Shout Timber

Shout Timber

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Music for a roadtrip from the French Riviera to New Delhi.

Biography

"Makes us feel like we’re living through a heatwave with only a bottle of Bombay Saphire and two lonely Romeo y Julietta’s to keep us company." (Shiny Shiny New)

This London based quartet have been building a name for their colourful and quirky art-pop from early 2012. Garnering both blog and radio attention throughout the year, they've captured national and international attention with their delicious cocktail of arpeggiated guitars, sunkissed vocal harmonies, erudite lyricism and two-stepping rhythm section.

Part Indian, part English, the band formed at university in London and bonded over a mutual love for beat literature, Hemingway and Wes Anderson movies - influences that continue to bleed into their distinct aesthetic. Combining musical colour, vibrancy and rhythm with melodic songwriting that has drawn comparisons to The Smiths, Vampire Weekend and Dirty Projectors, these boys seem to have knack for penning pop songs that are as catchy as they are clever.

As a result, this self-managed and independent act have performed at a number of UK festivals this year (including Y Not Festival), received radio support from XFM's John Kennedy, Absolute Radio and BBC London, and featured on Amazing Radio's EP of the week and numerous online webzines. Support for the band extends internationally, with features and radio play in the US, Canada, Mexico and Brazil, and even shot the music video for "East India Trading Company" in India.

Although the group didn't materialise as Shout Timber until 2011, the members have all been performing since their teenage years. Their personal friendships date back to 2005:
"Sam heard me singing The Smiths at school. We were 15 at the time and I guess not many people we knew liked The Smiths. [That was] our first conversation so we decided to start a band and just started jamming. Then when we went to London for uni at UCL we met TJ and Will. We all just meshed together really well so we started Shout Timber." (Alex, interviewed for Glass Magazine, 2012)

The time these guys have spent refining and enjoying their songwriting in their early years shines through in the aforementioned acclaim for what are their very first official recordings, success that continues to open new doors for the youngsters. As such, they are now recording with one of their personal musical heros, Toronto-based producer David Newfeld (whose credits include Broken Social Scene, Los Campesinos, We Are Augustines), looking onwards to 2014 to release their latest experiments in colour and sound.

Lyrics

Rich Man

Written By: A Mankoo

My glass eye is on you girl,
I’m a man about town and you know that well,
So have a drink, it’s on me.
Party at mine and you’re on the list,
There’ll be canapés and the cocktail sticks,
That you love to fight with.
But you don’t know what I have discovered.

What is this I hear?
You made out in the kitchen?!
With the sous-chef and a bottle of wine,
My 1952 Château Latour!

She said, “All the money in the world, no it can’t buy love,”
Then my little heart goes bang,
Then my little heart goes bang.
Oh girl, you got me in the grips of your ice-cold stare,
You’re never gonna take me back,
You’re never gonna take me back.

I’ll have you know I'm a very rich man,
Does she know I’m a very rich man?
Hey everybody I’m a very rich man,
Haven’t you told her I’m a very rich man?!
(He’s a very rich man, oh this man he's a very rich man.)
Have you seen my car?
Have you seen my house?
Have you seen my boat?
You could have it all!
You don’t know what you’re doing to me.
No, you don’t know what you’re doing to me.

I don’t know what to do,
I fired the chef and his staff too,
Now she’s on my boat she’s seeing the crew,
Girl, what is wrong with you?!

I’d give it away all for you,
Like a fool I would.
It won’t do no good.
Give it away for you,
It ain’t no good.

East India Trading Company

Written By: A Mankoo

All aboard, we’re due for East India,
To our lush new home,
Amid the shades of the mango trees.
“Take out the shipping, crew,
Take it out the ship”, she said.
We’ve no plan to return this way again.

All around, new sight, new smell and sound,
They come alive in me,
Journeying through all the sweet greens fields of tea.
Oh my heart jumps for joy,
It jumps for joy in me,
There I’ll meet you at West Boulevard in Pondicherry.

Oh my heart jumps for joy,
Oh my heart jumps for joy, joy, joy, joy, joy!

There I’ll meet you at West Boulevard in Pondicherry.

First Love

Written By: A Mankoo

You were my first love, my first love you were,
I set you apart like the most precious pearl,
Oh, you were my first love, my first love you were,
Held in my heart like the most beautiful girl.

You were my first hurt, my first hurt you were,
As I realised my love, no, it wasn’t returned,
Oh, you were my first hurt, my first hurt you were,
With feelings of heartbreak I could not deter.

By the river,
And I’ll wait for you by the hotel,
And I’ll wait for you by the river,
And I’ll wait for you by the hotel.
In my dreams.

You were my first hate, my first hate you were,
As I broke down in tears and I fell to the floor,
Oh, you were my first hate, my first hate you were,
You made me so broken, like never before.

By the river,
And I’ll wait for you by the hotel,
And I’ll wait for you by the river,
And I’ll wait for you by the hotel.
In my dreams.

And yet there’s a plan involved,
Cos there you go problem solved,
Life’s not as easy as that.
You’re helping me better it,
It’s all for my benefit,
I didn’t know at the time.
And now I know you love me so,
It’s something that’ll never go,
Written in history.
And you were there all along,
Waiting forever strong.

By the river,
And you wait for me by the hotel,
And you wait for me by the river,
And you wait for me by the hotel.
In our dreams.

You are my first love, my first love you are,
You care for me, you mould me, you heal all my scars,
Oh, you are my first love, my first love you are,
So here’s my song for you, and it’s arranged for guitar.

You are my first love,
Here’s to my first love.
You are my first love,
Here’s to my first love.

Buccaneer

Written By: A Mankoo

Armed with my sword and my shield, I was saving all the queens,
Cos back then I didn’t have to impress the scene.
But now I’m a man, without all that glam,
Without a chance to win their hands.

Age, it brings to bitter light,
The truth about who I myself am sober once,
It brings to bitter light.

It’s closing time at nine, but we’ll find a few more minutes to stay up
And drive around in your red, brand new double decker bus,
But now I’m a mess, and I do confess,
That I’ve had the worst of one too many.

Age, it brings to bitter light,
The truth about who I myself am sober once,
It brings to bitter light.

Back then, way down.
Back then, weighed down.

Discography

- First Love EP:

First Love (2012) - Absolute Radio airplay
Buccaneer (2012) - BBC London 94.9 airplay

- Rich Man/East India Trading Company (double A side)

East India Trading Company (2012) - XFM, Amazing Radio, Shoreditch Radio, Fake DIY Radio airplay

Rich Man (2012) - XFM, Shoreditch Radio, Amazing Radio airplay