30-Minute Music Hour

S10 E6 | FULL EPISODE

Thompson Springs

Thompson Springs is a 3-piece indie-rock band from Madison, Wisconsin, founded and fronted by singer-songwriter Matt Smith. Thompson Springs' overall sound is a mix of indie folk-rock with a southern/western feel. Thompson Springs describes its sound as "cloak and dagger", and notes influences that include Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Kurt Vile, Matthew E. White and Jeff Lynne.

AIRED: February 26, 2019 | 0:29:26
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♪ ♪

[slow, quiet rock guitar music]

It's the "30 Minute Music Hour."

I'm Andy Moore.

From Chicago and Madison,

Thompson Springs.

[cheers and applause]

["Deadly Stare"]

[slow, quiet rock guitar music]

♪ An angry flip of hair ♪

♪ Another deadly stare ♪

♪ Close but still so far ♪

♪ Touching your arm trying to find your heart ♪

♪ A scary start ♪

♪ Interrupted by years apart ♪

♪ Intermission of love ♪

♪ Weighing down on my head ♪

♪ Your lips bleed into me ♪

♪ A new life that I need ♪

♪ Your touch blows me apart ♪

♪ It's been hard to steady my heart ♪

♪ And it's been hard to steady my heart ♪

[slow rock guitar music]

♪ ♪

♪ The way you look at me ♪

♪ When you see that it's me you see ♪

♪ I'm riding down your street ♪

♪ In full obscurity ♪

♪ I see your picture from a far♪

♪ Away from where you keep ♪

♪ Fragments of you ♪

♪ Living inside me deep ♪

♪ Your lips bleed into me ♪

♪ A new life that I need ♪

♪ Your touch blows me apart ♪

♪ It's been hard to steady my heart ♪

♪ And it's been hard to steady my heart ♪

♪ And it's been hard to steady my heart ♪

♪ And it's been hard to steady my heart ♪

[slow rock guitar music]

♪ ♪

♪ Who, who, who are you ♪

♪ Who, who, who are you ♪

♪ Who, who, who are you ♪

♪ Who, who, who are you ♪

[ending notes fade]

[cheers and applause]

Thank you.

[applause]

["Rainbow"]

[mid-tempo rock guitar music]

♪ ♪

♪I was driving through a rainbow on the coast ♪

♪ And in my mirror I picked up a ghost ♪

♪ I said you got luck in your eyes ♪

♪ And a beautiful disguise ♪

♪ She said let me in, I'll take you for a ride ♪

♪ There's a red moon over me ♪

♪ And a black cloud descending ♪

♪ The January birds are flying away ♪

♪ We found your place late at night ♪

♪ The headlights turned bright ♪

♪ In my imaginary storyline it was just in time ♪

♪ I lived for awhile in your head ♪

♪ Dreams flying and our thoughts begin to blend ♪

♪ Look at the bigger picture, won't you please ♪

♪ I had to break out of your box to join your company ♪

[mid-tempo rock guitar music]

♪ ♪

♪ There's a clothesline out back ♪

♪ Where she hangs her past ♪

♪ Come a little higher with me ♪

♪ There's a trail near her home ♪

♪ Where she loses time alone ♪

♪ Come a little higher with me ♪

♪ I lived for awhile in her head ♪

♪ Dreams flying and our thoughts begin to blend ♪

♪ Look at the bigger picture, won't you please ♪

♪ I had to break out of your box to join your company ♪

♪ I had to break out of your box to join your company ♪

[mid-tempo rock guitar music]

♪ ♪

[ending notes fade]

[cheers and applause]

Thank you.

[applause]

["Sun and Gun"]

[high pitched electronic sound]

[oscillating high pitched electronic sound]

[notes plucked on guitar]

[bass notes plucked on guitar]

[oscillating high pitched electronic sound continues]

[tick, tick of drumsticks] - One, two, one, two, three

[uptempo rock guitar music]

- ♪ Well, I was on the run ♪

♪ From the sun and the gun ♪

♪ Black and white traffic ♪

♪ Murder avenue panic ♪

♪ Saw a bridge in the sky ♪

♪ So I tried to fly ♪

♪ Those below you are waiting for you ♪

♪ Well, I was on the run ♪

♪ From the sun and the gun ♪

♪ And it seems like ♪

♪ Murder avenue ♪

♪ Ooh, ooh ♪

♪ Ooh, ooh ♪

♪ Ooh, ooh ♪

♪ Ooh, ooh ♪

[electric guitar solo]

♪ ♪

[uptempo rock guitar music]

♪ Burning up inside ♪

♪ Melted wings open wide ♪

♪ Dying in the desert ♪

♪ Occupational hazard ♪

♪ Well, I was on the run ♪

♪ From the sun and the gun ♪

♪ And it seems like ♪

♪ Murder avenue ♪

♪ Well, I was on the run ♪

♪ From the sun and the gun ♪

♪ And it seems like ♪

♪ Murder avenue ♪

♪ Ooh, ooh ♪

♪ Ooh, ooh ♪

♪ Ooh, ooh ♪

♪ Ooh, ooh ♪

[music stops]

[cheers and applause]

[applause]

Thanks to everyone for being here.

