Louis Spoils EP

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Louis Spoils is the recording project of Jake Rush, a talented musician and songwriter and a friend to many, a fact that immediately leaps from the linear notes of his debut, self-titled EP. Co-produced with chum Tom Glaum who literally captured everything themselves except the drums, the five tracks contained on this stellar first effort feature a star-swollen line-up of guests who think so much of Rush, they worked on this recording alongside the man himself for little more than pizza. Old friend Wally De Backer (Gotye) plays drums on all five tracks while the likes of Kane Mazlin (Hungry Kids of Hungary), Dan Parsons, Sam Cromack (Ball Park Music), James O’Brien (The Boat People) and more all lend a hand to proceedings.

However, you can’t claim the Louis Spoils project itself leans on any of Rush’s past or his celebrity guestlist. It has been something of a long-term project that was put together in pieces over the last couple of years and actually lay dormant because Rush experienced crippling anxiety and didn’t finish it off until months of prompting (verbal abuse) from famous friends. He demoed in his Dad’s shed in Tasmania, tracked with Glaum in tents in sheds all over, recorded drums and percussion with De Backer between sessions of his own Making Mirrors album in Melbourne, recorded pianos and violins in a Brisbane chapel and eventually laying down the vocals you hear on the final EP in his own bedroom. He managed to sneak some late night, after hours mixing time with John Castle (Washington, The Bamboos) while he was working on albums from Josh Pyke and Gossling and eventually mastered by Steve Smart at Sydney’s 301. And it was complete…

The result is stunning – a multi-faceted quintet of tunes so good, no guest could steal the spotlight from Jake Rush himself as he coolly delivers each and every line of every song with the utmost precision. His influences are varied if not obvious – you can hear hints of his drummer’s Grammy-winning day job here and there, but also harmonies spawned by the likes of The Beatles and Fleet Foxes - a little Beck here, a little Mark Oliver Everett there but always essentially retaining the Rush swagger that has become familiar to many. The “guts of all these songs”, as Rush puts it, “all began on my little nylon string guitar and developed into what they are now.” Such a humble remark isn’t uncommon from his mouth and, as he puts together a live band to take the show on the road, you can rest assured that the show will be as top shelf as this debut effort.

BEN PREECE

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released August 2, 2013

Louis Spoils by Jake Rush
Tom Glaum - Guitars, Keyboards, Synthesizers
Wally De Backer - Drums and Percussion
George Jackson -Violins
Kane Watters -Bass
Jake Rush- Guitar , Bass, Uke, Percussion, Vocals
Tim Sketcher -Ukulele
John Castle -Percussion
Dan Parsons -Pedal Steel
Vocal Harmonies - Sam Cromack, James O'Brien, Dan Parsons, Kai Smythe, Kane Mazlin
Writen and Arranged by Jake Rush
Produced by Tom Glaum and Jake Rush
Engineered by Tom and Jake Rush, except drums by Idge at Soundpark
Mixed by John Castle

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Track Name: Bugsy Moore
Bugsy Moore

Bugsy moore, couldn't even walk around.
Had your brother,
Push you around school
And the other kids
They envied you

You were drowning in the pool
And your brother came to save you
And all you said was
Lets do it again
For that rush of adrenalin

And the king still lives
With Allan Moore
Still riding on his horse
With his blue suede shoes ofcourse
Bugsy moore

Bugsy moore
Never let your head hang down
Keep it up for the crowd thats watching, watching
Watching you now

And the king still lives
With Allan Moore
Still riding on his horse
With his blue suede shoes ofcourse
Bugsy moore
Track Name: The Fixx
The Fixx

I'm asleep in a market place
and i'm scared, dont know what to do
Can your slick hands fix
All of my problems which, come from girls and booze

Yeah i'm up to old tricks
Sleeping in the car again, throw your money
Don't waste my time
It's just too much fuss, in the city
and i don't waste my time

Cut me loose
You swing like a wrecking ball
How could you refuse me
Ya falling all over the floor
Got no excuse, so rest assured
I'll be back into the car park by west end by four


Just a little whisper in your ear
To help you pass the time, to help you fight the fear
Of the big bad wolf, who is sleeping at your door
While your hands tremble on the floor

There's been some evidence of my negligence
To this god awful place
Wish i was at home with
Three hundred girls of my own
But you just wanna fight.

Cut me loose
You swing like a wrecking ball
How could you refuse me
Ya falling all over the floor
Got no excuse, so rest assured
I'll be back into the car park by west end by four
Track Name: Modestly Amused
Modestly amused

I pulled into your front drive
Dimmed my lights and looked out at the night
I knew your secret and what you had done
you had found another one

I could hardly , say to you
I was modest, modestly amused by you
Well it's so boring from stop to start
Why don't you go, and burn me out

Dry your eyes and save your face
I wont be drawn in to your games
The screen door shook as i walked out
You just sputter and spout

I could hardly , say to you
I was modest, modestly amused by you
Well it's so boring from stop to start
Why don't you go, and burn me out

Then they know
Just what they've been looking for
Then they know
It aint pretty anymore

Then they know
Just what they've been looking for
Then they know
It aint pretty anymore
Track Name: Sleep At Night
Sleep At Night

Think your tough yeah
Oh yeah
How do you feel
When you walk big
Oh yeah
How do you see

I need to be the number one
Will i stand on my own two feet
I swear that i cant make it
On my own
Never been alone before
On my own before

Something wasn't right
I couldn't sleep at night
Something wasn't right
I couldn't sleep at night

It's been rough yeah
Oh yeah
I couldn't sleep
Oh for a month yeah
Oh yeah
You haunt my dreams

I need to be the number one
Will i stand on my own two feet
I swear that i cant make it
On my own
Never been alone before
On my own before

Something wasn't right
I couldn't sleep at night
Something wasn't right
I couldn't sleep at night
Track Name: Trace The Walls
I fell asleep on the 385
I strolled the streets
to forget the night
and why i missed you
all of the time

I traced the walls
of my mothers house
I crept the halls
Don't wake old George
He's sleeping so, don't let him know