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Like a Stone

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Donald Deeley This album gives me the same sense of discovery and exuberance I felt when I heard Jagged Little Pill in 95, that sense of, "Oh, this is what I've been wanting from music all this time." Favorite track: Out Loud.
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alicejblank thanks for releasing music like clockwork every time i'm going thru a breakup y'all are the best at gettin me through it Favorite track: Eggs.
Webster Duck
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Webster Duck Album came out today and I'm on my fourth listen. Favorite track: Falling Awake.
Adam Leonard
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Adam Leonard Your new favorite band. Favorite track: Out Loud.
ANDREW HICKEN
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ANDREW HICKEN "Odds Are" might be my favorite song at the moment? Not only is this band good at coming up with funny names, they also write great songs. Favorite track: Odds Are.
John Rassenfoss
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John Rassenfoss This band grows wonderfully with each release and after listening to this album all the through 3 times now I can confidently say this is one of my favorite releases of 2021. This album is so good! Favorite track: Materialistic.
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1.
Pinky Ring 03:18
The sun bore a hole through your cranial skin So I took a deep breath and I dove right in The menial tasks there that never got did I just pushed things around and they came unhid Wasn’t I good to you? Wasn’t I sweet to you? I couldn’t wait till you went home It’s not that I hate you just wanted to be alone But everytime you leave I rip holes in my skin I’ll distract myself buy a gold chain and a pinky ring Wasn’t I good to you? Wasn’t I sweet to you? I wanna see you put your hands where you’d want them in a dream I wanna be the girl that talks makes you fall down to your knees And maybe I’ve breathed an expiring breath When I listened close there was nothing left And I thought I didn’t know where to begin Then she smiled at me and heaven blew in Wasn’t I good to you? Wasn’t I sweet to you? I wanna see you put your hands where you’d want them in a dream I wanna be the girl that talks makes you fall down to your knees Push me around and make me sorry for everything I’ve done Drag me back down just pull me close make me stare into the sun
2.
Stay here till it don’t hurt anymore I spent some time with my back on your floor But I’m learning new things lately Like coffee machine And admitting I was wrong I’ll make you a coffee in the sun
3.
Taking in the scenery from the corners of your mind I keep getting tangled up in how it all unwinds You woke me up so I could see the way the light fell on my face Dying house plants in the morning, there’s something out of place Listen to me: I can feel you breathing next to me You’re dying to reach me in the dark I’m scared of losing the highs I’m scared of my changing mind and maybe Love isn’t making you decide Stumbling over the remnants of a past I can’t let go It never goes away it just falls down and builds like snow I remember bittersweet when your head was on my arm Honeysuckle in the evening, is this still what you want? Listen to me: I am less than what I used to be Sentimentality just got too hard I’m scared of losing the highs I’m scared of my changing mind and maybe Love isn’t making you decide When all my shit just gets in the way You’re staring at me from a picture frame I’m hoping I didn’t fuck things up too bad Cuz you’re the best thing that I have Would you still make a choice to be here? Is this static in my brain or a fall from grace? If you want an out just tell me it’s too late I’m scared of losing the highs I’m scared of my changing mind and maybe Love’s not the reason we’re alive When all my shit just gets in the way You’re staring at me from a brighter day I’m hoping I didn’t fuck things up too bad Cuz I keep Confusing the present with the past But you’re the best thing that I have
4.
Easy 03:32
Had a vision of you on your knees Talking softly, whispering things to Jesus You used to fight me when my talk was cheap You never stopped trying to see the bad in everything I’m in deep I turn around to watch you fall all over me I’m at the edge of the sink Watching everything come out clean Let me down easy, Junie please Talking softly of the way things used to be You didn’t like me when my hands were clean I’ll never stop trying to see the bad in you and me I’m in deep Was I supposed to let you walk all over me? Wring me out till I bleed Until everything comes out clean Until everything comes out clean Do something different with all that free time You’re wasting your mind, you’re just wasting your mind And nothing came easy like you thought that it might Just do something right Just do anything right
5.
Eggs 02:48
My eggs flow right out of me like clockwork every month A bastion of blasphemy, my will just can’t keep up Transparent as my dust And I’m not giving up on you, I can’t give you enough The life’s draining out of me, I get lighter every month There’s heaven inside of me but I can’t get it up And they’re not saying much Well I know about the things that hurt to touch But I wanted you to say you’ve had enough When I’ve drawn too much blood Cuz you deserve that much Take care of the tender things that flower in your gut You asked if I needed you, well I can’t need you enough
6.
