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by Les Sages

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"I fell in love with the mayor's daughter...and she fell in love with me" sings Les Sages (pronounced "Lay-Sahj") on their new album Share This. Ahhh, if life were only that simple. Fortunately for this incredibly talented band of four brothers, songwriting is. Listen to any track on this album - any one - and stop there. You won't, you can't...it's just that good. Whether their message is about rethinking boundaries (The League War), sacrificing for a better future (The Soldier's Mark), being a true friend (Friends), proving that love can last infinitely (Nomads) or taking action (Red Lights), Les Sages' theme of positivity and self-exploration rings clear. And while other bands use studio tricks to produce gorgeous harmonies, counterpoints and melodies like those you'll hear on Share This, Les Sages does it authentically with a combination of four separate, sincere voices and poetic yet biting lyrics. "Our songs have a deep socio-moral message. Through our music and lyrics, we'd like to be like a best friend to all those who listen" says Kris Larson. "The title of the album is meant to enlist each and every listener to help in spreading our message. This record is all about finding real happiness. It's about following your dreams, taking chances and making sacrifices to make this world a better place. A lofty goal? Yes, but worthy. Are we gonna do it? We'll die trying" adds Joe Larson. Destined to be one of the most memorable records ever released on Deep Elm, if this album doesn't speak to you, none will. (DER-503)

"Deep Elm Records has done it once again, discovering four brothers called Les Sages. I put their new album 'Share This' is in a group of periodically published super albums, because albums like this are not released that frequently. It's so impressive that I would even say Jimmy Eat World's 'Clarity' could stand in it's shadow. It's very reminiscient of that special feeling I got when I first heard Jimmy Eat World and /or Taking Back Sunday. Les Sages is our Featured Artist until further notice." - Punk76

"The nice thing with Deep Elm is that all the albums they release can be bought with your eyes closed. We know of course the quality of the label's roster, but with each new group they sign, we know that we will discover something unique. When I saw the label that was associated with this group, I immediately listened. I was completely captivated by these 11 aggressive yet fragile indie-pop songs. It's very simple, since I started playing Share This it's never left my turntable. Their sound has a "je ne sais quoi" new feeling to it. In fact, if Taking Back Sunday slowed the tempo to some Brand New's songs that were arranged by Death Cab for Cutie and Say Anything, and the whole lot was shaken for forty minutes, it would produce the best kept secrets of Les Sages. The League War and Friends completes with the best of Brand New with such amazing melodies. But the main force that makes all the difference is the voices. All group members sing, and the combination of those four vocals give a magical effect to every song. Reinvention and Mumbled are the perfect example. With almost post-rock crystalline guitars and piano, it is breathtaking beauty. In fact, everything that the group touches turns to gold. Nomads competes with the best of Death Cab and the chorus rivals the legendary Jimmy Eat World. The big rock Red Lights and Driver Of the Hearse might have found their place on a Say Anything album. The use of the piano is always wise and never pompous, providing the emotion and space. Action, the bluesy Tricks and above all The Soldier's Mark are all mastered to perfection and will affect anyone with a heart. The Soldier's Mark is the finest song of the album, the lyrics vibrate with melody and transport you elsewhere. It's impossible not to be shocked after hearing Share This, especially for a group that I didn't know about a week ago. A no-fault album of indie-pop the likes of which we have not heard of for a long time. No gimmicks, no posing...just four humble brothers in the service of music. I'm sure they're not even aware they have just released an album that can compete successfully with the very best." - Alternativ News

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released 04 May 2010

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Track Name: The League War
JOE: I'm in love. ANDREW: She lives on the hill. JOE: I'm a wreck now. ANDREW: It's beyond your skill set. JOE: Brothers I've struck gold and now I just can't wait to hold it! ANDREW: Brother you've struck gold and now you just aren't fit to hold it!

ANDREW: Are you blind? JOE: I can see her face now. ANDREW: Are you deaf Joe? JOE: I can hear her voice. KRIS & ANDREW: Oh cover up your craze! She's not about to sink that low, not for you. No.

NARRATOR: He fell in love with the mayor's daughter!

JOE: So I'm blind? ANDREW: It's just a minor spell. JOE: And I'm cursed now? ANDREW: We're just trying to help. JOE: Oh cover up your craze! She's not concerned with what my wallet weighs. ANDREW: Oh cover up your craze! She's just concerned with what your wallet weighs.

ANDREW: Give it time. JOE: Time to bloom and grow! ANDREW: So you're a mage now? JOE: I will never tell! KRIS & ANDREW: Oh brother you're insane! JOE: Then insanity is friendly to me! ANDREW: We'll see! JOE: You'll see! ANDREW: We'll see.

NARRATOR: He fell in love with the mayor's daughter!

JOE: I fell in love with her; she fell in love with me. I fell in love with the mayor's daughter and she fell in love with me!
Track Name: Reinvention
Just run! And smear all your footsteps along the shoreline, so the tide can wash away the person you have been. It's different than the life you would of lived if you had only been true to yourself.

No one knows you!

