stealth Riders
Full credit to the original owners and uploaders of the videos featured in this blog post – you’re awesome.
Disclaimer – It’s your call, but I choose not to listen to music when riding, as it’s important to be aware of your surroundings. Whether on the road battling cars, or in the wild where the bears (ok, badgers) roam, always be safe people!