Heavy Weather

by Splurge

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    This Melbourne band combines catchy pop hooks, warm vocals and chiming guitars. Think the Church jamming with Oasis.
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    MOJO, January 2003: "Second album from the song-packing Melbourne four-piece. They rock, they play it gentle, they deliver the hooks. The ghost of Lennon pervades I Have No Control or the shimmering She's Got No Soul, but how bad is that?"
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One breakdown to another...

After Splurge and before Heavy Weather there was a little record called Tintinara Breakdown—how it came to be made is another story—but it involved the two Gregs from Splurge, a log cabin, two acoustic guitars, a canoe and 10 songs arranged and recorded live over one weekend.

When Splurge came to record its second album soon after we were still buzzing from working this way and so, with Greg Arnold as producer, we set out to make a band record as if it was an acoustic album, putting the songs first.

We thrashed out arrangements of the songs on acoustic guitars over a couple of days in Greg’s kitchen and then we took them to the band. To keep the performances on Heavy Weather as live and fresh as possible, Splurge then recorded the basic tracks for the short-listed 10 songs after only a few rehearsals.

After that we ‘went bush’ again back up to The Cabin in Hall’s Gap for another long weekend, recording most of the remaining vocal and guitar tracks, before returning to the studio for a few more sessions and mixing.

Working fast, it doesn't always go right. One song didn’t make the jump from acoustic (Under Your Thumb) so we conjured To Be In Love in the studio one day and in another session—the same day we lost the demonic cellos and the pilfered Heart riff on I Have No Control—What’s The Matter With Me found its new mojo.

Nev and Greg worked out the track order in about five minutes on a page in my diary... those were the days.

credits

released February 26, 2002

Splurge:
Greg Williams: singing, rhythm guitars, tambourine
Neville Hill: guitars, bass
Greg Arnold: singing, bass, guitars, piano, hammond
Owen Smythe: drums, percussion

Guests:
The Martini Seven Brass: Paul Erdley—saxophone; Steve Kellock—trumpet; Mark Mason—trombone (arranged by Paul on She’s Got No Soul and What’s The Matter With Me)
Mal Pinkerton—cello (Come Monday Morning and Because You’re Mine) Chriss Roberts—keyboards (I Have No Control)
Dallas Rayner—keyboards (Rise and Fall)
Produced by Greg Arnold.
Recorded by David McCluney at Atlantis in Melbourne
and The Cabin in Hall’s Gap.
Mixed at Atlantis.
Mastered by Martin Pullan at Edensound.
All songs written by Greg Williams, Control
with Neville Hill, Control (1, 4) and Greg Arnold, Rondor (2).
Artwork by Chris Bowden and Buck Naked Graphic Design.

Unauthorised public performance, broadcasting and copying of these recordings is prohibited.
All rights of the record producer and owner of the work reserved © ℗ Greg Williams 2001.

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Splurge is to quote MOJO magazine “a song-packing Melbourne four-piece” that has released three albums—Splurge (1999), Heavy Weather (2002) and The Cure For The Cure (2007). MOJO heard the ghost of Lennon in the way “they rock, they play it gentle, they deliver the hooks” and in songwriter Greg Williams’ “expressive and emotionally direct” voice are echoes of Grant McLennon and Steve Kilbey. ... more

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Track Name: Come Monday Morning
Come Monday Morning Don’t cry for me I won’t cry for you Don’t lie to me I wouldn’t lie to you My head is buzzing and I don’t think it’s the bees I beg your pardon but in your garden I couldn’t see the flowers for the weeds Come Monday morning when you open your eyes who’s gonna see the real you When Monday morning comes you might be surprised to find that I’m still thinking about you Don’t cry for me I won’t cry for you Don’t lie to me I wouldn’t lie to you Come Monday morning when you open your eyes who’s gonna be the real you When Monday morning comes you might be surprised to find that my world no longer turns ’round you Come Monday morning when you open your eyes who’s gonna see the real you When Monday morning comes you might be surprised to find that I’m still thinking about you Come Monday morning when you open your eyes who’s gonna see the real you When Monday morning comes you might be surprised to find that I’m still thinking about you That the world no longer turns ’round you.

Copyright © ℗ Greg Williams 2001
Track Name: I See That Now
I See That Now I’ve got to tell you something I think you should know oh-oh Whatever you’ve been hiding you gotta let it show oh-oh She told told me she could not be with with someone who didn’t know the good for right and wrong She told me one day she would go I didn’t want to know But I know that now I see that now But I know that now I see that now I’ve got to ask you something the answer I already know oh-oh She said that she could not respect someone who could see the bad in everyone I couldn’t see the bad in you Didn’t know what you could do But I know that now I see that now But I know that now I see that now How could you be so faithless and never let it show Did you think I was so feckless that I’d give in rather than let you go? I’ve got to tell you something I think you should know oh-oh I know that now I see that now But I know that now I see that now.

Copyright © ℗ Greg Williams 2001
Track Name: I Have No Control
I Have No Control I am not your lover just your flunky and I’ve been hanging onto you like a hopeless fucking junkie Gimme gimme gimme what I need Help me help me help me help me please I have no control I have no control I have no control I have no control Take me take me take me to that place Where I’m past pain beyond disgrace Tell me tell me tell me I’m the one Save me save me save me I’m alone I have no control I have no control I have no control I have no control I want to be someone I can be with Someone I want to be with someone I can be with Someone I am not your lover just your flunky and I’ve been hanging onto you like a hopeless fucking junkie Gimme gimme gimme what I need Help me help me help me help me please I have no control I have no control I have no control I have no control.

