No Wall Too High

by Thermal And A Quarter

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A first-of-its-kind collaboration between Thermal And A Quarter (TAAQ) and Mathew Kurian (formerly with the United Nations University, Dresden, Germany). 10 songs on the themes of 'division' set against the backdrop of 25 years of German Reunification. Launched at the 70th anniversary of the founding of the UN, in Bonn, Germany, Oct 2015.

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released October 15, 2015

Album concept by Mathew Kurian
Lyrics by Mathew Kurian and Bruce Lee Mani

Guitars, Vocals, Guitar Synths - Bruce Lee Mani
Bass, Backing Vocals - Leslie Charles
Drums, Percussion - Rajeev Rajagopal
Backing vocals - Ragini Ramanathan & Rini Mukhia
Recorded by Rahul Ranganath at Audio Academy Studios, Bangalore, India
Mixed by Rahul Ranganath and TAAQ at Taaqademy Studios, Bangalore, India
Mastered at Black Dog Mastering, USA.

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Thermal And A Quarter Bengaluru, India

"Thermal And A Quarter (TAAQ) is on the vanguard of the Indian Rock Scene" - NPR, USA

Founded in 1996, TAAQ is an eclectic, irreverent (but usually relevant) band that considers itself and its music as bastard children of the world. At home everywhere, belonging nowhere. Always true, tight, intense and ready to laugh.
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Track Name: Ghost of Godiva
Wrapped in glitter, a promise inside
Oh please won’t you give me that sugar rush to my core
A faraway legend, a bare-back ride
Oh please won’t you tell me that story once more

Sweetness and love in my mouth
Pull the trigger on this memory
It’s enough to break my heart
Again and again for me

It was a fine night, a fine time
Beside still water in the high school park
And I’m dealing with this difficult rhyme
With the greener grass of the here and now
I could believe
If I ask maybe I will receive
‘Cause it hurts so much to have loved you so

I got lucky on that summer night
And the clocks on the wall they ran so much slower (so much slower)
You were the music of a song I’d yet to write
A filter photogram of my future

And then I hurt you too much
So drowned, so lost in some other me
It’s enough to break my heart
Again and again, for me

It was a fine night, a fine time
Beside still water in the high school park
And I’m dealing with this difficult rhyme
With the greener grass of the here and now
I could believe
If I ask maybe I will receive
‘Cause it hurts so much to have loved you so
Track Name: Dresden Drumbeat
The wind plucked and pulled me in
And Heaven’s voice it pulled me out
A heartbreak glimpse, a face within
That’s our lot, in God we doubt

It came down, it came down
The mist, it rose, left the ground
And in that space, is only fear
Where division may once more appear

Down it fell in no time at all
A mere moment in the long view
It was a symbol it was a wall
Between them and us, me and you

It came down, it came down
The mist, it rose, left the ground
And in that space, is only fear
Where division may once more appear

Ground zero, just another scar
Fading patterns of the wound
This memory won’t bleed no more
Thoughts so heavy, they rise too soon

It came down, it came down
The mist, it rose, left the ground
And in that space, is only fear
Where division may once more appear

The wind plucked and pulled me in
And Heaven’s voice it pulled me out
A heartbreak glimpse, a face within
That’s our lot, in God we doubt
Track Name: All the Watchtowers
Watching waiting hating
Up on the watchtowers
Lights blazing searching finding
Kiss the whistleblowers
Am I the only one
Who can see hear fear
Taken all I can bear

All the watchtowers
And all the good men
Walls in all the right places
Keep us in keep us out
Keep us all keep us without
All the watchtowers
And all the good men

Simple needs, simple love
The dice they are a-rolling
Believe belief the old lie
The old comfort the apple pie
Am I the only one
Who can see hear fear
I’ve taken all it’s very clear

All the watchtowers
And all the good men
Walls in all the wrong places
Keep us out keep us in
Keep me fat sell me thin
All the watchtowers
And all the good men

All the watchtowers
Without
And within
Track Name: Edifice of Lies
The story done, the storyteller spent
The lie blooms, an inkblot spread
What do I see? What do I believe?
To the grey water I have been led

Look up at the truth!
Spinning around in the sky
The dogs of doubt wait outside
This edifice of lies

Give me bread, give me factories
Give me wine, give me theories
Keep me in line, file away my stories
And these will be your victories

And now you’re sad about this pass
Bold graffiti on the edifice of lies
Will I attend tomorrow’s mass
Empty laughter answers my cries

Look up at the truth!
Spinning around in the sky
The dogs of doubt wait outside
This edifice of lies

Give me bread, give me factories
Give me wine, give me theories
Keep me in line, file away my stories
And these will be your victories

