Bill Coleman

Bill Coleman

 Cork, Munster, IRL
BandAlternativePop

Bill Coleman makes music with a guitar, a laptop and a whole load of live recorded loops. It's reminded people of the work of eels, Talking Heads, Billy Bragg and The Flaming Lips. Time Out London summed it up as 'electro-tinged, bouncy alt-folk'.

Biography

Bill Coleman makes music with a guitar, a laptop and a whole load of live recorded loops. It's reminded people of the work of eels, Talking Heads, Billy Bragg and The Flaming Lips. Time Out London summed it up as 'electro-tinged, bouncy alt-folk'.

He has released two albums and numerous EPs in Ireland on his own label and shared various stages (Oxegen, Electric Picnic) across Ireland and the UK with Duke Special, Heathers, David Kitt, Ryan Sheridan, Jamie Lawson and many, many more.

His latest album was released in October 2010. It's called 'You Can't Buy Back Your Life' and comes in a numbered limited edition package. Each album is hand-decorated with individualised artwork; put 1,000 of them together and they spell out the name of the record. Hot Press says it's "...a hugely satisfying collection of songs ... dynamic, punchy and sonically rich ... A triumph".

Besides gigging busily, Bill is currently writing and recording one new song a week for 2011 which you can feast your ears on over on his website www.bcoleman.com.

"majorly jazzed up and spaced out... love that record" - Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music
"a seriously energetic piece that should get living people dancing like idiots" - Easy Music for Difficult Ears

Lyrics

False North

Written By: Bill Coleman

Hail.
Hail to the world.
To the shining light,
To the dark out yonder.
The stars of the city,
You look so pretty,
Turning in circles,
Like destiny arriving.
Hold on to nothing,
So nothing can harm you,
So nothing can hurt you,
So nothing can break you.
So desperate to say yes,
So desperate to impress,
So desperate to be loved,
But too scared to say so.
I will change your mind,
I will kiss your tears,
I will break your heart,
And then I'll disappear.

I am nothing,
Nothing without you.
Change is gonna come though,
But I think that it'll make us stronger.
Welcome to False North.
Eyes on the big prize.
Life on a small stage,
With nothing to be afraid of.
Hold on to nothing,
So nothing can harm you,
So nothing can hurt you,
So nothing can break you.
Last drinking downing,
Last bus coming,
Lost in all these people,
Bruised, battered and bleeding.
All out in the open,
The key that just won't turn,
The lock that we break the door we kick down,
Destiny arriving.
Hold on to nothing,
So nothing can harm you,
So nothing can hurt you,
So nothing can break you.

Nothing can harm you,
Nothing can hurt you,
Nothing can break you.

Your Hands Were Made for Working

Written By: Bill Coleman

Your Hands Were Made For Working,
Your tension stored but not forgotten
I talk my chain is turning
My compass foiled by earthed rock
Your mind is overthrown
Your heart is full but not forlorn
And I am overcome
And I am going to walk through this one.

Your hands were made for working
I am no foil no lock of fact
It is your brain you're burning
And every word we work is right
Your eyes are overthrown
Your mind is beautiful on its own
And I am overcome
But I am going to walk through this one

And every breath you take is more.
And every route you break is born.

I am overthrown
Your tension is turned but its not forlorn
And I am overthrown
But I am going to bleed through this one.

Discography

(Ireland except where stated)
Oct 2010 - "You Can't Buy Back Your Life" Album
Sept 2010 - "Black & Blue" EP
April 2010 - "Black & Blue" EP (UK)
Feb 2010 - "Black & Green" EP
Oct 2009 - "Black & Red" EP
Feb 2007 - "I'll Tear My Own Walls Down" Album
Feb 2007 - "Say It Like You Mean It" Single
Oct 2006 - "Offer Up the Hope" Single
Feb 2006 - "Black & Yellow" EP
Sept 2003 - "Long Time Coming" EP

Set List

01 - Your Hands Were Made for Working
02 - Crossfire
03 - Welcome to the Breakdown
04 - You'll Be That Love of Mine
05 - False North
06 - Am I Still Your Number One?
07 - Past, Future & Present
08 - On Your Travels
09 - Till My Blood Runs Cold
10 - Maximilliano!
11 - Offer Up the Hope
12 - I Want You to Know

Average Set length: 1 hour