Modern

by Leo Nine

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"I wish I could tell you almost everything.." ('Wish')

"'Modern' hints towards the dark intensity of Sunny Day Real Estate, and the pop songsmanship of Neil Finn or Evan Dando" - RAVE MAGAZINE

Initially released in 1998 under their previous monkier 'Battered Fish', Leo Nine has re-released "Modern".

"We're so... modern. And it gets me down.." ('Rise')

The latest album, 'Modern', was more introspective and their most impressive release yet. Caleb describes it as a summary of life during the last two years for the band. Described by one reviewer as appealing to those who "like Radiohead but think Thom Yorke needs to get some hope in
life", it is sometimes dark, sometimes pained, but suffused throughout with a hope in something bigger than this world can offer. The musicianship is excellent, but compliments rather than clouds the songs. It's indie rock with intelligence - they not only sound good, they have something to say, and say it in a way that strikes deep inside.

"burn everything... we are too far upwind, the smell of fear might turn us in..." ('Amazing Light')

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released June 6, 2008

Originally released 1998 under the "Battered Fish" moniker. Original album credits:

Produced by Battered Fish, co-produced & engineered by Mark McElligott, mastered by Don Bartley at Studios 301, Sydney. Recorded and Mixed at Sunshine Studios, Brisbane. All songs written by C.James (control), except "Knees" and "Reverend Love" written by J.Bennett, C.James & M.Gray (control) and "Sometimes" written by C.James & J.Bennett (control). Music by Matthew Gray, Jeremy Bennett, & Caleb James. Strings arranged and conducted by Toby Wren, performed by Jane Elliott (cello), Shenton Gregory (1st violin), Justin Tresidder (viola) & Rhylla Mitchell (2nd violin). Art direction, photography & design by Mark Usher & Jeremy Bennett for Think [Hard Art] & Caleb James.

Thanks to Jesus, Leonie Gray, Jennifer Bennett, Ben Hockey, Scott Mullane, Australian Academy of Music, Suzanne Johnson, Rob Camilleri, Murray Darnill, Dave Neil, Kath O'Hanlon, Glad Tidings City Church, Reuben James, Grant Nelson, Paul von Denvar, Joel Warden, Ken Hartwig, Stephan Langella, Roger O'Connor, Phil Usher, Craig Giles, Steve Pope, Wayne McFetridge, Jeff Elbel, Monkey & Bruce Lee, K.I.T.T.

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Track Name: Wish
wish i could tell you almost everything
but things on the surface won’t let you in
why can’t we talk about love and faith

wish i could hold everything i learn
categorised by the date it’s taught
why look at life when it’s not so true

but we do
but we do

why was i scared of companionship
take it to war, s.s. loneliness
look down the aisle as she walks to me

and i do
and i do
Track Name: Set-Up
all help for me
you take my breath down
when you touch my face
how many times?

you lift me up
you take my pain down
when you touch my face
how many times?

you think you’ve found a way out
but all you’ve been is set up

all help for me
you take my breath down
you touch my face
Track Name: New Tragedy
she is enough
she is more than enough for me
why can’t she be
interested
new tragedy

taken inside
she has taken all my pride
and then some more
everyday
new tragedy

take your time
please take your time
i need this life
i need this life

she is enough
she is more than enough for me
why can’t i be
everything
that i need to be

a simple life
that we try to complicate
and sometimes life
just makes you wait
new tragedy

take your time
please take your time
i need this life
i need this life
i want this christ
i give it back, back to you

she is enough
she is more than enough for me
why can’t she be
anything
but new tragedy

pride has taken a dive
and every world around is collapsed
and i can see
every dream
new tragedy
Track Name: Chaos Of Youth
inside the king
outside the queen
her subjects are weary

so swings the hand
chaos ensues
the sadness of many
the violence of few

learn

inside the pain
outside the squeal
a slow deconstruction

so swings the hand
chaos ensues
a willing surrender
the promise of truth

learn

all my years
i’m leaving now i stay
i’ll come running back and back again
all my tears
i’m leaving underground
so i’ll bury them i’ll bury them

inside the king
outside the queen
a bleeding example

so swings the hand
chaos ensues
the sad misdirection
the chaos of youth
Track Name: The Taste
when everything is going wrong
and i find myself in a corner
still you believe in me

when everything is upside down
and my world is wrong
you never let go of me

can’t you see the beauty
everyone falls down
can’t you feel the beauty
everyone comes round

when my faith is losing it’s taste
and i find myself on the outside
still you believe in me

