Pierce

by Dance Movie

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about

For five days in July (four of them foggy), the members of Dance Movie threw guitars, drums and voices up and down the stairwells of the Old Confidence Lodge in Riverport, Nova Scotia. They shared rooms and floors, cooked and ate together, venturing outside once daily for a run to the general store.

The rest of the time, 10 to 14 hours a day, they—singer-guitarist Tara Thorne, bassist Trevor Murphy and drummer Josh Pothier—played music. What they took back to Halifax were 11 songs made under the laconic Pacific Northwestern guidance of John Goodmanson, who has produced records all over the world—five with Sleater-Kinney, including their triumphant return in 2015, as well as with Cloud Nothings, Los Campesinos and Blondie—but had never been to Nova Scotia, let alone made a record in a refurbished masonic lodge there.

The resulting album, Pierce, begins with a kick and a statement: “I never meant to make your heart my favourite thing.” It ends with a dissonant fade: “By then you’ll be gone.” What comes in between is a base of doubled guitars, ferocious drums and ganky bass tones upon which the band sets judiciously nuanced synths, elegant violin lines, backing vocals from Jennah Barry and Don Brownrigg, and at least one clap-and-shout-along.

If there is a Dance Movie ethos, it’s “heart first”—in the words, the music, in the people who make it. Pierce is the distillation of passion, melody, collaboration, and chemistry into a single heart, made tough by its exposure to the sea-salted air, but always soft at its core.

credits

released April 28, 2017

produced and engineered by John Goodmanson
at The Old Confidence Lodge // Riverport, Nova Scotia
hosted, guided and fed by Diego Medina
mixed by John Goodmanson // Seattle, Washington
mastered by Emily Lazar, assisted by Chris Allgood
at The Lodge // New York, New York

additional recording on "Too Legit to Commit" engineered by
Charles Austin at Echo Chamber Audio // Halifax, Nova Scotia

Trevor Murphy // bass+vocals
+acoustic guitar on "An Inelegant Fade"+electric solo on "Penny"
+synth on "Give Up the Grace"+piano on "Too Legit to Commit"

Joshua Pothier // drums
+synth on "Stalker" and "Give Up the Grace"

Tara Thorne // vocals+guitar
+words

cover painted by Laura Dawe // Toronto, Ontario
lettering by Megan Fildes // Halifax, Nova Scotia

with
Jennah Barry // background vocals on “Henry,” “Requite”
and “An Inelegant Fade”
Don Brownrigg // background vocals on “Thaw”
Diego Medina // synth on “Stalker” and “Give Up the Grace”
Rebecca Zolkower // violin on “Henry,” “Give Up the Grace” and “Thaw” and violin+electric guitar on “Too Legit to Commit”

“Friday Night Mights” clap gang: Don Brownrigg, Kate Inglis, John
Smith, Rebecca Zolkower
carjackmyheart@gmail.com
dancemovie.ca

Dance Movie recognizes the support of the Music Nova Scotia Investment Program and the Province of Nova Scotia

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Track Name: Nosebleed
I never meant to make your heart my favourite thing
that day the sun was shining
when it all came down
I cut my fingers up just trying to get in
there was an opening
then the blood fell down

you know exactly why you can’t sleep through the night
claw back the shadows and step out into your light
muster up your valour, girl, and you might see your might
why won’t you just fight?

I held your secrets up so tight against my heart
window was falling slowly
then it crashed down
I kept your breath under my skin beneath my scars
there was no time for screaming
when it all came down

you know exactly why you can’t sleep through the night
claw back the shadows and step out into your light
muster up your valour, girl, and you might see your might
why won’t you just fight?