Well it's not like I could ever change your mind. You've got a bold set style, but it never matched your eyes, so start living with who you are! Behind that veil is the rarest piece of art. And I want to know you; the real you.

So jump and tear all the seams out of the costume just by spreading out your wings. And show the world a bird that is different from the flocks and throngs and herds in a system driven by fake figurines.

No one knows you!

Well it's not like I could ever change your mind. You've got a bold set style, but it never matched your eyes, so start living with who you are! Behind that veil is the rarest piece of art. And I want to know you; the real you.

Well I wanna know what got you here. And I wanna know your darkest fears. Oh I wanna know your favorite songs, cause I wanna know what makes you real!

Well it's not like I could ever change your mind. You've got a bold set style, but it never matched your eyes, so start living with who you are! Behind that veil is the rarest piece of art. And I want to know you.
Track Name: The Soldier's Mark
I board the train tonight to run from the man that appends all these years on our lives to make us wise.
I was convinced I was not innocent until tonight when the truth, with a flare, burnt the scales that were paired to my eyes and wrung them dry.

Would someone please hit the pause button now that I'm here? Would someone please hit the pause button cause I'm scared. And, no I don't want to grow up and take on a world that is so much bigger than I had ever known. I'm just a child.

I killed a man tonight. It was my first time in battle for the country that asked me to fight, so I fight. I cannot shake from my brain what I saw in his eyes. In the moments I scoped out the shots that would finish his life my soul died.

Would someone please hit the pause button now that I'm here? Would someone please hit the pause button cause I'm scared. And, no I don't want to grow up and take on a world that is so much bigger than I had ever known. I'm just a child.

I'm just a kid and I don't want to grow up fast, I just want to keep my shades on. I'm just a kid. No I don't wanna grow up fast, I just want to keep my shades on. I'm just a kid and I don't want to drive your guns, but I believe saving freedom. I'm just a kid, but now I have to grow up fast, so let's hit play and save the children, our children, from this.
Track Name: Friends
Is it so hard to understand that there's still life that moves and bends out there that's not you? With a brain that sits inside a skull; with nothing more than two small holes to peer through and watch the world?

Well the truth is that's all I've got too and the rest the world, but somehow you are the only one with the natural skill to take advantage, but never feel, as you steal to build!

That is not why we call our friends on the weekends! There are millions of lives left spent and broken. Let's find the pieces and help them mend. Don't choke them.

Let me guess, your father beats you red? And now your mother, she is dead? You know I'm sorry. Well, I really am. But now you've got to learn to love and give before you end up like your father did, just angry and full of sin.

Well the truth is I've been raised too well. And now honestly I've never felt the slightest dose of domestic fear, But just break the cycle. Please don't be psycho. Just learn to feel.

That is not why we call our friends on the weekends! There are millions of lives left spent and broken. Let's find the pieces and help them mend. Don't choke them.

All of your life you were the one no one would come to for advice.

That is not why we call our friends on the weekends! There are millions of lives left spent and broken. Let's find the pieces and help them mend. Don't choke them.
Track Name: Nomads
I'll be your puppet. You can tie your string and tug it. I will follow your lead. And when the devil gets us tangled I won't cut myself free, because I never wanna leave. I'm never gunna leave, I need you.

Just take this this ring. We'll set a date for in the spring to sign in permanent ink to the terms and the conditions for a permanent link. We'll be fearless as our lives combine and find light.

If you ever say that you're craving change I will get up and run away with you. And try to to find a better life I will get up and run away with you, I will pack up and run away.

Oh the king himself can honor me in royal song and the people of the cities can shout, Bob! Bob! But I am bored if the voice isn't yours.

You'll be my puppet. I will pull your strings. You'll love it. We'll play out the best scenes from your favorite romance movies and my epic spy themes. Oh you'll never want to leave, because we're such a perfect team, you and me D.

We'll have nine kids. They'll learn to sing and strum and pick. The boys will play in a band and they'll write this song to honor us and our tattered tired hands. Oh it'll be the best of heaven, earth and hell as we grow through this.

So what if I want to move our life? Would you get up and run away with me? I know you'd get up and run a away with me. And try to find a better life. I know you'd get up and run away with me. You'd pack up and run away.

Oh the king himself can honor me in royal song and the people of the cities can shout, Bob! Bob! But I am bored if the voice isn't yours.

I know you know this, but I have to let this out! And tell the world through songs and shouts that i am bored if the voice isn't yours.
Track Name: Red Lights
Red light, turn green for me! 'Cause I'm not stopping for anything.

I really wanna feel what it's like to be under stage lights every night. And I'm ready to go and make this real; to rip open the seal; release the pressure that's building inside to propel me there.

I'm not waiting! I'm not waiting!

Red light, turn green for me! 'Cause I'm not stopping for anything.

So you really want to feel, you say you really want to feel what it's like to be living your dream every night?
Then get ready and go and make it real. Don't let the devil get your heel. You've got the courage and strength that it takes to propel you there.

Stop waiting! And start singing:

"Red light, turn green for me! 'Cause I'm not stopping for anything."

