The Success Pill EP (2012)

by RISKEE & THE RIDICULE

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Recorded, mixed and mastered at Emeline Studios in Whitstable by Ian Sadler in May 2012.

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released June 6, 2012

REVIEWED BY DAVID HORN - SOMOJO MAGAZINE

'I'm just a weekend superstar'. That's the first of literally 2000 lines that will stick in your head for the next few weeks after hearing Riskee and the Ridicule's E.P. It would be be annoying but they're good so hopefully you'll let them off.

The Success Pill E.P is four tracks of infectious energy like some glorious sonic vaccine. Weekend Superstar kicks things off, but I have a feeling you'd already guessed that. A juicy bass line pounds through the gap between your ears before being joined by a frankly loverly guitar riff. All backed by solid drumming lead vocalist Scott Picking delivers words we can all relate to, bosses on power trips!

An angry guitar signifies the arrival of Jack of All Trades. Exploding into life you're dragged into the maelstrom of sounds like a someone badly placed around a mosh pit (speaking of which if you've seen them live you'll know they're good at those to). Speaking more truths your brain will a) agree with or b) strongly disagree with you'll come out at the end of the song disoriented, scuffed and singing 'blah blah blah blah blah' over and over ... and over again.

Clearly all worn out after Jack of All Trades, Lightning is much more chilled out - well by their standards. A tale of relationship happenings the song is carried along by chiming guitars and strong drumming. As the words bounce around your head the vocal break down will catch you by surprise just like when you find you have a few biscuits left over you forgot about.

Icarus closes the E.P with another gentle opening, but this time your jolted out of it violently. The bands fury and energy shines through again, showing Scott's vocals at their most versatile. As the song pounds along the entire bands sounds strong and inventive.

So yeah, this E.P is a bit good - get hold of a copy by finding them live or visiting their Bandcamp!
Awesome times await.




RISKEE AND THE RIDICULE ARE:

Scott Picking - Lead Vocals/Poetry/Lyrics
Jimbo Aglony - Lead Vocals/Guitars/Screaming
David Thomas - Bass/Backing Vocals
Matt Verrell - Drums/Vocals/Keyboards

Gang shouts by Scott Picking, Jimbo Aglony, Ian Sadler, Matt Verrell and David Thomas.

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RISKEE & THE RIDICULE Ashford, UK

A unique mix of catchy hooks, harmonies, political punk, grime, spoken word, and heavy guitars, all tied together with an energetic live show.

We're DIY, independent and grateful for our fans supporting us in what we do.

Over the years we've supported the likes of Slaves, The Skints, Wonk Unit, The Selecter and The King Blues since starting out in 2011.
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Track Name: Weekend Superstar
I'm just a weekend superstar
No one knows me 'part from the bar
My friends are my backing la la la la
On Monday you're above me well la dee da

Verse One

I'm on that minimum wage train (work, eat, sleep)
Formation lodged in my brain (work, eat, sleep)
Over and over again
You've gotta get a job and be societies slaves

Cos my manager's a weasel and his manager's a rat
I'm working for vermin what would my mother think of that
And they just want the status to become the fattest cat
But don't try and take my goods cos this rat trap's gonna snap

Well there must be more to life than this but I got my doubts
Up and down round and round on these swings and roundabouts
I kill myself at work on the crap wages they hand out
Then I kill myself for three pound a pint and six pound for a pack of snouts

Bridge

I'm just drowing in my sorrows which are so much worse than yours
We don't care 'bout your troubles so leave your troubles at the door

Hook

I'm just a weekend superstar
No one knows me 'part from the bar
My friends are my backing la la la la
On Monday you're above me well la dee da
I'm just a weekend superstar
No one knows me 'part from the bar
My friends are my backing la la la la
On Monday you're above me well la dee da

Verse 2

Blood tears and sweat (work, eat, sleep)
With that p45 threat (work, eat, sleep)
Hanging over your head
Is it best to be a robot or is it better to be dead

So my manager's above me so she thinks she owns my soul
If I feel like nothing then she's achieved her goal
She's the big fish I'm insignificant I know
But if a frog can turn into a prince well that frog used to be a tadpole

So I'll just persevere and try an' avoid the volcano
I can't get too close 'cos that ***** is gonna blow
And I'm supposed to put up with this because that's just how she roll
She thinks that I'm too thick to know the word tribunal

Bridge

I'm just burrowing in these tunnels
Which are so much more thin than yours
We don't care 'bout your troubles
So leave your troubles at the door