I never meant to make your heart my favourite thing
there was an opening

you know exactly why you can’t sleep through the night
claw back the shadows and step out into your light
muster all your valour, girl, and you might see your might
get up and fuckin’ fight
Track Name: Friday Night Mights
hey step on up
yeah I can feel your breath
it’s like an autumn breeze blowing through a late summer afternoon
only at night
can I hear my heart break
when the lights fall low
could you pick it up, spark it up
hold onto it until the morning?

iridescent eyes
shimmer like a rainfall
out from undercover I am walking into your storm
hey, now or no?
my dangling heart-ache
is hanging so low
could you pick it up, spark it up
hold onto it until the morning?

if I could be…
the one who walks you home

hey, now or no?
Track Name: Stalker
in the night
I hear you breathe
from the top to the bottom
of your lungs
and you carry me

through the day
and the next week
when you feel a weight
upon your heart
you think of me

in your bed
and on your skin
from the top to the bottom
of your high
you let me in
in my head
and in my sin
I can’t think of another single
solitary place within

when you’re mine
when you’re here
from the top to the bottom
of my soul
I’ll keep you, dear

and your blood
on my teeth
when you’re looking at
the meaning of your life
you look at me

in the night
I watch you sleep
from the top to the bottom
of the morning
you carry me
in the night
I watch you sleep
from the top to the bottom
of the morning
you carry me
Track Name: Henry
oh my love you were fair like a hurricane
hit the streets just to dance in the pouring rain
you were made of light
came into your town for a revolution
caught a harvest moon falling straight into the sun
we were made of light
we were made of light

how you held me up
how I was holding on
and the darkness was closing in
it was closing in was closing in
how I made you mine
how you took my heart
and the morning was rising up
it was rising up was rising up

and I did not take your picture

you were born in the east from a hearty stock
spent every day working for your body clock
you were paid in light
baby when we met there was no contemplation
gave you heart and my hand and a dedication
and your name in lights
your name in lights

how you held me up
how I was holding on
and the darkness was closing in
it was closing in was closing in
how I made you mine
how you took my heart
and the morning was rising up
it was rising up was rising up

and I did not take your picture

oh my love
I carried your heart
through the sidewalks
of your city
to the top
of the tallest building
and i
let
it
flut-
ter

how you held me up
how I was holding on
and the darkness was closing in
it was closing was closing in
how I made you mine
how you hold my heart
and the morning was rising up
it was rising up was rising up

but I did not take your picture

oh my love you were fair like a hurricane
hit the streets just to dance in the pouring rain
until the sun came up
Track Name: Give Up the Grace
oh my dear
whose hands
are on you tonight?
oh my dear
whose heart
are you keeping tonight?

cause I’ve been waiting all these days
to hear your voice and touch your face
drinking through the nights alone
and counting time till you come home

oh my dear
whose eyes
are you holding tonight?
oh my dear
which lie
will you crawl from tonight?

cause I’ve been waiting all these days
to hear your voice and touch your face
just drinking through these nights alone
and counting time till you come home

I’ve been waiting on your call
patiently? Oh, not at all
you accept my known advances
so why am I the only one who’s taken chances?

my lovely heart your siren’s calling
all these months I have been falling
come home and I will make it right
and forget those hands on you tonight

oh my dear
Track Name: Penny
hey pretty baby where you off to this time?
I’ve been waiting for you I know it’s a long line
lately I’ve been feeling like I might stand apart
we’ve been running so long but you had a head start

back when you and me were just a couple city kids
I fell for you that summer and every single summer since
lately I’ve been feeling like I might come apart
we’ve been running so long but you had a head start

stop
look at my hand
it’s tied to my heart
and it’s been holding on through all of this
jump
into these arms
baby come home
so I don’t have to dance without you

darlin’ keep a light on and your favourite record spinning
I’ll know how to find you and to get to our beginning
lately I’ve been feeling like I could win your heart
we’ve been running so long this is our brand-new start

stop
look at my hand
it’s tied to my heart
and it’s been holding on through all of this
jump
into these arms
baby come home
so I don’t have to dance without you
Track Name: Requite
I’ve got a flame that won’t die
I’ve got a flame that won’t die
climbing to the sky
I’ve got a flame that won’t die

