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Hello everybody, Before we embark on a weekend of floor sanding, song writing and motor bike riding we thought we’d let you know about a VERY SPECIAL gig we’ve got coming up. It’s in our lovely home of NEWCASTLE and …

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Hello everybody,

Before we embark on a weekend of floor sanding, song writing and motor bike riding we thought we’d let you know about a VERY SPECIAL gig we’ve got coming up.

It’s in our lovely home of NEWCASTLE and will be a nice little acoustic one. People have been asking about doing one of these for years so we’ve finally organised it and in the place of our birth.

It’ll be at NEWCASTLE O2 ACADEMY on THURSDAY 29th MAY, and tickets will be a tenner.

It’s just before we set off for the grand old States of America and should be a unique opportunity to hear the songs – even Rob’s words might be more discernable.

News of a new release coming soon, until then enjoy the weather!

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A New Little Tour Video – Spot Ya Self!

Evening (if our clock is right), Matt has been sharpening his editing skills after bumping into Francis Ford-Coppola at Haymarket Metro. He decided to mash together lots of footage from our recent tour to make a rather lovely video set …

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Evening (if our clock is right),

Matt has been sharpening his editing skills after bumping into Francis Ford-Coppola at Haymarket Metro. He decided to mash together lots of footage from our recent tour to make a rather lovely video set to the footage of Coalition of One. Have a look a by clicking the following link…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MidagQIoMjI

If you spot yourself or a friend then whack a tag on it!

Matt’s Mam and Dad have promised him a new pair of Sambas if the video gets over 5,000 views so please click away.

Oh and you can still buy The Gentle EP here http://smarturl.it/GentleEP. ;)

Much love,

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Early Retirement

Mickey took over my house for this one as that’s where the piano lives at the minute. We managed to move it into the sitting room, shifted a fair amount of furniture, covered the floor with plywood and set up …

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Mickey took over my house for this one as that’s where the piano lives at the minute. We managed to move it into the sitting room, shifted a fair amount of furniture, covered the floor with plywood and set up a few microphones. After Mickey had twiddled for a fair while, we did three takes and that was that.

I always liked the idea of not messing about with this song – with little else going on it means you can only focus on the melody and the lyric. Plus with the song having been written in situe on that instrument it didn’t feel right to add any other layers.

The song is one that captures a point in my life – at which I’d just become a dad and I was becoming increasingly disillusioned with conversations between ourselves and people in the music industry. I got the sense that the lives of some of these people were just about a product, a profit or a process; chasing some sort of escapism, flanked by shady morals and all fuelled by the apparent love of money. It made us hope that it wouldn’t rub off. Luckily, the majority of people we work with and have worked with are lovely but it just takes the odd person to knock you out of kilter.

I know that we have to operate as a business in order to keep writing songs for a living but if it all became a hobby again, we’d still take solace in expressing through music – that felt a whole lot different to the pursuits of others and had the effect of casting a rather large shadow over us for a while.

I suppose the line in the song that means the most to me is about seeing the centuries in my little one’s eyes. Even though it is blatantly manifested from a Paul Simon lyric somewhere along the way, it is powerful to sing. I like being defiant in life, and this line is the foundation of it.

As the quieter little brother of In Blue Music We Trust, this song does a good job.

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Fortunately I have got
Enough to realise that
This is growing old
The promises you sew are
Shallow footsteps in the snow
That you cover up

Sumptuously I have seen
The centuries in his eyes
Now I’m growing up
It’s wealth that makes you proud
Well there’s no pockets in a shroud
You want showing up.
You need showing up.

I’m worn down by it all
I’m worn down by it all
Take my innocent relief
Take my shattered inner peace
I’m worn down

A culture cannot die
If it is already long dead
The only place for language is
The remnants of these bandages
That weave a futile melody
While they’re wrapped around my head
The subtle chill of dread that’s filling me
Is deep in each capillary

Fortunately I have got
Enough to realise
This is growing old.

I’m worn down by it all
I’m cut down by it all
Take my innocent relief
Take my shattered inner peace
Take my worry
Take my scorn
Take my enigmatic pause
Take the contents of my head
Take the remnants
Take my dread
For I’m worn down.

