CREEPING UP APPEARANCES LYRIC BLOG

Creeping. Up. Appearances. What a journey this little song has been on. It was another of those songs written in protest at my inability to finish other more important songs. I have a pretty primitive set of recording techniques which …

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Creeping. Up. Appearances.

What a journey this little song has been on. It was another of those songs written in protest at my inability to finish other more important songs.

I have a pretty primitive set of recording techniques which involve reverb and constantly adding vocal parts. This was how the first couple of verses and choruses came about.

Lyrically it is about the way that I feel politicians exploit their positions for self gain, and the correlation between the issues that MPs persue whilst in parliament and boards of companies they seem to inherit seats upon when they transcend their public service duties.

They’ll never tie their own hands either – just look at how expenses have in fact risen since that particular scandal. Pretty mad really.

The lyrics are quite oblique and wishy washy for me until the middle 8, when it gets a little more specific about the issue at hand, but that’s ok I suppose as a lot things that cause people anguish can be described fairly vaguely yet still make sense. I’m hoping that “sunshine keeping up the rain, but I don’t see you falling for that to gain” is an example of this…

The middle 8 and end came about two months after the majority of the song was written. Me and Mickey listened to it quite a bit and both agreed that it needed to go somewhere (that was as deep as we went), so while Mickey was working on Ex Cathedra, I got down to finishing it off.

Recording wise it didn’t take too long – it’s quite easy to sing so vocals were surprisingly quick for us. Mickey ended up writing a pretty tremendous percussion part which really drives the song on – he said to me “this needs to be a driving song, name a driving song…” So I said Boys of Summer. He listened to that and then wrote the part so who knows what was going through his head.

The final thing we did was to repatriate an old synth part that we’d originally written when we were producing The 1975/Big Sleep. It works really well so if you ever see them live and recognise it then don’t worry, it was only on loan.

Here are the lyrics:

Sunshine: keeping up the rain
Sunshine: keeping up the rain
But I don’t see you falling, for that to gain.

Daylight: deal at your rate
To everybody’s delight: you inebriate
But I don’t see you falling, for that to gain.

You lobby hard
Tripping on shop bought plosives
Picture this, picture this.

Four holidays, two new chalets
Paid off in a week says:
It’s a mess, it’s a mess.

Every scam, needs a new
scam to use as a ruse
Flotsam is as flotsam is.

Reset it, move on
Same mirror, old hand, new gun
Hopelessness hopelessness.

But I don’t see you falling, for that to gain.

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EX-CATHEDRA LYRIC BLOG

On a rainswept morning When I stared lost, for the first time At the designs and the centuries In my baby’s own eyes And I learnt more In this moment Than the inert rusting emotion Of my twenty odd years …

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On a rainswept morning
When I stared lost, for the first time
At the designs and the centuries
In my baby’s own eyes
And I learnt more
In this moment
Than the inert rusting emotion
Of my twenty odd years of life
I’ve got to relay
Got to relay
Got to relay
My foundations to be humankind.

That’s what happened on August 29th 2012 when I held my little boy William for the first time. It just made me think about all the craziness in the world based on ancient religious teaching, as opposed to common sense. At some point the message of just be nice to each other has been washed over by protestations relating anybody who doesn’t adhere to a pretty narrow way of living.

I think that’s what Ex-Cathedra is about really – rejecting outdated moral codes and questioning opinions on their content, not simply accepting them because of their source.

Ex-Cathedra is latin for ‘from the seat…’ and i think it is a reference to papal infallibility – the idea that what the pope says goes. It’s total insanity in the world we live in. Why can’t you express your sexuality? Why can’t women be priests and bishops and popes? Why not support contraception, with the obvious benefits to millions of people? The list goes on.

Me and Mickey wrote this song in the same place as Little Italy and it has a similar lyrical train of thought (sorry if the lyrics are indecipherable again – I get told off for this…), it is almost like it’s older brother.

It also uses an acoustic guitar as the main thrust of the rhythm part, which is quite strange for us. The middle 8 is my favourite thing we’ve done in ages at is has quite a bit of depth, means a lot to me lyrically and has a crazy little guitar solo at the end, plus the drum part Mickey has written really makes sense – it feels like it has quite a bit of purpose which is always good.

Mixing was very difficult for this song – Mickey likes to really sectionalise everything, and it was quite hard to define musical sections as the verse and choruses have the same chord progression, plus there are a lot of instruments and vocals which eat up the space. I think he got there in the end, even if he did end up leaving 10% of his mind in the song.

