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In 35 brief minutes the Sexy Weirdos manage to cover a startling amount of ground on this, their sleek second album. Kill the Beast takes its influences from disparate cultures and movements such as rabble rousing two tone on "Tequila Song","Raggle Taggle Gypsy"'s explosive make over for the twenty first century festival scene or the apocalyptic swing of the title track. The result is a surprisingly cohesive set of songs, all infused with the trademark Weirdo energy, successfully captured on record. The band have taken a mains-wired blender to the last fifty years of popular music and dared it to dangle its naughty bits in.

Recorded and produced by Gavin Monaghan (Editors, Carina Round, The Destroyers), Kill the Beast's conception was helped along by rock and roll history. The band borrowed The Clash's tuba player (from Sandinista!), Bowie's mixing desk, Joy Division's guitar and even Ned's Atomic Dustbin's drum kit to add their own voice to rock and roll's delightful history.

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released May 7, 2014

Johnny Kowalski - Vocals and Electric guitar
Matthew Osborne - Drums and backing vocals
John-Joe Murray - Violin and backing vocals
Simon Noons - Trumpet
Chris Yates - Bass guitar
Ellie Chambers - Trombone
David Yates - Tuba
Call Me Unique - Vocals on track 10

Recorded, mixed and mastered at Magic Garden Studios, Wolverhampton, February to March 2014.
Engineered by Gavin Monaghan and Joe Murray.
Produced by Gavin Monaghan, John-Joe Murray and Matthew Osborne.
All lyrics by Johnny Kowalski except 6 (traditional)
Tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9 written by Johnny Kowalski,
Tracks 1, 10 written by John-Joe Murray.
Tracks 6, 7 traditional
All tracks arranged by Johnny Kowalski, John-Joe Murray, Matthew Osborne and Simon Noons.
Additional parts by Chris Yates, David Yates, Ellie Chambers, Phil Wilkins and Call Me Unique

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Track Name: Nailbiter
Winding winding
Turning turning
The widening gyre burning burning
Out of the forest and into the trees
The boy shall go wherever he please
All the bridges he's been burning
All the lessons he's unlearning
The falconer cannot be heard
He gathers forth distrusting words
He reach a stream, he can't cry out
After knowledge always doubt
When over the hill there comes a shout
The distant smoke, the smell of stout
Track Name: When the Time Comes
When the time comes they tell me it will all make sense
And the angels will leap up and make my defense
When the time comes they tell me it will all make sense
And the angels will leap up and make my defense

It seems implied that I should wait 'til that day
Like those around me with nothing left to say

They seem to insinuate that I should wait my turn
I can see it in their eyes they think I'll never learn
It'll be so right, it'll be so cool, you know it's already yours
Be thankful for every thing that you get
Don't you dare knock the applause

It seems implied that I should wait 'til that day
Like those around me with nothing left to say

They seem to insinuate that I should wait my turn
I can see it in their eyes they think I'll never learn
It'll be so right, it'll be so cool, you know it's already yours
Be thankful for every thing that you get
Don't you dare knock the applause

It seems implied that I should wait 'til that day
Like those around me with nothing left to say

La la la la....
Track Name: Tequila Song
I got Tequila, you got the powder
Big hips are rolling and voices getting louder
Take as much as you want, take more than you need
'Cos tonight we're bringing this old town to its knees

Four hour's sleep and I'm working all night
After the lock-in it's broad daylight
Four more hours sleep and I nearly miss my set
And now it's midnight and I'm drinking with my friends

And I don't know where I'm gonna sleep tonight
But I don't think I'm going to sleep tonight because

I got Tequila, you got the powder
Big hips are rolling and voices getting louder
Take as much as you want, take more than you need
'Cos tonight we're bringing this old town to its knees

Hey you know that kid? I know him too
He's got sick on his trousers, he's lost his shoe!
We could put him in a taxi or run away
Don't think he's gonna remember anyway

And I don't know where I'm gonna sleep tonight
But I don't think I'm going to sleep tonight because

I got Tequila, you got the powder
Big hips are rolling and voices getting louder
Take as much as you want, take more than you need
'Cos tonight we're bringing this old town to its knees

And we just like getting high, yeah!
Tear the stars down from the sky
Right the best wrongs of the year
Feed the hunger chase the fear

I got Tequila, you got the powder
Big hips are rolling and voices getting louder
Take as much as you want, take more than you need
'Cos tonight we're bringing this old town to its knees
Track Name: Question the Answers
Hey friend please hear what I'm saying to you
All I'm looking for is a change of view
Why should truth be a privilege of the chosen few?
Realise, criticise, there's so much to do

When what they do and what they say
Doesn't make sense anyway
My friend here's the game we play
You must question the answers

Make pretend that it's really the start of a war
Recruiting members in the name of a righteous cause
Pick a fight, make it right there's a wolf at the door
Analyse the method who is keeping score

When it's good advice to read it twice
As they twist the vice you must realise

What they do and what they say doesn't make sense anyway
My friend here's the game we play
You must question the answers
Question the answers yeah!

