GOODBYE

THE GOODBYE EP

I’m not going to write a load of individual blogs for these tracks. This will be my, and our, final ever post. These songs are my home recorded demos of what potentially would have ended up recorded properly by the whole band on album 3. Why not download them for free now and give them to a friend, lover or enemy as a parting gift?

THAMES FROST FAYRE 1814
The Thames used to freeze over periodically. Mini ice ages we had in the past apparently. When that happened, London folks held markets on the ice. Brilliant. This conjures up some evocative imagery so I delved in to my Sigur Ros-stealing songbook and penned this number. We opened with it at our last few gigs and I really thought we were on the form of our lives as a band. Classic TBOTB really. Long build up, harmony vocals, layered guitars. Bosh. I was looking forward to doing more of the electronica-tinged percussion elements to this that we’d started to introduce live. More synth stuff too. Piano at the forefront. This was definitely where we were headed.

ANYBODY’S GUESS
Another song we’d only very recently popped in to our live set. Maybe 2 or 3 outings. Blissfields, Bestival and maybe Isle of Wight I believe saw this in action. I was going for a kind of Talking Heads feel. Listening to lots of Field Music too which is obvious here I think. I predict album 3 would have been half slow-build, piano-led electronic things and half up-tempo semi-funk. Would that have worked? Who cares. A pretty political song (which was a rarity for us) talking about where and why we’ve p’raps gone wrong with our generation. Eat your heart out Billy Bragg.

MODERN LATIN
Elliott’s dad liked this one. A foot-tapper. Allowing our inner-funk out again. I blame Prince.

RAISE HIGH THE ROOFBEAM, CARPENTERS…
A little nod in the title to our good pals (and Ox & Elliotts other band) The Retrospective Soundtrack Players as they’d recorded a concept album about the ace novel ‘Catcher in the Rye’. ‘Raise High…’ is another short story that JD Salinger wrote and I thought it was a great post-rock song title so I cheekily pinched it. Another piano-led number with a bit of electronica thrown in. Indebt to Mogwai greatly here…especially their incredible Les Revenants soundtrack. This song was instrumental for a while too but that would have probably been too much of a rip-off so I flung some lyrics at it about THAT MOMENT. You know, the Eminen ‘Lose Yourself’ moment. P’raps we should have got Rhianna to guest on this. Then things might have turned out differently. The ending also sounds remarkably like that tune All Saints did for ‘The Beach’. TBOTB goes pop. We ended our set with it live a couple times in embryonic form and it went down well. Shame we never got to flesh this one out.

LITTLE MISTAKE
The only track out of this collection of demos that we didn’t get around to learning live. Not sure it would have worked but I liked the idea. Kind of Nick Cave meets Caribou (or that’s what I had in my head). Very vitriolic lyrics – again vaguely political….maybe this album would have been our ‘What’s Going On?’. Maybe not. The guitars on this were so treated and effect-laden that you can’t really tell they’re guitars. There definitely would have been more of that going on. Again – synth bass and sampled drums. A club banger with Calvin Harris would have certainly been our next natural progression. It wouldn’t.

RE-ENACTMENT
This got one live outing at an acoustic gig in a church supporting the wonderful Smoke Fairies. From the same place as ‘All Be Gone…’. A simple but emotional piano ballad. I would have loved to record a real string section for this. Lyrically about a parent who’s child dies before them but really for anyone who has lost someone. Another chirpy subject as always. S Club we were not.

So there you go. That’s it.

On behalf of the entire band (Elliott, Rox, Dave, Ox, Jack & Keef…) – and all who sailed in her in the past (Emily, JD, Maff, Matt, Fozzy, Cal…) plus more who got involved (The Dawn Chorus lot, the Pie & Vinyl chaps, Old Blacksmiths Studios, people who guested, sang or played with us, bands we supported on tour and who supported us…) I’d like to thank everyone who ever came to see us or showed us support of any kind. We had some incredible times that will stay with me for my entire life.

Thank you.

Christopher George Whitear.

The B of the Bang.

Signing off.

x

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THIS WILL ALL BE GONE TOMORROW

And so to ‘This Will All Be Gone Tomorrow’. The end of our recorded output proper. This was initially meant to be a ‘secret’ song on the album (remember when CD’s had those?) after ‘Home…’ but time constraints and everything else meant it just went on as the last track. It’s a fitting ending though.

Again, pretty emotionally heavy. Just myself and a piano, this was definitely where my songwriting was heading at this point. I’ve been playing guitar 15+ years and haven’t really got any better since I was about 16 so writing on the piano is still fairly fresh and invigorating for me. It might be basic stuff but it means I don’t really know what I’m doing (always a good thing in my opinion) whereas picking up a guitar I generally immediately start doing something I’ve already tried previously. There are only so many songs I can write in A minor on guitar.

Remember those lighter clicks at the end of ‘Wander’? Well I’ve just remembered that they were part of the plot….the fire crackling through this track is the result of what the main character has done. Burned everything down around him. Metaphorically. And possibly physically. Who knows? The lyrics reflect that too. Post apocalyptic/cataclysmic stuff, leaving ‘Gomorrah’ and the Romeo/Juliet style suicidal references that represent his state of mind. It would have been an ace film I’m telling you.

HOME (ANYWHERE BUT HERE)

I’m not sure if I’ve said this about any other songs on the album so should probably re-read some of these posts first but ‘Home…’ I think is my favourite song on ‘Tremors…’ – possibly my favourite song we ever recorded. Sigur Ros-tastic (of course) but I always absolutely loved playing this live. It’s a pretty emotional number to sing too.

It dealt with the plot of the album nicely (the chap realises that as far as he tries to get away he’s always inexplicably tied to where he grew up…which is entirely autobiographical) and kind of an ode to my own youth. Heavy stuff eh? P’raps not but I think, although it’s melancholy, it’s also quite hopeful. That recurring theme again. Accepting your fate and dealing with it. Basically manning up. What do they call those sort of films? Coming-of-age? This was TBOTB (and my songwriting hopefully) coming of age.

The end with the guitars going everywhere and Rox singing gets me welling up even now. And I loved messing about in the studio to record that extra long loopy-feedback outro. We used to end our sets with it for a while and, for me, it’s the proper last song on the album (which I’ll explain next…)

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BRING YOU BACK

This was another old track brought back from the dead. Originally a more straight ahead rocky-thing (you can hear us ripping off QOTSA ‘Little Sister’ from the off…), we changed most of the structure but kept that original riff from mine and Dave’s past band Manifesto.

It was a pain in the arse to record this if I remember rightly. I like the long intro (Wild Beasts ‘The Fun Powder Plot’ to blame there…), bass riff, hammond organ and ridiculous swing-style ending but listening back now it actually doesn’t really do that much for me. I was always proud of the ‘by process of osmosis’ lyric though.

We didn’t play it much live and I think it suffers a little from trying to be too clever for itself maybe. I know a few of the others liked it, mind.