Negative Slant EP

by Nic Armstrong & The Thieves

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    Five Great British tracks act as pre-cursor to 2016's full length - following on from 2013's Pocketless Shirt EP and debut The Greatest White Liar.

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released November 11, 2015

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Track Name: Negative Slant
I write myself a letter with a poison pen
Punctuate the grammar of a good time spell
These hands are made to type with a cutting edge
Stick it to myself and accidentally press send
Slowly the lonely will learn to dance with your negative slant
Ballroom, belly to lap and your negative slant

Charge through the store
Charge it on the card
Charge card is stopped
Cut the card in half

The amulet that’s around your neck
Can’t protect you from yourself
Living inside a seashell as the sea claims the air
Throw me a rope I will drag you in and snag you there
Slowly the lonely will learn to dance with your negative slant
Ballroom, belly to lap and your negative slant

Charge through the store
Charge it on the card
Charge card is stopped
Cut the card in half

No quarters only morsels
Morsels taste but no way can support us
Buffet posture in the gorges
Blowing fake smoke out of our noses

Electronic whisper that plumbs the depths
Sending down a bucket to poison well
Is it time to call the local news crew in
Give me a hook I will reel you out then reel you in
Slowly the lonely will learn to dance with your negative slant
Ballroom, belly to lap and your negative slant

Charge through the store
Charge it on the card
Charge card is stopped
Cut the card in half
Cut the card in half
Cut the card in half
Track Name: Tourist Doll
Tourist doll
Count on the left hand
All the ways to be involved
I’m in a suitcase

Tourist doll
Plastic and polystyrene
Longhorn on the wall
Eyes to the phonebook

Three sheets to the west
Pregnant all the same
Parlez-vous français?
Rising like a wave
Rolling all the same
I’m not a souvenir to share
I’m not a souvenir to share

Missed call
No change for the toll
At the bridge
The bottom of the barrel
They turned your head
Against the mirror instead
I'm not awake my tourist doll
Track Name: Thom The John
He has a suit adorned by the modern bachelor
A brand new suit bought on credit from a strip centre
He ties up his laces plucks a petal from the nearest vase
A brand new liver and some lungs just to test his jaw
He’s a sight for sore eyes waiting for the signal to say surprise
Thom the John he’s up and he’s on and he’s off on one

Introduced in the nude to a part of town
The creases and the kinks of a dressing down
Covered in gauze and covered in chocolate
A big hen pecking round the yard for his just dessert
He’s a sight for sore eyes waiting for the signal to say surprise
Thom the John he’s up and he’s on and he’s off on one

Kick off your shoes
Cash your pay cheque
Popping bubblewrap
Nickel and dime
Out patient
At the train station
Get your ticket to the sea side
You’ve fallen on the rocks
I think it’s kinda sexy
Get off your face
You got to get it off your chest
Thom the john just a name

left in the dark
wide of the mark
names have been changed
the place is the same

Exit left at the junction off the motorway
He takes a seat in his suite at the motel chain
Promises are kept and promises don’t turn out receipts
A bra and a paddle at the bottom of the quilted sheets
He’s a sight for sore eyes waiting for the signal to say surprise
Thom the John he’s up and he’s on and he’s off on one
He’s a sight for sore eyes waiting for the signal to say surprise
Thom the John he’s up and he’s on and he’s off on one
Thom the John he’s up and he’s on and he’s off on one
Track Name: Hailing Taxis
Pipe dream come true
Pipe dream kaleidoscope
Pipe dream hold true
Can’t see the disturbance
Motivation out of whirlpools
Elevated arm and a sad tattoo
Falling foul of a police dominatrix
Stalling under observation
Swipe right for things to happen
Giving out two magic markers
Two bit two byte, side part side swipe
Hailing taxis at the stadium
We’re hailing taxis amid altercations
We’re hailing taxis in all directions
Hailing taxis in dicey situations
Disadvantage levitation
It’s too cherry flavour and not in your nature
It’s your soft skin against the nation
Organic laughter pure agony
Oh my saviour inxxxxxxxxxx
St Cecilia no small change to tag you
Hailing taxis communicating badly
We’re hailing taxis suffering fools gladly
Ice cube naked body
Giving out your business card with a coffee
Swimming pool and a second cup of coffee
In and out rub it in lock it up tight
We’re hailing taxis in all directions
We’re hailing taxis in all directions
Hailing taxis cut the cake wrong
Hailing taxis at the stadium
The rendezvous is giving me deja vu
Ferris wheel and the smell of a carnival
We got a target interception
Real life looks better in slow motion
We’re hailing taxis in all directions
Hailing taxis and suffering fools gladly
Track Name: Soft and Low
Oysters on the half shell
Blooded conversation
An avalanche of ideas
On a express train
Holding hands at night
Running rings around the circle line
I love you soft and low

Standing on the sidewalk
Traffic light says don’t walk
Talon torn road fork
Remindxxxx of a trapdoor
A simple handheld device
No need to tape it to the underside
I love you soft and low
I love you soft and low

I love you soft and low
The horizon unfolds
Underworld rivers don’t flow
And when the anaesthetic learns to shake you off
The dam is breached and water rushes in

Skating on arrival
Am I an animation?
The corridors of power
Money and persuasion
Mosquitoes in a thunderstorm
The footsteps carry on
I love you soft and low
I love you soft and low
I love you soft and low