Solihull Sampler

by The Drain On The Balcony

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Sometime in the recent past a photo appeared on Facebook. Taken forty years ago, it captures a moment in time when a bunch of teenagers was trying to break free from the suffocating restrictions of a straitjacketed English upbringing in a dull Midlands town. Their main escape routes were the music they were listening to, and the daily meetings between opposite sexes, after school in the local shopping precinct.

Some of those teenagers formed The Drain On The Balcony, and forty years on they were inspired by that photograph to write a song about those heady days of 1976, when the only thing that mattered in life was whether they would get in to this weekend’s house party.

Turns out that a few other people were also inspired by that photo, and our good friend Sara has gone ahead and booked a venue, so after a short break of something over 36 years it looks like we will soon be playing a short live set.

In case you were wondering what we’ve been doing for the last five years since we reformed, here’s a sampler featuring a few of our recordings - Local Underground is releasing it as a pay-what-you-want album, so feel free to enter 'zero' in the pricing box. While you're here you can also have a browse through the label's back catalogue here... localunderground.bandcamp.com

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released June 11, 2016

Solihull Sampler by The Drain On The Balcony

Tracks 2, 3, and 5 are from the Local Underground album ‘Drainwaves’ by The Drain On The Balcony: localunderground.bandcamp.com/album/drainwaves

Tracks 6, 8, and 10 are from the Local Underground album ‘The Dark Side Of The Drain’ by The Drain On The Balcony: localunderground.bandcamp.com/album/the-dark-side-of-the-drain

Tracks 1, and 9 are from the forthcoming third album by The Drain On The Balcony

Track 4 is previously unreleased

Track 7 is from the compilation album ‘Raving Pop Blast - A Tribute To The Groove Farm’ on A Work Of Heart Records

Track 11 is from the forthcoming compilation album ’A Tribute To Prolapse’ on Odd Box Records


The Drain On The Balcony are:
Gary - Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Gordon - Guitar, Vocals
Gran / Rocker - Drums, Programming, Vocals
Martin - Keyboards, Vocals

With The Drainettes:
Caitlin - Vocals on tracks 06 (Lead), 07, 10
Eira - Vocals on tracks 06, 10
Emma - Vocals on tracks 01, 02, 06, 07, 09; 10
Gemma - Vocals on track 01, 09
Hattie - Vocals on Track 01, 09

Plus guests:
Brad San Martin - Trumpet on track 07
Harry Furniss - Cornet on track 01
John Slattery - Violin on track 10
Sas Payne - Flute on track 06
Simon Birchall - Violin on track 08
Brian Price - Vocal on track 11
Ynys Yo - Vocal on track 11


Recorded, produced and engineered 2011 - 2016 by Rocker at StAR Studios, Bristol, UK, on his trusty AKAI DPS24 and a Mac running Reason, except track 04 recorded at Green Lane Studios, Shipston

All songs written, ℗ and © by The Drain On The Balcony, except:
Track 03 Written by Strummer, Jones ℗ Riva Music
Track 07 Written by A. Jarrett, copyright control
Track 11 Written by Prolapse, ℗ Cherry Red

Sleeve design by PS I Love You
Sleeve photo by K. Dickinson
Other photos by D. Vernon

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Track Name: Square
I’m walking in the shopping square
Where fountains used to flow
The friends I had no longer there
And some I now don’t even know

The memories come rushing in
It was a place for youth
Our ragged hair and shirts pulled out
Boys hanging out for truth.

Where’s the party on Saturday night
That’s what we need to know
And who will get their invite
And could we still just crash and go

The memories come rushing in
It was a place for youth
With willing smiles and careful plans
Girls trying out the truth

Like shadows on the street
She comes and she goes
The sun shines – she’s always there
Behind the cloud, that’s when she goes

I don’t care where we are
She’s always in my heart
Now that I’m back in this place
The years can never make us part

We came together after school
And gathered outside Smiths
The girls would be not too impressed
With our Smoke on the Water riffs

The memories are fading now
It is a time that’s passed
Ghosts and echoes haunt the square
Caught in a photograph
Track Name: 123
The world is full of people saying
I've let them down
Don't they know I let myself down first?
It's always me that ends off worst

And there's so many problems
And don't I know
I've got too many of my own
Come on, don't let me suffer alone

Oh baby
1 2 3 - Lay your love on me
Don't be too shy to say you're mine
4 5 6 - Show me some of your tricks
Come over here & give me a good time
Give me a good time

There's just so many people
telling me I'm wrong
I need someone to tell me that I'm strong
Oh, say it babe, even if you think it's wrong

And I'm lost in a rainstorm
Of lies and hate
I need someone to shelter me from the rain
Oh baby, you don't wanna see me in pain

Do ya?
1 2 3 - Lay your love on me
Don't be too shy to say you're mine
4 5 6 - Show me some of your tricks
Come over here & give me a good time
Give me a good time
Track Name: White Riot
Black man gotta lot a problems
But they don't mind throwing a brick
White people go to school
Where they teach you how to be thick

Everybody's doing
Just what they're told to
And nobody wants
To go to jail

White riot - I wanna riot
White riot - a riot of my own
White riot - I wanna riot
White riot - a riot of my own

Da da da da da da da-da
Woh woh woh
Da da da da da da da-da
Woh woh woh

Are you taking over
or are you taking orders?
Are you going backwards
Or are you going forwards?

