Wizzzzzzzzzzzzzzards

by Weird Mob

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In April 2015, the Charlottesville, Virginia synth pop powerhouse Weird Mob are set to unleash their debut full length, a magnum opus known as Wizards. For this release, the members of Weird Mob dove headfirst into their record collections and emerged with a sound that’s one part new wave, one part prog, one part synth pop, and 100% catchy. Featuring musical contributions from all five members of the band, Wizards represents the ultimate Weird Mob mission statement and shows a natural progression from the band’s 2013 debut EP, They’re A Weird Mob.

Following the release of the EP, the band played a number of shows in the Charlottesville, Virginia area and shared the stage with such acts as The So So Glos, Andrew Cedermark, Your Friend and The Extraordinaires. During this time, material for the full length was written and rehearsed; many of the songs inspired by the day job of Weird Mob’s primary songwriter, guitarist and vocalist, Dave Gibson, who works as a video game archivist for the Library of Congress. Says Gibson, “I’ve been intrigued by the use of technology to create fantasy worlds, and the fact that these worlds only become more immersive as technology advances. We use computers to create simulations that are populated with legendary mythical creatures, wizards and monsters and I think it says something about technology’s function as an escape from the modern world and real life.”

In keeping with the theme of the intersection of the modern and the fantastical, Gibson, along with his wife and musical conspirator, Renee Reighart, worked to create a musical landscape that was as much influenced by the fantasy worlds of prog rock as it is by the synth driven pop of new wave. Says Gibson, “Both genres feature prominent use of synthesizers, each to achieve their own ends. For the prog guys it was all about creating an otherworldly atmosphere and for the new wave it was about creating modern sounds that were in step with the emerging technological culture of the late 70s and early 80s.” In the end, the band produced a catchy, synth-driven power pop record full of lyrical references that sound as though they were pulled from a D&D strategy guide.

Assisted once again by drummer Adam Brock (Y’ALL, Borrowed Beams of Light), Wizards also sees musical contributions from guitarist Bryan Hoffa (Broken Hips) and keyboard player Kris Hough (The Hilarious Posters). The record is a fuller representation of the band as a unit and shows the group’s skill in traversing a wide variety of musical avenues. From the driving Devo-esque “Hang It Up” to the epic prog experiment “Wizards,” the power pop jangle of “Hoping” and “Turn Up The Tape” to the Beatles-esque closer “It’s Over, Wizard” there is truly something for every melodic pop loving music fan to be found on this new record.

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released April 21, 2015

Weird Mob is:
Dave Gibson - guitar, keys, vocals
Renee Reighart - bass, vocals
Adam Brock - drums, percussion, vocals
Bryan Hoffa - guitar, vocals
Kris Hough - keys

Recorded at home between May - December 2014
Drums recorded by Adam Smith at Bottleworks

Produced by Weird Mob
Mixed by Dave Gibson, Bryan Hoffa & Brian Knox

Cover art by Tim Gibson
Design & layout by Renee Reighart & Dave Gibson

Thanks to all of our friends & families, all the
bands we have played with, Adam Smith, Brian
Knox, Tim Gibson, Josh Krahn, WTJU, Bekah Manning,
& you

www.hibernatorgigs.com/weird-mob

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Weird Mob are an indie pop band from Charlottesville, VA. They like synthesizers, loud guitars, and catchy melodies. They are: Dave Gibson (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Renee Reighart (bass, vocals), Adam Brock (drums, vocals), Bryan Hoffa (guitar, vocals) and Kris Hough (keyboards, vocals). ... more

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Track Name: Wizards
Halfway down an old country road
Sit the standing stones that block your way back home
One mountain was split into three
On the misty ridge where winds still blow so cold

They built up the wall just to keep them inside
In fear for their lives as the legends foretold the end of it all
But they lied

Pull tight on the cloak of the night
As the lights shine down from planets still unseen
The ripples extend on the pond
Where the lilies float still soft and so pristine

The heavens explode with a horrible sound
Forsaking your oath as you push your way forward into the woods
They all said that no good can come of this now

Give a name to the objects that you find
Keep these things in mind
When winter winds are blowing
Streams that just keep flowing on

Through the glade where you made your private home
Crowded but alone
The years don't seem to pass here
Everything becomes so clear

Cliffs kneel at the shoreline's door
Where the eagles soar and scan the ground below
Emerging from moss covered ground
Are the secrets not worth keeping anymore

The cape as it drags sweeps the dust at your feet
Dark clouds in the sky still reflecting the color back to your eyes
Someone had to survive
All their fears will subside once they know

