little nova

little nova

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Combining everything from French Chanson to melodically dissonant guitar, Little Nova’s April Combs and Michael Mann draw from their earlier adventures in alt-art-rock Arson Garden to create a lovely/dirty new sound all their own.

Biography

April Combs and Michael Mann fronted the critically acclaimed late 80's - early 90's Bloomington, Indiana-based band Arson Garden. Arson Garden toured throughout the US and Europe, released 3 full-length CDs with EPs and singles, performed a Peel Session for the legendary John Peel on BBC’s Radio One, and appeared on MTV's 120 minutes. The group recorded at Prince's Paisley Park, Pachyderm Studios (Nirvana), and John Mellencamp's Belmont Mall. Arson Garden played shows with everyone from the Afghan Whigs and the Replacements to Marianne Faithful and Shawn Colvin. The Chicago Reader called them "...the only art rock band in America that matters".

Now reformed as Little Nova, Combs and Mann return to the stage and studio. Combining everything from French Chanson to melodically dissonant guitar they create a lovely/dirty new sound all their own.

Lyrics

Desperately Happy

Written By: April Combs Mann

They've got your name, they've got your number
and they're dragging you under
You walked away from your very best
Now there's not much left
Of the girl you used to be
Strong and smart and wild and free
Now you're what your supposed to be
But you're supposed to be

Happy
You're supposed to be happy
You're supposed to be happy
You're supposed to be happy
So happy...

Well you're not getting any younger
But you've still got the hunger
And you're not putting up much of a fight
To do what's right
By the girl you used to be
Strong and smart and wild and free
You're working hard on this reality that your supposed to be

Happy
You're supposed to be happy
You're supposed to be happy
You're supposed to be happy
So happy...

Your spark, your fire, your heat, your thunder
Your thoughts, your voice, the words you utter
Your shoes, your hair, your nails, your face
Your heart, your hands, you can't erase
Erase the girl you used to be
Strong and smart and wild and free
Trying so desperately to be happy

Happy
Desperately happy
Desperately happy
Desperately happy
So happy
Desperately

Discography

Little Nova:
LA Highland Park Studio - Rough Tracks
Gothic
Crawl Inside You

Arson Garden:
The Belle Stomp 1994
Wisteria 1992
Under Towers 1989
Drink A Drink of You (EP)

Set List

Original songs by Little Nova and perhaps an Arson Garden song or two.

A few covers: Leonard Cohen or Big Star and a new song by former band mate, James Combs.