I Am Not Lefthanded

I Am Not Lefthanded

 Dublin, Leinster, IRL
BandAlternativeRock

Thoughtful, Cinematic Indie: Subtle, sweet female vocals and stirring harmonies, tempered with uplifting post-grunge sounds - like Natalie Merchant fronting Death Cab for Cutie.

Biography

Fiercely independent, mostly-Irish three-piece, I Am Not Lefthanded are known for their homemade, quirky videos as much as their lyrical, evocative music. Described as sounding like ‘Natalie Merchant fronting Death Cab for Cutie’, they’ve toured around the US, the UK and Ireland alone and as special guests for Irish and English luminaries such as Duke Special, The Rumble Strips and The Answering Machine.

Kathryn (from Ballina, vocals, guitar, piano) and Daniel (from Belfast, vocals, bass) met in Dublin in 2000, while playing in several different bands, separately and together. After a stint in California, Kathryn moved to London where Daniel was living and they started playing together again. Recruiting former All About Eve drummer, Benji (from Cornwall), the trio have been playing as I Am Not Lefthanded since 2006.

2010 saw them release their sophomore EP, Time To Leave, 5 songs of swift exits, burnt bridges and mended hearts, with extensive Irish touring, earning them effusive praise online and in print and receiving radio play across Ireland (BBC Radio Ulster, PhantomFM, 2FM, FlirtFM, Dublin South FM, Live95FM, Dublin City FM, WLR FM). In September, they headed to the US for a 15-date tour across 10 states, making new friends and picking up new recipes along the way.

The band also partnered with fan-funding website SliceThePie.com and raised $11,000 to record their debut album. They're currently holed up in the English countryside and are writing and recording it now, expecting to release it into the wild early 2012.

Lyrics

Long Goodbyes

Written By: I Am Not Lefthanded

The streets outside are glistening
I find I'm barely listening
As you try to smile
I sigh
Another word would floor me,
You loathe me and adore me
And I've changed your life
I hate long goodbyes


My feet trip on your dances
Of all the great romances I wish
You'd passed me by
I check your eyes
For any sign they've misted
My stomach's cold and twisted
As the stony skies
I hate long goodbyes

Long grass will hide
My last reply
Where long grass grows
Is where I'll let go

And I might forget the meanings and the mistakes
And I might regret cause the devil's in your details
But I can't accept that you might want it this way
So I'll go confess and tell it to the north east wind...

Long grass will hide
My last reply -
I'll bury deep
The thoughts I keep
This city's found
On solid ground
Where long grass grows
Is where I'll let go

Persuade Yourself

Written By: I Am Not Lefthanded

You were writing in uncertain lines when you met me
Drinking whiskey in the hope you'd overflow
You talked of nights that you spent alone
and how morning smelt of winter
And said people shouldn't be judged by their clothes

I was quiet as a ticking clock when you met me
Giving hours when the minutes felt so slow.
I spent the night in your one-bed house
on a sofa made of splinters
til your bed was the only place to go.

Now it's a day to stop and persuade yourself
And it's a day to overflow
Look up, turn down. The bitter hands of winter stop here.
It's a day to overflow
Give up and go back home.

I'll be walking past the place we met come Sunday
You'll be sleeping off the words stuck in your throat.
I might stop to hear how the traffic flows
Through the Rumbles in my headphones
but I won't hear my phone ring on this road.

Boats (Swept Away)

Written By: I Am Not Lefthanded

Make a wish on whispered stars
For a road and faster car.
And wait, see if it comes true

For a house on distant streets
Dream of nights in softer sheets
This beach, will wait

So I know you're tired,
So leave it to the tide,
And at next light,
When weather's right,
Come sailing home

Let the dark subside,
Just leave it to one side,
I'm on your side,
When weather's right,
Come sailing home again

Walk the land and see the shore
Think of less and want for more
And wait, to keep the grey from blue

In a house on distant streets
Someone dreams a distant beach
And waits, they wait

So I know you're tired,
So leave it to the tide,
And at next light,
When weather's right,
Come sailing home

Let the dark subside,
Just leave it to one side,
I'm on your side,
When weather's right,

You'll see it swept away
You'll see it swept away

So I know you're tired,
So leave it to the tide,
And at next light,
When weather's right,
Come sailing home

Let the dark subside,
Just leave it to one side,
I'm on your side,
When weather's right,

You'll see it swept away
You'll see it swept away
You'll see it swept away

Lifelines

Written By: I Am Not Lefthanded

I know that this might calm down,
And I know I could sink and not drown
But treading all night's getting old
And sunrise these days leaves me cold
I know, I can't turn this around

Cause when I cut your lifeline
I started falling - so far
I couldn't look back

When I cut your lifeline
You were calling - so hard
I couldn't shout back

So no more of the long walks through town
And no more talks of who let who down
Though now I've said all my goodbyes,
My mind is filled with kind replies
I know, I know.

Cause when I cut your lifeline
I started falling - so far
I couldn't look back

When I cut your lifeline
You were calling - so hard
I couldn't shout back

Let it all settle down, let it all settle down

And yet I think I'll miss you if I fall...

When I cut your lifeline
I started falling - so far
I couldn't look back

When I cut your lifeline
You were calling - so hard
I couldn't shout back

The Place That Won't Take Me Back

Written By: I Am Not Lefthanded

So the lines are all brand new
And faces traced like ones I knew
See me walk by

So we talk of hillside views I'm missing
And each time you're lying, I'll listen
At least I'll try

Cause when I walk it's taking me back
And when I watch I'm on fire
From the church to the railway track

But talk is tracing cracks
Cause when I watch I'm on fire
But I'd watch it on fire
The place that won't take me back

So the lines are all brand new
But places never change their view
Just trick your eyes

Cause when I walk it's taking me back
And when I watch I'm on fire
From the church to the railway track

But talk is tracing cracks
Cause when I watch I'm on fire
But I'd watch it on fire
The place that won't take me back

It's by my side
It's by my side

Cause when I walk it's taking me back
And when I watch I'm on fire
From the church to the railway track

But talk is tracing cracks
Cause when I watch I'm on fire
But I'd watch it on fire
The place that won't take me back

It's the place that won't take me back...

Discography

2008 Yes Means No released on Letterbox Records, with tracks Long Goodbyes and Persuade Yourself played on 6music, Xfm and NuSound Radio in London, Original 106FM in Aberdeen and PhantomFM in Dublin, as well as extensive podcast play and blog reviews.

2010 Time To Leave released on Rhinosaur Records. Received coverage on music blogs across Ireland and Europe and radio play on BBC Radio Ulster, PhantomFM, 2FM, FlirtFM, Dublin South FM, Live95FM, Dublin City FM, WLR FM, played on Podcasts across the world Ireland to Germany to Texas to Australia, with laudatory reviews from several music blogs, culminating in IANL being named as number 6 in Ireland's top 50 bands by one of Ireland's most prolific music writers:

http://2uibestow.blogspot.com/2010/04/top-50-irish-acts-part-5-1-10.html

Currently recording their debut full-length with $11,000 raised through fan-funding website SliceThePie.com

Set List

Typical setlist:

Songs average 4 minutes, very rarely do covers. 30-40 minute set is standard, can do more or less depending on circumstances.

1. Endline (choose nothing)
2. The Place That Won't Take Me Back
3. Persuade Yourself
4. Everybody Sleeps
5. Long Goodbyes
6. Lifelines
7. Late Night Drive
8. Alone
9. Boats (Swept Away)

Encore: I Will Follow You Into The Dark (a capella)