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Modern Tricks for Living

by Low Hummer

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1.
Take Arms 02:58
For all the Northerners pretending to be Southern, take arms All the business class still living with your mothers, take arms All the billionaires that don’t believe in sharing, take arms Now all the single parents scrounge to making a living, take arms I don’t want us to be friends, I just want a little peace of mind You always said we’re too young to be loved, well now I’m too old to judge You seem to think we’ll jump when you jump, my father said enough is enough Instead we’ll all get drunk, ‘til we drop, escape the bores of the job Our way of saying, ‘I won't take it’ Do you think there's Southerners who wish that they were Northern Cos we’re all weekend zombies drinking through the boredom Is this the modern age that we’re all living? Take arms I don’t want you to hate me, I just want a little peace of mind You always said we’re too young to be loved, well now it looks like death from above You seem to think we’ll jump when you jump, my sister said enough is enough Instead we’ll all get drunk, ‘til we drop, escape the bores of the job Our way of saying, ‘I won't take it’
2.
So I saw this brand new advert, and I read between the lines They’ve been selling us this stuff since 1965 But still I get the feeling, that crazy impulse rush to buy In the hope that this new item might just change my life And we know that it won't, it’s just late We are bored If you want to stop the world well that’s okay, just say you’re bored Don’t. You. Ever. Sleep Hours staring at the ceiling, I can't sleep without the light And the critics in my head, they can be cruel sometimes Well my heart i’nt always beating, in the middle of the night So I spend all of my money and I hold on tight And we know, it’s a waste, it's just late We are bored If you want to stop the world well you just say We are bored If you want to stop the world, well it i’nt ever going to stop. If you want to stop the world well you just say Don’t you ever sleep.
3.
Wake up it's another day, my face needs yet another shave I need to go out and go get paid, forget today’s now yesterday I tell myself it's not too late and wish my little life away, I dress for work just like the day before Now clamber on another train, and wait for it to get delayed I breathe another sigh and say, ‘oh well, that’s an hours pay’ I’m screaming out internally, refuse to show emotionally I bite my lip just like the day before We were born, to feel disgusted in our bodies We were born, to watch the same shows everyday We were born, to We were born, for everyday to feel the same We were born, to feel our work shoes hit the pavement We were born, to watch the clock and pray for god We were born, to We were born, to never wash away the shame Wake up it's another day, my head’s in total disarray I need to go out and go get paid, I guess we all just feel the same I let go of my oxygen, and feel the panic closing in I’m dressed for work just like the day before Now clamber on another train, the same delays as yesterday I breathe another sigh and say, ‘I can't bear to live today’ I’m screaming out externally, bleeding out emotionally, I hit the breaks and fell down to the floor I don’t like you, I like the way things were before I choose live news, I stay up late to watch it all
4.
Never Enough 03:49
You’re feeling older, we’ve both been living strange I’ve been trapped in bed for days You can be cold but you can't hide your pain I know you’re scared of change Take control, you stare for hours at the ceiling Take control, you always like to talk too much Take control, interaction leaves you bitter Take control, do you always feel afraid? Scared to lose control, culture bound alone Decades on your own, culture bound alone When this pain’s over, your heart won't beat the same In troubled times, reframe If you feel happy for a moment of the day Do you forget your shame? I hate this place, I hate the world, when its not on your side You’re living strange but you’re the one. Scared to lose control, culture bound alone Decades on your own, culture bound alone
5.
I don’t believe in healthy living, I don’t believe in growing old I do believe I’ll die alone, but stop me if I’m wrong I never lost that loving feeling, I don’t believe in the Berlin Wall I read my news on social media and I believe it all Shut up man the TV’s talking! Shut up man the TV’s on! Shut up man, hide those feelings, no-one feels alone! Shut up Dad, just stop your crying! Shut up Mum, there’s nothing wrong! Shut up Son, your time is over, mine has just begun. Sometimes I wish I was a different person, do you ever feel the same? Sometimes I wish you were a different person, I feel the same thing everyday Sometimes I wish I was a different person, do you ever feel the same? Sometimes I wish I had a different body, I feel the same thing everyday I don’t believe that change can happen, the world goes on there is no hope I don’t believe in global warming, maybe it's just warm? You talk just like a politician, you say a lot and nout at all I don’t believe in simple living, I believe in war Don’t feel like you have to be you Sometimes I wish I was a different person, do you ever feel the same? Sometimes I wish you were a different person, I feel the same thing everyday Sometimes I wish I was a different person, do you ever feel the same? Sometimes I wish I had a different body, I feel the same thing everyday
6.
You think your life’s over but truth is it never began Decade through decade, you try to hold onto the plan Then you settle down with the first to pay you attention You keep your head down, pretend you know how to have fun. You slave in a job just enough to keep grasping along Wake up late at night cos you realise that you’re all alone You drink and you drive and you cheat and you lie and you reach for the button your self destruct mind and you dream for the time when you felt sound of mind and you cry and you cry ‘til your heart has run dry This is the real thing! This modern living thing sucks! The world keeps on turning you’ve always got more stuff to do Like chasing the life goals your parents have told you to choose You eat then you buy then you eat and you buy and you try to pretend that your life won't pass by so you eat peace of mind and you buy and you buy and you buy away time whilst the world burns inside Take what you wanted, take what you needed This is the real thing! This modern living thing sucks!
