London Spy

London Spy

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London Spy can be described as a five-piece melodic, atmospheric, progressive indie-rock band of musicians currently based in Vancouver British Columbia. We put on an energetic live show that translates extremely well to recording.

Biography

London Spy can be described as a five-piece melodic, atmospheric, progressive indie-rock band of musicians currently based in Vancouver British Columbia. While London Spy’s sound combines influences from life, university education and many musical genres, it is the original creative contributions of each member that make London Spy’s sound and style distinctive. London Spy is hard to place into a definitive category. We see this as a strength. A unique and original sound in a band is hard to come by these days. This is why we think you should hear what we have recorded and see us perform live.

London Spy began when the brothers Mike and Peter Morelli decided to move to Vancouver and attend Simon Fraser University. It was at SFU that they met the cello player and vocalist Casey Leung. The three friends began to write acoustic/folk/classically influenced music and perform their songs at various 'open mic' opportunities. Soon however, they met drummer Sean Tyson. Sean's capabilities as a drummer began to push London Spy's songwriting into a more indie-rock influenced sound. While London Spy has still remained true to their 'folk roots,' the possiblity of having a full band appealed to the four friends and musicians. Thus, when they met piano, trumpet, and bass player Martin Utley, they asked him to join the band immediately. The result is the five piece indie-band that has been playing shows and gaining a strong reputation in the Vancouver area over the past year and a half. They are an enthusiatic and dedicated group of accomplished musicians who love to share their music with anyone who will listen.

Lyrics

Caroline and The Nigtingales

Written By: Mike Morelli

First of all, this isn't a pure form.
This is a broken throated conversation.
I am thinking they were right when they said you're crazy.
Can you hear the birds?
Can you hear the epigraphic sway of the tide as it rolls tonight?

A nightingale's song can't be calm.
No not in this room, no not in this song. So take their broken chorus.
So laugh at me on the inside,
Like you did on the outside.

Oh it doesn't rain on the west coast.
It only pours on me tonight.
So laugh at me on the inside,
Like you did on the outside.

Rewind Caroline.
Throw my back against the wall and leave me there.
Rewind Caroline.
Sever the ties that you used to know before.

How she was so tired, so entirely clever;
And she made love feel so right.
With two hearts in four four time, we moved to cut time;
And then we severed ties.
The nightingales have left this song,
But they won't be gone for long.
How they fooled me, and how they fooled you.
Goodbye.
Goodbye to Caroline.


Telephone

Written By: Peter Morelli

I watched a cloud roll over the world
and tried to stay silent here.

I watched the waves roll over the world
and tried to stay silent here.

Stand up, call out.
I want to hear your voice right now,
on the telephone.

We have to find the heroes and monsters in our hearts
if we want to fight back the night.
So cast your cigarette onto the cobblestones and turn,
twirling your cane, to see the sun fall into the sea.

Stand up, call out.
I want to hear your voice right now,
on the telephone.


Chasing Trains (For Station #9)

Written By: Peter Morelli

Late at night when the dreams are about to settle on me
I wake to the sounds of the trains a callin’ me down to the tracks
So I crawl out my window and set off for the rails
Oh I don’t want to miss my train tonight.
So it’s barefeet green grass running through the fields downtown
Oh I’ve got to catch my
don’t want to miss my train tonight.

Mark me conductor!
(Take off conductor)
When you spin back out of the stars
I’ll be waiting
(Station to station)
To steal wheel away
On your train.
(Station to station)

Hey!
I put my ear on the tracks
To track your distance from this world
You’re just around the bend now
Haven’t left my world
So I’m going to chase you down
Going to catch you now
Here we go
And I’m running.

Mark me conductor!
(Take off conductor)
When you spin back out of the stars
I’ll be waiting
(Station to station)
To steal wheel away
On your train.
(Station to station)

Because I’m chasing trains for
Chasing trains for station nine tonight.

Come on come on I’m chasing you down
Come on come on I’m chasing you down tonight.

Goodbye world
Goodbye girl
I’m leaving.

Goodbye world
Goodbye girl
I’m flying.

Goodbye, I’m
Flying away tonight.

Discography

Last summer we spent a weekend recording a four-song EP titled the 'heroes and monsters EP." This was out first encounter as a full band with recording. This proved to be a very rewarding and beneficial experience. At this point, we have not had any radio play (to our knowledge), but we stream many of our songs through the internet sites 'Myspace' and CBC 3's 'New Music Canada.'

We have also spent some time informally working with a local producer. Such collaborations have resulted in a recording of one of our singles.

Set List

Our typical set list is as follows:

1. You're Retired Like Frank Sinatra is Retired
2. Telephone
3. Caroline and the Nightingales
4. The Waltz (Cross the Floor)
5. Take Time Apart
6. Stephanie Says (A Velvet Underground Cover)
7.The East and West Winds
8. Promising Young Spartans
9.The Poison Tree/Cowboy

* Rotate in Moving Fast, or Chasing Trains (For Station #9) depending on time allowance.

Our typical set is about 45 minutes. However, we have enough material for at least an hour. To this point we have only presented one 'cover.' The cover was of a 'Velvet Underground' song called 'Stephanie Says.'