Don't Wait for the Rescue Squad [EP]

by The Ascetic Junkies

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This EP is about friends - the two new songs are tunes we wrote for old friends going through tough times, and the two old songs were remixed by new friends in Portland. We recorded the new tracks at our house in Portland with cables running from the basement to the bedroom to the shower to the room where the computer is, and then were fortunate enough to have Leigh Marble and Tom Filepp (aka Cars & Trains) contribute some reworkings of songs from our last album (One Shoe Over the Cuckoo's Nest, 2008).

Lyrically, there's something of a theme here. Unprecedented (relative) wealth and convenience seems to have a flipside for our generation - unprecedented dread, anxiety, and seemingly unprovoked depression. We see it in our friends, in ourselves, in the news, in art. So we were thinking, don't wait for the rescue squad - the EMTs are going to be late because they're at home trying to shake guilt that was somehow instilled in them when they were kids. It's not advice you see given very often right now - you need a counselor, you need a bailout, you need a prescription, you need a makeover. But it's the advice we decide to give ourselves, and it seemed appropriate for this EP title. "Jenny" is for a friend who was thinking she needed someone else to be whole, "French Girls" and "Windows" are about waiting around for something to happen, and "Dracula" is about kicking Dracula's ass if you happen to meet him. Ultimately, since we're tired of all the heavy stuff we see around us (including this write-up - sorry), we tried to make the songs as upbeat and fun as possible. So enjoy. And we're giving this EP away freely and gratefully, but if you'd like to tip us as we try to figure out the financial underbelly to making music, you can also name your own price on it here or at any of the online music stores it'll be up on.

Special thanks to Ezra Johnson-Greenough for pretty much everything, Tom Filepp and Leigh Marble for the beautiful remixes, Oran Stainbrook for the beautiful painting, and Jennifer Schwartz and Paul Pennella for pretty much everything.

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released December 11, 2009

Recorded, mixed*, mastered, and produced by Matt Harmon
*Track 3 remixed by Tom Filepp
*Track 4 remixed by Leigh Marble

Kali Giaritta: Vocals, percussion, glockenspiel
Matt Harmon: Vocals, guitar, mandolin, keyboard, percussion
Stephen Colvin: Drums, vocals
Ryan Hilton: Bass, vocals
Graham Houser: Banjo, vocals
Ric Santora: Scribbles at the beginning of track 1, art extras
Oran Stainbrook: Cover art painting

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[SEE OUR CURRENT BAND: thereisnomountain.bandcamp.com] An americana group from Portland, OR. We put out 2 albums, an EP, and a single over the course of 4 years. We no longer exist as an active band, but Kali and Matt went on to form There Is No Mountain and they still play some newer AJs songs live. ... more

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Track Name: Jenny, Don't Do That!!
your heart is on a silver platter
congratulations, you've learned to let go
you've become unable to flatter
because you know
you've been around, around, around
you've been around

jenny, you should be happy
because the world wants you to
jenny, you should be happy
because i want you, i want you, i want you to
and you could find somebody who will make you happy
but you don't, do you?
you could find somebody who will make you, make you
but you don't need to

oh jenny you should be warned
there are tears that can't be untorn
and though you're proud of what you know
just let it go
for now, for now, for now
just let it all fall down

you are your own blanket, be warm
Track Name: French Girls
paul, when you get to heaven there'll be
all these angels mostly sizes C and D
all well-endowed with god's great majesty

paul, milk and honey doesn't taste that good
why not get high and burn norwegian wood
'cause there are no penalties for staying put

all your time for work is over
no one here has to stay sober

and all those french girls
will take you by the hand and say "c'mon"
they're gonna take you by the hand and say "let's go!"

paul, you'll love to hear everything that they say
even just "je ne parle pas anglais"
because you're not that into language anyway

paul, i never get to see you anymore
and i hope you'll come and visit me before
you have to walk through that big pearly door

if you don't then i'll be sorry
that i moved across the country

and all those french girls
will take you by the hand and say "c'mon"
they're gonna take you by the hand and say "let's go!"

paul, better days are always up ahead
st. peter from that big long book we read
is gonna welcome you to heaven when you're dead

paul, maybe you can haunt this city to
and not just only pay attention to
all of those foreign friends st. pete'll give to you

and all those french girls
will take you by the hand and say "c'mon"
they're gonna take you by the hand and say "c'mon"
they're gonna take you by the hand and say "let's go!"