Custom Blue

Custom Blue

 London, England, GBR
BandAlternativeFolk

Acoustic which has in the past been compared to Zero 7 but now is more Wilco... A blend of singer / songwriter acoustic songs with flavours of Americana and layers of subtle ambient electronica.

Biography

Custom Blue is a band who have recorded and produced for Island Records, V2, Far Out Recordings and !K7 Records prior to releasing with Ho Hum Records in London. Originating from south London, Alex Pilkington and Simon Shippey met at Alleyn's School in Dulwich and started the band proper in 1995 with originally Crispin Weir on guitar and Max Tundra on bass along with a succession of drummers. Following non-stop gigging in London throughout the 90s the band started to attract both managers and labels keen to sign them and it was popular GLR DJ Ross Allen who made them his in 1999. With a sound at times compared to Neil Young, Wilco and Crosby, Stills & Nash whilst at other times Massive Attack, Custom Blue quickly drew a new fan base in London around their successful Cargo club shows which had energy in abundance when launching their debut album All Follow Everyone on DJ Ross Allen's Island Blue imprint on Universal Records. In 2002 Custom Blue released a 7" single 'Hazel's Groove' b/w 'Sitting by my Stream' on Island Blue. Following this they released 'EPOne' just prior to releasing their debut album 'All Follow Everyone' in the same year and single 'So Low' which featured remixes from Mark Pritchard and Cinematic Orchestra. 'All Follow Everyone' was met with great critical acclaim on its release in 2002, with single 'So Low' featuring on film 'The Transporter'; which starred former Custom Blue drummer and friend Jason Statham. The album was produced by Custom Blue with help from Spacek and Mark Pritchard. The album was recorded in the now-destroyed Fallout Studio beneath Island Records where the likes of Bob Marley, Traffic and PJ Harvey would record. Following their departure from Universal Records in 2003, Custom Blue produced an album for the American artist Beth Hirsch forming the production and studio name 'Bluesound' for the project. In 2003 Custom Blue also released an album of esoteric electronica under the alias Hoighty Beaver on Blank Page records. In 2007 Custom Blue released a 7" single on Far Out Recordings entitled 'Under the Counter' b/w 'You're On Your Own'. In 2008 Custom Blue released the single 'When it Burns' b/w 'Without You' on Ho Hum Records. In 2009 Custom Blue release the single 'Cobblestones' b/w 'I Will Follow' and album 'All Will Be Well' on Ho Hum Records. The album 'All Will Be Well' was recorded during 2007-2009 all at Bluesound Studios in south London.

Lyrics

When It Burns

Written By: Simon Shippey

Can’t blame me
That’s not the way I see it
Played your hand
Odds on I’m falling off I cannot win

Look at the sky don’t kid yourself its alright
Don’t hang around but take your turn
You might feel it warm inside
But you feel it more
When it burns

Can’t shake it
That’s not the way I planned it
I took my time
So that I’d make sure I could not lose

Look at the sky don’t kid yourself its alright
Don’t hang around but take your turn
You might feel it warm inside
But you feel it more
When it burns
When it burns

Look at the sky don’t kid yourself its alright
Don’t hang around but take your turn
You might feel it warm inside
But you feel it more
When it burns
When it burns

April Eyes

Written By: Alex Pilkington

THE THINGS YOU MAKE ME DO
MAKE IT HARD TO FIT THE FEELINGS TO THE SHAPES YOU MOVE
IT’S A SHAME THE TIME IT TAKES TO GET THINGS THROUGH
ALL BECAUSE THE LOVE YOU NEEDED WAS THE LOVE YOU’LL LOSE
YOU’LL LOSE

WHEN THE SUN IT RAINS
I GET THE FEELING THAT I CAN FLY
BUT THE RAIN IT STAYS
AS CLOSE AS YOUR APRIL EYES

THE TIMES I BEEN MYSELF
MAKE IT HARD TO BE THE ME DELIVERING THE WEALTH
IT’S A SHAME THE CARDS YOU FEEL THAT WE BEEN DEALT
ARE THE SAME CARDS HERE LYING ON MY SHELF

WHEN THE SUN IT RAINS
I GET THE FEELING THAT I CAN FLY
AND THE RAIN IT STAYS
AS CLOSE AS YOUR APRIL EYES
WHEN THE MOON IT BREAKS
IT’S LIKE A RAY DOWN FROM THE SKY
AND I’M CLOSER TO WANNA STAY HERE ALL NIGHT

AS A MATTER OF FACT THE WHEEL STILL TURNS
AND THE SUN STILL SHINES SO BRIGHT THAT IT BURNS
WELL NOW I’M OK AND I’M ALRIGHT
I’M JUST BLINDED BY THE MOONLIGHT

