Destroy All Conifers

by Quintessence

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Destroy All Conifers is a pop record at heart with industrial pop/rock, folk, metal and electronic leanings, sometimes funny, sometimes melancholy and sometimes a bit weird. The album was recorded in Aberystwyth from 2001-2002.

Stand out songs from this 15 track album include the heavy rock numbers ‘One For The Blush’ and ‘Hear Me’, the country styled ‘Walking Without a Mule’ and the electro-acoustic ‘See You On The Other Side’.

Quintessence were Tom Haynes and Phil White. We started playing together while at College in Staffordshire and between 1999-2001 we wrote lots of songs and went busking in random places.

Destroy All Conifers begins with upbeat enthusiasm and comes to a sombre close as it became evident that our little band/duet were soon to disband.

The album had a limited distribution, which involved me eagerly handing out copies while drunk and hiding them in random bushes in Aberystwyth.

One single was released ‘This Train’ which had a few B-sides.
The widest audience the album ever reached was being played over the speaker system in the discount clothing store Bewise, Aberystwyth (Rock On!).

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released January 1, 2002

Thomas Hayes
Philip White

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Grasslands is musician/composer Tom Haynes from Birmingham who now lives in Swindon, Wiltshire, UK. Tom writes, plays, sings and produces Grasslands from his home studio on the edge of the Cotswolds.

Grasslands music ranges from edgy complex guitar riffs to tender electronic ambience.
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Track Name: This Train
I’ve been waiting too long
For some forgotten song
To come back and catch my eye
And jump on that big old ride
I don’t know what I’m saying
Everything’s gone wrong
Their saying: get a job, get a new friend, get a new car.
Get a new car

You see I went on this train
It was a bit of a pain
You see

Drifting by the lines
Of the countryside
Shutting down into my book
Where nobody looks
Don’t stare at me
I won’t stare at you
We’ll make a pact
Just you and me
Just for two
Just for two

You see I went on this train
It was a bit of a pain
You see

I’m gonna travel proud
From the north to the south
With my guitar in hand
We’ll rock the land
Where’s my ticket?
Where’s my band?
Where’s my drummer?
Where’d I get all this sand?
All This sand

You see I went on this train
It was a bit of a pain
For me

I went on this train
With you
Track Name: Techno-Superstar
He’s just an average guy
Walking down the street
And if you get in his way
He’ll step on your feet
Well he’s got the rhythm and the beat
And if that’s not enough, well he’s also got teeth

He’s a techno-superstar
He lives in the 90s
He’s a waste of space when it comes down to the 80s

It’s just a medium feed
That he needs to proceed
And if that’s all you need in this E-machine
Well it’s the bass line hitting home with the feet
And if that’s all you need then he surely has to be...
A techno-superstar

He’s a techno-superstar
He lives in the 90s
He’s a waste of space when it comes down to the 80s
Track Name: Don't Be Sad On My Behalf
My flesh is old and withered
My bones are thin a brittle
I’ve lived my life and I’ve lived it well
In a happy shower of sunshine
Trying to avoid the rain

Sing me a jolly tune
Spin my a happy yarn
Don’t be sad on my behalf
I wouldn’t want you to

I have loved and I have lost
I have loved and never found
I’ve had my go on this merry-go-round
Trying to avoid the pain

Sing me a jolly tune
Spin my a happy yarn
Don’t be sad on my behalf
I wouldn’t want you to
Track Name: Answer The Phone/They Let Me Out From Time To Time
On a nice sunny afternoon I like to
Watch the tigers run around
And when their finished with their daytime chores I will
Chase those tigers down
Can you hear them?
Thumping in the shadows and chasing young widows through windows
Can you feel them?
Touching your reflection and sending little shivers down your spine

On a wet and windy morning I like to
Keep in touch with the gates
And when I’ve given them a good oiling I will
Swing them around some more
Can you hear them?
Squeaking through your ears until you’re almost in tears of fear
Can you feel them?
Rusting on your fingers and grabbing at your neighbours daughter

They let me out from time to time
Track Name: All These Things Passed
I would like to see you in the morning
Don’t know why I’m here
All the places I’ve ever been
Seem so far away from here

But all these things passed
I’m just glad to be with you
We could travel the world together
And I’d still love you