You're in the company of wizards
The company of wizards
Track Name: Devices
Left to your own devices, would you still drop the bomb
Reacting to a crisis with the usual aplomb
Left to your own devices, this creepy company
Still finding new surprises where the old ones used to be

For just one moment let’s put all of this aside
And search dark corners where the punters like to hide
A homeboy’s lot is to accept the things he’s done
Caught in these traps, you’re still a rabbit on the run

Left to your own devices, what is there left to do
Hold tight the knife that slices as you carve up something new
Left to your own devices, you’d probably stay in bed
Wondering if the prize is getting stuck inside your head

I left my number in the last place that you’d look
Between the pages of another self help book
For many years it’s been a game we like to play
Now your devices just keep getting in the way

Made up our minds to just keep on going
Lost out in the pines with the sun at our backs like those
Days when a mix was all we had to soothe us
Try to sing along as devices keep screaming at you
Track Name: Hang It Up
Got a lot to say
Got a lot to say about
Know the time is nigh
Know the time is ever creeping

For those who come and those who go
Just burn the breeze
The lines inside the sky will grow until the time
They turn so as to show the shape that they have formed
Know that all you love in time will go

Nothing left to say
Nothing left to do about
Know the time has gone
Know the time has passed beyond you

For those who come and those who go
Just burn the breeze
The lines inside the sky will grow until the time
They turn so as to show the shape that they have formed
Know that all you love in time will go

Give up, look over and you will see
Something inside besides that ax your grind
Get smart it's time for the 1, 2, 3
Check the last time you left your mind
Notice how you're left behind

Hang it up
Hang it up
Gotta hang it up
Hang it up
Track Name: Your Sorcerer's Ways
A home near the red hued wood
Where the great oak stood
You picked up all the missing pieces

Before when life was such a bore
Carved it on the door
Gone to earth with the silver foxes

And I would come to see you
Oh, but your sorcerer’s ways
Keep the miles between you
And those who remember the days

Keep all your cauldrons warm
Function follows form
This alone is enough to save you

From harm, sketched upon your arm
Maps have lost their charm
Out of reach on the black horizon

But I’ve been sent to free you
Oh, from your sorcerer’s ways
All those miles between you
And those who remember the days
When the light it still remained on the land that you once claimed
Track Name: Hoping
I called you up last night
You know you didn’t let it ring very long
Cause I was hoping that you wouldn’t answer
Hoping that you wouldn’t answer the phone

Assuming that you’re right
You went and made an ass out of you and me
It will take me a while just to master
But you were hoping that I wouldn’t answer the phone

I see you where you are
Where you’ve always been
A million miles away
I see you where you are
Where you’ve always been

How many stories to tell
To the shadows we know so well
I’ll just defer back to you
Fumbling through everything we do

You took the left turn right
Now you’re hung up on the radio dial
Stopping now means we’ll lose that much faster
And there’s no reason left now to answer the phone

I see you where you are
Where you’ve always been
A million miles away
I see you where you are
Where you’ve always been

How many stories to tell
To the shadows we know so well
I’ll just defer back to you
Fumbling through everything we do
Squinting to bring it into view

In the corner of your eye
Is a broken wing
It’s everything
We’ve known now

I called you up last night
You know you didn’t let it ring very long
Cause I was hoping that you wouldn’t answer
Hoping that you wouldn’t answer

How many stories to tell
To the shadows we know so well
Fiction defines who we are
When we’re taking it all too far
I’ll just defer back to you
Fumbling through everything we do
Squinting to bring it into view
Fumbling through everything we do
Track Name: Nu American Haircutz
Lost a tooth on a snowcone
March 1985
Taped together the headphones
Settled in for the ride

All those kids with their broken records
Paint their nails instead
New American haircuts
Sitting on top of their heads

Stonehenge puts up a fight, no bother
Keep in mind what we said
A new American haircut
Sitting on top of your head

Silver Rainbow was our secret jam
Thought we saw one stretch across the land
Another continental divide
Taken care of

Time keeps slipping away now
Thirty years pass us by
Push through beats on the way home
Wipe a tear from your eye

Cause all those kids with their broken records
Sing along with the Dead
New American haircuts
Sitting on top of their heads
Track Name: Form Follows Function
Let form follow function again
And everybody knows how the story will end
Set up for a fall at the start of it all
The street wisdom we call on
When it’s time to pretend

