Weird Country

by Savage Mansion

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    Your very own LP copies of the albums Revision Ballads* (February 2019) and Weird Country**(April 2020). Priced at £18 individually you can have both for £30. That's a saving of £6.

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    The Skinny - ★★★★
    The Skinny's Scottish Albums of 2019 - #10



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    GoldFlakePaint: 'Loaded with extra bite and swagger, Weird Country is a bold new chapter, a fiery burst of indie rock that illuminates all the myriad people and places that inspired it inside its distinct frame.'

    The List ★★★★ - Illustrates different sides of Glasgow's musical influences with personality and humour. The record's themes of cultural openness, internationalism and self-critique aren't far from the surface, yet they're delivered in such glowing, self-possessed fashion as to be only available to those who wish to pick them out. The music is for all.

    The Scotsman ★★★★ - There is much of Glasgow’s freewheeling 80s indie sound in Weird Country, a joyous looseness and a charming twang, as well as deliberate nods to Pavement and The Velvet Underground.

    The Skinny ★★★★ - Weird Country is a triumph, a clear step forward from Savage Mansion. A playful, witty record - which urges the listener not to take themselves (or the band) too seriously, while still finding time to tackle some ambitious themes.


    The National - 'These are songs that reveal themselves in increments and change meaning depending on context, like an abalone shell shimmering in the sun. It feels special.


    For The Rabbits - 'A beacon of creativity and hope, Savage Mansion’s second step is an intriguing one, a gentle re-imagining of their sound that further marks them out as one of Scotland’s most intriguing new bands'

