Home By Hovercraft

Home By Hovercraft

 Dallas, Texas, USA
BandAlternativeRock

HOME BY HOVERCRAFT is a theatrically and classically-influenced band helmed by husband and wife Seth and Shawn Magill. "Classically informed yet pop in translation" (Dallas Observer), they are often compared to indie bands with a classical twist like Beirut, The National, & The Polyphonic Spree.

Biography

Home By Hovercraft is a theatrically and classically influenced rock band helmed by husband and wife duo Seth and Shawn Magill. Led by indie rock style piano and drums, utilizing a stew of traditional classical instruments like xylophone, cello and tuba, folk sounds of a mandolin and harmonica, and accompanied by a step dancer, they’ve been called "classically informed yet pop in translation" (Dallas Observer) and often compared to indie bands with a classical/folk twist like Beirut, The Dresden Dolls, The National, Tilly And The Wall, and The Polyphonic Spree.

They released their debut LP, "Are We Chameleons?" in March of 2013 to rave reviews, spending time in the CMJ Top 200, described as an "Intricately layered and beautifully melodic take on indie rock" (Beats Per Minute); "A spacious, enveloping wave of sound.... We are hooked. We can't get enough. We want more" (Dallas Morning News); "So bright it’s practically drenched in color" (Muzic Discovery). "This is anthemic music at its best. You will sing. You will dance. You will have a better day after listening." (The Majestic Show)

The album features original songs for On The Eve, a new rock musical earning rave reviews for its recent world premiere, and will receive its world professional premiere with a four week production run at Theatre Three Dallas in Jan-Feb 2014, with music performed live by Home By Hovercraft. The DFW Theater Critics Forum recently honored the show with Best Score, Best New Musical, and awards for Directing and Acting, the most of any show produced in 2012-2013 in the DFW area.

As a theatrical force, their live shows are known to wow fans with “music that lends itself to thematic adventure, nap sacked with philosophy.” (Dallas Observer). “Their wall of sound will envelop you with lush color and swirling fragrance with a beat that will enlist you in its bouncing anthem stomp.” (Theater Jones). “This is anthemic music at its best. You will sing. You will dance. You will have a better day after listening to Home By Hovercraft.” [The Majestic Show]. They've shared stages with The Features, Marcy Playground, Air Review, Suzzana Schoefel, Dan Dyer, Gaelic Storm, The Killdares, The O’s, Daniel Hart, Gallery Cat, John Singer Sergeant, Quiet Company and many others. Upcoming fall shows include them opening for Typhoon and Hey Marseilles, and appearing at festivals such as Fort Worth's Oktoberfest, Pecan Street Festival in Austin, and the Texas Veggie Fair with Erykah Badu in Dallas.

Lyrics

Rocket

Written By: Shawn Magill and Seth Magill

If I die in the summer I want to be buried
If I die in the winter I want to be burned
If I die in your arms I want to be
Put inside a rocket and shot up to the sun

Our modern fantasies are not that different
We all travel headlong
Our nervous brains create traction
As we set the table

If I die in the summer I want to be buried
If I die in the winter I want to be burned
If I die in your arms I want to be
Put inside a rocket, put inside a rocket

Hey you put that thing down
You're gonna be dead if you don't put it down
If you don't put it down
Hey you put that thing down
You're gonna be dead if you don't put it down

Hand over fist tightened grip
Carve this point use it
Etch the wood tell the kids that
We were here too

If I die in the summer I want to be buried
If I die in the winter I want to be burned
If I die in your arms I want to be
Put inside a rocket and shot up to the sun

If I die in the summer I want to be buried
If I die in the winter I want to be burned
If I die in your arms I want to be
Put inside a rocket, put inside a rocket

Hey you put that thing down
You're gonna be dead if you don't put it down
If you don't put it down
Hey you put that thing down
You're gonna be dead if you don't put it down

Zoo Lion

Written By: Shawn Magill and Seth Magill

When you're closer to the sound it's just an echo from a door that's opened up
My heels cut pavement reach underneath the piece I leave behind
One glass fills with the mist of shared breath

