The Poster Boy is a Budapest-based project born out of bar-side chat between Imre Poniklo (Amber Smith) and Noel R. Mayer (The Walrus).

During the summer of 2011 the two veterans of the Budapest Indie scene joked about putting together some songs, and within a few months they found themselves with a band and an album. With Michael Zwecker on drums (Bastiaan, ex-Kispál) and relative newcomer Bence Fülöp on bass (Kamikaze Scotsmen), The Poster Boy has put together eight songs that stand together as an exploration of classic themes of love, loss, and the search for happiness. The mini-LP, entitled 'Things We Had Time For', hearkens back to the days when bands thought in terms of albums, not just singles. Each song on 'Things We Had Time For' is thematically connected. 'Things We Had Time For' is a song cycle - a loose journey that carries the listener through a series of emotions and events featuring a lightly painted boy and girl.

The Poster Boy is a true songwriting partnership, with music for 'Things We Had Time For' coming from Poniklo and Mayer, and lyrics coming from Zwecker and Mayer. Things We Had Time For reflects the members' common love of classic pop music, with the overall sound and approach being unapologetically pop. There is no reinvention of music; only good songs.

Things We Had Time For is out now.

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01/12/2011 Dürer Kert w/ Fat Phoenix (Budapest, HU)

02/12/2011 Moszkva Cafe w/ Bastiaan (Oradea (Nagyvárad), RO)

03/12/2011 Open Doors Bar w/ Bastiaan (Békéscsaba, HU)

13/01/2012 Corvintető w/ Hó Márton és a Jégkorszak, The Moog (Budapest, HU)

02/02/2012 Roham Bár w/ Glory Hole (Budapest, HU)

03/02/2012 Club Noir w/ Kamikaze Scotsmen (Szeged, HU)

09/03/2012 Fészek Klub w/ The Kruels (Budapest, HU)

10/05/2012 Dürer Kert w/ Hó Márton és a Jégkorszak (Budapest, HU)

29/05/2012 A38 w/ Hungry Kids From Hungary (AU) (Budapest, HU)

Pale Blue Eyes

September summer, scent of sea
You and me under that tree
The sky in your pale blue eyes
The tulip petals were our little spies

There's no need to look away
We can stay and stare all day
We can stay it's calm
We can stay it's calm right through your eyes

And from that day
You scared my ghosts away
Help me keep it that way

'This one chance is all we'll have',
I said to you, it made you laugh
'Hush', you said 'just come along'
'Hush', you said 'just come with me'

'This one chance is all we need',
You said to me, I didn't see
That you were right, you knew
That you were right, you knew of love serene

 

 

Portland Head Light

And you're well
And you're true
Then you're you once again
In a cell
And it's you and you're true and you kill
Yes you kill well
And it's you when you wake up
First you're so wise then you're throwing the whole thing to hell
And it's you and you drown in the sand

Seven times she tried to show me how to love
Seven times I tried to let myself be loved
Smooth out all the grain
Paint away the waves, the clouds, the rain
Till there’s no pain

And you'll come
And you'll run
But you're you once again
Then you pray
'Cause (the) ghosts always play with their prey.
Yes you pray well
But it’s you when you wake up
First you're so wise then you're throwing the whole thing to hell
And you've come and you run in the sand

Seven times she tried to show me how to love
Seven times I tried to let myself be loved
Smooth out all the grain
Paint away the waves, the clouds, the rain
Till there’s no pain

One more time I'll try to show you how to love
Now you'll find the way to let yourself be loved:
Just let me hold you now
You’ll feel the waves, the clouds, the rain.
Enjoy the pain

 

 

Traction

What you have in yourself
And what you’re saying to me
It’s irrelevant: yesterday, oh.
Through and through yeah we’ll be one, too
Sit where you are
You ‘re fine
And I love you more

Never never repent here
When you’re talkin to me
Ever goin’ this way - you will laugh
It’s you in heaven
If you want to
Sun and wine, it’s you and you’re meant to.

I want you to be me
Try to understand
You’re my traction in the sand

What you have in yourself
And what you’re trying to be
It’s irrelevant: yesterday, oh.
Through and through, oh, we’ll be one, too
Sit where you are
You ‘re fine
And I love you more

Never never be sad here
When you’re talkin to me
Ever goin’ this way - you will laugh:
It’s you in heaven
If you want to.
Sun and wine, it’s you and you’re meant to.

I want you to be me
Try to understand
You’re my traction in the sand

 

 

It's Over

Watch how she takes me
Oh when she takes me
It's over

'Won't you be happy?'
Shakin' and cryin'
It's over

'Don't you worry'
Take me to die now.
It's fictional why I cried and I sighed 'cause tonight
What she's gonna do with it, oh babe
Sister knows it she ties me and help
Gonna do it tonight

'We're gonna make it, oh we're gonna make it alright'
Don't you wanna make me alright?
'We're gonna make it, oh we'll make it better tonight'
We'll lie there we won't make a sound

Watch where she takes me
Oh when she takes me
It's over

'It's only a moment'
I know right this moment
It's over

Is it love when
She takes me to die, oh?
It's physical but it ends all my sighin' and fright
What she's gonna do with it, oh babe
Sister knows it she ties me and help
Gonna do it tonight

We're gonna make it, oh we're gonna make it alright
Don't you wanna make me alright?
We're gonna make it, oh we'll make it better tonight
We'll lie there we won't make a sound

 

 

Pavement

I sat all day on the pavement
Singing a song
A song of freedom
Ashamed to be alive
I had to let it out

First you gave to me; then you took away
To make sure I loved you in the right way
“We find ourselves in heaven”
Won’t see you anymore

Nothing's the same now
Nothing's the same now
No No No

I sat all day on the pavement
Singing a song
A song of freedom
Ashamed to be alive
I had to let it out

Put out your hand now
Nothing's the same now
No No No

 

 

Thoughts Of You
(Dennis Wilson)

The sunshine blinded me this morning love
Like the sunshine love comes and goes again
I love you I love you

The sea air it's flowing through my room again
Like the thoughts of you fill my heart with joy again
I'm sorry
I miss you

All things that live one day must die you know
Even love and the things we hold close
Look at love look at love look at love
Look what we've done

Loneliness is a very special place
To forget is something that I've never done
Silently, silently you touch my face

 

 

Once

Once is how you always start a song
Once is how you always move along
Once you had, Once you could
Once you did, Once you should have done

Once is how we always love and live
Once is how we always share and give
Once we will, Once we should
Once we'll know, Once we should have known

'Cause it's your time
It's your day
And I'm just looking over the horizon
To find the truth in the setting sun
Suzy's gone

Once is how you always end a song
Once is how you always end a song
Once you had, Once you could
Once you did, Once you should have done

'Cause it's your time
It's your day
And I'm just looking over the horizon
To find the truth in the setting sun
'Cause Suzy's gone

 

 

Diffraction

I don't mind the autumn coming
I don't mind when winter's here
I don't mind the wind is humming
I don't mind I'm filled with fear

I don't mind that she's not coming
I don't mind when she's not here
I don't mind my mind is humming
I don't mind I'm nowhere near

I don't mind I'm filled with fear
I don't mind I'm nowhere near
Diffraction, oh so beautiful
Right through the bars and gates

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