If Not Now

by Jon Cuthbert

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1.
Backed Down 03:01
I'd show you around But I'm just too square There's something funny going on I can feel it in the air All the faces we ran from Well they look afraid And I don't feel like picking up The mess that they made We got 'em Backed down and out on the run They were Too tight and came undone I got Hands of sound and feet of speed Come on darling Dance with me tonight I know it took a while But I think we're on the mend We're young and strong They can't hold us back my friend We got 'em Backed down and out on the run They were Too tight and came undone I got Hands of sound and feet of speed Come on darling dance with me tonight We stayed up all night Waiting for the world to be ours I fall asleep at dawn I'm out for fourteen hours Backed down and out on the run They were Too tight and came undone I got Hands of sound and feet of speed Come on darling dance with me tonight Tonight Tonight Tonight
2.
Come on It's on There'll never be another night quite like this one Another night like this For too long You've waited For another chance to come along Waiting for your chance now All you gotta do is tell me that you want me to Then all you gotta say is nothing at all All you you gotta do is tell me that you want me to Then all you gotta say is nothing at all What you want You'd have it If you could see it sitting there is your hands It's there for the taking All you gotta do is tell me that you want me to Then all you gotta say is nothing at all All you you gotta do is tell me that you want me to Then all you gotta say is nothing at all All you gotta do is tell me that you want me to Then all you gotta say is nothing at all All you you gotta do is tell me that you want me to Then all you gotta say is nothing at all All you you gotta do is tell me that you want me to Then all you gotta say is nothing at all
3.
Born in the working class You got a small town heart and big city smile They take your photograph, say they'll call you They've been looking for you for quite a while Your feet are so sure on the busted pavement You got rhythm but there ain't no sound Want some advice well I got it Strike first before they burn you down 'cause they'll Get you where your going But they won't tell you you can't go back Sugar are you sure, you wanna shine Like that You're worth the most to them When you're so young and so confused Ain't it a drag when you find out, That they, got you used to being used 'cause they'll Get you where your going But they won't tell you you can't go back Sugar are you sure, you wanna shine Like that They'll get you where your going They just won't tell you you can't go back Sugar are you sure, you wanna shine They call themselves friends and they don't know your name They polished the apple and they offered you fame Is this what you meant when you said you'd go far? Well tonight, you'll be a rock and roll star They'll get you where you're going They'll get you where your going They just won't tell you you can't go back Sugar are you sure, you wanna shine They'll get you where your going They just won't tell you you can't go back Sugar are you sure, you wanna shine Like that They'll get you where your going They just don't tell you you can't go back Sugar are you sure, you wanna shine Like that
4.
C'mon 03:11
We can't lie we weren't made for this city But it don't matter tonight I got the beat, in my bones You've got the neon in your eyes Come on, come on You weren't born to just fall in line Come on, come on If you want, you'll burn as bright as the stars that shine I feel it coming that moment when we Fall right into place Become more than the sum of our parts I'll read more than what's on your face Come on, come on You weren't born to just fall in line Come on, come on If you want, you'll burn as bright as the stars that shine The evil's not that they tell you you can't But that they won't let you try They think their only shot at redemption Is for you to waste your life Come on, come on You weren't born to just fall in line Come on, come on If you want, you'll burn as bright as the stars that shine We're not under-achievers baby We just let them deceive us lately They want to scare you to go back home Make you think that you can't make it on your own Come on, come on You weren't born to just fall in line Come on, come on If you want, you'll burn as bright as the stars that shine Come on, come on You weren't born to just fall in line Come on, come on If you want, you'll burn as bright as the stars that shine Stars that shine Stars that shine Stars that shine Stars that shine Stars that shine Stars that shine
5.
Getting Gone 02:49
Can't even find a new way to waste my days I need an expanse, an escape, some open space I'm gone before the second time that she calls my name Pedal on the floor, I'm gonna outrun the blame There's nothing you can say to make me turn I'm scorching earth and well, now, this is the burn I'd love to stay But I done too many wrongs To set 'em right I'm getting gone Maybe if I, were just to stand my ground I wouldn't have to burn the bridge out of another town Fixing things is more work than these hands can take I'll leave somebody else to clean the mistakes I make, that I make I'd love to stay But I done too many wrongs To set 'em right I'm getting gone I'm getting gone Somewhere I know That it's the coward who runs away Someday I'll look in the mirror But not today I'd love to stay But I done too many wrongs To set 'em right I'm getting gone I'm getting gone I'm getting gone I'm getting gone I'm getting gone
6.
Thought I was speaking out but they Had me singing the party song Turns out my hands weren't tied I had my eyes closed all along I've been in the dark for too long Now I'm finding the light Didn't know I'd but my tongue Till I tasted the blood Things'l be different now That we know, that we see just we've done (I won't be an accomplice, I won't be an accomplice) We've been in the dark for too long Now we're finding the light We're finding the light We're finding the light We're on fire 'cause we know we can change it now (I won't be an accomplice, I won't be an accomplice) We're on fire 'cause we know we can change it now (I won't be an accomplice, I won't be an accomplice) We're on fire 'cause we know we can change it now (I won't be an accomplice, I won't be an accomplice) It now It now It now It now

about

Hi,

I wanted to share the story of the If Not Now EP release because as a music fan, I always love learning about how records get made.

