Week 3 – Sorry For The Delay

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The gentleman you can see between Ed and Harvey is Wayde. A friend of ours who comes in and out of the band. He never played live with us but has some fantastic ideas for songs that I always want his opinion of. I had written a song called “No Reply” which he contributed song mastering effects on the guitar for, and it sounded fantastic. That particular song however will not make the album, I believe because it is too pop sounding. Playing it live is a lot of fun though.

Wake Up

We got together to go over “Wake Up” which is near finished. I love playing this song because it’s very Joy Division I get told a lot. It’s pretty fast and dark. I wrote it in a time when George Bush was still in power, and how much that pissed me off. I love playing this song live solo, because acoustically it sounds completely different.

Here’s my stop
Where do you get off?
I am only just waking up

The wheels have turned
Everything is set into motion
And I am only just waking up

You’ll give yourself away in the end

I’d take you blood
But you’ve already turned to stone
And I am only just waking up

You’ve no reason to lie
But you leave me with no reason to believe you
And I am only just waking up

You’ll give yourself away in the end

Week 2 – Plans

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We have some ideas of songs floating around after a week. I’ve got 7 books full of lyrics I’ve been writing since I was 15, when I first started to write songs. Sometimes I write new songs, other days I add on or alter songs I already have. It’s hard to force songs out though. The first song is called “Guns Blazing”, with more detail of the song below. In this same session we got started on “Wake Up”, another song I had written a couple of years ago. As you can see in the photo, we were quite hot from the humid weather.

Above is an enormous flyer for some deep house festival that was going on over summer. Apparently John Roberts is a deep house producer from Chicago who is quite famous. A few of my uni friends love him. I used this for some solo shows I played in small bars around Melbourne. People were mighty pissed off when I played acoustic music instead of deep house.

But we often talk about the band, and where we got the name Friendly Nightmares from. My old house mate for some bizarre reason called me “Cock”. According to him it’s short for Cockney which apparently translates to friend. He got Cockney from the television series The Mighty Boosh, which in one episode features an antagonist played by Noel Fielding called The Cockney Nightmare – a badass dude. I believe at the time we thought the name was catchy enough that people would remember. You do stupid things when you’re young. I can’t say it has been the best band name ever, but people do remember.

Guns Blazing

It’s about the ambiguities of finding love. The trials and tribulations. I wrote it when I was about 16 because before the band I played acoustic music solo. The riff was so catchy, I had to make the song more than what it was. I also quite liked the lyrics to the chorus

I will go out the same way that I came in here with you
Like in is the end and out is where I’ve already been through

I got the idea from the album title of Modest Mouse’s Good News For People Who Love Bad News. Very clever in that it doesn’t actually make any sense.

I’m going out guns blazing
I know we’re in it for the same thing
So don’t try and stop me, it won’t change things

I will go out the same way that I came in here with you
Like in is the end and out is where I’ve already been through

Cause you keep me in the dark
A place where you light up and I only spark
If only you knew where I’d been
You’d open up and let me in

I will go out the same way that I came in here with you
Like in is the end and out is where I’ve already been through

Cause you hang me up to dry
I’ll kill myself trying to stay in your life
If only you knew where I’d been
You’d open up and let me in

Week 1 – Writer’s Block

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My band, Friendly Nightmares has been together for three years now. The idea started in the attic of a house I was living in at the time. Back then we had a different drummer. The band consists of myself on bass and lead vocals, Edward Dunstan on lead guitar, and originally Stefan Gatto on drums until a year later he left the band – or did we kick him out? I cannot remember. Finally after getting a new drummer, having a couple of band sessions together, playing a live gig or 2, we collectively decided to sit down, write some songs, record an album, album artwork and do a little promotional music video clip for our tracks.

(Left to right: Edward Dunstan, John Roberts, Harvey Whelan)

The purpose of this blog is to log the events over a 10 week period from start to finish. Writing the songs, practicing, performing, recording, and producing an EP.

No Reply

“No Reply” was one of the first songs we put together at the start. I had written the chord progression and had a strong idea of how I wanted it to be. I wrote the lyrics after being sick of always being on call for girls when they needed me. Spending a night by my phone waiting for a reply that would ultimately never come. I hate that! It’s so confusing.

I was trying to get through to you, no reply
If you’re leaving don’t forget to write, and then sign
I’ve made the best of my mistakes, so comply

We are always just so disconnected
There’s no way to get through
I got lost somewhere along the way
And I’m breaking up on you

I was trying to get through to you, no reply
Must be easy when you’re always right, why aren’t I?

We are always just so disconnected
There’s no way to get through
I got lost somewhere along the way
And I’m breaking up on you