Neo Retros

Neo Retros

BandAlternativePop

We are soldiers from another place, another time who are fighting against the pap culture using the weapon of words and music.

Biography

Neo Retros is a four-piece, Warsaw-based, international group of time-travellers who slept through the late eighties, took a brief look around the nineties, were cryogenically frozen in the noughties and defrosted in November 2010. They find thrills and ideas in the modern tools and toys surrounding them, though their compositions follow strict "song" structure and contain melodic traces of yesteryear, especially echoes of the 50s and 60s. Neo Retros refuse to write about trivialities, preferring to address real issues. Common themes are: the elusive search for happiness; solitude in a disconnected world and dumbing-down and escapism found in "pap-culture". Their award-winning debut album "Listen To Your Leader" (released by Sony Music in May 2011) was overwhelmingly praised by both media and public alike, their first four singles all received vast airplay on national radio stations and they won both main prizes at Polsat TV's hugely popular "TOP Trendy Music Festival” for the performance of their debut single - "The High-rise in the Sunshine". Neo Retros have also had the opportunity to share the stage with the likes of Duran Duran, Mark Ronson and Razorlight. Their songs have been included on a number of “Best Of…” albums and very soon their songs will be heard in a primetime TV series. Neo Retros’s second album, scheduled for release in October 2012, is sharper, rawer, brasher and braver than their debut outing with nods to 60s Garage Rock and Surf Rock but with an overall Psychedelic-Pop inclination.

Lyrics

The High-rise in the Sunshine

Written By: Skyboy

Their footprints in skylines

Where lifelines decay

A honeymoon ended

And the sky’s bullet grey

The high-rise in the sunshine and cries in the daytime

Get carried away

The high-rise in the sunshine and cries in the daytime

Get carried away, away

My mind is on preset

And I’m told I’m someone

Maybe I’ll fly like a missile

Or just sink like the Sun

The high-rise in the sunshine and cries in the daytime

Get carried away

The high-rise in the sunshine and cries in the daytime

Get carried away, away

The high-rise in the sunshine and cries in the daytime

Get carried away

The high-rise in the sunshine and cries in the daytime

Get carried away, away

Billy and his Gun

Written By: Skyboy

There’s people rushing to their windows

Net curtains twitch to watch the show

A hero’s exit from the scene’s marked with oaths as he will flee

Leaving threats with pride he runs

Cos Billy’s got a gun

Make plans of plans resocialise him

Hug him and make him use his skills

Give him a useless HND in stacking shelves or making tea

But mother’s angel finds his fun

When it’s just Billy and his gun

BILLY GO! BILLY RUN! BILLY GO! BILLY RUN!

Poor Billy’s found a new profession

Picking up leaves to earn a crust

And ashes, dust and brimstone cry, he knows his numbers up he lies

Waiting for what he’ll become

It’s just Billy and his gun

The Loudness of Silence

Written By: Skyboy

Am I a souvenir, floating through space and years?

Emotions come and go, no-one sees what I know

Clattering people fly, into the star-robbed sky

Leaving their thoughts at home, find a life shielding hope

It’s you and me and fallacy, the fantasy of silently waking

You’re bold it’s true, it’s up to you, the world’s a cloud

The silence awakes you now

Grant me an empty shell, to crawl in to be myself

Turn off your civil ways, show you’re real show your face

But I’ll stare at empty walls, I’m trying hard to recall

Where is that far-off dream, when was I ever free?

