You are the Big Bang

by Mahoney

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First solo release from ex-Amplifier bass player and riffmeister extraordinaire Neil Mahony. 4 tracks of juggernaut riffs, hypnotic melodies and thunderous sexy grooves.
All music performed by Neil Mahony except drums by Gavin Kenny.

“The record says I’m better when I have somewhere to direct my emotions. It says that bile and anger and a growing distrust of oneself are all pertinent influences when it comes to making an artistic statement to be shared with people who don’t really know you.”

So says Mahoney, one-man wall of sound. Mahoney was formerly known as Neil Mahony, bassist and riffmeister extraordinaire in nu-prog pioneers Amplifier. He left the band in not entirely amicable circumstances in 2012, subject to a gagging order about the split, and with perhaps a slightly bitter taste after being airbrushed from their history. So fuck them, and let's talk about Mahoney.

This record is Mahoney’s first output since Amplifier’s The Octopus in 2010. “In November 2013 I noticed there was a hole. I used to perform. I used to create and sculpt and hone,” says the newly solo artist. “By then I hadn’t done any of that for over two years. I was in Amplifier for 14 years. It was an incredible period in my life and I’m immensely proud of the music we made. I also got to play some of the biggest shows that a rock musician can play and met so many great people. But in terms of music my contribution was limited to riffs and soundscapes. I would genuinely watch in awe as these massive rock opuses would grow and grow from all the input of these epic jams we had. I knew I had great songs in me too but there was no room for another songwriter in that band. This is my first attempt at doing it all myself. I was left with a sour taste in my mouth after the way I found myself out of that band and it took me two years to even consider doing anything musical again.”
It was further adversity that eventually brought Mahoney back to the basements of Dublin, initially jamming with friends, and finally into the studio: After my mother died in 2013 I had the reason I needed to get to work. I had been writing about her, the fear of Alzheimer’s Disease - and when she went I knew it was time to document it. This record is for my mother as much as it is for me.”

Dedicated to the memory of Breda Mahony (née Campion) and Charles Mahony.
If only we could have had one more day.
And another.


released February 19, 2016

All songs written, produced, performed and mixed by Neil Mahony
Drums on all tracks by Gavin Kenny
Mastering by Tim Turan
Design by Neil Mahony and Sonja Niemeier
Mahoney logo and script by Sonja Niemeier
FET cover photo by Sonja Niemeier and Mark Heron



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Track Name: The Win Win Situation
It’s a win win situation
And there’ll never be another like it again
As the planets agree on their mutual vibration
With the grim combination
Of your means but someone else’s ends

It’s a long, long way to the city
And there’s nothing to do there nothing to see
And the rhetoric that comes
From a face that once seemed so pretty
That it’s worth the time it takes to write it down
I think we’ll both agree.
Track Name: Field Effect Transistor
This time we’re gonna make it
Just like no time ever before this
This is the one that matters
This is the one that matters

This is all I want now
It’s all I've got now
All I need now
Take it if you want it
But just tell me
Won’t you tell me

Is it my heart that’s slowing down?

Are you ever gonna be here?
Because I need you in my life dear
With my heartbeat slowing down now
It’s slowing down now

Why is it always what I want is never what I need?
Track Name: Sides
I don’t need us to talk
Talk never fixed anything
I would rather just walk away
From the news that they bring

It was never a fault
That I ever thought you could have
Always making me cry
When all I need is to laugh

There’s a man in the room
But I don’t know who he is
He’s been changing his tune
But have I made him like this

I can’t give what you want
And you can’t be what I need
You’re trying to teach me to write it down
When I don’t know to read

There’s a time and a place
But I can’t find my way back inside
Read the message that’s etched upon my face
It’s a sign of the turning tide

Some say that there’s no over
That there’s only begun
Like a voice screaming clear in your head
Singing “You’re better off dead”
You’ll know when the right moment comes

Yeah you’ll know when the right moment comes
Track Name: Trying to Lean
You’re wasting your time
If you’re trying to lean on me
Assuming control
Of everything that you can touch
And you can see
But I won’t be told
And I’m not gonna roll over so easily

This is not the way to live
When there’s no concession
That you can give

It must be so hard to live with it every day
When fear is the only card that you can play
The richer your heart
The deeper the real love you can display

These are not the things to do
This is not about us
It’s all about you

Earning our trust as a friend
You always had time to pretend
This is a point to attend
We’ll always find out in the end

There was a man
He had a plan
To keep it so real
Sold me the dream
For all it seemed
A pretty good deal

We’d stand or fall
As one and all
Least that’s how it first seemed
He sold us lies
Tangled up in his schemes