Currents

by Early Riser

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released June 16, 2017

Kiri Oliver - vocals, guitar, keyboards
Heidi Vanderlee - cello, vocals
Zane Van Dusen - bass
David Olson - drums
Joel Tannenbaum - additional guitar

Lyrics by Kiri Oliver, music by Kiri Oliver and Heidi Vanderlee
Produced by Joel Tannenbaum
Engineered and mixed by Mike Bardzik at Noisy Little Critter Studios
Mastered by Kim Rosen at Knack Mastering

Art by Elise Roedenbeck Valderrama
Layout by Dylan Wachman

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Early Riser Brooklyn, New York

Early Riser plays catchy folk-pop-punk songs that are heavy on strings, harmonies and feelings. Debut album Currents out now on Anchorless/A-F Records.

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Track Name: Just Start Dancing
I'm sick of hating myself for being awkward
When all I want is to dance with you
I'm sick of shaming myself for being honest
When all I want is to sing something true

This life that we've chosen
It isn't the easy, softest way
I wouldn't give back a single day

When you catch me feeling sorry for myself again
Just start singing
Just sing anything
And when you see me hanging by the wall again
Just start dancing
I'll join in
Track Name: The Nevers
I feel invincible today
My hands are magnetic and can catch anything that comes my way
I refuse to fall apart
Just pour some plaster in the cracks and call it art

Maybe this is the year I’ll get a tattoo behind my ear
Maybe I’ll finally get my license and we can get out of here
There’s no such thing as growing up, only growing
It’s not something you finish and then keep going
I’m dying to hear how it ends, but there’s no way of knowing

I feel invincible today
My hands are magnetic and can catch anything that comes my way
I refuse to fall apart
Just pour some plaster in the cracks and call it art

Maybe this is the year I’ll get a tattoo behind my ear
Maybe I’ll finally get my license and we can get out of here
There’s no such thing as growing up, only growing
It’s not something we’ll finish and then get boring
If they took our picture right now, I swear we’d be glowing

I won’t tell you to never say never
Just don’t tell me that you’ll never change
‘Cause sometimes the nevers become maybes and okays
Sometimes they sneak up behind you and give you your best days
They told you the first words you uttered
But what were the last words you sang?

It’s okay to go out with a whimper as long as you come back in with a bang
Track Name: Two Roads
The last time we talked, I didn’t know if you’d hung up
But I didn’t call back, and that was that
You’d laughed at my black hair, I’d scoffed at your white dress
The color schemes for our car chase scenes
On the run from loneliness

The last time we met up, you came as three instead of one
I never came back, and that was that
You stared at my pierced lip as I peered into your bassinet
The accessories for our murder scenes
Gunning down the past

Two roads diverged, and the outcome was clear
Two one-way streets that have taken us here
Now I live for something you’ll never understand
And you’ve turned into everything I fear
I still think about you on your birthday
But only every other year
Track Name: Find Me for the Waltz
Two years ago, same place same show
I was your dancer
You had hungry hands and eyes
And I swore I had my answer
From my perch across the room
I feel the same magnetic pull
But magnets that don't stick don't work at all

If you don't find me for the waltz
Then I'll know everything I need
This night, this night
It will belong to me

Two hours ago, same place same show
I'd like to mention
I was on the verge of tears
But you weren't paying attention
I watch you tumble off the stage
I always loved to see you fly
But as you're swallowed up I'll say goodbye

I'll throw confetti on my cue
And I will dance like I am free
Like this night, this night
This night belongs to me

I felt the electricity
I wasn't wrong
I know that we were both in love
But only with the songs

You didn't find me for the waltz
So I know everything I need
This night, this night
This night belongs to me
I'll throw confetti when he sings the word
And dance like I am free
'Cause this night, this night
This night belongs to me
This life, this life
This life belongs to me
Track Name: Everyone I Know
Sometimes it’s just easier to turn it off than try to turn it all around
When conversations full of exit cues and all these little executions wear us down
Try to find a smile to hide embarrassment and all the time spent pondering
The failures and misuses of true honesty, a thousand other prickly things

We tried (advance and then retreat)
We tried (the dances of defeat)
We tried (with promises to keep)
We tried (but spirits own these streets)

Everyone I know is a ghost, there’s no way around it
My life’s become a haunted house, there’s no doubt about it
Oh, and everything I know is a joke, but I forgot the punch line long ago
And everyone I know is a ghost

Sometimes it’s just easier to turn it off
Than try to turn it all around
When conversations full of exit cues
And all these little executions wear us down
Working out the glitches and the kinks of moving up and down
The ladders of each other’s lives
Fingers slipping off the edge of things we never owned
But only borrowed for a little while

We tried (advance and then retreat)
We tried (the dances of defeat)
We tried (with promises to keep)
We tried (but spirits own these streets)

Everyone I know is a ghost, there’s no way around it
My life’s become a haunted house, there’s no doubt about it
Oh, and everything I know is a joke, but I forgot the punch line long ago
And everyone I know is a ghost
Track Name: Rattenberg
You know about the spell they’ve got you under
The pain you get from different kinds of hunger
You’ve felt the sting of bumblebees and splinters,
But have you ever known a jet-black winter?

You failed to ask the question that could fix her
It started and was over with a picture
You’ve felt the shame of absolute beginners
But have you ever known a jet-black winter?

