Learning Derby EP

by Mount Defiance

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released August 5, 2016

The EP was self-recorded at a house in Wye River over a week.

Artwork by Nina Cheles.

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Mount Defiance Melbourne, Australia

Mount Defiance pride themselves on two things; their ability to spin musical yarns and have heaps of fun. The Melbourne four piece veer between intimate confessionals and rambling rock tunes, both always coupled with their sense of humour and story-telling aesthetic. ... more

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Track Name: Football is a Contact Sport
I hear your new boyfriend is king of the handsome and you don’t want to open old cuts.

And that’s fine, I’m not suggesting you do anything rash, I just liked it when you and I referred to ourselves as us.

I don’t know what I was thinking when I signed up to play football; I think I forgot that football is a contact sport. 
But it made you laugh when I told you I was playing, so I guess I will bruise my body again.

But I didn’t have a lot to choose from, and I said that I didn’t have a lot to choose from.

I know where you heard the news from, so I said sit still while I put my boots on.
 And you were bound to lose some, I tried to say that I thought you were bound to lose some. 
But they made you black and blue son, and if you’d stayed bare you could probably lose them.

This weekend was nice, it was really good to see you for more than a fleeting half an hour.

We were sitting in your lounge room, I was trying to point out all your boyfriend’s flaws.

You admitted there were parts of him that you’d rather ignore. 
I said “I’ll take it, but it’s not the answer I was looking for”.

So plan your tattoos in the bedroom, make things like they were before.

When I didn’t have a lot to choose from, and I said that I didn’t have a lot to choose from.

I know where you heard the news from, so I said sit still while I put my boots on. 
And you were bound to lose some, I tried to say that I thought you were bound to lose some. 
But they made you black and blue son, and if you’d stayed bare you could probably lose them.
Track Name: The First and the Second
Let them sleep inside those boxes.
Let those boxes be the end.
Let me pray that I won’t have to face my leaders and my friends.
No my age it does not weary me, nor do the years condemn.
But let their history be our history and let those boxes be the end.

This should have ended a lifetime ago.
But I put my faith somewhere else and you snapped.
I tried to explain that “it’s not what you know”.
The reasons we chose is the reason you lack.

But this town’s my family, please don’t hurt my family.
This feud that we have should stay between us.
I won’t be making the same mistake twice, the people around me need someone they trust.

It’s everything we worked hard for.
Don’t you remember where you earned your name?
I tried to settle this before, but you’re barely human now, you’re not the same as you were.

Let them sleep inside those boxes.
Let those boxes be the end.
Let me pray that I won’t have to face my leaders and my friends.
No my age it does not weary me, nor do the years condemn.
But let their history be our history and let those boxes be the end.
Track Name: Shackler
Strictly speaking you were late, but I won’t criticise delay.
I know how easy it can be to miss trains.
And I watched all your shackles break,
compared yourself to heads of state.
But nothing like that breeds contempt around here.

I want you holding down the backline.
Because I’ve been over exposed, and I think I better go.
But I’m coming back for meal time.
And I’ll wear you like a badge, because I’m your trophy, you’re my catch.

They got emasculated.
You said this display encapsulated everything we lack as a defence.
The lineup makes no sense and I’m just trying to hold it down but every time I look they’re out, and trying to hurt us on the rebound.
They’re trying to hurt us on the rebound.

I fell asleep at the wheel.
Lost touch of what I clutched, it isn’t much this sob story stuff.
I came out unscathed again.
You felt unsettled by the temperamental whistling kettle.

I want you holding down the backline.
Because I’ve been over exposed, and I think I better go.
But I’m coming back for meal time.
And I’ll wear you like a badge, because I’m your trophy, you’re my catch.
Track Name: Matching Weekends
There’s something in the way it’s rolling across the surface.
It makes me nervous.
I feel there’s too much stock invested to place a foot wrong, no middle ground to stand on.

But even dawn has a crack at the bottom of its back, and if you let the hours pass even morning shows its arse.

Was thinking maybe we could sleep in.
It makes it hard we don’t have matching weekends.

It got obstructed by all of the moving pictures, yeah it kind of lingers.
Trading blows with a friend just to keep me grounded, around the poorer houses.

Maybe prose has a place, even it it’s second rate.
And all the words you’d written down sound much better spoken loud.

Like; “was thinking we could sleep in”.
It makes it hard we don’t have matching weekends.

I was accidentally caught up in the movement.
I got so swept off in the crowd; feeling useless.
Procrastinating lazy, all that I’ve been doing.
The like minded folk I’ve met are all abusive.