WHEN THE SUN IT RAINS
I GET THE FEELING THAT I CAN FLY
AND THE RAIN IT STAYS
AS CLOSE AS YOUR APRIL EYES
WHEN THE MOON IT BREAKS
IT’S LIKE A RAY DOWN FROM THE SKY
AND I’M CLOSER TO WANNA STAY HERE ALL NIGHT

Bruised You Too

Written By: Simon Shippey

I HARDLY SLEPT A WINK LAST NIGHT
BARELY EVEN CLOSED MY EYES AT ALL
BUT I DREAMED THAT YOU WERE THERE WITH ME
DEAD FISH ON THE SURFACE BY THE SHORE

WHAT WAS SO HARD TO FIND
IS EASY ENOUGH TO LOSE
I GOT SO FAR BEHIND
THAT THE DISAPPOINTMENT BRUISED YOU TOO

ANOTHER INVITATION HERE
SEEMED TO BE SENT RIGHT THROUGH TIME
I CANT BELIEVE YOU WANT ME THERE
I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT GOES ON IN YOUR MIND

WHAT WAS SO HARD TO FIND
IS EASY ENOUGH TO LOSE
I GOT SO FAR BEHIND
THAT THE DISAPPOINTMENT BRUISED YOU TOO

Over Your Shoulder

Written By: Simon Shippey

WEATHER WILL BREAK TODAY
RAIN’S GONNA WASH IT ALL AWAY
BRING IN THE SHEETS IT’S CLOUDING OVER
DRAGGING THE DREAM OVER MY SHOULDER

WATER WILL COME AND SOAK YOU
DRESSED UP AS A TEAR THAT NEARLY CHOKED YOU
FLOW LIKE A STREAM AS IT GETS COLDER
BEEN LOOKING FOR LIGHT OVER YOUR SHOULDER

Cobblestones

Written By: Simon Shippey

I’LL WASH YOUR LIMBS IN THE ICY STREAM OF MY LAUGHTER
AS FLIGHTLESS BIRDS WE TREMBLE UPON THE HOT EMBERS
I CAME TO THIS PLACE JUST TO OPEN MY WINGS TO THE WINTER
BUT THE LIGHT BURSTS FROM OUR MOUTHS LIKE SOME KIND OF POISONED WATER

DON’T GO RUNNING ON COBBLESTONES
COME BACK AND SEE ME SOMETIME
YOU KEEP GROWING SADDER KEEP GOING BACKWARDS
KEEP ON CLOSING YOUR EYES

LIKE A NEWBORN BABY BLINDLY STUMBLING OUT INTO THE RAIN
YOU DIDN’T REALISE THAT YOU WOULDN’T BE ALLOWED INSIDE AGAIN
THE BREEZE OF EARLY MORNING SLIPS ITS RINGS ONCE MORE ROUND YOUR FINGERS
NOW YOU WAIT FILLED WITH HATE JUST TO TRY TO FIND A FEELING THAT LINGERS

DON’T GO RUNNING ON COBBLESTONES
COME BACK AND SEE ME SOMETIME
YOU KEEP GROWING SADDER KEEP GOING BACKWARDS
KEEP ON CLOSING YOUR EYES

Not The Only One

Written By: Alex Pilkington

EVERY MORNING I’M CHASING RAINBOWS
GET TO THE BOTTOM
SEE WHAT IT SHOWS
GOT TO THE BOTTOM WHERE THE BUTTERFLIES GLOW
AIN’T NO ESCAPE FROM YOUR TO AND FRO, YOU KNOW

YOU’RE NOT THE ONLY ONE

TAKE ME PLACES WHERE I NEVER BEEN BEFORE
THEN LOCK THEM AWAY BEHIND YOUR WALL YOU KNOW
I GOT THE WINDOW BUT YOU GOT MY VIEW
‘COS I WANNA SEE WHAT A VIEW WITH YOU CAN DO

YOU’RE NOT THE ONLY ONE

EVERY MORNING I’M CHASING RAINBOWS
GET TO THE BOTTOM
SEE WHAT IT SHOWS
GOT TO THE BOTTOM WHERE THE BUTTERFLIES GLOW
AIN’T NO ESCAPE FROM YOUR TO AND FRO, YOU KNOW

YOU’RE NOT THE ONLY ONE

Discography

* Hazel's Groove/Sitting by my stream 7" single (2000)
* All Follow Everyone album (2002)
* EPOne (2002)
* So Low single (2002)
* Under the Counter/You're on your own 7" single (2006)
* When it burns/Without you (2008)
* Cobblestones 7" single (2009)
* All Will Be Well" album (2009)

Set List

A selection of all of our songs - normally an hour...acoustic followed by full band