Faint Young Sun

by King Everything

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about

King Everything is participating in the 12in12x12 project. 12 brand new songs written and recorded in 12 hours. This is the May 2013 album of 12 songs.

credits

released May 22, 2013

www.facebook.com/12in12x12
12in12x12.bandcamp.com

Jim Mendola : Vocals, Guitars
Aaron Balko : Bass
Éverton Gabriel Muniz : Drums

Again And Again. Aaron: piano, backing vocals, additional guitar, synth-strings

Choose Your Best Disguise. Jim: harmonica

The Clothes I Wear. Aaron: organ, percussion

The Girls He Loves. Aaron: keyboards

My Uncle's Band. Aaron: organ

All songs written and later mixed together by Jim

Album cover: Kristine Potter teeniekmp.deviantart.com

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REVIEW:
by Sean Dennison / The Equal Ground
Honestly, sometimes I'm shocked by how well-produced the albums we receive are. “The Equal Ground” is, first and foremost, an indie music blog, and while that term has mutated over the years, it doesn't exactly smack of a high- quality audio experience but I'd go so far as to say our submissions sound as crisp as if they were playing several feet away from you.
So entries like King Everything are really like static breaths of fresh air because they are low-fi and feeling fine. And international, the members record their own bits at home, send it over, and so far have recorded an album every month this year as part of the 12in12x12 project. Faint Young Sun is awesome. Think Daniel Johnston fronting a Beat Happening cover band and the only CDs they brought with them on the way to play their first show were Weezer and Ween records.
How it works is Jim Mendola quickly busts out some lyrics and guitar stuff, sends it to Aaron Balko and Éverton Gabriel Muniz so they can do their bass and drum thing, then they send that back to Mendola so he can mix it and add sounds. I wish my mainstream artists would take a leaf out of these guys' books because this whole album is awesome.
Many of the songs are bombastic bedroom pop numbers. You can hear how hastily they were written on some. Others sound more thoughtful but either way it's never not fun. "My Uncle's Band" is an afterschool bummer tune about having an uncle who steals your music. "The Clothes I Wear" uses pillow-esque percussion while Mendola inquires how to please somebody he loves. "The Song That Summoned God" reminds me heavily of The Unicorns' earliest work, with tape over his bubbling earnest vocals and you can sort of hear the guitar in the background.The music itself is rather quiet, the noise rather loud. The production totally works and makes everything sound cute, but the subject matter can be serious. Can you please just listen? "Summer Buzz" is my favorite song, with awful vocal harmonies, spastic guitar playing and out of tune drums. It's a modern-day Shaggs with a lot more testosterone.
Also, they've graciously included the chords in their songs so all you aspiring musicians, get on it.
www.theequalground.com/1/post/2013/09/king-everything-faint-young-sun.html

