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THE ROOM IN THE WOOD

The Room in the Wood is the latest project by Paul Cavanagh and Dave Jackson. Over the past year, they have written over 30 new songs. Eleven of these appear on their forthcoming self-titled album and will be preceded by a three track, digital only, EP: Magical Thinking.

This batch of songs combine Jackson’s lyrical storytelling with Cavanagh’s exquisite guitar-stylings and make for a diverse collection that blends post-punk pop, gritty blues-folk, and velvety ballads, variously influenced by Russian fairy tales, Francis Bacon, dead oceans, swimming pool bridges and unanswered prayers.

The Room in the Wood was recorded with Steve Powell (Michael Head & the Red Elastic Band) at his Liverpool Arc studio and features (Mark Lanegan /Dave Gahan) drummer, Colin George Lamont, and (Peter Perrett) drummer, Jake Woodward. This is the first time Dave and Paul have worked together since their Liverpool post-punk band, The Room, split in 1985.

Singer/lyricist Jackson has been writing and recording since his teens in bands such as 051, The Room, Benny Profane, Dust, Dead Cowboys, under his own name with former Shack guitarist John Head, and as Dave Jackson & The Cathedral Mountaineers. He has recorded and released 10 albums with these various incarnations and, during the eighties, notched up seven John Peel sessions with The Room and Benny Profane, as well as appearing on the Whistle Test, Janice Long and Saturday Live. He has toured extensively in the UK, Europe and the USA with bands such as The Fall, The Violent Femmes, Aztec Camera, The Lemonheads and The Wedding Present, and currently teaches creative writing at Liverpool John Moores University, having developed his novel Violet City as a low-budget fantasy feature film.

Guitarist Paul Cavanagh has played with Chinese Religion, The Balcony, Ludus, The Room, Top, It’s Immaterial, Gloss and Moongoose, has performed as a solo instrumentalist as Cabin in the Woods and as one of Mike Badger’s Shady Trio. Paul also worked with former Room drummer Alan Wills at Deltasonic records, with acts such as The Coral and The Zutons and managed The Basement. Paul has toured in the UK, USA, and Europe and recorded four John Peel sessions as well as releasing albums with The Room, Top, It’s Immaterial, Moongoose and several critically acclaimed singles with Gloss.

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released April 20, 2018

CREDITS
Paul Cavanagh – guitars & bass
Dave Jackson – vocals
Colin George Lamont – Drums & percussion
Alistair Ligertwood – cello (2)
Steve Powell – engineer, co-producer
Recorded at Ark Recording Studios, 3 Birchall Street, Liverpool, L20 8PD (2017/18)
All songs written by Paul Cavanagh / Dave Jackson

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The Room in the Wood is the latest project by Paul Cavanagh and Dave Jackson. This is the first time Dave and Paul have worked together since their Liverpool post-punk band, The Room, split in 1985.

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Track Name: Magical Thinking
Magical Thinking

Desire, Need for Consolation
Faith, Greed, Self-Confirmation
Desire, Need for consolation
Magical Thinking
Magical Thinking

Locked in to Repetition
Cursed by Superstition
Locked in to Repetition
Magical Thinking
Magical Thinking

Star signs, Tarot Cards and Crystals
Dream Nets, Dowsers, Ley lines, Preachers
Seers, Voodoo, Going Clear
Witches, Pagans, Ghosts and Gurus
Magic Numbers, Souls and Fairies
Little People, Whopping Stories
Sacred Sites and Holy Warriors
Waco, Manson, Jonestown Cool Aid

Prayers, Signs and Validation
Fear, Grief, Self-Justification
Prayers, Signs and Validation
Magical Thinking
Magical Thinking

Faith, Hope, Hallucination
Transubstantiation
Faith, Hope, Hallucination
Magical Thinking
Magical Thinking

Homeopathy and Reiki
Reflexology and Feng Shui
Scientologists and Yogis
Mediums and Tea Leaf Readers
Star signs, Tarot Cards and Crystals
Cargo Cults and Levitation
Wiccans, Rabbis, Ghosts and Healers
Devil Worshipers and Vicars
Sacred sites and Guardian Angels
Burning crosses and Jihadis
David Ike and R L Hubbard
Waco, Manson, Jonestown Cool Aid

Locked into Repetition
Cursed by Superstition
Locked into Repetition
Magical Thinking
Magical Thinking

Faith, Hope, Hallucination
Fear, Grief and Affirmation
Faith, Hope, Hallucination
Magical Thinking
Magical Thinking
Track Name: Baba Yaga
BABA YAGA

Deep in the woods, there's a witch’s hut
Creeping stealthy through the trees -
Cabin perched upon giant chicken legs,
Clawing over root and fern.

Red lights peer out of twin windows,
Raptor stalking in the pines.
No fit night for straying children -
Baba Yaga's hunting hut.

When the stars come out, ragged silhouette
Sweeps across a gibbous moon
To her chimneystack, she comes flying
In her mortar, with her broom.

Snaggletooth of rusted iron,
Raptor stalking in the wood.
No fit night for straying children -
Baba Yaga’s hunting hut.
Deep amongst the pines, there's a witch’s hut
Creeping stealthy through the trees -
Cabin perched upon giant chicken legs,
Clawing over root and fern.

Red lights peer out of twin windows,
Raptor stalking in the wood.
No fit night for straying children -
Baba Yaga's hunting hut.
Track Name: Dragonfly
Dragonfly

In the long grass by the lake
Sun filters down through the leaves
Silver wings. Dragonfly

Pollen and dreams in your arms
I took a chance. You your time
By the Moss. Dragonfly

Lost in your arms
Under the trees
Down where the moss
Laps on the reeds
Rippling Haze
In the long grass
Under the trees
Dragonfly

Fairy tale wings flick the sky
Pollen and dreams droning by
Skim the reeds. Dragonfly  

Lost in your arms
Under the trees
Down where the moss
Laps on the reeds
Rippling Haze
In the long grass
Under the trees
Dragonfly

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