Dance With The Hunted

by Saboteurs

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1.
Splintered 04:04
Splintered Lights - these spinning lights are blinding Erase - not ever wanting to forget The shame will never end But I'm coping on my own The ones I left behind They just fade out Stains - these bloodied veils fall down The pain - I dedicate our loss to you The shame will never end But I'm coping on my own The ones I left behind They just fade out Come here And take my hand Oh just come here And take this cursed band of gold The shame will never end But I'm coping on my own The ones I left behind They just fade out If I fall down, I won't stay down If you fall down, you will stay down You will stay down
2.
OVER AND DOUBT The tarot card flipped over in her hand Turning around She said, 'Look at what you have become, my friend' Leaves on the ground 'Doubt is the beginning not the end, stop cursing the darkness' 'Look at what you can become, my friend' But he had already gone These days have gone Over and over again These days will come Over and over again Please stay with me Over and over again Give to me some time and let me breathe Lost in the sound I'm finding something new in my relief These days all behind us Look at what we have become, my friend This suffering will bind us to the end
3.
BELIEVE NOTHING HURTS Your lies As they come in The lights will shine onto you Listen to their lives As they come in The lights will shine onto you Listen to their lives This time, believe nothing hurts This time, believe nothing hurts Your lies There's a thousand drowned And the lights will shine onto you Listen to their lives This time, believe nothing hurts This time, believe nothing hurts Oh, your lies As they come in They're drowning now In your own sweet precious melody of lies As they come in We're drowning now In your own sweet precious melody of lies
4.
Break Down 03:30
BREAK DOWN They had me right where they wanted me then There when they needed me but never when I needed them Now they'll find the table's turned Now I am my own best friend And every time when I cried I grew colder Like a lake of tears which has frozen over Now they'll find the table's turned Now I am my own best friend But I'd break down the walls Break down those walls If you only wanted me to I'd get them right where I wanted them now If only it wasn't that I'd feel bad somehow Now they'll find the table's turned Now I am my own best friend But I'd break down the walls Break down those walls If you only wanted me to
5.
Marooned 04:22
MAROONED We are the light of the sun in starlight Never the greed be undone in our lifetime Vain 'til the end of the world - possessing everything we have defiled - the nothingness Blazing scarlet, burning darkness Broken red skies are endless We are the light of the world in our eyes The gods we created in gold won't save us now Blazing scarlet, burning darkness Broken red skies are endless Broken red skies are endless The reason I guess why you left me here They look like the old wounds you can't suture They are the scars of time Blazing scarlet, burning darkness Broken red skies are endless All hail the human race...
6.
I THINK MY FACE HATES ME I'm lonely smoking Lamberts in the park Thinking of a future I can't start I'm going home or I'm going down I've been lying on the floor just eating time Pretending there's no light behind my eyes I'm going home or I'm going down Every day I am reborn In the skin I've had before Every night I am the light Before the dawn I may just find a way to walk the line But my knees are cracked from begging all the time I'm going home or I'm going down You told me I don't have this crucifix to bear And if I look ahead I'll see that it's not there I'm going home or I'm going down
7.
ONE TRACK MIND What would it take to be the better man? To say, 'Yes, I can - I'll never let you down' Constant mistakes - pathetic apologies Want to effect a change and make it alright Today is the day - today is that day I kill the doubt inside and learn to play your game This is more than our salvation One track mind And all it's taken You can't save us You can't play this out I feel it now - it was ebbing away Like my sanity, it was holding me down What would it take to feel whole again? Like learning to breathe - don't hold your breath Today is the day - today is that day I kill the doubt inside and learn to play your game Ch You all say the same You all stay the same
8.
DANCE WITH THE HUNTED Plugging you in again I promised you that The drugs would work this time Wiring into your veins The pressure keeps rising It keeps on rising, keeps on rising The spotlight I always craved Keeps pulling me back but There's no light behind these eyes Breathe on your own Is art ever worth the pain? To watch you die on centre stage For fifteen minutes of shame The disappointment never ends It never ends... Three days in Amsterdam I thought that I'd find myself But hiding is nowhere to be found And holding onto the anchor I was the last one to realise That I was drowning The spotlight I always craved Keeps pulling me back but There's no light behind these eyes Breathe on your own
9.
Traces 03:58
TRACES Behind the noise is more noise Can you hear this? Do you want to Crave or fear this? It means the world to me, it means the... There are traces of the old times Like battle scars in my mind Only the world to me Turn the lights out - leave this home Wherever the white lines take us Behind the noise is more noise I remember chilling numbness But still wanting... It means the world to me, it means the... There are traces of the old times Like battle scars in my mind Only the world to me Turn the lights out - leave this home Wherever the white lines take us It means the world to me The world
10.
Willows 04:24
WILLOWS Skin so thin, so thin we see right through you And we blame ourselves, don't you blame yourself too? Skin so thin, so thin it bleeds right through you And we blame ourselves, don't you blame yourself too? Walking wounded - in a black wind Take me to the place where the willows grow Write down everything that hurt us so Everything we never said When the white flag is burning out You're turning it inside out Seeking solace and redemption Take me to the place I can talk with ghosts Tell them all the things that hurt us most Everything we never said When the white flag is burning out You're turning it inside out Burning out Skin so thin, so thin we see right through you And we blame ourselves, don't you blame yourself too? Skin so thin, so thin it bleeds right through you And we blame ourselves, don't you blame yourself too? Skin so thin

