Get Together, or "Nothing Was Beautiful, And Everything Hurt"

by The Connotations

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  • "Nothing Was Beautiful, And Everything Hurt" lapel pin (LIMITED EDITION of 100)

    Wear your dark sense of humor and/or nostalgia on your sleeve (or lapel, or any other place you feel appropriate) with this limited edition pin, and help fund the mixing/mastering of our new 4-song EP, "The Connotations Get Together, or Nothing Was Beautiful, And Everything Hurt". The design is a play on an illustration originally found in the Vonnegut classic, Slaugterhouse Five, but with a nihilistic twist in reference to the struggles of youth and hindsight. Each pin comes on a numbered backing card (edition of 100).

    Specs: 1.25" tall, antique nickel finish, double posts/black rubber clutches on back

    *NOTE: Due to the nature of the "antiquing" process, no two pins are 100% identical. Some may be more weathered than others, and this is completely normal for this finish option.

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about

The Connotations existed in relative obscurity from 2002 to 2005, and in that time managed to write some damn fine pop rock songs - most of which were recorded, in some capacity, but never done proper justice. That is, until the band decided that should change. With the help of Kevin Butler at Test Tube Audio in Austin, TX, four songs from the "early days" were given new life in the form of a brand new EP. However, in order to get it across the finish line, it was deemed necessary to have the songs properly mixed and mastered. This can be a costly endeavor, albeit a worthwhile one, so here we are - this pre-order will help fund the mixing/mastering process, and in turn will also provide you, dear listener, with four whole songs of unadulterated powerpop fury.

Tracklist:

1. (We Are) Trouble By The Truckload
2. The Next Screw That Falls Out Is Going To Be You
3. Back From Band Camp, Are You?
4. This Party's Over

*NOTE: $5 is the base price, but feel free to donate more to the cause, if you feel so inclined!

credits

released October 9, 2016

Taylor Muse - vocals, guitar
Nick Davis - guitar, vocals
Shane Renfro - bass guitar
Chris Hoyt - keys, vocals
Kevin Butler - drums

Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Kevin Butler at Test Tube Audio
Produced by Taylor Muse and Nick Davis

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Track Name: (We Are) Trouble By The Truckload
Take the money and run
I've gotta get myself out
Into the glorious sun,
I feel it (hey, hey)
There's romance in the air
And that's the reason I'm scared

Goin' out, goin' out, yeah
Goin' out, goin' out tonight
Yeah I'm goin' out tonight

Take the money and run
I've gotta blow it all out
Before I get on the run
I feel it (hey, hey)
She's an army of one
I turn the stereo on

Goin' out, goin' out, yeah
Goin' out, goin' out tonight
Yeah I'm goin' out tonight

Take the money and run
You make me feel like a whore
Am I the dirtier one?
I don't know (hey, hey)
All your intimacy
Is just a casual thing

Goin' out, goin' out, yeah
Goin' out, goin' out tonight
Yeah I'm goin' out tonight

'Cause I don't care
No I don't care
No I don't care what you think about this
But I won't tell
If you don't tell
And I won't tell my friends about this
No I won't tell
No I won't tell
No I won't tell myself I loved it

Oh yeah, are you ready?

'Cause life's been good to me
(Start and then you stop, then you do it all over again)
Yeah life's been good to me
Yeah life's been good to me
(Start and then you stop, then you do it all over again)
Yeah life's been good to me

Goin' out, goin' out, goin' out, goin' out, goin' out tonight
Yeah I'm goin' out tonight
'Cause tonight's the night
Track Name: The Next Screw That Falls Out (Is Going To Be You)
When it's all been said and done,
I guess I'm nobody's fool but your own
And I could be your puppet too
I'd do exactly what you want me to do
I never thought that this would happen
It hit me way too soon,
And now it feels like you're in Texas
While I'm stranded on the moon

And all I have are jealous thoughts,
But you go do what you need,
I'll go do what I want

Now I'm just not sure what I'm gonna do
I'm sorry, bear with me
I couldn't make you laugh like I wanted to
I'm sorry, these things happen, so
I can't remember what's great about December
And I'm gone, I'm leaving
I'm gone, but please believe

And all I have are jealous thoughts,
But you go do what you need,
I'll go do what I want

'Cause you were a problem (it's true)
To which there is no solution
Go, go, go!

I never thought that this would happen
It hit me way too soon,
And now it feels like you're in Texas
While I'm stranded on the moon

And all I have are jealous thoughts,
But you go do what you need,
I'll go do what I want

'Cause you were a problem (it's true)
To which there is no solution
Go, go, go!
Track Name: Back From Band Camp, Are You?
Come on, come on, come on
I need to see you tonight
Under the stars and lights
I could hold you, hold you tight
I didn't do anything
So come on, come on, come on
I need to see you tonight
Under the stars and lights
Forbidden love is hard to find
I'd love to get you out of my mind

And I don't care what you do,
But I get so upset when you don't call

Come on, come on, come on
I need to see you tonight
Under the stars and lights
I could hold you, hold you tight
I didn't do anything
So come on, come on, come on
I need to see you tonight
Under the stars and lights
Forbidden love is hard to find
I'd love to get you out of my mind

And I don't care what you do,
But I get so upset when you don't call
And I don't care what you do,
But I get so upset when you don't call

Come on, come on, come on
I need to see you tonight,
Under the stars and lights
I could hold you, hold you tight
I didn't do anything
So come on, come on, come on
Just leave me here on the floor
I think she found someone else
She doesn't love me anymore
I didn't do anything wrong

I get so upset when you don't call
Track Name: This Party's Over
We were killing all our time looking for an adventure,
But what did we know? We were too young, too dumb
And we were wasting our time
We were wasting our time
Yeah we were wasting our time

And you were standing on the side of the road in the winter
Waiting for summer to come, but you were there only six months ago
And you were wasting your time
And now you're wasting my time

But darlin' I could be wrong
But I never claimed I could be that strong
The flesh was willing, the spirit was weak
When the tables turned all over me
And I'm sorry I wasn't there for you,
But the lights were too bright and you were too
And I'm sorry, there's nothing I can do,
But I twist and twist and twist
I'll be too tired to move
Too tired

I was looking to escape,
I was looking for a way out, a way out
On a Saturday night
I should go home and sleep
I was looking to escape,
I was looking for a way out, a way out
On a Saturday night
I should go home and sleep
I was looking to escape,
I was looking for a way out, a way out
On a Saturday night
Big bright lights and screams
I was looking to escape,
I was looking for a way out, a way out
On a Saturday night
I should go home
I should go home

But darlin' I could be wrong
But I never claimed I could be that strong
The flesh was willing, the spirit was weak
When the tables turned all over me
And I'm sorry if I wasn't there for you,
But the lights were too bright and you were too
And I'm sorry, there's nothing I can do,
But I twist and twist and twist
I'll be too tired to move
I'm too tired