Gentle Assassins

Gentle Assassins

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Newtown 5-piece featuring Rob McKiernan and Ian Towart from reknowned Citadel band Porcelain Bus. An edgy twist of hard rock and pop, Ian's vocals reminiscent of Cruel Sea, Tom Waits, Nick Cave. Strong live band, tight, loud, yet melodic, with shades of a bygone Sydney indie rock scene.

Biography

Ian and Rob were founding members of Porcelain Bus, enjoying critical acclaim and some commercial success in Australia, Europe and the UK. The Sunday Times nominated their second album, Talking to God, as one of the top 10 Australian records of the ‘80s. Typical of the times, after a successful European tour the band split, the pressures of budget touring for too long together taking their toll.

Years later Ian and Rob met up again at a friend’s funeral and some time later were invited to collaborate on a track for the Citadel tribute album 'Storming the Citadel'. The spark was rekindled and, with the addition of Iain Jepsen (keys), James Lacey (bass) and former Golden Rough/Jason Walker drummer Andrew Lay, the group became a permanent arrangement.

The moody power of the band is driven by Ian Towart’s memorable, distinctive voice (combining shades of Iggy, Tom Waits and Elvis), fuelled by Rob’s searing guitars, and backed by a rock-solid rhythm section. The Beatles, The Kinks, The Who, the Velvet Underground, Captain Beefheart, and The Soft Boys can all be heard within the genesis of the songs. Iain, Void and Andrew bring influences such as XTC, The Small Faces, the La’s, Pete Townsend, Simple Minds, and New Order to the band's sound.

The lyrics are urban, uplifting tales that fly the mast of doleful rejection with bittersweet acclaim. The songs are spawned from reckless acts of love and wanton tenderness. On a subterranean level are recurring themes of melancholy and despair, whilst on the surface everything seems upbeat.

Playing under a variety of names over the last few years, the band caught the attention of Megaphon Studios owner Shane Fahey when they were recording a self-funded EP at the studio. Shane ended up signing them to Endgame Records, and producing the album "They Knew Too Much."

“In some respects we tried a little too hard back in the Bus. This time we don’t feel that pressure. If we make it, great, if not, whatever, it’s just about writing songs and enjoying performing together,” says McKiernan.

Lyrics

City of Veils

Written By: Towart/McKiernan

We're all line, we're all in line
We're all angry or sleep deprived,
Everybody says he understands the moment,
But no time to show it.

Forget your map,
Here nothing's ever really planned,
Everybody's here to have his little nest egg,
But always stays and spends it.

Oh my darling I could sleep, sleep like
The sleep of the dead tonight.

I know you're there, I know you're there
I see your face through the veiled air,
I see you waiting, waiting for a change
On the stage
On the stage

Oh my darling I could sleep, sleep like
The sleep of the dead tonight.

Next to Nowhere

Written By: Ian Towart

They tore down our houses, tore up our streets,
They forged their new alliances and all made friends,
When suddenly they threw me off the team
Everyone was pleased (except for me.)

I know you won't leave me here
And I'm sure you wouldn't leave me here,
But I hope you never leave me
Stranded
like I landed
Next to nowhere.

I'm guided by your faith in space and solitude,
I'm guided by your fits of panic, twists of mood,
Your fear, so near, is something we can't lose
As if we'd ever choose ('cause I want it too.)

You say you won't leave me here
And I'm sure you'd never leave me here,
But I hope you never leave me
Stranded, stranded
like I landed
Next to nowhere.

I dream your dreams, I dream the dreams you hate to dream,
I dream when I'm awake,
awake I'm fast asleep,
Of all the walls we hit, the holes we seized,
There was nothing as it seemed (what could it mean?)

You say you won't leave me here
And I'm sure you wouldn't leave me here,
But I hope you never leave me
Stranded, stranded
like I landed
Next to nowhere.

Everyone's My Friend

Written By: Ian Towart

Slap back with the Don,
He's always coming on,
The Don is never wrong,
His fuse is short, his memory long.

Whitey's always right,
He always has advice,
The same hype every night,
He'll sell you one if you're inclined.

All my friends,
All my empty friends,
My sad, my bitter friends,
Everyone's my friend.

Boyd, he needs a chair,
Don't stand around and stare,
Pretend that he's not there,
He'll take his clothes off anywhere.

Errol has one eye,
He can't remember why,
Perhaps it was a fight,
He lifts his patch to say good night.

All my friends,
All my empty friends,
My sad, my bitter friends,
Everyone's my friend.

The Baron won't go home,
The Baron's always stoned
He talks a lot, alone,
He gets a corner on his own.

All my friends,
All my empty friends,
My sad, my bitter friends,
Everyone's my friend.

Discography

They Knew Too Much (debut LP)

singles having receiving streaming/radio play:
City of Veils, Animal, Next to Nowhere, Killing Time, on:

fBi, ser
various college/community/online stations (incl Henry Rollins' 100.3 The Edge KDJE show)
'City of Veils' included on AIR annual sampler no.7 (2005)

Set List

debut LP, newer songs, the occasional Porcelain Bus track...