Things Keep Blowing Up

by Lightning Dept.

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Hey there! Do you like short, sharp melodic pop music? You know, like The Lemonheads used to make circa 'It's A Shame About Ray'. Or maybe Weezer around 'Pinkerton'.

Well, you are going to LOVE Lightning Dept.

Recorded and mixed in just 3 hectic days, 'Things Keep Blowing Up' is a melodic blast from the margins of the pop world.
Fifteen tracks flash by in just a shade over thirty-two minutes. There are songs about imaginary lovelorn James Bond characters and Huey Lewis look-a-likes. And another about a map of Japan. Two tracks come in at under one minute long, whilst others pack three and a half minutes worth of verse/chorus/middle eight into two minutes and five seconds.

'Things Keep Blowing Up' is an inventive and breathtaking pop gem.

Try it-you will not be disappointed!
There are 3 FREE downloads to get you started!

P.S
If you would like a CD (remember them?) we have a limited run of beautifully designed digi-packs by the renowned artist James Marsh (he did all those wonderful Talk Talk designs back in the 80's and early 90's). Numbered 1-100 and strictly on a first come first served basis, we'll ship anywhere in the world for £7.

Photography by Philip J. Bigg of Velvet Goldmine Studios, Brighton.

P.P.S
Other albums that inspired this one were Teenage Fanclub's 'Grand Prix' and Wilco's 'Summer Teeth'. Just thought you'd like to know that...

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released March 29, 2012

Simon Parker Vocals, Guitar and Bass
Ali Gavan Drums, Background Vocals, Guitar and Bass
Jim Duncan Guitar and Bass

LIVE BAND;
Bex Redwood
Jim Duncan
Adrian Imms
Simon Parker

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Lightning Dept. Brighton, UK

Lightning Dept. was all started by the misreading of a shop sign. Written over a 3 week period and recorded in just 3 days, 'things KEEP blowing UP' is a fresh, icy blast of pop magic. The bands love of Weezer, Lemonheads and Guided By Voices shines through on this 15 track album which is all over in 32 minutes of clipped majestic indie rock.
Look out for the CD and digital release in March 2012.
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Track Name: Huey Lewis And The News
"Huey Lewis And The News"

Sitting in your car with a pregnancy kit
I kinda get the feeling this is really it
And all that I can hear above the early evening gloom
Is that common refrain of a Huey Lewis tune...Huey Lewis

There was nothing I could say
Nothing that I could do
'Cos you would always make your own decisions
We are born to take the wrong decisions it's true...

Twenty years later and you've bought a new car
And you're living with this fella who's got a bad heart
All that I can hear above his early forties boom
Is that common refrain of a Huey Lewis tune
(He's Huey Lewis)

There was nothing that we could say
Nothing that we could do
'Cos you will always make your own decisions
We are born to take the wrong decisions

Yeah, you would always make your own decisions
We are born to take the wrong decisions
It's true

Copyright Jellybean Tunes 2012
Track Name: I Never Knew That You Had Tattoos
Time, and one night stands will be the death of love
Will be the death of love
And good, good as that sounds i can't forget
That I'm not strong enough
Smile! We're staying up all night make a wish or ten
That this will never end
And then you, you turn and look at me and with some certainly
i know where this will end...

(CHORUS)

I never knew that you had tattoos
Lying there naked under silver moon
Whilst i watch the world spin around your room
I never knew that you had tattoos
Falling in lust is just a thing that we do
To deal with the problems that obscure the truth

Life, is a one way ride speeding to
To the other side
So when this weekend goes, I'm gonna go too
Lose myself
Do you wanna come too?

REPEAT CHORUS
Track Name: Avalanche...Blanche
Avalanche Blanche

When I met you out in Switzerland
You didn't understand, you wouldn't take my hand
It was Winter and the snow it fell
You were trapped in hell-I could tell
Your eyes were distant you showed resistance
To my advances, we follow what our heart says...

CHORUS:

And yours was distracted your head in a spin
While I was refracted through what you saw in him
And we will never get the chance, will we Blanche?

When I met you, you never said a word
My life became absurd and all my problems reoccurred
It was Winter and your heart it froze
You never did disclose those symphonies your mind composed

CHORUS TWO:

And you were distracted your head in a spin
Whilst I was contracted to be just like him
And we wont ever take that chance will we Blanche?

Avalanche...avalanche

When I met you out in Switzerland
You didn't understand, you wouldn't take my hand
It was Winter and the snow it fell
Track Name: Whatever You Said. It Worked
The last days of Summer make me feel so obsolete
But you have the answer that's why I still compete

CHORUS:

Whatever you said. It worked. It worked
Whatever you meant. It worked. It worked
Whatever you said. It worked. It worked

And if there's a problem, if there's something in the way
No one is faster to drive all the doubts away

REPEAT CHORUS

(middle)

And if I take a fall, then you will pick me up
And if life does its thing, then it won't trip me up
And I hope you'll remain forever in love, in love, in love

REPEAT CHORUS
Track Name: Butterfingers
BUTTERFINGERS

Things keep falling through my hands
Diamonds become grains of sand
Butterfingers, butterfingers
I keep waking in-between
From a dream within a dream
Butterfingers, butterfingers

