Let Love

by Justin Yap Band

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The album sounds warm and inviting, recorded straight onto 2" tape through a 1978 MCI 24 track tape machine at the legendary Aviary Recording Studio in Abbotsford by Fraser Montgomery and Nick Edin. The addition of Ben Wicks (bass guitar) and Cameron Smith (drums) to the lineup have completed the JYB puzzle; the band has taken on a fresh energy and chemistry and has never sounded better.

'Let Love' weaves seamlessly through soul, funk and blues drawing influences from the sounds of Muscle Shoals, New Orleans, and 70's soul. Tone, vibe and the band's performances are placed above clinical perfection. The sound of the band is a model of simplicity: a Les Paul straight into a Deluxe Reverb, Hammond into an old Leslie, a P Bass straight into an amp, and a 70's Ludwig kit. Song craft was the biggest focus for this album with lyrics tackling social issues important to the band. And it was the songs that informed how the band approached the record, resulting in a cohesiveness that could only be born out of collaboration between everyone. Final touches were imbued by Adam Dempsey at Jack the Bear’s Deluxe Mastering and James Grim with the album cover design.

This record has been approached with love and integrity by everyone that has worked on it and will come straight through in the opening notes. ‘Let Love’ will be available from 17 June from www.justinyapband.com or in person at a JYB show at a venue or festival near you!

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released June 17, 2016

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Track Name: 1. Let Love
I won’t take it no more
You have me down on my knees
You can’t hurt me anymore
With your lies and your please

Open up your heart
Look inside to find your peace
Maybe somehow you could start
To let your lovelight shine on me

I don’t need your sorrow
I don’t want your pain
I won’t wait till tomorrow
Till I see you again

Let love set you free
Let time heal your soul
Let love help you see
Let time give you hope

You can’t take it no more
With that weight on your shoulders
You can’t start another war
If you don’t have any soldiers

Open up your soul now
Or your world will just get colder
With no where else to go now
Who will be your saviour?
Track Name: Cross the River
If I could
Turn back time
You know I would
Commit the same crime

I’d try
Just a little too hard
Swallow my pride
Let down my guard

I can’t swim
But I’ll jump right in

I’ll cross the river for you
I'll cross the river for you
I'll cross the river for you
I’ll build a bridge to get through

You lift me up
Off the ground
Make me feel
Like I’m flying

But I don’t know
What’s up or down
But I won’t stop
Till I’m dyin
Track Name: Try
Wake up and smell the coffee
Make up and say you’re sorry
Speak up and say it loudly
Make love and you’ll be happy

Doesn’t matter where I’m from
Doesn’t matter where I’ve been
Doesn’t matter who you are
Doesn’t matter we’ve all got to live

Try
Try
Try
Try a little harder

Wake up and wipe your eyes
Stand up and recognize
Look up don’t patronize
Get up and we will rise

Doesn’t matter where I’m from
Doesn’t matter where I’ve been
Doesn’t matter who you are
Doesn’t matter we’ve all got to live

Wake up stop wasting time
Fess up confess your crime
Save up don’t waste a dime
Some day your bell will chime

Doesn’t matter where I’m from
Doesn’t matter where I’ve been
Doesn’t matter who you are
Doesn’t matter we’ve all got to live
Track Name: Please Don't Leave Me Be
Holding on to yesterday
The day we loved, and freed us from the pain
And everytime I saw that look upon your face
My eyes could not escape

Holding on to those better days
Those times we lay asleep in each others arms
Gave my all help me heal my heart
Let’s go back to the start

Please don’t leave me
Please Don’t leave me Be
Please don’t leave me
Please don’t leave me be

Remembering those Summer nights
Filled with joy we grew stronger everyday
Never afar, a heartbeat away
Our lives were here to stay

Remembering all those sleepless nights
At night we watched the stars in each other’s arms
Held on tight in another place
The world just disappeared

I’m keeping hold of our memories
Those times were good we fell so deep in love
Gave you my all you helped me heal my heart
Our lives began to start

Remembering those sleepless nights
When times get rough you’d take the pain away
Lives were there together we were sane
Our universe is one
Track Name: Take a Breath
You showed me love
When I was low
You held my hand
And didn’t let go
You won’t go
Now open your mind, body and soul
And won’t you settle down, look around, and take a breath

I gave you hope
When you were lost
I gave you my soul
No matter the cost
At what cost
So please don’t live, just to get across
Won’t you settle down, look around, and take a breath

We’ve come too far
To turn back around
You reach for the sky
With your feet on the ground
Stand your ground
And it’s alright, if it can’t be found
Won’t you settle down, look around, and take a breath
Track Name: I'll Be Gone
Don’t turn your back on me
Cause I can’t take it
Don’t turn your back on me
Cause I can’t take it
And if you don’t show me love
I’ll be gone

Don’t turn your eyes away
These tears I ain’t fakin’
Don’t turn your eyes away
These tears I ain’t fakin’
And if you don’t feel the shame
I’ll be gone

Don’t turn your pride on me
Cause I won’t wait here
Don’t turn your pride on me
Cause I won’t wait here
And if you don’t show me love
I’ll be gone

Don’t kick me when I’m down
Cause I won’t lay here
Don’t kick me when I’m down
Cause I won’t lay here
And if you don’t walk away
I’ll be gone
Track Name: Black Dog Blues
Black Dog

Gotta keep moving
Move from town to town
Don’t matter where I go
Black dog don’t leave me alone

They keep chasing
Chase me from miles around
Don’t matter where I go
Black dog don’t leave me alone

Can’t stop screaming
Scream till I can’t speak
I’m sick and tired and low
Black dog don’t leave me alone

I feel like hurting
I put a hurt on you
Don’t matter where I go
Black dog don’t leave me alone
Track Name: Nobody at the Door
I’m Checkin on my phone
To see what time it is
When you’ll be home
The midnight hour missed

I can’t wait any longer
I hear a sound and I look over

Nobody at the door
Nobody at the door
Nobody at the door
Nobody at the door

You called me on the phone
You would be a little late
You said you were alone
But it sounded like a date

The sun came up and you weren’t there
So I got up without a care

You won’t look me in the eye
You won’t say what you did last night
You won’t let me say goodbye
But I could leave by the end of the night