Follow The Leader

by Blues Arcadia

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Blues Arcadia continue to forge their reputation as dirty-soul heroes by injecting fresh new energy into 21st century rhythm and blues while channelling the passion and urgency of the old-school soul revival shows, with US magazine Blues Blast claiming that “with them, the future of blues is secure”.

"Follow The Leader" is the first single from their forthcoming second studio album, recorded by ARIA award winning producer/engineer Jeff Lovejoy between COVID lockdowns and other existential crises this year. "Follow The Leader" is a riotous carousel of a song, with a thumping bass line and a rhythm that grabs you by the boogies from the first guitar "CHAK!!"

Three-time Australian Blues Music Award winners and Australian Roots Music Award nominees, the songwriting partnership of vocalist Alan Boyle and guitarist Chris Harvey is completed by collaborators and partners-in-crime Jeremy Klysz (bass), Paula Girvan (keys) and Casper Hall (drums).

Reviews for their last studio release "Carnival Of Fools" include 4.5 stars from The Australian Weekend Review, 5 stars from the Sunday Mail, a #5 debut on the AIR Independent Charts and a #1 debut on the Australian Blues and Roots Airplay Charts. Their new album is scheduled for release in early 2022.

Artwork by Clayton Doley

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Don’t follow the leader
Can’t tell by the way he blows your cover
He’ll send and receive you
And lend you the way to break another
Bone inside the secret
That splits the skin between two lovers..

Don’t stick to the border
Don't cross no lines and take no corners
Executive order
To carry the weight you’re breaking under
Stone inside the secret that splits the skin
Between two lovers

So try harder
And prove yourself and all forgiven
No digital armour
To separate the dead from living
Loud and undefeated
Proud that you are needed
Can't wait to meet you
We’re gonna get along just fine

I know that you need it
You’re saving face and faking trouble sleep
With one eye open
Dream of the words to break another
Bone inside the secret
Gonna light the way between two lovers

So, don’t follow the leader
Don’t fall to the ground and blow your cover
He’ll send and deceive you
And write you the words to break another
Bone inside the secret that lights the way
Between two lovers

So try harder
And tell yourself that you’re forgiven
No digital armour
To separate the dead from living
Loud and undefeated
Proud that you are needed
Can't wait to meet you
You gonna love your neighbour

So fight harder
It leaves a taste that knows no hunger
A chemical reason
For breaking up not fading under
Loud and undefeated
Know that you are needed
Can’t wait to meet you
We're gonna get along just fine

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released November 9, 2021
Released 9 November 2021

Vocals - Alan Boyle
Guitar - Chris Harvey
Keys - Paula Girvan
Bass - Jeremy Klysz
Drums - Casper Hall

Recorded and mixed by Jeff Lovejoy at Black Box Brisbane. Mastered by Matt Gray, Brisbane.

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Blues Arcadia Brisbane, Australia

Three-time Australian Blues Music Award winners and Australian Roots Music Award nominees. Combining the legendary soul of Stax and Motown with the heat and power of the Chicago and Memphis blues, Blues Arcadia deliver an uninhibited old-fashioned soul stomp revival. ... more

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