I look around for a picture of me I don’t see one I make a note of the shape of the room It’s pretty long And I’m going through all the noises you put in my head that night It’s enormous and wide, it would hurt too much this time around Push it back down Archive the past with some shit that won’t last you A lifetime Materialistic or are we acquisitive? Nevermind And just when I thought there was no one still up you’re in my inbox So I write you again, pause before I hit send, come unwound Push it back down I look around for a picture of me, I don’t see one Maybe someday I’ll turn into someone you can lean on But all of our options just feel like a bottomless pit right now And I’m getting sick of the big world you got in your head somehow So I try to forget how you lost me again, settle down Push it back down
7.
Like a Stone 02:12
I finally cried about it last night My heart feeling like a stone You flicked your wrist and let go You know I tried believing in time But I’ve forgotten how Didn’t I write it down? So we go back where we started again Only this time I’m left hurting The river runs down as it surrounds us And you let go We walked inside didn’t turn on the lights You took me by the hand Led me up unfamiliar stairs I would have died before that night You were the reason why Now it’s someone else’s time So I put myself together again Cuz I found out I’m worth saving I didn’t know that till the day I met you Let that sink down let the vowels surround you What you wanted is coming true I want it too
8.
Clock 03:05
I wrote you a name Collected letters off the pavement Cut right through my days Graying things that we’ve avoided Maybe I could stay Collect my thoughts, your words, your phrases Just in case it rains Patch the roof to save the sunday I’m not fooling anyone Take these little pains Build them up into an arsenal When you go away You were never mine to keep here I’m not taking things too well Make something good just spit it out Just sit here till the clock runs out What are you going on about?
9.
I can’t pull my head from under Covers taking over my skin Hurts to be the one left guessing Pressure’s pressing Are you gonna give in? All I want’s for you to call me Sit on my floor holding my knees Thought I’d roll over to find you smiling at me But you wanted it to be me I could be the mess you make If you’re too embarrassed to say All it ever does is never go away I need you right now And if I pick apart the reasons I keep coming back like seasons Changing right before our eyes I’d still be walking to your house in the middle of the night I wanna see you every day When I’m falling awake You know I’ll believe in anything you say I need you right now
10.
Like an angel When you’re sweet to me and your face is in the sun Had my head turned You’re mean to me but you’re not the only one I’m mean to me but I’m not the only one I am tired I am tired So distasteful At your parents house when I hide from everyone Soft like waves go When they crash into and swallow you like gum I will crash into you and swallow you like gum I am tired I am tired I am tired I am tired I am DONE
11.
Out Loud 06:49
I could tell you in the morning But you’re not around I could reach for you in my dreams And pray to the sound Of you coming over with your hair grown out Awake from the daytime, chocolate on your mouth It’s not a secret that I’m lonely Even when I’m in a crowd Will you tell me what you’re thinking? You know you can’t be so proud Cuz you are the gold things That float around I reach out to catch you Both of my hands stretched out And I won’t stop, never give up Trying to get everything out Of your head into your mouth We can make this last if you say it out loud So what am I supposed to do now With all this time to myself? Will you tell me that you miss me? That I’m not making this up? Oh I’m not going backwards We can turn around When everything else feels broken You’re still words in my mouth Maybe I’m not the one that you wanna spend The rest of your life with but I know I’m Already all over your heart When you turn your lights down go to bed Glittering sighs into the night I’m not going nowhere yet So don’t you walk away from me now I won’t stop, never give up Trying to get everything out Of your head into your mouth We can make this last if you say it out loud
12.
Odds Are 03:18
Odds are I’m leaving this town Gotta head it up two ways upside down Everything I see is a memory somehow You look like my last past life I remember you a little when the lighting’s right Maybe there’s still something that I gotta work out And I feel the blank stares But we both know I can’t turn down a dare So why did you do it, why’d you lick those tongs? The ones you just got raw meat on? Well I don’t know why but I just can’t let you win again I spaced out and walked past my street I got lost in thinking something though the thoughts were cheap Maybe it’s a sign that I gotta move on You scare me when you talk about change It’s like we’re holding onto something that we can’t maintain Do you remember the warm things that used to run through our veins? And we’re playing games again But it’s only ever pretend Why did you do it, why’d you eat that lime? After it made you barf last time? Well I don’t know why but I just can’t let you win again I saw you take a picture of the sun Rising over my street when the drive was done Send it to her phone first thing in the morning I think it hurts most when I see you at a show With your heads pressed together and the lights down low But I guess that’s a feeling you already know too well Well I turned around last night And I thought I saw you standing in the street light So why did you do it, fall in love again? Especially this time with your best friend? Well I don’t know why but I think we all deserve another try Yeah, I don’t know why but I think my odds are good this time

