Stop Existing, Start Living

by The Dark Lights

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The Dark Lights, a London-based band, which was formed in Australia by founding members Matt Ho and Rachel Ho, are known for their dynamic indie post-punk electronica. After the success of their debut EP, “The Boy Who Saw Through Walls”, in the Autumn of 2012 the band line-up changed, recruiting Tristan Roe on vocals and Francisco Sousa on drums. The now Australian-Anglo-Portuguese quartet are set to release their sophomore EP “Stop Existing, Start Living”, due out July 2013.

Recorded and produced by the band and mixed by Adelaide-based American John De Michele, the new release captures a more organic sound than its predecessor, whilst still representing the contrast and energy that is The Dark Lights. As suggested in the title, "Stop Existing, Start Living", the vocals draw on personal experiences close to Tristan Roe, at times moving, often analytical, but invariably sincere. With contrast and balance, The Dark Lights pioneer their signature sound, through Matt Ho’s intricate guitar parts and Rachel Ho and Francisco Sousa’s driving rhythm section, adding subtle electronics throughout each track.

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released July 1, 2013

Tristan Roe - Vocals
Matthew Ho - Guitar / Vocals
Rachel Ho - Bass / Programming
Francisco Sousa - Drums / Percussion

Recorded by Rachel Ho at Bally Studios & Coppermill Studios, London
Mixed by John DeMichele at Rosa Scorpio Studio, Adelaide
Mastering by Paul Logus, PLX Studios, New York
Artwork by Paul Hayward

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From opposite ends of the earth; The Dark Lights are a band of glorious contrasts with pop sensibilities, brooding yet upbeat, angular yet soulful.

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Track Name: Clear The Air
Verse 1

Got the solution for a better day,
This mind pollution is getting in the way,
I’m going to break it down piece by piece,
Until insanity starts to cease.
I’m getting closer but I’m at a dead end,
A new approach is what I’d recommend,
Obsessive process of analysis,
An invitation to a state of bliss.

Chorus

I can’t stop thinking on those lines,
I’ve got a battle in my mind,
I can’t stop wasting my own time,
Your life isn’t yours it’s mine


Verse 2

My mind is full of frustration and doubt,
I’m having trouble working everything out,
The ego playing swings and roundabouts,
Punching and kicking with a scream and shout.
This tug o’ war is taking over me,
Which way I’ll go we’ll have to wait and see,
A new plateau of serenity…and
Fresh desires, so get over here and kiss me.

Chorus

I can’t stop thinking on those lines,
I’ve got a battle in my mind,
I can’t stop wasting my own time,
Your life isn’t yours it’s mine

Middle

Believe what you want, I don’t care,
Regain control, clear the air.

Chorus

I can’t stop thinking on those lines,
I’ve got a battle in my mind,
I can’t stop wasting my own time,
Your life isn’t yours it’s mine

So…
stop existing start living (x4)
Track Name: Sticks And Stones
Verse 1

This reckless chapter has run it’s course,
Try to feel no remorse, I hope it’s the same for you.
Are we through? Are we in this together,
You change like the weather, make up your mind will you.
Your performance your stage what a show,
How am I meant to know?, I’m not a mind reader.
I know why you’ve chosen this path,
Want to smile, want to laugh, forget the sadness I bring you.


Chorus

Now we’re on …
Red alert, alert, alert,
These names will never hurt, won’t hurt, won’t hurt,
Stick and stones, break bones, break bones, I’m home,
I’d rather sleep alone, sleep has lost it’s comfort.


Verse 2

Now you’ve tasted you’re thirsty for more,
When you walk out the door I’m no longer existent.
You’re standing right here next to me,
Take a look, don’t you see that you’re acting so distant.
There’s no need to keep up this façade,
Reputations are tarred, time to stop this pretending.
You’re counting down all of the days,
This transitional phase just seems so never ending.


Chorus

Now we’re on…
Red alert, alert, alert,
These names will never hurt, won’t hurt, won’t hurt,
The sticks and stones, break bones, break bones, break bones,
You’re not coming home, I’m all alone.


Middle

Brick by brick we build up the walls around us
I can’t knock it down, I can’t climb over (x3).


Chorus/outro

These bricks, these bricks, these bricks,
Keep building up the wall, the wall, the wall,
We climb and then we fall, no chance at all,
The final curtain call for us on…
Red alert, alert, alert,
These names will never hurt, won’t hurt, won’t hurt,
The sticks and stones break bones, break bones, break bones,
It’s time to change your tone and
Go into the unknown.
Track Name: Game Of Two Hearts
Verse 1

You’ve got no plans or strategy,
You’re just upsetting me.
Try, try again, please don’t give up.
Celebrate, lift up your cup.

Chorus

Hold it together, don’t fall apart, don’t fall apart.
Hold it together, don’t fall apart, it was a difficult match from the start.

Verse 2

In the end you failed, but carry on,
You’re the best, my number 1.
Pin all my hopes, my hope’s on you.
This belief will get me through.


Chorus

Hold it together don’t fall apart, don’t fall apart (x2).
Don’t lose your faith, this is tactical, not impractical.
So this isn’t working, that’s factual, you’re just incapable.

Middle

Gathering strength, gathering strength.
Recuperate, recuperate.
(Repeat)

Chorus

Hold it together, don’t fall apart, don’t fall apart (x2).
But now it’s nearly over there’s no dispute, there’s no dispute.
It’s late in the game, where’s my substitute?, where’s my substitute?
Track Name: Ghosts
Verse 1

When the coast is clear, that’s when the ghosts appear,
They’re in the kitchen while you’re in the living room.
I saw the irony in a second rate movie,
But you felt nothing, so I felt nothing.

Verse 2

We’re all confused, once you realise you’ll be less lonely,
You’re not amused, now you realise you can’t control me.
At low tide, I’m on the hillside,
To witness this vision held beneath sun-lightened waters.
I’m the only one to witness this, some thing I just could not miss,
In this state of bliss.

So…
Let’s drink to the past and all the ghosts who live there (x2)
Let’s drink to the past, let’s drink to the past and all the ghosts who live there.
(Repeat x2)