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Gold Has Worn Away

by Benji Kirkpatrick & The Excess

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1.
Pinned Down 03:50
Pinned Down Here I am again These four walls feel the same Bring it shine or bring it rain No longer can I feign Just wanted something new Another side of you Joys they seem to few There must be more to do CH Pinned down to the ground What’s this living we have found? How is it that we can grow? Seems like we’ll never know Your own way is there to take Not for anyone else’s sake Escape the grip that holds Put your head up and stand bold Things just move around Put them on another piece of ground They come with us wherever we’re bound Like dragging a millstone round and round What does it all mean to us? Is it really worth the fuss? For uselessness we have such lust To fill the spaces is a must The screen holds life on a string There’s a monotone to everything Peaks and troughs take a levelling And you only get what you can bring Just need a break from the norm To weather out the storm If things could take a different form Would you want to be reborn
2.
Hiring Fair 03:40
Hiring Fair Just trying to make my way To the other end of day When I can lay this body down Been walking every street Trying to make ends meet But nothing have I found On a corner we all stand Making up a motley band There’s fifty men or more And for hours we wait there Could be a hiring fair But what’s fair about dying poor? CH Everywhere I am shown what can be mine The world’s my oyster so they say But where’s the treasure for a man who waits in line? Praying for a working day I’ve broad shoulders and strong back I can carry load and pack I will labour I won’t rest And when they come round with a van Looking for a handyman I’ll stand tall to look my best CH Everywhere I am shown what I can get All on credit if I choose But I’ll be working several lives to clear this debt For this bet I’m sure to lose If my children saw What I leave them for Would they feel pity more than pride? I’m a hopeful man But hoping cannot pay to live I’ve tried So I get up with the sun Wishing I’m the chosen one Sometimes luck comes my way But these feet and back are tired And the days I don’t get hired I gamble my soul away CH Everywhere I am show what can be mine The streets are paved with gold they say But I have walked these streets a thousand times And all that gold has worn away
3.
Human Cost 04:45
Human Cost Explosions rip apart the city and Parents slip into despair ‘cos their Children die crushed under buildings, their Lives denied for someone else’s gain The imprint lies there in the rubble of External ties to the enlisted groups of Mercenaries who cause the damage They’re paid to please the global lords of pain CH Who will hold out a helping hand? So many leave now from their homeland Who will receive these banished people? Whose rights decrease at every border With no bird of peace to bring a branch of hope Danger waits around the corner the Trader’s rates steal any savings, go Only by night, head for the shore Squeeze in tight just breathing cargo Some are lost during the crossing A human cost of foreign policy The pirates make more than a killing and the Waves will take down what they overload CH And the consequences stand People forced from their own land Who will hold out a helping hand? Those empty buildings we could open, there’s Space to fill if there’s the will but there’s Other things on the agenda the Corrupted rings have all the traps laid And so these lives look for a foothold But the problem lies at our door ‘cos we’re Party to their home’s destruction taxes Paid that do get lethal weapons made CH And the consequences stand These actions force them to be damned There is blood upon our hands Who will hold out a helping hand?
4.
Valley Of Green The search goes on For what has gone That giving resource Quietly changed its course Water’s drained away Leaving hard baked clay Now arid and dry Only vultures fly CH The drought it hides away the will Beneath the sand Does the life lie dormant still There in the land? Will the rains come Awaken the buried seed? Leaves stretch to feel the sun When they take up what they need Will the river return? Or will this all burn? Oh that valley of green That once was seen Can be found for a new day Need not fade away Here is now time for action Escape the tools of distraction
5.
The Undesirable They gave the body a sheet of white Rolled it away then into the night Who was this figure all out of breath? Slumped in the graveyard, death meets death And have they kindred, anyone to grieve? Someone to notice that they’ve taken leave It’s just a form now, to sign them off Packed in drawer down in the morgue Was it the man sometimes I would pass? Sat by the shop front leaning on the glass Businesses would say that he’s affecting trade Can’t show the cracks in this façade we made CH And so they slip the net All are not cared for yet The undesirable must disappear So turn away and just forget There’s just a few night shelters left in town Ever since the council cut the funding down And so the doorways become occupied Everyone needs a place to close their eyes They gave the body a sheet of white Rolled it away then into the night It’s just a form now to sign them off Packed in a drawer down in the morgue
6.
In Your Cave 04:52