Copyright © ℗ Greg Williams 2001
Track Name: Heavy Weather
Heavy Weather But the sky doesn’t seem to be as high today I wish the fog didn’t swirl so thickly in my brain And solid ground where I’m standing has given way Heavy-lidded eyes hiding from the light Heavy-handed blows skin too pale to show You’ve got to pull yourself together Looks like you’re in for heavy weather You know it’s not gonna get any better If you can’t stand today then you’d better get out of the way And in your way you tried to keep the demons tame But when you fell they were snapping at their chains Better to be free than to be loved inside a cage Heavy curtains drown every little sound Heavy bodies fall beneath a velvet pall You’ve got to pull yourself together Looks like you’re in for heavy weather You know it’s not gonna get any better If you can’t stand today then you’d better get out of the way.

Copyright © ℗ Greg Williams 2001
Track Name: She's Got No Soul
She’s Got No Soul If I never laughed and if I never cried And if I held a mirror up to you Would you still be by my side? But my love was like a well That I poured my heart into And when it never hit the bottom You could say I got the news She’s got no soul ho-ho-ho How else could she be so in love yet be so cold? And if I never loved I never would have found That dizzy sense of weightlessness just before I hit the ground And she said that we don’t change I said only if we want to And she’ll be damned if she don’t And I’ll be damned if she do She’s got no soul ho-ho-ho How else could she be so in love yet be so cold?

Copyright © ℗ Greg Williams 2001
Track Name: Because You're Mine
Because You’re Mine Because you’re mine I cry all the time Because I cry You don’t ask why Because life is short We say love is strong Because we are weak We say love is strong Trouble comes And trouble goes Heaven knows What it knows I suppose But down here It’s not so clear... Because you’re mine I cry all the time.

Copyright © ℗ Greg Williams 2001
Track Name: What's The Matter With Me
What’s The Matter With Me I feel happy what’s the matter with me Could it be that I’m not trying to be what you want me to be There is only one thing I have to do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do That is get away from you And I used to scrape And I used to bow But I have learned Learned my lesson now I will be faithful and I will be true I to me baby Na-na-na-na-na-na-na not to you I’m so tired yeah like you care That place where you’ve gone babe I can’t be there no I can’t be there I’ve been aching I’ve been grieving over you boo-hoo Now I have cried all I’m going to And I used to beg And I used to crawl Ah but you made me Made me that way doll Did you get your kicks seeing me go down I can stand up when you’re na-na-na-na-na-na-na not around And I used to scrape And I used to bow But I have learned Learned my lesson now I will be faithful and I will be true I to me baby Na-na-na-na-na-na-na not to you.

Copyright © ℗ Greg Williams 2001
Track Name: Rise and Fall
Rise and Fall This is not a dream I’m standing on the ledge And my hope is hanging is hanging by a thread Yes I hear I’m answering your call Will I fly or tell me will I fall? Then rise up Flames are licking at my wings the ashes to my feet still cling As I rise up And down below me I can see the wreck of what I used to dream Surrounded by thick air Yes my dear why am I here If not to serve you Then to pledge my fear Then rise up Flames are licking at my wings the ashes to my feet still cling As I rise up And down below me I can see the wreck of what I used to dream Surrounded by thick air I’m not afraid to fall Li-li-li-li-li-li she could kill me in a thousand ways Li-li-li-li-li-li ah those were not the days As I rise up Flames are licking at my wings the ashes to my feet still cling As I rise up And down below me I can see the wreck of what I used to dream Surrounded by thick air As I rise up...

Copyright © ℗ Greg Williams 2001
Track Name: No Trace
No Trace Walking down to the pool just after Christmas Day Buying hot jam donuts outside the gallery It could have been me It could have been you Going out for breakfast every working day On the weekend read the papers with breakfast on a tray It could have been me It could have been you And we have left no trace my dear Nothing to say that we here Only in memory remains And one thing that really got to me was the way you told me that I was weak But if you’re so strong How come you always got to prove it? Walking through the King’s Domain on Easter Saturday Waiting for the stone to roll away Could that have been me? Could that have been you? And we have left no trace my dear Nothing to say that we here Only in memory remains And one thing that really got to me was the way you held on to your belief That if you were wronged one day you were gonna have to use it And we have left no trace my dear Nothing to say that we here Only in memory remains And one thing that really got to me was the way you told me that I was weak But if you’re so strong How come you always got to prove it? How come you always gotta use it?

Copyright © ℗ Greg Williams 2001
Track Name: To Be In Love
To Be In Love Cover me with kisses Fold me in your arms Lay me down in roses I won’t feel the thorns If I believe that I am only for you Will you still be a believer too? With you near I’m convinced and I’m clear That there’s nothing I can’t rise above I loved you with your cold pain And I loved you with your your pure disdain I dived in And I never was found I was looking To be in love To be in love Tell me things about you That no-one’s ever heard Outside of time and inside our space Like a mad painter’s sky are the lights in your eyes And the moon’s turning into your face And I loved you with your cold pain And I loved you with your your pure disdain I dived in And I never was found I was looking To be in love To be in love.

Copyright © ℗ Greg Williams 2001