Hook
I'm just a weekend superstar
No one knows me 'part from the bar
My friends are my backing la la la la
On Monday you're above me well la dee da

Break down

Drowing in my sorrows
Drowning in my
Drowning in my sorrows
Drowing in my
Drowning in my sorrows
Drowning in my
Drowning in my
Drowning in my
Drowning in my
Drowning in my sorrows
Drowning in my sorrows
Drowning in my sorrows
Drowning in my
Drowning in my

Hook
I'm just a weekend superstar
No one knows me 'part from the bar
My friends are my backing la la la la
On Monday you're above me well la dee da!
Track Name: Jack Of All Trades
I sell halos to angels and horns to devils
I'll calm you right down if your blood is boiling like a kettle
You're angry and I'm like settle petal
Let me clear this mess up like I was Detol
I've got a degree in psychology
Didn't go to uni I learnt it for free
Don't need a bit of paper to tell me I'm clever
You need an education (yeah whatever)
Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
Going round and round going nowhere fast
Everybody knows you can't blag this blagger
I speak clearly you won't hear me stutter

Hook

Jack of all trades master of none
I'm an armed robber but I've forgot my gun
Banana in my pocket I don't need no weapon
Jack of all trades master of none

Verse 2

I'm a modern day Del Boy round all the places
Selling hard hat turbans dollies out of suitcases
I'm in your area brushing shoulders with faces
And they're like there's that boy (oi) that always wears the braces
My idea I'll make you think that it's yours
Manipulation is the way to win wars
Political correctness I class that as chains
The bottom line is bull shit baffles brains
It's me it's me it it it's me
It's me it's me it it it's me
It's me it's me it it it's me

Instrumental break down

Scank! (Scream)

Verse 3

If I go broke you won't see me at them dole tills
I'll be in the white lab making mountains out of mole hills
The banker rings me up for his money back I say no deal
He asks why (huh huh) because I'm so ill
My idea I'll make you think that it's yours
Manipulation is the way to win wars
Were you born in a barn? Shut it divvy
If it's good enough for Jesus it's good enough for me

Hook

Jack of all trades master of none
Jump right in at the deep end but I've never swum
Lend us five quid I'll give you back one
Jack of all trades master of none
Track Name: Lightning
And it's just like lightning striking
But lightening never strikes twice
You hit me once you hit me twice you hit my head and heart at both times
And it's just like lightning striking
But lightening never strikes twice
You hit me once you hit me twice you hit my head and heart at both times

Verse 1

Show me where the door's at and I'll leave
'Cos all these idle threats are just make believe
We float like a body bag sleeping with the fishes
There's more to this argument then me not doing the dishes
You're my missus where's the kisses I'm the man that your mate disses
And why does it always have to end up like this
Me clenched fists you say it's 'cos I'm pissed
But I'm adamant I'm not having it you're the one that always twists
What we were talking about originally
And if you take it from the horse's mouth you take it from me
(Yee haa) feel the bass run through your veins
The looser the grip the tighter the reins
Let me slip into a female's brain
Let me maintain

Hook

And it's just like lightning striking
But lightening never strikes twice
You hit me once you hit me twice you hit my head and heart at both times
And it's just like lightning striking
But lightening never strikes twice
You hit me once you hit me twice you hit my head and heart at both times

Verse 2

I've got it good you've got it better
This song is just not another love letter
I'm banging my head against a brick wall
And I banged it so hard humpty dumpty toppled
Constant concussion can't be good for my health
Forgive me if I keep repeating myself
Forgive me if I keep repeating myself
Could you even tell

Hook

And it's just like lightning striking
But lightening never strikes twice
You hit me once you hit me twice you hit my head and heart at both times
And it's just like lightning striking
But lightening never strikes twice
You hit me once you hit me twice you hit my head and heart at both times

Verse 3

So I wanna know I really wanna know
It feels like I'm stuck in a k-hole
I'm trying to climb out but I slip down
Because it's world war three if I go up town
What do you wanna know (what do you wanna know)
You can't catch someone that's not falling though
Maybe you're the one that's falling
Maybe you're the one that's slipping

What's my problem nothing last time I checked
I leave my phone anywhere 'cos I aint got no hidden texts
Are you vexed where's the sex
Keep talking about my ex
You care more about her then I do

Was she there do I care
Anytime anywhere
She thinks I'm acting sheepish I'm
Try'na pull the wool over her eyes
I'm not having none of it I will just make fun of it
I will just make fun of it