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We Might Come and Play in Your House

Hello everybody As you probably know, we’ve just launched the pre-order for our new album HOPE IS JUST A STATE OF MIND. It’s been quite a crazy week with lots of orders coming in, but the reaction so far has …

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Hello everybody

As you probably know, we’ve just launched the pre-order for our new album HOPE IS JUST A STATE OF MIND. It’s been quite a crazy week with lots of orders coming in, but the reaction so far has been brilliant so thanks very much.

We really wanted to keep the items available for people as normal costwise as possible, whilst also making experiences available that would get you close to what we do. The best way we think is to run these experiences as competitions.

Anybody who pre-orders an album – whether a vinyl, CD, part of gig ticket or other such bundle – will have a chance to win. These competition items will appear roughly every fortnight but don’t worry, once you’ve pre-ordered you are eligible to win. If you order in week 1, you are still in the hat for week 20′s prize.

This brings us to the first experience! We will come and play an acoustic gig in your house at some point – you can invite lots of people or only a couple, we don’t mind (as long as there is a cup of tea on the go). You can request the setlist or any other peculiarities that you fancy.

This competition is available to those pre-order before Sunday 28th Sept. At which point we’ll announce a winner. :)

If you win then don’t worry, we won’t just turn up at your house unannounced, we can work out a date that works for EVERYBODY! :)

We used to love playing house parties and the like back in the day, and it was always a buzz playing to somebody who was only a few inches away.

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a rapidly approaching TOUR

We can’t wait to get out of this garage. Mickey’s sack cloth clad walls have been closing in for about a month now and the ikea furniture is predictably starting to fumble to bits. He’s drilled a hole into his …

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We can’t wait to get out of this garage. Mickey’s sack cloth clad walls have been closing in for about a month now and the ikea furniture is predictably starting to fumble to bits. He’s drilled a hole into his downstairs toilet so he can run cables into the kitchen for recording. TIME TO GET OUT OF HERE!

So luckily, it’s rather nice that we are coming on tour to a various clobber of places in October (our favourite month). Some we haven’t been to in a while – like Wolverhampton and Norwich, and others that are familiar localities (Sheffield and Brighton).

Rehearsals start next week so we are banging away at some new tunes to put into the set along with the usuals – if you really want a specific song, give us a shout and we might just play it.

You can get tickets from the usual places, but also we have got a cheeky little offer going at our PledgeMusic page, whereby you can get both an album and a gig ticket, for a reduced price. Just to say thanks if you listen to us in more than one place.

Here are the list of dates:

Oct 20 Boston Music Room London, UK
Oct 21 Slade Rooms Wolverhampton, UK
Oct 22 Leadmill Sheffield, UK
Oct 23 Liquid Rooms Edinburgh, UK
Oct 24 Stylus Leeds, UK
Oct 25 Empire Middlesbrough, UK
Oct 27 53 Degrees Preston, UK
Oct 28 Academy2 Liverpool, UK
Oct 29 Sugarmill Stoke-On-Trent, UK
Oct 30 Waterfront Norwich, UK
Oct 31 Concorde2 Brighton, UK

That’s it really. Back to drilling.

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A Very Big Announcement

Hiya You know, this announcement has been delayed by about a month – and I think you really should know why…. A few weeks ago I had a phone call from Mickey to say i should come down to his …

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Hiya

You know, this announcement has been delayed by about a month – and I think you really should know why….

A few weeks ago I had a phone call from Mickey to say i should come down to his house, as he thought he was having a heart-attack. He was being totally serious. After a cardiogram and chest x-ray he was declared fine, but the weeks of stress and over-work leading up to this had left him in a position where combined with a couple of other physiological factors, he wasn’t very well.

He’d spent about a week on a mix for ONE song and was getting pressure from the rest of us (by that I mean me and Steve [Steve is our Marsden Rock without the erosion, he helps us run our label and is a one of the many reasons, alongside a fantastic person named Peter why we still function]) to finish it off. It is a reality of life that you have deadlines but for Mickey it is hard – he cares so much about what we do that it has to be right. Right for him, right for other people, just right. BUT: we need to hit deadlines…. you can appreciate the interminable collision along these lines that 2014 has been.

We’ve done everything this year – from researching manufacturing, to learning about making videos, to editing artwork, to making music stands dance in a stop motion idea that was rejected after a day in a garage – and that’s what makes it matter so much that we get ill… so yep, we had to delay this announcement but I would guess that you would all understand that, because we do really honestly get the sense that you really care about us too… (sorry for the overblown sentimentality, but as long as it is true then there shouldn’t be anything wrong with that).

