The Adam Cousens Band

The Adam Cousens Band

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Toes will tap, bodies will move, gorgeous songs will fill your ears with acoustic rock roots, pushing a folk blues influence with up tempo beats!

Biography

“Music doesn’t mean anything unless it touches people”, Adam Cousens says. And in whatever way Adams music touches you, whether it’s because you just can’t get that catchy melody out of your head, or because listening to his meaningful lyrics makes you stop and think about what he is saying, he writes and sings gorgeous songs that will have your toes tapping by the first verse, have you loudly singing by the last verse, and have you calling for more when it is over.
His live shows draw the listener in, with rousing, energy laden, thought provoking and spirited performance.

Adam has played in many varied venues such as grand concert halls, the Aux Trois Mailletz in Paris (famous for hosting the wonderful Nina Simone), rooftop raising pub performances in Belfast, Northern Ireland, sharing the stage with the likes of M Ward in the beautiful and picturesque Marion Bay, and in classic Johnny Cash style performing for prisoners at Risdon Prison.

Fiercely proud of his Tasmanian heritage, Adam is now based in Melbourne but is constantly touring and playing all over Australia.

Adams philosophy regarding his music is plain. “I say it’s simple music, but with a complex message or challenging idea, music that’s for the thinker.”

Lyrics

Running Over Rooftops

Written By: Adam Cousens

running over rooftops

up above the city

deep into the darkness

streets below look pretty

for you and me

jumping over buildings

i'm a super hero

exploring all the places

that people will never go

no no no no

well its just the way i be

its my beautiful reality

running jumping,

tripping stumbling

loving you and

praying cruising

get up

and go and get it

you don't know what ya got

til you lost it all

and then you'll see

how lovely, the melody

of you and me can be,

yeah yeah

play guitar for hours

underneath the moonlight

sit'in on a mountain

stars shinning so brightly

for you and me

spirit moving deeply

breeze blowing sweetly

tree's gently swaying

my heart is praying

for you and me yeah yeah

for you and me yeah yeah

well its just the way i be

its my beautiful reality

running jumping,

tripping stumbling

loving you and

praying cruising

get up

a go and get it

you don't know what ya got

til you lost it all

and then you'll see

how lovely, the melody

of you and me can be,

yeah yeah

some people say hay

what are you doing

no money's coming in

so you must be loosing

your chasing after

some kind of musical love

well i just smile

and to them i say

are you doing something

that you love everyday

cause if your not

the minutes the moments

are fading away

yeah yeah yeah yeah

yeah yeah yeah yeah

well its just the way i be

its my beautiful reality

running jumping,

tripping stumbling

loving you and

praying cruising

get up

and go and get it

you don't know what ya got

til you lost it all

and then you'll see

how lovely, the melody

of you and me can be,

its just the way i be

its my beautiful reality

running jumping,

tripping stumbling

loving you and

praying cruising

get up

and go and get it

you don't know what ya got

til you lost it all

and then you'll see

how lovely, the melody

of you and me can be,

yeah yeah yeah

of you and me can be

Travelling Long

Written By: Adam Cousens

Well, I’ve been a travelling log,

Through sleepless city’s, Singing my song

Through countless country sides, Writing the words

Hypnotic train trips, Speaking in verse

And I’ve seen things that only people have dreamt

And there’s many more dreams that are yet to be slept

And I’m living ten lives in the space that is one

Without regrets till I’m don’t

But if there where one, thing, that I could take back

It would be you, and all that you are

And if there were one, moment, that I could relive

It would be in your arms, just dancing with you

And I have sung in the palaces of time

Spoke in the courtyards, stories of rhyme

Danced under the moon in a forest of leave

Baffled musicians with coins up there sleeves

And I’ve calmed conquerors’ with jewels in thier crowns

Wooed princesses and banished their frowns

And I’m living ten lives in the space that is one

Without regrets till I’m don’t

But if there where one, thing, that I could take back

It would be you, and all that you are

And if there were one, moment, that I could relive

It would be in your arms, just dancing with you

And I’ve seen chandelles change into spiders

They strung down beside me and called me a liar

My mind has been thrown into space and the stars

My gums have bead, my stomach has starved

And I’ve begged with a beggar, I’ve cried with a king

I’ve covered my mouth and learnt how to sing

And I’m living ten lives in the space that is one

Without regrets till I’m don’t

But if there where one, thing, that I could take back

It would be you, and all that you are

And if there were one, moment, that I could relive

It would be in your arms, just dancing with you

And I’ve prayed in a bar and I’ve drunk in a church

i’ve scanned the bible frantic in search

I’ve sung to the lord from a stage on a hill

Been washed down a river, I’ve seen people kill

I’ve fought with a priest, I’ve stole from a thief

Made piece with a solder and I’ve kissed a chief

And I’m living ten lives in the space that is one

Without regrets till I’m don’t

But if there where one, thing, that I could take back

It would be you, and all that you are

And if there were one, moment, that I could relive

It would be in your arms, just dancing with you

And if there where one, thing, that I could take back

It would be you, and all that you are

And if there were one, moment, that I could relive

It would be in your arms, yeah just dancing with you

Just lying with you

Just crying with you

Just trying with you

Yeah

Yeah

Yeah

Yeah

Discography

2009
New Single "Forever Rich" releases Oct 2009.
Nominated for "Artist of the Year", "Best Solo Artist" and "Best Roots/Blues Artist" at the 2009 Amplified Awards.
Tours East Coast of Australia and South-East Asia
Plays to a packed Town Hall at The Cygnet Folk Festival.
Features in the Moomba – Loving The Yarra , Melbourne Waters Birrarung Celebration, alongside Rob Sawyer and Nicky Bomba.
Sales of Running Over Rooftops EP reach 1500+.
Plays iconic venues such as Bar 303 Northcote and Ruby’s Lounge and Wesley Anne Melbourne.

2008
Plays 3 performances at The Falls Music and Arts Festival to packed audiences.
Is Guest Artist at ABC936 Hobart Giving Tree Concert at Hobart's Theatre Royal.
Garners significant airplay on ABC936 Hobart including a number of “live to air” performances.
Appears on Home Grown Roots CD distributed by Foghorn Records, alongside Paul Kelly, Mia Dyson and John Butler.
Tours Tasmania including regional centres with Jay Fraser.
“Running Over Rooftops” (from Running Over Rooftops EP) awarded the prestigious “Best Song” at the Amplified Awards, with Adam also picking up the gongs for “Best Songwriter” and “Best Solo Performer”.
Support for Tim Rogers
Two night support for Clare Bowditch on the “Winter Secrets” Tour.
Sales of “Beautiful People” EP reach 3500+, at gigs alone.

2007
Released Running Over Rooftops EP (CD launch attended by 300+)
Performed at The Falls Festival Marion Bay
Winner of The Falls Festival Showcase Event
His song “When You Smile” (from Beautiful People EP) was used in a jtv story.
Performed at inaugural Southern Roots Festival
Toured New Zealand

2006
1st EP Beautiful People released
“Getting Better” and “Judging Appropriately” (from Beautiful People EP) placed in top 10 of National APRA Songwriting Awards in Folk Category.
“Beautiful People” (from Beautiful People EP) winner of Mountain Festival Songwriters Competition
Toured Europe and UK.

Set List

Forever Rich
7 Days
Your 2 Hands
Island Flower
Free Flowing Footsteps
Positivity
Good By
Running Over Rooftops
Travelling Long
Speaking Your Own Voice
Raise Up Your Glasses
Listen
Beautiful People
Gettin' Better
When You Smile
Judging Appropriately
Broken Wings
and many more!!