Going To The Theatre

by Audra

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Elegantly raw, melodic dark rock.

A remarkable album evoking such influences as David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Roxy Music and the Velvet Underground. Going to the Theatre (the second full-length release from Arizona-based brothers Bret and Bart Helm) presents ten snapshots of characters confronting the images and experiences that fuel their passage from child to adult, from innocent to debased. Between the sultry cabaret grind of "Midnight Moon Swing" and the sullen, lonely guitar of "Don't End This Time," Audra leads their audience on a stirring and shimmering journey through a landscape of innocence and its loss.

"Musically rich and varied, the Helm brothers show off their considerable talent in arrangements that range from hard hitting and contagious to fragile and passionate" - Losing Today Magazine

Based out of Mesa, Arizona, Audra is Bret Helm (vocals, bass), Bart Helm (guitar, piano) and J. DeWolfe (drums, percussion). Audra broke out onto the national scene in 2000 when they signed with indie label, Projekt Records. After two well-received albums and well-over 300 live performances, the band decided to leave Projekt and go back to the ‘do-it-yourself’ approach that started their career in the mid-90s.

Much like other ‘family’ bands such as Oasis, The Black Crowes and Jesus & Mary Chain, Audra is fueled by the unique chemistry that is generated from brothers Bret and Bart Helm.

'Going To The Theatre' is Audra's second album and was originally released on Projekt Records on April 23, 2002.

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released April 23, 2002

All songs written by Bret and Bart Helm
© 2002 Bret Alan Helm, BMI & Bart Walter Helm, BMI

Recorded and Mixed by Bart Helm
April 20, 2001 – January 1, 2002, Mesa, Arizona

Cover Photograph courtesy of Geraldine Hurt and Karen Kiolbassa

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Audra appeared on the national scene in 2000 signing with Projekt Records. After 2 albums & over 300 live shows, the band returned to the ‘do-it-yourself’ approach that started their career. Audra gained the attention of Davey Havok, AFI, who chose 2002's Going To The Theatre as one of his top 10 of the year. They have performed/toured w/ AFI, Peter Murphy, Nitzer Ebb, She Wants Revenge, etc. ... more

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Track Name: Midnight Moon Swing
In a midnight moon swing
He writes his valentine
Nothing ever happens
When you’re looking for it

I’ll keep my mouth shut
If you close your eyes
I’ll keep my mouth shut
If you close your eyes

In a midnight moon swing
He sings his lullaby
Nothing ever happens
When you’re looking for it

I’ll keep my mouth shut
If you close your eyes
I’ll keep my mouth shut
If you close your eyes
Track Name: There Are No Snakes In Heaven
Not as you are
Looking up towards the sky
Your cigarette in motion
My almost best friend

Meet me after midnight
Behind the woods
His father sent him away
Sent him away

Elegance is enchanting
In a shiny black lacquer
London,
“I like the rain.”

And the air that breathes into my face
With the leaves on the trees
Think about sadness
And pace yourself

Send away your heart
Send away your heart
Send away your heart
Send away your heart

The flowers were exquisite
The odor of death and flowers
No one noticed me
Sitting in the back.
Track Name: Going To The Theatre
Each week I put my clothes on the same way
Each week I put my hair up the same way
Each night I laugh and cry the same way

Each night I sleep the same way
The only thing that’s different is
I’m going to the theatre tonight

No fun in sitting alone reading a book
No fun in watching some broads in a show
No fun in sitting doing some work
No fun in watching them fight

I’m going to the theatre on a Saturday night
I’m gonna have some fun tonight
I’m going to the theatre on a Saturday night
And I’m gonna chase some chicks around the aisles
I’m going to the theatre on a Saturday night
And I’m gonna catch me some great disease
I’m going to the theatre on a Saturday night
And I’m gonna become a great disgrace

No fun in sitting alone reading a book
No fun in watching some broads in a show
No fun in sitting doing some work
No fun in watching them fight

Hey, who’s that up in the booth watching over us?
Hey, is that Henry’s mom coming to get him?
Look at him hide, look over there it’s Billy and Sally
Their faces are wet, who knows where they’ve been
Who knows where they’ve been

Hey, who’s that up in the booth watching over us?
Hey, is that Henry’s mom coming to get him?
Look at him hide, look over there it’s Billy and Sally
Their faces are wet, who knows where they’ve been
Who knows where they’ve been

I hope tonight never ends
I hope tomorrow never comes
I hope tonight never ends
So long as I got my black cape on tonight
I hope tonight never ends
I hope tonight never ends
Track Name: All Ghosts Spend Their Time Alone
All ghosts spend their time alone
All my life I sit and watch nothing
All the time we spend looking
Is just another day
Just another day
Just another day to turn around

All ghosts spend their time alone
All of everyone seems to think in fragment
All of childhood is a dream lost forever
All my friends in slow motion
Waiting for their eyes to close

