No Sleep
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No Sleep

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Tracklist

1. Good Intentions

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2. Team No Sleep

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3. Not A Ghost

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4. Making Deals

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5. Triggered Weeknd

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6. Right Again

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7. Marquee 1970s

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8. Alt-Cool

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9. So Maybe Next Time

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10. Block

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11. Seldom Sober

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About Album

The ninth studio album is another group record, this time featuring Roger Houdaille, Michelle Grand and Giuseppe Rodriguez

Artist: Wheels

Label: Think Like A Key Records

Release Date: August 22, 2018

People: Ex Norwegian

Available Lyrics

Good Intentions

Don't want your money
Just want your soul
Take it easy

Go real slow

Don't want your feeling
Just want your gold
Big excuses
Make it harder to sow

Take it down the line
Take it on the side
You know the road to nowhere
Is paved with good intention

Taken by the sign
Make it outta line
You know the road to nowhere
Is paved with good intentions

Don't want your future
Just want your soul
Don't ask for nothing
That can't be sold

Maybe someday
When we get old
We'll be together
Looking for that pot of gold

Take it down the line
Take it on the side
You know the road to nowhere
Is paved with good intention

Taken by the sign
Make it outta line
You know the road to nowhere
Is paved with good intentions
Paved with good intentions
Na na na

Come on spark some hope
Baby grind my gear
Be my harmony
And match my fears
Hold on to distance
Life thru a screen
Is lonelier than it seems

Take it down the line
Take it on the side
You know the road to nowhere
Is paved with good intention

Taken by the sign
Make it outta line
You know the road to nowhere
Is paved with good intentions now
Paved with good intentions
Na na na

Team No Sleep

Wild times in the middle of June
You can run but it won't stick like glue
It's a fee that will rack up real soon

Team no sleep all day

As I see it now it's all gone
You can find but you won't get around
Hit me back it's not worth it to frown
Team no sleep all day
It could be O.K.

Good reviews? What should we say?
Things don't matter when they appear that way
Looking good out ready to slay
It will be O.K.

As I see it now it's all gone
You can find but you won't get around
Hit me back it's not worth it to frown
Team no sleep all day
It could be O.K.

As I see it now it's all gone
You can find but you won't get around
Hit me back it's not worth it to frown
Team no sleep all day
It could be O.K.

Can't believe that it's happened to see
A telling sign that you're laughing at me
Either way we just got to be free
Team no sleep all day

As I see it now it's all gone
You can find but you won't get around
Hit me back it's not worth it to frown
Team no sleep all day
It could be O.K.

As I see it now it's all gone
You can find but you won't get around
Hit me back it's not worth it to frown
Team no sleep all day
It could be O.K.

Not A Ghost

If you see me and just look away
I know that you got something to say
But you don't

Gotta shade of a ghost

And I feel good just roaming around
Your hands on me really take me off the ground
That's how we're meant to be
Way to be, it's the way to be

Yeah you love me and it's open my eyes
Everyday is a whole brand new surprise
That's how we're meant to be
From a to z, from a to z

If you see me and just look away
I know that you got something to say
And you will
Yes, you're everything thing to me

I can't believe that its happened to me
The ghost is real
It's the way that I feel
The ghost is real
It's the way that I feel

Making Deals

Got luck but you don't know the score
You feel love but you can't knock down the door
I got some but you gotta try hard

That's not the only way
The only way
It's not the first or second

When you say you're just looking around
Feeling hopped up and you don't know how
I seen God, it's a friendly face
Look at how strong boy, evil two-faced
With a little to say, thrown it away

Hot love in the town, look what you found
A whole lotta messin' around
Hot love running away, what did you say
Come on and let it down

Just wait till the law hits your jaw
It may take some time for that kinda of straw
To break the back of a million dollar crew
That's just sitting there with nothing more to do
Just watching the score hit new lows

Hot love in the town, look what you found
A whole lotta messin' around
Hot love running away, what did you say
Come on and let it down

