We Make the Music

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“The portents were there that it was going to be a very good album but Leadfinger’s “We Make The Music” makes a convincing claim for greatness in the space of 49 minutes. From the Who-like title track that opens it to the Hendrix-tinged finale, “Beside Me, Against Me” (with its shades of “Castles in the Air”) this is a bona fide Australian classic.”
– The Barman, i-94Bar, April 2011

“There are any number of tropes you might expect to hear on a classic rock album… The important thing is what you do with them – are you going to go by the numbers or are you going to really go for it ? Is it just going to be all present and correct or is it going to be all the energy you have, the sound of total commitment – heart and soul and rough times and rocking till you can’t rock anymore and then still dragging one more encore out? Leadfinger fall into the latter category – they rock and they rock hard.”
– Jonathan Aird, Americana UK, May 8th 2011

The third Leadfinger album – We Make the Music is a great collection of songs about the ins and outs of playing in a rock’n’roll band, it’s about the music, the ups and downs and the relationships, it will have you turning up the volume and punching your fist in celebration but it is also evocative at times, drawing heavily on the inspirational well of adolescence. We Make the Music is the album that won Leadfinger many new fans and broke the band to a wider underground audience.

After the swamp blues jams and big riffs of their previous album Rich Kids, the Leadfinger of We Make the Music is a more controlled vehicle, acutely aware of the past whilst kicking into the future. The now 4 piece line up had been gigging solidly for almost 2 years when they entered Big Jesus Burger Studios with JP Fung at the controls. We Make the Music relies heavily on the warmth that comes from using vintage recording techniques, giving it a sound reminiscent of classic seventies recordings by Big Star and the Rolling Stones. The band got to experiment a bit in the big time studio environment of BJB in Sydney’s Surry Hills, this time using acoustic guitars, mandolins and dobros, and with the help of Brent Williams (New Christs) added some keys and piano to the mix to make this the bands most diverse album musically.

The album was officially released through Australia’s Impedance Records on April 8 2011 with the vinyl version of the album out in July 2011, through Spain’s Bang! Records (www.bang-records.net)
Lyrically, We Make the Music is a celebration of the artist and highlights the good and bad that every band goes through – WE MAKE THE MUSIC, the ephemeral pursuit of dreams – THE PRICE YOU PAY, and teenage rebellion & confusion FOURTEEN. The timelessness of the songwriting on this album invites comparisons with Paul Westerberg, Steve Earle, Bruce Springsteen, Rory Gallagher, and Paul Kelly while the rough edges are a tribute to the band’s punk days listening to Radio Birdman, The Saints and MC5.

In a world where people would rather vote for their pop-stars than their politicians, the songs of Stew ‘Leadfinger’ Cunningham take us back to a simpler time when music told us a story: our story.

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released April 8, 2011

Personnel
Stewart Cunningham: Vocals, Electric Guitar, Hummingbird, Dobro, Mandolin, 12 String,Slide, Harmonica, Percussion
Michael Boyle: Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals, 12 String Acoustic
Dillon Hicks: Drums, Percussion
Adam ‘Reggie’ Screen: Electric Bass Guitar

Guests
Brent Williams: piano, hammond organ, backing vocals
JP Fung: percussion
Bulahdelah Boomerangs RLFC: shouting, footstomping and clapping

Recording
Recorded at Big Jesus Burger Studios, Sydney in Winter 2010
Recorded by JP Fung, Brent Williams & Stewart Cunningham
Assisted by Matt Clifton
Mixed by JP Fung
Mastered by William Bowden
Produced by Stewart Cunningham

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Track Name: We Make the Music
We Make the Music (Written by Stewart Cunningham)

We make the music, we make the music (sotto)
We are the music makers (high sotto)
We are the music makers
We are the dreamers of the dreams
We are the real deal
We are the players of strings

We make the music – we take the songs

I saw a shooting star
I didn't know what to wish for
All part of my life as a fake
All part of this great charade

I saw a shooting star – I didn’t know what to wish for

All part of my life as a fayiayke
I live this life as a great charade
You’re all part of my life as a fake
We’re all human failures - We are all music makers

We make the music – we take the songs
We make the music – we make the songs
We make the music – we take it on
Track Name: Dragon on My Chain
Dragon on My Chain (Written by Stewart Cunningham)