The verdict’s out, the jury is united
Some things will only ever be one-sided
You’re branded with the alphabet of sinners
But have you ever known a jet-black winter?
Track Name: Wrecking Ball for a Dead End
May I please have your attention
This will not, I repeat, this will not be on the test
Somebody failed to mention
No one cares that we used to be the best

No grades, no rankings
No one is waiting for us anymore

So tell me what I need
Here's your wrecking ball for a dead end
But what if it's too late?
Oh, it always and it never is

I can’t get their attention
I'm trying so hard, it's never enough
Somebody failed to mention we’re
Too old for teen angst, too young to give up

I know what's waiting for me to take the reins
But the fear is crippling, and my limbs, they feel so strange

So tell me what I need
Here's your wrecking ball for a dead end
But what if it's too late?
Oh, it always and it never is

So take a breath and channel a time when you were less afraid
When the lights go down, what will you have to say?

Oh, what if it's too late?
Oh, it never ever ever ever is
When the lights go down, what will you have to say?
Track Name: Superglue
I've got my tools, I'm measuring fault lines
I've got my clock counting down to the end times
I've got everything on mute, don't need to hear a word you say
'Cause I'll see the flames from a mile away

Oh, I'm a mess, I'm a mess
Oh, but I'm used to it

I'm counting the pros of losing it all
I'm holding out hands where the pieces will fall
I'm always waiting at the bottom of the stairs with superglue
What else can I do?
What else can I do?

We took a vote - we know we don't need this
But I read your note - say you didn't mean it
Your words are armed with little teeth that just keep whittling away
The distance between good and barely okay

Oh, I'm a wreck, I'm a wreck
Oh, but I'm used to it

I'm counting the pros of losing it all
I'm holding out hands where the pieces will fall
I'm always waiting at the bottom of the stairs with superglue
What else can I do?
What else can I do?

When I dream, all I see is the back of your head
As you walk away
I'm not proud to be cast as a marionette
Just awaiting my fate
Knowing perfectly well the foundation will crumble and fall brick by brick in your wake
And stuck making plans for when it's already too late

Maybe it's dumb, maybe it's crazy
All I know is it's keeping me busy
I want a lot of things in life
But really only one
Oh, what have you done?
Oh, what have you done?
Track Name: Oh, Nevermind
We've got the pictures
Yeah, we've got the stories
Kicked down the door and had our moment of glory
But we're not our history
Or what we thought our future would be

I'll be the first one to admit
More than one type of love is blind
Never meet your, never meet your, never meet your...
Oh, nevermind

I brought the band-aids
You brought the shotgun
Poster child for a lost cause if ever there was one
Let's get this over with
Rock, paper, scissors and we are done

You'll be the last one to admit
We can't go back, we crossed that line
I should tell you, I should tell you, I should tell you...
Oh, nevermind

But the ends fray and the glue wears then
Compasses go haywire, change directions
Are these numbers all that's left of us?
This is the sound of giving up

But the ends fray and the glue wears then
Compasses go haywire, change directions
Are these dead dreams all that's left of us?
This is the sound of giving up

Time only goes one stubborn way
Keep moving or get left behind
You will always, you will always, you will always...
Oh, nevermind
Track Name: The Line
It’s true, we have a few visible scars
But four years in, practically everything’s new
So glad we're past the days we'd ask,
"Do you ever wonder if you're writing your lines, or someone wrote them for you?"

It's true, I have no idea what comes next
But when I stop trying to guess I find clues
So glad we're past the days we'd ask,
"Do you ever wonder if you're living your life, or it just happens to you?"

There's a line that splits your life into before and after
Just a word, or lack thereof
(It's not dressed like a disaster)
And yeah, I know the names of all the ghosts in the rafters
And I know there's a line

And part of me will always be
The kid in the dark with the volume turned up
Saying "I'm not one for bloody fists and broken walls,
But I sometimes wish I was"
The days stretch out their legs
And knock us down, but we keep on crawling
Up the stairs to crack the door
And catch a glimpse of the person we'll become

A fix won't save you
A kiss won't wake you
A song might change you
But it won't save you

A fix won't save me
A kiss won't wake me
The songs they changed me
But they can't save me
Track Name: Currents
I've spent years lost in haystacks
Searching for keys to the wrong doors
I've been knocked out cold
I've got battle scars from the wrong wars

I feel so weak
Hands tight on the rope
But finally
It's safe to let go

It's time to let the currents do what they're meant to
It's time to say what you mean
So let the currents do what you need them to
It's time to stop swimming upstream

I've spent years smashing lightbulbs
Killing ideas on the first day
I've played bodyguard
Except standing right in my own way

And all this time
We've been running in place
Your hand in mine
Let's finish the race

It's time to let the currents do what they're meant to
It's time to say what you mean
So let the currents do what you need them to
It's time to stop swimming upstream

No one is coming to tell you you're wrong
To take you away because you don't belong
The thought's no more real than an unwritten song
The person you feared most was you all along

It's time to let the currents do what they're meant to
It's time to say what you mean
So let the currents do what you need them to
It's time to stop swimming upstream

If you catch me feeling sorry for myself again
Just start singing
Just sing anything
And when you see me hanging by the wall again
Just start dancing
I'll join in

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