"Grim Town. It's unclear exactly what or where it is but it's grey, flat and small in both size and significance. It's a concrete slab on a cul-de-sac that leads to nowhere. It's a restlessness that rocks back and forth, back and forth. It's the suffering that starts in the corner of your mind or in the crease of your forehead and ends with total loss of identity and control. It's the grim realization that you are not who you thought you were, and that the only way you can face your most excruciating fears is through an unforgiving, unadulterated pop song."

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Car
Donuts
Lighter
House
Flowers
Foot
Film
Pity
Ball
Bag
Empathy
Toothbrush
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Valentine Smalentine

Purchasing flowers,
Outside of the local bar,
Such a romantic!
£1 for moulded plastic.
Fumbling nails,
Itch a label,
By accident,
Your knees naked the table

I need you, I just do.

What purpose was I,
If not the apple of your eye?
In an endless scroll,
Red heart shapes speed by.
If a good deed,
Doesn't earn a post on the internet,
It's selflessly meant?

Help! I'm scared!
I'm lost in some 'nothingness'
And I can't
Find where the exit is!

I need you,
I just do.
I just do.
I just do
I just do.


Valentine Smalentine
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Knock Me Off My Feet

I've always done the best I could,
To get out of my neighbourhood,
Growing up I've spilt my blood,
But you're still my home,
You stay within my bones

Saturday night on the highest wall,
Setting them off,
All fifty fireworks,
Kicking the cannons,
We watch them fall
It doesn't exist,
The law

You can you can knock me off my feet,
But I won't stop now,
You can take a seat
You can you can knock me off my feet,
But I won't stop now,
You can take a seat

Maybe it's all in my brain,
People don't look at me the same,
I feel weird and something's changed,
But you're still my home,
Even though I'm alone

Saturday night in the local bar,
Karaoke and a cracked up glitter ball,
Bonnie and Jack just needed more,
You let us down!
what for?

You can you can knock me off my feet
But I won't stop now,
You can take a seat
You can you can knock me off my feet,
But I won't stop now,
You can take a seat
You can you can knock me off my feet,
But I won't stop now,
No I won't be beat
You can you can knock me off my feet,
But I won't stop now,
You can take a seat

Saturday night on the highest wall,
Setting them off,
All fifty fireworks,
Kicking the cannons,
We watch them fall,
It doesn't exist,
The Law

You can you can knock me off my feet,
But I won't stop now,
You can take a seat
You can you can knock me off my feet,
But I won't back down,
You can take a seat
You can you can knock me off my feet,
But I won't stop now,
No I won't be beat
You can you can knock me off my feet,
But I won't stop now,
You can take a seat.

Knock Me Off My Feet Knock Me Off My Feet
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YBFTBYT

You’ve been forgetting to brush your teeth
You’ve been out overnight this week
You’ve been smoking, but you don't smoke
Everyones laughing now, you’re the butt of the joke

You are better than the hour taxi line,
Pissin by a public ‘STOP’ sign,
You could go home but you’re not the kind

Overcompensate with your vices,
A reward for a couple days of niceness

But you’re pissin by a public ‘STOP’ sign
You could go home but you’re not the kind
I’m not the only one in crisis
I’m not the only one in crisis

All you own is your name,
And you’re the winner again

YBFTBYT
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I WAS BLUE, TECHNICOLOUR TOO

All the party did was depress me.
My friends were elastic in their jeans
And
The Niagara falls of sweat was drippin'
Me? Slippin out the backdoor

He was chewing his jaw,
I saw his mouth as a treadmill,
And boast,
That he knows the best tune.
I swear I've seen this episode,
More than a few times.
Theres no remote for the tv.

I was blue,
Technicolour when I look to you
It's just not true,
I was Blue.
And I was Blue,
Technicolour when i look to you
It's just not true,
I was Blue

How can I be home and still want to go there?
It hurts to think of her.
I still want to go there!
The off licence sign reads,
We're sold out of empathy,
For the pity party,
Is underway.

