SIZE

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SMLXL Bio – for 2019 SIZE release

Sounds Like:

If XTC were to have babies with Blur, whilst still going on dates with Crowded House and occasionally seeing a young Radiohead on the side.

Layered, elaborate, melodic guitar pop. SMLXL have taken the sounds of the 70s and 80s and modernised it with a polyphonic tapestry of driven sonic guitars, luscious harmonies, and masterfully crafted song writing. It invokes old souls for modern ears.

Who are they:

SMLXL is Jarrod Murphy (Songwriter, vocals, multi-instruments), Jason DeWilde (Guitars and studio trickery) and Andy Tolhurst (Guitars and valued production contributions).

SMLXL was originally formed some 20 years ago by Jarrod and Jason but after the sad death of their drummer they split into a variety of music projects. Jason dived into studio production and education, Jarrod released albums with bands Major and The Cops. The latter gaining notoriety via lots of radio airplay, extensive touring with festival spots, and appearances in 2006/07 triple J hottest 100s.

Jason and Jarrod have brought new life to SMLXL with the addition of Andy, who skilfully attacks his guitar with a desire to avoid clichés. All three were once together in 90s Sydney indie band Pelican Jed and are long time best mates.

So, these guys have the experience, the chops and the desire to bring Art-Rock-Power-Pop to the masses, showing that hooks and catchy choruses can also be accompanied by multi layered tracking and elaborate arrangements.

What’s new?

‘SIZE’ is the new album, the first LP release by SMLXL, due for release in February 2019.

It follows their 2016 release ‘The LINKS EP’ and continues the pop exploration that this EP suggested. ‘The LINKS EP’ had reviews saying ‘…the music is immersive, dramatic, ironic and comfortably eclectic…’ (Divide and Conquer Music) and ‘…pop classicism of the eternal model…’ (Themusic.com.au)

SIZE contains 11 tracks that explore the depths of SMLXLs song writing and unique delivery that will please power pop and art pop fans alike. Tracks like the first single ‘Kristy G’ pounds with a classic power pop intensity and is layered with guitar hooks and the story of ‘love and must have’ at first sight. It’s a song that is destined to be a classic and a go to for lovers of early 80s influenced angular sounds of XTC and Elvis Costello.

Other highlights on SIZE are tracks like ‘Big Cheese’ stomps with an instantly catchy melody accompanied by lyrics that are provocative yet accessible. Big Cheese is about questioning the myths and fables that are presented as truths by religions, that are clearly poetic metaphors and not literal history. ‘…where’s the wonder in the cherish of a fable, a random star only to chance over a stable…’

‘Big Part Of Your Plan’ about the desire to be included in all plans of a love interest and how that inclusion makes a person want to be their best version, and tracks like ‘Higher’ that shows SMLXL explore a more ambient and sonic groove, with lyrics like ‘…where else is patience? If not here, then where is here?...’ about the nature of consciousness and quest to make sense of the world… Deep.

For all information regarding SMLXL please contact www.theaandrdepartment.com

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released February 22, 2019

Track Listing

1 Everything Changes
2 Kristy G *
3 Big Cheese
4 Breathe
5 Somewhere Going Nowhere # * **
6 Higher
7 Rule Book *
8 Brighten Up My World
9 Big Part Of Your Plan *
10 Caught Up In This World *
11 Mythomania


SMLXL is
Jarrod Murphy
Jason de Wilde
Andy Tolhurst

Additional Musicians are
Dave Kirby on Drums *
Ged Verus on Bass **

Special thanks to Kristy, Linda & Shizuko

Recorded and mixed by Jason de Wilde and SMLXL
Produced by SMLXL
Australia 2018/19
Mastered by Deluxe Mastering TEMPUS Entertainment
Jack the Bear’s Deluxe Mastering

All songs written by Jarrod Murphy
# written by Jason de Wilde


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SMLXL has close to 20 years worth of musical experience to share and the bands influences are worn proudly. Drawing influence from iconic like Blur ans XTC you can expect to see SMLXL deliver an immaculate breadth of work over the coming months and years. 'Caught Up In This World' is the first single off the soon to be release long player album debut, with plenty of surprises in depth of style. ... more

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Track Name: Everything Changes
Everything Changes – (written by Jarrod Murphy and SMLXL)
There’s a lot riding on the end of the world
But who’s world will we be leaving
There’s a lie riding shotgun at the edge of the world
Once was thought as being flat not round

Everything changes given time
The truth between ages are often lies
And we found a new planet
DNA’s the smoking gun

Play the game play the people Play the piper that leads
Into an unknown distance
Into those that bleed
Blood for one, for all love’s in deficiency
Modern times don’t count for much the news as we watch

Everything changes given time
The truth between ages are often lies
And we found a new planet
DNA’s the smoking gun

Now and then I sit back and think of wasting the days
I rely on the senses to make sense of the haze

Everything changes given time
The truth between ages are often lies
And we found a new planet
DNA’s the smoking gun
Track Name: Kristy G
Kristy G – (written by Jarrod Murphy and SMLXL)

I, I want to be next to you, next to me.

