The Curtain Shop And Alterations

by The Riffbackers

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THE RIFFBACKERS is the new project of Fausto Martin (guitar and lead vocals) and Nacho Garcia (drums), after the break up of their former band The Winnerys (Rock Indiana-Spain/Rainbow Quartz-USA 2001-2007) in February 2007, together with Octavio Vinck (guitar on Paul Collins' Beat and Amaral) and Dani Montero (bass on Cooper).

The band was born in the springtime of 2007 in Madrid, starting that summer the recording sessions of their first album The Curtain Shop And Alterations, a brand new 11-song set written by Fausto Martin who was mainly inspired by 70's Pop and Rock artists (Raspberries, Badfinger, Cheap Trick, The Who, Paul McCartney) and 80's New Wave, Powerpop and PubRock bands (The Knack, Paul Collins' Beat, Rockpile). 

The Curtain Shop And Alterations was released at the end of 2009 under their own label Rainbow Lane Records, with great acceptance by the critics, record labels and specialized power pop sites (Not Lame, Kool Kat Musik, Jam Records, Powerpopaholic, PowerPop Overdose, AbsolutePowerPop...) and the general public.

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released October 5, 2009

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The Riffbackers "The Curtain Shop And Alterations"

Fausto Martin / Guitars, bass, keyboards, lead vocals
Nacho García / Drums, percussion, vocals

With
Yani Martinelli / Lead and backing vocals “Under Your Spell”
Susi Mayoral / Backing vocals “Under Your Spell”
Coke Pérez / Drums to the right “Make Yourself At Home”
Octavio Vinck / Lead guitar “Make Yourself At Home”

Recorded with The Big Twang! Mobile Studio
Madrid and Talavera de la Reina 2007-2009

Produced and engineered by Fausto Martin

All songs written by Fausto Martin, except “Under Your Spell” music by Fausto Martin and words by Susi Mayoral

Design / Nacho García
Photography / Susi Mayoral

Thanks to
Coke and Toño ‘La Niche’, Octavio, Yani ‘Navy Blue’, ‘Taller de Instrumentos’ Madrid, Ben Gilde, Sally Maddick, David Vela, Álex Diez, Daniel Montero, Mario Álvarez, Jomi, Power Pop Action!, Pepe ‘Escridiscos’, J.F. León, Paco Pepe Gil, El Profe, Submarino Amarillo 2.0

This album is dedicated to Dani ‘Púlsar’ Carchenilla


You can send us your comments to
theriffbackers@gmail.com

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Track Name: Now It's Fine
Now It's Fine
(Music and Words by Fausto Martin)


Now it’s time to start again
Don’t expect it but things may change
I’ve been messing around so long
so long, so long

And my mind tries to get away
I don’t care what the people say
Play the game just like when we met
Come on, come on

I know it’s true
I can see clearly because of you
And now it’s fine
You should give me another chance
Another chance…
Now it’s fine, now it’s fine
Now it’s fine, now it’s fine

I’ve been sheltered for so long
Crazy is what you’re thinking of
They might think I’ve just passed away
Come on, come on

Now I know more than before
My life was a race against the clock
All the pieces start to fit
It’s so right
It’s so right

You know, it’s easy to give up and lose everything you own
It’s like being blind and drunk
But there’s no reason for being unhappy
If I see you are still beside me
If I can rely on you and be sure that it’s true
That it’s true
Now it’s fine, now it’s fine

I know it’s true
I can see clearly because of you
And now it’s fine
You should give me another chance
Another chance…
Now it’s fine, now it’s fine
Now it’s fine, now it’s fine
Track Name: Do It Again
Do It Again
(Music and Words by Fausto Martin)


Well, it seems that you’re playin’ the game again with my loneliness
Walls have ears, I can hear you every night whispering a name

Tell me babe, do you know I’m close to you?
Tell me babe, you’re takin’ my breath away
Tell me babe, you are just carrying me away
Do it again, oooohhh, oooohhh, do it again

Silence’s here
It’s my bedmate once again with my loneliness
I can hear your high heels inside my head drumming like a snare

Tell me babe, do you know I’m close to you?
Tell me babe, you’re takin’ my breath away
Tell me babe, you are just carrying me away
Do it again, oooohhh, oooohhh, do it again

The more I think about you babe
the more I lose my head
I only live for you,
I don’t know why you cry
when you turn off the light
Does it make you happy then

Do it again, oooohhh, oooohhh, do it again
Do it again, oooohhh, oooohhh, do it again
Do it again, oooohhh, oooohhh, do it again
Do it again, oooohhh, oooohhh, do it again
Do it again, oooohhh, oooohhh, do it again
Do it again, oooohhh, oooohhh, do it again
Track Name: You'd Do Anything
You’d Do Anything
(Music and Words by Fausto Martin)


You’d do anything
When my life just fades
You are my friend
In case I need someone

When everything has changed
You only smile again
And there’s no pain
To be let alone
In your mind
You feel the same
In your life
Your friends are there

I’d do anything
If your plan fails
I am your friend
In case you need someone

And when it’s clear as day
Just go straight away
But don’t look back on
Where you once belonged

It’s so hard
To live that way
Got to try, that’s what they say

Now you are making it big
Why don’t we go for a drink?