This is a new song of ours called "Slightly Sexy."

Yeah, getting a few laughs.

[audience chuckling]

Talk about it later.

[struming a chord on electric guitar]

All right.

[tick, tick, tick, tick of drumsticks]

["Slightly Sexy"]

[mid-tempo rock guitar music]

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

♪ Slightly sexy ♪

♪ A bit deranged ♪

♪ Slapped a bandit ♪

♪ On the outbound Wollongong train ♪

♪ You're an unsolved mystery ♪

♪ Constantly challenging me ♪

♪ But I want to hear it all ♪

♪ You got to go in to get out ♪

♪ Can I sleep next to you ♪

♪ Can I surf your whole mind through ♪

♪ You're outlandish ♪

♪ And perfectly cool ♪

[mid-tempo rock guitar music]

♪ Hey Jack where you been ♪

♪ There's no ice but have another gin ♪

♪ Get the car keys, pack 'em in ♪

♪ I know they're crazy ♪

♪ Look at 'em shouting into the wind ♪

♪ A lovely kind of crazy shouting into the wind ♪

♪ Can I sleep next to you ♪

♪ Can I surf your whole mind through ♪

♪ You're outlandish ♪

♪ And perfectly cool ♪

[mid-tempo rock guitar music]

♪ Stow your loose items ♪

♪ She strengthens under the clouds ♪

♪ But she blossoms under the sun ♪

♪ In the waves near her house ♪

♪ Drink it up while you can ♪

♪ Looking out for the perfect man ♪

♪ You're lovely, you're okay ♪

♪ In another life one might say ♪

♪ Can I sleep next to you ♪

♪ Can I surf your whole mind through ♪

♪ You're outlandish ♪

♪ You're outlandish ♪

♪ You're outlandish ♪

♪ And perfectly cool ♪

[ending notes fade]

[drum crash, guitar strum]

[applause]

Thanks. We're going to have our friend Joe Hermanson

come join us for a couple songs.

This is a cover of the Velvet Underground.

It's called "Sweet Nuthin'."

["Oh! Sweet Nuthin "]

[slow tick, tick, tick of drumsticks]

[slow rock guitar music]

♪ ♪

[electric guitar solo]

♪ Say a word for Jimmy Brown ♪

♪ He ain't got nothing at all ♪

♪ Not the shirt right off his back ♪

♪ He ain't got nothing at all ♪

♪ And say a word for Ginger Brown ♪

♪ Walks with his head to the ground ♪

♪ Took the shoes right off his feet ♪

♪ To the poor boy out in the street ♪

♪ Whoa ho, sweet nuthin' ♪

♪ She ain't got nothing at all ♪

♪ Whoa ho, sweet nuthin' ♪

♪ She ain't got nothing at all ♪

♪ And say a word for Polly May ♪

♪ She can't tell the night from the day ♪

♪ They threw her out into the street ♪

♪ But just like a cat ♪

♪She landed on her feet ♪

♪ And say a word for Joanna Love ♪

♪ She ain't got nothing at all ♪

♪ 'Cause everyday she falls in love ♪

♪ And every night ♪

♪ She falls when she does ♪

[piano notes]

♪ Whoa ho, sweet nuthin' ♪

♪ She ain't got nothing at all ♪

♪ Whoa ho, sweet nuthin' ♪

♪ She ain't got nothing at all ♪

[electric guitar solo]

♪ ♪

[piano music]

[band jamming, tempo increasing]

[mid-tempo rock guitar music]

[piano flourish]

[band jamming, uptempo rock guitar music]

♪ ♪

[tempo slows]

♪ Whoa ho, sweet nuthin' ♪

♪ She ain't got nothing at all ♪

♪ Whoa ho, sweet nuthin' ♪

♪ She ain't got nothing at all ♪

[vocals and music fade out]

[cheers and applause]

["Wyoming"]

[percusive beats on bass and drums]

[piano joins in]

[percusive beats on bass, drums, piano]

♪ ♪

[entire band plays rock music]

♪ The stories and old glories ♪

♪ Keep them sane through the past pain ♪

♪ They revel in the fame of their memories ♪

♪ They just keep moving on ♪

♪ The highway, the byway ♪

♪ Cracked past their day ♪

♪ Like living under a throne ♪

♪ Is it right or is it wrong ♪

♪ I just keep moving on ♪

[rock guitar music]

♪ Wyoming ♪

♪ Tell me a story ♪

♪ Tell me a story ♪

[music fades except for guitar notes]

[tsh, tsh, tsh of cymbals]

[ta dum, ta dum de dum de dum of drums]

♪ Will I shine when I fold ♪

♪ There's still so much to be told ♪

♪ Looking back the way we came ♪

♪ Seems so long ago ♪

♪ Wyoming ♪

♪ Tell me a story ♪

♪ Tell me a story ♪

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

[band jamming, uptempo rock guitar music]

♪ ♪

[band jamming, uptempo rock guitar music]

[ending of song flourish]

[drum roll]

[song ends with one loud ending note]

[applause]

Thanks.

We're Thompson Springs.

See ya next time.

[cheers and applause]

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