Black Kites

Black Kites

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Piano falling down the stairs.

Biography

The Black Kites began their initial flight back in 2005 when Alan Petherick and Nicki Nevlin started playing shows armed with only a guitar, a bass, some charming vocals and two retro drum machines. They
attacked the Downtown L.A. art show scene with a vengeance, even though most of their shows ended up starting at around 3 am. Near the end of 2005, they fortunately acquired the multi-talented Evelyn Reyes (of Hona Lee) to provide some enchanting vocals and stargazing but dynamic keyboards to the music. Adding a drummer was the final step to take, and after playing many shows from Silverlake to Torrance, that step was finally cemented in the last days of 2006 when Marcel Feldmar, a recent
transplant from Seattle (and Black Nite Crash and Blaise Pascal) stepped in to hit the kit behind the songs that could make a sad person dance.

Taking inspiration from an eclectic variety of sounds (Velvet Underground, Jesus & Mary Chain, Stereolab, AC/DC, the Cure, the Birthday Party, Sigur Ros, Neu!, Tav Falco, David Bowie, Black Sabbath, and various showtunes, to name a couple), the Black Kites successfully released a sweet little EP that has gotten some nice feedback and even found its way into the realm of iTunes. Managing to combine a love of
swirling and atmospheric shoegaze and an affinity towards feedback and delay with a driving sense of rhythm and gritty rock'n'roll pop hooked
melodics, this quartet are poised to attack the country with what promises to be an exceptionally entertaining and musical live show.

With plans to record another EP in the spring of 2007, this band is one to keep your ears and eyes open for... because they sound so good, but
also because they photograph well, they like their noise, and their red wine, and they enjoy going to dive bars as well as fancy art events.
It's most likely that nobody in the band has a twin, they have been described as sounding like Pink Floyd on speed, and you will very probably like them when you hear them... but life's full of empty promises.

Lyrics

Glass Parade

Written By: Black Kites


astral shadows beneath my feet
a blue balloon on a pin
late for midnight satellites
late for you again
late for you again

(Chorus)
don't you wished you stayed
spent the day
in my glass parade
there are
words i'll never say
it's a silent wave
away

rose and starlight to pass the time
a cinder sky aglow
find a silent place to hide
find your way back home
found your way back home

All Wrong

Written By: Black Kites


razors and glass and the ash of a thousand hearts
scars and the memories of angels with smiles like sharks
i want to live in a world, that doesn't exist
i want to live in a world, that's not like this

(Chorus)
and now i'm waking up
(then you start running, always too slow)
and the shock, it's all to much
(life's on a chain you can't let it go)
cause i got
i got it all wrong

gardens are empty, the sun isn't long on the street
scarves are in order, the chill cuts down to your teeth
i want to dream in a world of revenant hearts
i want to dream of a world, where love plays a part

(Chorus)
and now i'm waking up
(then you start running always too slow)
and the shock, it's all too much
(life's on a chain you can't let it go)
and the shock, it's all too much
(now you can see you're where you need to be)
cause i got
i got it all wrong

i want to live in a world of radiant lies
i want to die in a world and wake in your eyes

Sadie

Written By: Black Kites


i can't focus the lens.
and do i love you, depends
it's cold tonight
are we still friends?
can i see you again?

(Chorus)
sadie don't cry
sadie don't cry
sadie, goodbye

am i the magician in the deck?
or the hanged man, with a broken neck?

(Chorus)

What To Do In Case of Emergency

Written By: Alan Petherick / Evelyn Reyes

FUR LINED CLOUDS
STRAPLESS GOWNS
A LOST TRANSMISSION
OUT OF TOWN
BLACK RINGED EYES
VULTURE SIGHS
DESOLATED ANGELS
COMING DOWN

CAROUSELS
AND WINTER BELLS
SHATTERED DREAMS
FAINTING SPELLS
TIRED OF THE THINGS
YOU CANNOT KNOW
SO LET IT GO
JUST LET IT GO

CHORUS:
I AM FOLLOWING THE SOUND
I AM FOLLOWING THE SOUND
I AM FOLLOWING THE SOUND
FAINTLY LEFT BEHIND

EYES ROLL
INTO YOUR HEAD
DEAD ON A SIDEWALK
PAINTED RED
LIGHTHOUSE FLARES
ACROSS THE SEA
TO NOBODY
TO NOBODY

WEIGHTLESS, INSIDE ME
WEIGHTLESS, INSIDE ME
WEIGHTLESS…WEIGHTLESS, INSIDE ME

I AM FOLLOWING THE SOUND…

Paper Heart

Written By: Alan Petherick / Evelyn Reyes

You were obviously pretty
Out of your mind
sweet tortured soul
Loveless, unkind
Out of the sky
into the light
Less than lonely
Less than right

A paper heart
Holds a tinder soul
A cold kiss
Rattles my bones
Forget the words
That you don’t know
Close your eyes
Here we go

Your lips curl
When you lie
Your eyes change
And color the sky
Please to meet you
In your disguise
A pretty bruise
A long goodbye

I hear the sound
Shake the trees
Sway the grass
Blow the leaves
I close my eyes
Feel it scream
The sound explodes
Inside a dream

A paper heart
Holds a tinder soul
A cold kiss
Rattles my bones
Forget the words
That you don’t know
Close your eyes
Here we go

Slow Exit

Written By: Alan Petherick / Evelyn Reyes


Rows of square block houses
With burnt backyards
Solitude, cratered dreams
A dying heart
Trailing luminescence
From a Chinese spark
Say goodbye
Say goodbye

All your favorite colors
All your lost scenes
Holding onto places
You’ve never been
Awake to twilight thoughts
Awash in kerosene
Say goodbye
Say goodbye

We are black stars
In the white sky
We are black stars
In the white sky

Slow exit into light

Sleep inside a palace
made of string
A lake of crystal tears,
we’re drowning in
Under a neon skyline
We sing
Say goodbye
Say goodbye

Discography

All Wrong EP released on Filthy Little Angels. Now playing on many online radio stations. Playing in Los Angeles on KROQ, Indie 103.1, KXLU, and www.littleradio.com.

Set List

Typical set list is 30 miuntes or less. We play 8 songs:
What To Do in Case of Emergency,Endless Sky, All Wrong, Little Thunder, Lucretia My Reflection, Paper Heart, Glass Parade.