I was Blue,
Technicolour when I look to you
Its just not true,
I was blue.
And I was Blue,
Technicolour when I look to you,
It's just not true,
I was blue.

Its all the same bored out my brain
but NOTHING CHANGES!
Anywhere in a Five pound taxi
Whats new? Blue mute white faces
Anywhere in a Five Pound Taxi

I was blue,
Technicolour when I look to you,
Its just not true,
I was blue.
And I was blue,
Technicolour when I look to you,
Its just not true!
I was blue.

(I dunno I just had to cry or something, but then I was alright)

I Was Blue I Was Blue I Was Blue
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DÉJÀ VU

I haven't seen you for months,
I've been waiting up on a call,
For a strangers voice to ask if I i'm sitting down

No one dare say it,
But were thinking the same thing.
No one dare say it,
But were thinking the same thing.

No heaven in front of me,
A neon light catastrophe,
No unexpected emergency,
Yeah, nothings new,
Deja Vu,
Deja Vu,
Deja Vu
Theres no heaven in front of me
A neon light catastrophe
No unexpected emergency,
Yeah, nothings new,
Deja Vu
Deja Vu
Deja Vu

You've been drinking again,
Crashed the car and you blamed the rain.
Don't you think that you're better than that?
What a crying shame.
All the neighbours are out in their dressing gowns,
And the dogs have gone mad,
Its all going down

No one dare say it,
But were thinking the same thing

No heaven in front of me,
A neon light catastrophe,
No unexpected emergency,
Yeah, nothings new,
Deja Vu,
Deja Vu,
Deja Vu
Theres no heaven in front of me
A neon light catastrophe
No unexpected emergency,
Yeah, nothings new,
Deja Vu
Deja Vu
Deja Vu

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All Aboard

Welcome aboard the Southbound Lassitude 431 to Grim Town!
If you’re standing please continue to stand, there are no additional seats.
Please note this train is for the following categories of passenger only:
• Recipients of universal credit or minimum wage
• The lonely
• The Disenfranchised
• The disillusioned
• The lost
• The grieving

Those who are unmedicated and have salaries or pension plans should vacate the carriage immediately.
Passengers will be required to disembark and travel on their knees from this point, sustenance will not be available.
Please surrender any faith, aspiration or optimism to platform staff if you haven't already.
There will be no refunds or compensation for inconvenience.
Refreshments will not be available.

Enjoy your journey

All Aboard All Aboard
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Grim Town was born out of loss, exploration and discovery. It most certainly would not have been possible without the following people:

Niamh, Patrick, Bonnie, Danielle and Laura. Thanks for getting in my car with no notice so I could host those early listening party drives and being nothing but encouraging throughout this process. My Granda Fabien for being the "Grim Town" express train master, it means so much to me that you’re on this album

Thank you Emily Philips, Iain Archer, Glen Roberts and Tommy McLaughlin for your help in constructing the skyline and to Ant Whiting for his dedication to detail and helping bring this place to life

Thanks to my 2nd and 3rd Dad’s Steve and Jake

Thanks to Ella for always being there Thanks also to my Mum, Dad, Jack, 6 Gateley Avenue, Sandino’s, Manchester and the City of Derry

Words spoken on "All Aboard" by Fabien Monds AKA my Granda.
Drums by Liam Hutton.
Bass on "Everybody Wants You" by Alex Ekermann.
Additional Keyboards & Guitars on "Get Set Go Kid", "Crying Your Eyes Out", "Missed Calls" & "Nothing Looks The Same" by Tommy McLaughlin.
Clarinet on "Get Set Go Kid" by Jonny Pilcher.
String arrangement on "Everybody Loves You" by Kirsty Mangan & Jonny Pilcher. String arrangement on "Deja Vu", "Valentine Shmalentine" & "Missed Calls" by Kirsty Mangan.
Violin & Viola by Kirsty Mangan.
Cello by Rhian Porter.
Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Valve Trombone on "Maybe", "Fall Asleep/Backseat", "I Was Blue, Technicolour Too" by Malcolm Strachan.
Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Flute on "Maybe", "Fall Asleep/Backseat", "I Was Blue, Technicolour Too" by Atholl Ransome.