But you were always different
But you were always different
You were always different
You were always different
You gave me hope
You gave me hope
Track Name: In A Dark Room...
Twenty-one candles
In a dark room
A blue light flickers
To the beat of the music

Back on the slide
In a park
My imagination screams
To the beat of my heart
To the beat of my heart

A distant voice
Spreads through our bodies
It’s nothing really more
Than a whisper

But your voice is clear
Like the skin
I glide across
And then you turn and smile
Then you turn and smile

I found myself along the way
I found myself between then and now
I found myself along the way
I found myself between then and now

Twenty-one candles in a dark room
Twenty-one candles in a dark room
Track Name: Face Go Red
There once was a pumpkin
Who came downstairs
To see what was going on
Billy on top of Brenda
Making her face go red
He tried to stop it
But what can he do
He don’t have any legs
A bottle of wine
And a six-inch knife
His time is closing in

They can’t hear anything upstairs
They can’t hear anything upstairs
They can’t hear anything upstairs
And no one would care anyway

He digs farther and farther
Hoping to find some gold
He wants to cut him open
But he didn’t finish her yet

They can’t hear anything upstairs
They can’t hear anything upstairs
They can’t hear anything upstairs
And no one would care anyway
Track Name: A Walk In The Woods
Twist ribbons through my hair
Long and sunset
A violet hangs around my neck
On a strand of silver icicles
The patterns brush the carpet
And the faces on the wall
A gown weaved of clouds in a sunset
I step out through the door
Onto the unpaved road
And my face is blank
I can see myself only in reflection.

There’s a lake nearby off the path
And under the moon it’s invisible
I’m invisible in it and to my own eyes
I’m not really there
The water is cold and my skin shakes
My hands rise and stay
On the surface is a tiny spider
It swims by and flies away.

My name echoes through the woods
And I ignore and they pass by
I’m in the center of a circle of silk
And the water clutches my bare legs
“Don’t leave us, don’t leave us,
Don’t leave us, don’t leave us,
Don’t leave us, don’t leave us,
Don’t leave us, don’t leave us”

I’m in the center of a circle of silk
I’m in the center of a circle of silk
Track Name: Fearless "Peaches"
He sits alone on a park bench
Clutching a pretty leather purse
He’s a showcase for those to see
Smiles at a familiar gesture
He’s what has been shown and told about for years
In many of the homes
That have had the pleasure to see him

Fearless “Peaches” is what he’s known to the locals
He doesn’t run or jog in the morning
But skips his way around town
He had a bike that he called “Sunshine”
But it got stolen by some local thugs
That mistook him for another queen, “Sugar Snacks”
“Sugar Snacks”

Oh, no. Fearless “Peaches”
Oh, no. Fearless “Peaches”

“Peaches” calls himself “The Shuffler”
Can shuffle anything with the best of them
A deck of cards, an untold fortune
He also knows how to shuffle into the record store

Picks up the latest Iggy Pop vinyl and stares
With those bright blue eyes he smiles
Tucks it under his sweater and crawls on out of there
He races home and puts on the phonograph
God, how he loves the sound of the crackle
God, how he loves the sound of the pop
God, how he loves the sound of the crackle
God would’ve said, “That’s Iggy Pop.”

“Peaches” gets busy in front of the mirror
Does a slow strip, his heart is racing fast

Oh, no. Fearless “Peaches”
Oh, no. Fearless “Peaches”
But he has hope, but he has hope
But he has hope, but he has hope
But he has hope, but he has hope
Track Name: Cabaret Fortune Teller
The games people play
The games people play

All the angels
Sitting wilted flowers
Dripping tears
Red devils, white angels
Dressed in black
And the flames grow higher
And I start to cry

If you say everyone
Was meant to be together
Then we can laugh
A revolution against the king
Is against yourself
I remember

If you say everyone
Was meant to be together
Then we can laugh
A revolution against the king
Is against yourself
I remember

I remember when you said
Let’s start a religion
Where is it now?
When we burn and cry for yesterday
I remember

Maybe this is fantasy
Maybe this is Halloween
Maybe it’s a memory
Wrapped in purple lights

The games people play
The games people play

Maybe this is fantasy
Maybe this is Halloween
Maybe it’s a memory
Wrapped in purple lights
Maybe this is fantasy
Maybe this is Halloween
Maybe it’s a memory
Wrapped in purple lights
Track Name: Don't End This Time
City to city
With no one there
But strangers
Every stranger
Starts to look the same
And all their voices
And stories are the same
Take me to where
There’s people who care
And I don’t have to worry
About what I’m thinking about

Just call for me
And it’ll be okay
Just call for me
And it’ll be okay

But it still doesn’t matter
Because the night always ends
But it still doesn’t matter
Because the night always ends

But it still doesn’t matter
Because the night always ends
But it still doesn’t matter
Because the night always ends
But it still doesn’t matter
Because the night always ends

But it still doesn’t matter
And you have to go home