So, we are very delighted (if not a little jaded) to announce that our third album HOPE IS JUST A STATE OF MIND is now available for PRE-ORDER from the following link (*if you are outside the UK click here*). As promised we are also releasing some new music today in the form of a new song called EX-CATHEDRA which you can hear here here hear hear here hear.

This song is from a new EP called THE SANGUINE EP, which features FOUR completely new songs. Like The Gentle EP, you’ll be able to get a limited edition PERSONALISED version, but you’ll only be able to order it if you pre-order the album (doing which will get you a cheeky little discount ;)).

We’re using a website called Pledgemusic to operate our album pre-order and there are a number of reasons why: firstly it allows you to be totally flexible in what you offer to people – we’ve often wanted to reward people who come to gigs, alongside buying t-shirts and EPs – and this page does that. We can bundle things together so that if you are buying a ticket for a gig AND an album you get it a little bit cheaper. Secondly, we make a lot of things like artwork that people never get to have – again the Pledge page will let us put items that will not be repeated – whether an original piece of artwork or a personalised song. Thirdly, one thing we liked about the system was the ability for a band to have REALLY unique experiences open to people who support them. However, the one thing that never chimed well with us was a band charging a large amount of money for such a thing – we thought it was a little cold and restricted to someone with very deep pockets. Therefore, anybody who orders a copy of HOPE IS JUST A STATE OF MIND will have the chance (the same chance as anybody else) to win one of these experiences – whether a day in the studio with us, playing percussion on an album track, having your name in the sleeve notes, or an acoustic gig in your house. We wanted these to be a thank you to people as opposed to something we sold.

We’ll updating these blogs quite a bit over the coming weeks with new bits of information about the pre-order and also, the other tracks from the EP but until then, thanks for reading this!

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October Tour Tickets on sale NOW!

Hello everybody, Last week we announced a little run of dates in October, in many places across the country. Today they go onsale and the ticket links are all below. Hopefully we’ll see some of you there: Oct 21 – …

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Hello everybody,

Last week we announced a little run of dates in October, in many places across the country. Today they go onsale and the ticket links are all below.

Hopefully we’ll see some of you there:

Oct 21 – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
Oct 22 – Leadmill, Sheffield
Oct 23 – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
Oct 24 – Stylus, Leeds
Oct 25 – Empire, Middlesbrough
Oct 27 – 53 Degrees, Preston
Oct 28 – Academy 2, Liverpool
Oct 29 – Sugarmill, Stoke
Oct 30 – Waterfront, Norwich
Oct 31 – Concorde 2, Brighton

Also, for anybody who won’t be able to attend for reasons of proximity or otherwise, here is a link to some purchaseable music!

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October Tour Announced!

Hiya, After having very much enjoyed our February travels we are pleased to announce we will touring again this October. The dates are as follows: Oct 21 – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton Oct 22 – Leadmill, Sheffield Oct 23 – Liquid …

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Hiya,

After having very much enjoyed our February travels we are pleased to announce we will touring again this October. The dates are as follows:

Oct 21 – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
Oct 22 – Leadmill, Sheffield
Oct 23 – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
Oct 24 – Stylus, Leeds
Oct 25 – Empire, Middlesbrough
Oct 27 – 53 Degrees, Preston
Oct 28 – Academy 2, Liverpool
Oct 29 – Sugarmill, Stoke
Oct 30 – Waterfront, Norwich
Oct 31 – Concorde 2, Brighton

Tickets will go on sale 9am, next Tuesday 8th July.

Obviously we are aware that not every town or city is being visited this time around but we will be touring again in early 2015 in support of our new album, so don’t worry.

Plus we’ll be announcing an interesting little London date very soon….

Hope that is ok,

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UNIQUE FREE ACOUSTICAL DOWNLOAD :)

Hello, We have gifted our friends at THE SMALLEST LABEL, something very unique that we have never ever done before. After having listened and mixed (thanks Matt!) the songs from our recent acoustic gig at Newcastle, we decided to let …

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Hello,

We have gifted our friends at THE SMALLEST LABEL, something very unique that we have never ever done before.

After having listened and mixed (thanks Matt!) the songs from our recent acoustic gig at Newcastle, we decided to let the label have them for totally free. In turn, anybody who purchases a copy of the SALT EP from THE SMALLEST LABEL store, will receive a free 5 track EP of these special live tracks taken from that there gig.

Just thought we’d let you know! You can visit THE SMALLEST LABEL shop here…http://thesmallestlabel.bigcartel.com

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