Kick The Moon

by Central Rain

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Central Rain is the antidote to autotune: no-frills, melody-drenched indie rock that Blurs The Church, Neil Young, R.E.M. and the Go-Betweens. The first solo project for Melbourne musician Luke Thomas, the songs are written from the heart and produced without bells, whistles or studio trickery. New album "Kick The Moon" takes Thomas away from the lush pop of 2015 EP "Flying Information" and down a heavier, guitar-based road. “A lot of these songs are fairly upbeat,” he says, “and it's good fun having a bunch of tunes you can shake your ass to!” It’s still a typically eclectic affair, however; punchy, dynamic tracks ‘Mind Division’, ‘California Felt’ and first single ‘Hurricane Stan’ are interspersed with the jangle of ‘People Are Wrong’ and ‘Sailin’ Alone’, the dreamy, otherworldly ‘Geometry Drippings’ and beautiful, introspective ballad ‘Conversations’.

"Kick The Moon" was recorded direct to 2-inch tape in two days at The Aviary studios in Melbourne with bandmate Dean Willoughby contributing drum tracks and Thomas responsible for everything else. “It's too easy to chop and change parts on a computer and I got tired of that process,” says Thomas. “I wanted to get back to when I first started making records and do all the tracks live without any editing. When I initially came to Fraser (Montgomery) and Nick (Edin) at the Aviary with the idea, I think they thought I was a bit crazy and two days would be spreading it a bit thin, but we did it, and it was a very fun and rewarding process in itself.” Recording to tape also gives the songs a warmer sound compared to something going in and out of a computer. “You get that classic sound like a lot of those old records you love. There hasn't been much around in the last 10 or so years that has that quality and warmth and I think you can recognise it when you hear it.”

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released August 11, 2017

All songs written and produced by
Luke Thomas © 2017

Recorded, mixed and mastered by
Fraser Montgomery and Nick Edin
at The Aviary, Melbourne in July 2016
over a couple of cold winter nights.

All songs sung and played by Luke Thomas
except drums by Dean Willoughby

Special thanks to:
Carrie & Jack, Karen McAlister,
Mick Baty, Scott Thurling, Fraser & Nick,
Jeff Jenkins, Crispi Winsor, Chris Hext,
Erica Menting, Mal Pinkerton, Paul McManus
and Dean Willoughby

Dedicated to the memory of my dad,
Robert Thomas 1945–2017

www.centralrain.com

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Central Rain is the antidote to autotune: no-frills, melody-drenched indie rock that Blurs The Church, Neil Finn and The Go- Betweens. The first solo project for Melbourne’s Luke Thomas (The Pictures, Deserters), his songs are written from the heart and recorded and performed with a refreshing honesty. ... more

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Track Name: Mind Division
When you can't stand still
You've got your head against the grill
And the flames are rising
And you haven't got the skill
To control the fire
That's burnin' from within
And it's your desire
That's keeping her from him

But she don't want to notice
(She's getting over you)
But he's got time to focus
And free the mind division

When you can't stand still
You've got your head against the wind
And the wheels are turning
But you're going nowhere still
Now the money's higher
And the lining getting thin
And it's your desire
To know you're gonna win

And she don't seem to notice
(She's getting over you)
But he's got time to flourish
And free the mind division
Track Name: California Felt
So many people here
Too many beat the system
Where are the means to justice?
Run away or the cops will bust us

Anticipation
Hiding emotions well
A rollercoaster
Into the ocean swell

Got to be perfect

So many preachers here
Too many cheat the system
Where are the ones who run this?
Where are they when we need them?

Anticipation
Hiding emotions well
A rollercoaster
Into the ocean swell

Got to be perfect

All the trees have fallen over
You can sit upon my shoulders
Track Name: People Are Wrong
People always say I'm wrong
But I never get lost
With the punch line honey
People try to prove me wrong
But I'm never gonna drown
In the deep end honey

Never gonna fight in a life like this
Gonna take it for walk
And then I'll blow a little kiss
I never get to work on time

People always say I'm high
But I never get lost
In the smoke haze honey
People always asking why
I never get thrown
In the deep end honey

Never gonna break from this vice-like grip
I've been shakin' like a leaf
Ever since the bottle slipped
I never get to work on time

Long ago
I remember when I told you so
Time goes on
And I remember where I had to go
Remember where I had to go...

