Love In The Time Of Shark Attacks

by ATTIC LIGHTS

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Kev, Colin, Jamie and Noel spend a tremendous amount of time crafting their songs to perfection. With ten years of meticulous pop songcraft behind ATTIC LIGHTS, we now hold in our hands their third album, “Love In The Time Of Shark Attacks”. The band prove that even though time passes for everyone else, they maintain the same pop inspiration, killer melodies and heavenly harmonies that have seen them compared to THE LEMONHEADS, TEENAGE FANCLUB and R.E.M. With the rest of the world turning upside down and getting crazier with each passing day, ATTIC LIGHTS still hold tightly to their core values of love and imagination.

Who could argue as you place the needle in the groove and hear those opening notes of “Never By Myself”? This song was the advance Single for the album and has it’s own peculiar story behind it. It was written by Colin when he got lost and left behind after a concert in Inverness (Scotland). The band were so tired that night that no one realized Colin wasn’t in the tour bus and they left for the next city. Colin’s phone was out of battery and he spent the whole night wandering around the town, ultimately sleeping on a bench by Loch Ness. The next day, he caught a bus to meet up with his band mates in the next town on the tour, and on the way he wrote this marvelous song that captures the spirit of THE HOLLIES and THE KINKS. If it was an unfortunate experience for Colin, he’ll be happy to know that it resulted in one of the band’s best ever songs. “Ruby’s Song” is the sound of BIG STAR covering the ROLLING STONES at their most elegantly riff-tastic. “Come Back To Me” takes us back to THE VELVET UNDERGROUND and the delicate, inspired guitar work of Sterling Morrison himself. On “People Come On” the band showcase their ability to work with psychedelic pop. Inspired in equal parts by THE SHINS and THE BEATLES (in the era of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”), ATTIC LIGHTS have created an anthem for a new generation. It’s a song about the current state of the world, which tries to incite people to think for themselves and fight for a fairer, more honest society. “Fables” lets shadows into the room for the first time, evoking the wistful spirit of Elliot Smith and Simon & Garfunkel in a song that seduces the listener with the sheer bareness of the composition.

“Louis”, (along with “Ruby’s Song”) celebrates the birth of new babies in the heart of a group who are as close as brothers, with a verse that is just as hummable as the chorus. A couple doses of THE LEMONHEADS to fight the pain, a few TEENAGE FANCLUB vitamins, and you get the essence of the best that Scottish pop has to offer – no kind of malady can stand up to that. A country inspiration shines through on “I Found A Girl”, where we are reminded of Gram Parsons and THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS. You already know what that means - harmonies verging on the heavenly. “Palace Of Losers” throws out one of the more bitter messages on the album, with another raw, bare bones song with fascinating lyrics and a loping melody. A lesson in how to make sadness beautiful. It’s the song Will Oldham or Bill Callahan wish they had written. “Kings Of Whatever” nods to the distortion, urgency and self-confidence of the PIXIES. The album closes with “Back Rub” which shows off a strong American influence again, this time melancholic, maybe more mature, more disarming, more serious, and more solid as a result. Like when Neil Young or Tom Waits sat down at the piano: you knew something important was about to happen.

In the end, it’s about a collection of absolutely solid songs. The kind that seem unassuming, but you can’t stop playing them, and soon you can’t get them out of your head and they wind up becoming a part of the soundtrack of your life. Because that’s the true essence of pop - those melodies that slip into our lives, and take on a value that is beyond estimatation. Like TEENAGE FANCLUB, VELVET CRUSH, THE POSIES, THE BOO RADLEYS, THE THREE O’CLOCK and so many more.

That’s what we hope happens with these new ATTIC LIGHTS songs, produced by Johnny Smillie (BELLE & SEBASTIAN, Edwyn Collins) and Andy Bush (THE TWILIGHT SAD) and wrapped in a Gorka Olmo's fantastic design, with his magic and luminous illustrations. To a world with fewer sharks! At least out of the water.

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released January 25, 2019

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Track Name: Never By Myself
The days seem long, when there's no one else to talk to
But what makes it harder is living with the thought of you
I can dance, I can dance, I can dance, I can dance
But when the music stops it's time to take a chance
It's time to take a chance

Don't call me sweet, I wanna be mysterious
With a smoke so fine and a bottle of wine you'll be delirious

Take a chance, take a chance, take a chance, take a chance
It's in your eyes, roll the dice, do you wanna?

Never by myself, never by myself, never by myself
Never by myself since I found you
Never by myself since I found you

Never by myself, never by myself, never by myself
Never by myself since I found you
Never by myself since the day that I found you

There's so many women in this world that I think are beautiful
But when I look at them and they don't look back it's kind of hurtful
I need a drink, I need a drink, I need a drink
Well, I'm serious, someone go to the bar and buy me a drink

Never by myself, never by myself, never by myself
Never by myself since I found you
Never by myself since I found you

Never by myself, never by myself, never by myself
Never by myself since I found you
Never by myself since the day that I found you
Track Name: Ruby's Song
I flew in an aeroplane to make my way to you
High up in the northern skies, the only way that I knew
I flew in an aeroplane, across the northern sea
Way up in the astral plane
To the Cyprus Avenue trees

All that we ever do, comes back to you
Now you’re here you won’t believe it

Oh Ruby, look at how the world is so groovy
You’re the star of every new movie
Shake your hips the way your mama showed you

Oh Ruby, cruising down the streets of your youth
Taking in the sights and the truths
Learning how to speak with new words

I see all the photographs, you’re the center of your world
Supermodel in a big white scarf
You’re a classy kind of girl
I see that you’re stepping out for a long walk in the sun
Your chauffeur needs some sleep
But the day has just begun

All that we ever do, comes back to you
Here come Magnus and Oscar too!

