Darkness Falls Upon The Light

by Luxury Stranger

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Nottingham, UK: 2006 to 2017
A journey that has seen a local band, Luxury Stranger, emerge as one of the leading lights in the UK post-punk / dark alternative rock – actually, let's not even try and catagorise here – landscape.

Having released critically acclaimed albums and singles, toured independently and as support to some major acts, and played stages across the UK and Europe, the driving force has always been frontman Simon York. The band's success is built on his clear and determined vision for the band – attention to detail, exquisitely crafted songs, powerful lyrics and a ferocious live reputation. And in Simon – "easily one of the finest vocalists in the UK right now" (Reflections of Darkness magazine) – a drive and passion that is startling in its honesty.

Nottingham, UK: April 28 2017
The much-anticipated third album by Luxury Stranger will be released. A culmination of a decade's worth of hard work and ideas, always honing skills, always building on previous highs, the new album – Darkness Falls Upon The Light – sees the band enter a new and exciting phase.

A big, bold and dramatic statement of intent, there's power, subtelty, versatility and a tightness and urgency throughout. This is an album that needs to be heard. This is an album that will make a difference...

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released April 28, 2017

All voices and instruments by Simon York except all drums by Kevin Bales, and piano and trumpet on track 9 by Robert Squirrell

All voice and string arrangements by Simon York

Programming by Guy Elderfield
Engineered by Guy Elderfield
Mixed by Guy Elderfield
Produced by Guy Elderfield and Simon York

Recorded at Random Recording Studios, Nottingham UK
Mastered by John P Braddock at Formation Audio, Nottingham

Copyright SDBsongs 2012 - 2013
Copyright Earth-Two Records 2016

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Luxury Stranger Nottingham, UK

LS is one of the leading lights in the UK post-punk / dark alternative landscape.

Having released critically acclaimed albums and singles, toured independently and with major acts across the UK and Europe, the driving force has always been vocalist / songwriter Simon York – "easily one of the finest vocalists in the UK right now" (Reflections of Darkness magazine). ... more

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Track Name: Another Intoxicated Release
In this darkness and warmth, I home
Feeling I can say things on my own
Lend me your ears, let me tell you I'm done
Yet there's still a battle to be won

You saw the things inside my head
We drank away trying to be dead
Into the hallway unknown we'd tread
Another rich man's life is fed

Water flowing – I'm fire, I burn
Yet I'm avoiding all the obstacles on my run
With my allies, something is done
Changing pathways, yet it seems like we've never begun

You saw the things inside my head
We drank away trying to be dead
Into the hallway unknown we'd tread
Another rich man's life is fed
I'm reaching out to pull you in but something changes, I begin again
I'm walking dead, waiting to be found
I'm floating high with my feet on the ground

None of this is real...
Track Name: Dismissal
Did you listen or are you wasting my time
Did you listen or did you think you were mine
In an instant, I could tear you apart
In an instant, I could take back my heart

Nothing's ever easy when there's two opinions
Nothing's 'lemon squeezy' when you're lacking minions
Baby it's time we looked at ourselves
I said, maybe it's time we be honest with ourselves

In my mind, I see nothing worth here
You can pray for forgiveness but you'll never get away from yourself
Wear what you like, say the things I want to hear
I don't want this – no, I don't want you near

What was it that you wanted from me
What was it that you offered for free
The looks you gave me told me a false tale
The looks you gave me – things soon went stale

You slipped inside a skin that you knew would drive me wild
Then you acted like a puppy rather than Satan's child
I could see it in your eyes that this was not you
I could hear it in your cries that this was not you

In my mind, I see nothing worth here
You can pray for forgiveness but you'll never get away from yourself
Wear what you like, say the things I want to hear
I don't want this – no, I don't want you near
Track Name: Wash
Safety in numbers, telling tales,
All our mothers in their veils.
If you cross me, I will take you down,
I found your lover in the ground.

Lost and found in the water,
Endlessly washed away,
Caught between love and slaughter.
Will you now play the game?

Safety in numbers always fails,
You’re so nervous ‘til the trusted turn tail.
You said you would follow me,
I said “you shouldn't follow me”.

Lost and found in the water,
Did you think you’d never fail.
Caught inside your own disaster
Next to you, the whole world’s pale.

Lost and found in the water,
Did you think you’d never fail.
Caught between love and slaughter.
You said you’d follow me,
‘Til the trusted turn tail.

Lost and found in the water,
Did you think you’d never fail.
Caught inside your own disaster
Next to you, the whole world’s pale.

Lost and found in the water,
Endlessly washed away,
Caught between love and slaughter.
Will you now play the game?
Track Name: A Triumph Of The Heart
A triumph of the heart isn’t something to be counted on.
Always look before you start caring for the one you mounted.
Here is just a whisper, not a piece of my mind,
I looked upon your sister and I wanted her kind.
She was breathing like a runner, sweat was running down her neck,
Pulse was racing, I should check.

Do you think that everyone of these bodies was capable of love?
Don’t you know the spare change I received was not enough to quench my thirst,
Like a triumph of the heart?

A triumph of the heart isn’t something so rounded.
I don’t know where to start now, I’m feeling dumbfounded now.
There’s a pocket of time within my mind,
But I don’t want you to go there, you might not like what you find,
If I give you a clue, will you show me what you will do to please?

Do you think that everyone of these bodies was capable of love?
Don’t you know the spare change I received was not enough to quench my thirst?
Skin so tight and a shape that’s the best – it came real close, I must confess.
You asked where I had been – I was right here, right here, right here from the start.

A triumph of the heart isn’t something to be counted on.
A triumph of the heart is something that should be looked at before it’s started.

