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The Way We Live Now

by Tears In X-Ray Eyes

An ambitious mix of electronica, guitars, strings and orchestral percussion. Ten finely-twisted songs, in equal parts melancholy and optimistic... "a tiny pop empire" (NME)
Genre: Pop: with Electronic Production
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1. Don't Be So Beautiful
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2. Love Is Suicide
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3. Promised Land
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4. Nothing On Earth
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5. They'll Never Take Us Alive
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6. Heavenly Host
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7. Electricity
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8. 100 Years
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9. Synchronise
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10. The Way We Live Now
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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In the beginning, Tim Closs was studying for a post-graduate diploma at Cambridge University under Stephen Hawking, in 'black holes and string theory'. He passed with distinction - a bright academic future beckoned. Instead, Tim chose to move to London and four years of drudgery on the Camden gig circuit.

"There's a romance to that whole scene, but also a soul-destroying monotony", he confesses. "I formed and dismantled loads of bands at the tail end of the Britpop era, met some lovely people, and got precisely nowhere. People kept telling me that the demos I was recording at home were far more interesting. Eventually I realised they were right".

Born from a couple of white-vinyl singles back in 2001, Tears In X-Ray Eyes quickly drew the attention of the music press. NME were moved to declare "lovelorn lyrical sharpness not heard since Morrissey took a sharp right-turn into irrelevancy".

Debut album 'Half-Life' (Test Tube Records, Feb 2002) secured a live session on Radio 1's 'Blue Room' show early that year. Fans were by now beginning to applaud Tim's growing lyrical personality. "Shield your tender skin/Don't rush headlong in/Don't read those teenage magazines", pleads the sweeping chorus of 'London's Most Unwanted Child'.

Initially live performances had been quirky solo affairs, accompanied by an old reel-to-reel tape recorder. Expanding the line-up with live drums and bass, Tim honed the band over the summer before recording 'My Strange Love' (Test Tube Records, August 2002), the band's first EP, and the first to be played by national radio. BBC 6Music were intrigued enough to host an interview and live session.

'Sleep Like A Dream' (Test Tube Records, April 2003) continued to win fans with the EP format, NME heralding it "a tiny pop empire". Xfm's Claire Sturgess got the band in for a live session, and added the EP to the station's playlist.

After a year of writing, recording, and quiet reflection, Tears In X-Ray Eyes have finally completed their long-awaited 2nd album. 'The Way We Live Now' is released on October 18th (Test Tube Records XRAYCD04).

Visit www.tearsinxrayeyes.com for more details.


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Armel Normant

thanks.I m really happy I can listen to the second album of Tears in x-ray eyes
While I m writing this review I m listening to that wonderfull CD again.Like their debut album "Half life", "The way we live now" is a great experience that everybody who likes pop music should live.I was trusting,I m not disappointed.Thanks.

NME

Charming and beguiling and full of swoon and sigh
Unprepossessing white boys who happen to be multi-instrumentalist genii of a lyrical bent being very much the thing nowadays, here's another little essential. Less baroque than Patrick Wolf and less knowingly smart than Bright Eyes, it's still charming and beguiling and full of swoon and sigh.

Losing Today

A much needed lesson in tranquil and sensitively-toned songcraft
'Electricity' is something of a charged up baby and sees Closs revving up the amps phasing the vocals for a spiky slice of sub three minute punk pop, effervescently adorable and fuzz-tastically adopting a trumpet to the cause towards the close - cool - you better believe it. 'Promised Land' what can we say, the sound of Christmas in April, strange as it may seem it casts a nostalgic glint that hits you right here, no not there, here. This shimmering tour de force epic incorporates vague traces of finely cut 70's MOR and splices it with a colourful sun bathed Gaelic sheen to leave you speechless, drained and begging for more. This divisive cutie hits you as though an invisible hand has reached inside your innards and squeezed your pips so tightly that tears are flowing from your ears - a much needed lesson in tranquil and sensitively toned song craft amid the blur of a tomorrow today society. Perfect.

Atomic Duster

10 out of 10 is no less than this deserves
This "band" seems to be becoming quite a firm favourite amongst the Atomicduster staff of late, so we're approaching this one with
trembling fingers...
T: Completely rivetting, as is always the case with Tim Closs. I don't know what else to say about it - it's innovative, it brings a tear to your eye at times, and the rest of the time you feel as though you're grabbing closely at the sidegrip of a white knuckle ride. Astonishing, sublime, beautiful: all those words still can't sum up just how much of a national treasure Tears In X-Ray Eyes
are. If you don't agree to give this ten out of ten I'm going to punch you on the nose...
N: Right. It's not surprising this artist has become somewhat of a, how did you put it?, "a firm favourite". This is the shining star on top of the Christmas tree (no pun intended, Anthony). An album's worth of content that screams "brilliant". Well paced, and collectively superb - this should be shown to all who come after exactly how an album should be made. And as for my nose, it'd make no difference even if you did - 10 is no less than this deserves. 10/10

Tasty Fanzine (UK)

Surely their finest hour to date
It seems an age, but TIXE have only been in my life just over two years now. In that time the band - pretty much Tim Closs and a few close friends - have released one divine debut album and a handful of singles. But 'The Way We Live Now' is surely their finest hour to date.

The press release says that the new album sees a sea change in the sound of TIXE. Personally, I can’t see that much has altered, and that’s a good thing. Opener, 'Don’t Be So Beautiful' has that unique TIXE sound - where every chorus drips with melancholy and every verse sounds like it should be at number one for every Christmas ever.

Maybe the TIXE sound has become a little harsher on some of the tracks here. 'Love is Suicide' fair rattles along, with choppy guitars behind Closs’ ever fragile voice. But what always remains is a lonely defiance to most of these songs. TIXE can make even the most twee of 'do-do-dos' sounds as though they’re being threatened by a great big hammer.

Outside of London, TIXE are anonymous. This is one of the greatest tragedies in modern pop music. 'The Way We Live Now' - a vision in pink - must surely change all that.

Indigo Flow

Impossible to pigeon hole... amazing indie-rock
With a sound that looks back on pop music as far as its horizon, Tears In X-Ray Eyes are very hard to define and impossible to pigeon-hole. A great deal of work has gone into this mix of electronica, guitars, strings and orchestral percussion.

Created by Tim Closs in his south London bedroom, with help from Anthony Christmas (drums), Cameron Miller (bass), Alexa Beattie (viola) and Tom Arthurs (trumpet), The Way We Live Now twists and turns through a range of moods, tones and emotions, peaking at the amazing indie-rock eruption of Electricity.

Bedroom producers are split into two types: those who can tell when their music is bad and those who can’t. Tim Closs is either the former or he never writes bad music.