BLACKLISTED

by Stompin' on Spiders

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Blacklisted is the third studio album produced by Stompin' on Spiders recorded during a two day studio session during February 2014 and released in September the same year.

The album features the latest band member; Becky Davis on percussion and drums. Becky joined the band during the summer of 2013 and she immediately made an impact helping Noor Ali and Gazza Tee to explore new songwriting routes.

Blacklisted is the band's latest "tour de force" with songs that offer a withering commentary of the darker side of 21st Century life as well as songs that celebrate the happy times brought on by tropical vacations and close family members.

The album comes with a bonus track of new music that is yet to come.....

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released September 5, 2014

Noor Ali - Vocals, electric guitar, bass guitar.
Gazza Tee - Vocals, acoustic guitar, bouzouki, harmonica.
Becky Davis - Percussion and drums.

Mark Miletech - Acoustic upright bass.
Debbie Robinson - Celtic harp.

All tracks recorded and mastered at FFG Studios in Bredon, England. Engineered by David Pickering - Pick
Produced by David Pickering-Pick and N Ali.

Written by N Ali, B Davis and G Tolley
© New Tradition Music.

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Stompin' on Spiders is a musical collective formed at a Blues festival in April 2009. The band's stripped-back acoustic Blues/Rock style is individual as it is unique, blending the traditional ethos of Blues music with a very modern edge. A "new tradition" is how one music journalist described Stompin' on Spiders; "a radical mix of stripped-back blues and roots inspired by international events". ... more

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Track Name: Schizophrenic City
Schizophrenic City

Daytime has gone its own way
Night time is here to stay
Daytime is Museum Square
Night time is for De Wallen fare

As I gaze upon your gabled facades
The Oude Kerk, a myriad of bars
A dark side, the night arena
I feel your schizophrenia

Daytime I ride the grachtengordels
Night time I watch sordid whore deals
Daytime has culture and history
Night time drunk/pissed Brits touristy

The Huis Marseille by day is an art delight
I hit the coffee bars for the shame of night
Neither sterile nor homogenised
Girl I miss your schizophrenic eyes

Daytime has gone its own way
Night time is here to stay
Daytime is Museum Square
Night time is for De Wallen fare.

© 2014. New Tradition Music.
Track Name: Cloud Seeding
Cloud Seeding

Well I am just a simple man,
But something is going wrong around here?
Big, black clouds are hanging over me,
And there’s too much rain for this time of year.
The weather girl forces a smile,
But the sentiment was lost long ago.
For forty days and forty nights,
There seems to be no end in sight?
Dear Lord, this just can’t be right?
Cause the rain, it keeps falling down!

Well I am just a curious man,
To find out what’s going on around here?
Questions; I have quite a few,
But the answers are never quite that clear?
”Cloud-Seeding, that’s quite absurd!
Shut-up, sign-off and accept our word!”
Conspiracy or down-right lies,
A cover-up – that’s no surprise!
The facts that cannot be denied,
Cause the rain, it keeps falling down!

Well I’ve become a frightened man,
Because something is going wrong around here?
Men-in-suits are watching me,
Their intentions are none to clear?
A big, black car pulls up outside
Looks like I’m going to be driven out of town!
I’ll make my move, I’ll cut and run,
I’ll jump the lights, jump the gun,
Slip out the back and I’ll be gone,
Into the rain, that keeps falling down!

© 2014. New Tradition Music.
Track Name: Angry Once Again
Angry Once Again

One day an angry young man wrote,
So naïve, but he let his feelings show,
Wrote of politics,
Global war,
The famine child,
Though that they’d stand tall,
Smash the walls,
Make it all worthwhile;
Yeah, yeah.

Then he’s striking out all on his own,
Got to make your way,
got to build a home of stone,
You walk the middle road,
Carrying your heavy load,
Work in your own time,
The system’s fine,
Let the good times roll;
Yeah, yeah.

But when he scratched below the surface of the world,
Found the apple was rotten to the core,
Thieving tax man’s hand,
The corporate plans,
Take your future away!
Crumbled NHS,
Pension scheme bereft,
Finance your own old age;
Yeah, yeah.

© 2014. New Tradition Music.
Track Name: Blacklist Blues
Blacklist Blues

I always swim against the tide
Find the wave others won’t ride
But there’s pain to pay
Woah, there’s pain to pay
When my blues they are too black
Well, I will not turn back
Push me aside papa
Woah, I won’t give a jack, baba
Cause your blacklist blues
Only gives me less, give me less to lose

You gotta sing your own song
But it makes your path so long
But there ain’t no pigeonhole
Woah, where you can put my soul
When the lines they are too blurred
And the boundaries diverge
Man, that’s where I want to be
Woah, that’s where I’ve got to be
And your blacklist blues
Only gives me less, give me less to lose

Turn your head and lay me low
You can take me off your radio show
You say I ain’t so cool
Woah, I ain’t so cool to be your tool
I feel your knife into my heart
This blacklist is just the start
But when your bad deeds are done
Your small world is just a setting sun
Cause your blacklist blues
Only gives me less, give me less to lose.

© 2014. New Tradition Music.
Track Name: Charlie's Smile
Charlie’s Smile

Silence!
The darkest morning.
Snow has fallen 
Through the cold, cold night.
Grab a cup of tea
And soon it's time to be
Out on my way.
I look into his room,
His eyes wide open 
And then Charlie smiles.....

