Hey Pal

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released May 17, 2019

Produced by Tom Lucas and Tri-State 
Engineered by Tom Lucas at Laughing Boy Music and Tri-State at the Bakery and Jeff's House
Mastered by Alex Saltz at APS Mastering 
Cover design by Brady McNamara
Cover photo by Jeff Zelevansky

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Tri-State New Jersey

An indie rock band from New Jersey. Hooks, harmonies, stabbing guitars, tangential arrangements, and stories from post- youth.

B. 2010
D. ?

Brady McNamara - drums
Jeff Zelevansky - guitars, vocals
Julian Brash - guitars, vocals
Scott Stemmermann - bass, vocals

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Track Name: Toasts and Boasts
No more Fox on the box
I’m changing the locks
Anything that’s loose should roll

It’s no good to be haunted
When all that you wanted
Is someone you once thought you knew

You’re so Jekyll, you’re so Jekyll
You’re so Jekyll, now you can’t hide

Let’s drink to the working class
New friends from the recent past
Leaving here without their cash
We’ll kill em with kindness
Forgive them their river blindness
Everything that happens, happens fast

You’re so Jekyll, you’re so Jekyll
You’re so Jekyll, now you can’t hide

I’m a teepee and you’re a wigwam
Baby between us, we’re just two tents
I’m surprised to see you here again
In light of recent events

I wouldn’t bark up a tree
If you could look down at me
If you could see what I see, you’d turn around and run

Turn around and run
Chart a course for the setting sun
Give up the catbird seat and flee

You’re so Jekyll, you’re so Jekyll
You’re so Jekyll, now you can’t hide

You’re so Jekyll, you’re so Jekyll
Baby you’re so Jekyll, now you can’t hide
Track Name: Beard
Why you gotta be so mad
Why you gotta look like your dad
He’s in the mirror one day
Grow a beard he’ll go away hey hey

Why you gotta be like this
Everything marked down on a list
What was good is bad today
Head in the clouds but never gray hey hey

Grow a beard
So I can’t see what’s in my face

Grow up to find that I had missed
Moved from column a to b on the list
Prodigal son now written off
Golden boy now semigloss oh yeah

You’ve been beating out a path
Charm city bards and ink-stained polymaths
But its all an adman’s pitch
Bait that sucker pull that switch oh yeah

Grow a beard
So I can’t see what’s in my face
I'll grow a beard so I can’t see
So I can't see what’s in my face

Oh now your soul
Now it is an open book
But you never think to look
At the words you wrote inside

Now there was a house that we once built
But now the walls begin to tilt
Gutters sag pipes full of silt oh yeah
Track Name: Void Set
How you gonna live this way more leaks out now everyday
I can't take your fine derision spray the mist blur the vision
You're so empty you're a glass fill it up with smokey ash
Cokeheads struck with reefer madness basking in the rays of badness

The void set yeah
Where’d you learn to lie where’d you learn to lie like that?

Slick the hair and pull it back move the mask up there's a crack
Empty souls make ugly faces shove the eyeball back in place
Bible thumpin' porn star humpin' kiddy prisons anti-wisdom
Burnin' coal burnin' souls burnin' hacks burnin' facts

The void set yeah
Where’d you learn to lie where’d you learn to lie like that?

Oh to be at home to be at home to be at home
Oh to be at home to be at home in this world this stupid world

The void set yeah
Where’d you learn to lie where’d you learn to lie like that?
Track Name: Brady is Late
Across the fields, you know the deal
Bound to appeal, it’s all for real
You’re like me, I can see
Free to be a mutiny

All the signs were there to find
Behind the lines, Sevens, eights and nines
It was a test, the best never rest
Success: our only manifest
Track Name: Nix
Hey there Gaston you were such a fickle bachelor
But you always knew the difference between a house and a home
You go running after someone don't you know that you can’t catch her
Her fragile body splits life from oblivion

Bourbon on ice it's what think that I was drinking
You had a martini with a twist and what a twist it was
The past is another place won't you tell me how to get there
The taxi driver shrugs and takes another fare
Track Name: Silver Sea
When things go bad, no one can know
How bad they get, that’s when we go
To the sea, the silver sea
That’s where I’ll bring them back to me

We scratch and bite, and tear our clothes
We push and shove, until we go
To the sea, the silver sea
That’s where I’ll bring them back to me

Two little birds
Two little stones
So far so good
So far to go

Now every night, the darkness grows
We fade away, we have to go
To the sea, the silver sea
That’s where I’ll bring them back to me

Two little birds
Two little stones
So far so good
So far to go
Track Name: First Responder
I can tell by the cut of your jib we won’t be friends
Not 'til the end of days, not this weekend
I hate the way you look, can’t stand the way you stare
Look into your eyes, there’s nothing there

They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder
Let’s give it a shot
I’m never gonna be your first responder…no, no, no I’m not

I won’t be the one to drown in all your chemicals
Though you pushed me to the edge
You and me, we were better as a hypothetical
Not gonna talk you off the ledge

They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder
Let’s give it a shot
I’m never gonna be your first responder…no, no, no I’m not

Some people cry all the time
Some people never do
Some people say they know you well
And wish they never heard of you

They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder
Let’s give it a shot
I’m never gonna be your first responder…no, no, no I’m not
Track Name: Aerial Bender
Hey there aerial bender you’re gonna go straight in the end
Hey there broke big spender your figures add up in the end

Crossfit Jesus he rides his four wheel drive
Right over the Watchung mountainside

On and on and on we go
Circle back to what we know

Hey Clyde whatcha wearing you’re gonna go square in the end
Hey there summer strummer you’ve gotta do right in the end

Single gear dad rides his well-shaped thighs
Right over the Watchung mountainside

On and on and on we go
Circle back to what we know
Track Name: The World Without Us
The moon was made of rayon cities made of silk
Mosses woven into teflon sewers rich with krill
Kids all down on Valley rich folks on the hill
Agree its not worth the hassle to keep what we could kill

Well the leopard has stopped shining
The sun has lots its spots
The mosquitos gave up whining
It’s all for you...
It’s all for you...

Well the tower is a tunnel when you’re in the southern reach
Certified all natural ruins in the forests where concrete whales have beached
At the end of the world there are mushrooms sing the hymnal songs
Slime molds weigh their options and let us pass along

Well the leopard has stopped shining
The sun has lots its spots
The mosquitos gave up whining
It’s all for you...
It’s all for you...
It’s all for you...

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