A Heart Against Your Own

by The Rational Academy

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Produced by Lawrence English & The Rational Academy
Recorded by Todd Dixon @ Harvest Room, Say Yes! & Five Star
Additional Recording by Lawrence English @ 158, Matt Jonas in Melbourne
& Anna Arvan in Bellingham, Washington
Squid & Whale beat excerpt from "Pipelinez" by Aoi
All songs © 2008 The Rational Academy

Benjamin Thompson - guitars, vocals, synth, drum kit, bass guitar, laptop
Meredith McHugh - guitars, vocals, synth, tambourine, glockenspiel
Lawrence English - electronics
Matt Jonas - bass guitar
Paul Donoughue - drum kit
Ben Frost - guitar
David Heathorn - drum kit, guitar
Oliver Mackay - synth
Anna Arvan - vocals
"Becks" English - handclaps
John Chantler & Carina Thoren - tape loops

Cover Art "Krakow Playground, November 2007" Lawrence English

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"ALBUM OF THE WEEK. "A Heart Against Your Own" is one of those rare albums that takes the fundamentals of the guitar band format and somehow organically expands upon that framework, incorporating the modernity of the electronic avant-garde without you even noticing you're listening to something as awkward and experimental as it actually is. Massive Recommendation."... Boomkat (EU)

"There is a fundamental difference between the motivations of experimental artists and a pop band: While the former demand respect, the latter want to be loved. With the release of "A Heart against your own", the Rational Academy might see both dreams fulfilled at the same time with their very first album." ... Tokafi (EU)

"It would be nice to think that one day all such music will be of this caliber, but for now we will have to be satisfied with these little diamonds."... Brainwashed (USA)

"What makes this debut album from this Brisbane Australia unit so brilliant is it's incredible sonic diversity"... J Select (Japan)

"A bedroom romantic's My Bloody Valentine. Bedroomantica, that's what The Rational Academy is. They know what they're doing."... Audiersity (USA)

"A love affair begins. The first time I heard 'A Heart Against Your Own,' the debut album from Brisbane band The Rational Academy, will forever be etched into my memory"... Scene Magazine (AU)

"What I imagine a Pavement record produced by Brian Eno would sound like"... Rave Magazine (AU)

"bringing the floating Spacey color, if desired so heavy"...White Noise (China)

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released January 1, 2008

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Track Name: The Author
blankets wrapped and kept awake too long
i fall aside
plaintively with motions lifted
sidelong from your light
ghosts of thoughts
parade as coffee stains and leave too late
opportunities arise and fall
and still i stay

you had me doubting mine

borders raised and words kept short
we'll speak but not tonight
don't shout over me
its sad, not angry words i cite

you had me doubting mine
Track Name: JoJo Planteen
remember 1988
world expo watery graves
now you are allmost seventeen
you are JoJo Planteen
death metal 1993
like i was foolish in my teens
i thought that pentagrams were safe
and i could fool around that age
with mercury and snow
ive taken notes
tread mercury as you grow

remember summers on your lawn
then back inside to dry off
i drew pentagrams on your arm
smoked and made out in your garage
ive taken notes
mercury and stones
tread mercury as you grow
Track Name: David
you can't state
your baiting starts
taking turns
to leave last
still life
you can't state
why you stay
stilted laugh
how bored we are
Track Name: 2004
blessed in our union
our mutual unspoken demands
we're oceans apart forever after
always forever you hold on
inside of your heart
to memories of the past
that you can call on

let's go back 2004 if you recall
im standing with a girl i used to love
you held my hand
i spoke with her and i mentioned you
and you respond with songs about a band
that we used to adore
i don't listen to them anymore

keeping your time with The Rational Academy
who journaled you in songs that won't forget you

thinking back to when i met you
and you were friends with boys and girls in bands
that we used to support in two thousand and (four)
lets go back 2004
do your recall me standing with a girl you used to love
who lost her way
i dont talk about her anymore
(now you've got your new songs)

lets go back 2004
do you recall me singing in a band
you used to go to all our shows
i dont think about it anymore
(now you've got your new songs)
Track Name: Two Books
you lie for the seventh time
put your jacket on and say
don't rile, we were always here
never really liked your ways

you followed me home (i don't think so)
you're ungrateful (i'm not so sure of that)
you borrowed two books (i gave them back)

we loathe all your petty ways
and the piercings in your nose
and when someone finds you wrong
how your indignation shows

you followed me home (i don't think so)
you're ungrateful (i'm not so sure of that)
you borrowed two books (i gave them back)
Track Name: Squid & Whale
light in her heart a lonely stall
autumnal honesty
steal through a harboured knowing smile
late afternoon
a body tense and blue with storm
bruised against awfully
a humid crayon smoke of dawn
pursed lips and child
stare in her soft and loving skull
pushed hard and offering
repeat her playful seaside cries
her lighthouse eyes
light in her heart against your own
autumnal honesty - autumnally
Track Name: Airport Nation
on the back of her motorcycle
arms tied in knots around her chest
you're sentimental
up against this airport nation
tarmac bruised limbs
gentle summer winds
honorary like the movies
gather around protect against the wind
your opened ashes
turned out in ceremonies
drinks are on 'til ten
gentle summer friend

your hair blows straight inside these winds
awful how you kept her company

open up your passport feelings
postcards and trademark open ends
her wired heart strings
brass bands an wedding bands
her gold i love you rings
passed amongst your friends

pretend you're sleeping when you're found
and awful how you kept her company

on the back of her motorcycle
arms tied in knots around her chest