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Debut EP from Jersey indie rockers. Hooks, harmonies, stabbing guitars, tangential arrangements, and stories from post-youth.

"This is a terrific record, a six-song EP that neatly draws inspiration from Nineties alterna-rock without sounding dated or derivative. There are elements of REM jangle-pop, Dinosaur Jr., Neil Young (with Crazy Horse) and the muscular, intelligent midwestern garage-pop and alt-country twang of Eleventh Dream Day. The guitars rumble and roar, the drumming always keeps things moving forward, and the vocals and lyrics bring a perspective you just don’t find in younger bands. Well worth checking out." - Jim Testa, Jersey Beat

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released May 24, 2013

Produced by Tri-State and Scott Anthony
Recorded and mastered at The Viewing Room by Scott Anthony
Cover design and photo by Brady McNamara

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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
Mason Rather - bass, vocals

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Track Name: Hawk in the Fog
Jessica walks home so the kids on the bus can’t see the little house, the house where she lives with her mom and sister

Morningstar tells me to hold his denim jacket, at the football game warns me that I best not drop it

You're gonna get yours
You're gonna get yours
You're gonna get yours
I’m gonna get yours

Donnie Lee lives in a double wide behind the crab house
Deals dime bags, while his mom waits tables and cries her eyes out

On the bus, Chester hands me a colorful cassette tape
Candy Apple Grey, some years later he blows his father away

You're gonna get yours
You're gonna get yours
You're gonna get yours
I’m gonna get yours

Hide in a hole in the ground while the hawk in the fog circles round
Blank eyes in the vicious wet gray so tough yet but it makes you its prey
By 20 you fear you’ll be done trapped in the vortex route one
and you’ll stay

I’m the one who’ll bring you flowers, I’m the one who’ll walk you home
Catch a ride on my bright future, not too tight now, it’s only a loan

Your gonna get yours
Your gonna get yours
Your gonna get yours
I’m gonna get yours too
Track Name: All Different
The weeds wave in the yard
I didn’t get very far
Still stuck in park
Waiting for it to get dark

I was humming along
Listening for a song
Keeping my head down
My eyes on the ground

At the end of the day
It was all different
You weren’t here
And then you were
You come from the past
You come from the future
You weren’t here
But now you’re always here

Times when we’re apart
I forget my heart
Though when we fought
Never gave it too much thought

I was drivin' along
Listening for a song
Eyes on the road
Fast as I could go

At the end of the day
It was all different
You weren’t here
And then you were
Come from the past
You come from the future
You weren’t here
But now you’re always here

Try to stay awake
Every breath you take
You get further away
Closer to the day

I was strummin' along
Tryin' to write a song
My eyes on my hands
So much for my plans

At the end of the day
It was all different
You weren’t here
And then you were
Come from the past
You come from the future
You weren’t here
But now you’re always here
Track Name: Search Party
Last night I laid
For days
It seemed
In pure silence
No moves
No sounds
No pain

Or proof
That angels
Would find
My light
Some day

Oh lord this is my day
Oh lord this is my day
Oh lord this is my day
Oh lord this is my day


In fields below
The snow
Are those
Who will find me
Good souls
I’ve known
All my days

With no clue
Where I went dreaming
No news
No time
To wait

Oh lord this is my day
Oh lord this is my day
Oh lord this is my day
Oh lord this is my day

And the sun takes its place again
As the moon whispers goodbye my friend

Starlight it fades
Away
It’s day
Outside me
Oh what
One life
Can bring

Won’t you just
Take me
Cold snow
I’ll go
Away

Oh lord this is my day
Oh lord this is my day
Oh lord this is my day
Oh lord this is my day
Track Name: Muddlin' Thru
This one chews her hair, but when she sings you know she just don't care
This one chews his hands, he's got those Jeff Spicoli bangs

This one spits and growls, dreaming dreams of dinosaurs and owls
They all have golden brains yes they all have golden brains

Now I'm feeling like I never felt, Dealing like I never dealt
Smelling like I never smelt, Dwelling like I never dwelt
Walking like I never walked, Talking like I never talked
I'm lying lying lying, Compromising mising mising

With you
Stuck in the middle with you
Now we got to muddle through

This one kicks and runs, eyes blazing like twin suns
This one knows just how you feel, use his superpower to heal
This one has no clue, but her mind is cutting through
They all have shimmer souls yes they all have shimmer souls.

Now I'm feeling like I never felt, Dealing like I never dealt
Smelling like I never smelt, Dwelling like I never dwelt
Walking like I never walked, Talking like I never talked
I'm lying lying lying, Compromising mising mising

With you
Stuck in the middle with you
Now we got to muddle through

Kids are in the street shufflin their feet just getting to the inside
Kids are in the hall making sense of it all as they head to the outside,

Muddle through
Now we gotta muddle through
Track Name: Back Before
Back before you were you, before I was me
We would walk through the woods
And lie under the trees
Didn’t matter who knew
Anybody could see
Back before you were you
Before I was me

They're always sayin' how everything changes
If it doesn’t change, only dies
So I empty my head and fill up these pages
I can look myself in the eye

Back before I lost track, when I was ageless
Know what I know now and what I did not know then
Days dragged along, nights were contagious
And the start was so close to the end

Back before you were you, before I was me
We would walk through the woods, lie under the trees
Didn’t matter who knew, anybody could see
Before you were you, before I was me
Before you were you, before I was me
Track Name: Country Squire
All those miles ago, on a straight flat stretch of road
Staring at a phone pole wire, waitin' to be a liar
Boundin' o’er the main, in the dark and in the pouring rain
Over the hills, and higher and higher, me and my Country Squire

It was time to let you go
I was the last to know
Pull the plugs and take the plates
Toss the keys and seal our fate

There were things I didn’t fix, til the rust ran on the bricks
Broken windows and leaky tires, rotten spark plug wires
But we always rolled along, til something else went wrong
I left a lot to be desired, me and my Country Squire

It was time to let you go
I was the last to know
Pull the plugs and take the plates
Toss the keys and seal our fate

Now my memory’s up on blocks, full of weeds with broken locks
Spare parts in a cardboard box
I see your face in a dusty mirror, now it seems so clear
I’m the reason that we're sittin' here

Oh the gate goes side and down, side and down
Side and down, Side and Down

You left me behind, you didn’t think I’d mind
I was too young to be retired, my license was not expired
You were gone in a cloud of smoke, left me here to choke
I left a lot to be desired, a simple Country Squire
Me and my Country Squire
A Simple Country Squire