XOVA

XOVA

BandPopReggae

http://www.xovalive.com

X.O.V.A. are multi-racial, multi-generational masters of a vibrant and muscular roots sound that harks back to the sound and vision of the past, fired up by social and political unrest issues as well as affairs of the heart. But the septet are also the sound of 201, fusing their reggae base with the breadth of the modern world - ska, rock, dubstep, blues, Motown and folk, infused with protest and pain, but also hope

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Biography

When the first thrilling wave of racially diverse roots-reggae and ska bands burst out of the Midlands in the late 1970s and revolutionised Britain’s musical and cultural landscape, the country was facing economic depression, massive social unrest, a lack of faith in the political system and, come 1982, an overseas crisis and a pointless war in The Falklands.

It seems that little has changed in the interim.

Enter X.O.V.A.

From Birmingham, numbering six in their ranks, X.O.V.A. are multi-racial, multi-generational masters of a vibrant and muscular rocking-roots sound that harks back to the sound and vision of the past, fired up by social and political unrest issues as well as affairs of the heart. But they are also the sound of 2013, fusing their rock-reggae base with the breadth of the modern world - ska, pop, dubstep, blues, Motown and folk, infused with protest and pain, but also hope.

The band have had headline and festival dates lined up throughout 2012, booked and rebooked by promoters following sell out and roof-raising shows including some prestigious support slots with legendary bands like The Skatellites and a home town Birmingham Town Hall Xmas gig with The Beat, who they are now working on a collaboration track for release in 2013

2013 see’s them heading off to the USA, as NBC TV NEW YORK flew into film them in December 2012 for filming early 2013, and more UK support slots with The Spin Doctors and The Selector confirmed in between there own dates, . They also in Feb 2013 are embarking on a FACEBOOK FAN tour where they will run up at there fans homes, works or bars and play for them an impromptu set

They have also just completed filming a movie based on the infamous NO11 Bus route and the many musical influences that have inspired the band along the route. The film features cameos from the likes of UB40, THE BEAT, WONDERSTUFF, FUZZBOX, MUSICAL YOUTH and many more, this will be released early in 2013 and accompanied by 11 webisodes on the bands website

The latest release THE SOHO RD SESSIONS ,came out on Itunes Nov 28th and has the lead track of 9 LIVES which is accompanied by a quality video directed by Alex Kyrou [ Tim Burton asst ] this has helped get the band NATIONAL UK RADIO on BBC 2 [ Alex Lester ] and BBC6 [ Tom Robinson ] where Tom commented ‘ This Is one of the tightest bands I have heard in a very Long time ‘

Regional Radio’s such as BBC INTRODUCING, ‘ Q RADIO’ SCRATCH and many others now coming on board to support including some great press from the likes of ECHOES MUSIC MAGAZINE [ UKs Essential Black music monthly } who rave about the band .
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Debut album Synchronise Your Leader’s is due to released in the spring 2013 .

Lyrics

TEARS [ ALL I NEED IS THE BASS LINE

Written By: WAYNE LAWRENCE / XOVA / OVERPROOF

Chorus
All I need is the bass line, and ovenproof drop the track
Were giving and living and loving recognise the attack
From the air time, let your ears start to bleed
Cross over for all of your needs
Well its rapture, erupting in your face
Were taking unmaking and breaking every rule that they make
And it’s a victory, so we all stand up high
Leaving only tears in there eyes

V1
Well ever since I heard that reggae beat, out on the street
Where I got to see that I could chase my dreams
Didn’t think, a chelmsley wood boy would ever sing songs like these
So tell the nation, follow unity and you will defeat
So much more if we stick together, you will see
Never under estimate the power of the person that you want to be
So drop the bass line

Chorus

Bridge
So follow me, with the understanding ,that we all just want to be free
No we don’t need fools, giving us these rules, and the way they think
We should be.

V2
Well ever since I heard that Presley voice, that was my choice
Singing songs and influencing people with joy
Get across the message that were nobodies project and nobodies toy
If immigration is a way of escape, we shall not judge
This is someone else’s mistake, we need to show
It doesn’t matter where you’re from
Together we all become one

Bridge

Chorus

KNIFE CRIME CITY

Written By: WAYNE LAWRENCE / XOVA

Knife Crime City
In the knife crime city people will be stealing for a living, a living
And in this fight crime city, somebody will face another beating, a beating
And in the knife crime city the innocence is taken from the victim, yeah
We got to stop this quickly, before another life is took from bleeding, bleeding, bleeding
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I want you to listen, I want you to take advantage of the lessons here
Don’t want you to miss it, we don’t need any more people losing tears
Another situation burned in the hearts of a family
Becomes an emulation turned into life from a movie
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In the knife crime city people will be stealing for a living, a living
And in this fight crime city, somebody will face another beating, a beating
And in the knife crime city the innocence is taken from the victim, yeah
We got to stop this quickly, before another life is took from bleeding, bleeding, bleeding
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I want you to listen, I want you to think about the ones who love you
Cause I have a baby, if she was taken from me then I don’t know what I’d do
You turned the place that we all have to live into a battlefield
Don’t want to walk down the street hoping that the bullet misses me

