Moderate Aspects

by J. Robert Youngtown

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Conceived in Launceston, recorded in Manly, Marrickville, Paris and Los Angeles and mastered in Seattle, the 2014 debut album by J. Robert Youngtown is a testament to the tyranny of distance not being a barrier.

The Tasmanian artist has amassed something of a supergroup, featuring You Am I drummer Rusty Hopkinson, multi-instrumentalist & co-producer Jon Auer of The Posies/Big Star and Redd Kross/OFF! bassist Steven McDonald. This feat is even more impressive considering his reclusiveness and geographical isolation.

The album zigzags through a garage rock, 60's British pop and 90′s power-pop charged musical path, mining that rich terrain and throws in a few thoughtful and intriguing oddities for good measure. Combining a deep love of four chord rock and majestic jangly pop ballads, ‘Moderate Aspects’ is filled with alluring melodies and rich aural textures paying homage to the indomitable guitar yet nimbly manages to keep left of center enough to surprise.

J. Robert has combined bits and pieces from the unique sonic universe he inhabits in creating ‘Moderate Aspects‘ and he’s very pleased to reveal the first video clip from the album. Check out the video for the single 'Maybe Tomorrow" here:

youtu.be/NFiZnf0vbt4

Check out the video for the latest single "What You Do" here:

youtu.be/69mWwZ1UG8Q

Press reviews:
Moderate Aspects, by just about any stretch of the critical imagination, is a quality powerpop record. – Beat Magazine

A throwback to the glory days of rock’n’roll (4 stars) – The Mercury

It’s a total throwback to the mid-’90s golden age of Matthew Sweet and Sloan – and arguably even further back than that.- Mess and Noise (Hypnotised By A Mirror, 7” single)

He’s a gentle fellow whose calm demeanor barely covers a mischievous edge. - Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Big Star, REM)

credits

released April 21, 2014

The following musicians played on this recording:
J. Robert Youngtown - Lead Vocal and Guitar
Jon Auer - Vocals, Keyboards, Bass, Guitar
Russell Hopkinson - Drums
Steven McDonald - Bass
Tim Kevin - Guitar, Keyboards, Bass

Recorded by Tim Kevin at Oceanic Studio, Manly and Grey Nurse Studio, Marrickville
Additional recording by Jon at Port Cergy, Paris and Steven in Los Angeles, California

Mixed by Jon Auer at Port Cergy, Paris

Mastered by Jason Lackie at Fastback Studios, Seattle

Artwork by Lee Devito
Cover photo by Matthew Labedzki
Inlay photo by Scott Gelston

All songs written by James Dilger except 'Always Tomorrow' written by Kurt Bloch.

For all bookings contact Brad Harbeck at Vanguard Bookings.
www.vanguardbookings.com

This project was assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for Tourism and the Arts.

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Track Name: Maybe Tomorrow
Post up a notice
The moment that your heart leaves this town
Ooh ooh ooh

Distinguished opinions
For ghosts and collectors to clamour around
Ooh ooh ooh

Maybe tomorrow you get to be just what you want
Maybe tomorrow everything will be like you thought

When you’re putting out fires
Is that match in your pocket one of your own?
Ooh ooh ooh

Maybe tomorrow you get to be just what you want
Maybe tomorrow everything will be like you thought

Little by little, dreams fall ashes drifting down to the ground
Watching them spinning, you don’t make a sound

Maybe tomorrow you get to be just what you want
Maybe tomorrow everything will be like you thought
Track Name: Hypnotised By A Mirror
Hypnotised by a mirror
Hung on a crown
Swap your flag for surgical gown

Your present fear is most certainly justified
Your presence here feels incredibly dignified
Cut out of a cloth, from which they don’t make two
Try not to act surprised, when it comes down on you

Hypnotised by a mirror
Hung on a crown
Swap your flag for surgical gown

Oh to be wonderful like the ocean view
Not to be one to fool like you’re supposed to do
Messiahs on patent screens disconnect the ends
Star signs fill their sleeves so silence can’t condemn

Hypnotised by a mirror
Hung on a crown
Swap your flag for surgical gown

In dreams the words appear so free
Judgement from this eternity
Pushed and contorted to fit the mould
Despairing of the truth that you have been sold

Hypnotised by a mirror
Hung on a crown
Swap your flag for surgical gown
Track Name: This Is What You Do
There's no stopping now
This is what you do
Can't run away anyhow
This is what you do

Swallow in admission against the undertow
Digest the daily dosage so the saints don't know
Overcompensate for natures misdirection
Exchange of promises provides fleeting redemption

