Without A Sound

by Harbour City Electric

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about

Harbour City Electric release their first full-length album 'Without A Sound'. Recorded in a custom built studio in an old Masonic Lodge in Island Bay, Without A Sound captures the essence of HCE's live performances and more, showcasing the diverse writing and performing talents of the band.

Musically rich with funk, soul, motown with some beats and psychedelics thrown in for good measure, this album is the natural musical progression from their 2009 EP.

'Without A Sound' features the vocal talents of Louis Baker, Lisa Tomlins, Bella Kalolo, Kirsten Te Rito and Thomas Oliver, and a string arrangement by the incredible up and coming classical composer Natalie Hunt on the title track.

Mixed at Wellington's iconic Surgery studios by Lee Prebble and mastered by local legend Mike Gibson.

Harbour City Electric are: Ned Worboys (vocals), Simon Koziarski (guitars), Paddy Bleakley (bass), Ed Zuccollo (keys), Shaun Elley (drums), Lex French (trumpet), Richard Shirley (trombone).

credits

released 12 September 2012

Recorded at Masonic Studios by Harbour City Electric Feb-July 2010
Vocals recorded at Masonic Studios and The Cave 2010
Percussion recorded by Ed Zuccollo in Scrase's Room
Strings on 'Without a Sound' recorded by James Dunlop
Engineered by Richard Shirley and Harbour City Electric
Produced by Harbour City Electric

Mixed by Dr Lee Prebble at The Surgery July 2010

Mastered by Mike Gibson at Inca Productions

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Track Name: One Foot
LYRICs

Will you wait and see
For an insight to breath
Do you push and leave
For that dream to achieve

CHORUS
And love
Being the only rush
So much
Never seeming enough

How can you choose
Between the ones you love and the things you love
Will a compromise be enough for you
Will you compromise

Now will you wait and see
For an incite to breath
Do you push and leave
For that dream to achieve
Will you age and learn
For ambition continues to burn
Turn your back on your dreams
For it's your children's turn

CHORUS

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Track Name: Hey Sister
LYRICS

A little girl knew before she was ten
how important it was to follow the trends
TV dreams had filled her head
All she knew was what she's fed
She thought that by wearing those shoes
Show individuality the power to choose
Little did she know, they had planted the seed
the powers that be filled her mind with need

Shes sixteen chasing her dreams
Like one of those girls from the magazines
Money, fashion, perfect skin... She's got to be thin
She thought that by fitting in her problems would dissolve and give in
little did she know - they would linger
she got so thin she could barely lift her finger

CHORUS:
Hey sister dry your eyes
It's not your fault they sold you lies
Hey sister dry your eyes
It's not your fault they sold you lies

When she turned 21 it was nearly too late
She gave up on love and believed in hate
What she saw in the mirror was a disgrace
Regretted those dreams decided to chase
Looking back on the choices she made
She realised she wasn't to blame
but her TV dreams all those years ago
that sealed her fate

The little girl is now 44 had a girl of her own she named Adore
the same mistakes, unfortunate fate - would not happen to her baby she swore
When Adore turned ten her friends would cry 'we can't fit in no matter what we buy'
She knew it came within - this little girl has a blessed disposition

CHORUS x2

Hey mister magazine editor CEO chief
Meet our little sisters and their lives you filled with grief
Hey mister magazine editor CEO chief
Meet our little sisters and their lives you filled with grief

Now she can lift her finger
Now she can lift her finger
Now she can lift her finger
Now she can lift her finger

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Track Name: 'Bout Time
LYRICS

He's feeling helpess
Choosing to help less
Proving she's selfish
She's using he's selfless
Hiding, running, leaving and learning
And always returning

Always be apologetic
Seeming so pathetic
Smiles that hide he's dark inside
Try to talk about it
Try to walk it off
Try to stand up
Try to make you understand

CHORUS
Taking time to choose to lose
Pleasing me, pleasing you

So cold to touch
Eyes are shut
Arms are crossed
Face is leaking chin is down (you're still not speaking)
She lost what she once sold
And now she remains cold
She took it all for granted
Wished she finished what she started
Warm to touch
Eyes worn but bright
Arms wide open
He is hoping
He won from what he learnt
And now he's clear of hurt
Heard what was suggested
Gains a new perspective

CHORUS

Think it's about time to lose
I think it's about time to give
Think it's about time to move
I think it's about time to live

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Track Name: Earthship
LYRICS

Time is now to make amends
This problem's real it's not pretend
So free your mind to comprehend
There is a way to be good again

