Backyard

by Floodlights

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Backyard is the debut EP from Floodlights. This four track EP explores themes of Australian culture and identity. Introduced by Uncle Bunna Lawrie, a Mirning Elder and Whale Dreamer of the Nullarbor coast, the first track, ‘Nullarbor’ follows a personal journey across the remote South of Australia and the revelations that can be struck from adventure. ‘Small Town Pub’ is a reflection on culture and conflicting ideas of national identity. The title track ‘Backyard’, is a song about the network of support created by different people in your life.

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released May 24, 2019

Recorded by Archie Shannon at Love Shack Studios, Footscray.
Mixed by Archie Shannon in Thornbury.
Mastered by Mikey Young in Rye.
Artwork by Maddison Kitching.

Floodlights would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land that this track was recorded on: the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their elders, past present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded.

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Track Name: Nullarbor
I pack my boot up and drive
Everything that’s necessary for my life
My jack, tools and tyre repair kit
It makes me look the part
But in Bridgestone I will sit

Driving through the quiet rural towns
A novelty sized fruit stands with nobody around
The cattle station hums into the night
But I ain’t seen nothing yet, 'ya see?

The sun at my back when I wake
My brain see-saws
Is this a big mistake?

Constant phone calls ring out
It's nothing personal
I just need a people drought

The mesmerising ocean dances slow
Tormenting the great desert with its tantalising show

The UHF, it crackles hard
And I’ve only got this far, 'ya see?

And I’ve only got this far

I’m hoping for a grand epiphany
That comes to me
I’m struggling
But if I trek a little further
Into the dust
Into the bush
I’m stuck
But it's something I will feel
In my guts and in my blood
I want to rattle my own cage
And I’ll keep on rolling 'til its done

Nowhere to be and I got time to kill
Nowhere to be and I got time to kill
Nowhere to be and I got time to kill
Nowhere to be and I got time to kill

And I got time to kill

I’m hoping for a grand epiphany
That comes to me
I’m struggling
But if I trek a little further
Into the dust
Into the bush
I’m stuck
But its something I will feel
In my guts and in my blood
I want to rattle my own cage
And I’ll keep on rolling 'til its done
Track Name: Small Town Pub
What’s our identity?
Stubby shorts and a culture cut short
Shane Warne on the telly
That’s our identity

Out of sight and out of mind
Does that work in the dead of the night?
Confusion lies
On stolen land
What did we build from?
Who dealt this hand?

Ciggie smoke in a small town pub
Footy's on
Rough as guts

Ghosts of the gums
Are calling back
And the crack of the gun
Keeps ringing back
Track Name: Backyard
Grandpa said son, real men don’t hold guns
They’re humble with grace
And they shield their loved ones

Hold your own he said
And bow to no one’s head
Help when you have impulse
And address the things that you dread

Don’t you feel embarrassed
And never feel ashamed
For sticking up for others who can’t defend their name

I am nothing without the wind behind my back
But it’s the wind that blows
That keeps me on my track
But where this wind comes from
Is not like a sea breeze
It flows constantly
From those close to me

I walk through an old yard
My friends in different rooms
A demon in their hands
They've taught me much under the great full moon

A complex series of unforeseen events
Divert my feet with every accident
It's humbling to know our control only goes so far

I am nothing without the wind behind my back
But it’s the wind that blows
That keeps me on my track
But where this wind comes from
Is not like a sea breeze
It flows constantly
From those close to me

It flows constantly
From those close to me

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