When you're broke like a gumdrops
And you're no longer so hot
In those floppy tops and sloppy hats
Look at how low boy you got
Making deals two shot
Making deals that'll blow you, blow you away
That'll blow you away
That'll blow you away
You can blow away

Triggered Weeknd

Feel good, deep inside
Feel good worldwide
Feel good to be alive


Triggered Weeknd you happy now
There's more than meets the eye
Triggered Weeknd you happy now
It's a sound that cannot thrive
Triggered Weeknd you happy now
When you're on your own
Triggered Weeknd you happy now
With the cars that you own

But I feel good, deep inside
Feel good worldwide
Feel good to be alive

Triggered Weeknd you happy now
Growing up is hard
Triggered Weeknd you happy now
Shining lights beyond
Triggered Weeknd you happy now
Alaska's on the frame
Triggered Weeknd you happy now
Only dankest memes remain

And who knows where this will take us
It's a road never traveled before
Corrupting musical minds

Triggered Weeknd you happy now
There's more than meets the eye
Triggered Weeknd you happy now
It's a sound that cannot thrive
Triggered Weeknd you happy now
When you're on your own
Triggered Weeknd you happy now
With the cars that you own

Right Again

Hold me close your eyes... do you feel the same?
Tightly squeeze the pain up to forty hours

You are right again, the never ending tale
Wonders in your brain, neurotropic gains

My days constant change in a true disguise
Springing thru the air... all the savage lies

But you are right again, the never ending fate
Of wonders in your brain
Neurotropic, neurotropic
Neurotropic gains

It's part of it sure when you're asking for more
Take it sounds galore, whistling out of adore
But guess what it's mine
It is mine... It's mine

Hold me close your eyes... do you feel the same?
Tightly squeeze the pain up to forty hours
You are right again the never ending tale
Wonders in your brain
Neurotropic, neurotropic
Neurotropic gains

You were right again between the eye
You were right again between the eyes
You were right again between the eyes

Marquee 1970s

Heard a sound to believe
Bled loud and clean till it burned away
Struck a chord right through me

Ripping at my heart, echoing in me

I really wanna find out
I really wanna find out
Marquee 1970s
Pogo with your bubblegum
I think you're gonna bite your tongue
Roxy, what you do to me

Another time far away
Wish I was a plane I'd crash right into you
Borrowed time in a club
In this smokey room with nothing left to lose

I really wanna find out
I really wanna find out
Marquee 1970s
Black Swan, Boardwalk
Roundhouse, 100 Club
Marquee 1970's

Oh, all this mindless beauty
And all the time we share in screams
I know it's all for nothing
But you left your ghost in me
You left your ghost in me

Alt-Cool

Send a note, wait for response
Direct attack without a source
Group of time, group of friends

What a show till the end
Without warning I break the fall
Know what's wrong, but not for long

We can go on helplessly
It can free
Over a commodity
Equals time to breathe

Inviting me up the stairs
Who knows what we'll encounter there
It's a Rolls without the Royce
You still got nothing, nothing to hold
At the night, nothing is known
It's all new and right up in cue

It can go on endlessly
It can free
Over a commodity
Equals time to breathe
It can go on endlessly
Once you see

Traffic flowing into the march
Clear blue sky seeking animal starch

It can go on helplessly
It can free
Over a commodity
Equals time to breathe

So Maybe Next Time

I heard that chance always favors a prepared mind
Well I'm straight out of luck
Cause I'm unprepared all the time


I've got tons to do and loads on my mind
Knowing you could be nice
But I'm a total wreck so maybe next time

I swear these backlit lights keep on
Draining my brain
My thoughts are fading to grey
Organic graffiti corroding away

I've got tons to do and loads on my mind
Knowing you could be nice
But I'm a total wreck so maybe next time

You say to meet you half way but I
Haven't been there before
Let's pretend to quickly progress
And watch everything in reverse

I've got tons to do and loads on my mind
Knowing you could be nice
But I'm a total wreck so maybe next time

Meet me meet me up here where
My heads in the clouds
Meet me meet me up here
Where my heads in the clouds

Block

The best of time amongst the wicked
Heading thru the end without a score
Sooner or later it comes predictive

