Changing Shape

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Head On Changing Shape out on Beast Records (vinyl LP) and High Noon Records (CD).
Produced by Pete Ross.
Artwork by Dan Baebler

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released April 11, 2014

Pete Ross (guitars, piano, backing vocals), Susy Sapphire (lyrics, backing vocals), John Nolan (lead guitar on Line of Sight) Fred Rollercoaster (saxophone), 6FtHick, Phil Gionfriddo

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HEAD ON Rennes, France

With a band name assumed as a double tribute to Fatih Akin's eponymous punch movie as well as to the no less striking Stooges' song, Head On spreads its swampy taut garage rock across the bayou of the prolific and talented brittany scene since 2009.
Somewhere between the garage-punk emergency of the Oblivians and the countryish swamp rock of the Beasts Of Bourbon.
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Track Name: Changing Shape
Do not ask, cause I ain't gonna tell
and you won't like it anyway
the chance we had to make it now is gone
what's left but smoke and fading mirrored haze?

I'm taking on another change of shape
taking back the means to make escape

There's a grain of truth in all you say
but it's lost amongst your beach of deceit
I've walked for hours on these vicious dunes
my soles are scorched but I know whose burn today

I'm taking on another change of shape
taking back the means to make escape
I'm changing shape
to escape, changin' shape

Some might say you dig your own grave
but I say dig it deep and dig it long
and dig it down into the naked ground
and get on in and lay you down ... I've been waiting for something to dance upon

I'm taking on another change of shape
taking back the means to make escape
I'm changing shape
to escape, changin' shape

Lyrics by Susy Sapphire
Track Name: Rock in My Bones
I’ve been living hard trying to die
But I can’t kill me I don’t know why
I got too much rock in my bones
And I know now I’m not alone

I got rock in my bones

Yeah every day I see them all
Out in the streets leanin’ on the walls
So I try to drink my blues away
But all the riffs make me stay

And when I hear I feel the sound
I know my truth has been found
That in the noise yeah I can live
Coz all I got is rock to give

Lyrics by Fred Noonan
Track Name: Black Sheep
I don't mind
if you disapprove
and I don't care
if you think I'm rude
cause the things you call important
are pretentious shit
yeah you're puffed up like a peacock
all that pride makes me sick

You can tell your friends
what they want to hear
yeah I'm doing fine
and I'm moving up
just sweep up like the carpet
and tell some little lies
weave your pretty story
cause the facts don't fit your use

(I'm the) Black Sheep, Black Sheep, Black Sheep, Black Sheep, Black Sheep, Black Sheep, Black Sheep, Black Sheep

Who do you think you are? What makes you rule?
You got nothing else to give but you spit and drool
Keep it to yourself
Keep it to yourself

My mother knows it
My friends they know it
My cousin knows it
All down the street they know it
(I'm the) Black Sheep, Black Sheep, Black Sheep, Black Sheep, Black Sheep, Black Sheep, Black Sheep, Black Sheep

Who do you think you are? What makes you rule?
You got nothing else to give but you spit and drool
Keep it to yourself
Keep it to yourself

Who do you think you are? What makes you rule?
You got nothing else to give but you spit and drool
Keep it to yourself
Keep it to yourself

Lyrics by Susy Sapphire
Track Name: Ivy Climbing
A drones hailing from the Northern sky
Bearing down 30,000 feet high
My baby is coming locked me in her sight
Tear right through my clothes
And sink to the bone
Cos I will always be on time
And snake through my hair
My complaint is fair
But never for your Ivy Climbing high

For 26 weeks been on the verge of cryin
For all the champagne I drink and fine clothes I'm buyin
But now you're back home junk everything I own
Tear right through my clothes...

Ooooh I hope you've been loyal woman cos I have
Ooooh no better reason to tie me down again

Lyrics by Phil Gionfriddo
Track Name: 18 Wheels of Glory
I don't easily turn about
Two hundred gallons to fill
Eighty thousand pounds of load
Pushing on with ten big gears

I am mean, I am strong, I am massive, I am speed

One thousand miles a day
I won't stop unless I'm forced to brake
See me cruising past your town
Hear five hundred horses roar

I am tough, I am grunt, I am power, I am muscle
I got 18 wheels of glory

Tar beneath my rubber melts
Light on the horizon drains
I'll keep trucking on
until the break of day

I am mean, am strong, I am massive, I am speed
I am tough, I am grunt, I am power, I am muscle
I got 18 wheels of glory

I am mean, am strong, I am massive, I am speed
I am tough, I am grunt, I am power, I am muscle
I got 18 wheels of glory

Lyrics by Susy Sapphire
Track Name: She's Gone
Well you are sad and alone
Because you’re fucked up
All you care is gone
You just watched it slip away
Did you know your son calls another man Daddy?
Yeas he does. He don’t know your name

And it’s too, too late. They’ll never come back to you
Yes it’s too, too late. They’ll never come back to you

