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Although ‘Dawn’ is not a concept album, many of the songs share a general theme of ‘light after darkness’. In this journey through emotions, the upbeat ‘Domestic Violence’ looks at a violent household from a child’s perspective. ‘Simon Smiles’ tells of a mentally-challenged child growing older. Other songs deal with different aspects of life, such as the liberating excitement of camping in the woods (Let’s Go Camping), remembering lost friends (Jurassic Park) or going through rough moments in a long term relationship (A Waltz).

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released January 28, 2012

The album was recorded and produced by Fiachra McCarthy (Pantone247) between July and October 2011 in several practice spaces, kitchens and living rooms. It contains contributions by Fiachra, Dina Ryan (Hired Hands) and Neassa Doherty (Capitol Trid, The Terribles, You Kiss By the Book), as well as a choir of friends.

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Walpurgis Family Dublin, Ireland

Walpurgis Family are a Dublin based indie-pop band formed in 2008 and are active contributors to the DIY pop collective Popical Island.

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Track Name: Intro - Domestic Violence
In terms of violence you're the top of the league
In terms of violence you’ve got no one to beat

Two bars of gold are not enough to keep me here
But I could easily be bribed by a sip of your beer
Nice and shiny and gold colored

Tree clubhouse window
And on the horizon I see two dinosaurs
Quarrelling about some change

In terms of violence you're the top of the league
In terms of violence you’ve got no-one to beat
But mummy is an old soul
Track Name: Jurassic Park
I was knocking on your door at sunrise o’clock
To see if you were up for a walk to the shore
From your window we could see the Martello tower
And with tiny eyes you said you’re sleepless like a fish

Oh my God, if this is what it’s like to be at sea I want to be a fisherman
You say you don't endorse that idea, let’s get out to the shore

We discuss how we are part of the Jurassic generation
And how we’re still able to name all the dinosaurs
We dig deeper in the sand until we hit rock bottom
And explain what we have found in Jurassic movie quotes

I wish life would always find a way but we’ve seen too many friends go
And when we walk we feel a drop of rain, and one more and a chilly breeze

There’s a rhythm in the storm and you start smiling
You say life will find a way, it always does
And on that cheerful note we go back to the station
For you to take the train to the most southern part of town

I wish life would always find a way, but we’ve seen too many friends go
Back home I listen to the heaviest of metal on the stereo
Remembering those purple dungarees and that old room with the stereo
Life will always find a way, I am still waiting for Jurassic Park IV
Track Name: Let's go camping
We were dancing ‘round the campfire
Sparkling flames they lit up high
Past the fence through fireflies
You said you dreamed I had laser beam eyes

A summer breeze blows through the leaves of the oaks and the other trees
Telling stories that are half true and inspiring plots out of the blue
I don’t want to leave this place, at least not until it rains

The woods are dark, we’re not afraid
You say I pull the full moons face
I say you are a big fat liar
You say - so’s the moon, ha, in yer face!

A summer breeze blows through the leaves of the oaks and the other trees
Telling stories that are half true and inspiring plots out of the blue
I don’t want to leave this place, at least not until it rains
Track Name: Simon smiles
When Simon’s got the ball we better leave him alone, he is so close
It’s almost 13 years that he didn’t concede a single game

And then he opens his eyes
And he sees the goal

When Simon’s got the ball we better leave him alone, he’s had a tough week
Since the sheltered workshop closed down these Friday nights are his only joy
And the drugs don’t seem to work as well as they did back in the days
And mummy’s getting older, dad’s getting older

And then he opens his eyes
And he sees the goal of life

For the first time in a while
Simon smiles, Simon smiles

For the first time in a while
Simon smiles, Simon smiles
Track Name: Little Catherine
With all good intentions, all my good intentions, I made it to the blocks
There were tears in the ‘70s intercom

The snow on the streets started melting today, my feet are wet
I enter the elevator
Little Catherine opens the door

Her room is filled with labeled boxes and herbal tea
Catherine walks in; she still has three tears on her chin
Track Name: Winter Nights
I want to make it up to you now before the winter comes around
I couldn’t stop laughing with your sad jokes, but I know that it’s not that simple

Those winter nights will tell me if I’m doing all right
Those cold winter nights will crack me up and break my mind

We’re coming back from Eleonore's party, we celebrated our defeat
We talked about the things we learned this time, we found out it wasn’t that much

That Saint John’s wort will help me in the darkest of nights
Those cold winter nights will crack me up and break my mind

Those winter nights will tell me if I’m doing all right
Those cold winter nights will crack me up and break my mind
Track Name: Darkness falls onto Eleonore's party
Darkness falls onto Eleonore’s party
Through the window there’s a dim light shining
2AM, how time flies at parties
But we can’t just go back to real life just yet

5AM, we’re outside in the garden
It’s freezing cold, but we can’t go just yet
You say freedom comes when you see a light shining
Then the sun comes up red and dim to save you
Track Name: Something Wild
Remember when
We met
On the roller coaster of broken dreams
We feel the wind blow through our nostrils and our hair

Better beware

We’re sliding down, we’re sliding down
To where dreams are better left untold

Better beware

The convention for broken souls seems to be closed
So where will we go?

Us broken souls

Quiet now oh quiet now,
We may find one in another town

Get in the car

Sliding down, we’re sliding down
Let’s go now or we won’t be there in time

Oh no!
Convention is closed!

Quiet now, oh quiet now,
We may find one in another town

Get in the car!

Quiet now, we’re tired now,
This time around it can’t be very far
Track Name: Sherlock Holmes of Kilronan
Church bells are ringing, the town is waking up
The slightest of breezes spills some coffee from my cup

Oh my eyes are filled with sadness
When I’m thinking about the tale
My mum used to tell me
When my dad was far away

This is the end of the street
Houses with no numbers are watching out on the seagulls and the sea

Waking up wasn’t easy, but today’s going to be the day
Sherlock Holmes of Kilronan maybe wasn’t just a story

My eyes are filled with with sadness
When I’m thinking about the tale
How Sherlock took the boat, left a note and sailed away

This is the end of the pier
This is the end of the pier, I’m walking on the sea

This is the end of the pier
This is the end of the pier, I’m walking on the sea
Track Name: A Waltz
You sincerely voiced your opinion when we talked about
All the things we never want to talk about
Gracefully and patiently you said

That it drives you mad
Not being able to hold my hand
And not being able to understand why

The autumn leaves are fading on the pavement
Hosted on a green bench, not saying a single word
We stare at the most beautiful red kite in Saint Stephen’s

That comes flying by
And then a peaceful faint smile

Let’s go out and leave this town here for a while now
I think we know it all too well
And let’s not come back until we’ve forgotten

Some of the awful stuff
But there are things that we can’t forget
Things stronger than commodities

99 point a few nines percent are strangers
The highest number you have ever I have heard, you said
And it’s getting stranger and stranger and older and younger and colder

But warmer when I’m with you
It’s getting warmer when I’m with you!
A lot warmer when I’m with you