Do you remember the chariot that took you to central station?
I still feel the pack of wolves hanging onto my coat
And I shook them off like anything, I shook them off like anything anything

Ah Oh this cast of heroines and thieves still plays itself out all around me
I grip the hilt, I wait, grip the shield, remember those young wide eyes
And the halls of the kings are always guilded, fuck man
All the little ones live in caves and they see beams

Everything I see turns around to me, everything I see turns around

Do you remember the chariot that took you to central station?
I still feel the flock of doves pulling up on my coat
And they lifted me with everything, they pulled me up with everything

Lie In Your Bed

Written By: Shawn Magill and Seth Magill

I lay on grass pretend that I'm the ground my pillowcase is wasting me
Do you pretend those things too? Whatever you are on you become
Are we chameleons? Do we pretend too much?
I say no oh to be a mattress floating on a sea of haze: a waking dream

Lie in your bed all day lie in your bed all day
Lie in your bed all day lie in your bed all day

I flatten on you pretend that I'm your heart fragrances are taking me
Do you pretend those things too? Whatever you are on you become
Are we chameleons?

Lie in your bed all day lie in your bed all day
Lie in your bed all day lie in your bed all day

In Hand

Written By: Shawn Magill and Seth Magill

Everyone's licensed to be what they pick when they check in the box
And what a relief because everything seems to be quite out of hand
In hand it is cubed in hand it makes sense
To package it neatly in window and plastic

The truth that you see and all that there is cannot be canceled out
Where fractured reflections cast horrible shadows in low-level light
In hand it is formed with stackable angles
To fit into spaces of tight equidistance

I hear the machines and here’s what they say conform conform obey obey
I hear the machines and here’s what they say conform conform obey obey

Snag the lemons save a dance for the Queen
Give the purse put your shield over me

What is reflecting and what is to come seems harsh in the light
But give it some darkness to soften the secrets while we live our lives
In hand it is used by practical men
To weed out the fragments and mold them around us

I hear the machines and here’s what they say conform conform obey obey
I hear the machines and here’s what they say conform conform obey obey

Snag the lemons save a dance for the Queen
Give the purse put your shield over me

I hear the machines and here’s what they say conform conform obey obey
I hear the machines and here’s what they say conform conform obey obey
Obey obey obey obey

Blessed Highway

Written By: Shawn Magill and Seth Magill

And the depth of the tide and the rise in the room
And the feeling that lifted when we all went through when we all want through
Without care or say I'm going by myself
I can hardly see the forces that carry
And all these raps against my nest they are after all the wind that beats
As I learn to be

And the blessed highway's always full the blessed highway's full
The blessed highways always fu-u-ull

And the depth of the tide and the rise in the room
And the feeling that lifted when we all went through when we all want through
Can we plane this page and not write off the lesser names
Let meager streams speak to two or three?
And this road does not divert with concrete fearful forms
And riches out of reach

And the blessed highways always full the blessed highway's full
The blessed highways always full the blessed highway's full

And the blessed highway's always full the blessed highway's full
The blessed highways always fu-u-ull the blessed highway's full

Discography

Are We Chameleons? - LP
Released Mar.12.2013
(Appeared in Top 200 on CMJ Charts)

Seams - EP
Released Nov.26.2009

Set List

Home By Hovercraft can play up to a 90 minute headlining set with all original songs.

ARE WE CHAMELEONS? Track Listing
Lie In Your Bed
Rocket
In Hand
Talk
Out Of My Head With It
Waking Sleeping
Modernized
40 Winks
Zoo Lion
Relief
Blessed Highway

ON THE EVE Additional Songs
What Is Most Real?
Time To Dream

SEAMS EP
Stand Still
San Benito
Stop The Noise
Smile

OTHER Unrecorded
Aint It Somethin'
Pirahna
Daybreak
Glide
Broken Arms
Freeze Like a Statue
Seams
Stop A Moment