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Better Days

by No Island

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A lot can change in five years, and Vancouver rockers No Island have embraced their transformation. The band’s new full-length album, Better Days, marks a fresh start and a different perspective for the group — something innovative, something nostalgic, but most of all an affirmation that the best is always yet to come for those willing to look forward.

No Island is a band of five frontmen, with a sound that’s always been defined by distinct personalities and expert talents blending together to create something more than the sum of their parts. This newest project takes that dynamic to the next level, brought to life by bonds developed over years of touring together across the vastness of Canada.

Writing about life, love, loss, and every experience in between, No Island’s music embraces both the highs and lows encountered in every person’s unending pursuit of better days.

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released 21 April 2015

Keith Sinclair - vocals, guitars
Andy Rice - vocals, keyboards
Jay Esplana - vocals, bass
James Wilfred Martin - vocals, saxophones, bass clarinet
Max Ley - drums, percussion

Recorded May 2014 at The Habitat Recording Studios in Langley, BC, Canada

Produced by No Island and Andrew Spindor

Engineered by Andrew Spindor and Will Watson

Mixed by Andrew Spindor

Assisted by Victoria Butash

Mastered by Scott Hull at Masterdisk in New York, NY

Artwork and Design by Syd Danger

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No Island Vancouver, British Columbia

No Island is a band of five frontmen, with a sound that’s always been defined by distinct personalities and expert talents blending together to create something more than the sum of their parts. Their newest project Better Days takes that dynamic to the next level, brought to life by bonds developed over years of touring together across the vastness of Canada. ... more

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Track Name: First To Forget
I hear the people around me talking
They’re asking where you are
And every step that I take without you
I wonder if I’ve gone too far
They say you’re looking to go your own way
Seems like news to me (could it be?)
We’re in a town full of rumours baby
So stop the presses and let me see
How all the times that you said you loved me
They might have been a lie
You never want to give answers to me
You just ask me why
And you say you’ll never go as the tears begin to flow
If you’ve got a hand to show I haven’t seen it yet
You say, “Baby, close your eyes” as you wait for our demise
But if I’m the last to know, I’ll be the first to forget
They tell me I should have seen it coming
It never crossed my mind (I was blind)
‘Cause waiting up for the truth will leave you
Sleeping through the warning signs
But now that it’s all done we can’t undo
We can’t unsee
I know that even the dust is damaged
don’t let it settle on me

Don’t let us sleep through the warning signs
Track Name: Second Spin
There was a time I believed you
But worlds can change in the blink of an eye
Gone are the days I could save you
‘Cause loving a liar is like living a lie
Fighting for the present, living in the past
While you’re out sleeping with the future for as long as it will last
Tell me then, would you break my heart again
If I gave you a second spin?
It’s hard to forget all the bad days
When they start to last for weeks at a time
So finally we went our own ways
But we promised each other another goodbye

While I’m standing in the shadows
While I’m waiting in the dark
If I offered some forgiveness
Would you give this another start?
I always believed we could mend it
Even when hope seemed the hardest to find
So how did I leave empty handed
Waiting for you at the back of the line
Track Name: Held You Up
You used to be the lonely one
You kept your distance
You never had the time for love
You never took no chances
You can call me anything
But you should call me lucky
‘Cause I became the only one to make it through
What would I see if I held you up to the light?
Our love is burning brighter why you being such fighter baby?
What would I see if I held you up?
Would your true colours show when the lights are low
If I held you up?
Summer days and endless nights
I kept you coming back for more
Draw the shades and hit the lights
but you were running out the door
You got me reading between the lines
Pull me in and just speak your mind
The walls you’re trying to hide behind are closing in
And I still wonder why I still try
Track Name: Buzzards
You say you couldn’t walk away
But you tell me your heart won’t last forever
We take for granted the day by day
Believing that we’ll never fade away
They say it’s all been done before
But you’ll never see me walking through that door
Just like an actor gets his cue
When the buzzards leave my bones is when I leave you
They’ll have to dig me a grave
They’ll have to put me away
Until I turn back to dust
I couldn’t leave you that way
We left the wine and roses behind
But the taste and smell never left our minds
We can’t go back the way we came
Believing that it won’t end up the same
We like to think the winds will change
Until that very breeze blows us away
Ashes are left and stories are told
But only when the buzzards leave my bones I’ll feel the cold

When I saw you standing there
I knew that for a moment I’d be free to fall
There were flowers in your hair
And you saved me from myself and from the fear of the unknown
When the buzzards leave my bones
Track Name: City Of Strangers
Tires are spinning on the open road as a signal combs the sky
A map unfurls on an empty screen in the frozen hands of time
Destinations roll together now regardless of design
Ain’t it funny how the world’s the same no matter where you rest your eyes?

In a city of strangers I saw my name in lights
I’m a fool for the dangers that plague this kind of life
In a city of strangers I’ll make my home tonight
A velvet curtain climbs towards the sky like the rising of the sun
A thousand voices seem to call my name but I hear them all as one
“You don’t belong here” says a voice inside me, it seems ahead of time
Ain’t it funny how your life can change before your life can change your mind?

