Able Archer [album]

by I Concur

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about

This is our debut album which we spent 2 years writing for. Most of the songs are about things I've read, watched or heard in the British or international press.

Most of the material comes from the excellent BBC Radio 4 as they tend to report the more unusual human stories that don't usually get talked about. 'From Our Own Correspondent' is a great example of this.

A lot of the songs have a similar theme in that there is a problem which can't ever be solved so it's pretty dark stuff.

Hopefully some of it is uplifting too, as it's meant to be, but I hope you enjoy it whether it depresses or uplifts. There isn't a right answer.


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PRESS:

"A sinister, bleak record, marked by haunting vocals and offensively oppressive walls of guitar. Striking and strangely beautiful...Magnificent band."
THIS IS FAKE DIY


"This Leeds quartet slowly reveal hidden depths"
UNCUT


"Sure to stand a few hairs on end and whet a few appetites."
SIC MAGAZINE


"What a debut…this album hits a chord with anyone who has a heart. If indie rock/shoegazing is your thing, you need to check out this album.
CONTACT MUSIC


"[This] Leeds four-piece deal in tight, rugged anthems. The title track centrepiece is a slumbering beast that wakes to find math-rock hooks darting across its feet, only to crush them with ruthless intent. "
THE FLY


"Able Archer is a finely tuned collection of songs that sparkles with a beauty and intelligence so desperately lacking in many of today’s more highly feted artists. It represents the fact that substance will always win the day over style, and I Concur seemingly possess that facet by the bucketload."
GIGWISE


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credits

released October 23, 2009

Words by Hann, music by I Concur.

All music performed by I Concur:
Tim Hann / James Brunger / Chris Woolford / Toby Page
Except piano on tracks 5,6 & 7 played by James Kenosha

Recorded, Mixed & Produced by James Kenosha at The Lodge. Mastered by Turan Audio.

Artwork by Qubik & I Concur.

℗ 2009 CLUB AC30
Copyright Control 2009 I Concur

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Track Name: Iterate This
I open my eyes and I can still hear them dancing as if devils were driving their shells
As the morning light turns to evening iterate this four more times
Iterate this four more times
Iterate this till you drop like flies
Track Name: Sobotka
This is my watch on my patch
And I own every inch of what you're standing on
No I won't give you up anything
Because you have nothing here that I want
Well Sobotka we know what's been going on behind those doors
The way that you move those tins and cans
Sobotka we know what's been going on behind those doors
You move when the port is flowing
You move when the port is flowing

Can we go on?
Well it's not your call
You just leave those decisions to us

You move when the port is flowing

Can we go on?
Well it's not your call
You just leave those decisions to us
Track Name: Grandeur
Son you're bleeding
You're spilling
You're pissing out your own blood from your throat
Designed and crafted
Enabled and actioned by a hired hand in perfect style
Withdrawal of protection
The methods used to resume and assert our control on this neighbourhood
Where big fish they eat little fish
You forced our hand
You made us play and so you'll learn the hardest way imaginable

Delusion of grandeur
You burned too bright too fast from being unknown
Delusion of grandeur
You have
And now you're lying in the road

Avoid complications
Remove all threats however young or small
A message of intent
Big fish they eat little fish
You forced our hand you made us play and so you'll learn the hardest way imaginable

Delusion of grandeur
You burned too bright too fast from being unknown
Delusion of grandeur
You have
And now you're lying in the road
Track Name: Lucky Jack
A short term repair keeps us from harm
A best guess
Pot shots
Cannons on the sea bed

She's a weight on our mind
She's a weight on our mind
The stalker's scheming
She's a weight on our mind
She's a weight on our mind
Our lead is slipping
Lucky Jack
You're lucky Jack
Lucky jack

Tailgate at sunrise
Ten miles as the crow flies
She creeps
Gaining
Inches become yards

She's a weight on our mind
She's a weight on our mind
The stalker's creeping
She's a weight on our mind
She's a weight on our mind
Her mission's our demise
Lucky Jack
Track Name: Able Archer
If they receive our control then they control all of us
If they receive our control then they control all of us
Caught between the jaws of sleeping leviathan that's stirring
Caught between the jaws of a monster
Able archer is rising up from it's knees to feet

If they receive our control
If they receive our control then they control all of us
They control all of us
Track Name: Build Around Me
You have come and started a war inside me head for my home
All is set so let's play mind games between ourselves
There's no one else for miles around
Set in the heart of the rolling moors plans are set to reshape the land
Have you thought or even considered if i refuse and make my own demands?

There's no negotiation or debate
Just build around me

In the seventh year of construction I see bodies work on the horizon
I've had a taste of what's to come here
But not till a thousand faces are screaming daily past my door

There's no negotiation or debate
Just build around me
Track Name: Oblige
My love we've been here before
We're going around in wide circles
And while we've been talking
It's unsurprising we've got nowhere

Have patience
No pressure
All in good time
We could stand here forever
If that's what you want I'll oblige
Yes i will

All right we're pressing on old ground
I recognise these tracks as our own
We've been getting nowhere fast for too long
I've forgotten what it's like to progress and push things on

Have patience
No pressure
All in good time
We could stand here forever
If that's what you want I'll oblige

Have patience
All in good time
Track Name: Your Words, Your Dialect
Out in the borderlands
Out in the wilds you called me in
A mediator recording
Files full of documents to be archived daily
Capturing all the words you say

And so the meeting starts and the words that follow are lost from now to time and ether
The minutes they will read as follows; these words are lost to time and ether
Your words
Your dialect

Sat between fashioned walls on neutral ground
Nava stay optimistic that the two will show
Both are estranged
They speak words we learn and then repeat

The meeting starts and the words that follow are lost from now to time and ether
The minutes they will read as follows; these words are lost to time and ether
Your words
Your dialect explodes in dust
And when you read these words you glean something
It's something
Track Name: Decimal Places
Why is it always a bigger job than you first thought at the outset?
At the point of conception it looked so easy than now
We made a miscalculation to a couple of decimal places
And now it's the power of ten

All questions no answers

I'm not done
I'm not quite through yet
It's a killer but it's not all over

They've gone over the paper released to the press
You know what I'm going to say
What's coming next

We made a miscalculation to a couple of decimal places
Falsified null and void
Our work here is done

All questions no answers

I'm not done
I'm not quite through yet
It's a killer but it's not all over
It's not all over
Track Name: Exits are Blockades
When you are the last
The bottom of the food chain
Where's your next meal coming in from?
Let's list the possibilities
It didn't take much thought
Don't put it down to luck
It didn't take much thought
Don't put it down to luck
You've left it there once before and now we're both stuck here
We're standing on the edge of nothing with no backup or support
Waiting for a conclusion
An inevitable final twist to come

Here we are

Bury yourself in parched ground to hibernate
All routes are now closed
All exits are blockades
It didn't take much thought
Don't put it down to luck
It didn't take much thought
Don't put it down to

Here we are