Natalie Flanagan

Natalie Flanagan

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Cambridge based Rocker Natalie Flanagan has a multifaceted reputation as a performer [solo,band] and songwriter. Her musical influences are Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Chrissy Hynde, Mazzy Star, Neal Young, Velvet Underground and The Rolling Stones.

Biography

NATALIE FLANAGAN

Natalie Flanagan started writing songs and playing them in Boston-area bars in 1992. It was a wishful pursuit by an unschooled beginner, adrift in life, guided by raw musical intuition and a passionate desire to connect with the world.

It's a singular accomplishment for any artist to be able to put across the essence of what she's made of, purely, without disclaimers or pretension. Natalie's music is powerful and real because it's all true; it's all her. The songs sound like a dream overheard, a private conversation from deep in the middle of a memory. She takes you right into the soul of an experience; you can feel it. It's a beta state. It has no defenses.

"When I'm just playing in my living
room late at night, being quiet... I like
that sound... like if someone's really
tired, and they want to tell you something
important but they have to actually get
up to your ear and whisper it to you.
I like that quality of sound. It's really rich."

This is Natalie Flanagan: intimate and frayed, trustful and profound. Her minimalist rock/indie-country style has earned her comparisons to Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Tom Waits, classic trashy Rolling Stones -- all are among her central musical influences. But Natalie's ear is tuned to her own message, and her faith in her own instincts is unshakeable. Her 2000 EP release, "5 Star Day," was a bright promise of self-realization. LET, her debut full-length CD, marks the coming-of-age of a confident, astonishing original voice. Songs including "Come In, Tokyo," "Grace Under Pressure," "Long Live the King" and "Margot's Arms" get into your bones and walk around with you all day. Even when they break your heart in two, they keep you company. Produced by David Minehan (ex-Neighborhoods) at his Woolly Mammoth Studios in Boston, LET is a stunning showcase for Natalie's elegant sense of balance and unflinching musical honesty. This is the sound of struggle and strength; she doesn't give up, and she can't fake it. Her spirit is enormous, fierce and kind.

Sometimes, when we're lucky, music finds the people it was meant for.

For more on Natalie, her music and band info please visit her web site at One Way Productions.

Lyrics

Grace Under Pressure

Written By: Natalie Flanagan

GRACE UNDER PRESSURE
N. FLANAGAN

GRACE IS UNDER PRESSURE
CROWDED ROUND ALL INSIDE HER HEAD.
SEE HER SOAK A SPONGE WITH GIN
WATCH HER CLIMB UP ON THE CROSS TO HIM
HOW SHE WOULD MISS HIM
IF HE EVER BLEW AWAY

GRACE IS UNDER PRESSURE
JUST ANOTHER DAY
IN HER SICK SICK TIRED MIND
WHERE THE VOICES NEVER DIE AWAY
WHY CAN'T SHE SEE HE'S GONNA FEEL PASSED OVER
WHEN SHE CARRIES ON IN THAT WAY.

TAKE A WALK OUT AFTER DARK
YOU'LL FEEL DIFFERENT
YOU FEEL SO DIFFERENT TO ME
IN THE DARK.

INDIFFERENCE THERE AINT
NOTHING TO IT
HELL MAYBE MAKE HIM BETTER LOOKING TO THAT BITCH
JUST SOME BIG TIME HEAVY PERSUASION
THAT ENDS UP WITH WAY PAST NOTHING TO SAY
NOTHING TO SAY

WEAK

HE CAN'T STAND THE STRAIN

TAKE A WALK OUT AFTER DARK
YOU'LL FEEL DIFFERENT
YOU FEEL SO DIFFERENT TO ME
IN THE DARK
LONG AFTER DARK
SWEET IN THE DARK
SWEET

Discography

Live EP: "5 Star Day" 2000
http://www.onewayproductions.com/natalie/5starpage.html

LP "5 Star day Plus 3" One Way productions/MP3.com 2000

Natalie Stars in the full length Indie movie "Metal" which also features her songs. For a review go here:
http://www.bostonphoenix.com/boston/movies/trailers/documents/01636598.htm

Album: "Let" 2002
http://www.onewayproductions.com/natalie/indexLET.html

"Boston's Best Singer/Songwriters"
Compilation 2002 http://baystatesound.com/bobsampler4.html

"Dig The Boston Underground"
Compilation 2002 Featuring:
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Rick Barton [ex- Dropkick Murphys], Last Stand, Natalie Flanagan, The Ray Mason Band, Velveteen, Red Chord, Black Market Medallions, Emily Grogan, John Felice[The Real Kids], Caged Heat, and Binge

http://www.onewayproductions.com/frbigdig.html

NEW RELEASE: "Sticks & Stones" tentative release date: April 29, 2005

Set List

When Natalie plays with her band: Mostly originals but is known to cover Neal Young, The Rolling Stones, Robert Johnson and Lou Reed in two 40 minute sets gig or 1 45 to 50 minute set

Natalie plays solo or with accompaniest on guitar or keys acustic [on occassion]: originals mostly and then whatever comes to mind