Earth & Earthly Things

by Cutaways

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And you can also check some videos for tracks from this album:

I Don't Understand What You Don't Say - www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdoJGB_tBMk

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Lover's Are Lunatics -
www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcVb0CMC15o

Cutaways use two boys, one girl, two synths, one guitar, a drum kit and bags full of hooks and melodies to make their jagged and boisterous pop music.

Encouraged by the response from the Start Stop! Start Stop! EP, Cutaways released their debut album Earth and Earthly Things in July 2009, preceded by the download single, Milo of Kroton in May.

Cutaways have taken their vibrant live show all across Ireland, while also touring the UK and playing recent shows in Toronto, Canada as part of Indieweek Canada. The gigs themselves feature anything from impromptu puppet shows to 'rap' cameos. The band’s puppet counterparts also starred in the video for Lovers Are Lunatics; and Blue Bird, Yellow Bird and Red Bird from the EP's artwork sprung to life terrorizing the streets of Belfast in the video for I Don't Understand What You Don't Say. This summer Cutaways played some of their most exciting shows to date, taking to the stage at a number of festivals including headlining Belfast Pride and also taking in Indie Week Ireland, Glasgowbury and Feile Festival.

The coming months promise to be just as colourful, with the NME hailing Cutaways as "your new favourite band" and Ireland's Hot Press and AU magazines both name Cutaways as one of the bands to watch in the coming year.

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released June 9, 2009

produced by Rocky O'Reilly at Start Together studio, Belfast, Northern Ireland

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Track Name: Weapon of Choice
Receiving mixed messages, i'm becoming confused

Because my radar's gone stir crazy from overuse

They belong in the movies, i belong in a soap

Dominated by one plot-line of limited hope

Pick up and fix up the broken pieces

Don't let them gather dust untouched at the foot of the bed

CHORUS

There's no need to plot a course for one

Give up the radar pick up a laser gun

Choose your weapon of choice

I belong on your doorstep

You belong on my mind

CHORUS

There's no need to plot a course for one

Give up the radar pick up a laser gun

Choose your weapon of choice
Track Name: I Spilled Your Drink, So You Broke My Heart
If this ground hasn't already swallowed anybody whole can it please start now?

Can we start again? Stop Start Stop Start Stop

Can't we just pretend we're two different people?

Every clock-face in the room looks so confused

They're waiting for the sign to start/stop

Start Stop Start Stop

Tick Tock Tick Tock

I spilled your drink so you broke my heart

I'll recover but it will happen again



I Don't Understand What You Don't Say

Oh no, there's danger in every step we take

Behind us are the smiles we fake

Under every roof, in every school

On every street, on everybody's lips

Are thousands of broken and unspoken words

Boys and girls, you'd better say what you have to say

What's going on?

I don't understand what you don't say

What are we talking about?

I don't understand what you don't say

Are we getting along?

I don't understand what you don't say

Are we having fun?

Oh no, we've fallen into that old trap again

We're talking but we're making no friends

What's going on?

I don't understand what you don't say

What are we talking about?

I don't understand what you don't say

Are we getting along?

I don't understand what you don't say

Are we having fun?
Track Name: Lovers Are Lunatics
Hate it then love it, we keep it then shove it

We hide it then show it, we’re quiet then shouting out loud

Lovers are lunatics

Do it deny it, refuse it then try it, we sell it then buy it

We’re always in crisis

We’re hurt and hurting with deeds and words

And at the end of it all we will make do with something

Or make do with nothing at all, it’s not our choice

We should try to elevate ourselves to a higher state

Where faces are faceless, our bodies are featureless, longing is weightless, belonging is frowned upon

Viva Loneliness!

Cast those aspersions aside

Join the new generation of ex-lovers happy to love no more

No more believing the hype, lovers are lunatics in disguise

As the girl u want the boy you crave

The note you wrote, the call you made

The tree you chose to carve a name beside yours

Take the morning off to fall in love

That’s what it’s coming to

Speed-dating, speed-kissing, speed-lying, speed-fighting

Speed-babies, speed-wedding, speed-ageing, speed dying
Track Name: I Don't Understand What You Don't Say
Oh no, there's danger in every step we take

Behind us are the smiles we fake

Under every roof, in every school

On every street, on everybody's lips

Are thousands of broken and unspoken words

Boys and girls, you'd better say what you have to say

What's going on?

I don't understand what you don't say

What are we talking about?

I don't understand what you don't say

Are we getting along?

I don't understand what you don't say

Are we having fun?

Oh no, we've fallen into that old trap again

We're talking but we're making no friends

What's going on?

I don't understand what you don't say

What are we talking about?

I don't understand what you don't say

Are we getting along?

I don't understand what you don't say

Are we having fun?
Track Name: Secret Distance
Safe and sound within these sounds there's nothing to fear today

With a DVD and a magazine and a glass full of lemonade

I see her words turn in defeat as they bounce up off my chest

Too many times i've let them win so i'm giving them a rest

If you weren't so loud and you weren't so proud

Maybe you'd be on top of my list

But you've such bad timing so please untie me

And let me amount to something

You did insist upon the secret distance

That has stopped us combining our fates

And it might just be too late

Upon my word i kid you not I'm taking action today

I'm stuck inside a serenade that's not making any sense

CHORUS

I was searching for a metaphor but i could only think of one

Our love at best was like a solar quest without space suits on

At first the lack of gravity had made it seem like fun

But when you're lacking atmosphere you can never feel at home

CHORUS
Track Name: Lights
As I focus on you gently you make my eyes bleed

In the best possible way

Nothing can get between us except the music

And all the people in the way

All the party people are arty people

And I'm feeling out of place

So I go for a smoke and lo and behold

There you are in all your grace

You ask for a cigarette I ask for a light

We find ourselves talking and we get on alright

At least well enough to keep us standing outside

We started with some awkward moves on the kitchen floor

But it soon became a dance floor

With my bloodied eyes I could see for miles

Which is what I'd wanted for so long

The moon is trying to chase us but we evade it

And soon we see the break of dawn

I walk you to your door and when we part

I don't feel lonely any more

When I get home I wipe my eyes clean

And count the cobwebs on the ceiling

As I paint imaginary pictures and write imaginary tales

As I twirled you round you asked for more

And I danced like I've never danced before

And they say that parties are a waste of time

Now my eyes are yours and yours are mine
Track Name: Fight to the Death
A fight to the death? That's all I need

When I can't fight, I'm already on my knees

A cold wind blew my bones away

And now they're gone I'm jelly-legged

Call me sweetheart call me pal

Or make your terms more favourable

Cos when you don't I'm all at sea

And only kisses revive me

I went to the river of words to swim for all the best

But they were trapped within the jaws of all the worst

'Disappointment' threw me a glare while biting into success

Told the profanities to form an infantry

I was in a fight to the death

To free the good words from the bad

I took a step into the icy water

Tried to pick them off one by one

But one by one they took their toll

And dragged me off to their leader

Who said "fighting for the sake of it is wrong"

Don't look down on hate while looking up to love

Don't try to separate what goes hand in hand

One always stands close to the other

If love hated hate then why would it bother?

Call me sweetheart call me pal

Or make your terms more favourable

A different kind of blow rained down on my head today

It should have been fatal but I feel a-ok