Patience is key, don't ask for more

Robbed at night without a sound
Block the fight without a round
Round round

It's words like these that get acquitted
Blasting out the letters in record speeds
Desperate days roll out convicted
In a serious battle of control leads

Robbed at night without a sound
Block the fight without a round, round round
Round, round round

In a move that counters all the gifted
Ones who omit the plea
What comes and goes around the world is fitted
To the reality you choose to see

Block the fight
Without a round, round, round

Seldom Sober

When you gotta strong mind of love and care
You could see the sunshine
When the losers are there

When you strike a feeling
That comes and goes
It don't matter who comes in your life
You'll know

With an optimized heart
You'll never be apart
Of those you love, really love

And with the alright start
Of another part
That'll grow and grow and grow

When you got a love that is strong 'nuff to bare
Stay away from magic, oh if you dare
Sing along with fixtures
It's hard to tell
But even thru the hard times
It's obvious you'll fare well

Album Reviews

 It’s a never ending sense of frustration at IDHAS HQ that Ex Norwegian are not massive. If this were the Seventies, the momentum would have achieved this, but in these Spotify, one track wonder, move on to the next, albums have a hard time. Roger Houdaille’s Miami Beach trio deserve that success. This is album Number 9 in just over a decade and each has the happy knack of giving you what you want yet taking the music on a pace. No Sleep is great Pop Rock, albums that get made less and get heard in the mainstream even lesser. Having two vocalists helps the variation. The decisions on who sings what are spot on. The sweet tones of Michelle Grand work beautifully on the likes of Marquee 1970’s, a real stomp that you will have heard on the IDHAS Radio Show. Separately, Houdaille and Grand’s vocals excel, it’s also great to hear a joint vocal on the left field, Block. The duo even get to sound all Deacon Blue on Triggered Weeknd. Grand’s vocal on Maybe Next Time is Kirsty MacColl like. The whole album is a sort of best of 75 – 85 music wise, the new wave pace of Right Again is spot on. Fernando Perdomo never seems to sleep and here he adds Guitar to Good Intentions and Making Deals. The former is a real Glam sing along, whilst the latter is the album’s centrepiece. Making Deals is a real ear worm, all street attitude, it’ll certainly be up there in my 2018 Review Of The Year. The Perdomo solo on Making Deals is worth the admission alone. I can’t emphasise how good the song is, so much so that it’s the lead song embedded here. In a just world, people would be queuing outside record shops to buy No Sleep. You’ll just have to go second best and buy it where you can. 

I Don't Hear A Single

 Ahhhhhhhhh….No Sleep is classic Ex Norwegian. If you don’t know what that means, you have some catching up to do. Regular readers know we’ve been big fans of this band for years. For anyone who’d like to know why, this album would provide an excellent frame of reference. This Miami, Florida-based group has been creating incredible pop music for several years. Over time word has spread and they now have fans all over the world. Ex Norwegian is the trio of Roger Houdaille, Michelle Grand, and Giuseppe Rodriguez. Other cool folks appearing on these tracks include Adam Rhodes, Fernando Perdomo, Derek Cintron, Greg Byers, and W.D. Miller. If you like pop songs that stick in your head like glue and never go away, you’re gonna totally dig this album. No Sleep features eleven super smart guitar-driven pop tracks that are sinfully addictive. A few of the band’s more recent albums have featured a more raw basic sound. On Sleep, they return to the more produced and polished sound they had when they were just getting started. The end result…will blow your mind. Houdaille’s ability to consistently write insanely good songs is impressive and amazing. Unlike other folks whose songwriting skills seem to fizzle out over time, this guy’s compositional talents just seem to get better. Michelle, Giuseppe, and Roger play with the kind of precise intensity that propels their tunes to another level. You can tell by the sound of these tracks that these folks enjoy playing music together…the positive vibes come through loud and clear. The album was produced by Roger and mixed by Zach Ziskin. Uplifting in so many ways, these classic songs will most definitely stand the test of time. This is easily one of the best albums yet by this continually engaging underground pop band. It’s also bound to be one of the best pop albums of 2018. Kickass cuts include “Good Intentions,” “Team No Sleep,” “Triggered Weekend,” “Alt-Cool,” and “Seldom Sober.” Highly recommended. TOP PICK. 

