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Entomology (LP​/​digital, 2021)

by The Moffs

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1.
Turn your head 'cross the sea Waves of sorrow wait for me And with my eyes I see your face Drifting slowly in this place And now it seems there's no time to fill All these hours standing still And where I am it might not be clear At least I know I won't disappear Another day in the sun....
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As you rise to find a world And your eyes become the skies Float through dreams more real than life Bathed in the sun from a million years past Come back they call me Come back to burn Where do you run to They never will learn Laugh at the books as they burn Moving with boats as the dance on the waves Talking to hillsides that tell you their age All of this life you could be as you are Finding a shelter in milk of the stars Looking like water Tasting like wine Being a diamond And then turn to shine Laugh at the bells as they chime Passing the notes on a roll full of sound Gazing at jewels on the sand that you found Revealing a time that has nowhere to hide All of your memories so slowly will slide Softer than velvet You pass through the sky Not understanding The living that die Laugh at the fools as they cry
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I sat among the fields And watched the silent rolling hills They stood so gently in their place I knew I saw a common face As we add the complication Mixing bowl with more frustration Our thoughts like feathers blow by the breeze To shores with blue-green memories And I could sit for a thousand years And comb the sand for turtles tears Is there time for contemplation With the speed of our direction Now it's time to leave this place And move through doors to find her face We talked and we talked until the time blew away You know this is the only way As we watch our own reflections In a haze of endless questions
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Look To Find 05:15
See your face as it's meant to be And take my place in her memory The day drifts by in the scenery And a little light is there for me But in tomorrow there's a sorrow You will bring And with a new sun there's a new song You will sing As we look to find But are only blind And we cannot see our eyes So much time to be in our hands And so much height will we ever land The veils of fate blown to empty winds Searching in the shadows where the fear begins And how we'll turn and how we'll be Revolving in a sea of doubt continuously The light can warm these tired hands That chase the sun forever 'cross the Shifting sand
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Quakers Drum 03:21
Labyrinth lives fashioned by frames Lizards reliving the dinosaur days Perfect precision mega futura Pagans still beating the new quakers drum Disciples of data frightened by flags Numbing the senses of breath and the bone Spilling surprise or concrete controls The festering fiction is always retold Born in a dawn With a new found alliance Abandoning ape Or the sons of god Wave upon wave Courage swelling tides And I am an Island On which I survive Vacuum visage on schizophrene eyes Forgoing this feeling that once was alive Where is the ideal and Where is the flame? As matyrs supposedly die in your name Quakers drum ....
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Flowers 04:04
Draw a breath and look up to the sky The sun is setting With tears in its eyes Another day full of smiles without soul Another way for your warm to grow cold And all you sell me are your new coloured lies And you sleep to their sweet lullabies Away to find that the things that you own Don't laugh you're really not at home But you laughed at the man with the gun Who made all of your dreams come undone Lying there with your head in the sand Trying hard not to change all of fates plans. Till no-one comes to take you away And they never believe what you say Flowers grow and mean nothing to you How sweet the world must be for you
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I hear the words you say And then hope that they don't fall Like those yesterday Do you remember where you are Can you still travel oh say far All of those faces are the same All of your logic is to blame Then move in the shadows Which circle your anger And leaves you till no-one remembers the words that you say Always choose the path leads you astray Trace with a silence The line where it leads you And leaves to wonder If you can reach up to the stars And close your eyes And move up to Mars
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Catch this life with quiet disdain And drench yourself in this acid rain I t's getting cold too cold to cry And you tell me this is paradise Don't fall by the way With tongue sharp words I'll hear you say "I'll lure you in". And away I'm called to the battlefields Where in mud I'll lie and the dust is real Reflect myself 'round winters bend And chase my tail around again.
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Rode on the wings of the firebird Seeker always reborn Seen through the eyes of a traveller With no thought of return And I believed in an open book All trust in the unknown Chasing a whim to forgotten shores Where knowledge must be found With hidden sight and sound Where history tills the ground Having a look for I must be sure I haven't missed the boat Take what I can while it's offered me Things like never before The balance might tip and it all will come Crashing to the ground Without the risk nought is lost or found Our blind hands the stone That never can be owned And each one calls it home I begged you to change such a lonely world The fire and the ice Painting the pain with a brighter glow No need for sacrifice Here in this world where the lines are drawn Between the left and right Seen through the eyes of a traveller With no thought of return.