Ohhh, where are those days?
Ohhh, where are those days?
The bad old days are gone

You’d do anything
When my life just fades
You are my friend
In case I need someone

When everything has changed
You only smile again
And there’s no pain
To be let alone
In your mind
You feel the same
In your life
Your friends are there

Now you are making it big
Why don’t we go for a drink?
Track Name: Sometimes
Sometimes
(Music and Words by Fausto Martin)


Sometimes I feel
That I’ve got to be near you
But gotta be free

Sometimes you feel
That I want to be happy
And need to be healed

I don’t wanna feel the same
The same as all these years
Tell me what you think
When you see me out of the way

Sometimes I know
What you need

I don’t know why
Sometimes you’re unhappy
Having so much
You feel so blue
You’ve got to be near me
For changing your mood

And if you don’t know what to say
Don’t try to make a guess
Soon it will be alright
‘cause I will try my best

Sometimes you know what you need

Ahhh, many times I’ve been thinking of
Ohhh, makin’ speak my mind
‘cause the words are hard to find
And I feel as clear as mud
Tell me why
I’m the blind leading the blind
Would you drive
this winding road
So come along

I don’t wanna feel the same
The same as all these years
Tell me what you think
When you see me out of the way

Sometimes I feel you need me
Sometimes you know what you need
Track Name: Step By Step
Step By Step
(Music and Words by Fausto Martin)


I’m going step by step
I’m trying to find the right words
I’m going step by step
It’s like a trip around the world
I’m going to tell you about my life
Step by step, truth and lies

I’m going step by step
I’m trying to meet you everyday
I’m going step by step
It’s hard to find an easy way
You tell me that you’re looking for
Your own way, step by step

I don’t know why you’re thinking of me
If you don’t give me a chance
I didn’t expect you to be that kind
That kind of girl

I know my heart is wrong
So can you show me where I am?
I know my heart is wrong
Is this your way of having fun?
I will be glad to barely see
The day you stop avoiding me

I don’t know why you’re thinking of me
If you don’t give me a chance
I didn’t expect you to be that kind
That kind of girl

We’re alone, since a long time ago
Why don’t we make up our minds
I find myself all alone since you’ve gone
Step by step you’ll soon leave me behind

I don’t know why you’re thinking of me
If you don’t give me a chance
I didn’t expect you to be that kind
That kind of girl

We’re alone, since a long time ago
Why don’t we make up our minds
I find myself all alone since you’ve gone
Step by step you’ll soon leave me behind
Track Name: Rainbow Lane
Rainbow Lane
(Music and Words by Fausto Martin)


Plasticine faces stare down
From caramel windows
Spring sunshine mix colours up
Getting rid of my fears

It’s not easy to guess
If I’ve ever been here
Are these Rainbow Lane’
Memories in my head
Lent by the rain?

When the tower bells begin to chime
Birds in Rainbow Lane are bound to fly
Should these melodies shine on me
My heart full of pain will be set free
To be near you

Jelly wall throbbing
Under my steps
Chimney pots creeping
Up without rest
It is hard to see
The sacks of chickpeas
With the sparkling
Wet wheels
Going West

It’s not easy to guess
If I’ve ever been here
Are these Rainbow Lane’
Memories in my head
Lent by the rain?
Track Name: Stupid Rock Star's Dream
Stupid Rock Star’s Dream
(Music and Words by Fausto Martin)


I got it, I got it
My Stupid Rock Star’s Dream

It would be fantastic to watch my clip on TV
Answering to stupid questions on the screen

If they want I can play inside a pool
to look pretty cool but in fact I’m just a fool
My MySpace is bursting of horny girls
Looking forward to seeing me play in their place,
in their place

One of my biggest wishes
Was having fun with my fans
Just for kicks in the back seat of the van

But something I can’t help
Is getting on my nerves
When I sign those photographs
Of myself

When I put my Ray Ban sunglasses on
I can hide my red eyes to the world
I am not a nobody, I’m a big hit
Who cares about what I do in my limousine
Where I can hide all my sins
You just don’t take anything in
Not on your life! You poor thing!