The Gentle EP

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Coalition of One

This is going to have to be a quick blog – it’s the night before we go off on tour so I’ve got the obligatory suitcase pack and laundry check to do, a trip to pick up train tickets, paint …

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This is going to have to be a quick blog – it’s the night before we go off on tour so I’ve got the obligatory suitcase pack and laundry check to do, a trip to pick up train tickets, paint a bass drum skin with lyrics, play with our 18 month old until the point of total exhaustion and then have a bath. That said, this song probably does need a little explaining…

Almost every day my heart gains a few beats when listening to the strains of trained politicians – totally career based, and taken (largely) from a very select male part of society – talking of new exciting ideas that they believe can solve problems – when actually they don’t even understand why they don’t give a shit about anything but themselves in the first place. At the zenith of this particular celestial sphere stands a man such as Iain Duncan Smith who pithily rejects the notion he would struggle to get by on a benefit whilst wielding a sword so covered in agenda that it reflects the wicked glint in both of his narrowing eyes. For him read Gove, Hunt, Osborne and Cameron – all intent on systematically destroying the welfare state, privatising education and healthcare, clad in the language of “cutting the deficit” and hitting the poorest. It’s actually wild.

That this all happens within a construct of a decaying electoral system, a disenfranchised electorate, an infantile and confrontational parliament (which won’t take a stand on lobbying), massive regional wealth disparity and a set of MPs that simply do not adequately represent the wonderful make up of our country in terms of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, birthplace, education, employment etc etc etc…

So I wrote a song about it, to be honest though you probably should just go and listen to some Billy Bragg.

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Food banks spring open
Like jaws dropping in time
The weight of man is measured
By the depths of a carrier bag

I’m frozen for ages
The same faces the same scars
It’s a shame all our sages
Are rotten to the middle

Someone better tell me when the lights go out
So I know where I should hide
Someone better offer me their salient thoughts
On a welfare state denied
Someone better smother me in disregard
So I’ll make it through the night
And there’s so many people
That feel the same as I do

So don’t listen to your heart
Listen to your soul
Listen to your common senses
I’ve been battered like a storm
Been run into a wall
Been vaulted like a row of fences
Don’t be surprised
When those wide eyes
Drill a hole into the present tenses
You should cherish even more
The things that make us raw
Stay loyal to the consequences.

And There Are So Many People
That Feel Let Down
Like I Do.


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The Blur, the Line and the Thickest of Onions

The Blur, the Line and the Thickest of Onions There’s a lot to admonish at the minute, and we don’t get any other platform than song so it would really be a shame to waste it. When we listen to …

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The Blur, the Line and the Thickest of Onions

There’s a lot to admonish at the minute, and we don’t get any other platform than song so it would really be a shame to waste it.

When we listen to music we do it because it makes us feel and think, pause and engage: the line “and sometimes even music cannot substitute for tears” is about as good as it gets to capturing the perfect summation of it all. I’ll always remember with bleak ecstasy how a song I’d never previously thought about too much made me burst into tears, on a train, on the way home from receiving the news that my Grandma had just died – and the power of the emotion was rippling.

So, it is with great sadness that every other song either purrs with a bland fecundity or proffers an image of society that I don’t want to recognise – and the chief irritant in a sea of misogynist bile was plain for all to see.

That’s what this song is a reaction against: the incoherent lack of effort to connect with a lyric. The type of laziness which at the same time suggests that all is ok in society – we can recline, we can produce meaningless music, debase women, promote violence all because we’ve cracked it. Parliaments are full with democratic agendas, with all ethnicities, genders, sexualities and regions well represented, business is not an entirely brigand based masculine affair, whilst mass media is of course populated by positive role models for young women, typical gender roles aren’t constantly reinforced and the workplace is not a sexist wasteland of ignorant design.

Yeah, nothing to say at all.

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The Blur, the Line and the Thickest of Onions

Feel good for a minute then implode
As the lack of an aphorism sticks in your throat with ire
Depose your vernacular, argot
Why have pride in a lyric when all the other songs go –

It’s a question of rust
It’s a question of trust
It’s a question of everything you’ve ever been told.

Minimum culture, minimal wage
I’m an onion peel my layers back
Minimum silence, minimal change
I’m an honest man, depths my tears lack
And if there’s love, let me know
Because I want you to come and put the beauty back

Blurred vision and the hobble of thick prose
Why empower misogyny while violence towards women grows?

But this filth stands on a quicker sand
Next to cold hard fear and the deeds of man
The abuse of body image as a form of control
And the typical portrayal of the feminine role
I have never been more appalled.

Pick me up with rhythms and waveform
That can symbolise a culture lost
Sing about the future like you mean to
I’m never going to count costs
Question the agenda of an industry
That only can objectify
You write about a non-existent blurred line
But not about abortion rights


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Little Italy Lyrics

Little Italy was born on August 2nd 2013 in a small room in Kings Heath Birmingham. Me and Mickey had nearly come to the end of an unsuccessful song writing session when I started playing a chord progression he really …

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Little Italy was born on August 2nd 2013 in a small room in Kings Heath Birmingham. Me and Mickey had nearly come to the end of an unsuccessful song writing session when I started playing a chord progression he really didn’t like. The rhythm was fairly weird but rather than have an argument about it he pressed record.

