Tilt​-​A​-​Whirl

by the Silent Boys

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1.
Tilt-A-Whirl 04:08
Tilt-A-Whirl Could this be the dream that lasts forever? Are you my wish that’s coming true? Could this be the dream that lasts forever? Did my universe just contract and expand? On a tilt-a-whirl of thoughts Up and down, I spin around Will this be the way things go forever Could this be the dream that lasts forever? Are your light step and tone for my amusement? Could this be the dream that lasts forever? I hear a pop then a fizz then clinking glasses. On a tilt-a-whirl of thoughts Up and down, I spin around Will this be the way things go forever Can you hear a tune in the spray of water droplets? Toss another coin into the fountain We fan the fire of each other’s hidden talents An unforeseen road with colorful side streets Could this be the dream that lasts forever? Your eyes become a spiral of stars Could this be the dream that lasts forever? Our lips meet to create a phosphorus glow On a tilt-a-whirl of thoughts Up and down, I spin around Will this be the way things go forever Can you hear a tune in the spray of water droplets? Toss another coin into the fountain We fan the fire of each other’s hidden talents An unforeseen road with colorful side streets
2.
Monsters In My Head A little boy learns early to tuck away his thoughts Growing up’s not easy even with a magic dragon And I didn’t know that boy could actually sing Why won’t those monsters leave my head, my head alone! Why won’t those monsters leave my head, my head alone! Mother’s in the garden pulling out the weeds Father’s working late nights. He’ll get home well past bedtime And I didn’t know that boy could actually sing Why won’t those monsters leave my head, my head alone! Why won’t those monsters leave my head, my head alone! Lost in your books and records, sing-a-long and make believe A quirky imagination means eating alone in the lunchroom And I didn’t know that boy could actually sing Why won’t those monsters leave my head, my head alone! Why won’t those monsters leave my head, my head alone! I don’t hate you, I can’t relate to the things you say and do There’s momentum in the creation of the fantasies no longer locked in my room
3.
Blue Ocean 04:28
Blue Ocean Summer’s in the rear view mirror The sun is sparkling on the water If your house is in order Then come to the beach with me Come to the beach with me Blue ocean stretching for miles Blue, blue ocean stretching for miles I couldn’t believe my eyes I couldn’t believe my eyes Late September’s invitation No need for screens in the porches Pack a cooler. Bring your guitar And come to the beach with me Come to the beach with me Blue ocean stretching for miles Blue, blue ocean stretching for miles I couldn’t believe my eyes I couldn’t believe my eyes After a swim’s invigorating tonic We’ll gather driftwood for the bonfire Come to the beach with me Come to the beach with me Blue ocean stretching for miles Blue, blue ocean stretching for miles
4.
Lawrence Of Arabia On approach by the sea the heat of Arabia Comes out swiftly like a drawn sword. With piercing blue eyes and grand reverence He mastered the native language and customs Dressed in flowing robes of an Arab sheik He fought side by side with the Bedouin One would have to be crazed to trek in this sun Yet he claimed the cruel desert cleansed his soul Lawrence of Arabia Lawrence of Arabia He rallied more clans to cast off the Turks Knowing the pledged kingdom was a lie Lawrence on camel back, blowing up railways, While his loyalty to Britain tortured his mind Dressed in flowing robes of an Arab sheik He fought side by side with the Bedouin One would have to be crazed to trek in this sun Yet he claimed the cruel desert cleansed his soul Lawrence of Arabia Lawrence of Arabia What if the world had listened to Lawrence?
5.
Last Time 03:23
LAST TIME Comes a time with everything when we get left behind. Moving through with some sanity- try to hold on to our minds. She’s going to plow right through me. I’m gonna do my duty again. Every time we’ve wound up here we’ve worked to reconcile the past. Wondering while the worries linger with the happiness amassed This is the last time This is the last time This is the last time I’ll say goodbye to you Walking away is what we do today. How things went so far astray Mmmm, Falling from you means falling for you again Falling from you means falling for you With a sense of finality we step closer to the end. Knowing with all certainty there’s nothing left to mend. It’s gonna cut right to me and you’re never gonna see me again This is the last time This is the last time This is the last time I’ll say goodbye to you Walking away is what we do today. How things went so far astray Falling from you means falling for you again Falling from you means falling for you This is the last time This is the last time This is the last time I’ll say goodbye to you