I, I want to be next to you, next to me.


Kristy G, What’s been happening lately

Caught up in all the fun of being number one

Oh, Kristy G, we’re having fun aren’t we

I don’t ever want to stop this comfort of being with you


We, we could be so happy, you and me

(by the time we’d finished, going nowhere)

You, you want me, I want you, lets make it be

(Blood shot eyes, etched in our mortal time, we made it simply clear)

Kristy G, What’s been happening lately

Caught up in all the fun of being number one

Oh, Kristy G, we’re having fun aren’t we

I don’t ever want to stop this comfort of being with you


From the first moment you caught my eye, I’m gonna make you mine, for all time

Just one kiss on the lips that night you would deny, but I’m not shy, you were always mine
Track Name: Big Cheese
Big Cheese - (Written by Jarrod Murphy and SMLXL)


Is the ever after coming in spite of the changes, even if we try, is this goodbye

Deaf Dumb and blind are we the smartest of the sentients, our brain in size, to be so wise


Where is the wonder in the cherish of a fable

A random star only to chance over a stable


(Ah, bah dup bah)


If nothing else the thinking free will cost the least with what is left in change, a free exchange

The dogma barks the loudest, screams the proudest, stand on the shoulders of age, disengaged

Where is the wonder in the cherish of a fable

A random star only to chance over a stable

The tenants often matched against a proven method

It’s like comparing apples oranges and lemons


(Ah, oo oo oo)

(Ah, bah dup bah)


Where is the wonder in the cherish of a fable

A random star only to chance over a stable

And there’s no wonder it’s laughter at the table

Are we seriously supposed to believe that this is all the work of one

(that this is all the work of one)


Work of one big cheese

Is the ever after coming in spite of the changes, even if we try
Track Name: Breathe
Breathe (Written by Jarrod Murphy & SMLXL)

Breathe, Breathe the air

Breathe, Breathe the air

Mist rollin over the field to the ocean, Fishing boat hauls in the load

Seabirds that cry and they circle the tide, A hungry dog waits by the road

Letting go, take a stroll, take the time, what you know

Within a moment place in time take in the glow

Breathe, Breathe the air

Letting go, take a stroll, take the time, what you know



Walking in slow motion, breathe stealing air, as the cold hits the skin in the snow

Nothing else matters but singing the tune of a song from a timeless ago

Washing away all the thoughts that delay you to progress and move on ahead

Letting go, heavy load, weighing you down, turn around

Driving for your life, taking a hold


Breathe, Breathe


Letting go, heavy load, weighing you down, turn around

Driving for your life, taking a hold


Breathe, Breathe the air

Mist rolling over the sea to the ocean

Seabirds that cry as they circle the tide.
Track Name: Somewhere Going Nowhere
Somewhere Going Nowhere – (written by Jason DeWilde and SMLXL)

Nowhere Boys are going nowhere, they’re trying ti get away
With two foolish girls that only like their charm

Nowhere Boys are going further down down

A fist they will find, smash them blind

Cause here I stand, I’ve got something precious
Pay back what you owe

And we all win and laugh
At the Nowhere Boys
We’re somewhere going nowhere

The Nowhere Boys, nothing can touch them (somewhere going nowhere)
Will they return?
They will be gone

Cause here I stand, I’ve got something precious
Pay back what you owe

And we all win and laugh
At the Nowhere Boys
We’re somewhere going nowhere

Going Nowhere

The Nowhere Boys are going nowhere
The Nowhere Boys are going nowhere

And we all win and laugh
At the Nowhere Boys
And we all win and laugh
At the Nowhere Boys

Somewhere going nowhere
Somewhere going nowhere

Going nowhere
Track Name: Higher
Higher – (written by Jarrod Murphy and SMLXL)

Where else, where else is patience?
If not here, then where is here?
Steam train keep rolling over
Tracks are laden with the many unrequited loves

Where else, where else are we to
Lay hats, and make our home
Lost hair and comb over head
Are worn when hiding, shadow sliding, looking out from papers edge.