We added some strange vocals and a repetitive guitar loop and that was that for a while: it just lay dormant inside a computer until about two months ago, when we chiseled and tapped our way to a finished three minutes.

The lyrics for this song are quite percussive – they sound active and that helps the verses to rasp along. Also, because of the amount of syllables in each verse I could afford to be a little more poetic without having to get to the point within four words – it became really enjoyable to write and I finished the words in a morning.

I suppose the meaning of the song is open to interpretation, but I definitely think that the older I get and the greater responsibility I find, more is the need to find your own moral code to live by. One that isn’t too stringent, is fairly simple and allows you to just focus on enjoying the moment and letting others be, before it all becomes too late… Dictatorial books can’t really be the way forward…

Haha. Maybe it’s because I’m writing all this after a 17 hour day which has featured a cold bath at 5am, standing in a freezing tunnels, bad fish and chips, and one upset baby…

Anyway, here are the lyrics….

Left wing, savoir faire
Ageing flicks of my thin brown hair
Like an elegy, soaking me
Drenched in the language of social mobility
But I don’t seem to mind,
The gruesome link between
people and time
It’s an enemy telling me
The wheels of profit
Are circling in the opposite
Life don’t animate
Just creeps up on you slowly.
Surely holy water
flows as normal water does?
In Little Italy I re-adhere.

Sojourn in my guilt
Wrestle words as the apostrophes wilt
Let the elegiac, question why
Accidents happen or the well will dry
So some come kill me quick
Tie me down
to an anodyne drip
To the will of god
and the people with sticks
For filled with the shrill
They show much better that
Life don’t animate
Just creeps up on you
slowly, surely
Holy water
flows like normal water does
In little Italy I re-adhere.

When the steeple cries
There’s a martyr
For every pause
When a dozen die
It’s a starter for ten
To the men
Who proselytize that
a life isn’t owned but atoned
they solidify and in time become
blackened and martyred.

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The Gentle EP

We all sat down together in December and made some pretty crucial decisions, the most important of which was our musical plan for 2014. We’ve got lots of songs written so we decided we’d attempt to make 3 EPs and …

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We all sat down together in December and made some pretty crucial decisions, the most important of which was our musical plan for 2014. We’ve got lots of songs written so we decided we’d attempt to make 3 EPs and an album within a 12 month period – this is the first of those offerings…

We’ve called it The Gentle EP and the tracklisting is as follows:

Little Italy
The Blur, The Line and The Thickest of Onions
Coalition of One
Early Retirement

For the first time I think we’ve collected together four songs which are a lyrical representation of our opinions on life – all first hand accounts. I’ve often found it difficult to approach an issue head-on so have often used the framework of a story…. Really this EP is far more naked in that sense… every line is a crafted dilution of what I think. It certainly isn’t intentional, but I do think it marks a slight change in approach.

The music also lilts more and is not as rambunctious as you might expect, but I suppose that’s noted in the title of the EP – a lot of music at the minute isn’t really gentle. It’s brash and bold and desperate for your attention… this is a bit of an anathema.

We’re going to make all the music available for you to listen to in due course, but for the minute you can have a listen to Little Italy…

Also, we’ve decided to release a physical copy of the EP – something we’ve never tried before and possibly won’t do again (it’s nice to have a one-off). We are going to personalise each copy and have limited it to a number with no hidden meaning – 300. People have always asked for something like this, so we thought we respond in kind.

EP1

Hopefully you like the songs… :)

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Happy Christmas Day

Happy Christmas Day to Everybody, Hope you are all having a lovely last week of 2013. This year has been pretty manic for us: we’ve (tried) to grow into parenthood at the same time as writing songs, recording little videos, …

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Happy Christmas Day to Everybody,

Hope you are all having a lovely last week of 2013. This year has been pretty manic for us: we’ve (tried) to grow into parenthood at the same time as writing songs, recording little videos, and playing gigs in different parts of the world and our own beautiful country. It’s been a mighty twelve months and we are bizarrely planning on working even harder in 2014…

There’ll be news very soon of a release coming in February, as well as a tour around that time too… but we don’t need to get too far ahead of ourselves.

As it is the season of being nice and giving things away we thought that we’d make something for you to enjoy. We’ve recorded a couple of quiet acoustic versions of Western Boy and Jennifer which you can download from here for absolutely nothing. If you love them enough you could make a little donation to Shelter on our behalf but no pressure.

Download: Jennifer (Acoustic)

Download: Western Boy (Acoustic)

Finally, a big thank you from us to you. We rely very heavily on the support of people such as yourselves – ones that read blogs, come and see us live, learn words, buy music and send messages (amongst the many other things that make us smile). It means an incredible amount, so thank you and our best wishes to you for 2014.

Lots of love,

Matt, Mickey and Rob

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