Why’d you do that to me, did you think I’d fall
Why’d you do that to me It, won’t matter anymore

I ain’t goin anywhere right now
I’m gonna stand my ground
I’ll keep on doing exactly what I want to no more
Dragging your chains round
Whoo hoo hooo My My MY MY BABY

Why’d you do that to me what’d you think I’d say
Why’d you do that to me You think I’ll run away

I ain’t goin anywhere right now
I’m gonna stand my ground (stay right here)
Stay right here and do what I want to
No more Negative creeps around here

Whoo hoo hooo My My MY MY BABY
Whoo hoo hooo Dragging round your chain
No more draggin round your chain

Why’d d’ya do that to me how dya think Id feel
Why’d d’ya do that to me You got me on my knees
Wanna see a reaction I’m gonna take you down
Whoo hoo hoo

Stop! …..draggin round your chains
Track Name: Anthem for the Unimpressed
Anthem for the Unimpressed (WTF) (Written by Stewart Cunningham)

Everybody wants to talk about individuals
Everybody wants to be a free individual
Democracy and free individuals

I Don’t Care – What the fuck you do to me

They talk and talk and talk about individuals
They see a free individual it’s gonna scare em

I don’t care about individua a a a ls
Everybody keeps on talking down to me
Nothing more scary than a free individual

I’d rather be at home playing records
all day long
Can’t help it if I’m just unoriginal
Nothing wrong with being an individual
Track Name: Fourteen
Fourteen (Written by Stewart Cunningham)

When your 14 years old life doesn’t mean a thing
When your 14 you don’t think what the future will bring
You got your favorite shirt, a bicycle and a backyard swing
When your 14 the girl around the corner doesn’t mean a thing
She’s a beautiful thing

When your 14 – your riding up the hill
You gonna meet your friends after school
You’ve always got some time to kill
You want more than the world will give you
You settle for Saturday Anything can happen on Saturday

When Your 14 years old

Maybe we’ll head down the pinball parlour
See if there’s some free games left on the machines
I heard they got a new game - it’s called space invaders
Heard some kids talking bout it on the bus.
On the way home from school
Sounded pretty cool - sounded really cool

Well your 14 years old Starting fires and sleeping in tents
When you are 14, your clothes don’t fit you, your room is always a mess
When you’re 14 - you try to runaway
you don’t like authority - don’t like authority – still don’t

And now you don’t even like your dad, or the fun that you once had
You still remember all those days when he took you far away
Who’s to say he might happen again might take you down to the sea
Could happen any day, might happen Saturday
Who’s to say – who’s to say.

When Your 14 years old
Che sera sera sera sera
Track Name: Come & Dance
Come and Dance

Come and Dance with me
My little girl you know just what you want to be
Come and dance with me,
come and dance with me

Come and Dance with me
My little girl you know just what you want to be
Come and Dance Come and Dance Come and Dance with me
Come and Lean on me

Can you still look me in the eye
When 20 years have gone bye bye
Can you lean on me, Would you Dance with me?
Come and Lean on, Come and lean on me….

Come and Dance with me
My ittle girl you know just what you want to be
Come and Dance Come and Dance Come and Dance with me
Lean on me - Dance with me - Come and Lean on me

Come and Lean on, Come and Lean on me x 2
Come and Dance ………with me
Track Name: Eucalyptus Blues
Eucalyptus Blues (written by Stewart Cunningham)

oooohhhh na na na na hanging tree e eee
Best watch out – best watch out
Best watch out for the hanging tree e eee
Best watch out for the hanging tree e eee

Lost in the bush and what did I see
A lonely old gum tree staring at me
One long branch hanging off the side
How do you think I felt inside
That old gum tree’s calling for me
I called it the hangin treee
The hanging tree still calls for me
The hangin tree – calling for me\
The hangin tree Still calling for me yeah

Oooo best watch out for the hangin tree

I ran back home and there I wept
The last few days I hardly slept
I went and bought myself a chainsaw
I planned to break every law
I went out and cut down that tree
I made it fall but not on me
I cut down the hangin tree I made it fall but not on me

The hangin tree The hangin tree
The hangin tree Still calling for me

I cut down the hanging tree……not waiting round to see…
Cut it Down, Cut it down

Down on the street and what did I see
Another tall gum tree staring at me
One long branch hanging off the side
How do you think I felt inside
That old gum tree’s calling for me
I called it the hangin tree
The hanging tree is calling for me
The hangin tree is a beautiful thing to see