Do you think that everyone of these bodies was capable of love?
Don’t you know the spare change I received was not enough to quench my thirst?
Skin so tight and a shape that’s the best – it came real close, I must confess.
You asked where I had been – I was right here, right here, right here.

A triumph of the heart isn’t something to be counted on.
A triumph of the heart is something that should be looked at before it’s started.
Track Name: When The Lady Takes The Blame
What difference does it make, when comparing flowers and snakes?
What difference does it make to you, at all?
When the feeling calls your name and the lady takes the blame – what difference does it make to you, at all?

You tell her you don’t deserve her, she begs you not to leave her.

Through the tears, she’ll stare.
All through the years, she’ll care.
If she says the wrong thing, you’ll make her wait a while,
Before the next time when you offer her a smile.
You know you’re right when the lady takes the blame.

What is it that she sees through the words you say with ease?
Can she make out the real you, at all?
When you strike out in your sleep, and when you slide inside so deep – the pain is just the same to her, you know.

You tell her you don’t deserve her, she begs you not to leave her.

Through the tears, she’ll stare.
All through the years, she’ll care.
If she says the wrong thing, you’ll make her wait a while,
Before the next time when you offer her a smile.
You know you’re right when the lady takes the blame.

Through the tears, she’ll stare.
All through the years, she’ll care.
If she says the wrong thing, you’ll make her wait a while,
Before the next time when you offer her a smile.
You know you’re right when the lady takes the blame.
Track Name: The Real Is Done
Time to raise a glass to our so called friends in higher places.
Your demands are making a mockery of the working people in their faces.

I don’t aim to understand them, I don’t aim to reprimand them – 
I can’t see the reasoning behind the things they say, but I’m glad I’m not like them.

What do they know of the history that you’ve sold,
Are they even aware that you are gifted?
Watching how things flow, you’re the only one who grows,
But you’re dragging your heals through the sands they sifted.

Savour what you have now, before we die – there’s a craving inside me to tell you I love you.
Ask me why I do the things I tend to do to you – I can’t explain it, I can’t explain.

I don’t aim to understand them, I don’t aim to reprimand them – 
I can’t see the reasoning behind the things they say but I’m glad I’m not like them.

What do they know of the history that you’ve sold,
Are they even aware that you are gifted?
Watching how things flow, you’re the only one who grows,
But you’re dragging your heals through the sands they sifted.

There are ways to die and there are ways to win this,
But we have to bide our time, hide within our minds.
As I spoke to my sister, who I’ve never seen,
I pierced the blister that will never ever bleed.
Nothing in this world is real, only the pain that I feel.
This is my last rehearsal, I don’t even to think to care,
So don’t look for me, don’t look for me...
There’s no dry run – the real is done.

What do they know of the history that you’ve sold,
Are they even aware that you are gifted?
Watching how things flow, you’re the only one who grows,
But you’re dragging your heals through the sands they sifted.
There’s no dry run – the real is done.
Track Name: Side Of The Road
As I scratch my arm to pieces, my mind shows me a different way
– what you see isn’t necessarily what you get these days.
I remember how it was, when the sky was blue, and a delicate word could be said by you
– did you really mean the things you said to me?

Something was forcing you to tear your heart out, at the bridge, you called my name out
– but I was known as someone else.
Pushing at the door when you thought you needed me, begging for more when you wanted to feed me
– but I was into something else.

I’m fine.
I’m fine...

You would dress yourself in a particular way, knowing that it would make me point your way
– you were making things for me, so hard.

You were fine as a plaything, a lover at times,
You were fine as a soldier, defending what’s mine,
You were mine as a running image.

You were making plans to leave me when I was not aware.
Yet you found the time to tease me, showing you cared – in a skin that you knew would excite me.

I’m fine at the side of the road.
I’m fine at the side of the road, the side of the road – at the side.

I’m fine at the side of the road...
Track Name: Diver
I’ll cover up your ears and I’ll cover up your eyes – you can’t see me now.
I’ll rearrange your body ‘til you’re wearing your disguise.
Open up your secret and I’ll feed you up with mine.
Act upon my every word, I’ll never treat you unkind.

Pulling you close, I can feel you pull away – oh, where will you go?
I know your mind and body better than you know yourself – stay where you are!
You’ve had a lot of practice and you’ve trained a perfect ‘O’ – you can’t help it now.
All of my instructions are habits in your heart and head.

You know where we go from here, but don’t tell a soul about it.

There’s something in my whisper, there’s nothing in your mind,
Only the thought of if I left you behind.
I bet you never thought you could do this.
The thought of you escaping made you question what you live like,
No one ever calls you just to see if you are alright,
Don’t forget you’re the one who came to me.

You know where we go from here.
The thought will fill my day,
The thought of you down on me.

You came for me, you walk for me, you look for me, you beg for me.
You’ll do anything for me, you’ll say anything, you’ll be anything for me.

You know where we go from here.
You dive right down for me.
The thought will fill my day,
The thought of you down on me.

You lost your way, I found you there – you dive right down for me.
You go way down, you go way down – you dive right down for me.
Track Name: Darkness Falls Upon The Light
Flying through days, it drives you crazy, yet you seem to keep your feet on the ground.
You cover yourself to hide from the torment, don’t go running from your sound.

Darkness always falls upon the light.
I’ve seen you running through the night.
If you wanna see something better then follow me.

Open doors and nailed down windows, a house ain’t a home, with no heart.
Take your tools and change the scenery, no one can deny your art.

Darkness always falls upon the light.
I’ve seen you running through the night.
If you wanna see something better, better than the things you’ve seen, then you’re gonna have to follow me.

Darkness always falls upon the light.
I’ve seen you running through the night.
Darkness always falls upon the light.
Take me with you, show me all the sights to see.
If you wanna see something better, better than the things you’ve seen, then you’re gonna have to follow me.

Follow me, follow me, follow me...