This Is Indie Rock, Vol. 3

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This Is Indie Rock "Volume Three" features unreleased songs by Free Diamonds (Newcastle, England), Campsite (Copenhagen, Denmark), Encyclopedia (Somerset, England), Annuals (Raleigh, NC), Konrad (Rock Island, IL), Broken October (Oakland, CA), Popmonster (Basel, Switzerland), Element (Portadown, North Ireland), Satellite Of June (St. Jean, Quebec, Canada), ReedKD (Santa Cruz, CA), Almighty Flying Machine (Charlotte, NC) and Softer (Portland, ME). Created to document the music, spirit and resolve of the independent artist, each volume of This Is Indie Rock: The Best Bands You've Never Heard features twelve unreleased and exclusive songs from the hottest new indie rock bands throughout the world. You'll find a diverse mixture of hardcore, punk, rock, emo, metal, pop and more. By uniting all genres of indie rock, these open-submission compilations are destined to surpass the popularity of Deep Elm's other highly acclaimed compilation series. "Boasting unreleased tracks from independent artists across the globe, This Is Indie Rock spans a variety of genres and surpasses all expectations. Damn good. A REAL compilation and one of the greatest to come out in a long, long time..." says Alternative Nation. (DER-449)

"A hugely-respected series both in its American homeland and over here in Britain, This Is Indie Rock is a compilation series featuring unreleased songs from a glut on the world's hottest new bands. Having carved it's reputation in the American post-hardcore community, Deep Elm has long since used this series to showcase all genres of indie rock and portray itself as much more than a blinkered label for the hardcore fraternity. Thus what we find is glitchy, melancholic beat pop from ReedKD, synth punk from England's Encyclopedia and a rash of testosterone-fueled indie bluster from the likes of Popmonster, Softer and Konrad. It is without doubt the most essential compilation of the year for any rock fan lost in a desperate search for new music; there's a hell of a lot of us out there." - The Downloader

"This Is Indie Rock is a compilation that is fantastically varied and that allows bands the world over the chance for people to hear their music. And as ever Volume Three holds some beauts. Openers Free Diamonds are ridiculously good pop; Annuals' song is a country tinged piece of folk mastery that will have you tapping and rocking along; Element's Sparta-esque rock is a sure fire winner and Reed KD's gentle electro-pop will warm even the coldest cockles. With every compilation you will certainly discover a couple of bands you will want to embrace into your life and musical collection. I for one hope this series carries on for along time yet casts its musical net ever wider. Deep Elm aren't just making compilation CDs with the Indie Rock series, they're performing a valuable public service." - Tasty

"The third effort of This Is Indie Rock, the fascinating series of never before released songs, Deep Elm have selected yet another twelve artists worthy of attentive ears. Bands from England, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada and the United States grace the ones and zeros of this never ending and continually inventive mix of diversity. As the boys of Free Diamonds open up the record, you can already perceive the amount of effort that goes into making this compilation as diverse as it can be. With angular guitars and alarmingly charismatic vocals, Free Diamonds do an amazing job. Campsite and Encyclopedia follow up respectively with two different genres of music before Annuals tear it up in a nonchalant manner. The Swiss act known as Popmonster come in on the second half of the album with Salty, trilling with a dreamy yet brazen orchestration. Reed KD exhibits his relentlessly inventive electronic beats and swooning vocals with the sequestered track Seventeen. Lush vocals and staggeringly angular guitars are heard as the North Carolina natives Almighty Flying Machine disperse their talent on their crippling feat Call Her the Craze. Deep with fluctuating talent, the third volume of This Is Indie Rock has once again highlighted a number of independent acts, many of which countless people would never of heard without the help of Deep Elm Records." - Adapt

