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Live at the Rum Puncheon

by Swansea Sound

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1.
Rock n roll void Went to the Ramones When I was thirteen They’re the coolest thing I had ever seen Now I’m looking back And wondering  Was it them or was it me? I heard the Kinks When I was three That is my earliest childhood memory Now I’m trying to find that feeling Was it them or was it me? Rock n roll void  Rock n roll void Rock n roll void I formed a band  When I was sixteen That was the best that I have ever been Looking back  I can’t help wondering  Was that person really me? Rock n roll void  Rock n roll void Rock n roll void
2.
I sold my soul on eBay I sold my soul on eBay Get a doctor someone get a doctor Bids were derisory Get a doctor someone get a doctor I need some money Don’t need a soul So monetising is my goal I sold my soul on YouTube Get a doctor someone get a doctor Got my own channel too Get a doctor someone get a doctor I need attention I need it bad And it’s the best I’ve ever had... Doing it for free Liberated From that old scene I’m gonna get evicted Cos I’m doing it for free Who needs money When you’ve got fame and autonomy I sold my soul on Spotify Get a doctor someone get a doctor I’m earning 0.000000000000001p But several thousands follow me Doing it for free Liberated Materially I’m gonna get evicted Cos I’m doing it for free Who needs money When you’ve got fame and autonomy Been waiting for so long Now everybody’s streaming my song Been hungry for so long Now everybody is streaming my song, yeah they’re streaming my song I sold my soul on eBay
3.
I’m ok when you’re around Sometimes I worry Sometimes I get scared Everyone seems to turn away Everyone seems to turn to hate And when I’m here wandering My whole world on a screen Everyone seems so cruel today All the kindness has gone away And when I’m feeling really down I hear that sweet familiar sound And I’m ok, ok when you’re around Fine when you’re around I’m ok when you’re around Sometimes I’m anxious about you over there There are people who’d make you pay for the differences that you make You say “Don’t be anxious Just hold your head high There are haters, so let them hate Leave them to their tragic fate” And when I’m feeling really down I need to hear that upbeat sound Cos I’m OK, OK when you’re around Fine when you’re around I’m Ok when you’re around When you’re around OK when you’re around
4.
The Pooh Sticks They played hot licks In the Pooh sticks White shirts and trousers Passion arousers Radio 1 roadshows Full frontal photos you can go and see them In Swansea museum At Reading Festival They were the best of all indie bands indie bands No word of a lie They played hot licks In the Pooh Sticks Pop and post punk hits Sung by hicks Got On Tape on EBay For lots of money Heartbreak on Discogs Maybe I was robbed at Reading Festival we were the best of all indie bands indie bands No word of a lie And we knew someone Who knew someone Who knew someone Who knew someone Who knew someone Who knew Hue quite well
5.
Let it happen If you think you really love him But you fear that he might turn you away All your fantasies would be dashed And you’re scared of what your friends would all say Let it happen Let it happen Let it happen Chance might not come again If she asks you to come over to play with her on your bass guitar you’re afraid you’ll get the notes wrong You are thinking it’s a step too far Let it happen Let it happen Let it happen Might not come again If you’re feeling trepidation cos you don’t know how your friends will react when you come out with your secret And you fear you might go running on back Let it happen Let it happen Let it happen Chance might not come again
6.
Je ne sais quoi She said she was leaving She’s straight out the door She said I’m not worth waiting for I said to her baby (I’m listening) Without you I’ll die (that’s sad) You bring the meaning to my life (I need your) je ne sais quoi (I need your) je ne sais quoi (I need your) je ne sais quoi Don’t know what it is (I need your) je ne sais quoi (I need your) je ne sais quoi (I need your) je ne sais quoi Don’t know what it is I said to him listen You’re making no sense Your thoughts come from between your legs You need to get over (baby please) You need to get out (it’s you I need) You just forgot what life’s about (I need your) je ne sais quoi (I need your) je ne sais quoi (I need your) je ne sais quoi Don’t know what it is (I need your) je ne sais quoi (I need your) je ne sais quoi (I need your) je ne sais quoi Don’t know what it is Oh if you change your mind and stay I’ll really try To find the words that prove I love you for your mind Ba-baba-bababaaaaa (What are you talking about?) (I need your) je ne sais quoi (I need your) je ne sais quoi (I need your) je ne sais quoi Don’t know what it is (I need your) je ne sais quoi (I need your) je ne sais quoi (I need your) je ne sais quoi Don’t know what it is
7.
Pasadena 02:49
Pasadena I’ve never seen Florida sunrise Red gold and green That’s what they say I’ve been never been To Pasadena Petals and light At the rose parade If I could only fly I would just swing on by Hang out for a day I’ve never seen Reno Nevada Deserts in bloom Hoping for rain I’ve never soared Across the Grand Canyon And over the Plain All these places that you talked about - I dreamed about them - will I see you there? I never heard Songs from the basement Deep in Detroit Does the music still play? If I could only fly I would just swing on by Hang out for the day I never soared Across the Grand Canyon And over the Plain
8.
Indies of the world Indies of the world Make your contribution Stand up, clap your hands Forty five revolutions You gotta fight Resist over-production They’ll see the light When the tambourine starts to play Indies of the world Be part of the solution Stand up, don’t sit cross legged Forty five revolutions You gotta fight Spotify corruption They’ll see the light When the tambourine starts to play Waiting What you waiting for? Waiting What you waiting for? Just get on the floor And give it some more Indies of the world Listen to my warning Or you’ll be quantised Digitised by morning You gotta fight Resist Over production You’ll see the light When the tambourine starts to play Waiting What you waiting for? Waiting What you waiting for? Just get on the floor And give it some more Indies of the world (Yeah yeah we’re ready) Indies of the world (Yeah yeah we’re ready)
9.
Corporate Indie Band We had a plan To form a corporate indie band Angst on demand All our emotion second-hand We sold the van Cos we get transport from the man The tour’s in hand Play to our corporate indie fans They had a scheme They formed a social media team Giles Piers and Lee They make things up, we just agree All the time We’ve got to write more songs Not sure we can keep it up for long We took the chance To be ambassadors for brands Part of the plan If you’re a corporate indie band All the time We’ve got to write more songs Not sure we can keep it up for long
10.
Freedom of Speech I said hang the DJ Cos I hated reggae Every shy man’s best friend I was so sensitive then I’m still sensitive now But my profile’s going down Oh my world is accursed I endorsed Britain First Where have my stage and my audience gone? Where are my people and what has gone wrong? I got to fight for my Freedom of Speech Freedom of speech I got a license to preach It’s my Freedom of Speech Hey hey, join my crusade To break the rules that they made Let’s take our masks off We have suffered enough and yeah your mother might die, But she was well past her prime Are we not free-living men? Are we not rocking again? Where have my stage and my audience gone? Where are my people, and what has gone wrong? I’ve got to fight for my Freedom of Speech Freedom of Speech It’s my license to preach It’s my Freedom of Speech Stage-managed spats MAGA hats Butter ads For ex-punk dads Rrrrrebellion Steve Bannon Rebellion Over here at qAnon
11.
Angry Girl 02:25
Angry Girl Angry girl Living in her mumma’s world Angry boy So sick of his childish toys When they get together There’ll be stormy weather Unchained When they get together They will drive their parents Insane Angry girl Angry girl Noise annoys Bassist girls and drummer boys When they get together Polka dots and leather Exchanged When they get together They will drive their parents Insane Drive them away down a darkened lane Away Drive them away Angry girl Angry girl Angry girl Living in her mumma’s world Angry boy Sick and tired of childish toys Angry girl Wants her mantras to be heard When they get together Polka dots and leather exchanged
12.
Swansea Sound 
Drive down to the station all alone Five am there’s no one on the roads Sun’s just coming up to light the town Silver shards on concrete all around Gonna be the first to say good day What will be the first song that I play? Swansea Sound Swansea Sound What will be the first song that I play?

