It's Never Always Anything

by Summer Dare

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We took an unusual approach to recording these ten songs. Since Jeff and Joe had various other projects and family obligations going on, we laid down tracks whenever we could find a 3-4 hour window. All through 2012 we had a pretty good groove of meeting on a weekday morning, and knocking out a guitar track here, a vocal track there. We would usually mix songs as we finished them, so rather than doing all the recording and then mixing at the end, each song went from basic tracks to finished over the course of a couple months worth of these mini-sessions. We were lucky to be able to bring in four different fantastic drummers for various sessions, and programmed drums ourselves on a couple tracks. This approach resulted in an eclectic mix of songs that come from varying places emotionally and energy-wise. We love it, hope you enjoy:)

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released December 15, 2012

Jeff Barnes - vocals, guitars, keyboards
Joe Kay - bass, vocals, keyboards, programming
Kelley Warner - drums on "The Hard Part" and "The Wizard and the Waitress"
Kenny Cresswell - drums on "Diamonds", "Human Carousel" and "The Kid Ain't Right"
John Speaks - drums on "Dark Comedy" and "Vanishing Breed"
Andres Galdames - drums and bass on "Don't Say You'll Never Learn"
Jon Daly - pedal steel on "Vanishing Breed"

Produced by Joe Kay and Jeff Barnes
All songs recorded, mixed and mastered by Joe Kay (Got My Groove Productions) except "The Hard Part" and "The Wizard and the Waitress" recorded by Chris Pierson. Additional mixing on "The Wizard and the Waitress" by Chris Pierson.
Additional recording by Jeffrey Gaccione at Gasworks Studio.
Additional recording by Keith O' Neill at Atlanta Institute of Music
Additional production at Lucky Dog Studios in Alpharetta, GA.

Album Artwork - Andrew U'Ren

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Summer Dare Atlanta, Georgia

This is pop music at it's essence, with universal lyrics and indie rock arrangements that are unforgettable. Now in Atlanta by way of California and Seattle, frontman Jeff Barnes (Carmine) has put together a smart band that supports the songwriting first and foremost. ... more

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Track Name: Dark Comedy
Her body's shakin' from hits she's taken, fat lipped and smilin' with her black eyes blinking at you, oh honey you get what you get,

she spends the low times laughin' it up, life's always funny when the bitterest taste slaps the smile on your face, she plays the down card,

and it's what she's been through, that I'm so into, her black is brilliant her resilience never fails, she's smoking my last cigarette

and she spends the low times laughing it up, life's always funny, there's a lot of sweet things between violent mood swings, and that girl's a
dark comedy

There's a lot of sweet things between violent mood swings, when the bitterest taste slaps the smile on your face, just don't ask for too much, just a cold face to touch, she goes up, it goes down, work it out

she spends the low times laughing it up, life's always funny when the bitterest taste slaps the smile on your face, she spends the low times laughing it up, life's always funny, there's a lot of sweet things, between violent mood swings, and that girl's a dark comedy
Track Name: The Wizard and the Waitress
I used to get high with this waitress
for 47 weeks straight we stayed stoned
It wasn't love but it was painless
And neither one could stand to be alone
And on occasion inspiration illuminated in her eyes
And she'd turn on, she used to say

I think I was meant for more than this
Was there something that someone said I missed
What the hell are we waiting for
Move on

And as for me I had a chest pain
That only 7 drinks a day could dull
And a hyperactive right brain
The pain has laminated to my skull
And I never had the right words
To spill the secrets I'd have died to tell
And never will

We were coming down so hard back then
Softly strangling strangers into friends
Hypnotized in a sleeping spell
Time won't

Return the smiles we leave behind
The point from A to B is a straight line down
No stops, no turning around
Just take the ride and check it out

It's tough to tell
I was coming down so hard back then
Just the same as today and the state I'm in
I've been searching for magic half my life
Never been any closer than on that night
What the hell were we waiting for
Time wont
Track Name: Vanishing Breed
The scene is sick inside my head, I can't remember what you said so I'm faking it, and I just feel lonely when I'm everywhere and everything is bringing me down, in this town

Another vanishing breed, did anybody really need what I gave to them? It's like there's poison in the medicine and I feel contagious so don't get close.

