Ali Towers

Ali Towers

 Perth, Western Australia, AUS
BandFolkAcoustic

Blues and Folk singer/songwriter with a dash of popness.
2010- National release of The Used Future EP
• Australian Songwriting Competition 2010 - 2nd Place – Pop Category
• Australian Internet Radio 2010 Chart – No.1 and Album of the Week
• Soundslikecafe 2010 Chart – No.5

Biography

BIOGRAPHY
• Australian Songwriting Competition 2010 - 2nd Place – Pop Category
• Australian Internet Radio 2010 Chart – No.1 and Album of the Week
• Soundslikecafe 2010 Chart – No.5

Folk/blues singer/songwriter, Ali Towers was born in Robin Hood country, Nottingham, England, raised on his parents’ John Lennon Records and imported to Perth, WA around the turn of the century.
Ali has just released a solo EP called The Used Future through Newmarket Music. The EP was recorded at Sumo Studios, Perth with Laurie McCallum (Anime Fire/Fools Rush In) and mastered by William Bowden (Bob Evans / Paul Dempsey) in Sydney.
Ali’s soul is with the Blues and Folk side of Pop in the vein of Van Morrison, Ray Lamontagne, and Tom Waits, but he has a diverse back catalogue, venturing into trip hop, rock and even theatrical pieces for the Edinburgh Festival. In 2002, Ali co-wrote and recorded the successful dance track, Stay High, which debuted in Ibiza and the Miami Music festival where DJ Tall Paul added the track to his set.
Before coming to Australia, Ali had been lucky enough to travel through Europe and America and has managed to play at some inspiring venues including the great CBGS’s, before its unfortunate close. Ali aspires to masterpieces such as Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks, Jeff Buckley’s Grace, Radiohead’s Ok Computer, Pink Floyd’s Darkside of the Moon and relishes in their ability to send shivers with powerful and lulling melodies, embedded with poetic lyrics. These factors were at the forefront of Ali’s mind when he set foot in the studio to record The Used Future EP.
The Used Future EP features 5 of Ali’s most haunting yet commercial songs to date. As well as providing a great taster for what is in store, the EP also works as a great piece itself, its dark tales told with the aid of a string quartet, flute and lamenting Spanish guitar. Already “Album of the Week” and Number 1 on Australian Internet Radio, it is now available nationally through Newmarket Music at both major and independent retail, and online stores including Amazon and iTunes. Track 2- Hold On (The Sky’s Burning) has just achieved 2nd place in the Pop category of the Australian Songwriters Association Contest.
Ali Towers is currently touring to promote the EP both solo, and with a 4 piece band, and recently supported Thirsty Merc and Village Kid.

Xpress Magazine
“While the slick, polished production of the EP may lend itself to commercial radio, Towers has not shirked at writing raw, challenging and close-to-the-bone lyrics”.

PerthBands.com
“A perfect release for relaxed afternoons watching the sun sinking down the horizon or late night chill-out sessions”.

Fasterlouder.com
“Hold On (The Sky Is Burning) made the crowd stand to to attention” (Live review of support for Thirsty Merc at the Fly By Night, Fremantle 23.07.2010)

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Lyrics

Learning Divine

Written By: Ali Towers

Learning Divine

Verse 1
Trust and patience corrupt
I feel like giving up
I raise a smile and try to rise above

Bridge 1
But you seem to know the way
Out of this hell
And I can’t even relate all I can tell

Chorus 1
Dreams of oceans at sunrise
Blessings from your eyes
Hopes of the bluest skies
Learning Divine

Verse 2
Fool I know that I am
Because my fears won’t obey my command
But I can smile because I understand

Bridge 2
And you seem to know the way
Out of this hell
And you move me to create
All I can tell

Chorus 2
You launch a thousand ships
God sings from your lips
True love and forgiveness shine
Learning divine

Copyright Ali Towers 2005.

The Used Future

Written By: Ali Towers

Don’t be afraid
Don’t let them win
Darling have faith
They’ll never know our pleasure and pain
They only know how to gain
They’ll never appreciate, they’ll just fade away
As long as you’re with me, and I’m with you.