Recorded at Becklow Studios, Attica Audio, Unwound Studios,
The Cherry’s Beach House & Hush Hush.

Produced by Ant Whiting.
Tracks 1, 7, 11, 12, 14, 15, mixed by Ant Whiting.
Tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 13 mixed by Neil Comber.
Mastered by Richard Dowling.
Published by Universal Music Publishing.

Additional Production on "Get Set Go Kid" & "Crying Your Eyes Out" by Tommy McLaughlin.
Additional Production on "YBFTBYT" by Matt Allchin.

Written by Soak.
Tracks 2, 5, 7, & 13 written with Tommy McLaughlin.
Tracks 3, 4, & 9 written with Ant Whiting and Emily Philips.
Track 10 written with Iain Archer.
Track 12 written with Matt Allchin.
Track 15 written with Glen Roberts.

Photography by Ellius Grace
Illustrations by Soak
Design by Philip Laslett and Soak

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Life Trainee

I know that look,
Your puppy eyes,
Like your forehead has a vacancy sign

Swinging a bag like the palm of a hand,
Always late to the party,
Cus you never want to land

Smiling at strangers, its normal behaviour
But its new to me,
I'm a life trainee.
Screaming at carpets,
Please pardon my darkness,
I’m present, not just here,
For the first time this year

Is it just me,
or is everyone lost too?

What phased me before leaves me cold and bored
This sadness addict just couldn’t hack it
A life trainee,
Learning happy.
Lets be honest,
I’m a work in progress

Your bedrooms not the same room,
Your next birthdays come all too soon,
I used to be SO sure before
I realised I knew nothing at all

Is it just me or is everybody staring at their shoes?
Is it just me or is everyone lost too?

What phased me before leaves me cold and bored
This sadness addict just couldn’t hack it
A life trainee,
Learning happy.
Lets be honest,
I’m a work in progress!
But I’ll solve it

Life Trainee
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Empathy (Everybody Loves You)

Everybody wants you,
Not me today,
Cus I'm done
Everybody loves you,
Not me, no way,
I don't work that way

Cus I was built from concrete,
Cus I don't hurt no more,
Cus I've been getting no sleep,
Whats it all for?
And I go numb when you speak,
Just another flaw,
And I hate when we meet,
Does that say it all?

Everybody wants you,
Not me today,
Cus im done
Everybody loves you
Not me, no way
I don't work that way

Cus I'm a fucking live wire,
And I can light the night,
But if you're looking for me,
I'll be out of sight
And if you're feeling empty,
I think your luck's run out,
Would my voice be plenty?
Only you would know!

Everybody wants you,
Not me today,
Cus I'm done
Everybody loves you,
Not me, no way,
I don't work that way

Everybody wants you,
Everybody loves you,
Everybody wants you,
And I do too

Everybody wants you
(Why do I still care?)
Everybody loves you
(Ain't it obvious?)
Everybody wants you
(Why wouldn't they?)

Everybody loves you
(Why do I still care?)
Everybody loves you
(Ain't it obvious?)
everybody Loves you
And I do too

Empathy Empathy Empathy Empathy Empathy Empathy Empathy Empathy Empathy
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Get Set Go Kid

Get set go kid,
Theres an entire world to live,
Beyond your middle city apartment

Awards rain, it's sports day
Everyone gets a prize!
Even stubborn on the sidebench,
For cautioning a step outside

Get set, Go kid

Accept this plastic medal,
Creep back home to hide
Well done you did it! You're alive!

Tears avalanche,
In search of a sleeve,
You've survived pesticides, sertraline, nicotine
Such behaviour, romanticised,
Here comes the danger,
This. Is. Not. The. Life.

Get set, go kid

Sown into the sofa,
You ignore my presence
Not even your eyes blink
When I ask you a question

You did it, You're alive!
You did it, You're alive!
You did it, You're alive!
You did it, You're alive!

Theres an entire world to live,
Beyond your middle city apartment.

Get Set Go Kid