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Track Name: Free Diamonds - Blind Boys
stop, stop what your doing to me. i've gotta headache from the things that your saying to me. i gotta girl who likes to party a lot. i'm just a boy who doesn't like to party at all. save, save, save me. i've gotta headache from the things that your doing to me. i've gotta heart that keeps getting broken a lot. i've gotta a heart that i've gotta keep fixing a lot. stop, stop that disco beat. i've got a headache from the pills that your giving to me. i've got a loose grip on my reality. let the blind boys come and take you away. save, save, save me. i've gotta headache from the things that your saying to me. i've gotta heart thats bigger than a parking lot. i've gotta a heart that your trying to fuck a lot
Track Name: Campsite - A Way To Point The Way The Right Way
on a lonely journey. i backed down again. i couldn't find a way to point the way the right way. and some stranger passed me. where are you going? she faintly asked. well there's a goal i'm chasing. i'm just facing everywhere. i think we walked for a while and then we got to a lake. i wished i could jump in and i began to shake. shake up all that's dry and dead. drown the noises in my head. and it will last a while and maybe less. i'm in need yeah i confess. i think i just saw my foes. snarling dogs coming close. she said don't worry it is only make-believe, dear. but i see them creeping. every time you're sleeping they come close. it's all the evil in all the good i haven't done. i said i'd love to swim but i don't know where to begin. they all look as if they know and then they jump right in. shake me up, my thoughts are dead. drown the noises in my head. and it will last a while and maybe less. i'm in need yeah i confess
Track Name: Encyclopedia - Let's Be Friends
days move slow, calling out the answers to our favourite tv quiz shows. and it feels as though as long as we're together there's not a single answer i won't know. when you go i'm left remembering the things you've said and the time we spent. and it feels as though we should be more than friends but i don't know how to let you know. oh no. when i don't even know how to let you know that. i wanna be your friend, let's be friends. yeah, i wanna be there so you are never lonely again. and i understand if you don't wanna be my friend. but please, please, i don't wanna be anybody's enemy
Track Name: Annuals - Nice Day
if you like my home you can stay a while and warm your coughing kids. i don't mean to bring you no trouble, just a warm bed, and a cold dring, and a lovely time for resting, for resting in awe of how damn beautiful this place can be when it takes your mind, and leaves your heart. that's when you'll know what to do, son. that's when it all comes back; the peace, the joy, the love. what you've been looking for, what you've been missing so long. i love you, so. so whats all this for anyway? why are you working so hard? for a pocket full of chance? cloth and copper? put down all that shit, and come out side with me. it's such a nice day. if you like my home you can stay a while and warm your coughing kids. i don't mean to bring you no trouble, just a warm bed, and a cold dring, and a lovely time for resting, for resting in awe of how damn beautiful this place can be when it takes your mind, and leaves your heart. i don't mean to bring you no trouble. just a warm bed, and a cold drink. and a lovely time for resting, for resting in awe of how damn beautiful this place can be when it takes your mind, and leaves your heart. it'll come back; the peace, the joy, the love. it's such a nice day
Track Name: Konrad - Flip Light Switches / Spin Cycle
my cyber neural bullshit hit center transistor twist flips non-snacks five course meal dinner. internship on the spaceship. flip light switches. turn mountains into ditches. nuc-u-lar unclear cellular salute. marching mad murder with a combat boot. detector. laser ray suit deflector. pixelize my mind. put it back together with vector. never mind the government beware of private sector. there's loop holes larger than the ozone's tear. energy that's more hidden that david blaine's treasure. probably a case of never versus forever. raptor bite style magnanimous map. stainless steel solid silver slip style slap. my cpu static bits stop need to reboot. loop-bay noose over manifest truth. crossfire beers stained tears caged deers. kodak caught the moment malnutrition momentum. last place disguised as the wish cash hearse. it's the curse of the evil diggin six feet of dirt. operation stick-in-the-spokes. mesmerize masses with the rock jack asses. a six pack of slack washed down with a track. my solid state compliance commands no alliance

