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August 10, 2015

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Written by Johny Brown & Mark Beazley Recorded at Slowfoot Studios in Forest Hill by Frank Byng. Produced by Frank Byng and Band of Holy Joy. Executive producer – Tim Melia. Mastered at Trace Recordings by Mark Beazley

“Isn’t That Just The Life” Band Of Holy Joy – download single

  • ISN'T THAT JUST THE LIFE

‘I’m a sensitive girl, tougher than you’ sings Johny Brown in Band of Holy Joy’s new single ‘Isn’t That Just The Life’. This may be the first time he’s written from a female perspective, but I may have missed something over the years, after all Band of Holy Joy have had more personnel changes than The Fall, and are about to release their 19th album, ‘The Land Of Holy Joy’ on Stereogram Recordings in September. As is their want, the lyricism on ‘Isn’t That Just The Life’ deals with the darker side of life, but the music and instrumentation are upbeat resulting in an uplifting almost Northern Soul-esque slice of a Summer which may never quite materialise. In a perfect world this would be Top Ten, but we live in a far from perfect world, yet Band of Holy Joy continue to have the ability to document ‘days in the life’ of random individuals lyrically, plumbing the lower depths of inner city urban existence and all that goes with it, and sugar-coating it with their trademark musical upbeat optimism. ‘Easy Listening (for Uneasy Times)’, the last long player released in early 2014 saw the band slimmed down to a six-piece. Exceptional reviews followed (see Press Pack), accompanied by a handful of well received European and UK dates, and a series of download singles celebrating ‘good living and bad livers’, the highlight being their tribute to George Best on ‘When a Gift is a Curse’. Labelmate Lou Reid , chanteuse with Lola in Slacks offered this: “It’s a real gem. Love the opening line: ‘the tattoo on my pelvic bone is faded’ - Lyrics are especially great written from a girl’s perspective. Quite a celebration of the female spirit. Love it! Johny’s voice is a real heartbreak too”.

ISN’T THAT JUST THE LIFE The tattoo on my pelvic bone is fading Fifteen years displayed on the palest skin A fragile stem topped by a simple blue flower It has been with me through the darkest of darkening hours I am gone today but I’ll be here tomorrow, I’ll trade all of my joy for some of your sorrows, I’m a sensitive girl but I’m tougher than you, it has always been this girl who has seen things through, isn’t that just the life Suicide mother gave girls spikey acid drink Children in the street play with brightly coloured looms We float about in a dream then the war is brought home McCann troll found dead in a hotel room I am gone today but I’ll be here tomorrow, I’ll trade all of my joy for some of your sorrows, I’m a sensitive girl but I’m tougher than you, it has always been this girl who has seen things through Teenager stabbed on bus dies in best friends arms Disabled work longer hours because they are grateful Some nights I break I admit I just walk and I cry But I’m going to change this world before I die I am gone today but I’ll be here tomorrow, I’ll trade all of my joy for some of your sorrows, I’m a sensitive girl but I’m tougher than you, it has always been this girl who has seen things through Isn’t that just the life Isn’t that just the life Isn’t that just the life Isn’t that just the life