Things keep falling through my hands
But I keep wrecking all my plans

And I keep falling into you
The way that star-crossed lovers do
And you may head towards the light
But I keep fading into night
Butterfingers, butterfingers

Falling through my hands...
It's falling through my hands
Track Name: Map Of Japan
Map Of Japan

Map of Japan, Map of Japan
I'm looking at a map of Japan
Back of your hand, back of your hand
I'm looking at the back of your hand

(Repeats verse One)
Track Name: Corpsing
Corpsing

I'm too fucked to think
So I'm corpsing
I'm too dumb to know
So I'm corpsing
When two worlds collide we watch sparks fly
One will survives and it's not mine

CHORUS:

And I can't hear a word you say
I guess you are too far away...

I've given up with my complaining
But these thoughts return when it's raining
I'm too fucked to think so I'm corpsing

REPEAT CHORUS:

I'm too fucked to think so I'm corpsing
I'm too dumb to know so I'm corpsing again
When two worlds collide we watch sparks fly
One will survives and it's not mine
Track Name: Melanie Exploded
Melanie Exploded

Melanie exploded
Her broken heart imploded
But now she's fine
Melanie exploded
Bad memories corroded
But now she's fine, fine, fine...

Funny how those years of pain
Disappear and melt away
I only want whats best for you
And now you're with somebody new

Melanie exploded
Her mind was fast eroding
But now she's fine
Melanie supposes
Her bed is full of roses
And now she's fine, fine, fine
Track Name: Goodnight Whalebones
Goodnight Whalebones

You work in the margins
Name typed small like an afterthought
And all those ideas
Stay inside you sold them short

Goodnight whalebones, them's some headphones...

CHORUS:

I'm sorry that you're gonna have to sell your house
I can't believe that you believed in Mickey Mouse
I won't deny you paid the price and more besides

I stand corrected
On things I thought would save my life
And if dissected it might appear
That i wrecked the hive

Goodnight whalebones, them's some headphones...

REPEAT CHORUS:

(I can't deny my life's a mess and woe betides)

Days may run forever
But I just run for buses
I kick around the South coast
Like a wasp caught in an old coat

Days...
Track Name: Due To The State Of My Handwriting
Due To The State Of My Handwriting

CHORUS:

Due to the state of my handwriting
I never was in love (X2)

I have found that my handwriting lets me down
Word by word i systematically drown
I hide the truth in-between the lines
My thoughts are blurred, cryptically defined

CHORUS TWO:

The rules of the game seem to change a lot
When they're illegible (x2)

The moment scrawled, exploded over the page
Hides what I felt in another age
So I return decipher ink stain and scrawl
And I recall that I was never here at all...

CHORUS THREE:

Due to the state of my handwriting I never was in love (x3)

I never was in love, I never was in love
Track Name: Am I The Only One Here Not On Drugs?
Am I The Only One Here Not On Drugs?

Is this what your heart desires tonight?
What's wrong with your life?
All those little tell-tale signs round your eyes
So what's wrong tonight?

CHORUS:

Am I the only one here not on drugs? (x2)

Well we used to get along, just fine
But you changed inside
Now if this is what you want from your life, well alright
But I cant watch you die

REPEAT CHORUS

(Middle)

Am I gonna have to tend your grave
Or are you gonna try and mend your ways?
I'm no saint but you're becoming lost in space

REPEAT CHORUS
Track Name: The Tallest Man In The World
The Tallest Man In The World

The tallest man in the world is here
But i don't think he wants you near

The tallest man in the world is near
But I don't think he is sincere

The tallest man in the world is here
But i don't think he wants you near...
Track Name: Last Of The Great White Hopes
Last Of The Great White Hopes

Have you given yourself enough rope?
Last of the great white hopes
Saw you burn out all of your dreams
With bravado and ludicrous schemes

Am I wasting my time with this song?
Even though its just twenty-eight long?
Stop waving your flag in my face
'Cos brother you're a disgrace
Track Name: Raccoon
Raccoon

I wanna thank you
You enlightened me
For all those years
We were a secret team

CHORUS ONE:

But now she's come to guide you home
I guess that leaves me all alone

For all those years
You were the only one
Who saw through things
The way that i had done

CHORUS TWO:

But now she's come to walk you home
I feel like I am all alone
Now she's come to guide you home
I guess that leaves me all alone
Alone, alone...
Track Name: Tiger Fires
Tiger Fires

Were you ever more than the sum of your parts?
Secretly, we're all hoping to be asked to dance
Nowadays, looking back is the future
Just one thing-does this life really suit you?

CHORUS:

Tiger Fires - I want you to know
Tiger Fires - Wherever you go
I will be there

Do you really understand where we're heading?
Important things that I need to say but I'm forgetting again
You always claimed that you could see around corners
So why do I feel it's up to me to warn you, again?

REPEAT CHORUS (X2)

Be there, I will be there, I will be there

I'm hoping for a change of heart
You're looking for a brand new start
I'm hoping for a change of heart
You're looking for a brand new start

Will you be there...?