Captive State

Captive State

BandAlternativeAdult Contemporary

Music is big from a band with big ambitions. Contemporary sound with mainstream appeal, heavily song based. The band is led by an energetic and charismatic front man who has the makings of a big star.

Biography

For the while Captive State have been holed up in their Whitechapel studio, writing, recording and developing sounds and songs.

Encouraged by Brian Eno’s enthusiastic response to their first demo Captive State’s Tom Bootle and Joseph Kennedy teamed up with Lemon Jelly’s Nick Franglen at the tail end of 2007 and found the perfect producer to bring life to their creation. The first fruits of these labours, which provides a sweet taster of what to expect, is a four song EP called, Elmore Grove.

Determined not to be confined to the studio Kennedy and Bootle have assembled a 6-piece live band that pits horns and accordions amongst their guitars and drums, effortlessly stretching the breadth of the recorded songs into the live arena.

Captive State’s name was taken, with permission, from the title of a book by writer George Monbiot.

Lyrics

Mona

Written By: Tom Bootle & Joseph Kennedy


Mona is waiting to be queen
Mona is waiting to be queen
Mona is waiting to be queen
Mona, the ruler of our dreams

Mona is praying for your soul
Mona, her spirit shines like gold
Mona is watching from above
Mona, she'll fill your heart with love

She will light a fire inside our minds
Bringing peace and joy to all mankind
She will fill our hearts right up with light
As the flames burn high into the night

Feel the rain rain rain rain rain
We're the same same same same same
There's no pain pain pain pain pain
Sing her name name name name name

Mona, is waiting to be queen
Mona, is waiting to be queen
Mona, is waiting to be queen
Mona, is waiting to be queen

Weatherman

Written By: Bootle and Kennedy (captive state)

Last night I saw the weather man
He said the clouds would all be gone
Last night I saw the weather man
He said the clouds would all be gone
He never understood it, never knew the reason why
He'd hold his head up proud but then he'd hold it down and cry
He'd never lose his smile but then his smile was just a lie
He said life was for the living but he knew one day he would die

Last night I saw the weather man
He said the storm had just begun
Last night I saw the weather man
He said the storm had just begun
He never seemed to get it, never saw it in his mind
He'd always lose the love that he had tried so hard to find
He couldn't face the pain and so the pain grew on inside
He'd always see the light, but I saw darkness in his eyes

Last night I saw the weather man
He said the end was next to come
Last night I saw the weather man
He said the end was next to come
He never understood the way the day turned into night
He always got it wrong but then he'd try to put it right
He always had the strength, but never found the will to fight
He was praying that the sun would come out one day, and clear the sky

Lost

Written By: Kennedy and Bootle

If you find it hard to be out of touch, and
If you find it hard to be dead in time
I Am Lost
I Am Lost

Get around on your paper air plane
Playing songs on your toy guitar
Getting down to your plastic music
Making love in your carboard car

I'll be, in the secret garden
I'll be, where the sandman goes
I'll be, in the candy mountains
I'll be, on the yellow brick road

Oh, Forget the past and come with me
Oh, Lets join the owl and go to sea
Up, there on the hill are jill and jack
Look, up to the sky and lucy's waving back

Settle down in your new straw house and
coming home to your clockwork wife
Playing games with your wooden children
Round about for the magic life

I'll be, in the secret garden
I'll be, where the sandman goes
I'll be, in the candy mountains
I'll be, on the yellow brick road

Oh, Forget the past and come with me
Oh, Lets join the owl and go to sea
Up, there on the hill are jill and jack
Look, up to the sky and lucy's waving back

I feel alive
I feel alone and

Discography

Elmore Grove EP - 4 track EP
This is the debut EP released September 29th 2008. From the EP a double a-side single of 'Mona' and 'China White Doll' was released on Genuine Records, September 15th 2008

Set List

All tracks written by Captive State. Set list includes selection of the following...

Mona, Lost, Weatherman, China White Doll, Ballad of a Nobody, Prints, NXTYR, Memories, Ursula, Trailer Home