Stranger Kings

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about

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Finding a solution in dissolution, Stranger Kings was formed by guitarist Eric Campuzano and bassist Herb Grimaud after The Lassie Foundation breathed its last with the departure of Jeff Schroeder for the Smashing Pumpkins. Grimaud had completed three albums of dark ambience as The Sound Gallery after leaving Southern California alt-band The Violet Burning, and was looking for a new musical home. Early demos merged their Cali-gaze dream guitars and 80’s Brit post-punk melodic bass lines successfully enough to attract friends and contributors. Local solo artist Holly Nelson gave it a voice, and Brady Esquivel (Set To Sea) brought the drums to life, while Steve R (monorocket) and John Hertzberg added additional synthscaping.

The songs were largely recorded one at time from start to finish, as they were written. The album is truly an album, a collection of unique
moments captured in time, all from the great occasion of being a band. They found a point of inspiration in the idea of “John Hughes movies” from the 80’s, which always featured great soundtracks with current bands matching the uncomfortably teenagey emotions. And so you hear it here; bass like The Cure and New Order, clean, singing guitars and washes of Cocteau chords, synths and drums from Modern English and Simple Minds. Songwriting elements hail from Echo & The Bunnymen, Depeche Mode, and The Psychedelic Furs with romantic angst in the lyrical storylines balancing their sincere but measured delivery.

Tracks like “All of Everything” and “America’s Sweetheart” bounce with youthful innocence and driving enthusiasm, with big college-radio choruses, while tracks like “Lay Low” and “We Are” confirm a dark undertow with technological beats and minor-key misgivings. The rest of the tracks feel like Southern California feels: driving at the moderated pace of traffic in the warm sunset of a daydream day.
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credits

released September 30, 2014

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Stranger Kings //

Holly Nelson: Vocals
Herb Grimaud: Bass
Brady Esquivel: Drums
Campuzano: Guitar

Additional Contributors //

John Hertzberg: Keyboards, Drum Programming
Andy Prickett: Guitar, Keyboards
Jesse Nason: Drums
Jeremy Wood: Keyboards, Baritone Guitar, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Drum Programming, Ride Cymbal
Jared Rich: Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards
Dylan Hake: Soul
Steve R.: Keyboards, Analog Synth Modules, Drum Programming, Guitar
Wayne Everett: Vocals
Spooky Tavi wears a headband: Vocals
Sam West: Drums


All songs written and co-produced by Stranger Kings.
Recorded and co-produced by Andy Prickett, Steve R., Jared Rich, and Jeremy Wood.
Recorded at Northern Records, CA, Juliette Tower, CA, and Another Music Studio, WI.
Mixed and Mastered by Andy Prickett at Northern Records.
Art Work and Graphic Design by Brett Carlson, and J. Bozeman w/Campuzano.
Photos by Maisey Campuzano, Herb Grimaud, and Ingrid Shine.
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Track Name: All of Everything
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"All Of Everything"

I've watched you walking around
Down the street to the beat of this town
Hanging hope on the backs of us

They talk about you wherever I go
Come alive when you put on a show
Telling time while the clocks are slow

You say all that I can't say
I know what you want to say
We say all of everything

You don't care that I'm kind of behind
Living off what's inside of my mind
Both blank but we're writing the line

You say all that I can't say
I know what you want to say
We say all of everything
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Track Name: Half Truths and Alibis
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"Half Truths And Alibis"

Say what you like I won't rip it open
Aim real high play to game over
Wait wait
Watch me watch me
Wait wait
This is called listening

Say what you like I’ll hold you to the countdown
Play it tight so I can feel it all around

Say what you like
I won't rip it open

Day and night save me from my all alone
Say what you like take me all the way home
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Track Name: Lay Low
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"Lay Low"

Hot lights shine but they don't fool me
Electric nights are no mystery
Lay low stay so

I can be your all night
Wake me up on the bright side

You can put all your burdens down
They won't stop me from coming around
Take my life and my hand to trace
Static sigh and fading face
Lay low stay so

I can be your all night
Wake me up on the bright side
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Track Name: America's Sweetheart
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"America’s Sweetheart"

Hey don't believe a word
There's a line in everything you heard
Hey don't believe a word
Set fire to everything you learned

Let me put my diamonds in your eyes
I don't but I know you'll make them shine

Hey you are not alone
Your eyes are mine and we are whole
Hey you are not alone
Say goodbye I will take you home

Let me put my diamonds in your eyes
I don't but I know you'll make them shine
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Track Name: Katherine
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"Katherine"

Pull me in
Let it begin
This is all for her

Lines are gone
Katherine
This is all for her

Katherine

Come and go
Fast and slow
This is all for her

Where's she been?
Katherine
This is all for her
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Track Name: Basement Tribes
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"Basement Tribes"

Up there we gotta hold our breath
Down here we can breathe
A lot of people say they know what's best
They don't know a thing
They don't know a thing

All the fables and the fairy tales
All the lies that you tell
They disappear like a house on fire
I think it's just as well
Yeah it's just as well

All I have is you
All I want is you
Everything you do hits me like a drum
Hits me like a drum

You play the winner and I call you out
Take you down to my cave
Don't worry what you left behind
We got nothing to save
Nothing to save

All I have is you
All I want is you
Everything you do hits me like a drum
Hits me like a drum
Hits me like a drum
ba ba ba ba dum
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Track Name: We Are
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"We Are"

Why you waiting
I'm standing here
Why we lying
Truth is clear
Had to try so hard to get it wrong
Choose a side cause I can only
Hold the door so long

We are
Don't wait too long

Clear the runway
I'm coming down
Sick of climbing
Through the clouds
Lose my breath so far up in the sky
Risk it all and now you know
How much I hate to fly

We are
Don't wait too long
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Track Name: The Quit
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"The Quit"

I’m not afraid of spending the night in the dark
I’m not afraid of staying alive in your heart

Stop that stop watch stopping
Throw your life ring out to me

I wasn't me when I threw all your letters away
I can't believe that I thought they could ever betray
We’ll fall in love again if you promise to stay
Counting up to yesterday

Stop that stop watch stopping
Throw your life ring out to me
Stay a little stay longer
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Track Name: Lacuna
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"Lacuna"

You hold my hand not my heart
You understand that's the way it has to be
You want to read my mind
But you find there are pages missing
You hold my hand not my heart
You understand that's the way it has to be
I say I leave behind but you find
The best part of you is me

You hold my hand, not my heart
That’s the way it has to be
I give you, I give you
My hand, my heart

No law to make me feel your way
No words for what I need to say

I give you, I give you
My hand, my heart
I give you, I give you

You hold my hand
(I give you, I’ll give you)
You hold my hand
(The best part of me was you)
You hold my hand not my heart
You understand that's the way it has to be
(The best part of me was you)
You hold my hand
(I give you my heart)
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