Friday Night Heroes

by Leadfinger

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"There's no filler on "Friday Night Heroes", not a single wasted note, everything fits like the sparkles in a well-cut diamond. 'Friday Night Heroes' is one of my few favourite lps of 2016, and it'll be playing to admirers and cut-throats and dancers and musicians long after we're all damned dust."
7 Stars "Robert Brokenmouth" I94-bar

Released on the Conquest of Noise label...
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After almost a decade of developing their own style of rock’n’roll, Wollongong/Sydney based Leadfinger release their 5th album…the desire remains as the journey continues with the same 4-piece line-up that has stuck solid since 2008. Over the years Leadfinger have built a reputation for dynamic, twin guitar rock and heart on sleeve delivery of quality songs and on Friday Night Heroes they pushed their musicianship, sound and writing into new realms by bringing in some guest players and changing the method of writing to a more direct ‘in the rehearsal room’ approach.

The songs for Friday Night Heroes were recorded in mid to late 2015 (after 18 months of songwriting and development) at Sydney’s Linear Recording with Wade Keighran (Wolf & Cub, Steve Smyth Band) behind the controls.

Guests on the album include singer/songwriter Leah Flanagan on backing vocals and renowned Sydney bassist Andy Newman (The Visitors/Decline of the Reptiles et al) makes a cameo on the keys but it is Doug Hazell’s Saxophone bursts on Heart on My Sleeve, the haunting Raining in the Dark and closing track My Own Road that have the most impact, bringing a Springsteen like urgency to the album. The title song however is the album’s epic heart, inspired in part by Cunningham’s love of playing live and the unpredictability of venues, turnouts and reactions … the song showcases the band’s intricate guitar interplay and ability to weave a rock’n’roll story.

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released July 14, 2016

Recorded at Linear Recording, Leichardt Australia
Additional recording at Keira Sound Music, Wollongong, Australia
Recorded by Wade Keighran, Steve McCarthy & Stewart Cunningham
Assisted by Mac Robillard & Dorny Hayes
Mixed by Wade Keighran
Produced by Wade Keighran and Stewart Cunningham
Mastered by William Bowden/King Willy Sound

All songs written by Stewart Cunningham except Friday Night Heroes by Stewart Cunningham/Adam Screen

Personnel
Stewart ‘Leadfinger’ Cunningham - Vocals, 6 & 12 String Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitars, Mandolin, Tambourine
Michael Boyle - Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals
Dillon Hicks - Drums, Percussion
Adam ‘Reggie’ Screen - Electric Bass Guitar

Andy Newman - Piano
Doug Hazell - Saxophone
Leah Flanagan - Backing Vocals
Wade Keighran - Shaker, Backing Vocals
Steve McCarthy - Tambourine
Bulahdelah Boomerang’s RLFC - handclapping, foot stomping and various background noises.

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Track Name: Champagne & Diamonds
Champagne & Diamonds
(Written by Stewart Cunningham)

Champagne and diamonds
Two sisters of love and hate
Bittersweet like salt & Lemons
They go together like sin and fate

And you can take the easy way out
Or you can take long way around
Champagne & Diamonds

You try to find the balance
A little danger keeps you alive
Safe and sound is alright for some
Now I wanna have my fun

And you can take the easy way out
See what comes along

Life can’t always be
Champagne and diamonds
Life can’t always be
What you want it to be
It’s what you need

It won’t turn out to be what you want it to be
…but it’s what you need
Track Name: Heart on My Sleeve
Heart on My Sleeve
(Written by Stewart Cunningham)

I’m wearing my heart on my sleeve
It’s so easy for you to see
Will it make you believe, believe in me
I’ll let you see the real me

I’m wearing my heart on sleeve
I want you to believe in me
I’m wearing my heart on sleeve
I want you to be with me

I’ve got plenty to hide
Many times in life I’ve lied
I feel ashamed of mistakes I’ve made
I can look you in the eye
Don’t be quick to judge my name
Life is not so black and white
Nor is it wrong or right
To wear you heart on your sleeve

What can I say or do
To make you believe in me
Should I tear my heart out
Just to prove I bleed
Ask myself do I have
Anything you need
Do you judge me
On my name or on my deed
I’m wearing my heart…on my sleeve

I’m wearing your heart on my sleeve
I want you to believe in me
I’m wearing your heart on my sleeve
I’m your man and proud to be
I’m wearing your heart on my sleeve
I’m wearing your heart
Track Name: Mean Streak
Mean Streak
(Written by Stewart Cunningham)

Something don’t seem right
But I keep it to myself
In the end I’m not always right
But I ain’t like anybody else

Yeah I’ve got a mean streak
I don’t want to seem weak
You try and deceive me
You’ll find out what I mean
Yeah I’ve got a mean streak

Something don’t seem right
But I bury it deep inside
In the end I’m not always right
But I keep it to myself

They say I’ve got a mean streak
I’m trying not to be so weak
The good, the bad, the ugly
Are all part of me

You try and be yourself
Don’t be like everybody else
I promise to be good to you

They say I’ve got a mean streak
I don’t want to seem weak
You try and deceive me
You’ll find out what I mean
I’ve got a mean streak
Track Name: Bite My Tongue
Bite My Tongue
(Written by Stewart Cunningham)

I bite my tongue
Your lack of loyalty is second to none
You tell me one thing on Monday
Then on a Tuesday it’s a different story
You have no shame
And will happily kiss the arse of those
Who humilate me