So you drink on your own
And feel sorry for yourself
All those friends you thought you had
Just come round to get stoned
Well you’ve sent yourself to sea in a holey broken boat
Maybe you’ll drown, I hope you do

Cause you know, you know, they’ll never come back to you
Yes you know, you know, they’ll never come back to you

You had so many chances to make it right
But you never think about anyone else
You’re like sandpaper, wearing down everyone you touch
‘til they can’t take it anymore
She was your satin bride and he was your honey child
Now they’re gone forever, it’s all your fault

Now you know, you know, they’ll never come back to you

Lyrics by Susy Sapphire
Track Name: On the Tracks
This is a story about a friend of mine
Whose livin’ here for a while
Well he drives at about one hundred miles
That brings baby his crocodile smile

Coz on the tracks
There’s nothing to lose
No time to waste
When there’s no bloody rules

He’s not a saint yeah he can sin
But on the tracks he just wanna win
Well I tell ya where he gets his thrills
Back up home in the hills

Drinkin’ moonshine with wild girls
I get to see him from time to time
That beer drinkin’ redneck buddy of mine
We spend some time don’t need to save

Lyrics by Fred Noonan
Track Name: Can't Let Her Go
I’m so happy, I got a wild girl yeah
She ain’t worried she got me oh yeah
All girls try & I don’t know why
But without her I’m sure to die

I can’t I can’t I can’t let her go

She’s got a hot potato spicy or not
She got chili hips I like it a lot
Now don’t come between my girl and me
She not switchable I don’t wanna see

I can’t…

She looks so good my eyes hurt to look
They never taught this in a history book
If your eyes are hurting and you go insane
That’s my bad girl don’t ask her name

I can’t…
Track Name: I Fell Down
I'm sorry
I'm gonna say it but you won't understand
how you could have raised such an unholy man
I'm sorry
don't blame yourself for the things that I've done
it was only me that was holding the gun
I can't tell you
where I went when I should've been home
what I did that you couldn't have known

I'm not the son that you adored
I'm not the man I was before
I fell down, I fell down, I fell down

I've been wasted
I lived my life like a runaway train
I rolled over anyone in my way
Stone faces
if I could I would take it all back
I wouldn't hammer, I wouldn't be trapped

I'm not the son that you adored
I'm not the man I was before
I fell down, I fell down, I fell down

They came calling
and now my debts are gonna be paid
I offer my eye and I'm trapped in a cage
Can you forgive me?
there's no way out but I wouldn't escape
I got what you want and I got what you hate
I got what you want and I got what you hate
... and I got it, and you want it, and I got it, and you want it.

Lyrics by Susy Sapphire
Track Name: I Know You Know
When the lightning strikes, in the sky
When the storm breaks, the rain is gonna fall
I know you know, I know you know

Come on now, try and understand
if it wasn't me, it would be somebody else
I know you know, I know you know

It does my head in, it makes me ache
I'm holding up the pillar, but soon its gotta break
I know you know, I know you know

Flick me a dime and I would run for miles
but touch my hand and I come undone
I know you know, I know you know

I know you won't back down again

I'm burning oil, I'm tempting fate
I saw it coming, and I ain't gonna wait
I know you know, I know you know

Keep telling your stories, keep telling your lies
There's no more corners where you can hide
I know you know, I know you know

I know you won't back down again
I know you won't back down again

It does my head in, it makes me ache
I'm holding up the pillar, but soon its gotta break
I know you know, I know you know

Flick me a dime and I would run for miles
but touch my hand and I come undone
I know you know, I know you know

I know you won't back down again
I know you won't back down again

Lyrics by Susy Sapphire
Track Name: Post Powder Blues
You see these furrows in my brow
They was cut there with a plough
I’m sowing seeds in poison ground
Those bad thoughts is gonna sprout

You always get the news after the news
Here come the mid-week cloud and the
Post powder blues

I’m the first to admit I’m as guilty as sin
I’d shit you the whole fucking story but I don’t know where to begin
I lied and lied ‘til I could lie no more
Then I gave up and lay face down on the kitchen floor

Someday I fear I’ll entertain the ideas
Courted and coaxed through powder blue tears
The seeds push through the cracks in my daily routine
I haven’t paid my debt it would seem

Lyrics by 6 Ft Hick, Ben Corbett, Geoff Corbett
Track Name: Line of Sight
I'm on a lock down
I smell darkness
what could be said
is coming round again
don't find a light
let there be night
come on baby
come try the other side
it's what you want
and you should know
you're the one who told me so

I'd rather not get left behind
I'd rather not be undermined
I'm not sure what's in your line of sight

don't even think
don't ever guess
don't even sound
like you might be found out
go on and step down
and side with me
come on baby
you know I never lied
don't you wanna be
don't you wanna see
go throw away your watch
and come on with the night

I'd rather not get left behind
I'd rather not be undermined
I'm not sure what's in your line of sight

not now, I don't wanna go
give me some more time
give me something
give me one minute
give me one hour
give me one day
give me all of the night
give me light
give me everything
let me see
what's in your line of sight

Lyrics by Susy Sapphire