Precious little store we have
For life as we know to sustain
So free your mind to comprehend
Harness the sun the wind the rain

CHORUS
I live on an Earthship bound for the future
I live on an Earthship bound for the future
Simplify simplify

Calculate the thermal mass
Align for passive solar gain
The constant temperature of Earth
Is free to all for all its worth
Let biotechture redesign
Let biotechture realign
The time is now to make amends
This problem's real it's not pretend

CHORUS

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Track Name: To Give
LYRICS

I need you to know
I need you to notice me

He knows doubt better his family

I need you to know
I need you to notice me

You have all I've got to give

My head is screaming
Can't shake this feeling
the tipping point is in my hands about to overflow
silent frustration, heart liquidation
it's time I let you know

He knows doubt better than his family
I need you to know
I need you to notice me

You have all I've got to give



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Track Name: Seek and Destroy
LYRICS

Egotistic times lead to dormant minds
Following through to those worried eyes
Procrastination is your temporary friend
There a beginning but no sight of an end

Closing those eyes won't make them go away
Open your eyes you got something to say

Shy voices should be left far behind
Throw all those excuses to the confine side
Keep smiling those thoughts are only fleeting
One compliment is all it takes all it needs

Closing those eyes won't make them go away
Open your eyes you got something to say

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Track Name: Game Life
LYRICS

I found forty cents and a game to play
the game arcade tempted me in...
Inserting my dosh I felt a big rush
as the screen it sucked me in
Looking around I found my playground
of pixels and 8-bit sound
Picked up my pixel sword and swung it at the surging horde
of flickering beasts as I reached the highest score
Coins scattered far and wide only viable inside
this game that sucked me dry

CHORUS
Shifty feet, itchy eyes
over spent, over game life
shifty feet, itchy eyes
over spent, over game life

We need money to survive
Money to live our lives
It controls what we can and cannot do
There are rules to abide by
Fools follow blindly
rules that may not even hold true
Level me up I earned another life
Put your money forward to join me if you like
That's all it takes to enter the game
Insert coin to begin to join the hall of fame

CHORUS x2
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Track Name: D.O.C. (Department of Conversation)
LYRICS


Is it the same old conversation that made you so complacent?
Are they listening to every word, even though it's so absurd?
I think all you need to be given is just the time of day
Just for you speak, to hear a little bit of what you say

I been listening to what you need
I been listening to what you need

CHORUS
I come from the department of conversation baby
I'm diggin what you're saying, what you're saying to me

I hear you talking babe I'm looking in your eyes
But when my mouth is moving all you hear is lies
I watch you walking baby, can't take my eyes away
But when it comes to something real I leave you out to dry

I been listening to what you need
I been listening to what you need

CHORUS

Been listening
Been listening
Been listening

Every word from your lips puts a picture in my mind (won't you stop)
Don't carry on we're wasting too much time
I've been listening all night long you know what I came to do
Hang on baby where you running to?

CHORUS

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Track Name: Heal Me
LYRICS

Music takes away her woes
Listens hard and lets it go
Sad songs work best
Singing she is not alone
Melody will bring her home
Sad songs work best
Sad songs work best

Lets her inhibitions go
and anything is possible
love is the key
they sang so eloquently
peace equals prosperity
intentions transcend

CHORUS
Heal me, heal me
a melody, sing to me
Heal me, heal me
a melody, sing to me
whisper to me
cradle my soul
heal me, heal me
a melody

Promise not to forget you
Promise not to forget you
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No need for translation
boundaries are limitations
knock down the walls
overwhelming suffering
overwhelming suffering
love is the key
love is the key
Track Name: 1st Impressions
LYRICS

One regular pattern
One simple understanding
A first impression
In making her decision
One look to acetane
Warm eyes and he shall gain
One first impression
And in second it could all change

CHORUS
He listening, wondering, gathering
And she will fall

This look she will digest
In his obvious interest
All these colours of grey
so now he can only guess
as she continues messing with his head
he desires

His vision wanders
asking himself what is wrong
this desperate seeking and constantly reaching
Taking far too long
A need to contact
to make an impact
a first opinion
in case she moves on
One last motivation cos she has almost gone

CHORUS x2

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Track Name: Without A Sound
LYRICS

All without a sound
All without a sound
All without a sound
All without a sound

What he missed made him sing
and brought the tears to his eyes
and what made him sad is what he had
and that it was all left behind

The thoughts of strangers feared
The change of peers, his world turned upside-down
Frustration felt, and anger dealt
And all without a sound

All without a sound
All without a sound
All without a sound
All without a sound

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