In Your Cave Rising up to take a look See the care you could have took Why don’t You take a little time Only ever surface deep And hindsight makes you weep So now You’re going to have to climb The vision of yourself you see And how you turn out to be Don’t always Meet so you feel true Wish that you’d said this or that Performed another act You’ve got To live with what you do CH You could be on your way to something good So you must show you want to know Don’t want to mourn the choices you could have made Just let go Crawl out of your cave Chances lost of feeling love Oh to go back and give a shove Strike out Push for what you want to get Bottles rattling round your mind Pressure builds till you go blind Release Put your head above the parapet You look back and it brings you a tear There’s a place where your heart lives Is it because you find it hard to steer From where you still think your home is Cast off put your sail to wind Let it take you to a new place Lay the memories to rest within So you can wear a fresh face Then when you’re turning back to look You can see the care you took No need To put yourself on the rack
7.
A Classic Cut How much of ourselves must we sell now What can we keep on the shelf that we can show I’m hoping that bridges will still be there I’m hoping that bridges will still be there What you held up high you must forget Throw it down as if your life depends on it I’m hoping that I can regurgitate I’m hoping that I can regurgitate All that’s fed to me CH And so we spin it out to you The weave so tight that you’d never know A classic cut that we’ve made look new So we can shine on parade I took my scruples out to incinerate Who gives a damn if you can get a better rate? I’m hoping no-one will think less of me I’m hoping nobody will think less of me Play the game, talk the talk then you’ll get somewhere Stay on the script or you’ll be walked right out of there Re-create what you made that sold before Keep that design that you know they’re looking for Product must conform If the façade holds you’ll get your just rewards Shown by the belief of the spending hoards I’m hoping that I’ll get a piece of pie I’m hoping that I’ll get a piece of pie I’m hoping that I’ll get a piece of pie The suited pimps they know what to do Got the plan got the formula Got the papers that don’t favour you As you walk on parade While you shine on parade
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9.
Back to the Fold As I drove away that night The moon rested on the misty hills Now she was out of sight But her eyes they looked into me still Only knew her for a week Her face was open as the sky Seemed my look she’d always seek Couldn’t turn away as hard as I might try CH But I left her in the cold had to go back to the fold I had bonds where she was free But when she held my gaze unflinching and unfazed Melted my heart did she And when she left the car Wish I’d felt her close embrace Now I look up at the stars Should I have kissed her lips and touched her face CH Marianne was her name And oh, to feel her warm skin against mine Did she feel the same? The glance she threw me when she gave me wine Will we ever meet again? She said she’d like to keep in touch Will she only live for me through the pen? I could have loved her so much
10.
Fill My Heart When you come back to me I don’t know who you’ll be You stayed away, kept me in the dark Show me light, let me see CH. Feels like it has been a thousand years we’ve been apart Waiting for you to send someone here to fill my heart So I can make a new start You used to stir up my fire The flames would rage reaching higher I’d yearn so strong felt like burning inside Wished that heat would never tire When I thought you had come You recoiled then were gone Cupid’s arrow was to pierce another heart While mine was left struck numb Your fickle touch I await Without your crutch I’m heavy weight Your gift of happiness could right so much wrong And yet you still hesitate
11.
Just Another Burn Out What goes unsaid Hangs heavy in the room Those things unknown Are left just to be assumed Can truth be revealed? Or silence allowed to endure Is it a shield? To conceal what may be impure We try to solve Those unspoken riddles we leave But the effort involved makes you Retract And close down Can’t give anything when you’re broken We’ll just be a memory in space The faintest glow our only trace Just another burn out Just another burn out The knot it unties The boat is let loose to drift Until it finds An ocean between the cliffs Can it be retrieved? Who will open their sail to the wind? Are we just deceived by what We read Of the state To which we’ve let this escalate? All we’ll be is a memory in space The faintest glow our only trace Just another burn out
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13.
Life Of Leaves When the storm comes in and you feel the wind Open your soul and go whistling in A little respite to take away the bite Where to retire the pan or the fire Oh, for an in-between The dust from what you have known blows into your eyes Time it has shown you were in disguise Future is not sown it can take a turn When the leaves are all grown in autumn they’ll burn And fall like flies CH Oh let your leaves fall and break down Feeding your steps as you move to new ground A king dies and another is crowned So we can walk on with the knowledge we’ve found From that way to this I fluctuate Guilt can tell me I miss the known place Then I hear the hiss of the coiled snake That’s a loaded kiss a cheap pleasure to take You walk on the blade How to know where to plant the new seed What to grow what is it you need Let the wind blow for there’s a garden to tend Helping it grow maybe will mend the Wounds you have made

