Sophomore Slump

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1.
Will you ever feel so flush as with your first crush? Will you ever feel as fixed as on that first kiss? Will you ever feel so alert, than at your first concert? Will you ever feel as bold as taking that first record home? Will it ever cut so deep as seeing your old street? Will it ever feel so extreme as being fifteen? Will it ever get so profound, like sneaking out late to roam the town? Will it ever feel as naughty as those late-night lifeguard parties?
2.
Well my first crush didn’t talk to me Cause they were too cool and far out of my league My first kiss felt wet and strange So after it was done I just ran away Did you know though my first show was The Who I started feeling sick and I’m sure I puked My first record had two good tracks It was Saturday People by Prozzäk It was a Sophomore, Sophomore Slump Well I never got much from my old street Cause you know I moved away when I was three I found that fifteen had its ups and downs And now I’m twenty five and they’re still around I know that sneaking out’s an adrenaline rush But I get the same feeling when I’m talking to a crush Have you found some of the best adults we know Only get naughtier the older they grow? They say that which is only done once Ought not to be done at all
3.
Vampires 02:39
I blame my thoughts on the internet But I know they were there before that I tossed and turned when I was just a child My mind imagining all of the different things That could go wrong Just like the: Vampires camped out in my closet A millions kinds of monsters under my bed I don’t think of these things too much anymore But they left tracks and grooves in my brain I blame my thoughts on the foods I eat But I know they were there when I was Eating healthy for that six month phase No refined sugars, no late night burgers What could go wrong? Oh look it’s: Vampires camped out it my closet A million kinds of monsters under my bed I don’t think of these things too much anymore But they have taken different forms in my brain, like: Vampire of regret The monster of fear and fear itself And all of the creatures that just latched on along the way I blame my thoughts on a lack of exercise But I know they were there before that I played outside with my friends all the time when I was a kid Guns in the woods I’m talking hats versus hoods But when I came inside It felt like: It was just me and the vampire crew Chilling with the monsters under my bed Tell me how did they first get into my room? Why did they never make their move? Why did they never make their move?
4.
This one goes out to all the sensitive boys You know who you are cause you just got a chill A chill will come very easy to you Like in one out of two new movie previews That’s just you, you’re a sensitive boy So sensitive This one is for the boys who were born afraid Who thought the skunk was cute then got sprayed in the face Fear of what their god(s) might see Than a fear of what Morrissey might think That’s the fate, of a sensitive boy So sensitive This one’s for the boys who cling to the tighter clothes Not prone to sports, but boy could they write some prose Does not matter if you were born a guy There are many ways to identify You know who you are, if you’re a sensitive boy Well, C’mon boy, you can do it C’mon boy, just pedal faster don’t think I know, all you can do is think and think and think and think This one goes out to the boys with the heavy hearts This one is for the boys who fell too hard This one goes out to the boys who kept diaries This one is for all the sensitive boys All the sensitive boys
5.
I don’t want I don’t want to do it Do you want Do you want to do something? Can I have? Can I have just one excuse C’mon brain I know you can do it My mind is a shark it likes to be moving all of the time What is this? What is this I’m feeling? More I sit More I need to be sitting It’s a cruel cycle you know I see when it’s happening Get what you want when you want it meets hunter gathering My mind is a shark it likes to be moving all of the time I don’t want I don’t want to do it Do you want (I don’t ever) Do you want to do something? (want to leave this chair) I’m scared of the dark some nights when I hear my houses’ sounds Disco party two hot toddies chase the vampires back underground Diner breakfast, morning checklist, find a spark then walk it around My mind is a shark it likes to be moving all of the time
6.
Contact promoter, pay for order, get held up at U.S border Write release, send your sheet, compress songs to mp3 Vinyl sold, jacket fold, new material to behold Morning grog, sounds like Smog, re-record on analog Dear music writer, Did you like our one sheet? Dear music writer Did you like it? Did you love it? Did you like it? Nobody gets more love Than the music industry One to two drink tickets, every business week Sweat of trying, tears of crying Pool in the recycling Some day we might break even And now we’re bringing the rock and roll For our friends and families Exchanging glances, tonight is a treat And the sound is stellar And we’re paying the person’s wage And we’ll spend our winnings On some late night take away And we’ll say to ourselves... Nobody gets more love Than the music industry One to two drink tickets, every business week Indications of desperation Waft from our press release Tonight we might break even Some day we might break even
7.
I like it when people say just they want I like it when people say just what they need For me it’s not a matter of shy or outgoing It’s people respecting a true reality I am far from perfect I will fuck up sometimes You are not flawless you will upset me I drank your tall can you stole my pizza slice There’s no shame in taking responsibility It won’t always work out just like the model says We might lose our cool and go back to the grade school fights I like it when people say just what they want I like it when people say just what they need I know what’ll happen if I hide from my issues Bags under my eyes I toss instead of sleep When I was kid I pushed things far deep inside I didn’t have the tools or the self esteem Now that I am older I wish I could go back in time Describe in great detail how things affected me I know it sounds cliché but I find it can work Speak your heart and then debate on how to make it fair It won’t always work out just like the model says We might lose our cool and go back to the grade school fights
8.
How do you make a dream come to life? Do you go get a Master’s in Dreams? Or do you scrounge up all the loose change on your desk Start a corporation with no assets Claiming this is the sound of dreams alive How do you chase a dream away from death? Do you lock it in a storage space? Or do you hire folks to spy on radio hosts? Suspecting them of stealing ideas Forgetting the sound of dreams alive Sitting in the board room, my friends backyard And were flipping through her rolodex We don’t need divine intervention to show us the way To the land of vintage office supplies Invest in the sound of dreams alive
9.
I can’t feel the beat My body’s moving only to please I am dying inside and you are getting pumped We’ve got options here Taboo and two dollar beers There’s no waiting in line and the cover is a blanket Let’s all stay in tonight I don’t want to go out, I don’t want to go out Toronto-town on a Saturday night You tell me there’s this cool show I see there’s more than two bands on the bill So I don’t think, I don’t think I’m gonna go Cause I wish it started at seven And we could get to bed by eleven That is my pipe dream and I intend to sleep on through it Let’s stay in tonight We don’t need those disco lights We might take a ride On the information super highway I can’t feel the beat My body’s moving only to please There’s no waiting in line And the cover is a blanket Let’s all stay in tonight I don’t want to go out I don’t want to go out Let’s all stay in tonight Why would you go out?
10.
All my dreams All my chores All my fun All my luck Don’t mean much In the doghouse with you All the signs In your look Couldn’t give Me a clue Separate Speculate Indicate I’m in the doghouse with you And as I lay in my bed Endless scroll in my head All the signs that I missed, the thoughts in your look The tension in me, the tension in you I can feel it in our voices The slight shake in your tone I have done a bad thing And now it must be owned Now I wait For my time I rehearse All my lines Separate Speculate Mostly wait In the doghouse for you

