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Modern Jukebox

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Thank you for buying this record. It took three years to make, during which we got deported, almost broke up, ended relationships, started new ones, and pushed each other further than we thought we could. These songs represent three years of our life. Three years of failures and successes. Three years of what it means to be a Canadian band at the start of 2017. Three years of songs that we needed to write. This is our Modern Jukebox.

Thank You: Al Legault, Michael Chambers, Kathleen Farley and Maisonneuve Music for everything you do, our family and our friends who have always supported us, Robin Benedict, Jeff Plumbley, Kristen Prince, The Racanellis, Mark Underdown, Noah Mintz, Marc-Adam Soyka-Steinman, Brodie at The Casbah and anybody else who helped us get here.

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released January 27, 2017

Simon Edwards (Vocals, Guitar)
Christian Fedele (Guitar, Vocals)
Jake Warren (Drums, Percussion)
Joshua Dawson (Bass, Vocals)

Special Thanks To:
Robin Benedict (Vocals) on Now That The Love Is Gone
Jeff Plumbley (Trumpet) on Now That The Love Is Gone & Get What You Give
Kristen Prince (Saxophones) on Now That The Love Is Gone & Get What You Give
Leon Furs (Keys) on The Moment, Make It On Your Own, Get What You Give, & Cold Love

Produced by moon:and:6 and Of Gentlemen & Cowards
Recorded and Mixed by moon:and:6
Additional Engineering by Christian Fedele
Mastered by Noah Mintz at The Lacquer Channel in Toronto, Canada

Art direction & Packaging by Joanne Howard // smalldogdesign.ca
Artwork by Benji Friedman // benjifriedman.com

Drums & Horns Recorded at Underdown Studios in Moffat, Ontario

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Of Gentlemen & Cowards Hamilton, Ontario

Formed in 2010, the band has seen ups and downs, including an appearance on Late Night With David Letterman and an ill-fated cruise ship gig that both broke the band’s heart and yet transformed their sound into a more soulful one. Through it all, Of Gentlemen & Cowards persevered, and this young band’s brand of optimistic, well-crafted soulful rock is borne from its experiences, both good and bad. ... more

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Track Name: The Moment
It was summer in the city 
Latte making stunner, looking so pretty 
Working up till nine o'clock, nine o'clock 
Another cup so we could talk, we could talk
And you always said, it's beneath me 
But paying the rent don't come easy
Let's go down to Supercrawl, Supercrawl 
With you I forget it all, get it all

It seems to me we'll always be running up and down James Street

You looked so unmistakably beautiful
So how could this be a mistake at all
Come on baby, run

Come up and visit on occasion
You can be busy, but I can be patient
Maybe we could settle down, settle down
Next time that I'm back in town, back in town

It seems to me I'll always be running up and down James Street

You looked so unmistakably beautiful
So how could this be a mistake at all
Come on baby, run

And you tell me just the right thing to end the day
With something to remind me of familiar place
And even on the road I know we'll be okay
But I can count on you to tell me anyway

Come on baby, run

You looked so unmistakably beautiful
So how could this be a mistake at all
Any doubts I had that we could be anything
Couldn't last and now I know for sure

Come on baby, run
Track Name: Blackjack
I know you're having trouble not to show up late
With little motivation to enjoy the day
And though there's not a lot for me to change that way
I'll make it all the better till home
I know you're only doing this until the fall
Sometimes in life you're gonna have to make those calls
I'm sure you'll find a way to go appease the boss
And make it all the better till home

So don't stop, keep it up and moving
Nothing in the world is gonna make you lose it
And oh, I swear, it's not so bad

Nobody knows what life to pick
Oh, we're all just trying it to see what sticks
But inside us all is a doubt, we're doing it wrong
No nobody sees what you think we see
When we close our eyes, it's infinity
Yeah we're all messed up playing blackjack with our dreams

With Ronnie walking by me in a suit and tie
I know that man this wasn't how you saw your life
But still I see you serving in the punch in line
To take a little more to the home
Oh I wish you'd stuck it out in Hedden Hall
Sometimes you tend to hide before you give it all
I'm happy that you found a voice to share with us
And wish you only better to come

So don't stop, keep it up and moving
Nothing in the world is gonna make you lose it
And oh, I swear, it's not so bad

Nobody knows what life to pick
Oh, we're all just trying it to see what sticks
But inside us all is a doubt, we're doing it wrong
No nobody sees what you think we see
When we close our eyes, it's infinity
Yeah we're all messed up playing blackjack with our dreams
Track Name: Make It On Your Own
The escarpment seems so pretty
When the city falls asleep
But you'll never find the time to
Recognize it till you leave

Hey the summer'd suit you when you didn't escape
Well I'm sorry that you felt like that's the only way
I hear that you've been nervous
Yeah we're all a little nervous

So drive a little faster
On the wrong side of the road
Come back from where you ran to
You'll make it on your own
You'll make it on your own
Go make it on your own

Hey you're beautiful I wanna know your name
I've been looking for a someone to come up and say
I've been lost since I met you
I was lost, till I found you

Hey I wanna take you to a place I know
We can climb up to the water and enjoy the show
So come on and lean closer
Not too long, it might be over