I could work my way
And try to change it from the inside
But would I succeed
Or would I be tempted by the dark side
And keep things the same,
Blame living too long with this pain
Like I don’t want to lose all I’d gained
Then baby just slap my face
Because you’re with me, and I’m with you

Because I’m fighting for you
They may try to separate
And cause our future to deteriorate
And end our day.
Don’t worry Babe,
Because I’m always with you.

All You

Written By: Ali Towers

If you’re wanting to go
Then go on ahead and go
If you’re wanting to leave then leave
Just stop leading me on
Because if you’re wanting to go
Then go and pack your bags
Because it wasn’t my fault
That you went behind my back
Bridge
And I’m already falling
Through my thoughts of memories
Abhorring

All You

Remember your last dance
Under the waterfall
Or was it a trance
A dream you can’t recall
It was all in your hands
But now it’s all gone
It was your last chance
But then you went and broke the song

So if you’re wanting to go
Then go on ahead and go
I won’t beg you to stay
Because now I think that you should know
That I’m no longer afraid
Because I’ve seen all evil
And you’ll never change
So I must erase my love

That Day Will Come

Written By: Ali Towers

Rendered myself imprisoned
So tired of living with this indecision
We’re I an awful state
Crushed by the wait
Feels like my heart’s unleavened
Knowing that it could be heaven
But Right now I have to wait amidst all I hate
So while my soul is drained

I’ll Keep Trying
Because I know that day will come

Although you can not see me
Know that my heart is yours completely
Reaffirming every day that it’s worth the wait
And though the Fates do beckon
I think of your beauty every second
Now without inspiration, I’m left to create
So two fingers I’ll raise to Fate

He That Has It

Written By: Alistair Towers

Have you ever felt your heart bleed
So much that it drowns you?
And your friends seem to know a solution,
They try to revive you
And their words make sense
But it’s all too much
So you continue choking
Like you’re doomed

That’s when you find out
*Everyone can master a grief
But he that has it

Every man and woman’s dream,
Seemed like she had it all
Who’d have thought she stared each night
Into a handful of pills
And the guy who’s friends
Told him to cheer up
They didn’t understand how bad it was
Until he jumped

Cause sometimes it seems
*Everyone can master a grief
But he that has it

In these days of rage it’s no wonder
We’re all throwing rocks
With so many lazy ways to communicate
Nobody talks
When your life is measured in dollars
And you’re still a rung on the climbers’ ladder
No one hears you scream
Because they all think that they’ve got the answer

And in the end it fits that
*Everyone can master a grief
But he that has it
*"Everyone can master a grief but he that has it". Quoted from William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing - (Act III, Scene II)

This Fragile Track

Written By: Ali Towers

Nothing deals a firmer strike
Than when you lose someone
Who’s changed your life.
And nothing that you can do can bring them back
That’s when you realize this fragile track

For all we know the sun may never rise tomorrow
And if this cold never leaves my bones
Maybe this sorrow will be the death of me
Twisting my stomach and pulling at my throat

Because
Nothing deals a firmer strike
Than when you lose someone
Who’s changed your life.
And nothing that you can do can bring them back
That’s when you realize this fragile track

Nothing seems to make sense this way
With Nature’s course or God’s divine plan
And if there’s Destiny is it just for legacy?
And all the mourning won’t even help you understand

Why
Nothing deals a firmer strike
Than when you lose someone
Who’s changed your life.
And nothing that you can do can bring them back
That’s when you realize this fragile track

Now your life will never be the same
When they can’t live it as you do.

Nothing deals a firmer strike
We live in this fragile track
We walk this fragile track
We breathe this fragile track

Only the Fit Survive

Written By: Ali Towers

Red Skies at Midnight
As a sea of cloud reflects the city lights
Rendering all evil
Left to fight amongst themselves

Why must it be that only the Fit survive

Sometimes the fittest you find
Are sound of health but not sound of mind
Possessed by all the demons
Named Money; Lust; Greed and Self

Why must it be that only the Fit survive
If life is a test for us to try
Then why must it be that all of the good ones die

Since the dawn of time
One man submits like a child to rage
When another tells him to share
He crucifies him on that very stage

Why must it be that only the Fit survive
If life is for us to make Heaven on Earth
Then why must it be that all of our prophets are cursed

Well sooner or later
We’re all gonna find out why
But for now in this life
The Good will be by the Fit survived.