6.
Beauty In The 21st Century Beauty in the 21st century And I’m, so ashamed of myself Beauty in the 21st century And I’m tearing myself apart This gives you reason to scream at the top of your lungs! A premium placed on a look that no one can achieve! Is the mirror lying or are you fooling yourself? Marketers conspiring- time to confront and to question I see in you what I don’t see when I see myself Bridge Beauty in the 21st century And I’m, so ashamed of myself Beauty in the 21st century And I’ve never made peace with my flaws This gives you reason to scream at the top of your lungs! A premium placed on a look that no one can achieve! Is the mirror lying or are you fooling yourself? Marketers conspiring- time to confront and to question I see in you what I don’t see when I see myself Bridge: Ideals that propel me, starving my body and soul Ideals that confuse me, starving my body and soul
7.
Silencing The City In the city sirens go chasing Hear the bang of connecting train cars What happens next, not always certain There’s a pulse that’s hard to ignore Days that drag corner me There’s so much to explore A photo from a walkabout Reborn in pastels All of my senses have expanded The city’s silenced when I’m in this trance In the city, lives in motion Gears are cranking- now I’ve finally found Like minded spirits with burning interests Who notice beauty in the ordinary Conversations overheard Shifts in architecture Pen to paper, words to chords Surroundings that offer meaning All of my senses have expanded The city’s silenced when I’m in this trance
8.
Unorthodox 03:13
Unorthodox Take the sand paper to my nerves I’m waiting for your “I told you so” My floundering so attractive Lifts you to a higher station Sometimes i’m dodging contentment Agitation has so much more appeal It’s not so bad It’s not that bad being me! Try to work it out. I try to work it out. It’ll all work out in the end! Why the surprise? I see through a child’s eyes Why the surprise? Never doubt my passion I’m naive but you are trained in An ordered system based theory All the wonderful combinations Your structured mind could never see Sometimes I’m enchanted by a dissonance Then a melodious movement tickles my ear It’s not so bad It’s not that bad being me! Try to work it out. I try to work it out. It’ll all work out in the end! Why the surprise? I see through a child’s eyes Why the surprise? Never doubt my passion
9.
City Of Toppled Monuments Robert E Lee was no hero to me He fought to preserve the system of slavery You cry it’s not right to erase history Under your concrete lies sacred sites of the black man I want to ride down the avenue of monuments With my wrecking ball Reconstruction outlawed rebel statues When the North looked away Jim Crow reared his ugly head Disenfranchisement, lynchings, and oppression In this climate of terror, traitors would be cast in bronze I want to ride down the avenue of monuments With my wrecking ball City of the toppled monuments City of the toppled monuments A truth hard to swallow spit up as delusion The South and its “noble” cause-a false retelling of history This city was built on the backs of black men Grim symbols of hatred still cast their shadow upon this land! I want to ride down the avenue of monuments With my wrecking ball City of the toppled monuments City of the toppled monuments
10.
Simplicity 05:05
Simplicity Simplicity’s appeal in this age of complexity Carrying on with no second thoughts The illusion of fulfillment. Eternal riches cast aside Tantalized by the bright and the shiny And it happens the same as before The thrill of acquiring The reprieve from sadness The bounce back to passivity Is this my gateway to sanity? Bop-bop-ba-da-ba-bop-bop-ba Bop-bop-ba-da-bop-ba If heaven’s in the here and now Where do you find yourself? Find a star and claim it for own If hell exists in the present Where do you find yourself? When possessions take ownership of you An abundance of wasted motion. Use, abuse, and throw away The cultivated habits of our lives Lines so clearly defined. Laid out from our time of birth Blurring with a newly found vision And it happens the same as before The thrill of acquiring The reprieve from sadness The bounce back to passivity Is this the gateway to sanity? Bop-bop-ba-da-ba-bop-bop-ba Bop-bop-ba-da-bop-ba If heaven’s in the here and now Where do you find yourself? Find a star and claim it for own If hell exists in the present Where do you find yourself? When possessions take ownership of you

