If Nobody Listens, the Truth Comes Out

by Shackled Mule

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My second solo album.

I started writing these songs straight after the first album was released. I knew I didn't want the second album to be 'Bent Promises Part 2', but I wasn't entirely sure what I wanted it to be. The title, and the concept, comes from something I was thinking about after the release of the first album. Pretty much nobody seemed to be listening to my stuff, so I decided to just write whatever the hell I felt like writing. After all, if nobody's listening, why worry about what anything sounds like, right?

So, I set about work on a bunch of new songs. I think the album is a mixed bag of styles. I wasn't worrying about continuity or cohesion, I was simply enjoying making music. I had some feedback from someone who said that they really liked 'Little White Lie', but nothing else on the album sounded like it. They meant it as a criticism, but I took it as a compliment.

There's some guitar work on this album that I'm really proud of. I'd been listening to my old Captain Beefheart LPs, and it inspired me to really push myself with my own playing. I was trying to think outside the box and not go for the 'strum-strum-strum' approach. There's also a little of my latest love: the ukulele. I got my first uke because I wanted an instrument that I could take anywhere, but it adds its own unique quality to songs, so it has become a firm favourite of mine. 'Hook, Line & Sinker' has ukulele all over it.

Until next time


released February 1, 2013

All songs written by Simon Lister.

Simon Lister: Vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, ukulele, harmonica, organ, piano, dulcimer, keyboards, drums, percussion, helium tank, rusty wok, , brass plates, finger-bells.

Production, engineering and mixing by Simon Lister.

Recorded at Attic Studios, Halifax. October 2012 - January 2013.

Cover painting 'Narcissistic Self-Depiction with Cityscape' 2012 by Simon Lister.



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Shackled Mule Halifax, UK

Simon Lister is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

He is a previous member of 'The Climb House' and 'Dead Clowns'. He is currently every member of the bands 'Shackled Mule' and 'Skinwall'. He also records under his own name.

He is fond of vintage hats, fresh coffee and cats with personality.

He is suspicious of anything popular and believes that life looks better with dirt on the lens.
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