Wednesday, 1 February 2012

A Catchers Follow up



On a recent misery monday I wrote about a track by Irish band The Catchers and mentioned that the lead singer had gone on to form the Sleeping Years. Anyway I managed to track down the lp and good it is too. It bit more acoustic and folky than the Catchers' stuff.

The band's website here has videos , a podcast as well as info on the current band and the Catchers

The biog is short and sweet

The Sleeping Years began with a trilogy of EPs which received critical acclaim, featuring on BBC Radio 1, The Guardian’s writers’ play list and on the cover mount of French Rolling Stone and The Word. Songs have been heavily played by Gideon Coe, Stuart Bailie, and on French radio, having been championed by France’s answer to John Peel, Bernard Lenoir.
The release of ‘We’re becoming Islands One by One’ took The Sleeping Years across Europe supporting The Notwist, Bowerbirds, Damien Jurado, Edwyn Collins and Okkervil River.

The lyrics seem deeply personal and all touch on a sense of alienation and isolation that will touch a chord with anyone who grew up in a small town

Macosquin, Coleraine
You take that turning.
You’ve got to wake for the Lord in the morning,
with the shadow of the church spire falling
on the shoulders and heels of the fearing.

The wind banks low,
draws a furrow through the fields by the wish stone
and while the constellations pin us down,
one death makes all the dogs howl.

And they say they know you,
that they grew with you,
but you don’t know them at all.

This wreath of brambles
banked by catechisms and kerbstones,
we’ve got herons stalking the burns
but the devil’s cast out of our homes.

I carve my name,
my name singing of new lands and shelter,
my name set upon for colour,
my name dreamt by others.

And they say they know you,
that they grew with you,
but you don’t know them at all.
White clouds rolling, black earth open.
You’ve got to wait for the call


Macosquin Coleraine - The Sleeping Years

You can buy the lp here. If you like the music of James Yorkstone or the recent King Creosote lp then I'd recommend giving it a go

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