Hold On (The Sky's Burning)

Written By: Ali Towers

Oh my, my, my, the sky’s burning!
She cried to him
As they lay on the roof
It’s getting colder,
And my hearts aching too
But I think it’s over,
So just let me go

He took her hand and held her close
And with each tear that fell he said

Hold on, Stay with me
I am here with you
Hold on, keep your eyes open
We’ll be alright soon.

Now Jimmy had two jobs and Jenny had three
To pay those bills and still find enough to eat
But one day a week they’d have a night free
To be together and tell each other’s dreams

Jimmy thought with his heart and Jenny with her head
And as each red letter landed she said

Hold on, Stay with me
I am here with you
Hold on, keep your eyes open
We’ll be alright soon.

The riots sounded. The city was ablaze
At their favourite bar they toasted with at last some money they’d saved
But then the glass and bullets flared when, for once, all was good
They ran upstairs, and then Jenny saw her blood

She fell to the floor and Jimmy tried to stay calm
And as he held her in his arms he said

Hold on, Stay with me
I am here with you
Hold on, keep your eyes open
We’ll be alright soon.

When All Hope Has Gone

Written By: Ali Towers

There you are
Clutching at your hands
Buried in the sand
Up to your neck
Fading down into the wreckage

And you find yourself on the floor
Rocking back and forth
Praying you won’t fall
Any further
Unaware of anything else there

Because when all hope has gone
And you’re without strength to carry on
You must remember
Everything can change
Think of all the times you got back up again
To Life’s long fight
Stare it in the face
Punch with your last sinew
The power’s within you
When all hope has gone

You can’t see all life’s beauty
And I want you to know
How important it is for you to live

What’s it all about
Let’s not find out now

You must remember

Your Disgrace

Written By: Ali Towers

Those were different times
You still live in
And I’ve made up my mind
I wont let you in again
Over this sin

From the march to the mill
And all the blood you spilled
Gave you that house on the hill
For all your guilt to fill

Id never decide until you see
If you could only see your face
If you could only see your fate
If you could only see your face
Maybe you would know your disgrace.

Those were different times
You still live in
And I’ve made up my mind this time
I wont let you win

If you could only see your face
If you could only see your fate
If you could only see your face
Maybe you would know your disgrace.

Discography

DISCOGRAPHY
The Used Future EP – March 2010
All You EP – November 2005 - With band, Matters of Fiction
“Grace” Single - July 2002
Blue Screen Album – February 2001

TV:
Funk Up the Menu - Foxtel and Access 31 – July 2006 – Interview and Performance
Late Night Montage – Access 31 – November 2005 – February 2006 – All You EP on Rotation
Wake Up Perth – Access 31 – August 2005 – Interview
Young Gifted and Broke - Channel 4 - UK- July 2001 – Interview and Performance

Radio:
RTR FM 92.1FM Home Grown – March 2010 - Interview and Performance
Radio Fremantle 107.9FM The Twilight Zone - March 2010 - Interview and Performance
ABC 720AM Saturday Breakfast - February 2010 – Interview and Performance
6EBA Moonlight Session - 95.3FM – September 2009 – Interview and Performance
Northwest FM - May 2006 - Interview
96FM Troy and Bernie - August 2005 – Interview and Performance
RTR FM 92.1FM Breakfast With Barr - November 2005 – Interview and Performance
RTR FM 92.1 FM Home-Grown - November 2005 – Interview

Also Played on:
ABC Coast FM (Gold & Sunshine Coasts)
Pirate Cat Radio, San Francisco
6KCR FM, WA
City Park Radio, Tasmania
8CCCfm 102.1, Alice Springs
107.3 Heritage FM (6HFM), Gosnells
98.9 North West FM, Melbourne
Triple U,Shoalhaven NSW
NOVA 93.7,Perth
96FM,Perth
RTRFM 92.1,Perth
StarFM, Tasmania
89.7 Twin Cities FM, Wanneroo

Set List

The Used Future EP Launch Setlist 20.03.2010

1) The Used Future

2) Hold on (the Sky’s Burning)

3) He That Has It

4) The Dane

5) This Fragile Track

6) Purchance to Dream

7) Let the Rain Fall

8) Mystery

9) Learning Divine

10) Only the Fit Survive

11) When All Hope Has Gone