BILLY

BILLY

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This is an existential folk rock band! The place where a Les Paul intersects with a Martin and is pushed forward by a dense rock groove and elevated by an angelic feminine voice and brought back down to earth by three male voices doing harmonies. This band sounds like nothing quite else.

Biography

2009 sees the debut release from Australian rock band BILLY. BILLY is a collaboration between brothers Derek & Tim Kelly. They have been brothers their entire lives! The band is rounded out by singer Megan Hunter and multi-instrumentalist Ian Brett. Their music sounds like nothing quite else and it’s singularity has been described as “existential folk rock”. With influences as varied as The Beatles, Faith No More, Elliott Smith, Radiohead, Jean Paul Sartre, Paul Klee, T.Rex & Kiss, it is hard to categorise BILLY's sound. The band is now hitting its straps after months of recording, set to tour the east coast of Australia as the beginning of a worldwide assault. DEMONS OUT has just been released worldwide on iTunes.

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Lyrics

SIMPLE MISTAKE

Written By: Derek Kelly

Did you forget to leave on the light,
Or were you just tryin’ to give me a fright?

And did you intend - to put up a fight
When I came stumblin’ through these doors tonight?

And did you make
The simple mistake
Of leavin’ all this clutter in my way?

For me to fall
And damn it all
And what were you just tryin'
to say?

But now it’s late -
And that bull at the gate
Has turned around to come back the other way.

So I waved a flag –
The only one that I had
Thought it was white,
but it turned out to be red.

And I just made
The simple mistake
Of looking the other way.

And I can’t sit
In the fire you lit
And I won't lie in the bed you made.

There goes the neighbourhood
This time it is for good
We’ll take you down with us
this time.

Wasn’t much of a neighbourhood
No-one did what neighbours should
So no regrets now it’s on fire.

So excuse me while I dash
Before the next bright flash
Can’t stick around for all that fuss.

I’ll take everything I had
In my head, not my hands
That’s all mine, I know that much.

There goes the neighbourhood.

STRANGELY

Written By: Derek Kelly

You are brighter than the sun
But you are fading
when you’ve only just begun
You are bigger than the world
But you grow smaller
with every word
You stare off into empty space
And I understand that everything must have its place.

Thought I was something
Yeah I was something
that I did not become
I am bigger than the world
But I grow smaller with every word
I stare off into empty space
And you understand
that I must take my place.

BUT I WANT YOU STRANGELY
AND YOU TO BE A STRANGER TO ME
AND I WANT YOU DAILY
AND YOU TO BE BRAND NEW TO ME
I WANT YOU IN SO MANY WAYS
BUT NONE THAT YOU CAN SEE
I WANT YOU STRANGELY.

FICTION

Written By: Derek Kelly

Your definitions are never true
Your premonitions are never new
You make decisions not to be followed through.

Your obligations don't involve you
You have a hard time
seeing things through
And here's your good line -
It's not up to you.

KNEW FROM THE MOMENT
WORDS PASSED FROM YOUR LIPS
THAT THIS WAS FICTION
I HAD NO CHOICE TO RESIST
PLEASE LET ME TELL YOU
YOUR IGNORANCE IS NOT MY BLISS.

You never waste time
according to you
Yeah, that's a good line
but it ain't true
Your life's a promise
That'll never come true.

Your broken promises
are never new
You broke my rhythm -
Now i'm listening to you
I can't forgive you even though
you never asked me to.

KNEW FROM THE MOMENT
WORDS PASSED FROM YOUR LIPS
THAT THIS WAS FICTION
I HAD NO CHOICE TO RESIST
PLEASE LET ME TELL YOU
YOUR IGNORANCE IS NOT MY BLISS.

HOW MANY TARGETS
ARE PUT UP TO BE MISSED?
HOW MANY FROGS
ARE WAITING TO BE KISSED?
PLEASE LET ME TELL YOU
YOUR IGNORANCE IS NOT MY BLISS.

OPEN DAY

Written By: Derek Kelly

Imagine a day so big,
A day with no seams.
A room where no doors were necessary
And to quote John Coltrane,
A Love Supreme.

Imagine a city
of such complex design -
Large enough to house
Both you and I.

And there's something
waiting outside,
But it can't get in.
Is it a monster or is it
Our best friend?

Whatever the answer,
it asks us where we've been
And says it's all goin' on -
So let yourselves in.

And is that God in my eyes
Or would that be a sin?
And how could he just be
that size?
And how will i know
where to begin?

Because everything's happening
All at the same time
And if you had your
ear to the ground
You'd reel it in all in time.

And even if there was a day so big
Would i know what to do,
Would i know what to do?

And even if there was a place
so big
Would i know what to do,
And how about you?