about

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Benji Kirkpatrick was still a member of renowned bands Bellowhead, Faustus and the Seth Lakeman Band when he started writing songs for an own project. As a huge fan of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream, ZZ Top and The Police, he chose the classic power trio format to provide “the perfect instrumentation” to realise his songs with the biggest imaginable impact.

He found the ideal line-up with his former Bellowhead band colleagues Pete Flood on drums and Pete Thomas on electric and double bass: “Having played mainly acoustic music for a long time, I wanted to kick things up a bit with a rocky sound.”

The trio’s debut album Gold Has Worn Away, to be released in November 2019 on Westpark Music, has become a dynamic, rhythmic alt roots rock album, ranging from raw and abrasive sounds to beautiful emotional moments with a strong underlying power.

Songs like “Human Cost”, “Hiring Fair” or “A Classic Cut” deal explicitly with political and social issues, whereas “Back To The Fold” or “Fill My Heart” look at things from a more personal angle, as Benji Kirkpatrick describes: “I think there is a micro and a macro level to things; sometimes the very personal stuff has a parallel on a bigger scale, so songs can be applied on both levels, with bigger political or social issues being mirrored by private ones. Inter-personal relationships are affected by the pressures of the modern day and that wears away at them and causes strain.”

The album title Gold Has Worn Away refers to the fading promises of Western capitalist society, making the machinations behind the façade becoming more and more obvious. Kirkpatrick continues: “I feel that people are largely ready for songs about social and political matters, the times sort of demand it. The divisions that are driven politically and socially see to it that there will always be two sides to argue over something.”

In concert, the threesome don’t just stick the new songs but also include material from Benji’s albums Boomerang (2008) and Hendrix Songs (2015). The latter – a bow to one of his biggest musical heroes – contained a collection of new interpretations of Hendrix’ classic songs and was particularly praised by Mojo for its “memorably aggressive” style. The Sunday Times commented: „This is a rare chance to hear the songs stripped back to their atmospheric essentials”, while Classic Rock said: “It’s testament to Jimi’s song-writing that the songs slip their identities so readily, with ‘Voodoo Chile’ becoming a cowboy storm cloud and ‘Crosstown Traffic’ revealing unexpected poignancy.” Hendrix’ influence is also strongly palpable on Gold Has Worn Away, particularly in the ‘Foxy Lady’ inspired instrumental “Got To Be all Mine”.
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Schon als Kernmitglied bei den enorm erfolgreichen Bands Bellowhead, Faustus und der Seth Lakeman Band fing Benji Kirkpatrick an, Songs für ein eigenes Bandprojekt zu schreiben. Es sollte für den Fan der Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream, ZZ Top und The Police unbedingt ein klassisches Power-Trio werden, das für Kirkpatrick „die perfekte Instrumentierung bietet“, um seine Songs mit größtmöglichen Effekt rüberzubringen.

