Stealing Sheep

Stealing Sheep

 Liverpool, England, GBR
BandAlternativePop

Stealing Sheep's acclaimed 2012 debut, 'Into the Diamond Sun', morphed their individual styles to create a 'medieval-kraut-folk' inspired sound. They were described as an unanticipated 'pagan pop revival' and since its release have toured as guests of Postal Service and Alt-J, opened for St.Vincent in Paris, performed the songs of David Lynch at the Barbican and collaborated with the Radiophonic Workshop on an original soundtrack to the cult 70's science fiction film ‘La Planete Sauvage'.

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Biography

Stealing Sheep's acclaimed 2012 debut, 'Into the Diamond Sun', morphed their individual styles to create a 'medieval-kraut-folk' inspired sound. They were described as an unanticipated 'pagan pop revival' and since its release have toured as guests of Postal Service and Alt-J, opened for St.Vincent in Paris, performed the songs of David Lynch at the Barbican and collaborated with the Radiophonic Workshop on an original soundtrack to the cult 70's science fiction film ‘La Planete Sauvage'.

For second album Not Real they have concentrated on developing the sonic aesthetic of their music. “We were more focused about what we are trying to do. Everything has a reason for being there.” They've experimented with tuned percussion, programmed beats, trigger samples and worked with effected synths, utilising the guitar and lap steel more sparingly and introducing more processed sounds. They’ve drawn inspiration from 50's exotica, electronic music and 80's pop and been influenced by the likes of Grace Jones, Maya Deren, Eden Ahbez, Delia Derbyshire, Moon Dog and John Carpenter. 

 Having learned new skills in the studio over the last few years, the band self-produced the album. They used the studio not only as a writing tool but also as an instrument; experimenting with post-production and varying instrumentation and layered textures. “We started off in pre-production doing all the demos ourselves” say's Becky “the demos captured an atmosphere that we wanted to carry forward to the album. The result was a hypbrid of casual takes and more considered recordings.”

 

Their visual representation is highly important to the band, all of whom have art backgrounds. “We like to be involved in all the aspects of the presentation because it's symbiotic to the music.” The colourful and organic album cover, a collaboration between photographer Charlotte Rutherford and collage artist Louise Mason, shows their confident image for this record: as they tread the lines of surreal pop. Follow them on a hypnagogic journey as they sing: “listen to yourself and look within”.

Their sound is identified by their unique vocal styles, their old school keyboards, distinctive whammy guitar sounds and a variety of unusual percussive elements. With sonic inspiration from the likes of Bernard Herrmann, John Carpenter, Broadcast, Can, Eden Abhez, Grimes, Matthew Herbert and MoonDog... it's no surprise they have an eccentric mix. 

They are currently busy in the studio working on a new album soon released early 2015 (which also happens to be the Chinese year of the sheep!) In 2014 they took a break from recording to perform as part of the David Lynch ‘IN DREAMS’ show at London’s Barbican with an ensemble cast including Jehnny Beth from Savages and Bad Seed Mick Harvey. In addition they also played festival sets in the UK and performed a specially commissioned score for the cult 70’s film Fantastic Planet alongside members of legendary The Radiophonic Workshop at the Branchage Film Festival.

Lyrics

I am the Rain

Written By: Stealing Sheep

Well there's wires round my heart,
building static charges from the start
They work in very modern ways
They take you round the moon to play

I would've thought the cold would make it icy
the frost today be tough enough to bite me

Make it through the rain
I am the rain
If i dry will i be? what will i be?

Make it through the rain
I am the rain
If i dry will i be? what will i be?

