Split Seconds

Split Seconds

 Perth, Western Australia, AUS
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"...if something comes along to top it as Australian debut album of the year it will have to be special indeed"
THE COURIER MAIL

"Split Seconds are sure to be an indie sensation"
SUNDAY HERALD SUN

Biography

On the 22nd March 2010 central Perth was hit with a freak storm. Around 3pm, out of absolutely nowhere, the sky opened and 24mm of rain fell in only 30 minutes. Hail stones the size of hockey balls were widely reported. Kings Park was so drenched that it's banks gave way to cause a minor landslide. To this day you can still see cars driving around Mount Lawley with hundreds of pock marks - immune to any kind of reasonable insurance claim.

As the rain rolled in, Split Seconds' singer Sean Pollard was trying to get home from work on a bus. Rattling down Beaufort Street, the number 21 repeatedly tried to dodge the huge puddles that were quickly forming. At the corner of Beaufort and Stirling Street just 200 metres from home the puddles won. The bus stopped in front of what was essentially a small river, rain pounding down outside, hail still fully formed and littering the street.

Now, Stirling Street is well known for it's after hours activity. Women practising the worlds oldest profession are often seen plying their trade in what is a relatively leafy area of Perth. Whilst living here, in the home studio that produced Split Seconds' well loved first EP, Sean saw his fair share of ladies of the night. Unlikely though, to see one wandering up and down attempting to flag businessmen in the middle of what was the biggest storm the city had seen since 1944. There she was though. Shock of wet hair, damp leather jacket and the same knowing look so often seen before. And guess what? Up drives the black Mercedes and open swings the passenger door... It was in that baffling moment that Split Seconds' new single She Makes Her Own Clothes, the cornerstone of their brilliant debut album You'll Turn Into Me was born.

The song itself sees Pollard creating a fictional backstory for his real life protagonist, something he does often on You'll Turn Into Me. Specific names, states and streets repeatedly pop up throughout the record, demonstrating a lyrical intuit borrowed from the greats of Australian song.

I'm not particularly good at writing about myself, Pollard explains. It's something I worked with on the first EP but with You'll Turn Into Me, I really tried to create a group of characters and tell a story through them. Sort of like a group of short stories. I always find short stories so much more fascinating... the idea that you only have so long to get your yarn across.

That would explain then, the constant references to somebody named Oliver throughout the record. He pops up on no less that 5 occasions. Whether it be the jagged opening salvo Security Light (Olly when you hold my heart, steady in your hands), searching mid album highlight Oliver (Love is not an excuse for the things I'll do to you), or the self titled album closer (Oliver, I don't have the words to say how disappointed I am). So what's it all about?

Oliver isn't really anybody. he admits. I started writing these songs about a group of characters and about half way through realised it made sense to tie them together with a name. A mate of mine who works at a guitar shop had just had a kid at the time - and he'd named him Oliver. Nice three syllable name. That's handy.

Surely it's not all so flippant though?

The whole thing is about expectation, Pollard reveals when pressed on the themes within You'll Turn Into Me. I suppose we get the opportunity these days to spend most of our twenties treading water and taking years figuring out what we want to do and who we want to be. Our parents, their parents... they weren't so lucky. What I tried to do lyrically was to draw a line under that constant expectation that surrounds us. Whether it's from your family (Oliver), your country (Top Floor), your wife (Maiden Name) and I guess most of all yourself. That's why we called it You'll Turn Into Me. Because at the end of the day, we all have to turn into something. It may as well be yourself.

Lyrics

Security Light

Written By: Sean Pollard

monday is a hard day, a day of sparks, wheels grinding
roll out of the left side and go to work with a ghost of my academic past
we are all on detail to a task, a life long task

when i get sick
when i stay late
when i come home and when you share my breath you'll know

the security light
the security light
shows me the way - to you

3 days 2 days 1 day til a holiday - it's just a weekend
thursday is a bad day - i go to war with anyone for the smallest, little thing

if i come to you that way
you will only leave
we become a metronome when you say my name
olly when you hold my heart
steady in your hands
we become a BPM beating to the end

shine in the night the security light
heavy on your windows steady in your eyes

All You Gotta Do

Written By: Sean Pollard

oh, you got the keys to the city
oh, you got the golden touch as well

all you gotta do is give up on everything
all you gotta do is lay down and die
oh it doesn't hurt to be alone inside a restaurant
it's all you gotta do

you never come to the party
you never leave on your own
leave your keys in the bowl, keys in the bowl baby
leave your keys in the bowl, keys in the bowl

all you gotta do is lay down with all your little energies
all you gotta do is get those tiny toes to the floor
everybody knows about the situation in the afternoon
it's all you gotta do

all you gotta do is live independently
all you gotta do is get those tiny toes to the floor
all you gotta do is make examples of your enemies
gotta do you all
gotta do you all

all you gotta be is smaller versions of the whole united nations
its all you gotta do