Oh Ruby, look at how the world is so groovy
You’re the star of every new movie
Shake your hips the way your mama showed you

Oh Ruby, cruising down the streets of your youth
Taking in the sights and the truths
Learning how to speak with new words
Track Name: Come Back To Me
I went walking on my own, wrapped up against the cold
Hoping that the view would fill a hole
Began to think about my mum, to think about my home
To take my mind off walking all alone

Would you come back to me?
Would you speak to me?
Would you come back to me?

Are you sleeping by yourself, when night becomes the morning?
Is it someone else's shoes your feet are warm in?
On your ship upon the sea, is there room for me?
Or are you in a cabin sailing free?

Would you come back to me
If you knew how much I missed you?
Would you speak to me
If I got down on my knees?
Would you come back to me?

Would you camp with me
If I built a little bonfire?
Would you sing with me
If I sang a harmony?
Would you come back to me?

Would you come back to me
If you knew how much I missed you?
Would you speak to me
If I got down on my knees?
Would you come back to me?

Would you camp with me
If I built a little bonfire?
Would you sing with me
If I sang a harmony?
Would you come back to me?
Track Name: People Come On
The world has changed, more than some
There's darkness surrounding the sun
And you have given all you have
They've taken the best that you've done

Wake up, wake up, open your eyes
Your ears and your hands and your throats and your mouths
We are the more not the few
Thoughts are not facts and the news isn't news

The walls close in as each new day begins
Clouds linger all day

People come on

Words are words, whatever is said
People go back to your bed
But oh, my sweet-hearted world
Little streams, little hands, little smiles, little curls

Time for sleeping is past
Just give us a chance

People come on
Track Name: Fables
You’re a fable and I can’t deny
You’re a fable come alive
You could be red riding hood
And I would be your big bad wolf

You’re a fable that’s told in the night
To keep the good dreams in sight
I could be a boy made of wood
That much I understood
Yeah, that much I know I should

If I had a heart
And you heard me call
Come out, come out, come out
If I had a heart
And I let it go far
Then come out, wherever you are
(You are, you are, you are)

You’re the stories told over the fire
In the cold of the night
You might be my wicked witch
And I would fall under your spell
Goes to show you never can tell

If I had a heart
And you heard me call
Come out, come out, come out
If I had a heart
And I let it go far
Then come out, wherever you are
(You are, you are, you are)
Track Name: Louis
So, come on, come out, yeah, we've got something to talk about
And other people are strange and they all have different names
And it seems to me that the last party was
So long ago we'll never know
Sad to say goodbye but it's great to say hello

And... Louis, Louis, Louis

Will you live your life and be just like the survival type?
With a load of rules that you didn't choose and nothing much to lose?
Simple words but they're spoken truly
Without the “L” you would only be Ouis
And no, you in the world would be too much cruelty

Now... Louis, Louis, Louis
Track Name: I Found A Girl
I found a girl, who rules my world
She comforts me and sends me to sleep
Whenever my day is hard

It's a strange situation
When your girl becomes your woman
As hard as you try you can never relax
And you want the girl back

So, come on don't get disheartened
Be happy that it started
Enjoy the time that we had
Now that I'm here I ain't never going back

The clouds over there by the houses
Are heading this way for sure
We've got some time before we get wet
Let's get scorched by the sun

So, come on don't get disheartened
Be happy that it started
Enjoy the time that we had
Now that I'm here I ain't never going back
Track Name: Palace Of Losers
No matter if they were to spit in your eyes
I would stand close beside you
And all of the times that they laugh about us
I would be standing there too

In our little house where our little thrones sit
Our little palace is proof
Sheltered from all the sins of the world
Sheltered from feeling so blue

Look out, the worlds up in arms
I guess they just can’t see your charms

I smell the half-baked coffee beans
You keep putting, back in the can
As soft morning air, comes into our room
I know it’s all part of your plan

Look out, the world’s up in arms
I guess they just can’t see your charms

I tell you some things for to lend you a hand
And lift you up to the light
I’m broken and happy and I don’t care if this
Goes on, and on every night
Track Name: Kings Of Whatever
Maybe I was wrong, but working hard is a killer
(Working hard to kill)
Never had to be right, never come out a winner
(Never come out to win)

At least I don’t have standards that I know I’ll never reach
Aiming low is for the best
So, every day’s a peach

Moving with the speed of the lazy
The love of the hazy
The kings of whatever
I remember nothing so tragic
A loose kind of magic
The kings of whatever

I’ve shed friends and people who I love
(People who I love)
But I never gave the ghost of you up
(Ghost of you)

The way you wore that old t-shirt it might as well be yours
Strung out guitar and broken bed
The perfect signs of youth

Moving with the speed of the lazy
The love of the hazy
The kings of whatever
I remember nothing so tragic
A loose kind of magic
The kings of whatever
Track Name: Back Rub
You know I've got a lot on my mind
But I'm not the opposite of soft and kind
With you on board I'm sailing ahead
And I won't come home to a lonely bed

Ain't nothing but a back rub
Ain't nothing but a friendly hug
To make you smile without warning
Oh, my darling

Lay low, toe against toe
Dreaming you are so
So sweet, so kind, so happy you're mine
Put together with a perfect design

Ain't nothing but a back rub
Ain't nothing but a friendly hug
To make you smile without warning
Oh, my darling

Ain't nothing but a back rub
Ain't nothing but a friendly hug
To make you smile without warning
Make you smile without warning
Make you smile without warning
Oh, my darling

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