I would like to see you on my own terms
Those ghosts are so far gone
All the lies I keep telling myself
Will come back and haunt me one day

But all my self-esteem has been left at home
But one thing’s still true
I’m just glad to be in your arms

But in your eyes there is a reflection
Of a day where we danced under the light of the stars
One thing is always true
I would like to see you in the morning
Track Name: One For The Blush
Flamenco Rita
She go dancing with retards
Every day of her big sad life
She be finding the ties that bind
Every day she looks out of the window
They be screaming at her ‘hey Rita’
‘What did you do with your old hair?’
‘Do you keep it locked under the stairs?’
Then she gets really sad
As she tries to hide from all the mad
Then she goes and hides in her room
And she feels the heat come over and she goes

One for the blush

Tornado mamba
That’s what they call it when you go dancing
But how am I suppose to be impressed
By someone that looks such a mess

One for the blush

Indigo face paint
That’s what you where when you go out
It’s suppose to mask all the curves
But all it does is kill people’s nerves

One for the blush

Ray-gun repulsor
That’s what they need to get rid of you
Super-ultra solar power
Beamed down straight from the sun

One for the blush
Track Name: I've Been Blind
Let me get something right inside
We’re gonna be swinging the town tonight
You got to say it to me, say it to you
Everybody feels happy too
That’s why
I’ve been blind

Seeing without eyes isn’t what it used to be
But who cares, let’s go down to the trees
You’ve got to hear the call, stand tall
Everybody else is ready to fall
That’s why
I’ve been blind
Track Name: The Things I've Heard
Why did you cage them?
You must have had your reasons
I saw one of them once
Flying through the blue sky
Without a care in the world

The things I’ve heard
Given me by my bird

Can’t you just see when?
This will all be in season
I never saw one since
But every day I watch the sky
Without a hope and a prayer

The things I’ve heard
Given me by my bird

The things I’ve heard
Given me by my bird
Track Name: Walking Without A Mule
My mule is dead
He got shot by a gun
My mule is dead
I don’t know where to get another one

It’s no fun
Walking without a mule

My mule is dead
I sent him for pet food
My mule is dead
I got a tidy sum for that ass

It’s no fun
Walking without a mule

‘Cus I need some plasters
Especially for blisters
‘Cus mine are the size of a washing machine

My mule is dead
He got shot by a gun
My mule is dead
Dead, dead, dead, dead

It’s no fun
Walking without a mule
Track Name: See You On The Other Side
You left me alone and nobody knows in the pouring rain

You hang around with different people like you’re not the same

Just because you’ve changed your hair, just once, doesn’t mean you’ve changed

But in some funny way I feel that it’s a shame

How did we pass each other by?

Now the nights are cold, when I sit down and I prepare to play

When you’re not there, then all I can think is a collage of fake

Just when things were getting good, you decided it was time for a break

But when you walk in the door it feels just like a drain

How did we pass each other by?

See you on the other side
Track Name: Planting Broadleaves
How many times must I sing the same fucking song?
Until you realise what I’m trying to say
Well me and Phil started a band
And Quintessence, well it came hand in hand.

Quintessence is dead, I shot it in the head
Go and find a different band instead
Now we’re gonna take these seeds and we’re gonna plant broadleaves.

Now Phil’s lost in the woods somewhere
He’s searching far and wide
While I’m a worker at your local Bewise
The people that saw us always said the same old things
While all the people that knew us said all the wrong things

Quintessence is dead, I shot it in the head
Go and find a different band instead
Now all the conifers are gone and I’ve lost my chainsaw
Now we’re gonna take these seeds and we’re gonna plant broadleaves.

Well there’s not much to say now
Everything’s almost done
Them’ oaks and them’ beeches are all calling to me
I’d like to thank you for being so patient with us
Now all that’s left is to say goodbye to Quintessence
Good night y’all, Thank you

Quintessence is dead, I shot it in the head
Go and find a different band instead
Now all the conifers are gone and I’ve lost my chainsaw
Now we’re gonna take these seeds and we’re gonna plant broadleaves.

Quintessence is dead, I shot it in the head
Go and find a different band instead
There should have been five members, but we’re the only two that stayed
Quintessence is dead, I shot it in the head
Go and find a different band instead