STOP THE LIGHTS

by The Walls

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about

"Stop the Lights" is The Walls third album and was released on March 9th 2012 hitting the Irish Top 20. There’s a real freshness about it and a sense of positivity pervades. If there are any prophetic words to be heard on it then the refrain from “Phantom Power” is worth noting - “we’re not gonna give up, not gonna give out…because this is the start”. The album has been getting rave reviews.

People involved in the making of "Stop the Lights" include Dubliner Rob Kirwan, who recorded PJ Harvey’s recent Mercury Award-winning album "Let England Shake". For The Walls artwork a five-meter high installation was designed and constructed by Conor & David, one of Ireland’s best graphic design partnerships. It’s a tribute to influential characters past & present, family and band members and victims of terrible and senseless crimes in Ireland that the band wanted to remember.


What the press are saying about The Walls new album "Stop the Lights":

"The third offering from The Walls is a finely-wrought assortment of slick sonic treats.......on Stop the Lights they push the boundaries of their craft: this is their most adventurous work to date.....Delightful." HOT PRESS MAGAZINE MARCH 8th 2012

"There's no debating their song-craft and you won't find many LP's as expertly put together as Stop the Lights". - Metro Herald

"From beginning to end the album has an energy and optimism that is compulsive – do yourself a favour and grab a copy….." - WeAre Noise.com

"Stop The Lights’ may have been six years in the making but it was well worth the wait. The Wall’s are back with a bang" - Golden Plec.com

"Their capacity to craft catchy melodies certainly remains intact and Stop The Lights is arguably their finest work to date." - Alternative Ulster Magazine

"….a songwriting formula that is certainly concrete-solid…" - The Irish Times

"This album is storytelling at its best" - The Sunday World 1/04/2012

"What impressed me the most is how they managed to make each song sound individual and unique while still retaining that recognisable ‘The Walls’ sound". - FameMagazine.co.uk 2/04/2012

BIOGRPAHY:

One of Ireland’s most respected and successful acts, The Walls were formed by brothers Steve and Joe Wall. Over the years they have not only supported artists such as U2, Bob Dylan, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Crowded House, but renowned US-tastemaker Nic Harcourt even invited them all the way to L.A. to perform live on his legendary KCRW show “Morning Becomes Eclectic”. Previously the main-men in the multi-platinum selling Irish band The Stunning, the brothers are no strangers to writing hit songs.

The band recently released their third album Stop The Lights on their own imprint Dirtbird Records and, just like their predecessors, it hit the Top 20 in Ireland on the back of three strong singles and regular airplay. Stop The Lights equally tasteful and subtle production reveals new layers of sonic detail with each listen, and the album further demonstrates The Walls’ considerable strengths as writers, arrangers and lyricists. The songs are easily their finest to date, combining flawless, imaginative melodies with beautifully constructed harmonies, and showcase a great band at the peak of their powers.

Over the past few years, The Walls music has featured in numerous movies, TV series and commercials (brands such as Guinness, British Telecom, Aer Lingus, MTV to name a few). "Drowning Pool" from the band's second album is the opening track on the film "Can a Song Save Your Life". Also, the new HTC One Smartphone is pre-loaded with ten songs, one of which is "Stop the Lights" from the current Walls album.

Last March 2013 The Walls made their first trip to Russia where they performed three shows and appeared on the biggest chat show in Russia with an average audience of 40 million viewers.

There have also been extra-curricular activities going on in The Walls camp. Steve has started acting again and has been cast in “Moone Boy”, the new series for Sky TV created by Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, IT Crowd) and “Dark Touch” a creepy horror by French director Marina de Van (Don’t Look Back; In my Skin) due for release this year. And these days Joe has become involved with BIMM music college in Dublin, bringing his experience to their various workshops on songwriting and music production.

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released March 9, 2012

Produced by Steve & Joe Wall. Mixed by Rob Kirwan.

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Track Name: Bird in a Cage
I was 13 when we packed up in the city
and moved out west to a town in the country
everybody thought that we were so lucky
but I wasn’t all that sure
can you ever really take the city from the boy
well the first thing I missed was all the noise
it was so damn quiet I found it hard to sleep at night

in country town if you’re gonna be a blow-in
you have to be tough and gain respect
there’s no point in running to the priest or running back home
I never let anybody see me cry
that only happened once in bed at night
I missed my friends and I wondered what they were doing

CHORUS
out of the dark, into the light we go
bird in a cage, what are you waiting for
out of the dark, into the light we go
bird in a cage, somebody let it go

we ran a little shoe shop down on the main street
business was bad so we diversified
we sold fishing rods, knitting wool and ex-army gear.
one day my dad got in a mighty rage
when I was left in charge, I always gave wrong change
so instead I was given the job of fitting the shoes

