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I had forgotten about this song for a while now and now it's just been over one year since it was released. Gosh, The New Sound was such a great album, especially the phenomenal guitar on the opening track, "Heaven Sent", and while I've enjoyed the Spirituals EPs I'm hoping and praying CUSH can produce another album similar to their first album. Or at least an EP. This song sounds fantastic.

http://cush.bandcamp.com/

He finds no mercy

And he's lost in the crowd

With an armoured heart of metal

He finds he's running out of odd-numbered daisies

From which to pull the petals

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You just gave me an excuse to leave work early and get home - to listen.

Who is on vocals? There can only be one true Cush vocalist.

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Who is on vocals? There can only be one true Cush vocalist.

I could be wrong but I think it's Holly Nelson. I think she's also involved with Stranger Kings with Eric Campuzano.

I will say though, Richard Swift on the cover of "I Would Die 4 U" is amazing (as is the epic typewriter solo!).

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He finds no mercy

And he's lost in the crowd

With an armoured heart of metal

He finds he's running out of odd-numbered daisies

From which to pull the petals

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Very exciting indeed. I tried searching for more information on it, but came up with nothing.

Who is on vocals? There can only be one true Cush vocalist.

I hope you mean Michael Knott.

Duh! Who else?

Who is on vocals? There can only be one true Cush vocalist.

I could be wrong but I think it's Holly Nelson. I think she's only involved with Stranger Kings with Eric Campuzano.

It is really quite nice, even though it has no Knott in it. I'm gonna go back later and listen with the earbuds.

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Very exciting indeed. I tried searching for more information on it, but came up with nothing.

The Northern Records forum had some more information but it's been slow to return to the Internet (one of the reasons I joined A&F). Apparently CUSH's main problem is finding vocalists (it would be a daunting task, but I volunteer my services - I practice singing daily in the shower). Also, Andrew Prickett produced one of OneRepublic's singles so I think he has been hanging out with them, but I could be wrong about that. Stranger Kings is also a pretty cool band.

http://strangerkings.bandcamp.com/track/lay-low-2

He finds no mercy

And he's lost in the crowd

With an armoured heart of metal

He finds he's running out of odd-numbered daisies

From which to pull the petals

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Just been getting into this stuff for more or less the first time -- it's beautiful stuff, especially the "KUXH" (?) album which is completely instrumental. I recently discovered the "Cush Manifesto" from 2000, which I really loved:

(http://knottheads.com/album/cush-cush-the-new-sound/)

 

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In a declaration of Truth and its winding road, members of the Prayer Chain, LSU, Honey, Fold Zandura, Duraluxe, Bloomsday, the Lassie Foundation, and Adam Again, have agreed to document below (the CUSH Manifesto) in which all members will seek the Truth and its Consequences. The result, A New Sound

 

CUSH.

The CUSH Manifesto

The Foundation of CUSH is:

God. Jesus. The Holy Spirit. King David and The Psalms. Love. Celebration. Longing. Giving. Purity. Innocence. Faith. Pain. Gospel. The earliest Rock and Roll. Willing to change and grow with others. Willing to have anybody play any role, whoever is most suited for it at the time. Willing to be anonymous. Willing to be produced. Sharing, being selfless, letting go. Being Honest. The song winning. Soul. Letting your ego get you there, and then sacrificing it when the time comes. Music being able to be performed in any way, by any combination of people, in any setting. Being Free, Creative, Spontaneous. One instrument per part, one player per part. Minimal overlapping of tones. A Groove. A Drone. A Basic Progression. An acoustic guitar. An electric guitar. A bass guitar. A six-string bass guitar. A piano. An organ. A horn section. A cello. A violin. A viola. A voice. A hand-drum. A tambourine. All things that make a sound when you shake them. Washing everything in the dreamiest of reverb-effects until you can’t tell what it is, but rather what it feels like. Doing the thing you always wanted to do but were afraid to. Jumping off the deep end of the peer. Staring Fear in the face and walking right into it with a faithful heart. Turning your life upside-down. CUSH is from the core of your relationship with God — Good, Bad, and Ugly — and reaching out in Moans and Groans to Him.

CUSH praises like Gospel, and wails like Rock and Roll.
CUSH feels the best, and hurts the most at the same time.
CUSH sounds familiar, like the best songs you’ve ever heard, but feels new.
CUSH is an Action.
A CUSH song does not have to be 3:30 long.
A CUSH song can be 68 minutes long.
A CUSH song is already a greatest hit.

From the slowest, most isolated place, just before God, bowing down, quiet, heavenly noise, swelling, droning, heaving, glowing, flickering, underwater, the true reality, connecting spiritually with God and seeing all of humanity through His eyes. The true nature of Love and everything. Placid but full of colour, vivid life, musical movements, sounds, dreams, asleep but still awake, alive yet dead, dead yet alive. Alone, but not lonely. Haunting, sad, painfully beautiful, moving, majestic, heart-wrenching, yet humble, meek, and poor in spirit. Drone, Middle Eastern, heavy, rock, epic, magnificent, cross poly-rhythmic, whatever-wherever music, where all heaven and earth are in His command.

CUSH is not about self-loathing.
CUSH is not about editing yourself before giving.
CUSH is not a solo project.
CUSH is not a band.
In CUSH, you win by letting yourself lose.
CUSH is a concept, an ideal, a greater goal, a principle.
CUSH is a beautiful spirit shared by all.
CUSH is like ‘the Force’,
…But better.

CUSH was produced, written, and played by: Andrew Prickett, Michael Knott, Wayne Everett, Campuzano, Snowman, Frank Lenz, Gene Eugene, Blake Wescott, Tim Taber, Jyro Xhan.

CUSH – The new sound for the new decade

 

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