babysue®

 This Miami sound machine rolls on, undaunted and/or perhaps inspired by founder/guitarist/singer/producer Roger Houdaille’s hospital death scare a few years back. Following two 2016 albums, No Sleep is another brash affair with sly, bursting late ’60s/early ’70s-pop isms a la Shocking Blue, Wings, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, late The Move/early ELO, and lighter Cheap Trick—a similar draught that animates A.C. Newman and his New Pornographers and a bit of Nada Surf. The tunes are big and bad as their driving sound with lead guitar doubling melodies, and backing, heavy harmonies (often male/female with pretty Michelle Grand). The likes of “Making Deals” seem to all but leap out of speakers, so boisterously busy and eagerly spouting are they, tempered it against prettier sides such as “Triggered Weeknd.” Whoever kept RH alive did more than just his friends and family a favor. 

The Big Takeover

 This is actually the ninth album by the Miami based three-piece. Classic powerpop is their stock in a trade with a penchant for the odd quirky lyric. The sun-kissed, turbo-charged melodies of 'Good Intentions' and 'Not A Ghost' recall the likes of Jason Falkner's solo albums. The laidback 'Triggered Weeknd' has that hazy 70's AM vibe that Fountains of Wayne did so well. Harmonies rain down and the heavenly vocals of Michelle Grand add a distinctive flavour missing from most bands in this typically male-dominated genre. The less subtle 'Making Deals' has one foot on the monitor as heavy drums bolster a glam terrace chant lyric. A similar trick is tried out on the out and out rocky 'Marquee 1970s'. That track though marks the point where the rest of the album seems to lose its way, sadly becoming a bit stale in comparison to the more enticing first half. 

Shindig!

 As I listened to this latest album from Ex Norwegian, I kept getting the feeling that I’d heard it before. And then, suddenly, I realized that I’d listened to the whole album. And I understood. This is Ex Norwegian’s ninth album. If you aren’t already a fan of the band’s kitchen-sink approach to power pop (one that is highly reminiscent of the New Pornographers, with guest shouters and all), there’s nothing here that will change your mind. If, somehow, you haven’t ever come across the band and think you might be interested–trust me, you will be. The songcraft is as tight as ever, and the raucous production sound loosens things up to a wonderfully-approachable level. This album was released the day after summer started, and that’s just about perfect. Few bands scream summer like Ex Norwegian. So, yes, nothing new to see here. Just power pop brilliance, shimmering even as summer turns into a molten mess. Drop this in and ease into your own fade. 

Aiding & Abetting

 Even while keeping a steady pace of recording a new album each year, Ex Norwegian shows no signs of losing its creative edge. No Sleep, which dropped a few months back, is the Miami-based band’s latest collection of cryptic lyrics set to catchy melodies. And it’s great to hear singer-guitarist Roger Houdaille and singer Michelle Grand joining forces again after Grand was absent throughout much of 2017’s Tekstet (Subtitled). That Houdaille/Grand tandem is particularly impressive on high energy numbers like “Good Intentions” and “Right Again,” but also works on the more elegant “Seldom Sober,” which is augmented with a string arrangement. They also take turns being the sole lead vocalist; with Houdaille grabbing the spotlight on “Making Deals,” and Grand driving the garage rock fun of “Marquee 1970s.” Grand also brings an engaging carefree attitude to the breezy indie rock of “So Maybe Next Time.” It’s hard to get a consistent message via Houdaille’s edgy lyrics. “Triggered Weeknd” opens with the inspired mantra of “Feel good deep inside, feel good worldwide, feel good to be alive” but later talks about “corrupting musical minds.” Then there’s this couplet from the acoustic-based “Alt Cool”: “traffic flowing into march/Clear blue sky seeking animal starch.” It might not make sense, but like all the songs on this latest effort from Ex Norwegian, the well crafted performances make it work. 

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