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Plug The Leads In

by Premium Leisure

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1.
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
2.
Gold Tunes 03:24
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
3.
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
4.
Crystal 03:20
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
5.
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

about

“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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