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Track Name: Ellen Says
from the moment we met, i knew something was wrong, the way your smile said, "i forget why we're singing this song." ellen says. ellen says most of her best lines in her head. ellen says. i'm afraid to show that i'm afraid to die. i'm afraid to blush. i'm afraid to try. ellen says. ellen says most of her best lines in her head. ellen says. she dreams of the day when everything will go her way, but ellen knows, cuz she's not dumb, that that day will never come. ellen says.
(E A B E)
(B7 E)
(C#m F#m, G#7 F#m)
Track Name: The Girls He Loves
when he's sitting in the corner where he's sitting, he floats above.
the stories he's repeating to nobody yet he's weeping about the girls he loves.
the girls he loves he loves a lot.
the girls, the girls are all he's got.
when he's getting how he's getting on the morning of his mourning, i hope you understand.
he's way past trying to stop the crying. this man's a man.
the girls he loves he loves a lot.
the girls, the girls are all he's got.
the girls he loves he loves a lot.
the girls he loves are all he's got.
150bpm
(D A Bm, G A)
Track Name: Even Steven
in the morning i slip into my uniform, but to be honest, there's not much left to explore. as the rain slides down my cheek, i bought a bill of goods. you won't always get lucky, lost in the woods. it's not even steven. no, it's not even close. i'm kinda hoping you won't notice the spark that left my eye. or you'll mistake it for a faint young sun yet to fully rise. i haven't done the research that i promised you i'd do. i'd rather kick up my feet and pretend it's still brand new. it's not even steven. no, it's not even close. you're not supposed to be the one. you're just supposed to be for fun. in the morning i crawl into the nearest hole. and start to see this landlocked country as my home. it's not even steven. no, it's not even close.
(verse: E D B7)
(chorus: A D E D, A)
(bridge: C#7 F#m A, C#7 F#m A C#7)
Track Name: Summer Buzz
boys line up
for their summer buzz
girls in love
with their summer buzz
but only a fool would fool with love like this
some are under some are above the bliss
boys line up - for their summer buzz
a small mistake - but who am i to judge
all dressed up - lips of diamond dust
girls in love - with a summer buzz
but only a fool would fool with love like this
some are under some are above the bliss
boys line up - for their summer buzz
girls in love - with their summer buzz
(D A Bm) (D A Bm G) (A G A G)
Track Name: Frenzied
build me up or tear you down either way they both look the same. i need some time within this space to find my place. frenzied. i pledge to make this a better day. and every once in a while, i do as i say. frenzied. i swear this time it's real. to God, i swear for real. frenzied.
(A G D Em, C Bb C D)
Track Name: Again And Again
you needed me to smile again and again. make it worth your while again and again. passing through the days, watching what i say, soaking up the rays again and again. and i reach for the sky. yeah, i reach for the sky. but i fall short of the sky. but i get, yeah i get - you. there's a flower on the lawn again and again. suddenly it's gone again and again. passing through the days, watching what i say, you needed me again and again.
(C F C G7)
(F7 C, G)
Track Name: My Uncle's Band
i was telling this friend of mine about my uncle's band. how they played at that barbecue on briana's land. do you remember why i needed to see the stage? or why my body completely filled with rage? that's what i thought. no one had a clue. he stole my song and he stole my girl, and there was nothing, nothing i could do. everybody loved my uncle's band. briana loved my uncle's band.
(D Bm G A)
(Dmaj7 D7, G Gm6)
(G A Dmaj7 Bm, G A D)
Track Name: Biter
you want that - well i want that
if you're smart - then you'll step back
you want me - a terrible choice
i don't fight fair i swear i bite
my mom says i'm a fighter
but the truth is i'm a biter
but don't bite back
my first will seem like nothing
when you really have it coming
i won't hold back
don't cry - you'll make it worse
unless you wanna die to quench my thirst
what's wrong - with my brain
we say it's fine - we bury shame
my mom says i'm a fighter
but the truth is i'm a biter
but don't bite back
my first will seem like nothing
when you really have it coming
i won't hold back
(130 bpm)
(D D - D A G)
(C C Em B7, C C Em B7 Em)
Track Name: 1,038 mph
he hoped each would say himself when asked who dad favors
but he knew they'd say the other he muttered, "human nature"
he did what he could with the few things he had
he knew that he should probably get less mad
at the kids for being kids
at the world for spinning round
over a thousand miles an hour let's hope it don't slow down
he hoped each would say himself when asked who dad favors
(F C F C) (F C G) (Am Em Am Em)
Track Name: The Clothes I Wear
tell me how good you think i look
and i’ll say whatever you want me to say.
i dressed up in a particular way
hoping that would be all it took.
just in case you misunderstood,
i’ll say whatever words will make your day,
whatever it takes to make you feel okay.
i’ll read a line from each of your favorite books.
tell me what to do.
please don’t make me guess.
how can i make you care?
i love you.
i’m better than the rest.
just look at the clothes i wear.
(D A C G, D A D)
(D A D A)
(C A D A)
(D A, D A, D A, C G)
Track Name: Choose Your Best Disguise (A Sestina of Sorts)
DISGUISE the hundred LIES
you tell with a quarter million quarts of EXCUSES.
THE WORLD cannot persuade THE GIRL
to stray from the man whom she CHOOSES.
CHOOSE your worst DISGUISE for THE GIRL.
CHOOSE your worst DISGUISE from THE GIRL.
LIES might make THE WORLD
go round, but so do EXCUSES.

EXCUSES are what a loser CHOOSES
to help explain his failures to THE WORLD.
DISGUISE mistakes we've made with LIES
and hope to still impress THE GIRL.
THE GIRL, we hope, EXCUSES the LIES.
THE GIRL, we think, EXCUSES the LIES.
CHOOSE the best fit of DISGUISE
to prance around all proud in THE WORLD.

THE WORLD never asked THE GIRL
to step out from behind her DISGUISE.
EXCUSES that nobody CHOOSES
are seen to be nothing more than LIES.
LIES that THE WORLD didn't CHOOSE.
LIES that THE WORLD wouldn't CHOOSE.
THE GIRL asks you to EXCUSE
her favorite DISGUISE.

LIES told by THE GIRL...
THE WORLD simply EXCUSES...
CHOOSE your best DISGUISE.
Track Name: The Song That Summoned God
The song summoned God. The song summoned God. We didn't dare to find it odd. The song that summoned God.
The crowd sang the song. The one that summoned God. We didn't dare to find it odd. The song that summoned God.
The girl joined the crowd. The one that sang the song. We didn't dare to find it odd. The song that summoned God.
There was a party for the girl. From the crowd that sang the song. We didn't dare to find it odd. The song that summoned God.
The rain stopped the party. For the girl who joined the crowd. That sang the song that wasn't odd. The song that summoned God.
The cloud spilled the rain. That stopped the party for the girl. Who joined the crowd that sang the song. The song that summoned God.
The boy stared at the cloud. The cloud that spilled the rain. That stopped the party for the girl. From the crowd who sang the song. The song that summoned God. The song that summoned God. We didn't dare to find it odd. The song that summoned God.
The family loved the boy. The family loved the boy.
God smiled. At the family. Who loved the boy. Who stared at the cloud.
The cloud that spilled the rain. That stopped the party for the girl. The girl, The girl. The girl who joined the crowd. The crowd that sang the song. The one that summoned God. We didn't dare to find it odd. The song that summoned God.
The song that summoned God. The song summoned God.
The family smiled back at Him. And sang the song that summoned God.
(E F, E F) (C E, F G C)
(Am Em, Am Em, Am Em, F G C)