I got it, I got it
My Stupid Rock Star’s Dream

Ooooh Who are all these clowns?
They follow me like a troupe on the run
Can’t get away, can’t get away from them
I need again my feet back on the ground
Where are my pills?

When I put my Ray Ban sunglasses on
I can hide my red eyes to the world
I am not a nobody, I’m a big hit
Who cares about what I do in my limousine
Where I can hide all my sins
Well, I need a sabbatical year
In New York or Tahiti
Who cares about what I do in my dreams
It’s only a fantasy
Well, I need to stop this trip
You just don’t take anything in
Track Name: Under Your Spell
Under Your Spell
(Music by Fausto Martin and Words by Susi Mayoral)


No more clouds in the sky
No more dew on the grass
No more shining stars
No mist at dawn

Nothing looks the same now
Everything has changed in my life
Got to learn to live in the dark
I wish I could shine

Maybe I’ll cry tonight
And my tears will fall like rain
‘cause I cannot stand the pain
I’m still under your sweet spell
I’m caught in your dreams again

I feel scars on my skin
Didn’t go away with the past
You stilled my fears with your love
You’re fixed in my mind

Come and fly with the wind
And always be my little king
Shelter my broken heart
I miss you so much

Maybe I’ll cry tonight
And my tears will fall like rain
‘cause I cannot stand the pain
I’m still under your sweet spell
I’m caught in your dreams again

Oh no, oh no…

I’m sad and lonely
May I borrow your smile
Close your eyes and
I will just close mine
Before I kiss you goodbye
Sweet dream of mine
Track Name: The Curtain Shop And Alterations
The Curtain Shop And Alterations
(Music and Words by Fausto Martin)


Streets don’t hold any fairy tales
And dreams disappear overnight
the curtain shop looks like a jail
Another day goes by

People walking down the street
Traffic’s thundering
All playing their role as a walk-on part
My lead role’s really sad

That’s the way it should be played
Keeping in mind the rules
All my plastic soldiers rest
In an old box of shoes

I am an easy going guy
But I’m not doing well
The screenplay ain’t got any appeal
this story’s out of date

Needles are breaking my veins
These alterations again
Day after day it’s the same

All my life looks like a Murakami’s tale
Always looking for something out there
Surrounded by other people’s loneliness
Would you like to know what’s coming next?
Throw me in at the deepest end

Needles are breaking my veins
These alterations again
Day after day it’s the same

Streets don’t hold any fairy tales
And dreams disappear overnight
the curtain shop looks like a jail
desire’s jail , my mind’s jail

But I don’t know why, I don’t know why…
Track Name: After All These Years
After All These Years
(Music and Words by Fausto Martin)


After all these years
I can still remember
The day you came into my life

After all these years
Your eyes keep on shining
When I come into your sight

Always find myself
looking for your face
just in case you turn around
and smile to me again
and you have simply made my day

After all these years
I still enjoy seeing you
Keeping the flowers that you picked

After all these years
My heart keep on beating
When I look at our old pics

Don’t ask me why
days seem to be so long if you’re not here
Why have all these years
gone by so quickly as a shooting star

Only a twist of fate
Can take me away from you
And I wonder how I’d feel
All my life would stop dead
And I guess I would lose my head

After all these years
We still keep on sharing
Our thoughts while we walk hand in hand

After all these years
Here I am still singing
For you a new song not too sweet
Track Name: Make Yourself At Home
Make Yourself At Home
(Music and Words by Fausto Martin)


After a 16-hour trip
and knackered from head to toe
Country music welcomed us
along with a cowboy’s card
(It) Was dusk in Texas, all was growing dark
Your place didn’t seem to appear
And we were getting lost, you know
But a lucky find, there it was
The door keys and a note on your door

Make yourself at home
Thank you Erin
Make yourself at home
Thank you Erin
Make yourself at home
Thank you Erin
Got trapped, no way out
Make yourself at home

Two mucky cats appeared this time
Thinking we’d save their lifes
Your toilet room was really nasty even closing our eyes
And we wished to be miles away at home
Tell us where to rest our tired bones
We just have our guitars and drums to sleep on

Make yourself at home
Thank you Erin
Make yourself at home
Thank you Erin
Make yourself at home
Thank you Erin
Got trapped, no way out
Make yourself at home

Your bedroom’s red light blew my mind
But your mattress put me off
Polas showed your sweetest smile
stuck on the naked wall
Baby, I‘d rather get drunk to get to you
‘cause I would need to be blind enough too
So we’d rather get lost in the 6th Street clubs