about

Struggling with the mundanities of life in an East Midlands market town. Bottling it all up and ready to explode. The quiet ones are the worst they say but there's nothing quiet about Saboteurs' outpouring of pent-up emotions.


The band's 2018 debut EP attracted a growing fan-base and recognition by BBC Introducing, Richer Sound's Artist of the Week and as finalists in Radio Wigwam's Rock Act of the Year. From the gothic post-punk splendour and dark, foreboding rock of 'Nobody Knows Me Like You' , to the haunting slow-burn of 'Coraline' , Saboteurs manage somehow to transcend genres. The juxtaposition stems from the contrasting styles of songwriters Ben Ellis (vocals/guitars) and Rick Whitehead (guitars/vocals). 'We just can’t do trends. We end up chucking in elements from all manner of genres and smashing them together'.

Their debut album, 'Dance With The Hunted' was released on 4 May 2019 with reviewers finding elements as diverse as Soundgarden, Radiohead, Nirvana, Goo Goo Dolls, U2 and Korn:

'Fusing elements of alt-rock, grunge, post-punk, metal and folk, they create hard-hitting music that thrills and surprises....a heavy, emotionally-wrought album to be sure – there are no upbeat love songs here! But it’s a beautifully-crafted work, with deeply compelling, heartfelt lyrics, gorgeous rock melodies, and magnificent instrumentals. Every track is superb, with no filler or throwaways' (eclecticmusiclover.com)

'There’s a real smorgasbord of musical influences all overlapping in an eclectic and rich sound here. It speaks to the many with its relatable lyrics that really resonate and takes you on a real adventure with all its many musical twists and turns. There is definitely a darkness to the record, it’s sombre and hard hitting, kind of like if Radiohead and Nirvana had a baby' (theindependentvoice.org)

'...amazing guitar that just blows through you and powerful vocals' (Muzak Review)

'Blew my f...ing tits off' (Lone Frequencies)


Saboteurs are: Ben Ellis (vocals/rythym guitars); Rick Whitehead (guitars/vocals); Pete Botterill (drums); and Geoff Standeven (bass).
Wherever the white lines take us...

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released May 4, 2019

All songs written and performed by Rick Whitehead and Ben Ellis. Produced, mixed and mastered by Hamish Dickinson at Phoenix Sound Studio, Mansfield, UK.

Drums and percussion performed by Hamish Dickinson.

Kirsty Marlog - additional vocals on Over And Doubt, Believe Nothing Hurts, Break Down, Marooned and I Think My Face Hates Me
Miles Kent - additional vocals on Break Down
Jamie Armstrong - additional vocals on Traces

Artwork by Anita Inverarity at inveraritygallery.com

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Saboteurs Lincoln, UK

Original alt-indie rock from Lincoln UK drawing on a range of influences - from folk to metal, post-punk to prog.

Vocals/Guitar - Ben Ellis
Guitar/Vocals - Rick Whitehead
Bass - Geoff Standeven
Drums - Pete Botterill
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