CHORUS

I’d say it took us just about two years
till we were settled in and had nothing to fear
we were right on the edge the world with the setting sun
my brothers and sisters what would we have done
without each other we couldn’t have won
we made good friends and I still keep in touch today

CHORUS x 2
Track Name: Phantom Power
I said prayer, under the stair,
To end my despair
You rolled the dice, looked in my eyes
Now i’m on the mend
I found some faith,
But i had a long long time to wait

Chorus
I stood there frozen on the shoreline
Watching the world around me swim
Just then the black clouds started forming

These seeds we sow
Watching them sprout
Watching them grow
Like butterflies
When something is born
Something else dies
Your soldier’s heart
It would take a lot to break apart

Chorus
I stood there frozen on the shoreline
Watching the world around me swim
Just then the black clouds started forming

(intrumental)

Chorus
I stood there frozen on the shoreline
Watching the world around me swim
Just then the black clouds started forming
My precious one, you are the light
You are the sun

We’re not gonna give out
Not gonna give up
‘cos this is the start
Track Name: Stop the Lights
I’ll tell you now I don’t believe, in any faith or creed
but I know there have been times, someone was watching over me
a close call on the road, makes you think about the days
they will come and they will go, it’s like I’m walking on a blade

and the strangest revelation flashed before my eyes
now I’m lighter than the wind, lighter than a butterfly

and the rainbows will come and disappear
but where’s the pot of gold
and the light in your head won’t re-appear
if you don’t let it show

my heart is pounding like a drum, I light a cigarrette
helmet shaking in my hands, that was the closest yet
I always felt I had nine lives, but I don’t know which one I’m on
like a gambler with a dice, will I shoot or will I run?

and the rainbows will come and disappear
but where’s the pot of gold
and the light in your head won’t re-appear
unless you change the way you look at the world
change the way you look at your world

and the rain that’s running down my face
is hiding the tears
and I know I’ll escape this lonely place
if I change the way I look at the world
change the way I look at the world
Track Name: The Great Escape
It was like the great escape
Two of us making haste
Through blinking cities and countryside
These old French towns are quiet
Well they must have a lot to hide
Close the shutters, tell a lie
Yeah, they must have a lot to hide
Close those shutters, tell a lie

We loved each other in twenty towns
In hotel rooms and a waitress’s house
Up narrow stairs in creaking beds
On pillows full of prayers
Left behind still unheard
Until that moment undisturbed
Left behind still unheard
Until that moment undisturbed

I bought you perfume in Italy
It made me sneeze must be an allergy
When we slept out in the woods
the devil kept away from us
while we were sleeping in our car
out beneath the guilty stars
while we were sleeping in our car
someone else, was standing guard

And did I give it all back to you?
Well about that I’m not so sure
Nature cannot tow the line
When you’re born under a sign
When you’re built to a design
You spend your life trying to unwind
Now we’re back beneath those stars
and this is who we are

I had a dream we were lifted off our feet
We floated over broken glass
Track Name: It goes without saying
You can moan, but no one’s going to drive you home
This time you’re on your own, for a change
In the dark, watch out for the broken hearts
They hang around the empty parks in the rain

It’s a curse. Daddy says you have to work
He can’t pay for college books, or holidays
He’s back at home,
Don’t ask him where the money’s gone
If it was ever there at all, was it fake?

It goes without saying, as the saying the saying goes
you asked for more and the honey flowed
you had it all not so long ago
It goes without saying, as the saying goes
It’s a wicked world everybody knows
But nobody cares, they’ve heard it all before

In the queue, standing with his back to you
There’s a boy you once knew, he turns away
Such a shame, he always was the brightest spark
Now it’s a one-way ticket and a shot in the dark
A one-way ticket and a shot in the dark
CHORUS
It goes without saying, as the saying the saying goes
you asked for more and the honey flowed
you had it all but you didn’t know

MIDDLE 8
but when you’re lost inside the dance you’re in a different world
the music swirls, your body twirls, and you forget about it all
until the curtain falls, until the lights come on and we all applaud

CHORUS
It goes without saying, as the saying goes
It’s a wicked world everybody knows
you had it all but you lost control
It goes without saying, as the saying goes
you asked for more and the honey flowed
you’ve got it all but you just don’t know

what price would you pay for a happy life
a red rose and a bleeding heart?
or a one way ticket and a shot in the dark
a one way ticket and a shot in the dark

It goes without saying, as the saying goes
you asked for more and the honey flowed
you’ve got it all but you just don’t know
Track Name: Dead Flowers
everybody’s glued to the papers
the killer got what he deserved
the judge sighed, his sister cried
when the man in the dock found out he got life
(the jury finds you guilty)
alone, alone with the truth and knowing that the truth be known
(the days will slowly pass)
what goes around is gonna come around

that summer I remember
a saturday in a wet july
through a sea of bent umbrellas
duck down low better watch your eye
(those eyes are always on you)
and then I felt a hand at my back
somebody trying to take my stash
(they’re always on the make)
a pickpocket, a pickpocket with his hand on my wallet

CHORUS
is nothing sacred in this goddamn town
they’ll steal anything if it’s not tied down
what goes around is gonna come around
there’s nothing left in this dirty old town
that makes me wanna try and stick around
what goes around is gonna come around

GUITAR SOLO

I saw a dead man floating past
with eyes of cloudy broken glass
and all the things that caused him pain
like always forgetting his kid’s birthday are gone, gone,
(I always meant to call you)
all that really matters is what is left to pawn
(how much for this guitar?)