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One day I’ll be gone, you will move on, and time will grow old with you Your years will come and go, you can look back, but then don’t get stuck Oh, to dream! Of menace, anger, hurt, temptation A mind succumbed to lust, it's fine to feel wrong, we’re made to feel numb Ageing shadow, I would die in bliss laid with you I feel hollow, I don’t know enough to be young Visions alone, visions alone, the past was ours, the future’s taken Visions alone, visions alone, calm skies in your eyes Men want control Women play strong Children cry more, when they feel unsure When we feel alone We can be cold Too cold to care, too old to feel brand new, the future’s hollow, ageing shadow All beauty fades, young dreams of me and you, breathe shallow, ageing shadow Cheek to cheek, hand in hand In loving sorrow, this ageing shadow I don’t know enough to be young Ageing shadow, I would die in bliss laid with you I feel hollow, I don’t know enough to be young
8.
I can be someone, I could be something, locked in the static, a forbidden comfort, the stuff you find shameful, the image of violence, I can be someone that you trust Under tragedy/conflict, please state your interests, if we call you back, will you feel wanted? I hate the sunshine, I hate the bright lights, I hate someone that you love Someone that you love Repetition, another day: I can be human, if I can afford to, I can be someone that you love Repetition, you’re tired again: I can be awkward, I can be tortured, I can be someone that you love Someone that you love I tell you what, I think I’m wired to feel pain, some days I feel like I’m dead I tell you what, I think I’m wired for disdain, these days I feel like I’m dead I hate consuming, It feels so tiring, watching endless screens all your life is all that I’ve wanted, all that I crave for, for that and someone that you love I want to be someone you love, I want to feel something I tell you what, I think I’m wired to feel pain, some days I feel like I’m dead I tell you what, I think I’m wired for disdain, these days I feel like I’m dead At times, I just want to turn away, and at times I’m hard to be around At times, I don’t feel like this is real, and sometimes everything’s the same At times I just want to turn away, at times I’m hard to be around I don’t feel like this is real, sometimes everything is the same I don’t feel like this is real, sometimes everything’s the same Everything’s the same, everything’s the same
9.
Commercials 04:36
Welcome to the new age, you don’t need to be afraid, if you’re scared you can reach us online You see adverts in your dreams, your head’s one big movie screen, you have visions of fast food and cars The morning breaks, two minutes hate, the screaming starts before you say, ‘well I guess Orwell was right’ Lying there in your single bed, your TV set to sleepy head, it watches you all through the night Let it go, for once in your life Big cities to backwards towns, pollute themselves with awful sounds, the sun’s gone but the lights still grow bright The sut that fills the air, was there a time when it wasn’t there? We wear masks and look to the sky The dawn is red, the King is dead, you mutter underneath your breath, ‘well I guess tonight is the night’ And lying there on your single bed, your TV brain switched on again, commercials all through the night Let it go, for once in your life There was a time when, I felt alright. You’re an addict to feeling pain, I’m addicted to feeling shame You’re ill, I’m sick and we know it I love the bones of you, does that ever depress you too? One day we’ll pay for our crimes Let it go, for once in your life You see it out, you see this out now, for once in your life
10.
A thousand debts, a thousand miles before this journey begins, a thousand ways to live your life before your morals kick in It’s been months since he’d been seen they found him flat on his face, you close the door, you too are alone without employment or friends – keep breathing Creative campaign catchy slogan but results stay the same, all the hope turns into dread, another decade no change, I feel a sadness – keep breathing Have you ever been abroad and felt the need to complain? Have you ever seen a sight you know you won't see again? – keep breathing Different lives different trials, different place, different time, different skin, different blame, different people stay the same - keep breathing Different lives, feel the pain, wide awake until you’re late, walk or drive to work today it breaks the usual mundane, complain and complain The People This Place - they’re not your friends, I’m not your friend The People This Place - they’re not your friends, and once again, you’re stressed ‘til your dead Different lives different trials, different place, different time, different skin, different blame, different people stay the same Different lives, feel the pain, wide awake until you’re late, walk or drive to work today, it breaks the usual ___?, complain and complain I look at you, it makes me hate me, I look to you, it makes me hate me I look at you, it makes me hate me, I look to you, it makes me hate me The People This Place - they’re not your friends, I’m not your friend The People This Place - they’re not your friends, and once again, you’re stressed ‘til your dead

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released September 17, 2021

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Low Hummer Hull, UK

Low Hummer are a 6 piece from Hull who make danceable, synth-heavy post-punk. They write about feelings of alienation in a modern world of consumerism and societal pressures from the safety of their band home - the New Adelphi Club.

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