the grace jones

the grace jones

BandAlternativeMetal

Hypnotic and exciting music. With metal, industrial and dance roots, goat & manda are creating music from their souls that is unique and edgy. They are going wherever the mood shall take them. Genre is irrelevant. All that matters is the feeling of the music and a need to express what is inside.

Biography

the grace jones is based upon an idea conceived by manda and the goat in a field in eindhoven in 1998.

in april 2006 it finally started happening for real when goat started to create terrible noises for cathartic purposes in the back room of his house in belfast, northern ireland. he remembered the conversation with manda from 1998 and thought he would try to look her up to lay some vocals on the terrible noises.

after a dedicated thirty minutes of late night drunken googling, goat found manda... 15,000 miles away in auckland, new zealand.

not to be deterred by living on perfect opposite points of the planet, they went ahead and did it anyway.

this has involved several months of sending files back and forth between Northern Ireland and New Zealand, and communicating in short bursts in the 30 minutes or so of each day that they are both awake for.

the result is the grace jones.

Solipsism is the first CD for 'the grace jones'.

Both Manda & Goat are highly experienced live artists with excellent reviews available.

Goat was previously the driving force of Zerotonin and is currently in the successful Belfast based bands 'The Deaf Club' and 'Lotion'. Goat is an excellent guitarist and can turn his hand to lead, rthymn or bass guitar and make all sound amazing. Glenn is highly entertaining when fronting a band and has a unique voice and wonderful stage presence. Glenn is also a genius with electronics and he creates the music for 'the grace jones' in his home made studio. Glenn looks after the mixing/production of tracks for 'the grace jones', however it is a joint effort in that tracks are sent backwards and forwards with comments and suggestions from both Glenn & Manda until both are agreed.

Manda fronted the extreme metal band 'Through The Red' and received reviews in Metal Hammer claiming her to be the best voice in metal and many more reviews in fanzines and webzines along the same lines. All live reviews were in awe at the range of vocals and performance energy. Prior to Through The Red Manda fronted several other bands, writing lyrics/melodies in all of them. Manda used to play several instruments including the flute, saxophone, tenor horn and piccolo - she currently plays the bass. :) Manda was commissioned in 2005 to write a track for a movie, this is Empty Handed and started life as a vocals, drum and bass piece. Glenn has since taken this track and turned it into a bass heavy dance track. Manda is also a highly proficient actress with many roles to her credit.

Lyrics

Dry Heave

Written By: Amanda Jackson

in this dream fear is all
inside i run and hide
try not to heed your call.
i watched you fall
and still you come for more
you try to steal what's mine,
you try to steal what's mine.

raging beats my heart
tearing at my skin and soul
hide what lives beneath here
hiding who i am.
diving through the pain
living in this pit this hole
filth rages through my head
this sewer in my mind.

drag me through the dirt
unhinged, unbalanced
i'm coming out to play
won't you stay.
won't you stay.

i watched you fall.

run and hide.
run and hide.

filth rages through my mind
contagion of the heart
hiding who i am.

fear raging through my head
tearing at my skin and soul
hiding who i am.

filth rages through my mind
contagion of the heart
hiding who i am.

i watched you fall.
fall.

Empty Handed

Written By: Amanda Jackson with noises off from Goat

do you hear my heart beating as i'm stepping over the line?
do you hear my heart beating as i'm stepping over the line?
emotions ruling judgement
the heart controls the mind
i'd give to you the whole world if it were mine to give
but i'm here empty handed
nothing i can bring
that is the last time
a dark new world is calling reach for all that's good
i'm here empty handed a loser and a fool
that is the last time
i'm here empty handed
i've nothing to give
i'm here empty handed
a loser a fool
do you hear my heart beating as i'm stepping over the line?
emotions ruling judgement
the heart controls the mind

Weirdlings

Written By: Amanda Jackson with noises off from Goat

i've got a head full of crazy notions they beat their fists hard against my brain
i hear them pounding out a symphony
i think this time the noise will drive me insane
i can't conform to what you want of me
these walls keep closing in and pushing down, pushing down

falling down into a state of nothing
fall into a stupor, into a dream

weirdlings have invaded my house weirdlings have invaded my house

feel the heat it's rising in this waking sleep
hard pounding rhythmns pump and move the soul
feet jumping, heart is racing, now i'm losing control, i'm losing control
find a wall you think is real and focus on it
keep looking for a way to make the room stay still
fall down into a state of total nothing
fall down into a stupor, fall into a dream
fall into a dream
fall into a dream

falling down into a state of nothing
fall into a stupor, into a dream

i've got a head full of crazy notions
i've got a head full of crazy notions
i've got a head full of crazy noises
i've got a head full of pink flamingoes
i've got a head full of crazy noises
driving me insane
driving me insane

Close Your Eyes

Written By: Amanda Jackson

Here, in the heart of the dream
Can't you see what is there in our hearts?
When you close your eyes

Light, dark like clouds in storm
Like the rain the before dawn
When you close your eyes

Try to lift your eyes one more time See us standing here

How can this be, so young, too young
What the hell is going on?

Pain and anger oh it burns inside
It tears us apart

And there's no more fighting when you close your eyes

It burns inside and it rips out our hearts

Oh keep fighting

Then you closed your eyes

So young, too young when you closed your eyes

Perfect Machine (a vulgar thing to pray for)

Written By: Amanda Jackson with some Glenn extras

And I warned you what would happen
Fuck you - get your hands off my machine

You make me sick, you make me rage
(I'm gonna kick a hole in your denial)
You make me ill, you make me feel like I could die
(Gonna force you to see what you've done to me)
I don't want your shit, but there you again
Why do you do that to me?
Nothing left for you to break
Get the fuck away from me

You are malignant, your evil unseen
You crossed the line even though you were warned
Life's some sick game you play with my heart and with my mind, you push again, again, again
You mouth off, I don't care,
I pray that you are gone,
I pray that I was never born

I warned you what would happen
And still you kept on pushing
Why'd you do that to me
And it's a vulgar thing to pray for
But I pray it anyway
And wish that I was never born

I know it's a vulgar to pray for
But sometimes praying is all we've got
And I know it's a stupid thing to wish for
But every day I wish I'd never been born

I warned you what would happen
And still you kept on pushing
Why'd you do that to me
And it's a vulgar thing to pray for
But I pray it anyway
I wish that I was never born
And it's a vulgar thing to pray for
I wish that I was never born

Sometimes vulgarity is art

Discography

Dry Heave - licensed in May 2007 for a US based movie.
Empty Handed - UK wide Radio 1 Debut in March 2007.
Weirdlings - Airplay on BBC Radio 1 Belfast in Feb 2007.

All tracks are available to listen to at www.myspace.com/thegracejones and can be downloaded at www.indiestore.com/thegracejones