Death Rattle Blues

by Cursed Arrows

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"Following the White Stripes’ recent break up, a sizable drum-and-guitar shaped hole was left in the dirty blues scene. That hole can now be filled by Halifax’s Cursed Arrows...“Death Rattle Blues” is a kick in the teeth in the best way possible. The driving guitar lines and steady build-up showcase the rawness of Cursed Arrows, with a dash of Pinkerton-era Weezer shining through as the pair harmonize the line “Watching you watching me.” It’s a standout track, whetting our appetites for Madness of the Crowds."
~Discorder (Canada)

"It's almost impossible not to mention The White Stripes when writing about this Halifax-via-Southern Ontario couple. Beyond the two-piece (guitar/drums) setup, Ryan and Jackie Stanley make a disproportionately large noise with its roots firmly planted in blues-rock. They also force other people's songs to jump through misshapen hoops, including Beck's “Pay No Mind” and PJ Harvey's “Rid of Me.”
~The Star (Canada)

"Now that word has trickled down that The White Stripes are part of rock history, the belt for best boy-girl blooze-rock duo is up for grabs, and Cursed Arrows may be a darkhorse to keep an eye on. Way heavier than “that band,” this Canadian husband and wife team whips up a overdriven stew sure to stick to the bones of fans of units ranging from Black Sabbath to The Melvins to The Warlocks. Cassette single Death Rattle Blues (get it here) is a stoner-boner lying is wait, provided you still have that old boombox in the garage, and is rounded out with two cover songs (Beck’s Pay No Mind and PJ Harvey’s Rid of Me) and two live acoustic songs."
~My Old Kentucky Blog (US)


released January 4, 2011

All songs by Cursed Arrows 2010 SOCAN, except:
Pay No Mind by Beck Hansen, Cyanide Breathmint Music
Rid Of Me by PJ Harvey, Hot Head Music Ltd

Ry N Stanley - Guitar, Vocals
Jack E Stanley - Vocals, Drums, Guitar on 4,5.

Recorded live, mixed and mastered by Cursed Arrows, 2010



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Cursed Arrows has always been Ryan and Jack E Stanley - a man, a woman, and their songs. As honest and uncompromising as love itself.

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Track Name: Death Rattle Blues
i let the rattlesnake in
can't find his way back out
i give the reason within
another reason to back out
reason and sin
fingers entwined
reason within
get out while you're still alive

watching you watching me
wave at the road signs
voices and winds change
stare at told polaroids
read into the grain
see words that aren't there
watching your eyes shift
their focus to me

did they make a sound?
dead man in the living room
and the lady with no face
did she lose it in a gunfight? dog fight/
did he die in his sleep?

we didn't make a move
dead man in the back seat
with the monster who took him apart
we're paralyzed now
he destroyed us, too
we should have killed him
when we could still see you

i know you're going to talk in code...
Track Name: Not The End (live acoustic)
curse the town where i grew up
and fell back down
force too many bastard smiles
i should leave here for awhile

so i talk to the dead
and i talk with my hands
you live inside your head
but this is not the end
this is not the end

guns blaze and the leaders
smoke cigars
you wouldn't take one
standing in the schoolyard
saw my neighbour
trying to choke his wife
with a telephone wire
she wore a neck brace
after that night
and no one said goodbye

over-analyze the stares
of the people uptown
never let your actions
precede their reactions
you think you're tough
but it's rarely enough
if you keep digging up
you'll only find dust
only find dust

where your bones used to be
and your recollections of me
unshackled by grief
for a life you can't lead
so you try to forget
leave your keys in the door again
spout wisdom from a can
but this is not the end
this is not the end...