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This is a collection of demos I recorded during the time I lived in London and started playing as a Solo Artist. So on one hand it doesn't really represent our sound as a full band anymore but on the other hand it still holds lots of fond memories of places & people I made music with before we found ourselves playing together as James Choice & the Bad Decisions. So if you are interested in how this all got started then hopefully you can appreciate this record. Thanks & love Poodle

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released January 1, 2012

All songs were recorded by myself during 2010-12 in the several different rooms I lived in across London.
Except for the drums on "these Bullets Are Thoughts" which were recorded by Misha Nikolic
All music composed & lyrics written by Sebastian Abermann
All instruments played, programmed & vocals sung by Sebastian Abermann
except for:
drums on "these Bullets Are Thoughts" by Elliott Barlow
Bass on "You've Got A Fiend" by Alfons Helmut Hugo Wolmuth
Lead Guitar on "You've Got A Fiend" by Mats Steurer
Additional Programming on "Brobdingnag" and "Take a Leak" by Lorenzo Cosi

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James Choice & The Bad Decisions Vienna, Austria

James Choice & The Bad Decisions are a five piece song writing team based in Vienna, Austria. Their music is defined by their incredibly listenable, yet constantly surprising and unexpected hooks, underpinned by subtle lyrics, rich five part vocal harmonies, and melodies that soar from broken and delicate depths to defiant and dizzying highs. ... more

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Track Name: These Bullets Are Thoughts
you're always
waiting for something
never doing the right thing
your head's in a noose
tied by your thoughts
and they're stacking the odds

you've got access
to all possible options
but a mindset
that won't stand a chance
Cause if you choose you loose
you're a failure, a fraud
worthless cause you're flawed

clear your mind
it's taking a piss
all over your dreams
try to make sense of this
its like russian roulette
and these bullets are thoughts
don't regret all regrets
until it no longer hurts

its ego
that's buying all of the crap
and you're lying
not facing the facts
you pile up shit around you
until you get smothered
but you just can't be bothered

you're aiming
beyond the gap
but you're blinded
and can't see the trap
that's waiting out there for you
the bait is sugar and salt
suddenly it's nobody s fault

clear your mind
it's taking a piss
all over your dreams
try to make sense of this
its like russian roulette
and these bullets are thoughts
don't regret all regrets
until it no longer hurts

well I'd say it's time
to make sense of this
I load up on my dreams
I shoot though I may miss
and if these thoughts are bullets
they may leave me in holes
but out of old regrets
I cobbled brand new soles
and they will lead me there
Track Name: Brobdingnag
I've got a map that I can't read
guess I could follow the footprints
I can see a light but it's too bright to lead
my feet don't fit the footprints

stranded on a shore the air's too dense to breathe
washed away with my footprints
red giants and white dwarfs they ask me to leave
now I am left trying to figure out their dropping hints

let your heart be a compass,
and your guts set the sails
Your dreams give you wind
if you just stop chasing whales
let the sun warm you up
feel the breeze, take a breath
heave to drop the anchor
your home's where you left
misled by stars
this ship took you very far
you're not sinking
just let it sink in

bought a thing or two beyond my means
thought they'd fill out my footprints
i thought I was poor so I sold all my dreams
but I am still chasing hints

I left to find treasures but got lost at sea
and I hide inside footprints
I kinda know how to steer but it's too dark to see
time to leave here
as I ran out of footprints
Track Name: October Sky
Finally you are where you always wish that you could be
a holiday from being super strong
take the time and let them help you so that you can see
a place and time where you know we all belong
it will feel good although it has been so long

Please don't be afraid to tell me what you've learned
show me all the scars you're aching heart has earned
I ll promise you one thing although I may not understand
if were going down will do it hand in hand

So don't be afraid to tell me what you've learned
show me all the scars you're aching heart has earned
I ll promise you one thing although I may not understand
if were going down will do it hand in hand

Don't you dare fucking cop out like that
Track Name: You've Got A Fiend
I don't know what for
I don't know what for am I doing this
I don't know what for anymore, anymore

I don't know how long
I don't know how long this will be going on
I don't know how long, how long, how long

just trying to stay strong

You painted me a picture
it's hanging on my bedroom wall
how good it is to look at it
when nothing's right at all
I need something that's real tonight
I need something that's mine
I need to see you soon again
I need some space and time

I think I got lost
I think I got lost along the way
I think I got lost, I'm gone astray

I feel like I've lost
I feel like I've lost my will to lose
I feel like I've lost, I'm lost so lost
ready to be found

You painted me a picture
it's hanging on my bedroom wall
how good it is to look at it
when nothing's right at all
I need something that's real tonight
I need something that's mine
I need to see you soon again
I need some space and time

Tell me it'll be fine again
show me something I can grab onto with hands
help me find my way out of here
can you lend me your shoulders
your arms and your ears


Thanks I think I'm alright again
and I'll be there when you crave for a friend
I will offer you shoulders and ears
and my hands to lead you away from here