And even if there was
a love supreme
Would i know what to do,
Would i know what to do?

And even if there was a love for me
Would i know what to do?
And how about you?

NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION

Written By: Derek Kelly

I don't wanna die
Don't wanna live no more
I don't wanna cry
Don't wanna laugh no more

I don't wanna take
Don't wanna give no more
I don't wanna break
Don't wanna fix no more

I don't wanna step
Through another door
I just can't believe
In another cause

I don't wanna hear
Music anymore
I don't wanna see
Another fatal shore

I don't wanna hit
You baby one more time
But I don't wanna miss
Another good punchline

I don't wanna touch
Don't wanna feel no more
I don't want too much
But I want it all

I don't wanna sleep
Don't wanna wake no more
I just cannot stand
For all this anymore

I don't wanna see
These people in my home
But I don't wanna be
Here all on my own

THIS IS MY NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION
THIS IS MY QUESTION WITHOUT SOLUTION
THIS IS MY TWISTED SAVING GRACE
YEAH, THIS IS THE THING THAT I LOVE TO HATE.

AGELESS

Written By: Derek Kelly

Never the pages but so many words
So forget the lines because none'll get heard
No need for all of the things gone before -
Here we are ageless and above the law
Yeah, here we are ageless and above the law.

And it always rages and refuses to die
It stays awake when you need to lie
Always restless and always on fire -
Here it is ageless, refusing to die
Here it is ageless, refusing to die.

SO THERE'S NO NEED FOR YOU OR I
YEAH THERE'S NO NEED FOR YOU
OR I.

PHOENIX RISING

Written By: Derek Kelly

Slip-slidin' away
Pushing needles through
To stitch up brand new days

Drop a stitch and come undone
Push a treadmill uphill to see
The race is already won
By the other team
Can't claim the prize sitting in
The top of a falling tree..

BUT FROM THE ASHES COMES A PHOENIX
FROM THE DARKNESS COMES A LIGHT
FROM THE NUMBNESS COMES A FEELING
AND FROM WEAKNESS COMES GREAT MIGHT

FROM THE END A NEW BEGINNING
FROM DEFEAT WE WILL TRIUMPH
NOW WHAT'S TAKEN WILL BE GIVEN
FROM THE CALM THERE COMES A RIOT

GONE ARE ALL THE GHOSTS AND DEMONS
FROM DESPAIR A SAVING GRACE
IT WAS TIME SOMEONE WAS LEAVING
REPLACED YOUR STARE WITH A SWEET FACE

NOW FROM SILENCE I HEAR SINGING
ON WHAT'S BROKEN WE CAN BUILD
HERE'S CHEERS TO NEW BEGINNINGS
INFINITY BEGAN WITH NIL.

MONUMENT

Written By: Derek Kelly

Let's build a monument for all of the small things
Let's unleash a movement to get to the very heart of things
Let's strip everything away and sing out loud
But not mean a thing

AND I AM CARRYING BOULDERS
SO PLEASE PICK UP SOME STONES
OR WE'LL ALL REDUCE TO RUBBLE
AND DUST WILL BE OUR HOME.

COMING IN WAVES

Written By: Derek Kelly

You knocked on my door with the best of intentions
You laid down the law but didn't quite mention
What this was all for and where you had come from

So i tried to ignore the information
Cos i was okay before your invasion
I was at play, content in my own skin

I SAW YOU COMIN' IN WAVES
BUT I CAN NO LONGER STAY
IN MY OWN HOUSE WHEN YOU ARRIVE.

I HEARD YOU COMIN' IN WAVES
I HEARD YOU SAYIN' MY NAME
IN MY OWN HOUSE SO NOW IT'S GOODBYE,
IT'S GOODBYE..

AND NOW THAT I'VE SEEN YOU HERE
I CANNOT HELP BUT HAVE SOME FEAR
THAT YOU'LL COME BACK AGAIN
BACK TO THE PLACE WHERE I STILL LIVE
IF YOU DO I WILL FOLLOW YOU
ALL THE WAY BACK TO YOUR OWN HOUSE
AND BURN IT DOWN IN YOUR SLEEP BUT I'LL BE QUIET AS A MOUSE.

Discography

BILLY's debut album, DEMONS OUT, was released in March 2009 on the Prawn & Spanner label. It is available worldwide on iTunes. BILLY's tracks "Fiction", "Simple Mistake" & "Open Day" have already been picked up by U.S. radio.

Set List

1. After Darwin
2. Coming In Waves
3. Down To Size
4. Windmills
5. Ageless
6. Prizes
7. Strangely
8. Fiction
9. Not There
10. Sabrina
11. New Year's Resolution
12. Confessions
13. Bunker
14. Simple Mistake
15. Breathe