City of strangers
Don’t let me down
Track Name: Where We Left It
If the sky falls and you’re on the run
And the life you thought you waited for had just begun
Well the world is on my shoulders too
And you’ll find me right next to you

We could stop and look around or walk away
But it’ll all be where we left it, the same as yesterday
And to think we thought our dreams came true
But yesterday will always follow you
If you let it, it will always follow you

If you’re waiting for the future
And you keep dreaming ‘bout the stars
There will be no constellations
Just empty skies and broken hearts
And when you know you’ve found a reason
And it helps you sleep at night
There will come another season
Another chance to set things right

Many times our hearts will wander
To places we can never go
And when we let it pull us under
We lose the things we used to know
Don’t matter which road I’m travelling on
I always find my way to you
And baby if we still have each other
There’s nothing the world could ever do

We can stop and look around or walk away
But it’ll all be where we left it
The very same as yesterday
And oh, we thought our dreams came true
But yesterday will always follow you
If you let it, it will always follow you
Track Name: Long Road
You could see what you were in for when he first called out your name
But you play the role of victim all too well
You knew you couldn’t win but you still chose to play the game
Were you surprised at all when your defences fell?
You thought if he didn’t love you maybe you’re the one to blame
But it’s so hard to see the truth outside the pain
But it’s a long road to redemption
If you leave those chains around your heart
Break the silence and light the shadows
And you will soon find a better place to start
He was the one you always dreamed of
Your ‘ever after’, meant to be
The very thought of him it kept you up at night
But you so quickly learned the reasons behind all his deadly sins
And what it means when a love so wrong just feels so right
But the truth behind deception it can only set you free
Even a man like him can learn the way to be

His time will come around
...
Track Name: Angeline
Angeline, what do you mean
We can’t be lovers, we can’t be seen?
You were willing, now not so keen
Angeline
Angeline, you set me free
You said I needed to believe
My mind is open, but I don’t agree
Angeline
A fall from grace
Would be worth the chase
But it’s a long way down to me
Angeline, this veil’s a screen
It keeps your virtue, but it’s straining me
Is that the purpose? It’s got to be
Angeline
Angeline, don’t be mean
Just eat the apple or fell the tree
That’s the word I’m offering
Angeline
Track Name: Leave It Behind
When the one you used to be with
Is still the monarch of your mind
You know you need a new beginning
But you take one step forward and two steps back
You spin your wheels ‘til you finally jump the track
When there’s emptiness inside you
And your pride is on the line
You can feel your patience thinning
As you take one step forward and two steps back
And try your best to come up with the strength you lack
And you will find that the answer comes in time
But for now just leave it all behind
When your thoughts all run together
Like a relay in your mind
Just when you think you might be winning
You take one step forward and two steps back
The race is over but you’re still on the track

But you get so tired of waiting
In the state that you’re confined
And your world just won’t stop spinning
But you take one step forward and two steps back
You try to get up but you fall right through the cracks
Track Name: Bad For Business
You’re looking like a big shot on a barstool
With a belly full of beer
The king of first impressions takes his throne
Finding new excuses to throw your weight around
Acting like bar is yours to own
How did you become the ticket to the top?
It’s time to put a stop to all your scheming in the daytime
Scamming in the night
You got the cash but you won’t pay the bills
Staring through a shot glass, looking for a fight
Your temper flares and blood is gonna spill
How did I become your partner in crime?
Well you can fix this mess yourself this time
‘Cause I’ve held my tongue for long enough
It’s time I called you on your bluff
Your ways are wrong this can’t go on
They tried to warn me, now I know it to be true
That it’s bad for business being with you
Under the table you offer your cigar
Shake their hand and move in for the kill
Filthy little fingers prying for the dirt
Burning midnight oil at the rumour mill
How did I become your partner in crime?
Well don’t be blowing the smoke at me this time

The show is almost over but your game has begun
The lights go down and trouble takes the stage
Armed with ill intentions, hunting in the dark
You trap another victim in your cage
How did I become your partner in crime?
Don’t be counting on me for help this time
Track Name: Better Days
I was young but I remember oh so clearly
Everyone was either running ahead or running in circles
But we could decide if we were lost or we were weary we’d leave it behind.
It’s better off in the past than holding back the future
And we thought it was real but we started to feel
Like the world was spinning out of control
We were losing ourselves and nobody else could find us there
So we said
If you get lost along the way
I know I’ll see you there someday
I don’t know how, I don’t know when
But we will learn to love again
If you turn to see me there and you can’t find me anywhere
Then you’ll know I’m on my way
And we will find the better days
Don’t look back if you can’t seem to find the answers
For the questions you had
We’ve been walking the line between what’s real and what’s right
But now is the time to leave the past where it belongs
Because the sun will still shine
But when the clouds roll in then we’ll have nothing to hide
Track Name: Encore
I stand where there used to be nothing
I walk where I used to fall
I speak because I used to say nothing
But I won’t say nothing anymore

I breathe because I’m so used to choking
And I sleep because I couldn’t sleep at all
And I live because I couldn’t go on living
But I won’t give encores anymore

Look what I’ve done in spite of you
How far I’ve come to see it through
Will you be proud when all this is over?
Will I be allowed to just go home?

I stand where there used to be nothing
I walk where I used to fall
I live because I couldn’t go on living
But I won’t give encores anymore