- KGU! Sample Medley
Keeps Going Up! was recorded live on gloriously rich 8-track analogue tape using a selection of of industry-standard microphones, including Shure SM58, Shure SM57 and AKG 212 mics. The room ambience you hear is, well, genuine room ambience, as the tracks were recorded in "one-take". The tracks were all mixed on PC using Sonar and mastered using Cool Edit Pro. Any buzzes, pops or bangs were part of the sound we could hear - and so could be recorded - at the time and add, in our view, to the authentic ETL.
Recorded and mixed at The Barn at various sessions in 2004, our latest release, Keeps Going Up! comprises our most recent compositions and re-workings of a couple of old favourites.
The central theme, if you will, is of optimism in the face of apparent - but not always real - adversity.
- Eat the Lemon old favourite (and of course, band moniker orientated) re-worked for the 21st century. Not, as is often supposed, the first song we ever wrote, but certainly one of the early numbers composed soon after we settled on the band's name. A musing on what makes the business world tick.
- Where's Poirot? this song is a survivor of the Geoff Dodimead era EtL, having been penned by him for his then band in the late 1970s. It tracks the imaginary woes of the detective classes long after the demise of the world's favourite Belgian sleuth.
- Mr Filmmaker a homage to pure escapism: this tune eulogises the film world in the context of our need for deeper fulfilment. Is the "smell of burning candle wax" really to do with lighted tapers, or is there a connection with celluloid?
- Don't Turn Back simple tale of pain that can only be caused to one human by another human. Best avoided . . . but not the song obviously!
- Bunfields inspired by Bunhill Fields, and ancient graveyard off Old Street in the centre of London. Who were they all, we wonder, unanswered.
- Fatbelly Blues a wry look at the most corrosive of the anxieties of the worrying generation. We've all been there - "pasta 'n beans is my favourite"!
- T Shirt 'n Jeans another old favourite that has survived multiple incarnations. This version is updated for the naughties with a more powerful and edgy feel which is cleverly contrasted with a surprising psychodelic middle section. Please be careful with that Kaftan Eugene!
- We Can Shine affectionately re-named Shiney Shiney by the band because . . . . . I'm not really sure! It should be past it's sell by date but songs this good never go stale.
- The Place a song that has it all. Starts as a beautiful slow balad, builds to a soaring chorus, changes pace with an extended instrumental ending and is all wrapped in a message that will keep you guessing. You'll be exhausted . . . . but stangely fulfilled!
- Your Father's Son a touching observation of paternal pride garnished with rich vocal harmonies and chord changes that may remind you of a slightly inferior Fab 4 from the 60's ;-)
- Carpet Ride it started life as a funky bass line but soon developed into a fully grown, toe tappingly cynical view about the exploitation of naive types, bizarre quest for their 5 minutes of fame. We are still waiting for ours.
- Lets Make Some Noise the ultimate blokish song, rendering the moods of every-male from child to creaking middle age, this is a slice of pure self-justificatory self-indulgence. Long may it ring true.
- In(n) Crowd if you ask any of the band what this song is about, they will mumble incoherently . . mumble mumble . . . "pub culture" mumble mumble . . . "Winchmore Hill" . . mumble mumble. Don't let that put you off though. This is cracking, uptempo rocker with more twists and turns than a North London street map.