Temptation of the Saints

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"After the death of my beloved dog Ruby, I began writing 'Temptation of the Saints.' Ruby died on 1st Sept 2015.

I watched every episode of 'Deadliest Catch' in a two week binge. Suffering with chronic insomnia, I often spent days and nights awake indefinitely, whilst composing this album, like the fishermen of the Bering sea. The bereavement caused me to reconnect with latent depressions and the struggle of the Alaskan fishing vessels became a metaphor for my feelings. The 'Temptation of the Saints' is the product of this long, dark winter.

My mother developed potentially fatal pneumonia and the family spent Christmas in intensive care. I honestly thought she was going to die on christmas day. It was 50/50. Thankfully she survived, however she was in hospital for some months. During this time I visited the hospital each evening and continued to work on 'Temptation of the Saints.' Life seemed to be an unpredictable, dark, cold, lonely place for some months. Only when the 'crew' (friends and family) pull together do the dark times seem more bearable.

'Finishing' the record has been difficult. I kind of cheered up for summer and put the album on the back burner. As the autumn is upon us, just over a year since I last saw my girl for the last time, it has been easier to draw this project to a close.

I write, perform and record everything myself, at home. I use a laptop, and cheap instruments. DIY/Indie/Punk/Grunge...

Raw and all my own work. Punk/Grunge is more than a 'style' or 'fashion' choice for me. It is who I am. A character trait.

I am also a conceptual artist. So consider this a concept album.

If you have taken the time to read all this then could you please
buy the album. At the time of writing this, I am skint."

Scott Jessop
2016


Dedicated to all the lives claimed by the Bering sea
and to Ruby Jessop.

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released October 17, 2016

Written by Scott Jessop
Performed, recored and produced by Scott Jessop
@Pharos Studios

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Big Valley England, UK

Big Valley is a British, grunge/powerpop, neo-punk project.





Scott has been producing art from the age of 13 and has various artistic guises.

Based in the centre of England, Scott lives with his rescue dog, makes films and produces art.

Everything is written, recorded and produced by Scott Jessop.
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Track Name: Speak As You Find
Speak As You Find (Hide And Go Fuck)


Speak as you find
Find as you seek.

Small town / Big Valley
I'm homeward / bound to be
Pair off /
Sweet nothing is lethal / Perfect to me
If there's a fight I'll make 'em know they're in it.
Invest in me.
Make a right and turn the lights off.
Stay calm / we've something to see

Speak as you find
Find as you seek.

Free wheels / grinding teeth
and 'I'm always market force
Proof read /
I need a vanity to buy me a part of me
If you've the mind we'll open up those odds.
Brokering me
and you can the models of your gods' intimacy.

Speak as you find
Find as you seek.

Call home comatose again
reciting viscerally
Can't teach to feel security
A gun breed branded on me
A Ruby mine that ran dry
Our sunshine
Violent dreams
In time we will relieve their stitches
Break at the sea

Speak as you find
Find as you seek.



Scott Jessop
2016
Track Name: Popsong (for Stratford)
Popsong (for Stratford)

Your small town is making me sick
I don't need anyone to hit
I'm a real man anyone can see
Emblems tattooed on me
On me

I buy two packets of fags and I'm set
We end up sex at the second attempt
Ask you but you never knew what it meant
Sent you into the future
Take me in place of a dog for a pet
Drag me around by a rope on my neck
Ask her she thinks I'm making a fuss
I don't trust anyone anymore

Your small town is making me sick
I don't need anyone to hit
I'm a real man anyone can see
Emblems tattooed on me
On me

I take endless trips to the wreck
Summertime and I want to get from my head
Blank out every word that she said
Sent back in formal letters
I mean, mean isn't worth working out
This scene needs a few more getting round
Ten pounds isn't worth seven these days
Come down and never come back again

Your small town is making me sick
I don't need anyone to hit
I'm a real man anyone can see
Emblems tattooed on me
On me

It's dark, cars are parked without lights
She's like 'I feel I'm dying inside'
I try not to smile as I care
She deals in cliches somewhere

Your small town is making me sick
I don't need anyone to hit
I'm a real man anyone can see
Emblems tattooed on me
On me




Scott Jessop
2016
Track Name: Dandare
Dandare

She walk the ballpark like they fear her
They couldn't make one any meaner
They're gonna tell ya that they need you
but I do and that's the truth
I'm stuck fucked in love with you

You're like the Mekon
For understanding me
I can't be broken
Underneath these dreams

Why don't you come and chat in private
You're like the best at denying
You'd better take it as you find it
Reminded me of you
Now i'm stuck inside the room

You're like the Mekon
For understanding me
I can't be broken
Underneath these dreams



Scott Jessop
2016
Track Name: Playing Awake
Playing Awake

The lasers have their targets now
it's time that you were getting out.
The game is not what is was

The latest I've been finding out
that you are on the bank now.
The game is not what it was

Not what it should be
Not what it will be
The game is just what it is

All the way I've been playing awake
but really, who's at the hull?
Who's at the hull?


The venom in the minaret
projected to the internet.
The game is not what it was.

Created by an evil eye
gestate in a dumb white.
The game is not what it was.

Not what it should be
Not what it will be
The game is just what it is

All the way I've been playing awake
but really, who's at the hull?
Who's at the hull?


The plural of your pleurisy
obsession is a sneak thief.
The game is not what it was.

