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“A refrigerator full of waving banners loses power and the temperature starts to rise.” — @SMALLALBUMS

Premium Leisure’s Chris Barker – singer songwriter, musician, producer and engineer – has a very clear idea of what he wants his sound to be. A gifted guitarist and songwriter, he honed Premium Leisure’s sound in his home studio in suburban Oxfordshire where he and his bandmates grew up. His attention to detail and obsession with vintage equipment and analogue recording techniques give the sound an authenticity that’s more fitting to 1968 than 2018. The mix of experimental guitars and undulating rhythms are reminiscent of late 60s English psychedelic rock with a bit of early Tame Impala or White Denim thrown in. But really the vibe is wonderfully, refreshingly distinct. It’s pure Premium Leisure.

The EPs opening track “Water Pistol” is a show stopping song about narrow minds and recklessness in small towns. There’s a pounding, sometimes menacing beat leading you through a neighbourhood of foolish small-time crooks who think they are hard with their water pistols but really all they do is make their mothers cry. At nearly six minutes long with overdriven, fuzz guitar solos culminating in a cacophony of distortion and feedback, “Water Pistol” has all the ingredients of a toe tapping, hip thrusting, epic psychedelic rock track.

Premium Leisure’s songs comment on the contradictions and irony of everyday life. “Gold Tunes” has Chris’ characteristic guitar groove, a bluesy rock track about the deeply felt, beautiful experience of hearing songs that have been lovingly and thoughtfully crafted versus the mass market, meaningless expressions we often hear. It’s light and upbeat with a message to never lose direction when seeking enjoyment. This theme is continued on “Daydream Drive” a mellower, Beatles-esque track about a simple man who’s living safe. He’s not directed by the moon or the stars, the spiritual or the romantic; life’s riches. He admirably guards against having “no time to kill and calls coming out his ears,” but he’s a man starved of his inner Mozart or Mondrian. But hey, maybe he doesn’t know he’s hungry, maybe he is happy sleeping on Daydream Drive?

Premium Leisure’s songs are twenty-four carat, they direct you to that exciting, indefinable place where great art thrills. With just one listen you are taking notice, your body moves and your soul swells; these are the “Gold Tunes”.

Oxfordshire has certainly spawned a band of immense integrity and talent. What a treat to get them on tape.

“Blossom Toes, The Factory, The Accentといった60's後期の優れたブリティッシュ・サイケのテイストを保ちつつ、全体の仕上がりとしてはモダンな聞き心地で素敵です。この探究心と好奇心が混ざり合った熱量はKevin Parkerに通じるものを感じました。” — Niche Music

“Water Pistol has the same silky guitars, crisp rhythms and smooth falsettos of the best of psychedelic rock.” — Born Music

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released June 29, 2018

Written, recorded and produced by Chris Barker
Additional arrangement by William Healey, Mike Monaghan and Ash Cooke
Mastered by Tim Turan
Released on Beanie Tapes

Chris Barker - Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keyboard and Percussion
William Healey - Bass and Vocals
Ash Cooke - Guitar, Keyboard and Vocals
Mike Monaghan - Drums and Percussion
Thomas Greenhalf - Keyboard
Anna Cox - Vocals
Catherine Marriott - Flute

Artwork by Léa Morales-Chanard

Special thanks:
Anna Cox for her love and support and putting up with me in our flat
Ben, Julia and Léa of Beanie tapes for their valuable help and advice
Robin Christensen-Marriott for providing his lovely shed

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Track Name: Water Pistol
In this neighbourhood
It’s understood
That if the boy’s no good
You don’t say a word

Fallen angels
Don’t stand a chance
When people like to call these small-time crooks their friends

Can you do the hold up
With a water pistol?
We don’t have the guns

Street light guidelines
They don’t make sense
When no-one talks for their
Dying friends

You go to trial
You tell a lie
And get home late at night to see your mother cry

Can you do the hold up
With a water pistol?
We don’t have the guns
Track Name: Gold Tunes
When you know the love is in the right place

You can park your lashes and your lids

And hit replay on duvet days for fun

When you catch the bug

The table turns and the needle gives the drug

Goodbye gold tunes

No-one heard you

‘Cause fees will fly to fools

Where the good guys go to lose

Lovers singing to their pretty women

Beautiful boys bopping to the blues

Still they go out hunting for the kill

Not for the meal

Cause single flavoured monotones appeal

Goodbye gold tunes

No-one heard you

‘Cause fees will fly to fools

Where the good guys go to lose

When you know the love is in the corner

Blinding every sucker that you see

He will sing songs of his girl at home

And brag about 

How he will leave the taverns on his own

Goodbye gold tunes

No-one heard you

‘Cause fees will fly to fools

Where the good guys go to lose

Do buyers get to choose?

When the fees will fly to fools
Track Name: Daydream Drive
The lazy boy and lady luck are lovers

Fate will knock at the door forever

Maybe he’ll be fine

Maybe he’ll have the best time

Calling off the search

He doesn’t want to be a straight up, crawling through the years

With all the skills, no time to kill and calls coming out his ears

Maybe he’ll be fine

Maybe they’ll have the best time

Counting on the search

Lock the car and don’t roll up the window

Ride around with the needles running low

Don’t worry anymore you lost the notes

You cannot take them with you to the end of the world

Maybe all

Will be

Fine

Down daydream drive

No moon, no star will every guide this simple man

When the palm readers they fabricate the creases in your hands

But maybe they’re all right

But I know he’ll be fine

Calling off the search

Now it’s all over where’d he go?

It doesn’t hurt the things you do not know

The spirit world is a long way from home

And all you’ve got to do is kiss the road

Maybe all

Will be

Fine

Down daydream drive

We will have the best of times

In the evening light in summertime

When I’ll be yours and you’ll be mine
Track Name: Crystal
Take him for a walk

Take him for a trip

Down the lane

The look on his face

When he finally appears 

Through the haze

Send the kids away from home

And they can grow up on their own

And we’ll get high, alone

All that matters is the girl

Worth every diamond in the world

Yet she don’t need no shiny pearl

See my crystal

You like it

It stole your daughter’s name 

And you still like it

Take him for a walk

Take him down the road 

For miles

Cause he’s just swimming

Swimming 

In the river of denial

She will never tell her girl

To go deep down into her purse

To buy something beautiful

He will never go inside

And take his little boys by surprise 

And stay up late ‘til midnight

See my crystal

You like it

It stole your daughter’s name 

And you still like it
Track Name: Plug The Leads In
I want to meet you when I’m feeling good

Out of my mind, only if I could

Come up and see me when I’m on my own

And we’ll catch a ghost stuck between two worlds

‘Cause I caught a glimpse around the spirit trip

But I like to dance in the black markets

Cold by the fire, cold to the bone

Bored at the concert please take me home

From the sun

Came carbon me

From the soul

Electricity

Never mind how you’re feeling

If you’ve got time, plug the leads in

And measure light from the ceiling

Down on the ground we need the healing

Poker chip playdates and money games

Working so late the kids'll do the same

I promise baby I’ll good real soon

Let us wait until the next full moon

You hardwire grey matter to let it saturate

So no great philosopher will ever get a break

'Cause only a seed can take the promised land

No deadly creatures in the desert sand

From the sun

Came carbon me

From the soul

Electricity

Never mind how you’re feeling

If you’ve got time, plug the leads in

And measure light from the ceiling

Down on the ground we need the healing

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