When it's good advice to read it twice
As they twist the vice you must realise

What they do and what they say doesn't make sense anyway
My friend here's the game we play
You must question the answers
Question the answers yeah!
Track Name: Same Mistakes
Hunched posture and a furrowed brow
Can't keep my eyelids open
Do you think that I could leave it now,
Despite the long choking?
Stupid honour to the sacred vow
It's against hope that I'm hoping
Can't move my fingers but I still know how
To keep my mind revolving

I won't make the sme mistakes again

Banged my head for so many hours
Though the wall is barely dented
Though my forehead has a bloody hole
The bricks remain cemented

I'm always feeling cheated however hard I try
Mistakes will be repeated however much I lie
The people see right through me however hard I cry
They know it in the second that they look me in the eye

I won't make thew same mitskas again

I'm always feeling cheated however hard I try
Mistakes will be repeated however much I lie
The people see right through me however hard I cry
They know it in the second that they look me in the eye

I won't mkae the same mistakes again
Track Name: Raggle-Taggle Gypsy
There were three little gypsies
Came to our front door
They came brave and bawdy-o
And the one sang high and the other sang low
And the other sang a raglle-taggle gypsy-o

It was upstairs downstairs the lady ran
Put on her suit of leather-o
It was all the cry all around the door
"She'll away with the raggle-taggle gypsy-o!"

"O come saddle me for my milk white steed
My black one is not speedy-o
For I will ride and I'll seek my bride
Who's away with the raggle-taggle gypsy-o!

"Tell me why did you leave your house and your land?
Why did you leave the money-o?
Why did you leave your only wedded lord
To away with the raggle-taggle gypsy-o?"

"What should I care for my house and my land?
What should I care for the money-o?
What she I care for my only wedded lord
When I'm away with the raggle-taggle gypsy-o?"

"It was ere last night you had a goose feathered bed
With the sheets pulled down so comely-o
But tonight you'll lie in a cold open field
All alone with your raggle-taggle gypsy-o!"

"What should I care for my goose feathered bed
With the sheets pulled down so comely-o
For tonight I'll lie in a cold open field
All alone with my raggle-taggle gypsy-o!

"You rode east and you rode west
You rode woods and valleys-o
But I'd rather get a kiss from the yellow gypsy's lips
Than all of the cash and the money-o!"
Track Name: That's the One
Outside my window it is wet and cold
I accept the challenge
Gotta leave the house go out tonight
And find the answers
I know that when the bass is feeling right
I'll find the action
Taking my chances amongst the fights
The stars and chancers

Oh no the lengths we go
And then the web we wove
Even the lies we told
Just to be feeling alright

At least an hours walk down lonely roads
But I've got my reasons
Undertaking the mission that I'm bestowed
Throughout every season
Sometimes I could be invincible
Amongst the chatter
Make sure I stick to the principle
And nothing matters
When everything is permissible
The world's in tatters
Dispensing with the dismissible
Reality shatters

Oh no the lengths we go
And then the web we wove
Even the lies we told
Just to be feeling alright
Track Name: The Good Shark
The troubles that I've seen only seem to impress me
'Cos I don't back down from a fight
And I don't get scared walking home at night

Past the tower blocks and fences and the things that make them scared
I looked in every corner but there was no-one there
I strode along foolhardy as the taxis passed me by
Their headlights are reflecting on the retinas of my eyes

Reputation! They're talking about me
No big sensation, when you getting free?
Got my swagger back more than before
I bet you saw it when I walked in through the door

Turn your nose up, I don't really care
You won't believe the fun that we have when you're not there
The best parties on the edge of town
Up where the posers have been replaced by clowns

Past the tower blocks and fences and things that make them scared
I looked in every corner but there was no-one there
I strode along foolhardy as the taxis passed me by
There headlights are reflecting on the retinas of my eyes

The troubles that I've seen only seem to impress me
'Cos I don't back down from a fight
And I don't get scared walking home at night

Past the tower blocks and fences and things that make them scared
I looked in every corner but there was no-one there
I strode along foolhardy as the taxis passed me by
Their headlights are reflecting on the retinas of my eyes