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Noah's Days

Written By: Stealing Sheep

Don't dive in
'cause we are
meant to be-friend you
come right in
and we'll start our engines
come join in

I've got ores you've got paws
to row you, two by two
get on our way to find another place
to drain out
this rain cloud

Oh no, we sailed to far from
Oh no, yo ho, we sailed to far from home

Don't cave into the lights
they're shining, they're blinding
calling you to the sea
so pretty don't leave me
get on our way to find another place
to drain out
this rain cloud

Oh no, we sailed to far from
Oh no, yo ho, we sailed to far from home

Run to the hills
but you haven't got any
all gone they're all gone
run to the tree tops
they're on the bed of the sea

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Your Saddest Song

Written By: Stealing Sheep

Your saddest song
plays a sound track to us all
and we will dance for you
we'll make it up
you want us to

We will play for you
we'll take it all the way

woe aside and take your lowest thoughts away from mind
go outside and take some air x2

We'll go with you walking
make a plan that's golden
we'll shake your worries
you won't be shy eyed

We are just ghosts
pinch your skin
and wake up
you are not really there
and we'll be dancing on
to this song
sing along
sing along with me

woe aside and take your lowest thoughts away from mind
go outside and take some air x2

We'll go with you walking
make a plan that's golden
we'll shake your worries
you won't be shy eyed

Bats

Written By: Stealing Sheep

Oh whisper don't you?
I can hear you
hurry on the lights
in the dark you cannot hide
oh do not do as i do

Feed your body, feed your bones
feed your garden stories old
bat the bats the bats away
bats are for the bad the bad the sadder days

God only knows you'll laugh and let the wolf through
to blow you down
to blow your house and throw your crown down
to the ground oh do not let the wolf down

Feed your body, feed your bones
feed your garden stories old
bat the bats the bats away
bats are for the bad the bad the sadder days

Out comes the winners song
and that's when it all went wrong
it's not another way to make her loose
that's when the wind so howlin' blew

let me on
let me on
let me on the crazy, lazy train of laughter
let me on
let me on
let me on the crazy, lazy train of laughter

Feed your body, feed your bones
feed your garden stories old
bat the bats the bats away
bats are for the bad the bad the sadder days

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The Mountain Dogs

Written By: Stealing Sheep

Tele-tele-tele-phone
Won’t you talk, talk, talk, talk, talk to me
I’ll plug you in under the tree
We’ll talk for ever just you and me

Tele-tele-tele-phone
Won’t you talk, talk, talk, talk, talk to me
I’ll plug you in under the tree
We’ll talk for ever just you and me
Talk forever just you and me
Talk forever just you and me
We’ll talk forever just you and me

Ooo-ooo-ooh
Ooo-ooo-ooh

All those hills
Will laugh at us
But it’s ok cause we’re just safe
The mountain dogs look out for us
I plug you in to hear you speak
I plug you in to hear you speak
I plug you in to hear you speak

Ooo-ooo-ooh
Ooo-ooo-ooh
Ooo-ooo-ooh
Ooo-ooo-ooh

Tele-tele-tele-phone
Won’t you talk, talk, talk to me

Tele-tele-tele-phone
Won’t you talk, talk, talk to me

Tele-tele-tele-phone
Won’t you talk, talk, talk, talk, talk to me
I’ll plug you in under the tree
We’ll talk for ever just you and me
Talk forever just you and me
Talk forever just you and me
We’ll talk forever just you and me
(talk, talk, talk to me)

Ooo-ooo-ooh
Ooo-ooo-ooh
Ooo-ooo-ooh
Ooo-ooo-ooh
Ooo-ooo-ooh
Ooo-ooo-ooh
Ooo-ooo-ooh
Ooo-ooo-ooh

P & C 2012 Heavenly Recordings under exclusive license to v2 Record International T/a Cooperative Music.

All Rights Reserved. Unauthorsied Copying, Reproduction, Hiring, Lending, Public Performanc and Broadcasting is Strictly prohibited. Made in the EU – HVNLP91

Discography



The Mountain Dogs - Limited 7" vinyl & CD
Single
Released by Red Deer Club
14.02.11

I am the Rain - Limited 7" Vinyl
Single
Released by Idle Fret
09.05.11

The Golden Fleece
Album (Japan only)
Released by Cocoheart
09.07.11

Brownswood Bubblers Seven - Cd & Itunes
Compiled by Gilles Peterson
Released by Brownswood Recordings
26.09.11

Noah & the Paper Moon - 12" vinyl includes cd version
Mini - album (worldwide)
Released by Heavenly Records
01.10.11


Into The Diamond Sun  - Album (Heavenly Recordings) 

12/12/2012


Not Real  - Album (Heavenly Recordings) 

13/4/15