Storybooks for Small Dogs

Storybooks for Small Dogs

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Storybooks for Small Dogs are an infectious, archly intelligent and strikingly unique three piece with a taste for the weird, the everyday and the ironic. After playing Oxegen ’09 the band have come on leaps and bounds, wowing audiences and critics alike with their cerebral take on Indie-pop.

Biography

Storybooks for Small Dogs comprises of guitarist and lead vocalist Alan Carmody, bassist Brian Shiels and drummer Richard Cullen. A power pop trio, Storybooks for Small Dogs make an atypical indie-pop racket with a fine line in lyrically precocious and highly melodic tunes.

The group adopt the sonic influences of The Strokes, The Pixies, The Ramones, The Smiths, Weezer and Nirvana in combination with lyrics that take the kitchen-sink vignettes of The Arctic Monkeys and Pete Doherty and combine them with the wry wit of a Coen Brothers movie.

While their lyrics exude intelligence, their songs always pander to a universal pop sensibility; with a sense of humour, style and irony, Storybooks for Small Dogs were designed for the 21st century.

Beginning in December 2007 the group have gone from strength to strength, creating artistically innovative music while playing some of Ireland’s top venues and landing a much sought-after slot at 2009’s “Oxegen”; Ireland’s biggest music festival.

Working with multi-platinum and award winning producer Mark Cahill the band recorded their self-titled debut E.P. and therein can be found ample evidence of Storybooks for Small Dogs’ ability to combine musical, visual and literary acumen creating a complete, fully rounded and ultramodern musical experience.

2010 promises to be Storybooks for Small Dogs annus mirabilis with tours being currently negotiated. Plans for their debut album are now being finely tuned.

Storybooks for Small Dogs are the most promising new Irish band on the scene as they offer a unique and intelligent take on contemporary Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Lyrics

All These Animals

Written By: Alan Carmody

All These Animals

Books from the library
On Zoology
You ain’t read a word that you didn’t believe
Cos letters and pictures are reality
A sense of humour been getting you through
The waking nightmare of secondary school
But it’s very enlightening here at the zoo with,

All these animals that you know
And all these animals that you break your heart for

You’re getting your BA in psychology
With an A minor in Anthropology
The cogs are turning as you can see
With motives transparent you fall in love
Emotions and fluids, a passion of the blood
We’re almost the same when push comes to shove

You’re helping us junkies deal with our pain
We’d eat our own babies, it drives you insane
These moral dilemmas have your ankle sprained
And here in your thirties you figured it out
You’ve realised your purpose there isn’t any doubt
But how can you reveal the cage that surrounds

My Everything

Written By: Alan Carmody

My Everything

How long have we been staring at the walls
It feels like years now the calendar tick, tick like a bomb
And Don Quixote has been exorcised from me
We’ll mitch from our cave
We’re coming out just to see
What’s the world waiting for what you all waiting for
Are we not lovable and huggable
Please tread softly when you walk over me
Because I’m crushable and breakable
I’ve seen those pictures of famous people with guitars
There’s no connection, no erections anymore
Stuck in traffic, I’m just one more face in the crowd
Is this deception or have I been ignorant up to now
Its claustrophobic egotism dressed as art
So tell our public we won’t be doing this anymore
And it feels like, and it screams of
In my opinion, its
N.O.T.H.I.N.G.

Donkey Work

Written By: Alan Carmody

Donkey Work

He likes to tell stories
Stories about Girls
Girls he’d like to know but he makes a show of them instead of chasing them to and fro
He sits at his computer
The computer staring back
If his mother knew the things he looked at she’d have herself another heart attack and end up dead but he don’t give a crap when he’s staring at some brazzer’s snatch

‘Cos he ain’t got no hash and he ain’t got no cigarettes
And all he’s got are memories, dry broken histories
Fact mixed with fiction, love and other strange addictions
In shadows he lurks, doing all the donkey work

His friends are all morons
Morons more or less
They like hanging out on corners, harassing folk, drinking devils bit, making roll-ups and trying keep them lit
His ex is such a slapper
A slapper so they say
She had his brother’s best friend’s father and even Tony’s cousin who’s supposed to be gay, she made video’s with old men, I seen them in the market just the other day

And he knows he’s an idiot, but he’s working on it
But then he goes and scrapes his keys along some old one’s bonnet
One day he’ll learn not to be what God made him and all his sins will be forgiven
If he answers all the police questions the judge will duly reduce the sentence

Happiness

Written By: Alan Carmody

Happiness

Summer is here, another hangover
A sinking feeling is pulling me under
It’s salty stare, and I’m scared cos I just don’t care about anything
The fluorescent lights of the shopping centre
Where mobile phones equal social placenta
To stop us looking lonely though I wish she’d meet me instead of just texting

And how can we thrive when we’re so disconnected
And if we hold hands could we catch an infection I don’t know
You can either complain or just go with the flow

And I believe that we can’t live like they do on T.V.
Cos reality is much more scary for us now
You and me we’ve been conned since the day we were born
Cos happiness is something you can never rely upon

You can download my heart on mp3
I can email my brain it’s just that kind of century where nothing is real
You can watch a girl suck a donkey but you can’t cop the feel
And out in the park it’s all junkies and wasters
Where are all the good people you don’t read about in the papers
Locked up in there homes, if you ain’t got a methadone script you’re dry as a bone

And I believe that we don’t need
Another 2 week holiday in Tenerife or to deep sea dive at the great barrier reef
Cos I believe that you and me
Can still be
Moderately happy

Discography

Storybooks for Small Dogs Debut E.P.

Set List

Setlist - SBSD
1. All These Animals
2. Oxygen
3. Hardwood Floor
4. My Everything
5. Sunday
6. Jennifer Gunne
7. The Information
8. Kush
9. So. Cal.
10. I Don’t Wanna Waste My Time
11. Sunshine
12. Happiness
13. Storybooks for Small Dogs
14. Salad Days