Never get lost in a place like this
We'll lay along the lines
And I’ll blow a little kiss
I never get to work on time...
Track Name: Hurricane Stan
I've got a pocket full of hope
I bought it at a corner shop
It made me a man
But I didn't get to think a lot
I'm following the sound
The sound of the future
It may be a scam
Or just a bit of getting used to

In a song (I can remember)
In a song (I can remember)
I can hear the wind blow
I can see the side show
I can feel the warning
I can see my son grow

As the time stands still
And the light glows dim

I've got a pocket full of dope
I bought it at a corner shop
I never want to smoke
I always drew it in though
I'm following the sound
The sound of the future
It may be a scam
Or just a bit of getting used to

In a song (I can remember)
In a song (I can remember)
I can hear the wind blow
I can see the side show
I can feel the warning
I can see my son grow

As the time stands still
And the light glows dim
Track Name: Conversations
There's a cold wind blowin’
From the corner of the sky
As the fire turns to ashes
She makes it come alive
She makes it come alive

There's a storm cloud coming
From the corner of the room
And the lightbulb flickers
With an emptiness and gloom
With an emptiness and gloom

And I miss our conversations
When we're lying on the bed
And we skip like broken records
And we're back and forth again
And no one understands
As the daylight breaks his glance

I'm taking another chance
I'm going to take control
I'm gonna watch over your shoulder
I'm gonna do all I know

There's a blue sky comin’
From the corner of the room
And the sunlight's sleeping
In the shadow of the moon
In the shadow of the moon

And I miss our conversations
When we're lying on the bed
And we skip like broken records
And we're back and forth again
And no one understands
As the daylight breaks his glance

I'm taking another chance
I'm going to take control
I'm gonna watch over your shoulder
I'm gonna do all I know
Track Name: Geometry Drippings
You've got some tricks up in your sleeve
Now I've seen them all before
Can you show me to your door?
Can you take me to your room?

Come inside
Come on through
Can I stay?

You've got some sugar in your tea
Now you’re as sweet as you can be
I can see you clear now
I can see the fall

There's a world
For you and me
Can I stay?
Track Name: Sailin' Alone
Sailin' alone with a one man show
And I'm missing you
I'm heading on home where I left my soul
Yeah I'm missing you

It's funny how our dreams have fallen so far
I didn't mean to find you alone again
But I'm missing you, I'm missing you

And I just can't find my way home
My dreams are left for dying
My hopes are multiplying
I just can't find my way back
With leaves that drift forever
For good but not for better

Sailin' alone with a boat and row
And I'm missing you
I'm heading on home where I left my soul
I'm missing you

It's funny how our dreams have fallen so far
I didn't mean to find you alone again
But I'm missing you, I'm missing you

And I just can't find my way home
My dreams are left for dying
My hopes are multiplying
I just can't find my way back
A leaf that drifts forever
For good but not for better
Track Name: Drunk Punch
You don't wanna face it
I just don't wanna go the wrong way
And you don't wanna take it
I just don't wanna look the wrong way

You can take the bus
I can take the train
We can dance around in the pouring rain

You don't want the ticket
I just don't wanna look the wrong way
And you don't wanna face it
I just don't wanna look the wrong way

You can take the punch
I can take the kick
We can dance around in a boxing ring

And you don't wanna face it
I just don't wanna look the wrong way
And you don't want the ticket
I just don’t wanna go the long way

You can fly to Greece
Buy a woollen fleece
Stumble down the streets on the byway

All of this and more
Maybe I'm not sure...
Track Name: Hillside Blues
He was only 12 years old
I'd met him once before
Casing 'round this big old joint
On the other side of town
When they reopened up the case
They found he was the one
He killed a man for 20 dollars
And he fled the town so long

Just like in the older days
Dark medicine decays
Shooting up in poison veins
The bad times start to fade
Now those days have come and gone
A Revolution in our head
Taking pills to numb the pain
One was white and the other red

Goin' up on the hillside
Gonna make some plans
While we're getting high
Right up on these mountains
We can reach the sky
Goin’ up on the hillside
Gonna see some friends
On the other side
Right up on these mountains
We can disappear... into the light

Treated you like tainted gold
An ornament on the shelf
A parasite in awkward light
In a makeshift iron cell
All around this dirty town
The people never speak
Of Old Man Brown or that crazy clown
Or the mountain at its peak

Goin' up on the hillside
Gonna make some plans
While we're getting high
Right up on these mountains
We can reach the sky
Goin’ up on the hillside
Gonna see some friends
On the other side
Right up on these mountains
We can disappear... into the light