We just want to get out of this town and on to a better stage. My dreams will never settle down, so I'm just get out. The red lights will change. The green lights will stay. Or I will die trying! But I won't die.

I've got dangerous eyes and I'll fight till i find where my blue skies rise. I've done my prep to side step all surprises. Everyone I know can call me crazy, because everything I know will soon be different. Oh, I know I'm in control!

We just want to get out of this town and on to a better stage. My dreams will never settle down, so I'm just get out. The red lights will change. The green lights will stay. Or I will die trying! But we all die trying.
Track Name: Action
I took her out to gaze at the stars last night. When we were done we went for a car ride. Then on the way back home I told her that I had to be honest; that the truth is I've been staring since August, but I was just too slow.

Well, I know how you feel about me. It shows when I get you angry. I'm sorry for holding this in for so long. It's a fear I've been living with all year, but I'm done with it because I'm dying just trying to keep the space between our faces!

We've been the best of friends since back in 1999, but it's not enough, because I'm in love! And friends can't be close like this. So take a breath and let's express the sparks and stars 'round our heads, because this is real. The truth has spilled. We don't have to dream.

She looked at me with half of a smile, then extended it to span for a mile and broke her silent stare. She told me I was slower than Moses; that the year before a rock would have noticed and caught the hints she fired.

Well, you know how I feel about you. It shows, I'm a wreck without you. I'm sorry for holding this in for so long. It's a fear I've been living with all year, but I'm done with it because I'm dying just trying to keep the space between our faces!

I see you. You can't shut me out or shut me down because you know, and I know, that we are falling like shooting stars. We're burning down these walls.
Track Name: Rain City
Where there was more to know, well we'd know. When there was more to see, then we'd see. And on the city streets we were the ones that spoke with silver tongues.

We'd spread our new found art like a fire built from our chemical shards of desire. And in our teenage hearts we were untouchable.

Well I love the rain because it takes me back to the places that made me. And I know that fate built the city where all my dreams were lit.

I have grown, but my heart is still young. And years from now a collapsing spine won't change me.

We wore the biggest smiles in the state. And there weren't no one that could take them from our face, because the music we breathed was so ace; it flooded all our spaces.

The smallest venue in town was our home. And local prodigy sounds fed our bones. And amidst the smallest crowds we found unthinkable incredible material.

Well I love the rain because it takes me back to the places that made me. And I know that fate built the city where all my dreams were lit.

I have grown, but my heart is still young. And years from now a collapsing spine won't change me.

Well I love the rain because it takes me back to the places that made me. And I know that fate built the city where all my dreams were lit.

Make my way back, back to the island. Back to the place my heart is still lying. Staying on track to make my way back to the only place that I'm still attached to.
Track Name: Mumbled
I don't even know what I'm doing. Life's just so hard and around every street corner lies another monster. And, you know, I'm just trying to decide if it's all worth it. I mean I don't pretend that I know everything, you can't know everything. I just wonder if someday this will all make some sense. Maybe like that puzzle with no box. I hope that I've got all the pieces.

I miss those years we had together. We were so young, but, you and I together, we were stopless. And you know I'm running just as fast as I can to get to the end and you'll tell me everything and I'll tell you everything and throw away wonder. And sure, it will all make some sense. Just like that puzzle we completed when we had all the pieces.
Track Name: Driver Of The Hearse
Driver of the hearse, do you know the worth of the body in the box in the back of the car that you're driving? Driver of the hearse, do you know the worth of that man? Driver of the hearse, do you know the wise words he sent to generations?

He was the driver of the church; a prophet and a servant of the people in the world, in and out of the chapels. In the time he spent on earth he showed us how to work and to serve. He was the strongest kind of thread. For the living and the dead, he built the temples that would bind, build, and bless.

So tell me driver of the hearse, do you know the worth of the body in the box in the back of the car that you're driving? Driver of the hearse, do you know the worth of that man? Driver of the hearse, do you know the wise words he sent to generations?

My only hope is that someday I'll grow up to be half the man that he was. He plead with us to become all the best and better. I swear my heart will be true to the letter.
Track Name: Tricks
I never would have known that this was real, but then I saw the signs. In the time it took me to take my pills she left me for a spy.

You know better than I do. You've got a sweater and it's keeping you warm! It's keeping you warm. You've got friends now don't you? But then you're such a worm.

I guess I never knew you from this angle or I never would have started. I thought you were the perfect angel, but I was swimming with the sharks.

You knew better than I did. You had a letter and it was dated March 15! March 15. You had friends now didn't you? But you're such a nuisance now.

So just go to your new boy. Make a show with your new toy. And pull out all your tricks to reel him in. But I hope he'll have warning. Let him know before the morning that commitment's not a word that you employ.

I never would have known that this was real, but then I saw the signs. In the time it took me to take my pills she left me for a spy. You know better than I do. You've got a sweater and it's keeping you warm.
Track Name: Friends (Saef Remix)
All of your life you were the one no one would come to for advice. That is not why we call our friends on the weekends! There are millions of lives left spent and broken. Let's find the pieces and help them mend. Don't choke them.