Last year, I began getting very stir-crazy creatively. I had needed to step away from a project with some great people and previous band-mates in late 2015 and was only stealing time here and there to strum some acoustic guitar and sing a few songs.

Sometimes in these stolen moments, I realized I was forgetting songs I had written. That is a strange and unnatural feeling. I decided to record some songs at home at least to have some record of them. My previous home-recording experience had left a bad impression on me. I didn’t know what I was doing so very wrong to get tracks nowhere near the way they sounded in my head. I experimented with newer Digital Audio Workstations and picked up a real interface.

The first song I recorded was a lullaby for my daughter. This had no singing or acoustic instruments. I then tried to honour a promise from 2012 to record a song I had written for my friends’ wedding. This song had acoustic guitar and vocals along with some MIDI strings.

I then began work on songs with an idea of having them for posterity but also to share them with friends and family. I started going through old songs (I was in danger of forgetting) and made some nice progress with several acoustic songs.

In February of 2017, I began demoing tracks we played in a band I fronted called The Hands Up. I wasn’t going to forget these songs as I have recordings from various rehearsals and had recorded a few of the tracks as one-off’s earlier, but I did lament the fact that The Hands Up never made a record.

Surprised at how the demos were shaping up, I considered committing to making something I could be proud of and want to share with more than friends and family. I reached out to The Hands Up guitarist Mike Vivier to gauge his interest in adding his talent and textures to the tracks. Mike signed up wholeheartedly and we tracked together on a very fun night in April and another in June. I did the vocals, rhythm guitar, bass, synths, and MIDI instruments in my basement after work and at later at night. Adrian Solarino agreed to track the drums for this project and they were recorded at a rehearsal space belonging to Martin Bourdeau, Isaac Berzins, and Cory Thompson. Corey engineered the drums and Isaac shot some video and snapped some pics. I cannot thank the people named above enough for making this project a reality. I am in their debt.

I learned a great deal and have a newfound appreciation for any record in any genre that gets made and released. In reality, this is all a bit like fantasy camp for me- I get to follow the same processes as my musical heroes and experience the same feelings when sharing something you create. I was also pleasantly surprised by the number of people out there helping others and freely sharing their knowledge. Whenever I got stuck, there was someone out there to help.

Have you ever taken a leap of faith or tried to build something using only the tools around you? Have others helped you knock something off of your bucket list? If so, I’d love to hear all about it.

-JC

credits

released September 1, 2017

BACKED DOWN
(J.Cuthbert, Songs for the Fall / SOCAN)
Jon Cuthbert - Vocals / Rhythm Guitar / Bass
Adrian Solarino - Drums

NIGHT LIKE THIS
(J.Cuthbert, M.Vivier, Songs for the Fall / SOCAN)
Jon Cuthbert - Vocals / Rhythm Guitar / Bass / Keyboard
Mike Vivier - Lead Guitar
Adrian Solarino - Drums

SUGAR ARE YOU SURE
(J.Cuthbert, Songs for the Fall / SOCAN)
Jon Cuthbert - Vocals / Rhythm Guitar / Bass
Mike Vivier - Lead Guitar
Adrian Solarino - Drums

C’MON
(J.Cuthbert, Songs for the Fall / SOCAN)
Jon Cuthbert - Vocals / Rhythm Guitar / Bass / Synthesizer
Mike Vivier - Lead Guitar
Adrian Solarino - Drums

GETTING GONE
(J.Cuthbert, Songs for the Fall / SOCAN)
Jon Cuthbert - Vocals / Rhythm Guitar / Bass
Adrian Solarino - Drums

FINDING THE LIGHT
(J.Cuthbert, Songs for the Fall / SOCAN)
Jon Cuthbert - Vocals / Rhythm Guitar / Bass / Keyboard / Synthesizer
Mike Vivier - Lead Guitar
Adrian Solarino - Drums

All songs produced, arranged, engineered, and mixed by Jon Cuthbert except “C’Mon” arranged by Jon Cuthbert and J.F.Coley. All drums engineered by Corey Thompson.

All songs mastered by The Sound Lab at Disc Makers.


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Jon Cuthbert Montreal, Québec

From his Montreal basement, Cuthbert is releasing an Extended Play record and a handful of singles in 2017. The music is at times reminiscent of Oasis, Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters, The Killers, and The Black Keys, and at others calls to mind Ryan Adams, Joel Plaskett, Elliot Smith, and the softer offerings of U2 or Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. ... more

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