Percy Farm

Percy Farm

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"hard broken but laughing and too smart for its own good; like what we’ll be dancing to when we hold each other and rock out and think about what went wrong at the end of the world" (Risa Dickens - indyish.com)

Biography

One of Montreal’s best-kept secrets, Percy Farm was built in 2006 from the sturdy leftovers of college radio dignitaries Shoot the Moon, after breaking it down to its most essential and gritty parts. Jamie Rosen (bass) and Tara Martin (drums) form the core rhythm unit, laying enticing Sonic Youth and Yo La Tengo droning against Louis-Philippe Nagy's swirling piano and Melissa Pipe's elegant saxophone lines. Daniel Schachter pulls it all together with his skinny charm, singing big sad and courageous marching songs in the tradition of Ray Davies, Dylan and Cohen – and he means it.

Shoot the Moon was just gathering steam when it retooled, and they're even more exciting now as Percy Farm. In a few short months they have played some big impressive shows amidst big and impressive peers in Montreal, including performances at Osheaga and the PopCast showcase at Pop Montreal. In that time the band has also managed to record an album's worth of songs, due out summer 2007.

Lyrics

Tales from the Sea

Written By: D. Schachter

I’m on a tip
From the captain of the ship
And I hope you can swim
Forget not I
When you’re drowning in your tragedies
Please
All your friends
And your friends’ enemies
And I’ll be
Your seasick mama
When the pirates turn their backs on you

Shrugs in the bedrock
Skeletons on the shore
Snarls on the main deck
The staysail’s ripped and torn

I’m lost at sea
And the captain’s chasing sharks
Hear him bark in the dark
“I’m coming out I’m coming out I’m coming out”
Shit he’s mean
He’s obscene
Let’s shake his scheme
And I’ll be
Your seasick mama
When the pirates turn their backs on you

Fish so exotic
Thrashing their tails in the sand
Bait so erotic
Dancing in the disco cabin

DROWNING
DROWNING
DROWNING

I’m on a tip
From the captain of the ship
And I hope you can swim this ocean
It’s the language of society
Climb
Up the mast, the top mast
And you will see
That I’ll be
Your seasick mama
When the pirates turn their backs on you

Fuck all the handshakes
The flags painted on the skies
Sneak out the back door
With your lover laughing at your side

Miraculous Birth of the Mystery Child

Written By: D. Schachter

Illusions reign
All the nation is loaded
Soldiers are on display
In the kitchens of worlds away

Step right up!
Folks it's a miracle!
Be among the first
To lay eyes on the mystery child

Evil it springs from a root
He'll snuff it out with his boot
And without any further ado
Grab onto your hearts
We're about to get started

Wait!
What has happened to the camera?
The mule is on the lamb
And the mosquito's on the cheetah
What speaks the ways we live
anyways
today
I can't find the words to unlock and unload it

Step right up!
Folks you gotta see this!
Be among the blessed
Attest to a miraculous birth

The barons are beginning to gripe
That thoughts out of season are ripe
The zebras are burning their stripes
The stars are on strike
I think this might be the end

The End

Sarah Got her Freedom

Written By: D. Schachter

Sarah got her freedom
She left the scattered with greater reason
Remember she said she hated us
For being afraid and talking way too much

We gave up
The endless hunt
And settled night and day
Yeah we met half way
She took up
The greatest stunt
Not to turn into
Her mother or her dad
Not to become
All the things that she had

Sarah got her freedom
I wish I had someone to tell
Not you, you’d just shrug it off
I don’t blame you it’s just how you need to live

But to lay my hands
On your demands
Picture the crashing sea
Now picture little me
A long time ago
You said you didn’t care
About your place in the race
Or anybody’s plans
The lines on your face
Or the progress of man

Take all the road signs
To the end of the line
Strip the directives
That’s where you’ll find
That happy is easy
When you shut out the cold
But with money’s addition
You’re growing so old

Sarah got her freedom
She left the scattered with greater reason
Remember she said she hated us
For being afraid and talking way too much

Discography

The End's In The Beginning (June 2007)

Set List

enough original material for an hour and a half

Typical set list:

Rumble at the Zoo
People of Plenty
Sarah got her Freedom
Gloomy
Fireflies in the Corn
Mr. Grinch
The Hour Hand
Each Drop of Water
Flowers in the Rush
Slut City
Tales from the Sea

COVERS
Brainwashed by the Kinks
Old Old Woodstock by Van Morrison
Mellow My Mind by Neil Young