East Coast New England Boy

by Ian Cat

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"If Wilco had written Yankee Hotel Foxtrot in the proud grungy style of a 1990s Britpop band, it would sound a lot like this. ... These tracks are suspension bridges to somewhere else — gently bending, carefully built, and more solid than they first appear." -- Hunter Styles, Valley Advocate

"... truly a journey that must be experienced in its entirety. ... an impressive soundscape." -- Brian Varneke, The Deli Magazine

"... a listening experience that’s more of a rhythmic voyage than anything else. After you press play, you won’t be listening to the same kind of song twice. It’s refreshing during a time in music where a lot of artists can find themselves stuck in a formulaic rut." -- Rob Duguay, Motif

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released October 28, 2016

TO BE PLAYED LOUD.

All songs by Ian Laczynski except "Shake the Sheets," written by Stephen Bailey and Ian Laczynski.

Guitars, vocals, piano, fake Mellotron, occasional hand percussion, and organ by Ian Laczynski.

Percussion, ostrich guitar and "behind the bridge" guitar on "Don't Find Me Now" by Matt Jones.

All songs engineered and mixed by Matt Jones at Woolly Mammoth Sound, Waltham, Massachusetts, various sessions from 2014 through 2016.

All songs were recorded at Woolly Mammoth Sound by Matt Jones except "East Coast New England Boy," recorded by Ian Laczynski at 750 Temple Avenue, Long Beach, California, summer 2013.

Produced by Ian Laczynski and Matt Jones.

Mastered by Scott Craggs at Old Colony Mastering, Boston, Massachusetts.

Released by Salieri Records. SLR010

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Track Name: Don't Find Me Now
Rest my soul
You've earned this sleep
She has gone beyond the sea

Weary eyes
Take sight to the blind
You will never lose your mind

But don't find me now, no more
But don't find me now, no more

Raise no voice
For the sound of sorrow
Dies with her now as she goes

Feel the wind
It is almost new
Breathe in life, it is for you

But don't find me now, no more
But don't find me now, no more

Memory
Will crawl by my side
Looking to revive the sorry time

Here I stand
I see the crossroads
The compass knows the way to go

But don't find me now, no more
But don't find me now, no more
Track Name: Twist and Tumble Journey Through the Dark
The sun is going down now
Wildlife comes to run the town
Allston has singing whores
Brighton's got no troubadours

I am a stranger here
All I see is minor mimicry
I'll never be on their side
Beyond the wall to lose my mind

Following the faces now
See them run down to the corner pub
We're on the bill and we aim to kill
Every fool and fake until we're done

I've got my axe to grind
I've seen this red so many times
But will the sound fall on deaf ears once more
Can it be the time has come for them to know

The city soon will know my name
And maybe I'll forget I felt the pain
On this twist and tumble journey through the dark

Come on and tell me story
Paint a pretty picture
All your best lines
The verses of your scripture

And do you know where winners lie
At the end of the night?

You're just Speaking in Tongues
I'm Down in the Groove
You're treading the water
I'm diving for gold

Blood on the stage
Broken strings on your guitar
Never knew your name
I only know
How far
Track Name: Astral Tune
See you here
See you here
See you here
You care
You find
My mind
My time
Know me now
Know me now
Know me now

Here me sing
Here me sing
Here me sing
I ring
I run
You love
You come
Set me free
Set me free
Set me free
Track Name: Shake the Sheets
Close the door for privacy
Just you and me
And insecurity

Grow up fast, boy, and be a man
My shield's my sweat
Your sword's your hand

And if you pierce my skin
You'll find more than you bargained for
And if you stumble in
Scream to close the door

Just to shake the sheets
What will you find

Sun burns the skyline
Raindrops gather
On the window pane

Songs simmer in the background
Fray the worry
Shake restraint

And if you wander in
You'll know what it's all about
Guilty little sins
Even just a small amount

Just to shake the sheets
What will you find

Feet pound in the distance
The chase is on
Breathing strong

Fever dreams are holding out
Try to talk
Can't help but shout
Track Name: Purgatory Blues
The war was over and I headed west to hell
Mesmerized by colored lights, the celluloid, and death
Dreaming dreams of grander schemes, pinching every nerve
Momma didn't school me for a failure

I've traveled states of mind, I'm still inside my skull
Reeling feelings to my soul, always wanting more
I long for the escape of poetry in your eyes
The colors speak beyond the lonesome tide

Crying out in sickness
I call you by name
Seeking sweet redemption
I'm ready for the pain
I got the Purgatory Blues

Down here where the rains don't come, my soul might turn to dust
I feel time pass fearlessly, but have I done enough
Sparks have flown and circuits blown, is the gutter my next fall
I've got some wounds but I'm still standing tall

The crowd can sweep me up and sway but they don't understand
My heart's on my sleeve, tongue's cut short -- I wear these like a badge
Can't you see there's life in me trying to take hold
I've more to give and less to lose for sure

Crying out in sickness
I call you by name
Seeking sweet redemption
I'm ready for the pain
I got the Purgatory Blues

Yonder stands the sinner in me, treatise in his hand
Begging for a signature or just another pass
There's hell to pay there either way, but I'm keeping all my soul
I've still got love inside of me worth reaching down for more

Dancing with the waves, I feel the desolation rise
Choices made, past is gone, is this life a lie
To know you are so far away, the distance shreds my heart
I want you once to hear me now: I LOVE YOU MORE THAN DEATH

Crying out in sickness
I call you by name
Seeking sweet redemption
I'm ready for the pain
I got the Purgatory Blues
Track Name: East Coast New England Boy
I don't talk much to strangers
Not that they hear me anyway
I'll open up when I'm ready
'Til then I've got nothing to say

I want to get old with my friends
Take our kids to Little League
I might be someone's uncle
To look at me you'd never think

I used to want to write novels
Like Vonnegut and Kerouac
Sometimes I miss that feeling
Seeing my life in paperback

I'm a east coast New England boy
My heart might be lost in the pines
Maybe a bird got a hold of it
To what end, I'll never find
Track Name: If I Ever Get Back Home
When I saw you at the ocean and you said you were through
All I heard was breaking waves on the stones
My life was gonna change, so I said "let's go"
You know that water never really was blue

I might never find the truth in what you believe
For we never went out to sea too far
That smirk you give and your sapphire heart
No, you won't let me take them from here

If I ever get back home
If I ever get back home

Will your eyes meet mine like in summertime
Will you hold me close with winter in your bones
Will the season smile on me like you would
When you loved me the same way I loved you

The trouble with you is just the trouble with me
We're the same riptide we come back, we come back
I wonder if the sand will cut us some slack
Or if we're lost to drown forever in the sea

Naturally, your man is the captain on board
Though I've never been a lone mutineer
If it's you and it's me the way the navigator steers
When the ship sinks down they'll find us on the shore

If I ever get back home
If I ever get back home

Will your eyes meet mine like in summertime
Will you hold me close with winter in your bones
Will the season smile on me like you would
When you loved me the same way I loved you

I loved you

Won't you come find me on the mainland
All I want to do is hold your hand
No, you're never on dry land when it rains
Just maybe I'll forget I felt the pain

Looking back
All these years
I can still
Taste my tears
Feel the wind
See sunrise
Still you stay
In my mind

Well here I am
Left with the rain
But you know that it can't
Wash away the pain

Well here I am
Left with the pain
There's a bruise on my soul
And I've never been the same

The road is long
And I know in my soul
Every path I tread
Will lead me home

But don't find me now, no more
But don't find me now, no more