(PB094) Nick Batterham: Closing Time At Yah Yah’s

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NICK BATTERHAM : CLOSING TIME AT YAH YAH’S

Closing Time At Yah Yah's is the follow up to Nick Batterham's critically acclaimed 2010 solo debut Second Lovers.

Picking up where the debut left off, the album bristles with spiky observations and stark self-realisations.

Thematically, the album describes the reluctant, yet inevitable end to a period of excess.
A mournful acknowledgement of damage caused, tempered by a sense of hope and a romantic faith in love.

"For all my friends that I pushed aside
To the girls that I can't look in the eye
Help me wash my hands and be free
Because I'm worried how you'll remember me" - Help Me Do Right This Time

The often confessional tone begs the listener for support and forgiveness. Closing Time At Yah Yah's sparkles with a beauty found only in broken things.

"You came in with a love for me that I didn't understand
I was out of control" - Out Of Control

Despite the self-doubt, there is precision and confidence in its expression.
The genre defying production is warm and intimate; sparse instrumentation drenched in transformers and valves.

For over 20 years, Nick has been a central figure in bands such as Blindside, The Earthmen and Cordrazine. His record production experience has once again been applied to his own music, with this release entirely self-recorded and mixed. Guest musicians include members of Cordrazine, The Earthmen and The Hello Morning. There is also a heart-breaking duet with Amaya Laucirica, titled Own Worst Enemy.

"Heaven on earth, that's all I ask
Endless future, invisible past
Stable and true, the first and the last
Heaven on earth, that's all I ask." - Love Is A Dream

The tension between optimism and pessimism dramatically underscores the album. The songs are charming and pretty, transcending the darkness at their core to become objects of great beauty. Closing Time At Yah Yah's is the perfect album for the end of winter and the dawn of spring.

"The night was divine, but the day, no such matter" - Tall And Pretty

When morning slaps you in the face, it is... Closing Time At Yah Yah's.

PB094 Nick Batterham : Closing Time At Yah Yah's is out this August on Popboomerang Records.

All media enquiries: Scott Thurling 0438 740 080 or info@popboomerang.com

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released August 1, 2013

Written and recorded by Nick Batterham.
Mastered by Adam Dempsey at Deluxe Mastering.

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Popboomerang Australia

Australian music label founded by Scott Thurling and releasing its first CD in 2002 with over 80 recordings to date.

Specialising in melodic pop, jangle, folk and rock and predominantly working with Australian bands with the aim to building their careers locally & internationally.

Artists include Skipping Girl Vinegar, Georgia Fields, The Aerial Maps, Celadore, Bon Scotts, Tamas Wells & Tim Reid
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Track Name: Who Can Keep Their Word
Work yourself out
I’ll be here
I will still be here
Let your hair down
I’ll be round
I will be around
You never know why
Anyone stays or why they go
I take my hat off
To anyone who can keep their word
Track Name: Your Own Head (The River Is Wide)
I can’t remember
I can’t remember where it was
I know why the river is wide
It’s like you don’t know how to use your own head
I can’t remember
I can’t remember why I tried
I know why
I know why the river is wide
It’s like you don’t know how to use your own head
Track Name: Own Worst Enemy (with Amaya Laucirica)
Why don’t you know what you want?
Like I do
The hardest thing is turning away
To save me from you

I don’t know what I’m gonna do
You’re your own worst enemy
A walking, talking tragedy
I don’t know what more I can do

Sorry I don’t know what I want
Like you do
Sorry I won’t beg you to stay
To save me from myself

I don’t know what I’m gonna do
I’m my own worst enemy
A walking, talking tragedy
I don’t know what more I can do

Nobody leaves without a loss
Surely we could both be better off

I don’t know what I’m gonna do
I’m my own worst enemy
A walking, talking tragedy
I don’t know what more I can do
Track Name: Sucking On The Tap
You were young and fun and good to hang around with
Now you're sucking on the tap of wine in a bag
And the babies come crying to your rescue
Don't bother even trying to change you