It’s you and me and fallacy, the fantasy of silently waking

You’re bold it’s true, it’s up to you, the world’s a cloud

The silence awakes you

It’s you and me and fallacy, the fantasy of silently waking

You’re bold it’s true, it’s up to you, the world’s a cloud

The silence awakes you now

Battles and Wastelands

Written By: Skyboy

Deep magical trees murmuring breeze, carry me home

Tell stories of hope, hope there’s a light

Tight energy thieves laying their wreaths outside unmarked doors

A war is just a recourse to show that we’re bored

Battles and wastelands, battles and wastelands in me

Magical tree where nobody grieves the island, I see

Battles and wastelands, battles and wastelands in me

Magical tree where nobody grieves, the island I see is in me

Poor tourist you’re lost you’re just a cost to average man

A plan leads to a plan and you’re told that you can

You can be just who you want be what you feel, be someone real

Climb high to excess, and you’ll be a success

Battles and wastelands, battles and wastelands in me

Magical tree where nobody grieves the island, I see

Battles and wastelands, battles and wastelands in me

Magical tree where nobody grieves, the island I see is in me

Battles and wastelands, battles and wastelands in me

Magical tree where nobody grieves the island, I see

Battles and wastelands, battles and wastelands in me

Magical tree where nobody grieves, the island I see is in me

Domino Effect

Written By: Skyboy

Superman’s cracked his head

Fully clothed and snores in bed

Empty bottles battling for space here

Our hero lies can’t see the Sun

It’s wandering off to spy on someone

The heroes of the elsewhere aren’t around here

But he could be singing this song

But his mind has gone, will he sing along

But he could be singing this song

But he shot his load, domino, domino

A pitbull barks throughout the night

But no-one stirs nor turns on the light

The tv’s buzzing out among the ringtones

There’s the sound of angels in his ears

Calling out another man’s fears

Masturbates from nine-to-five on weekdays

But he could be singing this song

But his mind has gone, will he sing along

But he could be singing this song

But he shot his load, domino, domino

But he could be singing this song

But his mind has gone, will he sing along

But he should be singing this song

But he shot his load, domino, domino

The Chocolate Sea

Written By: Skyboy

Rooms filled with smiles foretelling doom

Where the guru shows his moves

Someday when he sees shadows of graves

In her face he will be saved

SOMETIME YOU WILL FIND HOW TO OPEN UP YOUR LITTLE MIND

SOMETIME YOU WILL FIND HOW TO OPEN UP YOUR LITTLE MIND

Talk compare the worst things that they’d done

Till they saw the rising Sun

She sank into reverie, he’d seen

There was no place that she’d been

SOMETIME YOU WILL FIND HOW TO OPEN UP YOUR LITTLE MIND

SOMETIME YOU WILL FIND HOW TO OPEN UP YOUR LITTLE MIND

Drift as the chocolate sea’s ablaze

Will the moon return my gaze

The snow makes him quiver, shake and fall

But it’s magic traps us all

SOMETIME YOU WILL FIND HOW TO OPEN UP YOUR LITTLE MIND

SOMETIME YOU WILL FIND HOW TO OPEN UP YOUR LITTLE MIND

SOMETIME YOU WILL FIND HOW TO OPEN UP YOUR LITTLE MIND

SOMETIME YOU WILL FIND HOW TO OPEN UP YOUR LITTLE MIND

SUN SHINES ON

Written By: Skyboy/Michal Pietrzak

Somebody’s sky talks to her

Somebody’s future’s told

Nobody’s lost, just resigned

And am I in time?

Copycat muse and déjà-vus

Calling your crop to move

Out in parade lined in grades

And maybe you’re saved

Sun shines on, shine on

Sun shines on, shine on,

Sun shines on shine on

Repeat play, replay

Sun shines on, shine on

Sun shines on, shine on, Sun shines on

Shine on

Repeat play, replay, erase

Remedy now, the memory

Of who you once were last night

That heavenly brow, that arch that frown

And maybe we’ll drown

CHORUS

WE"RE GLAD THAT YOU CAME

Written By: GARETH SAUNDERS

Forces of good, make me feel numb
Powdered-up messiahs go beat your drum
It's making me deaf through channels, benign
Panels of speakers desecrate my mind

"How do you feel"? a hologram said
Better and better with the off switch pressed
There's hopefuls in hordes, for now they're adored
But hounded tomorrow, sing

It's lucky you came when you came
And they knew you would come when you came
And they're glad that you came when you came
But nobody knows you by name

So when did it start and when will it end?
Cos when you're the clique down here you must pretend
The pap and the pop, the puppets all drop
A blank manifesto leads the empty crocks

So learn to revise and learn to revere
The leader among us is your friend your peer
Forever the twain shall meet when the blind
Deaf, dumb among us sing

It's lucky you came when you came
And they knew you would come when you came
And they're glad that you came when you came
But nobody knows you by name

Discography

Singles:
01.2011 - "The High-rise in the Sunshine"
07.2011 - "Billy and his Gun"
09.2011 - "The Loudness of Silence"
12.2011 - "Battles and Wastelands"
06.2012 - "Sun Shines On"
09.2012 - "WE"RE GLAD THAT YOU CAME"

Albums:
09.05.2011 - Neo Retros "Listen to Your Leader"