Everything Looks Normal In The Sunshine (15/5/20)

Everything Looks Normal In The Sunshine (15/5/20)

Release date: 15th May 2020
Label: My Big Sister Recordings

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CREDITS

[music]
Written, produced and performed by Laura Kidd. 
Drums by Max Saidi. Mixed by Dan Austin. 
Mastered by Chris McCormack at Blacklisted Mastering.

[artwork]
Portrait by @genskiart, logo and wordmark by Miritte Ben Yitzchak, concept and layout by Laura Kidd.

ABOUT THE SONG

Debut Penfriend single “Everything Looks Normal In The Sunshine” was born as the horror of Coronavirus overtook the news. Shocked by the way life in her local neighbourhood seemed to carry on regardless – lawns were mowed, sparrows chirped and Laura’s dogs always need their walks – her heartfelt response was, naturally, a song. 

Written in a morning coffee break while her husband took a Skype work meeting in the next room, the song was recorded entirely in her home attic studio The Launch Pad, except for live drums which were beamed in remotely by Max Saidi. 

“Everything Looks Normal In The Sunshine” is a technicolour reflection of these unprecedented times, offering hope and solidarity amidst the fear, an explosive sugarbuzz pop banger that at once recalls the heady strut of Dream Wife and Dinosaur Pile Up whilst nodding quietly to Blue Album-era Weezer and Nirvana circa Nevermind. 

“Take heart there’ll be time to celebrate” Laura urges as her widescreen, powerhouse guitars enter the fray. Right now, hope is what we all really need.

LYRICS 

Keep calm, stay remote 
Write your troubles on a Post-It note 
School’s out, last orders at the bar 

I’m not pleased to see you 
Don’t stand so close to me 
There’s trouble in the supermarket 
But everything looks normal 

Take heart, there’ll be time to celebrate 
Don’t second guess humanity away 
Stand tall and we’ll all take the weight 
Cos everything looks normal in the sunshine, sunshine 

Lights out, kids up early 
Not ready for a life inside 
It’s gonna be a quiet night 
but everything looks normal… 

Wake up, don’t be stupid 
Your money won’t help you now 
It’s too late to get your friends and neighbours round 

Take heart, there’ll be time to celebrate 
Don’t second guess humanity away 
Stand tall and we’ll all take the weight 
Cos everything looks normal in the sunshine, sunshine, sunshine 

Take heart, there’ll be time to celebrate 
Don’t second guess humanity away 
Stand tall and we’ll all take the weight 
Cos everything looks normal, even though it’s terrifying 

Take heart, there’ll be time to celebrate 
Don’t wanna trust my future to fate 
So I’ll cut my own hair while I wait  
Cos everything looks normal in the sunshine, sunshine, sunshine

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