So drive a little faster
On the wrong side of the road
Come back from where you ran to
You'll make it on your own
You'll make it on your own
Go make it on your own
Track Name: Make You Mine
Tell me your story, comin' up higher
Out of the smoke and onto the wire
Covered in matches sung by the choir
Through the fire, I swim to you
I'm trying to tell you

I want to make you mine

Out of the ashes, finally breathing
Something inside to say that I'm dreaming
We've only just come, but out you go leaving
Through the dust, I look for you
Cause I'm trying to tell you

I want to make you mine

And when you move like that, I want to make you mine
When you groove like that, I want you make you mine
You're lighting me up just to watch it all burn out, from the wax into the wick
Cause when you move like that

I want to make you mine
Track Name: One Square
Hey now, you got the guts to say
That the kids don't need everything they see, to make a
Catcall to society
With the small town token mentality, to take a 
Walk, running out of room to breathe
When the screen takes hours to the busy street, but maybe
It's not about the kids these days
Everyone's ignoring now from where they came, where they came, where they came, alright

No we, we don't need a leader, we got
One square, to stand for every one of us
And I know, when everyone's a leader, we got
One mind, we're looking for a conscience 

Hey now, you talk the kind of walk
Where the leaves keep fighting over where they fall, and make a
Scene bigger than hysteria
With a show time later as the seasons crawl, into a
Walk, running out of time to dream
No you can't put everything on MTV, it's maybe
It's not about the kids these days
Everyone's ignoring now from where we came, where we came, where we came, alright

No we, we don't need a leader, we got
One square, to stand for every one of us
And I know, when everyone's a leader, we got
One mind, we're looking for a conscience 

One mind, we're looking for a conscience 
Track Name: Hold On (To Who You Love)
Our time
Like a suitcase set away 
Always gone but here to stay
But I had to say to you

Darling hold on to who you love
It's just not worth it to give it up
I'll telling you baby, there's something more

But you
Didn't take it like I planned
I didn't seem to have a chance
As I heard him from your room

Darling hold on to who you love
It's just not worth it to give it up
I'll telling you baby, there's something more
This love's worth fighting for

And I know you think I'm hooked on a ghost
But you know you've got some tell left to show
And we've come to realize that there's more, that's in store, cause you know
This love's worth fighting for
Track Name: Now That The Love Is Gone (feat. Robin Benedict)
Oh I got you, I know I caught you messing around the other day
When I confronted you, you fronted you had nothing to say
So tell me why do you think you could be so mean
Running around on me
No I ain't gonna take it no more

Now that the love is gone, tell me why should I keep holding on
Now that the love is done, tell me why shouldn't I be moving on
You played me for a fool but honey I've always been true to you

Don't act so tender, pretending like you've ever been a man of your word
And leave that ego out, I doubt that you could ever put another one first
So tell me why do you think, I could never leave
You throw out a line like you've got somewhere to be 
No I ain't gonna take it no more

Now that the love is gone, tell me why should I keep holding on
Now that the love is done, tell me why shouldn't I be moving on
You played me for a fool but honey I've always been true to you

So tell me, what am I supposed to do

Now that the love is gone, tell me why should I keep holding on
Now that the love is done, tell me why shouldn't I be moving on

You played me for a fool
Track Name: Get What You Give
You know I told you what
The only thing I saw
Don't undo
How it wasn't

Don't act like you're lost for words
When you talk about the way you live
They told me in love and life
You should know you only get what you give

Slow words they can't be wrong
But you just don't belong
Come and go
Holy roller

Don't act like you're lost for words
When you talk about the way you live
They told me in love and life
You should know you only get what you give
Track Name: Joe Jackson
So were we born in the wrong year
Or are we just romantics
To think turning the record over
Is more than just semantics

And when in time did music notes
Fall back behind the face
To those who think Duran Duran
Could never write that way

Oh oh we're bigger than before
But we're all a little lost trying to find the door
And we hold out to get a little more
For a two room double bed sleeping on the floor

You used to race the streetlights
To Sam the Record Man
In line to pick up Some Girls
And be the first of your friends

And even you knew the coffee stain
That happens now and then
Came from showing her your favourite song
That's hidden near the end

Oh oh we're bigger than before
But we're all a little lost trying to find the door
And we hold out to get a little more
For a two room double bed sleeping on the floor

How could we ever not have seen the light
When Joe Jackson called it out in '85
With music television owning the night
That the single would be all we need
Would it end the record industry
Track Name: Cold Love
This may very well become the hardest thing I'd ever done
To let you leave me while I wonder whether or not I've jumped the gun
See we both always had our sides, although we'd leave them all the time
And now despite you have it all, your bed has never seemed so small

And we danced until the sunlight hit the shadows
Like an arrow headed straight through my heart
And we danced until the sunlight woke the windows
And my dreams, they all came falling apart

Bring me below
And to the one that will be next
Add your name onto the list
On with the show
Yeah you'll be one of a kind
Like my thinking at the time

And in my mind I look again, without your picture in my head
In spite of everything I've seen, I still can't shake the you from me
But after months of coffee cups, I still can't help comparing us
With what has lead to recognize just what I've tried so hard to find

But still we danced until the sunlight hit the shadows
Like an arrow headed straight through my heart
And we danced until the sunlight woke the windows
And my dreams, they all came falling apart

Bring me below
And to the one that will be next
Add your name onto the list
On with the show
Yeah you'll be one of a kind
Like my thinking at the time

And like my thinking at the time
I need love, old love, cold love