(Out Of) The Neighborhood

by BELLE GHOUL

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NEW ADVENTURES IN POP 025

To talk about a new group when we’re talking about a group formed by Christopher Tait (among many other things, keyboardist of ELECTRIC SIX) and Jesse Smith, daughter of the famous Patti Smith, fruit of her marriage to Fred “Sonic” Smith, the guitarist of MC5, is to say not nearly enough. But the best is that using those names as reference is nothing more than an exercise in contextualization, a way of informing the alert reader that we’re talking about people with a deep and wide knowledge of music. Because starting now, when it comes to talking in strictly musical terms, we can say that what we find here is, happily, a surprise.

Lovers of classic pop, tired of the modern world, and influenced by Scott Joplin, THE ZOMBIES, Fred Neil, FLEETWOOD MAC, and THE MODERN LOVERS, BELLE GHOUL began as a project between two friends in Detroit and New York who shared musical tastes, ideas, and remnants of songs. When the group began to take shape they asked some of their friends and co-workers to collaborate, and that’s how Matt Van, Zach Shipps, Mike Alonso and Christian Doble helped Chris and Jesse embellish and finish off their splendid songs.

This 7” debut for the North American duo is a marvelous example of elegant and luminous pop, somewhere between THE BOO RADLEYS, THE GO-BETWEENS and the Paul Kelly of “Under The Sun”, with a huge, powerful production, like that hyper-energized beginning, “(Out Of) The Neighborhood”, blown up with marvelous winds that sweep through the whole EP with incredible power. The wonderful instrumentation of “Cue The Apocalypse”, the delicious and spaced-out ambience of “No Time For Cryin’”, and the vivacious, cabaret-styled melody of “Cold Cold Heart” that evokes THE MODERN LOVERS and Lee Hazlewood confirm that we have something big before us, a record that uses music as a means to build a new world, open and optimistic.

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released November 26, 2012

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Track Name: (Out Of) The Neighborhood
Jerry skipped town way back when he could
‘Cause we were all just trying to
Get out of the neighborhood
A little pissed off, but we understood
‘Cause we were all just trying to
Get out of the neighborhood

Dump trouble down where you live
‘Cause everybody dies, so while you’re still alive
Catch up on that chance to run
While everybody else is stood watching

Patty & John always found the good
‘Cause they were all just trying to
Get out of the neighborhood
A little pissed off, but we understood
‘Cause they were all just trying to
Get out of the neighborhood

Dump trouble down where you live
‘Cause everybody dies, so while you’re still alive
Catch up on that chance to run
While everybody else is stood watching

Everybody leaves so pick out your disease
You’re sick of it all, you’re sick of it all
You’re not just
Gonna wait around for the fall

You’re sick of it all, you’re sick of it all
You’re not just
Gonna wait around for the fall

Jerry skipped town way back when he could
‘Cause they were (whistling)
A little pissed off, but we understood
‘Cause they were (whistling)

Patty & John always found the good
‘Cause they were (whistling)
A little pissed off, but we understood
‘Cause they were (whistling)

Dump trouble down where you live
‘Cause everybody dies, so while you’re still alive
Catch up on that chance to run
While everybody else is stood watching
Stood watching

You’re sick of it all, you’re sick of it all
You’re not just
Gonna wait around for the fall

You’re sick of it all, you’re sick of it all
You’re thrown under buses
And accepting the fall

You’re sick of it all, you’re sick of it all
You’re thrown under buses
And accepting the fall
Track Name: Cue The Apocalypse
Won't you make me wise like Soloman
Strong like a superman, fly like nobody can
Won't you make me wise like a Soloman
Cut the children into halves, someone's got to take a stand-uh

Won't you make me strong like a superman
Fly like nobody can, soaring across the land
Can we try to make us a better man
Sky's splitting into half, no one seems to give a damn
Yeah ah ah ah yeah ah ah ah yeah ah ah

Oh no, there's nobody in the sky
Oh no, everybody's gonna fry
Up is down and black's turning into white
Top men working on it, top men working on it

As you dance into the horizon there's
Fire in the sky and I hide in a garbage can
Should we try to make us a better man
Sky's splitting into half, no one seems to give a damn
Yeah ah ah ah yeah ah ah ah yah ah ah

Oh, no, there's nobody in the sky
Oh no, everybody's gonna fry
Up is down and black's turning into white
Cue the apocalypse, cue the apocalypse

You told me to try to remember, but I don't remember it's been so long
You told me to try to remember, but I don't remember it's all gone
Track Name: No Time For Cryin'
You say it's the best, when you come walking in
Back from the west, and here it comes again
The moons collide, but you've got another thing coming
It is in the end, just as it was in the beginning

I don't know where you're going, where you're going, where you're going
But you've gotta go
No time for whinin', no time for cryin'

The son of sam, the late night picture shows
Back from the dead, and a knife fight in the cold
I knocked them back, you were getting rid of that ghost

I don't know where you're going, where you're going, where you're going
But we turned into the song
And it went too long
I don't know where you're going, where you're going

You say it's the best, when you come walking in
Back from the dead, and here you come again
Those world collide, but you've got another thing coming

I don't know where you're going, where you're going, where
But you've gotta go
No time for whinin', no time for cryin'
Track Name: Cold Cold Heart
Poor blind Willie McMuffin, threw me down the railroad slats
He says "now you got all of that money boy, what'cha gonna do with that?"

But if he'd had a spark in that cold cold heart
He would've shown the right way home
If he'd had a spark in that cold cold heart
He would've left a me alone

Poor blind Willie Mc F*** You, came back to the modern world
He had no blues, no revolvers, just a trailer and a little girl

But if he'd had a spark in that cold cold heart
He could had a house and wife
If he'd had a spark in that cold cold heart
I couldn't blame him for my life

Poor blind Willie McSausage Egg Biscuit, Took a look around himself
The storm clouds brewing above him, sent him packing way down south

But if he'd had a spark in that cold cold heart
He would've left a me alone
But there was no spark in that cold cold heart
So the devil finally brought him home