Distant Thunder

by Habu

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Four years after the release of 'Infinite' Habu return with their blistering new album DISTANT THUNDER.

Whilst still paying homage to their progressive roots, DISTANT THUNDER is an intense hard rock album full of heavy riffs and melodic hooks.

Featuring the band's trademark musical complexity, insightful lyrics and tight production, DISTANT THUNDER is unmistakably Habu, but harder edged than ever.


released March 7, 2020

Habu are:
Alex Body: Bass, Synthesizers, Vocals
Andy Clarke: Guitar, Vocals
Alex Dunbar: Drums and cymbals

Recorded and mixed by Joel Kurta

Produced by Habu and Joel Kurta

Mastered by George Perks

All music by Habu
All lyrics by Body

Additional musicians:

Joel Kurta: Lead tambourine
Spook the cat: Cat

Logo by Mark Wilkinson

Inlay artwork: Victor Davis

Cover art and graphic design: Alban Phillips


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Habu Ipswich, UK

Habu are; Alex Body (Bass, Vocals, Keyboards), Andy Clarke (Guitar, Vocals) and Alex Dunbar (Drums).

Since forming in Ipswich in 2012, the talented trio have opened for international artists, Uli Jon Roth and Deborah Bonham, shared billing with Magnum, Landmarq and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and have become well established in the UK prog scene.
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Track Name: Whirlwind
You cannot change the seasons
But the seasons will change
You cannot change the weather
But you can forecast at long range

Cyclone on the horizon
The winds of change are fierce
The tides may turn against you
You grapple with your fears

We can fly into the whirlwind
We can defy the storm
We can fly into the whirlwind
We can defy the norm

You cannot undo the damage
But you can help to rebuild
You cannot alter the past
But you can alter the future still

Some spend their whole lives
Waiting for the tempest to pass
Waiting for calm
Waiting for a chance
Track Name: Panorama
Carry me away
To an ocean of storms
On a chariot of fire
Show me the world in the blink of an eye
From this land of desolation

Let me see the panorama
As we stand on the shoulders of giants

Carry me away
To a tranquil sea
Upon the wings of an eagle
Show me what we have still yet to achieve
As we step across the void

From the action
Comes abstraction
From abstraction
Comes the action
Turn the wheel
Stoke the fire
The spirit will not tire
Track Name: Wireless
A heart full of fire
So eager to proceed
The pull of desire
It's a hunger – it's a need

A little too much courage
Much too little knowledge
Fundamental spirit with
A desperate need to run

It's a high-wire
And we only walk it once
It's a live wire
It can illuminate and shock
It's such a barbed wire
It can leave us in a mess
Until we end up wireless

Operating in radio silence
A heart in lock down
Concentration and self reliance
So coldly focussed, so coldly proud

A little too much knowledge
Can suffocate your courage
Feet fixed on ground
Far too firmly now

Sense and courage
Wisdom and knowledge
Fundamental spirit
With a purposeful advance
Track Name: The Arrow
If yes cannot be yes
What can we really mean?
If the more we look the less we know
What do we really see?

Flying on the crest of an arrow
Searching all around
Never looking down

Running towards distant thunder
In the dog days of summer
Eyes see only clouds of grey
When all around is colour

Flying on the crest of an arrow
The world rushes past
Each day may be our last

Watching the tide pulling out
Along the battered shore
The sun will soon have set
The waves will crash no more

Flying on the crest of an arrow
Watching planets rise and fall
Entranced by the music of them all

The archer and time's endless flight
The fletcher's cold creation
The mind of man and endless myths
The greatest show of endless tricks.
Track Name: These Walls
Imbued with the sounds of history
These walls, this floor
Silently echo
With what's gone before

She can feel it in her stomach
She can feel it in her heart
The glory, the pain
The laughter, the shame

These walls
Are reflecting light
These walls
Give you a second sight

Soaked through with a light so bright
These gates, that door
They still glow
With what's gone before

He can feel it in his stomach
He can feel it in his heart
A shadow, or an after-image
These things remain

These were the clothes he wore
This was the sight she saw
These were the coins that paid
This was the stage they played
These were the depths they dived
This is where they survived
It was this place right here
Dreams launched through the atmosphere
Track Name: Operation Paperclip
As the dust began to settle
From man's most costly struggle
Discarded weaponry and sinister materiel

Littered the barren wastes
And all the secret places
Dreadful treasure to be found

Tired liberators ran from the west and east
A race that would soon shape the world

Metallic curiosities
Discs and jets and tubes
Taken to somewhere far away

But when the hunt began
The search was not for the machines
But the minds of the men who made them

Lost documents and scrambled pasts
Deceit gladly believed
Too talented for justice to be done

To the west they ran
A chance to start again
To whitewash all that they had become

To the west they ran
A chance to start again
To whitewash all that they had done
...To hold them to account

Some kind of redemption
How long?
Track Name: Goodbye
On a milder day
When the ground is firm
And the burden's not too heavy

We can turn around
To see the footprints
On the paths that we have chosen

Further back the forks and bends
meandering in the distance
The choices that we didn't take
The changes that we didn't make

We have to learn to say goodbye
To the versions of ourselves that we let die

We can see tracks ahead
Some more travelled, some unbeaten
Neither perfect – neither without risk

We have the privilege
We have the chance to take the steps
We can turn and face the right way

We have the luxury
We can choose our regrets
The chance to choose a greater good
Place your bets

We have to learn to say goodbye
To the ties that used to bind