What You Do Comes Back To You

by Karmatruffle

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What You Do Comes Back To You was recorded on a farm in Gloucestershire over the course of three weekends in November 2005. We had parted company with our record label for reasons I won’t bore you with after the release of our debut E.P. She’s Not All That in the summer. We selected the ten tracks which best represented our live shows at that time. We wanted to capture the energy of a live gig and to his credit producer Simon Plater did an excellent job. He used solely analogue equipment which impressed us no end. However, for some reason he managed to wipe two of the master tracks completely during the sessions which meant they had to be recorded again from scratch. This is why only Sarah’s vocals are featured on ‘When You Come My Way’ as I had to re-do the bass (she was unable to make the six hour round trip from Essex for this particular session) and why none of Karmatruffle other than myself appear on the title track! In fact, I had to re-record this one on the day I went to pick up the master tapes from Simon. He was very apologetic and said he didn’t understand how it had happened but ‘What You Do Comes Back To You’ was sadly lost. He asked if we could do without it but I said no it's the title track! He drafted in a drummer from Bath, Pedro Goble, to drive up to the studio that evening to lay the drums down on a new version and then Simon and I tracked the other instruments on top. I finished my vocals at about three in the morning and by the time the sun rose I walked away with the ten track finished master in my hand. To compensate I have included the studio rehearsal of the title song as a bonus track so you can get some idea of how it was going to sound – Jamie originally put down a very different drum track than the one Pedro played. Poor Pedro hadn’t even heard the song before and I had no demo to play him when he came to the studio. I just sang it to him on the guitar and he did his best. Funnily enough, after the initial shock had worn off, Jamie ended up saying that this was his favourite track on the LP.

Karmatruffle was formed by myself and original bassist Magda McCaffry (nee Singer) in 2003. We originally conceived the idea as a Bevis Frond tribute group but soon realised that we were writing too many of our own songs to have much room in the set for our beloved Bevis. Initially, Amanda Ranson was the drummer and we started life as a three piece. Amanda played the drums just like Mo Tucker and I loved the sound we had then with me doing my wailing away erratically on lead and Magda pounding power chords on the bass. It was all very dirty; there was a lot of riffage in a Pixies meets the Velvets via The Frond type way. However, Amanda suffered from terrible stage fright and left the group to be replaced by Jamie Jordan, who, along with Paul Kench, had been founder members of my previous band The Dandelions. Once Jamie joined we began gigging in earnest around Cheltenham and Gloucester. Our shows featured a mixture of mine and Magda’s songs (including her ‘Astronaut’ and ‘Without You’ which later appeared on my Antheology album) and always the following covers: Love’s ‘A House Is Not A Motel’, The Bevis Frond’s ‘Anodyne’ and The Undertones’ ‘You’ve Got My Number’. Paul came to see us play one show and was so impressed with our new found formula he asked to join. We had no hesitation in welcoming him back on board. By this time I’d written ‘A Better Way’ and ‘Such A Shame’, as well as completing my first solo LP, Solomon’s Tump (also available from Bandcamp in remastered form!)

Our career took off, however, after Paul began dating the head of a London independent record label (nice work, Paul!) We were duly signed (although I actually had to persuade the label to sign Karmatruffle as they intended to sign just me on the strength of Solomon’s Tump) and we set about recording our first three track E.P. (She’s Not All That). We played shows up and down the country including Night and Day, Manchester, Cardiff Barfly, Cavern Club, Liverpool, Bar Academy, Birmingham and London’s 100 Club and Hope & Anchor. We shared bills with the (then unkown) Arctic Monkeys and Stephen Fretwell.

Magda played on the E.P. but couldn’t stand the travelling so quit the band just before we began recording the album (see my song 'Goodbye Cruel Pop World' on the By The Banks Of The A350 album). Sarah Anthony from Harlow was recruited via the NME but the band was not destined to last much longer for purely logistical reasons. Jamie was now at university in Birmingham, Paul had moved to Swindon, I had got married and moved to deepest Wiltshire and Sarah was out in Essex. We rehearsed mainly in Maidenhead as a sort of compromise, but it was a nightmare and very costly to even get together. Our last shows were at Cambridge University and Hertford Corn Exchange early in 2006 promoting the What You Do Comes Back To You LP. We were on fire musically by this time but exhausted and pissed off with driving everywhere. Burned out you might say. It was time for me to begin recording at home.