Possession is a young bride
what I need at my time of life.
The game is not what it was.

Not what it should be
Not what it will be
The game is just what it is

All the way I've been playing awake
but really, who's at the hull?
Who's at the hull?




Scott Jessop
2016
Track Name: The Wave
Religion is the sea
Tallest in my home
Fear and self loathing
Are two of my best friends
Can you feel the wave?

Articles of faith
Clothe death / that I doubt
I will be faithful
Auto da fe
Can you feel the wave?
Can you feel the wave?
Can you feel the wave?

Can you feel the way that I need you to be in your sleep?

Because they don't expect me to be ready to swing. (swim)

Pushed at your door
Come for the race
It will be exiting
All that you can face
Can you feel the wave?

Whoso on my back
Should fall as I ride
I will be arriving
As we escape
Can you feel the wave?
Can you feel the wave?
Can you feel the wave?

Can you feel the way that I need you to be in your sleep?

Because they don't expect me to be ready to swing. (swim)

Without me you'll get nothing
Easy.
Set up in the bell tower
Rifle alive.
Can you feel the wave?

Clearing away
Dead in the wood.
I will be here waiting
Bed of the sea.
Can you feel the wave?
Can you feel the wave?
Can you feel the wave?

Can you feel the way that I need you to be in your sleep?

Because they don't expect me to be ready to swing. (swim)



Scott Jessop
2016
Track Name: Sea Is Blue
Sea Is Blue

In far Cyan, where houses float on water
Koreans escape across the border.
The lights are ever closing on us, wait.
I'm sure that I have made mistakes.

They could never let me be
As far as I can see
It's a waste to be awake
I can't keep taking this abuse i'm done
Just let me see the sun.

In sweet Seattle, where boats go to Alaska
falling in means death within three minutes.
So help me back onboard inside the time
I guess that now I owe you a life.

They could never let me be
As far as I can see
It's a waste to be awake
I can't keep taking this abuse i'm done
Just let me see the sun.


Scott Jessop
2016
Track Name: Disney Brigade
Disney Brigade
(Fake Beers / Cutie Pie)

I wouldn't wish this on my best friend
Something's in the way again
A blanket shield, a riot calm
Racking up and taking harm
A bottle of hopscotch a couple of pills
Left with the ashes to cover the bills
All turned up my window's pain
Never again they say

She's my cutie pie
My slot machine

It's a real life
But it feels like
Big Bolcha
Belly wobbler
Is it fight time?
In the street light
Coming over
Hysteria

She's got the automatic way
I never learn from my mistakes
Here come the breaks
Bring me a line
I'm fine / I'm fine / I 'm fine
Make me a wish and wrap it up tight
Take it away I'll be gone for the night
Return to find I've been replaced
She's got the automatic way.

She's my cutie pie
My slot machine

It's a real life
But it feels like
Big Bolcha
Belly wobbler
Is it fight time
In the street light
Coming over
Hysteria

Hang on, it's safe
Here come the Disney brigade.


She stands tall, two stories, wave
I wake up to find it safe
The warehouse alight
The lighthouse is where?
If we bank we'll kiss the rocks
All will sink titanium dogs
Pyjama queen have mercy, trade
She stands tall, two stories, wave.

She's my cutie pie
My slot machine

It's a real life
But it feels like
Big Bolcha
Belly wobbler
Is it fight time
In the street light
Coming over
Well come on over



Scott Jessop
2016
Track Name: Disciples
Disciples.

Target me
How many words must I write all the same?
Find me
How can I learn if I'm never to blame?


Pulling her down is like cutting the wrists
but they say on us
All written down in some magical lists
but they prey on us

Must be a stage that he's standing on
must be her age that they won't let her up
Strapped to you riding a rocket
A Jetpack that blows up on my back


Target me
How many words must I write all the same?
Find me
How can I learn if I'm never to blame?


It's not an abuse if you like it too
I'll be for you if you say I must
Matchstick clock or just stuck to the glue
Help me inhale but the hands fall off

Must a doll if she comes in a box
Must be for real you can see from the phase
Why can't you learn how to lock it?
I'll rock it, watching it roll with the wave


Target me
How many words must I write all the same?
Find me
How can I learn if I'm never to blame?


You took tea with him
How can you let me down like this
You're going to be like him
Master of my house


Target me
How many words must I write all the same?
Find me
How can I learn if I'm never to blame?



Scott Jessop
2016
Track Name: Head Test
Head Test

Here comes a wave
I'm not afraid

These waters are forever our graves
These seas leave nothing to be saved

Lie awake and wait for me
and we will sink into the sea


Scott Jessop
2016
Track Name: Rollcage
Rollcage


Put elements together and if they react,
turn them into something good.
The two of us together; It's a blatant fact,
there's always sparks and I don't know if I should
find
a way around this time
but I
am sick of all this trying.

We're going to crash.



We need a rollcage for the lives we lead
You make me feel awake
Like I'm safe and I'm real
You make me feel.



The two of us are trouble so before we go pop
bubble up beside me again.
There is too much love in here for us to ever go out
so what's it about? My fire, my old flame
I
am sick of all this tears.
You
Would never let me steer

We are going to crash.



We need a rollcage for the lives we lead
You make me feel awake
Like I'm safe and I'm real
You make me feel.



Scott Jessop
2016