when my face is less than light
my will is gone
you never let go of me

can’t you see the beauty
everyone falls down
can’t you feel the beauty
everyone comes round

when this world is burning down
back to dust where it started
i know you are there with me

when everything is upside down
my world is wrong
Track Name: Sometimes
couldn’t take another dive
couldn’t leave the house alone
somebody’s wrong
sadness has known me for too long

sometimes, sometimes
i let you down
but i won’t let it slide
i won’t let this love collide
i won’t let this love collide
it’s fine inside

couldn’t lead myself away
couldn’t leave the girl alone
somebody’s wrong
sadness has known me for too long

sometimes, sometimes
i let you down
but i won’t let it slide
i won’t let this love collide
i won’t let this love collide
it’s fine inside

couldn’t burn the house again
i had to lead myself away
somebody’s right
happiness has broken through the ground

sometimes, sometimes
i let you down
but you won’t let me die
and i’ll let this love collide
and i’ll let this love collide
and i’ll let this love collide
and i’ll let this love collide
you’re on my side
Track Name: Rise
maybe, you're washed out
life has bruised all of us
beauty, lost in sex
we're so... modern

and it gets me down
if you're trying to get a rise out of me
well you got one
everybody's talking at me
and then the conversation stops
if you're trying to get a rise out of me
well you got one

easy, think it out
destroy or communicate
beauty, lost in sex
we're so... modern

and it gets me down
if you're trying to get a rise out of me
well you got one
everybody's talking at me
and then the conversation stops
if you're trying to get a rise out of me
well you got one

close your eyes, it's easier that way
life can give or take away
slow down, it's all around
come back round
Track Name: Real
light from the sky’s come to take you away
cause you’re different
everybody’s trying to lead you astray
but it’s all under way
lay down your arms
get ready
leave what you have
you’re changing

it’s real

“wake up honey better go grab the kids
something’s happening
better get them down to the basement quick
i’ll be down there soon
(make them happy) (keep them quiet)
i’ve got a plan
(but it’s useless)
everything’s changing!
it’s burning...”

it’s real

everything is trying to take you down
change your lifestyle (and it’s awful)
everybody’s trying to lead you astray
(and they won’t stop at this)
lose what you have
it’s worthless
planes to the sky
it’s burning
it’s real
Track Name: Knees
somebody tell me when they’re gone
all the other children laugh and jeer
i never started anything
seems i cause a stir just being here

somebody tell me where to hide
my normal place is too well known
i never swore at anyone
you should hear the things they yell at me

exit signs
i’m on my knees
then jesus takes my hand
the second sign

a simple life with simple men
every word they say sets up it’s home
and every time i feel alone
a voice inside me speaks so i am not

exit signs
i’m on my knees
then jesus takes my hand

then i know somebody thinks the world of me
then i know somebody thinks the world of me

exit signs
i’m on my knees
then jesus takes my hand

it takes a lot to get down on your knees
it takes a lot to get down on your knees
please
Track Name: Amazing Light
burn everything
we are too far upwind
the smell of fear
might turn us in

leave everything
the time has come to move away
this tide of chance
might lead us home

don’t cry
it’s alright
in time we’ll all go out in amazing light

leave everyone
friends and family can’t go here
this time it’s you and me

burn everything
at least these things can keep us warm
the silent world of amazing grace

don’t cry
it’s alright
in time
we’ll all go out in amazing light

everybody’s staring now
no-one talks nobody talk
friends are down and everyone’s round
but no-one seems to think anything is wrong
trying to speak trying to talk
everything inside just can’t come out, it’s over
on my knees please
i offer everything
then it’s over

don’t cry
it’s alright
in time
we’ll all go out in amazing light
Track Name: To The Reverend Love
you don’t bring me flowers any more
even your diamonds are rough
you and your friends, fancy friends
you all go dancing
but nobody thinks to invite me

you don’t make me laugh any more
it’s been so long, i’m so lonely
now you’re a star, super-star
and you’re on t.v.
swinging your charms with all the girls

you don’t bring me flowers any more
even your diamonds are rough
you and your friends, fancy friends
you all go dancing
is that the way it’s gonna be?
Track Name: Bruised
it’s ok
the mercy bell is ringing
you see yourself
as an optical illusion

don’t say
no-one ever kicks you when you’re down
i know you’re lying, the blood is
trickling from your mouth
your face is bruised
and very blue

it’s alright
the air outside is singing
you see your world
as an optical illusion

slow down
don’t forget to turn the engine off
if you can’t hear
they come and break into your house
when you’re not home
and steal things