White riot - I wanna riot
White riot - a riot of my own
White riot - I wanna riot
White riot - a riot of my own

All the power is in the hands
Of the people rich enough to buy it
While we walk the street
Too chicken to even try it

Everybody's doing
Just what they're told to
Nobody wants
To go to jail

White riot - I wanna riot
White riot - a riot of my own
White riot - I wanna riot
White riot - a riot of my own
White riot - I wanna riot
White riot - a riot of my own
White riot - I wanna riot
White riot - a riot of my own
Track Name: Padlocks Of Love (Rough Mix)
I locked her name to a bridge on the Seine
If it was up to me, I would do it again
Our love surviving the wind and the rain
Let the sun shine down on our padlock pain
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

With that metal embrace we threw away the key
Now our love will end at the point of infinity
Lasting way beyond the death of you and me
Just like the river flows out into the sea
Let it flow, let it flow, let it flow.

Padlocks of love
Padlocks of love

This could be Paris, this could be Rome
This could be Berlin, this could be home
Throw away the key from a bridge in Helsinki
Throw away the key from a bridge in Helsinki
Throw away the key from a bridge in Helsinki
Throw away the key from a bridge in Helsinki

Padlocks of love
Track Name: Can't Stop Dreaming
Look at me & I won't hide
Tell me those rumours & I won't deny them
I don't care I don't make false claims
Won't pretend to be winning nobody's game

But I can't stop dreaming
Can't stop dreaming
Can't stop dreaming
Can't stop dreaming

I waste my time I waste my words
but don't we all yeah don't we just
Don't tell me different 'cos I know you're just the same
I ain't the first liar, ain't the first who's come crawling out the drain

Spike top sister I'm looking at you
I'm looking for reason I'm looking for truth
What's the use we disgust them can't you see it in their eyes
We never really get the girls, we only lie

But I can't stop dreaming
Can't stop dreaming
Can't stop dreaming
Can't stop dreaming
Track Name: The Sun Goes Down
The Sun goes down
I look around for you
Deep in the ground
In lost and found for you
The stars (scars) in the night sky
They weep when I cry
Where are you now?
I need to know
It’s been a thousand days
I’ve searched in so many ways
I’ve looked for you in every place
For one last glimpse of your face
You’ve gone without a trace

Gone underground
The world is lost to you
Without a sound
The earth is dust to you
From ashes to ashes
Wherever that is
Where are you now?
I need to know
It’s been a thousand days
I’ve searched in so many ways
I’ve looked for you in every place
For one last glimpse of your face
You’ve gone without a trace

For one last glimpse of your face
You’ve gone without a trace
Track Name: My Feet Keep Slipping
Painting myself different colours
Blue or green for the mood I'm in
Watching you... jumping fences
Don't you ever try jumping higher?
You take things so easy that you can't fall
flat on your face... Keep your back to the wall
Watching people lie to each other
It's so stupid... it makes my skin crawl

My feet keep slipping off the ground
My feet keep slipping off the ground
My feet keep slipping off the ground
My feet keep slipping off the ground

I fail to see the point in you
And everything that you try to do
I never had no-one, you see I'm on my own
But I don't care because I'm having fun
And is your life really so good?
And are you really always so cool?
And does the one you love really love you?
Or is it just... an illusion
an illusion?

You think you're living well I know
You think you're living well I know
You think you're living well I know
You think you're living well I know you're dead.
Track Name: The Woman Who Walks Through Walls
The woman who walks through walls
Well she could just open doors
The person she likes to haunt
He's always expecting more
So she waits for the night to fall
For the time when the spiders crawl
From the cracks in the plasterboard
Through the dust on the flagstone floor

And her touch melts through my skin, and froths my blood like cappucino
And her eyes dance around my brain, like drunken lovers at a disco

And in my peripheral view
Like a polaroid of my youth
She's making my coffee cool
As she stands back in my bedroom
She's the woman who writes the rules
In a scripture of cheap perfume
Now she's watching my eyelids move
Making sure that my dreams are true

And her silhouette hypnotises me, like smoke twisting in the night sky
And her whisper seeps inside me, like a frost descending on my mind

And she's watching the spit slide out
From the side of my sleeping mouth
It's the glue on my paper crown
And it's starting to loosen now
I'm the hangman who laughed too loud
It's time that she cut me down
It seems like my swinging round
Is starting to bore the crowd

And each day I search for her, like a broken sign on the roadside
And each night she finds me, like a fox caught up in the headlights

There's fish swimming round the insides of my eyes
The answerphone blinks but the voice is too quiet
There's a moth on the pillow to kiss me goodnight
There's a spark from the wall when I switch off the lights

She's a festival queen, she's a mad butterfly
She's a saxophone solo fed back into the mics
She's a rollercoast ride, on a white knuckle sky
And I tap on the wall, just to check I'm alive

Yeah she walks through the wall, just to give me a fright
Oh I wait by the wall, I'm her waiter tonight
I'm the naked maître d' in a salmonella restaurant
Hey the dish of the day is my bones on a tin plate
Lined up and numbered, she's gonna eat me tonight
She gonna stir fry me, wine on me, dine on me
She biting me
Tip up the bed, turn on the lights
I can smell the sadness of the night
I can feel the waves lapping at the corners of my mind
Pushing up driftwood colder than time...
Track Name: Maisy Says
Maisy says I wish I could fly
Across the ocean
Watch the waves
Crash against the shore
Reducing mountains
Reaching down from the sky
Maisy says that it’s time to say goodbye

Maisy says I wish I could walk
Across the desert
Feel the sand
Between my toes
Shifting mirage
I think that this could be my land
Maisy says that it’s time to take me by the hand
Track Name: Black (Song For Amy Winehouse)
So.. you went back to black
There's no return, and no comeback
You took the trip, you chose to go
But in the end I think you lost control

You lived too fast - your feet don't touch the floor
Preserved in wax - like those who went before
Fame and drugs were - stronger than you
And so you did - what you had to do

Black Black Black Black

An angel's voice from a mouth that sinned
You were like a blowtorch in the wind
You told it like it is and you can bet
Now you've got no time left to regret

Black Black Black Black