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(4/5) "endearingly quirky songs with a Lou Reed-in-a-glam-phase twist... their real power lies in the increasingly sophisticated rock and roll"
- nowtoronto.com

Album trailer:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCccBWP02-A

"Let's All Stay In Tonight" video:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuW1F7PR22U

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released April 7, 2015

Produced and mixed by James Bunton.
Engineered by John Dinsmore at the Lincoln Country Social Club in Toronto, ON.
Additional recording by James Bunton.
Mastered by Andy Magoffin at The House of Miracles in Preston, ON.

Arranged and presented by:
Peter Demakos - vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Claire Whitehead - vocals, violin
Andrew Kinoshita - electric guitar, vocals
Heather Kirby - bass guitar
James Bunton - drums, percussion, synth, vocals

With special partners:
Robbie Grunwald - piano on “Music Industry Blues”
Emma Tollefsen - field recording on “Conflict Resolution”
Robyn Letson - vocals on “Sensitive Boys”

All songs written by Peter Demakos (SOCAN), except “Conflict Resolution” was written by Peter Demakos and Claire Whitehead (SOCAN) and “Let’s All Stay In Tonight” was written by Peter Demakos and Owen Nowlan (SOCAN).
Artwork and design by Adam Medley.

Firm handshakes:
James Bunton- we wouldn`t be in business without you. Claire Whithead, Heather Kirby and Andrew Kinoshita for giving 110% and thinking outside of the box. Emma Tollefsen, Robyn Letson, Jenny Mitchell, Stephen Callahan and Owen Nowlan for their marketing expertise and team synergy. Adam Medley and Drew Jamieson for their constructive auditing.

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