Hook

And it's just like lightning striking
But lightening never strikes twice
You hit me once you hit me twice you hit my head and heart at both times
And it's just like lightning striking
But lightening never strikes twice
You hit me once you hit me twice you hit my head and heart, my head and heart at both times
Both times
Track Name: Icarus
We all paint using the same brush
But what we create is what defines us
If you burn out then you'll become dust
Don't fly to high towards the sun you'll be Icarus

Verse 1

I don't know what I'm supposed to be what I'm supposed to feel
Am I a big fat nothing am I nil
If I make it to the top can excess kill
Will I overdose on the success pill
If you move so fast what happens when you stand still
Where do you go once you've reached the top of the hill
You come tumbling back down to earth again
You don't have to dry up if you've made it through the rain
And again I'm right back to square one
Turns out square two weren't all that fun
I rejected the call when success rung
I covered my ears when success sung

Hook

We all paint using the same brush
But what we create is what defines us
If you burn out then you'll become dust
Don't fly to high towards the sun you'll be Icarus

Verse 2

Let them think that you're just another geeza
The critics didn't believe in Michaelangelo either
The ghosts of the past will teach you Ebonezar
But you can teach these dogs still you're Ceasar
You can't teach an old dog new tricks?
Watch me pick up the mic and teach an old man to sit
Nobody's supposed to like their boss
The bible says they nailed the son of god to a cross
You need your sun close to keep you warm through the day
The coldest planet is the furthest away
But not too close the heat stings
You'll start to melt away like Icarus' wings
No longer will you be capable of flight
But for one moment you set the sky alight

Hook

We all paint using the same brush
But what we create is what defines us
If you burn out then you'll become dust
Don't fly to high towards the sun you'll be Icarus
You'll be Icarus
You'll be Icarus
You'll be Icarus
You'll be Icarus

Break down

You've got that look of god in your eye
And when you smile it personifies
You've got that look of god in your eye
And when you smile it personifies
It goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on
It goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on
It goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on
And on and on and on and on and on and on and on
(PAINT)

Hook
We all paint using the same brush
But what we create is what defines us
If you burn out then you'll become dust
Don't fly to high towards the sun you'll be Icarus
Track Name: Weekend Superstar - Explicit Version
I'm just a weekend superstar
No one knows me 'part from the bar
My friends are my backing la la la la
On Monday you're above me well la dee da

Verse One

I'm on that minimum wage train (work, eat, sleep)
Formation lodged in my brain (work, eat, sleep)
Over and over again
You've gotta get a job and be societies slaves

Cos my manager's a arsehole and his manager's a dick
I'm working for genitalia what would my mum think
The arsehole wants to let me go 'cause he thinks I'm shit
And the dick thinks I take the piss, ain't that rich?

Well there must be more to life than this but I got my doubts
Up and down round and round on these swings and roundabouts
I kill myself at work on the crap wages they hand out
Then I kill myself for three pound a pint and six pound for a pack of snouts

Bridge

I'm just drowing in my sorrows which are so much worse than yours
We don't care 'bout your troubles so leave your troubles at the door

Hook

I'm just a weekend superstar
No one knows me 'part from the bar
My friends are my backing la la la la
On Monday you're above me well la dee da
I'm just a weekend superstar
No one knows me 'part from the bar
My friends are my backing la la la la
On Monday you're above me well la dee da

Verse 2

Blood tears and sweat (work, eat, sleep)
With that p45 threat (work, eat, sleep)
Hanging over your head
Is it best to be a robot or is it better to be dead

So my manager's above me so she thinks she owns my soul
If I feel like nothing then she's achieved her goal
She's the big fish I'm insignificant I know
But if a frog can turn into a prince well that frog used to be a tadpole

So I'll just persevere and try an' avoid the volcano
I can't get too close 'cos that bitch is gonna blow
And I'm supposed to put up with this because that's just how she roll
She thinks that I'm too thick to know the word tribunal

Bridge

I'm just burrowing in these tunnels
Which are so much more thin than yours
We don't care 'bout your troubles
So leave your troubles at the door

Hook
I'm just a weekend superstar
No one knows me 'part from the bar
My friends are my backing la la la la
On Monday you're above me well la dee da

Break down

Drowing in my sorrows
Drowning in my
Drowning in my sorrows
Drowing in my
Drowning in my sorrows
Drowning in my
Drowning in my
Drowning in my
Drowning in my
Drowning in my sorrows
Drowning in my sorrows
Drowning in my sorrows
Drowning in my
Drowning in my

Hook
I'm just a weekend superstar
No one knows me 'part from the bar
My friends are my backing la la la la
On Monday you're above me well la dee da!