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1.
Karaoke 03:35
The love song fades in on the deluxe edition of the greatest hits that you lived inside of And I’ve heard the bad news and I’ve seen the decline When that train hits central You’ll see all my favourite songs I’ll take you bowling I’ll take you to dinner I won’t take you down, down, down to Chinatown We’ll sing Karaoke, we’re Robbie and Kylie ‘Til the neighbours complain when you’re sick on the stairs Construction cranes shadow the old hospital how many of those homes are gonna be affordable? And what a terror that was down on Sauchiehall I claim business as usual but that’s some earth that’s scorched Don’t piss on my bonfire Don’t piss on my oatmilk Don’t spoil my fun I am not a criminal I longed for you then and I’m crazy still I might stick to this tarmac forever
2.
Silver on the dome and a search engine chrome look at all of my tabs, Bought a ticket for one to see Jason Statham Fight the Megalodon I’m an astronaut now! Go to bed when I like Gathering rhyming slang I won’t apologise for the sins of the world I wanna see what it’s worth not go bitter and young I saw pictures again - don’t remind me of them That’s not who I was Pitched a lonely tent, be your only friend - that’s not who I was But who is your new love? A poet supersonic? And who is the sequel? Western’s the path to criticise! Signposted clear it’s black and white Holding on by my fingertips One foot after the other, one foot after the other Taking the four downtown honey One foot after the other, one foot after the other Staying the same? I won’t die trying One foot after the other That wasn’t me, not punching the walls, not raising fresh hell and without a cause That wasn’t me I don’t know who that was That wasn’t me I don’t know who that was Back to the culture, eyes on the time, of a golden age that never was mine That wasn’t me I don’t know who that was
3.
Old Country 02:45
Emilio and Joseph asleep in the barn, ah ah ah ah with nothing but the will to run and prosper A flavour for the new adopted land A saloon called adventure The days couldn’t be longer, we do what we gotta Down in the old town, old country afraid I was done Have an oyster with a supper and watch the colours run The Nonna took a stick to the farmer’s arm It will not be the last he threatens drunk, hostile The village copper passes you a gun If you must run, then you must run And Mr Drummond writes: it’s the freshest of hell Down in the old town, old country afraid I was done I’m a’ trading on the sabbath and watch the colours run Down in the old town
4.
I was a famous writer I had a velvet brogue, Gloria Will you mirror me once? Try me again I wanna be your only boy, I wanna be your only friend That’s how I roll Attache at the embassy of the stars That’s my desire, that’s my design Somewhere, somewhere to make my feelings known two hundred, three hundred and fifty you’re making them known So I’m not alone What about something leather? A stone that’s cast in satin sheets well What about when I’m low, at the end of the week Is it all black and white? Performative kindness and actions that are second to poetry I’m no expert but You’re a puppeteer Somewhere, somewhere to make my feelings known Twelve thousand five hundred and fifty you’re making them known Somewhere, somewhere - you’ll be fine Is it heaven or hell, is it real life? Somewhere, somewhere - you’ll be fine They’ll mention your name Don’t come here again! Don’t come here again with a declaration of love Don’t come here again, again and again again and again again and again Somewhere, somewhere to make my feelings known Actions speak louder than words but you’re making them known Somewhere, somewhere - you’ll be fine Is it heaven or hell or is it real life? Somewhere, somewhere - you’ll be fine Your name is your name
5.
Merrie 02:47
When I take the well worn cobbled path, Irish bars, tourist tat - wonder when I got so old, Mary girl? You’ve been circumnavigating all the fine and far flung places In my mind Not a sign of things to come - hell no Tell me now what’s on your mind I won’t be all contrary On behalf of all mankind I’m sorry for the things I said When I was low and terrified I’ve been working on my water cooler talk I don’t get to talk a lot and I won’t sleep on the job, Mary girl But you’re driving me to desperation now To the other side of the world When you tell me that you want to be free So unrequited paramour You’re near enough forbidden I’ll find myself another job and keep my declarations hidden Are you getting married to that man? I’ve really tried hating him But i can’t And do you think it’s strange That I wear my hair the same these days?
6.
Long hair’s a leavin’ this is not a dream state Can a man feel landlocked? Packed a bag for Berlin See me walkin’ Pablo in the golden hour Take it to the flagpole to an endless summer Don’t it look so good? I only wanna make it with you Don’t it look so good? And walk like I’ve nothing to prove, everything to lose Everything to lose Got a lust for living I miss him every day The universe brings it gift wrapped and it takes away I’m honouring Sheena in the golden hour It’s not a big decision know that it’s the right one Don’t it look so good? I only wanna make it with you Don’t it look so good? And walk like I’ve nothing to prove, everything to lose Everything to lose
7.
Monument 02:15
Monument … to the time I walked the walk and tell them to stop caning it behind my back Was TA once upon a time My thickest and widest boast akin to a miracle Web of gossamer and thinnest skin Oh cut your hair and won’t you get a job Get behind a desk man, go and punch a clock go on Tennyson’s Ulysses, living in Brigadoon I can speak, I can cut know that I will come unstuck For something I do not have someone I no longer am Something that never was anyway Men of authority or only men of straw? Men of such principle or men of none at all We’ll never forget
8.
Roll up and see what I’m giving roll up and talk to the wall Cause I know I feel the downward pressure walking to the sound of protest song I will not sink to your level I will not read from your script Cause I know there’s nothing you can do if you don’t know the real girl Asleep in the modern age in the real world Landrover misery canyon screaming in a speed machine Cause I know there’s nothing you can do if you don’t know the real thing
9.
Freedom to be tender! and not to give in to repression And to those voices we can beat them They can’t be banished but we can beat them Friends! You couldn’t do it (not without them) Whisky on the tongue, yeah it loosens But is it earnest? Is it tender? Is it honest? There’s no time to waste David in the garden he is typecast he’s a ham actor Time honoured package the strong and silent But I will speak it I will tell him There’s no time to waste
10.
A sad, sad day for Malaysian engineering ‘Had a good run, Coco’ - doubled down and explored the feeling, skipped the funeral but made it for the drinks Aging pop stars police grief with opposable thumbs suppose that it’s midnight somewhere for someone Now i’ve summoned a demon on the 9:31 in flannel and hiking boots Mt Florida’s Neil Young Is this seat taken? ………not for anyone Hissing adolescent in a primal rage stay off the clockwork orange off the subway train God save us all all mammals all mammals all My favourite customer is a weapon you penny pinching airheads aren’t spendin’ Turn from a south facing window and say ‘I fear them too and this time it’s personal’ Those west coast winds could last forever I know With a debt of billions (not adjusted for inflation) we begged for passengers, citizens to build and rebuild this nation This is our most sickening shame There is no wrong or right there is only who Hunger for power in discoverable truth Marie Kondo your history and that’s the only version Then phone in sick phone in sick with a sunstroke Superstition I am against something without loyalty
11.
I always save the best til last in surreal disguise Do you not know how to tell a lie? Everything fades but no one’s changed Peter’s here he flies the next day Do you not know how to tell a lie? Sorry John is gone No one wants to take that call The day you learn how to levitate on middle distance or on the other side When thirty years flash before your eyes I’ll take one long lost memory I’ll take one long rabbit hutch slowly escape The changing pace your Sunday best The girl you loved and cut adrift will think of you not like you ponder her Winter’s always long please don’t take it to heart I’ll never change my mind I have enough
12.
The heirs of John Maclean with shoes that let the rain in yeah It’s the same struggle Tall boxes on the green for international brethren yeah It’s the same struggle Street preacher culture that’s entertainment but the agitation real It’s the same struggle The chalked streets were whitewashed I think we’re gonna have to march yeah It’s the same struggle I’m going where the fight is hot and though it’s not in the back yard It’s the same struggle Neutrality non intervention let it linger / let it happen It’s the same struggle Broadsheet and tabloid agenda crystal clear it’s always been though Community left George Square paying for the privilege It’s the same struggle I’m not for trumpets not for pipes not for profit not for lights not for glory not for show not drawing lines around my home The international Better to die than follow tyrants

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released April 3, 2020

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All purpose indie rock collective. Angus, Jamie, Andrew, Lewis, Beth, Taylor.

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