And now we’re higher
Higher, than ever before

Once there was a broken hand
Who held a fortune in a land
Where masters steal from peasants for their horde
Grave diggers were met with holes
Already dug but undersold
For pittance with a message for the soul

Stopping racket under jackets
Covert and relieved to go

And now we’re higher
Higher, than ever before

I, I want more.
Try, trying to crawl, inside your demons

She said, she won’t be home soon
Without death covered some
The knowledge of the recent news
Swings back and forth the tragic memory of that burning sight.
Track Name: Rule Book
Rule Book – (written by Jarrod Murphy and SMLXL)

Lonely girl packs for the westward flight
Wholly fleeing him and sleep deprived
What was ‘good for them’ got out of hand
Trading blows as proof of his command

Picked up all her things and ran
To a most unplanned of plans
Creeps the heady days of when
Her cold heart would never mend

Picked up all her things and ran
To an unfortunate land
Creeps the heady days of when
Her cold heart will never mend

Never mind the shiner she would say
Just another fall and clumsy behaviour
She could not be with him
There’s two kids, she needs to think of them (what if he’d got to her even more than he had)

There’s no right way, there’s no rule book
But there surely is a wrong way
There’s no right way in your out look
Picked up all her things and ran
To a most unplanned of plans
Heady days of when
Her cold heart would never mend

There’s no right way, there’s no rule book
But there surely is a wrong way
There’s no right way in your out look
Rule Book
Track Name: Brighten Up My World
Brighten Up My World – (written by Jarrod Murphy and SMLXL)

You brighten up my world
With every tinkle and curl
I wont get bored in time
I promise you I’ll tow the line

When it comes to loneliness
You’ll be the mistress in her dress
Everywhere I follow you, I follow
I’ll sneak a peak in your caress

The vagueness left compares to death
Calls all the hounds to follow you
‘till it ends

Pink poker dots are not your scene
You love the colours of bow beams
Reflections on the day is easy
You appreciate most everything I mean

I fall at every cartoon click
Your beg and call is as you wish
My head keeps closing in
The vagueness hits my eyes

You brighten up my world
Track Name: Big Part Of Your Plan
Big Part of Your Plan – (written by Jarrod Murphy and SMLXL)

A man can walk right by and ignore the fact his best friend has fallen down
Despite efforts to communicate the facts he choses to ignore the man
His best friend has fallen down.

Since he walked right in
To destroy it with a click of one mans lonely fingers
The blame laid down the rules with no negotiation
Listen to your leader

I want to be a big part of your plan
I want to be a player
I want to be a big part of your plan

Since I thought my life was on a cruise mission you came into my plan
This upheaval to my cruise has come as nothing but a welcome change to my brain
You make me feel like I’m not insane

When the chalks whipped back
You see that there’s a reason for this change in mixed up feeling
Scrape the blackboard with your finger nails
And fill yourself with holy self approval

I want to be a big part of your plan
I want to be a player
I want to be a big part of your plan

(I’m a righteous man, with a big plan, I’m holding hope, at the end of a rope)

Hanging onto mislead readings
It’s time for a change in dealings
On a personal level, hand in hand

I want to be a big part of your plan
I want to be a player
I want to be a big part of your plan
Track Name: Caught Up In This World
Caught Up in this World – (written by Jarrod Murphy and SMLXL)

Seems like there’s not far to go
All generations have put your right here
Smile at that for a start

Navigation of a storm
The perfect storm, angles debris in the path
Hatch is closed, huddled in the dark

I’ve seen you from upstairs and down
All medication fogs up the glass

That frown above
Your eyes so dark

Face the past get caught up in this world
Be here now get caught up in this world

I’m here if you want me
I’m here if you need

Get caught up in this world, caught up in this world


All roads lead you to home
Self medicating and hating the one you become

We don’t have to paint the red town

Hold on my love
This is all you have

Face the past get caught up in this world
Now is now get caught up in this world

I’m here when you want me
I’m here when you need

Get caught up in this world, caught up in this world


Far away in the dark, missing a spark, hoping to find the way,
Hard wading through mud, sinking and falling, falling
Track Name: Mythomania
Mythomania – (written by Jarrod Murphy and SMLXL)

Build a wall, build it high
Build it strong and we will all be safer

Build a wall, build it high
Make them pay and keep the strangers out

Say what ever makes them happy,
Mythomania, say what ever
Say it louder, drown out reason
Say what ever, Mythomania
Say what ever makes them happier

Fill your cup, pour it out, it’s the rainy season
Close your eye’s, pucker up, here’s a mouth worth kissing
Fill your cup, pour it out

Build that wall, make it high,
make it strong so they can’t climb over it

Make sure they, know who’s boss
Knows who’s in charge of who comes in and out

Say what ever makes them happy,
Say what ever, Mythomania
Say it louder drown out reason
Say whatever, Mythomania

Build that wall, Build it high, build it strong
Build that wall, keep them out

Mythomania

Say what ever makes them happy,
Say what ever, Mythomania
Say it louder drown out reason
Say whatever, Mythomania

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