Live From New Philadelphia

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Recorded at Poppy House in Montgomery, Alabama between November 2015 and January 2016. Engineered and mixed by Joseph "Dora" Brannon. Produced by Joseph Brannon & Ian MacIsaac.

Ian MacIsaac - acoustic guitar (1-5), vocal (1-5)
Will Bradford - acoustic guitar (1, 3), electric guitar (2), bass guitar (4)

Cover design by Will, Ian, and Rebecca. Cover photograph by Ian.

Thanks to Joseph, our great friend, for providing our recording space and the mastery of the ins and outs of computer audio programs that made an EP out of single-track takes of nervous and tipsy musicians. Joseph's musical day job is his noise project Death Blows. His original stuff can be found at deathblows.bandcamp.com. Thanks to our moms for literally always being there; to Rebecca and Jessica for being wonderful and supporting us in a thousand different ways; to Loki for being the truest and realest friend a guy could have; to Sean Ford, for the 322 show and his assistance on "Don't Leave Me Alone" (among other things); and thanks to Bobby G. and Mikey P. for being our musical partners in crime, and to our band Nuclear Milwaukee (nuclearmilwaukee.bandcamp.com) for being the rawkest of the rock.

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released March 3, 2016

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Track Name: Going Nowhere
"Going Nowhere"

I'm going nowhere, I'm going nowhere
I'm going somewhere that the stars never shine
I'm going nowhere

I've wasted whole years, I've wasted whole years
I've wasted time that was never even mine
I'll waste your whole year

I'm always thirsty, I'm always thirsty
There's never either beer or water when I'm here
I'm always thirsty

I'm headed upstate, I'm headed upstate
I'm headed up I-65, I'm going north
I'm headed upstate

I'm going nowhere, I'm going nowhere
I'm going somewhere that the stars never shine
I'm going nowhere.
Track Name: Don't Leave Me Alone
"Don't Leave Me Alone"

I want you to hurt me, I want it to ache
I want you to notice
To notice and to enjoy how little it takes
I don't wanna be serious, I don't wanna be strong
I want you to tell me when you know that I'm right
That you actually think that I'm wrong

I know it will be painful, I know you think it should be too
And you know it's nothing more or less than I deserve
And you know that I agree with you
So that's how it happens, so this is how it ends
And to think that when we started this not so long ago
I thought we might actually get to be friends

So now I wanna hurt you, I wanna watch you bleed
And I want you to suffer and feel just like I did
The day you said you were going to leave
I want you to suffer, and feel just like I did
The day you said you were going to leave.
Track Name: Never Coming Home
"Never Coming Home (Song for the Guilty)"

The trains roll by my porch down here where nothing can live
And I've been smoking too much 'cause I am no exception
You knew that already, I think
If you want salvation then you ought to go see a priest
Because forgiveness from those that we hurt in this world
Never was guaranteed

I'm coming home, it's late again, I'm high as I've ever been
You're sitting up, you're in our bed, crying for a ghost again
No room can be as dark or as empty as ours is
But I'm not home, 'cause I'm not here, and I've never been

I wonder how many friends roll past my house in the night
In boxcars they sleep, their hearts stashed in their backpacks
They'll make California alright
A promise from me is just a lie I ain't told yet
So I'm ready to die but I'm not willing to watch
You watch me die here in our bed

I'm lying down, I've been nodding out since I don't know when
The lights are on, you're standing up and screaming at a ghost again
Darling, I'm home; no, I ain't left this house of ours in days
'Cause I'm not here, I never am, and I just can't stay

My darling, I'm never coming back from where I'm going
My darling, I'm never coming home
My darling, I'm never coming back from where I'm going
My darling, I'm never coming home,
Never coming home again.
Track Name: Tell Me a Secret
"Tell Me a Secret"

I shouldn't notice and I shouldn't care
I wouldn't show it, but I couldn't dare
To leave you standing in the kitchen alone
Waiting with your heart half-racing
And staring at your phone

So tell, tell me a secret and don't tell me a lie
Promise me you'll always be there and I'll promise not to cry
So fight, fight, fight your instincts, or boy, you're sure to die
So just feel, feel, feel this feeling, and be glad you're alive

I wouldn't say so if I didn't think
That you're happier and healthier and hornier
And more well-rounded when I've had a drink
You love me and you care and that
Should really be enough
But when I get home I get sick, girl
And man, it's fucking rough

So tell, tell me a secret and don't tell me a lie
Promise me you'll always be there and I'll promise not to cry
So fight, fight, fight your instincts, or girl, you're sure to die
So just feel, feel, feel this feeling, and be glad you're alive
Just be glad you're alive, just be glad you're alive
Just be glad you're alive, just be glad you're alive.
Track Name: Montevallo, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down
"Montevallo, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down"

Montevallo, I love you but you're bringing me down
The world is all bending and breaking from me
I shared my drugs with folks I didn't trust
And with people who shouldn't trust me

Montevallo, I love you but you're bringing me down
I hoped more for you that I could ever be
Sitting alone in your bedroom there's no sound
There's nothing anymore that's calling for me

Montevallo, I love you but you're bringing me down
Your girlfriend, your God, and your guns couldn't keep us alive
And she hurt me, and I hurt, but only for a little while
Then my friends, they found me a way to survive

Montevallo, I love you but you're bringing me down
I hope I can forget you easily
And I know that it's hard, and I know it takes time
But I hope that you can forget about me.