Come on let's move on
Come on let's move on
'cause if we don't belong here
why should we stay here at all
Track Name: Travelling with a Dead Man
and again someone has broke my heart
another day of falling apart into a million pieces
this story's old and so's my face
and I'm so sick of trying to win this endless race

nothing to gain nothing to get from me
I just wanna sleep sleep and dream it all away
where are the songs that were stuck in my head
its just filled filled up with stupid thoughts and crap

can you help me up I think I broke my spine
one can so easily slip instead of stand the test of time
this life isn't fair and you're full of it
I'm on my own off into the dark with my baggage full of shit
what can I say

Not again I think I broke some hearts
they tried to trace back the lead to where the story starts
There is no cure for this disease called me
just loads of problems and no solutions as far as I can see

here it comes another epic fail
just wait for the sad applause to end and then off I trail
I'm so lost no one can find me not in time
I play hide and seek with all my fears who are now friends of mine
Track Name: Kathleen
Is it alright
if you'd come over for the night
the world is spinning way too fast
for me to stand up straight
and I carried all these thoughts around
now I can't bare the weight
so if you're free
please carry me
through the night

it might seem trite
I know you're probably right
when you live like there is no tomorrow
but Im struggling with today
I used up all my clever lines
to hide I'm not ok
could you aid
and serenade
me through tonight

come on kathleen
where the hell you're hiding
all I can find are needles in the hay
so bored of waiting
till the bleeding's subsiding
I'm tired of kicking against the pricks
and lack of sleeves to hide my tricks
could you show yourself so you can save my day
what do you say?

Where is my mind
all this thinking makes me blind
it is late and I am hungry
so would you share some food for thought
my restless brain won't sleep
'till I devour all that you've brought
please feed
and treat
me through the night

Im growing into something
that I'd swore id never be
could you be the lightning
to put the fire back in me

and I am guessing just how far you are away
by counting seconds 'till the thunder's decay
take me away
take me away
Track Name: Take A Leak
Took away the innocence
established lies with diligence
collapsing like a house of cards
trying to resell our hearts

when truth is just a click away
who'll play the fool
and who will stay
does it need a sword
to solve the knot
it's time to overthrow the plot

trying to adapt the rules
a game to win when thousands loose
collapsing like house of cards
a gentle breeze is how it starts

when truth is just a click away
who'll play the fool
and who will stay
does it need a sword
to solve the knot
it's time to overthrow the plot
Track Name: Parkemed Dreams
I'm not picking up the phone
I don't wanna hear no one's voice
I just let it ring on the floor
pretending I've got no choice

I'd rather sleep on the floorboards
'cause it makes me feel not alone
I know I should clean up my closet
but could I please come home

I'll just check-in for today
I swear I'll be gone tomorrow
I'll listen to whatever you say
'cause I won't remember tomorrow
anyway

So would you buy me a drink
then I'll tell you a story
promise it makes you cry
makes you laugh makes you worry
but I can't handle this anymore
is someone out there who got through this before
I search and I search but can't see
there's no face in the mirror for me

I'm not picking myself up today
I'd rather stay where I fell on the floor
'cause the world's got me dizzy again
so please check my vital signs before you shut the door

and I still can hear you say
something like it took more then a day to build rome
for sure it takes more then a drink to wash this away
better not leave the comforts of home

I'll just check-in for today
I swear I'll be gone tomorrow
I'll listen to whatever you say
'cause I won't remember tomorrow
probably

So would you buy me a drink
then I'll tell you a story
promise it makes you cry
makes you laugh makes you worry
but I can't handle this anymore
is someone out there who got through this before
I search and I search but can't see
there's no face in the mirror for me

there's just no face in the mirror for me
guess I'll just pack my scars and just leave
Track Name: Throats (Feralus/Katie Raine Cover)
I get angry as thunder and stubborn sometimes
and that doesn't make me appealing
my friends put up with me and I don't know why
but we share the same loving feelings

and I wish I'd be more like my mother sometimes
she turned out to be pretty strong
the world's handed her cards that I couldn't have played
but yet she still carries on

and I'm not articulate or witty at best
but people some to think that I'm funny
half of the time I think I know why
it's 'cause I do stupid things most of the time

So I can't write pretty songs
or tales worth remembering
I just write down
what's on my mind
so this is what you're hearing

Pretty soon my dreams will rip at the seams
'cause I can't find a way to express them
and I know I should find me a new piece of mind
'cause someday I know I will forget to

and I don't have intelligence beyond compare
but I like to keep myself informed
which is hard to do when you hate the news
and newspapers are for spreading on the floor

So I can't write pretty songs
or tales worth remembering
I just write down
what's on my mind
so this is what you're hearing

I eat tofu and vegetables because I think
Animals are our equal
I care more for them then for my fellow men
'cause mankind is way too destructive

and war is not the answer to the questions we pose
it's simply a way to make money
it's a ridiculous way to satisfy the greed
of the people who are running our countries

so we can all raise our hands
we can all shout
'till the lungs in our chest have caved in
and our throats have dried out

we can all raise our hands
we can all shout
let them know we're the threat
and the ones to be worried about