about

Swansea Sound: a band that came into being during lockdown and decided that fast, loud, political indiepop punk was the answer to being stuck indoors. Who needs introspection?

Hue Williams is reunited with Pooh Sticks singing partner Amelia Fletcher (ex- Talulah Gosh, Heavenly). Rob Pursey (also ex-Heavenly) and Ian Button provide the noise. The band has played one gig in real life – but there will be more in 2022.

Three of the tracks were released as singles, all of them now impossible to obtain. ‘Corporate Indie Band’ was a limited edition cassette, ‘I Sold My Soul on eBay’ was a one-off lathe cut that got auctioned on eBay (with a £400 winning bid), ‘Indies of the World’ was a 7” inch single that briefly hit the UK physical charts, but quickly sold out and plummeted back out again. And now, to coincide with the LP pre-release on 1st September, ‘Swansea Sound’ is released as a limited edition cassette. (1st September was the date, exactly one year ago, when Swansea Sound Radio was re-branded by its new corporate owners and the name became available.) The song is a requiem for that specific lost radio station - a DJ describes his final day at work before his show is ‘rationalised' out of existence.

Swansea Sound took their name from a radio station, and they even use its abandoned logo. Something modern, acidic and angry has taken up residence in a familiar, borrowed frame, just as it has in these indiepunk pop songs. You can throw yourself around to Swansea Sound like it’s 1986, but if you catch the lyrics you’ll remember you’re in 2021. (Sorry about that.)

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LP, CD: Skep Wax Records (UK, Europe); HHBTM Records (North America).
CASSETTE: Lavender Sweep Records (UK, Europe); Austin Town Hall Records (North America); Shiny Happy Records (Indonesia).

credits

released November 19, 2021

Ian Button: Drums
Hue Williams: Lead Vocal
Rob Pursey: Bass, Guitars
Amelia Fletcher: Lead Vocal
Additional vocals by The Crystal Furs and Catrin Saran James
Additional keyboards by Fay Hallam

Songs by Rob Pursey

Produced at The Sunday School, Kent
Mastered at Grimston Levelling Solutions

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