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PENNYBLACK MUSIC:
'Tilt-a-Whirl' has a trio of absolutely killer songs forming a stunning centre-piece to the record. The dreamy 'Lawrence of Arabia', which is pure magic, is followed by ‘Last Time' and 'Beauty In The 21st Century' that jostle for best pop song of the year thus far. Indeed 'Last Time' is the kind of track that had journalists swooning in the mid-1980s when bands like The Brilliant Corners, The Chesterf!elds and a whole host of Creation Records’ artists served up this fizzing fayre.

Elsewhere on the album, “Silencing The City” could have been delivered by Sarah Records’ band The Orchids. A point probably not lost on Dietz, a keen acolyte of the Bristol based label. Final song, “Simplicity” is reminiscent of 'Fly Under The Radar' by Australian band Stillwater Giants, which is certainly a good thing, and “City Of The Toppled Monuments” has a stark social message wrapped up in a great song.

Making records for an audience of just one has always been Dietz’s philosophy on his own music. It is certainly an admirable one, but there is so much quality here that, given the right exposure, a whole new generation of converts could emerge. The Silent Boys really should become your new favourite band!


JIGSAW RECORDS:
The Silent Boys have been going for a really long time now, perfectly content in their obscure place in the indiepop world; their 8th album continues in the same Bats/St. Christopher/Church vein they've long been in, but they really do deserve some more exposure.

DAGGERZINE:
Wallace Dietz is the leader/main songwriter and you’ll definitely hear some nods to 80’s UK popsters like The Smiths and Orange Juice, but Dietz will toss in a curve ball as well from time to time. The first cut, the title track, definitely falls in line with the love of 80’s UK stuff as does the near-perfect “Blue Ocean’ (“Last Time”, too), but a song like “Monsters in My Head” is much darker/quirkier and Dietz and company add some lovely strings to the moody, almost baroque “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Unorthodox” has this great shuffling rhythm and some stellar guitar work as well (courtesy of lead guitarist John Suchocki). In his liner notes Dietz felt that this record had a “different vibe than previous Silent Boys records” and I hear that as well. They haven’t strayed too far from their classic sound, but they’ve mixed it up enough to make things real interesting. In the end though, I hear another classic Silent Boys’ record that more folks really need to hear. Dive in and discover your new favorite band.


(According to guitarist and lyricist Wallace Dietz, ’Tilt-A-Whirl' will have a different vibe from earlier Silent Boys albums:

“It will still retain a vintage sound, but the listener will detect some new and different influences. And while it may be the most mature album we've ever done, I'm not ready to concede my immaturity just yet!”)

credits

released June 15, 2020

Vocals & rythm guitar: Wallace Dietz
Lead guitar: John Suchocki
Bass guitar: Michael Click
Drums: John Morand

All songs by Wallace Dietz with the exception of 'Last Time' (music and lyrics by Michael Click and John Suchocki)

Recorded at Sound of Music Studios, Richmond Va.
2020 Walrus Records


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the Silent Boys Richmond, Virginia

The Silent Boys is an indie-pop band that has been silently playing and recording music for the past three decades.

Prior to their debut "Beauty Tips" CD, the Silent Boys released songs on various compilations including: Will There be Time for Tea (Morgan Leah), Seven Summers (Kindercore/Tweenet), and You Thought It Was the End of the World When the Rain Ruined Your Hair (Firestation Tower).
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