Now form follows function again
Stories told that now we can only amend
And pleasant as you are, maybe pushed it too far
Preaching gospel to stars
With words they can’t comprehend

Say what you are to me, say what you are to me
Lost in a memory, so say what you are to me
Keep looking for another connection
Forced out into another connection again

Let form follow function again
Split another seam but we’re back on the mend
Covered up in dreams, it was something we lost
Face down with the cost of holding on to a friend

As form follows function again
Acting like we know how this story will end
Stripped of all we own, would you toss me a bone
Just leave me alone with nothing left to defend

Say what you are to me, say what you are to me
Lost in a memory, so say what you are to me
Keep looking for another connection
Forced out into another connection again

Form follows function, form follows function
Form follows function, form follows function again

Say what you are to me, say what you are to me
Keep looking for another connection
Forced out into another connection again
Track Name: The Iron Age
Look smart and suffer for your art
The critics were wrong like everyone
We stood beneath the golden arch
And climbed to the greenest mountaintop

Alone, but for a mobile phone
We were warding off the rain
Stuck with the sheep again

A sight unseen, take out on Halloween
Crossed the bridge a dozen times
The wrong way down the line

Lay low and carry what you own
Weighed down by the habits that we drag
With us through field and through wood
But making mistakes has never felt so good

So, lie down where Romans stood
On the greenest patch of ground
We’ll hover over town

Oh my soul, fervent, invisible
Took a tumble overseas
We’re older than the trees

Oh my soul, fervent, invisible
Took a tumble overseas
We’re older than the trees

A sight unseen, take out on Halloween
Crossed the bridge a dozen times
The wrong way down the line
Track Name: Popular Dogs
She wrote a book about the popular dogs
On the backs of the napkins she used before they were thrown away
Another book about some popular dogs
And all the stances they took when their minds were drifting so far away

She wrote a book for all the hounds that she called back home
A tome composed of every part of the great unknown
So alone

She wrote a book for all the canines that she had known
On every page she scribbled nothing but skin and bone
So alone, drifting out of the zone

Oh, the publishers how they refused to see what should be plain as day
Oh, barking up trees with her collar jangling, such a price to pay
Oh, but maybe she’s got nothing to say

She wrote a book about the popular dogs
Dedicated to those that she knew were lost to her memory
It’s just some book about the popular dogs
Who sniffed the air with their cool disregard and sense of expectancy

She wrote a book for all the hounds that she called back home
A tome composed of every part of the great unknown
Another book for all the canines that she had known
So alone, drifting out of the zone
Track Name: Turn Up The Tape
All the former champions
Been settling scores all week
And calling all of their brothers home
To an evil they can’t see or hear or speak

Queue it up methodically
Rewind it and play it back
Then shake your booty robotically
Blowing kisses to the leader of the pack

But please understand this song
And please understand that everyone is wrong so
Turn up the tape, turn up the tape

Dudes defend their highest score
Initial with bits and bytes
Then seal it up with a victory
And wave a flag for their lonely nights

But please understand this song
And please understand that everyone is wrong so
Turn up the tape, turn up the tape

You gotta turn it up, turn it up, turn it up
You gotta turn it up, turn it up
When everything gets blurred
Lost in the fog of your words
From now on

Is it live or what the shit
What difference does it make
Collecting all of the future hits
And settling for another new mistake

But please understand this song
And please understand that everyone is wrong so
Turn up the tape, turn up the tape
Track Name: Light Blue Leader
And I can't escape the waiting
Hold your breath and watch it rise
There's no choice except to keep moving on
Find the way and skip the prize

Look down, peering inside the lost foundry
What's left, keep to your need to fall apart
Drift, sinking is how you can beat through
To them, listing inside the last grand fifth cart

An appeal to your last lot
Drawn from land and to the cloud
Patient where we are slow to let things keep rolling along
Now we say what we have vowed

At birth, origins that can't be looked to
We're here, question that and you'll erase all
Change, accepting the day is just too long
Make use, some things can't be left to last place
Track Name: It's Over Wizard
It's over, wizard
One more time around the bend and back again
You keep losing friends
And going out of your mind
But I would never leave you far behind

It's over, wizard
Cast out of the circle that you made from stone
Now you're all alone
And going out of your mind
But I would never leave you far behind

And nights when we would count the stars
And looking up there we knew
That you would only go so far
And now you're up there, it's true
And you know so it's

It's over, wizard
One more time around the bend and back again
You're still losing friends
And going out of your mind
But I would never leave you far behind
Oh no
No, I would never leave you far behind