Sipping Tea To Make Music To Sip Tea To

by High-tails

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Sydney's sure-footed guitar-popsters High-tails unveil their debut EP "Sipping Tea To Make Music To Sip Tea To", released on CD/Digital on 3rd October 2014.

The band is the newest signing for Stop Start, joining top-notch home-grown alumni Ball Park Music, Millions, Northeast Party House and others. Label head Andy Bryan says "It’s always about good songs and when I heard 'Bending Over Backwards' I was immediately taken with this band.’Terrible Day' only further cemented my interest. The material they’re writing shows huge potential and we are very excited to be working with them. Another great Aussie band in the making.”

High-tails is comprised of four childhood friends from Wagga who all moved to the big smoke for varying reasons, but found themselves drawn back together through a shared love of creating chiming pop music. They dropped their debut song in late 2013 with "Maps" - a sunburst shot of economical pop that channelled the boys' beloved favourites The Go-Betweens, it had Two Thousand praising its "dreamy layered guitar melodies and a chorus to emote nostalgic Australian film scenes" while triple j Unearthed's Dave Ruby Howe proclaimed it "The Song Of The Summer".

The band followed it up in February with slinky rock stomper "Bending Over Backwards", which has been a bona fide triple j hit this year as well as receiving loads of love on public radio and blogs alike. Aussie Playlist frothed "This songs gets stuck in your head (and doesn't get out quickly)" and The Music Network confirmed "it shows these guys are no one-trick ponies". Further afield, the track even found its way into an episode of US TV series "Best Bars In America".

Upon the EP's release High-tails made it a perfect pop hat-trick with "Terrible Day", which saw Happy proclaim "(they're) a band who set the bar higher each time ... every element of the song is too good to not get a mention in being f*cking brilliant".

Throughout 2014 High-tails have played gigs across Australia supporting Northeast Party House, The Holidays, Major Leagues, Loon Lake, The Cairos and more. They've also completed festival slots at Sounds Of The Suburbs, Yours & Owls' 4th Birthday and Sydney Fringe. An enthusiastic Guardian review called the band's live show "impressively tight" and "a well-rounded set of slacker pop".

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released October 3, 2014

Produced and mixed by Adrian Breakspear at Sony Studios, Darlinghurst.
Mastered by Leon Zervos at Studios 301, Alexandria.
Cover art by Andrew Mason.

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All songs written by High-tails.

Nicholas Griffith ~ Vocals/Guitar
Samuel Mason ~ Guitar
Felix Colman ~ Bass
Toby Davis ~ Drums

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"Bending Over Backwards" film clip ➳ youtu.be/XmlZV-AxyQs
"Terrible Day" film clip ➳ youtu.be/6ZpGWNm_AZM

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All recordings Ⓟ 2014 High-tails. Artwork © 2014 High-tails. Under exclusive license to Stop Start Pty Ltd. Manufactured and distributed exclusively in Australia and New Zealand by Inertia Pty Ltd. www.inertia-music.com. All rights reserved. Unauthorised copying, public performance, broadcasting, hiring or rental prohibited.

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Track Name: Bending Over Backwards
High up in the sky on a lonely weather eye I was caught in your terminal wind
I tried to recognise a plausible surprise but I was caught in the laughter and the happiness of sin
Stoned in a glasshouse, thrown to the water where the crooks and the immigrants live
I asked the universe because the universe says yes but have I ruined every chance that I get
I tried not to remember the poison in December honey how could I forget

I’m bending over backwards again
I’m second and you’re first to the end
I’m 9-8 and you’re 10/10
I’m shooting into oblivion

Smells like you’ve been shooting my gun without an invitation
I travelled to the exit, I don’t know the answer I don’t know the question

I’m bending over backwards again
I’m bending over backwards again
I’m bending over backwards again
I’m bending over backwards again

I’m second and you’re first to the end
I’m bending over backwards again
I’m second and you’re first to the end
I’m bending over backwards again
I’m second and you’re first to the end honey
I’m bending over backwards again
Track Name: Terrible Day
Walk your Chihuahua in the garden bed across from my house
You're gonna get wet but you don't mind
I see a little glitter in your eye
And I don't feel so bad when you don't cry
It's a terrible day, It's a terrible day

Stop, don't say that
You take a walk down through the inner webs
But I can live without my fishing net
I catch a lot of seedy looks instead
So go on pull your coat over my head
It's a terrible day, It's a terrible day

And every vague attempt that I had made
To spellcheck all the errors of my page
You always were the window to my pane
Your incredible way, your incredible way

When you try to make the sun appear above your sky
Compromise the space, the light, the sound of you dreaming
The sound of you leaving

And shining on into my grave
Did you come to resurrect or misbehave
Many are the numbers on my page
The second I arise, I will deflate
And I will see the looks on all your face
It's a terrible day, It's a terrible day

I can be the villain of the month
And I can take the cake or spike the punch
And I intend to rain on your parade
It's a terrible day, It's a terrible day
It's a terrible day, It's a terrible day
It's a terrible day, It's a terrible day
It's a terrible day, It's a terrible day
Track Name: Azteckz
I choked on Aztec gold, laughing as the Nile came down
They stopped me, never said "no"
But it was a time warp, now

Help me out now, this time

I was the son of the last dead role when it was in overdrive
You in the sun by the market road
Soaking up the morning light

Help me out now, this time
Help me out now, this time
(I choked on Aztec gold, laughing as the Nile came down)
Help me out now, this time
(They stopped me, never said "no" but it was a time warp, now)
Help me out now, this time
Track Name: Maps
I’ve been staring at a map on the wall
At a map on the wall
At a map on the wall
And it fills me up with a thousand lives and a thousand worlds and I feel so tall
And I've only seen my fingerprints on one of seven continents
And I've only seen my fingerprints

Prince

I was born as an Australian girl in an Australian house in an Australian town
And I changed my name to Frederica Fame from Benedita Brown
Benedita Brown
And before I had my very first kiss I had fallen to an Irish prince
Before I had my very first...

KISS
Track Name: Walking Down The Stairs
I never imagined you would be the first for me love
But now I do, I know it's simply the worst for me love
But more so for you
When I look into that house in the sky, what isn't there?
'cause I only get the sun in my eyes
And I'm a dangerous guy

Walking down the stairs with you
Walking down the stairs with you

Remember we used to connect, you and me
Your arms were joined at my neck - an entity
Bounded by the laws of the state
I don't read books, darling if I did I would change it
I would re-legislate

Walking down the stairs with you
Walking down the stairs with you

Ice cream
Licking
Fingers
Dripping
Remember what we had rehearsed in every move
One foot after the other and we'll show them
What the young people do
Walking down the stairs with you
Walking down the stairs with you

Walking down the stairs
Walking down the stairs