These were the first recordings I did as “The Orcas” [download].
- Loper (2:20)
- Here At the Phones (2:02)
- Artificial Life (2:57)
- Gemini (5:50)
- Did You Just Say Hello?* (4:46)
- Monodrone (1:58)
*Featuring Andy Gerhard on banjo.
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Record my pulse on computer screens and broadcast my surgery on tv Change all of my memories, I don’t have too many that warrant keeping Replace my eyes with a laser scope and raise my endorphins and fix my nose Artificial’s the way to go now technology’s not gonna slow down My nerves are fiber optic, my choice a talk-show topic, Better to just be animatronic — A warm body is too chaotic for me Remove my hair electrolysis, download my thoughts is it consciousness? Androgynous cybernetics, Will they let me go back — I dread it. No more walking No more rocking Replace my blood with an acid cream and polish my skin to a healthy sheen. Artificial’s the way to go now, Still got some organics to rip out. My mind is getting cleaner, connected now to a neuro-meter. It’s so much better now I finally got one A warm body was too chaotic for me
I had a mem’ry at my parents’ house yesterday Found an old picture and it flashed through my head Me, six or seven, and this girl was named Gemini Or so I remember, or so I forget. I couldn’t tell you what color her hair was (This picture I noticed, it wasn’t of her) And I couldn’t say now just what her last name was, This girl that I talked to sometimes in first grade. I just recall Not knowing what to say She’d want it all And I wouldn’t play I’ll tell you what I think When I’ve had some time to let it sink in I’ll have something to say If you ask me another time, some other day I guess it’s a pattern, all through my life now Not knowing the answers cuz I can’t decide I keep on thinking I’ll find all the reasons When they don’t exist outside of my mind It feels like a problem that’s slowly developed Annoyingly building up worse over time But then I remembered about this girl Gemini And didn’t know whether to laugh or to cry I just recall Not knowing how to feel She’d ask me when I’d decide for real I’ll tell you what I think When I’ve had some time to let it sink in I’ll have something to say If you ask me another time, some other day Maybe in third grade I’ll know how to answer Maybe by that time I’ll feel equipped Maybe tomorrow I’ll make a decision Maybe next week I could tell you a bit Maybe in third grade I’ll know how to answer Maybe by that time I’ll feel okay Maybe tomorrow I’ll make a decision Maybe the next time I’ll know what to say I’ll tell you what I think When I’ve had some time to let it sink in I’ll have something to say If you ask me another time, some other day
I found out I can’t afford the rental market anymore; priced out of the town I call my home Now each time I get aboard the metro and I go to work I hear the suffocating monodrone It isn’t that I mind the crowds or standing for a half an hour, reading, leaning against the subway wall Instead it’s that I hate the sound of brakes and tunnels and the loud obnoxious conversations going on I just want my headphones on! But the outside noise is strong! And I wouldn’t feel like I’d been robbed of half my day If I didn’t have to hear it And I’d listen to my walkman and I’d drift away And just maybe I could bear it.
Pretend These Are Records #03
These were the first recordings I did as “The Orcas.” I recorded them in September of 2002, just before I left for Poland. For months and months I had been wanting to record music but never had the chance, so I set up some space in my parents’ house while I was preparing to move away. I would’ve liked to do more but I had too many other things to do.
The sound quality here is decent, I was getting the hang of it. In hindsight I wish I’d worked more on the guitar tone, but this was an ambitious undertaking and I’m fairly content with it.
Recorded in Frostburg, Maryland, September 2002, on an old and slightly broken Tascam. All songs by The Orcas although the banjo part on Did You Just Say Hello? was mainly written by Andy and the phone message on Here At the Phones is by Erik.
- Loper is a very old thing, very simple, yet somehow I always liked it. Here it is w/ 2 guitars and drum machine.
- Here At the Phones is one of those things that’s like, half joke, half serious. I had this old message from Erik on a mix tape from my freshman year of college. The organ/keyboard thing is done via computer, plus there are 2 guitars.
- Artificial Life came out different than I expected. (I was thinking Sonic Youth-y rave-up, not Sparklehorse-y dirge.) 1 guitar, plastic organ, drum machine.
- Gemini is an old piece that keeps growing longer and longer so I’d better put a stop to it. The lyrics are new, though. 2 guitars, vocals, drum machine.
- Did You Just Say Hello? is a little thing I made up a few years ago and I suddenly thought it would sound cool if I got Andy to make up some banjo parts. I think I was right.
- Monodrone is just me and a guitar. It’s about commuting. Also, it features a capo.