Calling Utopia

Calling Utopia

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Calling Utopia are a pop/rock band from a small town in Millicent, South Australia. We formed in 2008 and recorded our first album in late 2009 which was released in early 2010. We've played in a few places around South Australia but now we're aiming to go further and play bigger.

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Calling Utopia

Sisters. Two guitars, two attitudes, two minds and two voices in sync.

It was 2008 when sisters Jess and Sarah Renehan woke up their sleepy little town in South Australia with a deafening harmony; a call for Utopia. It was a call that young cellist turned bass-man Tom Schumacher and seasoned English born punk rock drummer Tony Long had been waiting to hear. And then… there were four.

As many who’ve grown up in a small town will know, isolation can be the ultimate catalyst for imagination. Yours is a choice between walking in circles on that familiar road to nowhere or taking what you know, re-mixing it with your dreams and paving your own yellow brick road to somewhere new, somewhere where change isn’t a battle but an inevitability.

For the Renehan sisters, music infused more than their dreams, it was in the air they breathed. From school choirs to national youth choirs, teen rock bands to recording studios, they both knew that when life hit a bump in the road they could find and each other, and their sense of purpose, in rock’n'roll.

But it’s a long way to the top, as fellow Aussie rocker Bon Scott so wisely decreed some 30 years before their time. In Sarah, Jess, Tom and Tony’s case they kicked off that rock’n'roll journey in late 2009 with a 1631km drive north up Australia’s East Coast to the city of Brisbane. If these four likely adventurers had set off to see the wizard, they found him in the form of Brisbane record producer James North. After an intense month of recording and arranging 13 tracks, refining a unique image and exploring the wilds of the city, Calling Utopia’s debut album ‘XIII’ was locked, loaded and ready for release in 2010.

In 2011 however, the bands musical journey got put on hold as one of the sisters, Sarah, suffered medical issues resulting in her having brain surgery 4 times within six months. Determined not to let this stop them though, Calling Utopia finished off 2011 with a bang and kick started 2012 headlining Mount Gambiers New Years Eve event.
Throughout 2012 the band have made the most of the year with getting in top 100, top 40 and top 10 charts on Ourstage, acoustic tours, headlining National Youth Week, traveling to Melbourne to record their new single with producer Dave Carr and filming a music video in Sydney with director Darko Djerich. They also have their first overseas tour in September which, will be taking place in New Zealand over two weeks.

Calling Utopia describe their music as honest, heartfelt, energetic, catchy and playful. Blending their lyrical content from both personal experience and imagination the band draw on their respect for acts like Pink, Evanescence, Avril Lavigne, Jewel, Michelle Branch, Suzie Q and Paramore for musical inspiration.

Lyrics

Runaway

Written By: Sarah Renehan, Jessica Renehan

I remember when I was just a girl, not a single care in the world.
And the only thing that mattered was the game we were gunna play.

How has that changed?

People tell to stop living in my dream world
You gotta think of your future
But they don’t really know what going on inside me.

Tell me what you really want to do!

I wanna runaway, get away, fly away, hide away,
Be a stray, never having anyone telling me what I should be doing again.
Walk away, drive away, cruise away and by the way I never said that I could be the one to blame for all the things that you have done wrong.

Things always seem so much simpler when we were kids.
Not having to worry about responsibilities.

How has that changed!

People tell me to stop living in my dream world U’ve got bills to pay.
But they don’t really know what I really want to do.

Tell me what you really wanna do!

I wanna runaway, get away, fly away, hide away,
Be a stray, never having anyone telling me what I should be doing again.
Walk away, drive away, cruise away and by the way I never said that I could be the one to blame for all the things that you have done wrong.

I know that you only want whats best for me, but what you want isn’t good for me.
All I wanna do is.......

I wanna runaway, get away, fly away, hide away,
Be a stray, never having anyone telling me what I should be doing again.
Walk away, drive away, cruise away and by the way I never said that I could be the one to blame for all the things that you have done wrong.

Because Of You

Written By: Sarah Renehan, Jessica Renehan

Scared by day, haunted at night, because of you.
Always running, always hiding, because of you.

So now I fight to get back the life, you stole from me.
And words cant explain the pain you caused.
I need my life back, so now I fight to get back the life, you stole from me.

Afraid to love, afraid to trust, because of you.
Disgust in the mirror, always angry, because of you.

So now I fight to get back the life, you stole from me.
And words cant explain the pain you caused.
I need my life back, so now I fight to get back the life, you stole from me.

All the lies you told me to believe, that I was lower than you.
But all the deception made me stronger.

So now I fight to get back the life, you stole from me.
And words cant explain the pain you caused.
I need my life back, so now I fight to get back the life, you stole from me.

I Did It Again

Written By: Sarah Renehan, Jessica Renehan

I tried so hard to believe, in everything you said to me.
But you keep pushing me further away.
Your lies you tried deceiving me, I’m not blind but now you know I see
That you keep pushing me further away.

But now those killer eyes and that perfect smile keep dragging me in
And the way you make my body ache, I did it again, I did it again

Coming home you’re already in the bed, with my best friend and her legs are spread
Wish you had of locked the fricken door
Too busy to even lift your head, that fine I’ll grab the bat instead.
Too bad your cars not indestructible!

But now those killer eyes and that perfect smile keep dragging me in
And the way you make my body ache, I did it again, I did it again

But now those killer eyes and that perfect smile keep dragging me in
And the way you make my body ache, I did it again, I did it again

Killer eyes and that perfect smile keep dragging me in
And the way you make my body ache I did it again, I did it again

Woah

Written By: Sarah Renehan, Jessica Renehan

Verse:

Too many times I have been told
This broken record's getting old
Yes I see you speaking
But no I'm not listening
Never again will I let you bring me down
Your words can't hurt me no not now
Now I see, it's not me you're ashamed of
You yell and scream
But I'll still sing

Chorus:

Woah, woah, woah woah
You can hate me, blame me
But I'll still sing
Woah, woah, woah, woah
You'll never shake me or break me
No i'll never let you beat me again

Verse:

Go ahead and tell me you think that I
Can't do it and try to make me cry
Do you feel taller
When you make me feel smaller
Did you really need to kick me down
Shouldn't you be the one standing proud
Don't you see, you don't scare me
Now I'm stronger
Your words may sting
But i'll still sing

Chorus:

Woah, woah, woah woah
You can hate me, blame me
But I'll still sing
Woah, woah, woah, woah
You'll never shake me or break me
No i'll never let you beat me again

Woah, woah, woah, woah

Chorus:

Woah, woah, woah woah
You can hate me, blame me
But I'll still sing
Woah, woah, woah, woah
You'll never shake me or break me
No i'll never let you beat me
Woah, woah, woah woah
You can hate me, blame me
But I'll still sing
Woah, woah, woah, woah
You'll never shake me or break me
No i'll never let you beat me again

Discography

XIII- 2010
Woah Single- 2012

Set List

1: 45 mins - 1 hour

Originals:

Runaway
Because Of You
My Insanity
To Cry
With Me Always
End Of Time
Take Me Away
Like Before
Hear Me
Falling
I Can't Breathe
I Did It Again
I Want It Back

Covers:
E.T- Katy Perry
Boys In Town- Divinyls
Poker Face- You Me At Six
Cherry Bomb- The Runaways