More than love tonight
More than love to make a man out of you

Toxic older ladies with their wounds of steel
Smashing through the bedroom like a cannon ball
You were trapped between your misery and dreaming
So they didn't try too hard to save you

More than love tonight
More than love to make a man out of you
More than love to make a man of you
When you’re sucking on the tap of wine in a bag
Track Name: Love Is A Dream
I’ll be the friend that you need me to be
Comfort and care for you patiently
Warm like the sun and deep as the sea
I’ll be the friend that you need me to be

You be the lover that I need
Fragile and strong simultaneously
Forgiving and kind and gentle with me
You be the lover that I need

Love is a dream

Heaven on earth, that’s all I ask
Endless future, invisible past
Stable and true, the first and the last
Heaven on earth, that’s all I ask

Love is a dream

I’ll be the man I hope I can be
Quiet and calm, mostly happy
Don’t give up babe, don’t give up on me
I’ll be the man I hope I can be
Track Name: Help Me Do Right This Time
For all my friends that I pushed aside
To the girls that I can’t look in the eye
Help me wash my hands and be free
Because I’m worried what you think of me
With my boundless greedy pride
And my countless lazy lies
Help me do right this time

For the love I know I’ve lost
For my dreams that I let turn to rust
Help me be the best I can be
Because I’m worried how you’ll remember me
For my selfish and single minded ways
Burning in this self-destructive blaze
Help me do right this time
Track Name: Out Of Control
Little did I know the waves had drowned me
A painful lullaby, the well was so deep
Little did I know I was out of control

Then you came in with a love for me
That I didn't understand
I didn't understand
You came in with a love for me
And I didn't understand

I was out of control

Little did I know I had something broken
A painful lullaby I made myself sing
Little did I know I was out of control

Then you came in with a love for me
That I didn't understand
I didn't understand
You came in with a love for me
I didn't understand

I was out of control
And I still am
Out of control
Track Name: Nice Things (Do My Head In)
There’s nothing you can say
Won’t make you stay high on my list
Nothing you can show or that has been
That I can resist

Tell me something that won’t do my head in
Lie back and think of anything
Give me a reason to say all nice things
All nice things

Everything you do to make your dream come true
Hurts you somehow
None of your defense is making sense
You wear yourself out

Tell me something that won’t do my head in
Lie back and think of anything
Give me a reason to say all nice things
All nice things
Track Name: Tall And Pretty
Run as far as you can, there's so little time
I'm changing the sheets, you're changing your mind
The night was divine, but the day, no such matter

Everyone else has misses and hits
You seem to win and it gives me the shits
Tonight you're alone, but at least you're still tall and pretty

Find a new town where they don't know your face
Beat everyone like love is a race
You're living so wild, bad luck will find you

Wherever you are, I'd call to confess
I meant when I said that I loved you the best
That doesn't mean I won't love someone better
Track Name: All The Things I Do
I grew the forest from a seed
I made the mountains tall
I willed the ocean rise and fall

I threw the planets ‘round the sun
I drew the stars by hand
With wings on their heels and hearts

All the things I do
To make me worthy of you

I wore the rocks down into sand
I turned the sea to rain
I painted sunset pink and blue

All the things I do
To make me worthy of you
Track Name: Last Point
This is my last point
Won’t be making no phone call
This time I’m free
Free from what hurts me
Free from what makes me feel like I’m wrong
This is my last one
Track Name: Closing Time At Yah Yah's
It’s closing time
But I just don’t want to go
There’s someone here I can see
I should get to know

Could it be the shots or the money I dropped
I don’t know
Please just take me home
To the bed I know
Please just take me home

It’s closing time,
Now there’s nowhere else to go
I lost my friends two bars ago
And I’ve gone so hard since then

Could it be the shots or the money I dropped
I don’t know
Please just take me home
To the bed I know
Please just take me home