In seinem ehemaligen Bellowhead-Bandkollegen Pete Flood am Schlagzeug sowie Pete Thomas am elektrischen und Kontrabass fand Kirkpatrick die ideale Besetzung: „Having played mainly acoustic music for a long time, I wanted to kick things up a bit with a rocky sound“.

Das Debütalbum Gold Has Worn Away des Trios wird im November 2019 bei Westpark Musik erscheinen und ist ein energisches, vom Rhythmus getriebenes Alt Roots-Rock-Album, manchmal roh und schroff, manchmal gefühlvoll, und immer kraftvoll.

In Songs wie „Human Cost“, „Hiring Fair“ oder „A Classic Cut“ nimmt es sich explizit politischen und sozialen Themen an, Stücke wie „Back To The Fold“ oder „Fill My Heart“ sind dagegen persönlicher Natur wie Benji Kirkpatrick sagt: „I think there is a micro and a macro level to things; sometimes the very personal stuff has a parallel on a bigger scale, so songs can be applied on both levels, with bigger political or social issues being mirrored by private ones. Inter-personal relationships are affected by the pressures of the modern day and that wears away at them and causes strain.”

Der Albumtitel Gold Has Worn Away bezieht sich darauf, dass die Verheißungen der westlichen kapitalistischen Gesellschaften immer weiter verblassen und hinter ihrer Fassade ihre eigentlichen Mechanismen sichtbar werden. „I feel that people are largely ready for songs about social and political matters, the times sort of demand it“, so Kirkpatrick und weiter, „the divisions that are driven politically and socially see to it that there will always be two sides to argue over something.”

Live spielen die Drei neben den neuen Songs auch Stücke von Benjis Alben Boomerang (2008) und Hendrix Songs (2015). Mit den Neuinterpretationen auf Letzterem setzte er mit seinem „memorably aggressive“ Stil (Mojo) einem seiner musikalischen Helden ein Denkmal. Die britische Sunday Times schrieb über das Album: „This is a rare chance to hear the songs stripped back to their atmospheric essentials" und Classic Rock sagte: „It’s testament to Jimi’s song-writing that the songs slip their identities so readily, with ‚Voodoo Child’ becoming a cowboy storm cloud and ‚Crosstown Traffic’ revealing unexpected poignancy." Jimi Hendrix’ Einfluss ist auch auf Gold Has Worn Away hörbar, vor allem im von Hendrix‘ Song „Foxy Lady“ inspirierten Instrumental „Got To Be All Mine“.

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released December 6, 2019

Benji Kirkpatrick - vocals, bouzoukis, guitars, mandolin, banjo, piano
Pete Flood - drums & percussion
Pete Thomas - double & electric bass

Rowan Godel - vocals on tracks 4, 7 and 10
Janie Mitchell - vocals on track 2

Recorded at Henwood Studios by Pete Brown and at Adventures In Audio by Matt Williams. www.adventuresinaudio.co.uk

Additional recording by Ian Tengwall

Mixed by Matt Williams and Benji Kirkpatrick
Mastered by Rupert Christie
Produced by Benji Kirkpatrick, Matt Williams and Pete Brown

All tracks written by Benji Kirkpatrick except track 2, written by Benji Kirkpatrick and Janie Mitchell. Published by Westpark Music & Publishing, Cologne.

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Whilst being at the heart of various successful bands, big band folk trailblazers Bellowhead; power folk trio Faustus; the Seth Lakeman band, Benji Kirkpatrick was making plans and writing material for his own project - The Excess. A trio: comprising of fellow Bellowhead band mate, Pete Flood on drums and Pete Thomas (Megan Henwood and Jackie Oates) on bass. ... more

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