Every Word I Say To You Today Will Be A Lie
Paul Hawkins & Thee Awkward Silences release their new double CD album ‘Apologies to the Enlightenment’ on the 19 April 2010 through Jezus Factory Records. The first single will be ‘Every Word I Say to You Today Will Be A Lie’ released a week earlier Monday the 12th of April
With their sprawling new double disc, “Apologies to the Enlightenment” Paul Hawkins & Thee Awkward Silences have produced at once their most challenging & their most accessible work to date. Opener “The Beasts in the Upstairs Bedroom” buzzes with menace & delves into the heart of a Suburban subconscious nightmare, “I’m In Love With a Hospital Receptionist” scrapes the romantic fantasies of a hapless hypochondriac against an almost jaunty rhythm section, the Cramps-esque “Monkey Serum” bounces on a wonky harpsichord & communal shoutalong chorus & the fuzz-pop of “Stop Making a Scene” sees Hawkins turn his frustration with the modern world on friends, inanimate objects & all else in his path. The first disc ends with two significant shifts in mood – on “Seven Inches Tall” a lonely piano motif accompanies a haunted Hawkins watching his self-esteem crumble before Krautrock-inspired behemoth (& recent single) “I’ve Had My Fun” relentlessly sears into your skill as Hawkins rages at dead end jobs, dead end societies & dead end governments over a constant cycle of despair until the whole edifice destroys itself in its crushing outro (‘The Party is over & I’m on the scrapheap/I’ve been forgotten & its been too long’)
The second disc opens with perhaps the bleakest & most startling work on the album “The Yellow Castle on the Hill” charts the despair of an institutionalised mental patient, whose remorse over the life he has missed is matched only by his fears & doubts regarding his forthcoming release. It’s poignant, touching & quite unlike anything else on this (or virtually any other) album. New single “Every Word I Say To You Today Will Be A Lie” swaggers wonderfully down the street on a bed of clomping basslines, strings & guitar screeches reminiscent of the best moments of Ian Dury & The Blockheads underpinning a lovesick Hawkins’ feverish escapist fantasies. Elsewhere underdogs like “Alexander Martin” & “Eddie The Eagle” are inhabited & used as personifications of Hawkins’ constantly questioning existential angst. “The Lowest Low” sees Hawkins’ powerful stream of consciousness augmented expertly by Kate Arnold’s cutting vocal counterpoint. The album finishes strongly with “I’ve Had My Fun” flipside “The Epilogue”, which sounds something like the grand finale of High School Musical’s deeply fucked-up older brother.
Hawkins said “it’s an album about frustration, confusion & loss of direction. About realising your qualifications are meaningless, you’re doing a job you hate, you’re no closer to any kind of meaningful long-term relationship, you’ve no idea where your life’s going & you live in a society guided by a large-number of irrational & illogical systems that you know full well make absolutely no sense but nonetheless have to abide by if you’re going to in any way exist as a functional human being. And it’s about trying to dive into that irrationality & emerge with enough misplaced hope & misguided optimism to get you through.”
Paul Hawkins & The Awkward Silences are perhaps the most idiosyncratic pop band in Britain & their latest work demands attention from the outsider in us all.
Disc One – The Day the Music Stopped
1. The Beasts in the Upstairs Bedroom
2. The Day the Music Stopped
3. I’m in Love With a Hospital Receptionist
4. Monkey Serum
5. Stop Making a Scene
6. Seven Inches Tall
7. I’ve Had My Fun
Disc Two – You’re Never Gonna Leave Behind the Freakshow
1. The Yellow Castle on the Hill
2. Every Word I Say To You Today Will Be a Lie
3. You’re Never Gonna Leave Behind the Freakshow
4. Alexander Martin
5. Eddie the Eagle
6. The Lowest Low
7. The Epilogue
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