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released December 14, 2005

Songs written by Julian Pugsley. Arrangements by Karmatruffle. Produced by Karmatruffle and Simon Plater. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Simon Plater at Farmyard Studios. www.farmyardstudios.co.uk

Art Direction by Karmatruffle. Design by Nick Gypps. Cover photography by Paul Kench. Inner sleeve photography by Nick Gypps, Karmatruffle and Sarah Pugsley.

Karmatruffle is:
Julian Pugsley: Vocals, guitars, harmonica
Paul Kench: Lead guitar, vocals
Jamie Jordan: Drums, percussion, vocals
Sarah Anthony: Bass guitar, vocals
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Magda McCaffry: Bass guitar, vocals

Additional musicians:
Rob Schonfeld: Keyboards on ‘Trying To Get Out Of The Rain’ and ‘Sugar Baby’

Karmatruffle wishes to thank: Simon, Nick, Rob, Carolyn, Amanda, Dean, Phil and Mike from Vinyl Vault.

Additional thanks to: Sarah, Sophie, Fran, Mickey, Jim, Andy, John, Nick and all our friends and family for their support in a wilderness of apathy.

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Track Name: Girls
Suzie you drive me wild
Like a little child
Want to run and hide
I want to be with you
Karen you make me mad
Because you’re so bad
And it makes me glad
I want to be with you

Mary I’m sick inside
When I’m by your side
And my hands are tied
I want to be with you
Judy you turn me on
With your red dress on
When you suck my thumb
I want to be with you

Terri you’re looking great
When you make it shake
Baby I can’t wait
I want to be with you
Amber you are so rude
When you’re in the mood
Put me off my food
I want to be with you

Devon I got a crush
And it’s such a rush
Baby I can’t touch
I want to be with you
Saffron I know it’s wrong
But when you’re in your thong
And you get it on I want to be with you
Track Name: Such A Shame
Soon it's all over, no more room for philosophical manoeuvre
You didn't listen to the knocking on your door
Now you can't hear the Word you need anymore

It's such a shame, such a shame, such a big, big shame
Such a shame, such a shame, such a big, big shame
Such a shame, such a shame, such a crying shame for you

You tell me you've reached your goal
So tell me the price you paid for your soul
You didn't listen to the knocking on your door
Now you can't hear the Word you need anymore

It's such a shame, such a shame, such a big, big shame
Such a shame, such a shame, such a big, big shame
Such a shame, such a shame, such a crying shame for you
Track Name: When You Come My Way
I need a little piece of you to carry with me when I'm feeling blue
Cos I got nothing, I got nothing but grey
I try to hide behind the clothes I wear but still my eyes betray my deep despair
Cos I got nothing, I got nothing but grey

Until that morning, that sunny morning, I'm gonna hide away, oh yeah
Until that morning we find a brighter day, when you come my way

When you come my way

When I'm without you I don't see the sun, I wanna tell you but the words don't come
Cos I got nothing, I got nothing but grey
I take a walk the weather makes me sad, I watch a movie but it's just a drag
Cos I got nothing, I got nothing but grey

Until that morning, that sunny morning, I'm gonna hide away, oh yeah
Until that morning we find a brighter day, when you come my way

When you come my way
Track Name: What You Do Comes Back To You
I don't know if it's karma or it's judgement day
But I know my card's marked every step of the way
There's no place to hide, it comes from inside
And time's not on our side cos what you do comes back to you

What you do comes back to you

You can choose to be careless in your life
And you can choose not to think if it was wrong or right
Drop to your knees and pray cos there is no other way
Or you will rue the day cos what you do comes back to you

What you do comes back to you

It's your life that you make, no second chance to take
So pity those mistakes cos what you do comes back to you

What you do comes back to you
Track Name: Trying To Get Out Of The Rain
So are you waiting for someone else
Or is it just a game you're playing by yourself
I'm not too certain but i'll give it a try
Rather get shot down in flames than never find out why

