chekhov guns

by audiotransparent

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What would it sound like if we’d push over our record shelves and then glue the pieces back together? Chekhov guns is the result of this puzzle; the third audiotransparent record.

Together with producer Corno Zwetsloot the band took two years inside a fully analog studio (no computers used for recording!) to assemble the thirteen songs. During this process more then only record shelves toppled over. Band members got acquainted with grown up issues. Singer Bart saw his own life fall to pieces. The theme for the record can therefore be described as ‘Bits and pieces’, lyrically as well as musically. The question is whether the old dutch saying “Shards bring luck” is really true…

The group let go of the quiet, slow and melancholic spheres of the first records to work on a true, raw indiepop record. References shifted from Sparklehorse and Low to Wilco, Neutral Milk Hotel and the more electronic groups like Notwist and Animal Colective. A NOW Indie-pop-record.

In the studio all habits and rules were thrown overboard. The only argument was “what works best for the song”. Even within a group of pacifistic northeners this lead to physically violent arguments. “If the 50 days in the studio weren’t expensive it was the bill for cleaning the mixing desk after a bleeding nose”. Band member and producer fired each other more then once. “But the urge to complete the jigsaw puzzle of a vague musical picture in their heads brought everybody back around the taperecorder. Canadian friends Great Lake Swimmers joined to work together on the first single “you are a movie”. (also available as an old fashioned 7” split vinyl)

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released November 26, 2009

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Track Name: prison yell
these four walls
in my head
are so real
and the ceiling's like a looking glass

i went from
counting the days
to counting the men
that I’ve seen come and go

everything claimed is lied
i was framed
i'm innocent
all i've done wrong
i regret
but i was framed
i'm innocent

these four walls
in my head
are so real
and the ceiling's like a looking glass

i went from
counting the days
to counting the men
that I’ve seen come and go
Track Name: ...and never the twine shall meet
no man can walk the earth without casting a shadow
on the ground he’s walking on
find your place, take your space just don’t
take the sun from someone’s eye
no bird can float on air without end
she needs a touchdown to recharge
fly low save your strength and don’t
let them take you from the sky

this is what I thought of and this is what I feel
and never the twine shall meet
mother’s tell your children of the good and the ungood
and father’s tell them of the fire

no woman can walk the earth without casting a shadow
on the ground she’s walking on
find your place, take your space just don’t
take the sun from someone’s eye
no books no magazines no tv shows or
well-meant advices, nights in bars
can help me out to set apart the voice of reason – voice of heart

this is what I thought of and this is what I feel
and never the twine shall meet
mother’s tell your children of the good and the ungood
and father’s tell them of the fire
father’s tell them of the fire
Track Name: you are a movie
maybe i fear your change more than i want it
maybe i am playing a part that i can't step out of
can i see the worrld through the eyes of another
can i see myself in a way that someone else would?

people change some for better some for worse

maybe you are a movie
filmed through a dirty lens
and i only have a movie still
i framed it as a photograph
your pictures are already in motion
but i have this frayed image
you might have already changed your heart but
i've seen how you were back then
i've seen how you were back then

people change some for better some for worse
Track Name: castles
We made promises on a sunny Friday in the month of April
In which we couldn’t have foreseen
That you can’t build castles on good intentions
Not if you actually want to live in them
I wish we could have foreseen

How do you dare to call yourselves artists of life while you hurt others?

You broke promises in the winter and spring
And if it’s true what they’re saying “resistance is commitment” then I don’t see why you were to weak to fight against the lies that were eating up the foundation of the house we built but never got to paint
I hop castle ruins are a fertile soil for wonderful things
How do you dare to call yourselves artists of life while you hurt others?
Track Name: the communication chord
i wish that i could fast forward
i wish that i could rewind
hopefully for many many minutes
before or after I read your lines

you never meant to hurt nobody
but you’re making an exception for me
is saying we were better of yesterday,
also saying we were better of alone?

Why is the communication cord untouched?

Now the path I’m on has two options
With no lights and no dead end signs
On what should I base my decision,
The most important one in my life?
I never meant to hurt nobody
But the rules of karma don’t apply to me
Saying we were better off yesterday
Is like saying we were better off alone

Why is the communication cord untouched?
Track Name: i saw her hanging there
All your life you have searched for this
Now you can’t wait to get rid of it
Saving up for years for this moment to be here
Now you can’t wait to get out of there

Out of the blue he ran
What the hell is happening?
I’m not going back in there / right there above the stairs
I saw someone hanging there
Track Name: under water (the car crash song)
Oh how I wish I drowned as well that day
Not out of self pity not out of self hate
But just to know what it was like

I took a drive to the shore of your life yesterday
I swear I miss you and that my days are long and empty
I’m tired and all I do is watch the rain fall down on the hood

(…I want you to know that our bed stays empty and that I sleep in the bath. I hold my breath under water and I hope I’ll meet you there. But the water runs cold…)
Track Name: best laid plans
Some see it as their best friend who ruins all of their best laid plans

And makes them see normal things in ways they’ve not seen normal things before

But how can it be your best friend when it ruins all of yor best laid plans and might make you leave behind the ones that you have been fighting for

So please if you see it like that should i worry
My conscience fails to overcome
That way of seeing the things

Some see it as their best friend who ruins all of their best laid plans
And makes them see normal things in ways they’ve not seen normal things before
Track Name: really white smile
If I had a really white smile

I’m sure that I knew all the right phrases

And if I had a lower BMI

Neighbours would speak much higher of me



Beauty industry; come and rescue me

Raise my confidence; cutting healthy skin



If I had a really white smile

I’m sure that I paid all of my taxes

My far from perfect waiste-hip-ratio

Is keeping me from engaging in relationships



Beauty industry; come and rescue me

Raise my confidence; cutting healthy skin

Just make over me; make me beautiful

Just make over me; make me beautiful
Track Name: far away
i feel the clouds rush by
i hope you know i try
i hope you know i try
i see the clock move
but we're not in the now
we're not in the now
we're not in the now

and i am so afraid of far far away

april plays a major chord
and now you made it through
i'm so glad we came to
Track Name: welcome closer
I have searched for you as a nameless thing
A feeling that was
There before you were
Existing in me but was not yet you
But would have had your resonance if it had a language

How could I’ve expected you’d become exactly that?
Like putting on a shirt…
Track Name: never let her slip away
I talked to my baby on the telephone long distance

I never would have guessed i could miss someone so bad

I really only met her about a week ago but it doesn’t seem to matter to my heart i know that i lover here i’m hoping that i’ll never recover

She’s good for me and it would really make me happy to never let her slip away

I feel like a kid with a teenage crush on a schoolday

I feel like the lead in romeo and juliette yeah-i-yeah-i-yeah

I’m a little bit dizzy i’m a little bit scare i guess i never felt this much aware that i love here i’m thinking that i’ll never recover

She’s good for me and it would really make me happy to never let her slip away

Ohhh i love her i’m thinking that i’ll never recover

She’s good to me and it would really make me happy to never let her slip away oh i know that it would make me happy to never let her slip away