But I bite my tongue
I take what comes
I bite my tongue
your day will come
I bite my tongue
I bide my time

I bide my time
I see through your game
you step on the people in your way
You lie so much
That you forget all those tales
A weathervane, changes each day
Depends on the wind
and the money you can make
Just like you it’s a shifting game

But I bite my Tongue
I take what comes
I bite my tongue
your day will come

Yeah I bite my tongue
Your day has come
your race is run
Your game is done
Your day has come
Track Name: Raining in the Dark
Raining in the Dark
(Written by Stewart Cunningham)

It’s raining in the dark
You see her walking by
Tears well in her eyes
You can’t see them fall
Cos it’s raining in the dark

And it’s raining in her heart
And her world is torn apart
It’s raining in the dark

She walks into the night
and her love fades from view
you can’t look her in the eye
When she turns to face you

And it’s raining in her heart
As she fades into the dark
And your world falls apart

Our love it has died and now
We must both walk alone
Our love it has died and now
She must cry on her own
It’s raining in the dark
Track Name: Older & Wiser
Older & Wiser
(Written by Stewart Cunningham)

Older and wiser
Higher and higher
Fighting the fighters
Wilder and wilder

You can be like the walking dead
You can be like a zombie
You can live a life that gets you ahead
You can live a life that makes you dead

Older and wiser
Brighter and brighter
Faster and louder
Braver than we should have been

Life can be like a tv scene
You can star in your own dvd
You can be what they want you to be
Or you can be whatever you please
Running wild in the streets

Older and wiser
Shoulder to shoulder
Fighter the fighters
Braver than we shoulda been

You can be like the walking dead
You can be like a zombie
You can live a life that gets you ahead
You can sit at home and pretend you’re dead
But you’re older and wiser to me
Track Name: The Man I Used to Be
The Man I Used to Be
(Written by Stewart Cunningham)

The wheel of fortune makes no sound
You cannot see it turning round
The fortune teller has no say
When you will see your final day
Your journey takes a thousand days

It’s true what I say here
The Man I used to be
Is gone forever he is
The man I used to be
A tragic-comedy
The man I used to be
Is gone forever he is

Have you ever met a man who’s free
Everybody thinks it so easy
You can join the middle class zombies
You can’t change the world so run with me
You can’t change the world for free
But you can change your destiny

Your journey takes a thousand days
It’s true what I say here
The Man I used to be
Is gone forever he is
The man I used to be
A tragic-comedy
The man I used to be
Is gone forever he is
The man I used to be
Track Name: Friday Night Heroes
Friday Night Heroes
(Written by Stewart Cunningham)

We’re all Friday night heroes
Riding one trick ponies
All playing in the same old front bar tonight

Tonight we’re like Friday night heroes
Riding one trick ponies
Small town superstars tonight

And when the ride takes over
I feel a weight off my shoulders
When the night is over
I think of all the things I should of told her

But the Friday night heroes are keeping it tight
The Friday night heroes are doing alright, tonight

Well some of us feel like has beens
And some of us are never beens
But we all keep turning up for one more hit

Well the guitars look like they’ve been played alright
And the frets no longer shine as bright
Truth is they never sounded any better than this

And when the ride takes over
I feel a weight off my shoulders
When the night is over
I think of all the things I should of told her

But the Friday night heroes are keeping it tight
The Friday night heroes are doing alright
Yeah they’re doing alright, tonight

And the crowds are so much smaller
And the time between drinks gets longer
But they all keep turning up for one more drink
And this town seems so quiet at times
But on Friday night it comes alive

Well we talk about the old days
And remember friends who passed away
The ghosts of the past
Are invited to join us on this stage
Track Name: Appreciate
Appreciate
(Written by Stewart Cunningham)

Appreciate everything you’ve got
Appreciate everything you’re not
Got no need to work my day is done
I’m sitting here strumming my guitar in the sun
Little doggy sleeping at my feet
Four year old daughter laughing as I speak
Appreciate everything you’ve got

I appreciate everything I’ve got
Yes it won’t be long before I drop
And people will say everything that I was not
He didn’t appreciate all the things he got
He didn’t appreciate, no he did not
Oh but they are wrong I know just what I got

I sing this song so that you will understand
Nothing lasts forever, nothing is ever planned
Next week you could be six feet underground
Make sure today you enjoy being around
Appreciate everything you’ve got
Appreciate that’s the shot
Track Name: My Own Road
My Own Road
(Written by Stewart Cunningham)

We pulled into Kalamzoo
I met two girls, they said they knew you
They told me they were from Waxahachie
They’re both gone now so suddenly

I’m my own man on my own road
Retrace my steps to find my way back home

I’m my own man on my own road
Those that know don't tell
And those who tell don't know.
Strike the tent, blow out the coals
I’m my own man on my own road
I’m not bought and sold
I got them worn out soles
It’s just a heart and soul
On my own road

She takes a compliment
It always earn the rent
She put me on a train out of my brain
I’m trying to get back to Wooloomooloo
When your times up there’s nothing you can do

I’m my own man on my own road
Retrace my steps to find my way back home
I’m my my own man on my own road
Wandering down these dusty old own roads

I’m my own man on my own road
Those that know don't tell
And those who tell don't know.
Strike a the tent, blow out the coals
I’m my own man on my own road
Not bought and sold
I got them worn out soles
I got that heart and soul
It’s just a rock’n’roll
It’s just a heart and soul
On my own road