But oh, someday I'll fly, I'll be California sky, I'll be five miles wide, I'll be more than you could hide, and I won't forget, not a word we said, like a candlelight vigil for this life you can watch me burn,

So put your damage in the ground, and hear the slowly sinking sound of this life you've earned, don't say I never gave you anything if you keep on giving it back, it's too bad

oh, someday I'll fly, I'll be California sky, I'll be five miles wide, I'll be more than you could hide, and I won't forget not a word we said, I'll be so far gone, I'll be never coming home, I'll be five miles wide, I'll be more than you could hide, and I won't forget, not a word we said, I'm a candlelight vigil for this life, you can watch me burn.
Track Name: Diamonds
You are a light inside of me, the higher truth I long to see, in an electric pulse at night, that whispers sweet to me

Your path is lit by lightning strikes, your face alive with firelight, the pearls of promise that you hide, have made me come to life

I see diamonds in your eyes, I see fireflies, I get sparked crashed in heaven shooting stars

So put your arms around my neck, like a heartbreak tourniquet, I have had this blood before and you'll get used to it

when the life inside you flows, and you are wild and beautiful, the pearls of promise that you hide, will make me come alive

I see diamonds in your eyes, I see fireflies I get sparked, crashed in heaven shooting stars, and when you lie awake at night, think of me and reignite, crashed in heaven shooting stars
Track Name: Little Star
When I feel annointed, patron saint of easy targets
lost and disappointed in the fall
It's not mine to belong, catch another mystery train and slip away to dawn and on and on
 
little star little star, I've waited for a million nights to be where you are
 
Every time I'm close to it, the opal sky in ending autumn
I drink a bitter toast to it and call
It gets so hard to stay calm, trembling like a tiger's heart with fevered blood so warm, and bright, tonight
 
little star little star, I've waited for a million nights to be where you are
and I wish I may, I wish I might collapse your heart tonight, I've waited for a million nights
to be where you are
  
cause she comes on every night, and she turns on every light, and she makes the darkness fade away
 
Tonight, little star little star, I've waited for a million nights to be where you are
and I wish I may I wish I might collapse your heart tonight, I've waited for a million nights
to be where you are   
where you are    
where you are
Track Name: Ruined June
I was heartbroken at 10
When they ended it was not the end
Optimistic as I was
I couldn't believe when they told me
We would all be friends
And the worst part was to choose
Between heroes, two people, too soon
Cursed the starlight
When they tore apart the moon
And the old man drove away slow
Without my say so, so soon
And ruined June

It's astounding what the heart
of a child can withstand
In the body of the boy you plant the man
And my sister never cries
She just lets a little sadness out in every smile
And the last time that I looked in the mirror
Twas clearer to me that I still carry
What that summer did to me
And the monster that they gave me
Still saves me, some way, every day
So I release this to the tide
On the endless dark ocean inside

And the last time that I looked
At the night sky at twilight
I knew I'm the starlight, I am the scarred imperfect moon
And the monster that they gave me still saves me
Some way, every day
Track Name: The Kid Ain't Right
The trick is not to think, and don't blink, the highest state of mind is instinct. I love you but I don't like you this way, you should never act your age.

I want a love that grows and glows and flows with a tenderness that shows, we're so close

I wanna walk you out into the night while a million stars above collide, by now you know I'm wild alive and the kid ain't right
the kid ain't right, and you will know I'm wild alive so breathe in,

then take another breath of what's left, you're alive and you should love yourself to death, there's beauty and there's bliss endure the rest, and hold your hopes in tight to your chest,

I'm gazing out of wise and wilder eyes, and I wanna be surprised, so let's rise

I wanna walk you out into the night while a million stars above collide, and you will know I'm wild alive and the kid ain't right, the kid ain't right, yes you will know I'm wild alive, and rage against the dying of the light, so let's get out tonight

so let's get out into the night while a million stars above collide, and you will know I'm wild alive, and the kid ain't right, yes you will know I'm wild alive and rage against the dying of the light. so let's get out tonight.

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