Roasting!
In Hell's Kitchen 
Halfway through my shift
Six more hours to go!
Waiters keep a-running,
"Checks-on" keep a-coming,
It never ends!
There's a photo on the wall,
Eyes of blue
And I see Charlie's smile!

Bitter!
In the cold wind.
Sleet bites my face
I make my way back home.
Key is in the door,
Coat hung in the hall,
It's good to be here!
And waiting in the room,
His eyes wide open
And then Charlie smiles...

As I walk into the room
His eyes of forever blue
And Charlie's smile....

© 2014. New Tradition Music.
Track Name: Restless Man
Restless Man

When daylight is breaking through
It’s time to roll there’s things to do
Hit the road and hit it hard
I’ve got a plan and it’s time to start

No “take it cool” it’s all wham bam
Cause I am just a restless man
Hang on tight for the ride
‘cause I am so restless inside

Board that plane going south
They’d better be ready for me when I get off
I’m travelling there to seek the truth
They’ll be no prisoners when I am through

No “take it cool” it’s all wham bam
Cause I am just a restless man
Hang on tight for the ride
‘cause I am so restless inside

It’s Friday night we’ve got a show
Pack the car we’re ready to go
Sound-check fast and check the clock
Jiffling feet I’m ready to rock

No “take it cool” it’s all wham bam
Cause I am just a restless man
Hang on tight for the ride
‘cause I am so restless inside

© 2014. New Tradition Music.
Track Name: In Paradise
In Paradise

Sunrise over blue water,
Soft sand; an endless beach.
Sea breeze blows upon me gently,
Always out of reach.
“Rush-hour” on a busy Four Mile,
No cars on this “street”.
Sunscreen; better watch my shoulders,
Out in this tropical heat (oh yeah).

Beach cafe, Americano coffee,
A walk down Macrossan Street.
Window shopping in the sunshine
There’s a spring in my feet.
Lazing on a sunny Four Mile,
Lunch with a bottle of wine.
Arvo down at the marina,
Everything here is just fine (oh yeah!)

Was it all in a dream?
Was it all so far away?
Are you going to return?
Yes, I’m going back, going back to stay ...
In Paradise…..

Reef boats all returning safely,
Stroll down to Rex Smeale Park,
Sunset over distant mountains;
The day slips into dark.
Meet friends dinning out at 2 Fish,
“Seafood Platter” is so nice!
No place could be any finer,
Than here in Paradise (oh yeah!)

Was it all in a dream?
Was it all so far away?
Are you going to return?
Yes, I’m going back, going back to stay…
In Paradise…..

© 2014. New Tradition Music.
Track Name: Katie Shoot The Gun
Katie Shoot The Gun

Katie shoot the gun, oh baby
Katie shoot the gun, ah ha
Pull the trigger on, my baby
On the innocent one uh huh
Load the chamber with the bullet
Pull the trigger and...
Oh Katie shoots the gun

Katie shoot the gun, oh baby
Katie shoot the gun, ah ha
He never hurt no one no way
So why do you hit and run, uh huh?
You never think of consequences
It’s indiscriminate
When Katie shoots the gun

But when Jimmy tried to speak out
Oh oh oh oh that’s when he knew
That his number was up
And when Jimmy tried to face her
Oh oh oh oh that’s when he knew
That Katie’s got a gun

But when I left Jimmy gasping
Oh oh oh oh that when he knew
His life would slip away
And when he sought retribution
Oh oh oh oh that’s when he knew
That Katie would have her way

Katie shoot the gun, oh baby
Katie shoot the gun, ah ha
The blood’s on everyone oh baby
When you shot that gun
There’ll be no trial for Katie
‘Cause she was just the front
For “The Man” that owns the gun.

© 2014. New Tradition Music.
Track Name: The Great Divide
The Great Divide

Standing up here on the Great Divide
We’ve taken positions, no place to hide
Facts are facts but opinions are dear
How can we move forwards from here?

I’m staring out from the Great Divide
Compromise will be a matter of pride
Bridges will burn and trust be torn
You and I with battle lines drawn

Standing on the Great Divide
The future only we decide
I stand on shale awaiting a landslide
We’re standing on the Great Divide

There wasn’t always a Great Divide
A time in life when we are allies
But people change as did we
A nihilist you came to be

Standing on the Great Divide
The future only we decide
I stand on shale awaiting a landslide
We’re standing on the Great Divide

Is there a way to bridge the Great Divide?
Someone must step to the other side!
I want to jump so I can be free
Of the great divide between you and me

Standing on the Great Divide
The future only we decide
I stand on shale awaiting a landslide
We’re standing on the Great Divide

© 2014 New Tradition Music.
Track Name: Ten Thousand Miles
Ten Thousand Miles

The street lights on the port side
Fade away and flicker out of sight.
Into the inky darkness,
As I soar away into the black of night.
A sad farewell at the departure gate
And now I’m on my own.
A pang of pain in my heart to let me know
I’m travelling ten thousand miles from home.

The “angel” of the cabin
Flits from seat to seat and row to row.
Her reassuring smile,
Helps to heal the pain that just won’t let me go.
Please cut me loose, I need to free my mind
I’m here on my own.
I’m so confused; I fall into a troubled sleep
I’m travelling ten thousand miles from home?
 
Always steadfast in my mission,
Resolute and my aims were always true.
But the dream became a nightmare
And now it’s just a thing I have to do.
In a tourist town, in a foreign land,
I’ve got to make it on my own.
Too much to lose, I need to see this through
I’m travelling ten thousand miles from home.

© 2014. New Tradition Music.