As a band, we’ve always been influenced by music a lot softer than a lot of our output actually portrays.We’ve never really felt like it was the right time to strip it all back and show that side, until now.
We are fast approaching our first tour under the new name of ‘the People the Poet’ which will be with the amazing Charlie Simpson, and we wanted to challenge ourselves to write and record an acoustic EP ahead of that tour - something that would capture a raw sound, full of emotion.We wrote and recorded the EP in the space of 4 days to really get that raw, honest vibe - and we’re very proud of what we managed to achieve.
The words had been compiled over the last few months with many different lyrical approaches - some even written for the album. The music was of a similar state where we had melodies and ideas, but nothing completed - so over the 4 days we looked at the jigsaw puzzle and worked at it until we had a clear view of the picture we wanted people to get when they listened to the record.
The EP has a loose concept of losing the people who mean so much to you in your life, and it’s also to celebrate the lives of two amazing Mothers around this year’s ‘Mothers Day’- both of whom will forever be in our memories.
The 4 track EP ‘Thank You For Today’ will be released on Monday 26th March.
There was also another motivation for writing the acoustic EP.
Our good friends Neil Starr and Gavin Butler have invited us out to open for them on their UK acoustic tour next month.The dates are:
11th Bristol Croft
12th Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
14th Swansea Koopas
15th London Barfly
19th Manchester Alter Ego
20th Birmingham HMV Institute
21st Guildford Boileroom
22nd Southampton Joiners
Being an acoustic tour - we’ll be performing acoustically on all dates.We’re looking forward to seeing you there!
Don’t forget you can catch us with the full band/plugged in/amped up on the Charlie Simpson tour starting next week at the following dates
Sat 24th Birmingham Academy 2 (supporting Charlie Simpson)
Sun 25th Liverpool Academy (supporting Charlie Simpson)
Tue 27th Sheffield Academy 2 (supporting Charlie Simpson)
Wed 28th Newcastle University (supporting Charlie Simpson)
Thurs 29th Glasgow Stereo (off-date w/ Holy Childhood)
Fri 30th Edinburgh Liquid Rooms (supporting Charlie Simpson)
Sat 31st Dundee Fats Sams (supporting Charlie Simpson)
Your Britain that you speak of - your so called UNITED kingdom
It was made by these people
Your Britain that you speak of it’s days are done
‘Cause of people like you and what you’ve become
The way you speak with our mothers tongue
“THESE” and “THEM”
Are words I condemn
Oh what a great, Great Britain
United it may read
But divided is our kingdom
oh what a great, Great Britain.
Track Name: The Trip
It started with a trip on the train with his mother,
When it stopped they said their goodbye then he told her that he loved her,
Then he took another trip to Paris,
But the trip was not a trip,
It was more of a fall,
Not a fall which would land him in love,
In the city where you fall in love,
A fall which would land her in a coma,
Where she would stay.
Then he took another trip
But he knew there weren’t a single switch he could trip to turn her body back on
She was gone.
At least in her head
For the next hour or more he sat by her bed,
Watching the colour run from her face
as she slowly slips away.
it’s just like a word can have so many meanings
She had so many meanings to me.
Track Name: Iora
We sat in the dock
When the white cliffs of Dover
They came crashing down
Soon we would drown
Our hearts they would sink
Our Eyes they would leak
Water against the cheek
As we try to remember how she would speak
Hanging on to every sound
To every pound
That she gave to me
I’d give it all back
A pound for a pound.
I sat in a black car
Where I was driven to a hole smaller than the one that she left in my life
Surrounded by flowers spelling
Mother, Nan and wife
Then I cry Oh why
My auntie she could not reply
For there is no right answer
Science is telling me to look down
Jesus is telling me to look up
And everything in between just don’t understand
If I stop believing in god
Then I stop believing in her
Track Name: Thank You For Today
hello tomorrow, goodbye yesterday, thank you for present, thank you for today.