CHORUS
did nobody tell you ….did you miss it somehow?
it’s not astounding and it’s not profound
what goes around is gonna come around

there’s nothing left in this dirty old town
that makes me wanna try and stick around
what goes around is gonna come around
Track Name: All a Blur
she was hanging on tight to a microphone
in a karaoke bar on the south side of the town
I wasn’t in the mood to sing a song
though I’d sometimes hum along
she was cute and I was happy just to watch her.
outside the storm is blowing wild
while we were singing “Are you Lonesome Tonight”

for a sunday night it was pretty wild
most would call in sick in the morning
some Spanish girls were on the tiles
long hair and flashing eyes
and the Irish boys were hovering
when you get back to Cadiz
you can tell them how it is

CHORUS
Headlong into the night I know we’re gonna make it
Headlong into our lives it’s all there for the taking
With wild hearts and diamond souls
We’ll keep on going with the flow………till light

the taxis cabs are going to have to wait
‘cos we‘re not going home till dawn
the rain shines on the street and
sprinkles diamonds in her hair
she’s the centre of the universe right now
we stop for fish & chips
and I can taste the salt right on her lips

CHORUS

Headlong into the night I know we’re gonna make it
Headlong into our lives it’s all there for the taking
With wild hearts and diamond souls
We’ll keep on going with the flow………till light…..till light
Track Name: Carrying the Fire
They were wandering the roads with nowhere to hide
carrying the fire, carrying the fire
skin and bones and barely alive,
carrying the fire

Crushed down driven to hell
carrying the fire, carrying the fire
By the brute force of Oliver Cromwell
carrying the fire, carrying the fire
There were lost half a million lives
Those that lived made sure the tale survived

On hundreds of ships crossing the seven seas
To Botany Bay, New York and Mississippi,
through the cracks in godless concrete streets
life bloomed like some rebel weed

Escape from the city to the country

On a freight ship he came from the east
carrying the fire, carrying the fire
In a hotel she cooks and cleans
carrying the fire, carrying the fire
He said I don’t know a soul in this strange place
She said come on upstairs, come on inside
We’re gonna keep warm
We’re gonna survive

Carrying the fire.
Track Name: Doodlesque
Don’t ever let them put you down

I don’t believe in siver bullets
Between the lines
Or whispers in the dark
You can dodge a poison arrow
But don’t look down
They wait for you to fall

Don’t ever let them put you down
Track Name: Thanks for the Photographs
thanks for the photographs
they made me laugh and they made me cry
remember when the days melted into one
you lost your job and got another one
nobody was serious for very long

that was some holiday
four young studs with all the love in the world
when they kicked us out and closed up the bars
we lay on the beach and just watched the stars
you could just about hear a far-off guitar


CHORUS
the days are long the nights too short
can we get together and make it last till it’s gone
we wake beneath a lemon sky
two of us together like devils in disguise

I still remember her skin
brown from the sun and it shone
in the dark of the room we were in
she was from the German city of Cologne
we exchanged letters for a month or so
then i forgot about her till a moment ago

CHORUS

do you get to choose your life?
you think about it when things don’t turn out right
how come the trains never stop around here
people smile back but it’s just a veneer
it’s only a disguise for a bittter sneer
Track Name: May the Road Rise
may the road rise with you
may your dreams all come true
may you always feel beloved
under darkest winter blues

raindrops fall down just like tears fom the sky
your soaked from your feet to your hair
cars speed through pools, splash sorry fools
trudging along in despair
stones mock your bones the road hurts your feet
this place that you curse will outlast you and me
remember way back when you stood on the wall
you said you could fly
now you’re so sure you’ll fall.

may you see with x-ray eyes
through the ones who tell you lies
who point the way to heaven
and claim they own the rights

evening comes down in this strange foreign town
as you walk in your old worn-out shoes
stars coming out, to the north and the south
like a pretty girl putting on jewels

you climb up a hill, looking over this city
you’re a stranger round here
and there’s no room for pity
you wish you had change
to make a long distance call
you’re afraid to call home
in case you break down and bawl

may you find the faintest light
if good days turn into night
may you always believe
no matter what fate has up his sleeve