Karaoke Bites EP

by Beartown Zodiac

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Conceived whilst on a journey that spanned twelve countries in as many months, the debut release from Beartown Zodiac is certainly an example of great, fresh new music. Now based on the South Coast of England, Beartown Zodiac was initially the solo project of the front man: singer-songwriter David Bird-Hawkins. After a year of travelling the world, armed with a white flying-v ukulele and honing his song writing abilities, David returned to the UK and signed to Woodenhouse Records. It was at this point that he began working with the full band: Tiff Wheaton-Green (Bass), Matt Musial (Drums) and Alison Jay (Violin) - enhancing and unlocking the full potential of his songs.

With songs of wanderlust and mountains, broken I-pods and Zombies; Beartown Zodiac’s sound ranges from beautiful acoustic and violin numbers to all out guitar-soaked rock. Lyrically, the EP all relates back to David’s time spent travelling; “Most of our travel was overland, including some extremely long journeys on local buses, trains and boats. The inspiration for lyrics came from overheard conversations while travelling, corrupted English translations, signs across tourist bars and snippets of travel guide suggestions.”

The band’s influences are expansive, including Sparklehorse, Grandaddy, Super Furry Animals, Blur, Eels, Magnetic Fields and “everything in between”. Showcased on the EP is a very light, summery sound; a light folk-pop combination reminiscent on Noah and the Whale with great ukulele melodies and vocal harmonies.

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released May 17, 2013

All songs written by David Bird-Hawkins

Karaoke Bites, Rosiebird, Write me a Story recorded at The Tree House, Pangbourne by Simon Nash

Mountains in my Sunglasses recorded at The Burrow Bournemouth by Matthew Musial

Musicians that appear on this EP: David Bird-Hawkins, Matthew Musial, Tiff Wheaton-Green, Alison Jay, Ed James, Jason Applin, Mark Lyons, Rick O'Sullivan, Steve Cruickshank, Richard Smith

Mixed by Patch Hannan

Cover design by Rosemary Bird-Hawkins

Released by Woodenhouse Records on May 17th 2013

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Beartown Zodiac Bournemouth, UK

Beartown Zodiac are an Indie-Folk-Pop collective based on the South Coast of England led by singer and songwriter David Bird- Hawkins.

After a year of travelling the world, armed with a white Flying-V Ukulele and honing his song writing abilities, David returned to the UK to perform under the name Beartown Zodiac.
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Track Name: Karaoke Bites
I know you think I’m with you until something better comes along
I know you think I’m joking when I say we’re still strong
I travelled the world with you
I moved house when you wanted to
One day we rented bicycles and rode out to the river Kwai
Cruising karaoke boats drift past us singing songs in Thai
The prisoners of war, they built this bridge from shore to shore

Get shit faced on a shoe string is the sign across the no name bar
You can take a tuk-tuk or a songthaew or a motorcar
A family of five, .can squeeze onto a Honda bike
And if you’ve seen it all before, you can hide behind your bedroom door

And you can tell me all you saw
Cos I’m not looking anymore



Sleep tight, sleep tight, don’t let the karaoke bite

I know you think I’m with you cos there’s nothing better going on
I know you think I’m joking when I say nothing’s wrong
I counted the stars for you, you told me that you wanted to
One day we rented cyclos and we rode out to see Ho Chi Minh
I would tell you all about him, but I don’t know where to begin
The dead man’s beard was fine, I would grow one if I had the time
And if you’ve heard this all before, you can hide behind your bedroom door

And you can tell me all you saw
Cos I’m not looking anymore

Sleep tight, sleep tight, don’t let the karaoke bite
Track Name: Mountains in my Sunglasses
I’ve got mountains in my sunglasses
But dust in my eyes
The altitude and lack of air
It plays with my mind
I haven’t had a drop to drink
But I’m feeling drunk
There’s no way I’ll be descending though
‘Til I reach the top

Lack of oxygen
Need some acclimatisation
And when I reach the top
There’ll be no civilisation

I see the griffin glide
As the sun kisses your forehead

Slide down the glacier
Before you fall down a landslide
I hear the geckos sing
Before they find themselves tongue tied

The Himalayas trust my expedition lust
Track Name: Rosiebird
Hey there rosiebird
Tell me that you’ve heard
That the train to Singapore
Won’t be knocking at your door
So why don’t you fly?
You still have time
You could be there soon
So you could leave this room
So fly, fly, fly
In no time, time, time
You could fly, fly, fly
In no time, time, time

Hey there rosiebee
Tell me that you’ve seen
That the train to Kathmandu
Won’t be calling here for you
So why don’t you climb?
You still have time
There are mountains all around
Get your feet from off the ground
So climb, climb, climb
In no time, time, time
You could climb, climb, climb
In no time, time, time
You can climb, climb, climb?
In no time, time, time
You can climb, climb, climb?
Climb, climb, climb
Track Name: Write me a Story
Write me a story
An adventure or a mystery
You can make it gory
My imagination’s history

And oh don’t make it long
Oh my attention span has gone

Read me a story
An action or a fantasy
You can make it boring
I just love it when you read to me

And I’ve been taken down those twists and bends
But oh don’t tell me where this story ends


Take me to the movies
And action or a comedy
It can be romantic
A thriller or a tragedy

And oh let’s hope it’s long
I can’t stand it when those lights turn on