i had a dream last night that i got high with charlie parker. got high with charlie parker. woke up with track marks across my arm. so i called silkk the shocker. so i phoned silkk the shocker. he wasn't home so i walked to the kwik shop. bought a bag of slow pokes and a box of pop rocks. i hopped the bus bout a quarter to nine. rode down to the laundry mat. rode down to the laundry mat. threw in the flag and turned it on. spaced out on the spin cycle. spaced out on the spin cycle. played me a game of donkey kong just to pass the time. heard this girl call out my name. she spoke from behind. she spoke from behind. she said surely you remember me. your name must be suzy. her name was suzy. went to school with you in the fifth grade. you stole my rubik's cube. i want back my rubik's cube
Track Name: Broken October - Just Like That
distance has spent many weeks apart. i can't outrun this. we're cold and bare, trusting our despair and now i'm feeling that our time has come. how can i spend those nights alone and waiting for your heart. just like that i hit the floor. catch my breath. there's more in store. i cry out. please help me out. twelve hour drives. how much can i despise. hourglass stands dry. reverse the sands. pleasing our demands. mistake that's driving right through my heart. in dripping blood i examine my defeat. by you i'm beat. just like that i hit the floor. catch my breath. there's more in store. i cry out. please help me out. don't ask how i ever knew. you buried me alive. so tear my heart from this book of miles i wrote all on you. just like that i hit the floor. catch my breath. there's more in store. i cry out. please help me out
Track Name: Popmonster - Salty
this could have been. a nice one-day-trip. down with a groove. and a drive by sweet. there are waves behind us. and a fancy dinner ahead. let our time collapse. with your light taste. I have to be quiet now. your rust takes place down my throat. runs wild with daily swallow. this just seems to be. not made for me. this could have been. a nice one-day-trip. up with a song. you got a salty tongue. your rust takes place down my throat. help does not come from my love. it just seems to be. not made for me
Track Name: Element - Wake From This
everyday a lifetime, time in which i'm able. able chases life away from me. corner of this instant, instant deviation. patience lost its way you see. strike back, there's another one who is always with you. hold back, people say that all will be taken away. hold me, fear of the last time - in and out of treatment. strike back, say you will. on the corner of i'm mistaken, i will take it all for granted. grant another wish this day for me. but i'm a fool and i need. for god to answer all i see. and you love her, like a father loves them all. indifference, these colours say that is the last time for me. some people experience changes when the night falls - you love her too near me. indifference, these colours - they say you. indifference. some people. appearance changes. the night falls. i love her too
Track Name: Satellite Of June - Welcome To Global Enterprise
welcome to global enterprise follow the line. identified by numbers they will forget. class for national security who is to blame. another head, another number. standing alone, seeking for the truth. under the pretence to save more time. claiming believers while running the empire. named as a prophet to save us all. carefully plotting inside the hidden agenda. the empire imposes and we stay put. class to distract or to destruct. bend down to your knees and pray
Track Name: ReedKD - Seventeen
i was torn out from the pages. cleared from all the countertops. i was packed away in boxes. in hopes that i would be lost. we'll never be seventeen. we'll never be seventeen. so we'll board up every window. check the corners one last time. now this empty room resembles. the void that has been left behind. we'll never be seventeen. we'll never be seventeen
Track Name: Almighty Flying Machine - Call Her The Craze
we used to dream of dance and love in smoke filled rooms. we need to get back to the start. all i want is what we took for granted, reminds me of something you tried to tell me once; sometimes i just don't want to listen. we cannot lose a single night at all. we need to get back to the start. nothing speaks louder right now than our hearts, but your eyes are running around the facts; but i am not quite sure what that means. lay your legs across the seat, i'll give you all you need darling. lay your legs across the seat, we'll wrap ourselves up in the science
Track Name: Softer - Confessions Of An Ardent Heart
hear's to our embrace of blessedness and to forbidden places we caress. if you'll please let me pare away your skin. i'll return the favor with a kiss. fortunes fail like lover's grasp. and veins are raped by broken glass. to trace your bloody outline in the snow. and so it goes a child. a dream. a wayfarer proclaims that we will one day burn together in the sky. beside the stars will soon align to sign and tell of fortunes better left unsaid. i'll cross my fingers begging for your breath. crane your neck so i can see your chest where my ardent heart still rests. and i'll rid that chest of carnal sin so i can rest my face there once again. but dear my face is buried in my hands and stands devoting words and sentences to you. in truth dividing greens and blues to hear a dream. a child. a wayward subtlety. for once is see the casualty. the wanting moon. they dying sun that christless smile. and you've defiled the only heart that beats for you alone