There's no stopping now
This is what you do
Can't run away anyhow
This is what you do

Digress from registration with the lost and found
Pattern recognition leads the newly crowned
Cut cornered puzzle pieces looking for a home
Colliding angels ‘n demons until you're alone

There's no stopping now
This is what you do
Can't run away anyhow
This is what you do

Ignite then extinguish
Control then relinquish

There's no stopping now
This is what you do
Can't run away anyhow
This is what you do
Track Name: Hours
Memories moving through the ether
Getting absorbed by your bones
Been waiting here around the corner
Til it hits you won’t be coming home

Saying nothing lasts forever
Grates like nails because it’s true
Remove the name from off the letters
Heart held together with drips of superglue

It’s been hours since I’ve been missing you
Didn’t need to count the flowers to know that it’s true
Time spent waiting out the days
Time spent waiting out the days

Moments overcome with sinking
Making mornings hard to bear
Tried so hard with not forgetting
Looking for distractions so not to stare

It’s been hours since I’ve been missing you
Didn’t need to count the flowers to know that it’s true
Time spent waiting out the days
Time spent waiting out the days

Realise you’ve reached an end
Accommodating foes and friends
Make a way to find a light
Even if good judgement
Deserts time after time

It’s been hours since I’ve been missing you
Didn’t need to count the flowers to know that it’s true
Time spent waiting out the days
Time spent waiting out the days
Track Name: Dreaming
Tonight these walls want to sleep
This heart could use a little rest
Time to give in
Eyes closed instead

Waiting for the sun to hide
There’s nothing left to be achieved
Don’t worry now
You can just breath

Dreaming your life away

12 months till the window gleams
When winter rolls into Spring
Wish for today
Farewell it seems

Dreaming your life away
Track Name: Live That Way
A line of stomach bands
For scorched earth policy
Seeking warmth in science
And technology

Free fall philosophy
From the top of the mountain
Where you gonna land
After the counting

Who taught you to live that way

Keep digging the hole keep digging
Try living with what you’re thinking
You’re the captain and the ship is sinking
Keep digging the hole keep digging

Na na nanana

Who taught you to live that way
Never thought that you’d see the day
Track Name: Instructions
Nothing is new under the sun
Under the moon or under your ceiling
When it’s all said and done
It shouldn’t be so revealing

Did you read the instructions for this life?
To find out how it works

Take a look you might find
The precedent ain’t a secret
Ignorance might be blind
The consequence is only regret

Did you read the instructions for this life?
To find out how it works

When will we ever learn
What is won, what is earned
Understanding feels so strange
There is nothing that can’t be rearranged

Did you read the instructions for this life?
To find out how it works
Track Name: Don't Tell Me You're Lonely
Analysing expectations
May well be the death of me
Constant cryptic explanations
Accumulate to form your new apology

Limitless charming destruction
Loses its sparkle over time
Dust gathering on this discussion
Just like the questions answered only in your mind

Don’t call to tell me that you’re lonely
Don’t call to tell me you still care
Don’t call to tell me that you’re lonely
I just need to know you’re not there any more

Getting used to obsolescence
Isn’t difficult to do
Take note for future point of reference
Everything means nothing the more it means to you

Now I’m stuck here doing time (doing time)
Never thought you’d be tongue tied (be tongue tied)
Go find your corner I’ll find mine
Sleep in the shadow of your lies
Track Name: Always Tomorrow
Lyrics Kurt Bloch

I did the same thing again
I started running again
I ran away I gave up
I can't get it I can't quit it
I am wrong again

I ruined everything again
I let them all down again
I ran away I gave up
I can't get it I can't quit it
I am wrong again

There's always tomorrow
There's always tomorrow
There's always tomorrow

I ruined everything again
I let them all down again
I ran away I gave up
I can't get it I can't quit it
I am wrong again

There's always tomorrow
There's always tomorrow
There's always tomorrow
Track Name: What You Do (single edit)
Swallow in admission against the undertow
Digest the daily dosage so the saints don't know
Overcompensate for natures misdirection
Exchange of promises provides fleeting redemption

There's no stopping now
This is what you do
Can't run away anyhow
This is what you do

Digress from registration with the lost and found
Pattern recognition leads the newly crowned
Cut cornered puzzle pieces looking for a home
Colliding angels ‘n demons until you're alone

There's no stopping now
This is what you do
Can't run away anyhow
This is what you do

Ignite then extinguish
Control then relinquish

There's no stopping now
This is what you do
Can't run away anyhow
This is what you do