I’ve got a heart that won’t light
I have got a heart that won’t light
a love I can’t ignite
I’ve got a heart that won’t light

do you think that all I’ve got is time here to wait on your fleeting mind?
do you think I’m holding your hands just hoping that you bleed on mine?
if you keep it up up, darling, with your heart heart letting-down
there’ll be nothing left but ashes by the time you come around

I’ve got a pain I can’t fix
I’ve got a pain I can’t fix
no medicine for this
I’ve got a pain I can’t fix

I’ve got a song I can’t sing
I have got a song I can’t sing
yes I saw your ring
I’ve got a song I can’t sing

do you think that all I’ve got is time here to wait on your fleeting mind?
do you think I’m holding your hands just hoping that you bleed on mine?
if you keep it up up, darling, with your heart heart letting-down
there’ll be nothing left but ashes by the time you come around

I’ve got a girl I can’t save
I’ve got a girl I can’t save
gone under the waves
I’ve got a girl I can’t save

and I’ve got a flame that won’t die
I’ve got a flame that won’t die
climbing to the sky
I’ve got a flame that won’t die
Track Name: Thaw
stay with me till the spring
we won’t call it settling
just a fire-kissed winter fling
gone with the snow
melt for me in the night
warm up in the dawning light
in my mind not in my sight
if you say so

go
go
go
go
don’t
go
love

no
no
no
no
I
know—
no

you could be my carnival
and you could be my funeral
but you won’t be typical
(this I do know)
maybe you’ll be my enemy
the drift that’ll haunt my dreams
shining so bright you’ll gleam
I’m struck blind by your glow

go
go
go
go
don’t
go
love

no
no
no
no
I
know—
no

I could never see your eyes
dim in the early dark
when the ice cracks under us
will you find your heart?
I hope you find your heart

melt with me tonight
Track Name: An Inelegant Fade
you think that you’re a secret
but really you’re a window
with the shades up
you fuck-up
I know
I know

you play me like a stranger
but I’ve been in your sideshow
how ’bout I call up
our dust-up
I know
I know

and you kept all my love

take your tokens
veils and cloaks and
everything we’ve sown
say goodbye
don’t you cry
just take your little heart
take your little heart home

you touched me like a cipher
armed with an arrow
it was bloodless
not gutless
I know
I know

you smiled just like a liar
grinning through your last blow
“don’t do this”
you were ruthless
I know
I know

and you kept all my love

take your tokens
veils and cloaks and
everything we’ve sown
say goodbye
don’t you cry
just take your little heart
take your little heart home
Track Name: North Star
you are made of fire
and I, of dynamite

elemental, consequential
revelations incidental
still, a better love I have not known
I carried you into the dark
an unknown punctuation mark
a breath apart
here comes the spark
here comes the spark

and you are made of rainfall
and I, of spiderweb

complicator, oscillator
this reluctant hesitater
step by step into your smoking hands
I carried you into the dark
an unknown punctuation mark
a breath apart
here comes the spark
here comes the spark

light of my heart
I know you now
I know you
now I know
Track Name: Too Legit to Commit
tonight when you showed up at my door
I knew just what you were waiting for
how can you want me to fall again?
how can you want this all again?

take some of this hurt I’m holding
I’m still hanging by my throat here
maybe someday we can move along

that night when you showed up at my door
said I was all you were waiting for
by the time I knew it you had run away
how can you want this all again?

take some of this hurt I’m holding
I’m still hanging by my throat here
maybe someday we can move along
all those nights we spent just screaming
I need something new to believe in
maybe someday we can move along

how I used to wait
for you to come around
kept digging up my heart
out of your shallow ground
baby when you were on
you were really fuckin’ on
but I can’t wait anymore
for your heart to become strong

take some of this hurt I’m holding
I’m still hanging by my throat here
maybe someday I can move along

by then you’ll be gone