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SOCIAL MEDIA
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Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Moffs_(band)
Webpage: tomkazas.net/tom_kazas/the_moffs.html
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheMoffs/
Discogs: www.discogs.com/artist/531535-The-Moffs
Bandcamp: themoffs.bandcamp.com
Spotify: shorturl.at/djoD0
YouTube: shorturl.at/blrP4

credits

released April 19, 2021

Influenced by bands like Pink Floyd (Piper at the Gates of Dawn in particular), King Crimson, early Yardbirds, the Byrds, the Beatles and various blues & psychedelic abands and artists from the '60's, the Moffs, a Sydney band, were around from 1983 to 1989 and they released a whole lot of vinyl on the Citadel label. Their shows were wonderfully laid back - you could easily sit on the floor with your eyes closed and just groove along to their music, or you could take a whole lot of illicit substances and REALLY get into it. They were surreal, atmospheric and groovy; think of jangly guitars, bass guitar octave runs, Farfisa organs and the occasional bells and chimes.

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BIO
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The Moffs were a cult psychedelic rock band formed in Sydney Australia in 1984. They are perhaps best known for their debut 1985 hit song ‘Another Day In The Sun’, that attracted local and international underground attention.

The Moffs were rather unique in the famed Australian independent scene of the 1980s, even within the roster of bands on their record label, Citadel Records. While their contemporaries took influence for the most part from US sixties and seventies garage rock, the Moffs took their influence from the UK, the mod, psychedelic and
prog-rock scenes of the same time. The band's name was invented by mis-spelling the word 'moths’.

Led by Tom Kazas (guitar, vocals), they incorporated many evolving styles during their five year career (1984-1989): blues rock, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, early post rock, atmospheric rock, 1960s and 1980s pop, free improvisation, impressionistic lyrics, Greek folk music styles, experimental composition and repetitive minimalist structures.

Each of their releases (3 singles, the mini-album, debut album) reached the position of No.1 on the Australian Independent charts and cemented their reputation as a cult band with a devoted following in Australia and Europe. They were renowned for the dynamic live performances, owing much to the synergy of the rhythm section of the brothers, David Byrnes (bass) and Andrew Byrnes (drums).

‘Entomology’ on Green Cookie Records is a reissue of a 1988 compilation album of the same name by Citadel Records. It contains the A and B sides of their three singles, three songs from their mini-album, and a track recorded just for the album.

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Tom wrote:
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“darlinghurst sydney, the minis parked out the front and us parked on the couches, comfortable and torn. the sounds of obscure 60s and 70s vinyl accompanying our psychedelic vision of music. the blues sat in the back, as did new wave and punk.

in the dank of the strawberry hills they’d dance to the grooves, and with the moods they’d sit cross legged on the floor of the trade union club. alive in the 1985, we rose and fell in intensity, as the quiet had silences and the loud was ecstatic. you could feel the star rising, just another day in the sun, heyday indi number one.

some of us came and went, but the streetlight kept drawing us on. cities beckoned, and out of instinct we looked to find the tote, the old greek and the punters in melbourne. even radio found us, and the writers wrote in the rags their reviews of the past in the present,
but what’s in the 1987 now?
we had lured them in.

meta-moff-ising the sound of the songs for the album we found. lush studio, sweet eq, and the tapestry was nearly complete. labyrinth revealed.
then someone noticed the buzzing streetlight had stopped. mains power out. sure we played those last shows with everything, last time to shine in 1989. those thousand people their presence exclaimed.

so if you’re reading this then something remains,
to listen to.”

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CREDITS
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All songs are the original versions and mixes.
A compilation from the mini-album and singles 1985-1988.
All songs remastered for vinyl by William Bowden at King Willy Sound September 2020.
“Entomology” originally released on vinyl September 1988 on Citadel Records, Sydney.

All songs by Tom Kazas
except “I'll Lure You In” by David Byrnes & Tom Kazas.

Photography:
Inner sleeve – Benevision
Front cover – Peter Ward
Rear cover – David Scharf

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