Maiden Name

Written By: Sean Pollard

you were born to a family of cynics
you had a well intentioned uncle who stayed every third weekend until your mother died and he joined them
there were pictures in the hall, that nobody ever talked about or took down
and then believe it or not you were alright
you got your second wind and you took that in, and your better judgement told you not to go to sleep that way
you spent years with the rich kids, severing ties and fixing people's bandages

you're the lost one
the one that will never grow
you will keep your maiden name

then the years rolled on and you were angry
you got married, then gave up in that order - out of sight, not out of mind
until you shifted suddenly from state to state
landed somewhere out of adelaide
nobody heard from you again - summers passed and winters came and all that time, all that time
you will keep your maiden name

you're the lost one
the one that will never grow
you will keep your maiden name

Top Floor

Written By: Sean Pollard

no love on the top floor
quickest city that i've seen
you take stock
you look back
you make it last
you make it last

we might not be - in this place for long
when we leave - we may not return
we can see the time for us is now

no love on the top floor
it's not what we're here for

oh you did it!
you stumbled on my buttons, you came across them
and the city woke up

no love on the top floor
it's not what we're here for

leave room on the postcard
save coin and remember who your friends are
not now there's no how
make it fast
make it fast

we might not be - in this place for long
when we leave - we may not return

no love on the top floor
it's not what we're here for

Oliver

Written By: Sean Pollard

oliver, love is not an excuse for the things i'll do to you

i know you
i knew your name before you were born
your mother useful with correspondence
me on an island with cameras and war
i know you
you don't know

oliver, love is not an excuse for the things i'll do to you

i'm beginning to see clearly now
i was a fool to abandon you at such an early stage
i got a postcard with your ultrasound on the back of it
love is not an excuse for the things i'll do to you

i was aware it was a matter of some urgency
i was aware i couldn't take my time
i was acutely aware of my predicament
that made no difference

i knew your name before you were born
oliver, love is not an excuse for the things i'll do to you

Fill The Cannons

Written By: Sean Pollard

you're here to fill the cannons
it's your job to feed the troops
you're a part of it now
you wake to hear the bullets on your roof, on your roof, on your roof, on your roof
you're the only thing i've earned
you got the touch
you're a natural
i was a natural
look at me now
you're here to fill the cannons
it's your job to feed the troops
you're a part of it now
you wake to hear the bullets on your roof, on your roof, on your roof, on your roof
yeah you're skills are fading fast
i still deliver you from trouble when confused on a training exercise...
what did you do?
oh little oliver
oh little oliver
what did you do?
oh little oliver
oh little oliver
you're here to fill the cannons
it's your job to feed the troops
you're a part of it now

Amanda

Written By: Sean Pollard

i told you 'bout the lights
i said they'd do your head in
i told you they were waiting
i think i'm in love again
i think i'm in love again

did she kiss you on the forehead
hit the city rhythm on your hotel bed
did she tell you she was waiting
i know what it is again
i know what it is again

be still, the integral to the game
side with a referee

amanda - try not to be nervous, to be nervous
you'll know a catastrophe when you have one
amanda

steady as you go but you never say no
when you start on third you never get home
remember if you're able, where you came from

you walk in the measure of the city you were born in
and everytime you life, you're just lying for the fun of it
every time you go there's a crack in your neck saying every one gone is one you gotta get back

and everybody knows you don't know about anything
and everybody's got a soul singer inside of them
don't just go, don't just leave
promise me a scene
on the way out

amanda - try not to be nervous, to be nervous
you'll know a catastrophe when you have one
amanda

She Makes Her Own Clothes

Written By: Sean Pollard

i think she found her type
swearing at the passers by
her eyes go wide at the siren sight
i think she found her type

i think she found her man
don't he look a lot like you
he's easily confused by superior brands
i think she found her man

then he'll say:
i can drive you home
even in the pouring rain
even in a hail storm
i'll be the good man

she had a ticket for the early train that she didn't validate
he had her there in the bedsit
she didn't wanna leave
and when it all runs out you'll know for sure

cause then he'll say:
i can drive you home
even in the pouring rain
even in a hail storm
i'll be the good man

she's takes the front seat
rolls down the window
she makes her own clothes
and with a stranger never takes the top off
she makes her own clothes

she's in the kitchen
she's a creator
she makes her own clothes
and when you see her
you will believe her
she makes her own clothes

i can drive you home
even in the pouring rain
even in a hail storm
i'll be the good man

she can't erase her past
on the corner of stirling street
her face is red from the inside out but she'll never, ever, ever leave.

You'll Turn Into Me

Written By: Sean Pollard

oliver, i don't have the words to say how disappointed i am
i don't have the wherewithal to understand your social studies
but you fight with every breath that you got in ya
oliver, i don't see a reason why to two of you can't be together
oliver, see that you are careful now and promise her a garden where the seed of love is planted

you'll turn into me
oliver please
time is a gift, you got time on your wrist.

Some Of Us

Written By: Sean Pollard

some of us will fight for you
your hot nights and your lonely summer marathons
you never told us the truth
some of us will fight for you

some of us will leave you alone
we fed you our sheep and we fed you our children
you wear the sign of the cross
some of us will leave you alone

some of us will take you away
you were one of the six hungry families
shenton is deep at the souls of your feet
some of us will take you away

ooh - they laid stones at the entrance to the estuary
ooh - and you were born

Discography

Promo Single: "Paper Boy" (2010)
Promo Single: "Bed Down" (2010)
EP: "Split Seconds" (2011)
Single: "All You Gotta Do" (2011)
Single: "Top Floor" (2012)
Album: "You'll Turn Into Me" (2012)
Single: "She Makes Her Own Clothes" (2012)