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This is our first album, BeachBoy. It is a combination of my experiences growing up and the things I lost as I did. There is a lot to say about this album so i'm going to be including explanations for each song for everyone to read if they are interested. First, I want to thank Evan and Chris (Ugh) for being so amazing and just the best musicians i have ever met. They make this band, without them, I am nothing. Along with our Engineer and personal friend Wes Easterly. He is incredible at what he does. So, without further delay, I present BeachBoy. I hope every single person finds something to relate to in this album, and is able to lose themselves as I have into McCafferty.
This is a song about zombies. It was an idea I had when I was sitting at home one day. The song originally started off as a tale about a battle with anorexia and the dead feeling it left the girl inside it affected, but it ended up being a tale about a boy who is zombified and longs for his younger sister but is separated from her by his disfigurement, and withou thim she will end up worse than he is, a monster of emotions.
Wait- We wanted to write a song that led into another song so we started off with something that ended up as a fantastic dancey tune. It is the only song we made up on the spot and it is a personal favorite. It is directly correlated with the next song, which i thought was cool.
BritRock- Growing up, i knew a lot of girls in the DIY scene. The DIY scene is known for being ratty and a punk layout, and the girls you find in it sometimes act like they love the life they live, partying all the time, but that's not always true. The song tells the story of a girl who is stuck in the loop of living a DIY, underground life that is riddled with drugs and abuse, but secretly dreams of runing away to a life full of love and commitment. It's something that has always made me incredibly sad.
BeachBoy- This is what our band truly is. It's a bunch of kids with ADHD who love to have fun. The song is fast paced like the way we all act when were together, but it also tells a lot about myself, and the fear that all underground artists feel. I feel as though musicians have a fear of dying a nobody and they feel like no matter how hard they try, they'll never make it, and they don't have what it takes, and that fear sits in the back of our minds, and it breaks us eventually if we don't control it.
The Lion's Den- This is about my grandmother dying of cancer.
Bottom- The internet is a brutal place, its like a third world country. There seems to be a trend that whenever a new band appears, a group of kids will comment on whatever they post something along the lines, "POSER! THIS STUFF SUCKS OH MY GOD RIP OFF". All musicians are inspired from somewhere, and I am proud of my band. This song is response to all those kids. I want people to be able to express themselves freely without stress or fear. So if you have a negative comment this song is for you. This song is the only song without an electric guitar. Its just an acoustic, a drum kit, and a bassist. Getting back to the 'Dancebeats to hurt girls days' and i think you'll get why.
Alligator Skin Boots- I wrote this song sloppily on purpose. It is connected with the Becky and Jeff story line and it is about the pressures of losing your virginity in high school. It's uneasy, and unbalanced, like the pressure that is placed upon kids heads on this subject. Don't do anything you don't want to do, just remember that.
Blue Eye's Like the Devil's Water- Everybody loses their best friends as they grow up. This is about how I lost mine. I miss you guys
Details- I hate hipsters.
released 02 January 2014
Nick Hartkop- Vocals/Guitar
Evan Graham- Drums
Chris Joecken- Nothing. hahahahahah jk bass
Engineer and mixed by Wes Easterly