In the knife crime city people will be stealing for a living, a living
And in this fight crime city, somebody will face another beating, a beating
And in the knife crime city the innocence is taken from the victim, yeah
We got to stop this quickly, before another life is took from bleeding, bleeding, bleeding

Taken advantage of lessons you’ve learned, your not gonna live in a life full of hurt, you’ve listened, you’ve listened yeah yeah
Taken advantage of lessons you’ve learned, your not gonna live in a life full of hurt, you’ve listened, you’ve listened yeah yeah

CHILLOUT MAXIMUM

Written By: WAYNE LAWRENCE / XOVA

CHILLOUT MAXIMUM

People get a new direction – follow xova
Its time to feel the affection – when you follow xova
Transmitting all over the world – with the sound of xova
It doesn’t matter if you’re a boy or a girl – when you feel xova x3

Chorus
We call it the chillout maximum
You never have to worry about anyone
Cos everyone is tuned to the same station
So turn it up and turn it on
We call it the freedom that we deserve
It comes from a plant that grows out the herb
Everyone’s talking on this kind of verb
Its gonna feel enough to spread the love x

We need to get across the message – follow xova
No danger, no worry no heartache – when you follow xova
Inherit the reason to change – to the sound of xova
You never ever have to be afraid, - when you hear xova

LITTLE LION

Written By: WAYNE LAWRENCE / XOVA

LITTLE LION

Please Little Lion – Im wasting away just like you
Feast Little Lion – Don’t wait for it, take what your due
Rest Little Lion – make sure you get all your sleep
Look Little Lion -cos everything is yours that you see

CHROUS
But Im not going to let you walk out
Into the world if im not sure about
If you can stand up on your own and you believe
That the confidence comes from your soul
And the love that your giving always shows
This Little Lion she is ready , ready to go

This Little Lion -is taking her steps to the world
Brave Little Lion - is showing she is a big girl
Now Little Little Lion - she has got where she wants to be
Her Little Lion - is born with such purity

Chorus x 2
outro

LULLABY

Written By: WAYNE LAWRENCE / XOVA

LULLABY

You may not know what its like
Without the comfort from your life
I miss you so much deep inside
I cant breathe without you here
My sleepless nights wont disappear
Im scared to wake up to my fears

With the candles going out I hold you tight
But I know your not here tonight
Lying next to someone else tonight

Chorus
By the way when you were mine
I never thought it would be so bad
My hearts revealed its shrine
And all I needed was you to sing me a
La la la la lullaby – sing me a
La la la la lullaby – sing to me

Leave a t-shirt that you wore, the scent will keep me safe and warm
My senses think your close enough
To say you love me as you go, before the doors about to close
And echos through to crush my hopes

It is more than insomenia you see, ifts the fact that your not here with me
Lying next to someone else tonight

I just cant go On

Chrous

Outro

9 LIVES

Written By: WAYNE LAWRENCE / XOVA

9 LIVES
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Verse 1
I never thought you could be the one
To make me feel the way that I feel
I didn’t see it coming and I got fazed
I start compromising my ways

Chorus
Still I got 9 Lives left to live before it’s too late
I’ve had the cupid shoot so many times but it’s missed me
I’ve got everything that I want, but I don’t need it baby
Because the only thing I need is you
Because the only thing I need is you

Verse 2
It was only a matter of time
before somebody gave me an ultimatum
I’ve hidden everything you can find on me
And I won’t be revising my faith

Chorus

Bridge
Baby so you know it
I live my life to blow it
But I saved this one for you
I wont divide my freedom
I cant be changing my ways
But ill save
Chorus

Discography

9 lives ( officlal Video ) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Loa5cEGrXms
Soho Road Sessions EP - out NOv 15th 2012
Little LIon Video out Dec 15th 2012
Tears EP due out Feb 1st 2013
Synchronise your Leaders Album due out March 15th 2013
Knife Crime City (Official Video) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEc0JhcCZ3Q
Knife Crime City (Soundcloud Link) - http://soundcloud.com/xova/knife-crime-city-mix-25-10-11

Set List

SETS VARY FROM 35 MINS TO 90 MINS DEPENDING ON EVENT