The hangin tree yeah Still calling for me
The hangin tree
The hangin tree that old blue gum tree
The spotted gum tree
Angophorus that’s always - A ghost gum tree
The hangin tree the hangin tree eeee eee
Track Name: Leaving
Leaving (written by Sean Greenway)

Somwhere someone’s got an Armoury
Collected from the knives that you’ve thrown
Now it’s time for you to reap what you’ve sown
No one’s worth it your own
has been needed to bring you undone
You lost your place out in the sun

And on my last dance I better be the man
He was drained he tried everything he can
What he could wasn’t good enough
It didn’t make the grade anymore
Won’t keep the wolves from his door

I owe you nothing x 2
I walk out this door wanna rip from it’s hinges
Away from this old failed plan

Still I found ways to keep myself sane
Throw a spanner in the works
With new tricks of the trade
Got down on your desk
Deposit the mess in your paperwork
I won’t be back to dot the I

I owe you nothing x 2
I walk out this door wanna rip from it’s hinges
Away from this old failed plan

Now it’s not gonna work,
You’re all glorified clerks
Pushing shit up a hill
Till you’ve had your thrill
For an admirable cause
But what lies at it’s core… you can never see
Track Name: The Price You Pay
The Price You Pay (Written by Stewart Cunningham)

Sean Greenway was a friend of mine
Tim Hemmensley walked the same old line
Did I tell you bout Guy Lucas as well
And John Nolan made it back from hell

There’s a price, there’s a price to pay
I wouldn’t have it any other way
If there’s a price I’m ready to Pay
There’s a price I’m ready….to pay

Ash Thomson made it back
with his sense of humour intact
Jay Curley - I never know where he’s at
Let me tell you bout Mick Weber as well
Yeah I got my own little tale to tell….

There’s a price, there’s a price to pay
We wouldn’t have it any other way
if theres a price I’m ready to Pay Yeah
If there’s a price I’m ready……to pay

There’s a price I’m ready to pay
Ok ok ok ok ok ok
I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready to pay
I’m ready….
Track Name: No Reflection
No Reflection (aka Stephen Fry’s Nose)

There’s a man in front of me
he’s not the man I want to see
He stares right out at me
not the man I want to be yeah

not the man I want to be
Stares right out at me
And I can’t even look him in the eye
I turn and sigh

I wake up in the morning and I see
That man stares back at me
He’s not the man I want to be
And I cut myself and cry
can’t look him in the eye
I turn and sigh

Not the man I want to be yeah He stares right out at me
I can’t look him in the eye I feel my guts inside

This is not the man I want to be Whooooooooo x 2
When you stare into the mirror
You gotta live with yourself
Not the man you wanna be….and I’ve lost my heart full of soul….

The Man in the mirror is me
Not the man I want to see
The man in the mirror is me

Don’t cry no tears Ain’t gon cry no tears
Ain’t gon cry no tears Don’t cry no tears for me
I made it happen see and I gotta live with me
Don’t cry no tears
Don’t cry no tears for me
I’m not the man that I want to be
That’s the way life turned out to be
Ain’t gonna cry no tears for me
I don’t want nobody to see Deep inside of me
Got the mirror blues, Tracks of our tears….
Track Name: Beside Me, Against Me
Beside Me, Against Me (Written by Stewart Cunningham)

With you beside me, it won’t take long
With you beside me, it won’t take long
With you beside me…I can’t go wrong

With you behind me, I can’t go wrong
With you behind me, I can’t go wrong
With you behind me….I can make this roll along
With you behind me….it won’t take long

With you against me, what’s the point of this song
With you against me, I can’t go on
With you against me, I can’t go on (everything goes wrong)
With you against me, I won’t be round for long
Ohhh with you against me – oooooo oh

Are you beside me or against me
With you beside me, I can’t go wrong

With you behind me this show keeps rolling on
With you beside me I can take the whole world on
With you Behind me I can take on anyone
With you beside me the world keeps keeping on – and on and on and on…..

I keep on keeping on
I’ll keep kicking on
Keep on kicking keep on hangin on
Keep on singing, keep on playing, I keep on