Don't turn away, don't turn away
Don't turn away i just want to know your name
Don't be afraid, don't be afraid
Don't be afraid i'm just trying to get out of the rain

Oh don't look now but that gorilla is back
With his stripey shirt tucked into his Top Man slacks
He's taking off your knickers as he gives you the eye
Just shoot him down in flames because i'm your guy

Well you should know that I'm not that kind of guy
And I won't leave you on your own
When it comes down to to it i'm so painfully shy
But if you like i'll walk you home

Don't turn away, don't turn away
Don't turn away i just want to know your name
Don't be afraid, don't be afraid
Don't be afraid i'm just trying to get out of the rain
Track Name: I Wanna See You Again
See you pass my way
But you pass me by
The way you walk it drives me crazy
Makes me wanna cry

You know you’re looking good
You know you’re looking fine
You know my eyes are on you baby
But you don’t seem to mind

Tell me baby don’t you want to meet
Tell me baby don’t you feel the heat

I wanna see you again

Tell me what’s your name
Tell me where you’re from
Tell me where you’re going baby
I won’t do you wrong

Step into my car
We’ll drive into the night
I can make you feel good baby
Make you feel alright

Tell me baby don’t you want to meet
Tell me baby don’t you feel the heat

I wanna see you again
Track Name: Sugar Baby
Sugar baby don't despair
When you wake up baby i'll be there
When you come around open up your eyes
I'll be the one to help you realise

You're not alone, this is your home

When you feel like sinking under
When you know you're going down
When your heart has lost the wonder that you found
Sugar baby I'll be around

Sugar baby we'll see this through
The rain is falling baby on you
But when the thunder's over then we'll play
On the sweet earth in the new day

You're not alone, this is your home

When you feel like sinking under
When you know you're going down
When your heart has lost the wonder that you found
Sugar baby I'll be around

Take the spike from your arm
It's alright I won't let them harm you
Track Name: Humankind
Is it a bird or is it a plane?
From where I'm standing they could look the same
I just hope that's birdshit falling through the sky

What's going on is there a party tonight
I've seen the rockets lighting up the night
Man have you seen the way they fly so high

But all the machine guns
They can't kill anyone
Inanimate objects don't have minds
Like humankind

You see that monkey living up that tree
It wants to live in a laboratory
Wants to give it's life so you can do your hair

You see that man who doesn't look like us
You see that child who cannot make a fuss
The world's on fire but how much do we care

But all the machine guns
They can't kill anyone
Inanimate objects don't have minds
Like humankind

And all the cynics they just laugh and sneer
Choose not to listen when they bend my ear
It's not sophistication to say that life is shit

But there's no superhero up in the sky
And there's no guru gonna tell you why
We change the situation by confronting it

But all the machine guns
They can't kill anyone
Inanimate objects don't have minds
Like humankind
Track Name: Stop Holding Me Down
You and me are a nightmare combination
I’m getting bored of the same old situation
The day just turns to blue whenever you’re around

We can’t talk it’s the same old conversation
And all you say is just misinterpretation
No matter what I do I feel you holding me down

Stop holding me down

Can’t turn around can’t undo the complication
When all I’ve found is just constant aggravation
The day just turns to blue whenever you’re around

You get a kick out of my humiliation
You make me sick you adore manipulation
No matter what I do I feel you holding me down

You’re a twisted kind of girl
Living in your twisted world
Track Name: Burned Out
I stop and think and I remember a time when I was younger, I was in my prime
I think I think too much, I guess I'm doing fine
I'd like to live forever just with you, I only wish you felt the same way too
I think I think too much but what else can I do?

We've burned out, we've burned out, we've burned out and there's no doubt
Our star is coming down
We've burned out, we've burned out, we've burned out and there's no doubt
Our love is burned out now

I sit and contemplate the state we're in, I try to concentrate but soon give in
I think I think too much why won't you let me in
You say I want someone to hold at night, you only want to hear the things you like
I think I think too much why can't we get it right

We've burned out, we've burned out, we've burned out and there's no doubt
Our star is coming down
We've burned out, we've burned out, we've burned out and there's no doubt
Our love is burned out now