There’s only here
There’s only now
There’s only here
There’s only now
Get out of class
Get out of mass
I’ll show you how
I’ll show you how
Track Name: Silicon Outhouse
Girl I’m in a holding pattern
Girl I’m coming back
Rearrange your clothes
Rearrange your life
Rearrange your spending patterns
Girl I’m coming back

Girl, I’m in a holding pattern
Girl, I’m turning around
Rearrange your gardens
Rearrange your roads
Rearrange your weather patterns
Girl, I’m turning around

These circles, these turns
My back straight, windows open wide
I hold my breath I’m flying
I’ll make it, yes I’ll make it,
I’ll cross this divide

Girl, I’m in a holding pattern
Girl, I’m turning back
Rearrange your head
Rearrange your love
Rearrange your thinking patterns
Girl, I’m turning back

Girl, I’m in a holding pattern
Descending from the skies
Rearrange your work
Rearrange your dreams
Rearrange your sleeping patterns
Girl, I am lying awake

I’m lying awake
I’m lying awake
Track Name: No Two Ways
The stages I’ve been and seen
Solo, provider, and now outcast
Leave it to me, I’ll take it from here
In the slow lane I can make it last

No one needs to know
Where I have to go
No one has to pay
To make me stay
I’ll be on my way

My line is living, young and strong
But I must go, I don’t belong
Leave it to me, I’ll take it from here
I’m on the right side, I have no fear

No one needs to know
Where I have to go
No one has to pay
To make me stay
I’ll be on my way

There’s always a baby at the end of the room
There’s always a lady staring up at the moon
There’s always a body that death took too soon

No one needs to know
Where I have to go
No one has to pay
To make me stay
I’ll be on my way
Track Name: Willow Man
It’s a mystery smile, a gesture arcane
My dumb wide eyes look, then look again
And no one knows, nobody knows then
What to do or what to say, how or when
To the willow men

Movers and shakers, towering tall
Nobody knows, they just rise and fall
Time and tide is a mystery here
That river’s flow holds no fear

For the willow men
Oh the willow men
For the willow men
Oh the willow men

Dark sarcasm, and truth that hides
Nobody ever knows how they divide
The children wait under the hot empty sky
They know and go and keep running on dry

My life, it’s on the line, it’s all in a file
No one knows, nobody knows
Where it moves or lies
Only the willow man
He’ll pick it up and smile
Oh mercy, another untaught rule
And I’m the fool
Send me back to school

Send me back to school
Throw that rule book at me now!
Send me back to school
Woah, you played me for a fool
Send me back to school

The willow man
His turn will come
The willow man
His number called

The willow man
Will have to go
Track Name: Solstice
It’s like an edge-of-the-seat flick
Where the fair fast hero
Spends all his time in slo-mo
I’m dry and I’m cold and I’m caught in camera
The holy sphere has divided my calendar
And the sun stands still high above
In a new twist to this old love

I’ve got a freeze-frame on the fast lane
For all my dreams of you
For all that’s sweet and true
Why oh why were you so fond of me
I ask the waters of this dried-up sea
And the sun stands still high above
In a new twist to this old love

You know
I need to slow it down,
I need to take that five
I used to love this town
With you there, to keep me alive

And the sun stands still high above
And the sun stands still high above
Track Name: Moor Song
It’s an Eliot wasteland
This moor we’re in
Astray in the dark
Because we’re living in

The horizon bare
But many forces call
Evil and death they say
Are sure to befall

So find me, find me
In this dark land
Turn me, turn me
With a gentle hand

They say music brings places
And people bring love
But here is a killjoy
With power from above

So I’m off to the fair
I’ll peddle my ware
No reason to fear now
Soon I’ll take a bow

So find me, find me
Lost in rainbow colour
Come back and find me
I still need your favour

Find me, find me
Two lovers astray
On the dark moor
Track Name: Bangalore Blues
It’s getting warm here now, just look up at the sky
Clouds of dreams and smoke and street side stir-fry
The old city, she hides beneath a coat of biz wax
Got to pay your number man, got to pay your service tax
You can hear me grouse, and now you have the news
I’ve got a bad case of the Bangalore blues

There’s a secret handshake of the Bangalore soul
That slow sweet humour, that cheeky hyper-bol
Our temples of food, our oases of coffee
Give me that dog-eared book under a cool Cubbon tree
Now you hear me sigh, so you have the news
I’ve got a bad case of the Bangalore blues

The nights are getting longer, but you can still pay the rent
Go get some brews in your liver, now that’s money well spent
The cats around here are at the top of their game
They clog up the works but they fuel the flame
I’m an old city boy, staying fast and loose
And I’ve got a bad case of the Bangalore blues

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