about

Remember Sports was a self-categorized “basement rock band” when they formed as a group of Kenyon College students in 2012. The band’s electrifying pop punk bonafides and the inimitable vocals of frontperson and primary songwriter Carmen Perry found them quick acclaim and a home at Father/Daughter Records. 2018’s Slow Buzz, their first as Philadelphians, saw a new lineup of the band collaboratively writing, building depth and elaboration to their compositions and production. Heavy touring alongside high-energy art punk heroes like Jeff Rosenstock and Joyce Manor brought their tightly synced playing to a stronger level, while headlining dates supported by favorite artists like Lomelda, Trace Mountains and Pllush inspired them to embrace meandering flourishes in their songs. When they came off the road, they were ready to write, entering a meticulous pre-production and demoing process, rehearsing in sectionals to help every moment blossom. Like a Stone, the result of that work, contains some of the smartest performances and arrangements in contemporary indie rock. While they’ve maintained the warmth and immediacy that made the quartet so beloved when they first connected to one another years ago, it’s hard to imagine songs this huge relegated solely to the basement.

Remember Sports’ third album for Father/Daughter builds on the promise of their last, with an elevated sense of space and sound. Taking a multi-instrumental approach, the band members—bassist Catherine Dwyer, guitarist Jack Washburn, drummer Connor Perry and guitarist and singer Carmen—traded instruments throughout, resulting in biting bass-and-drum grooves, entrancing percussion layers, saturated synths and drum machines, and found sound minutiae from Connor’s circuit-bent electronics the band calls “evil items.” Carmen’s singing, meanwhile, even more expertly turns on its heel from pop-perfect vocal runs to squirmy sneers. “I like mixing the pretty and polished with our vibe, which is more detuned and discordant,” says Carmen of their distinctive approach.

Remember Sports’ most influential rock forebears make compelling reference points, from the interlocking guitar sophistication of Built to Spill, the eclectic pop snark of Rilo Kiley, the blown-out might of Sleater-Kinney’s The Woods, and the catchy intimacy of Yo La Tengo, who the band went to see together on a tour field trip. Former tourmates also provided inspiration, especially Nadine, whose Carlos Hernandez and Julian Fader engineered and mixed the album while frontperson Nadia Hulett provided backing vocals. Catherine describes the experience of working with proper analog outfittings as “thrilling” and used the studio environment to channel another of the band’s co-writing heroes: Fleetwood Mac. “I love Tusk and tried to copy the lovely straight into the console tone they get on some guitars on that record,” she says. “I love when a guitar sounds like it has absolutely no air around it at all.”

Remember Sports have written through breakups before, but Like a Stone is instead about breaking away from old versions of yourself. Carmen rummages through feelings of doubt and spins them into an imperative to treat herself more kindly; her experiences growing up with Catholicism and later studying religion, as well as living with an eating disorder, provide a visceral lens for the literal blood-and-guts self-scrutiny she writes through. “Like a Stone references something that's slipping away, or sinking down into your brain to a place you can't find,” Carmen explains. “The hard songs are guilt and anger coming out of me, and the soft songs are forgiveness.” Repetition, both musically and lyrically, represent the negative thought loops that come alongside mental illnesses. “Do something right, just do anything right”—a refrain at the end of hard-edged, frenetic “Easy”—becomes a polar star thesis that Carmen returns to as a countermelody on “Materialistic.” A gorgeously anxious ballad about avoidance, that song provides a plaintive centerpiece at the end of Side A, as well as an astonishing outlet for Jack’s time-bending, scale-redefining guitar solos.

Despite its sometimes heavy themes, Like a Stone’s twelve tracks riff better than your very best memories of MTV, and never quibble about shifting genres when it suits the song. Gates-storming opener “Pinky Ring,” road-tested by the band on its headlining 2019 dates, takes a teasing schoolyard melody and pairs it with bright tambourine. “Eggs'' and “Odds Are” show off Nashville licks and croon-along vocals respectively, drawing from Carmen’s childhood love for Tejano music and country, including her uncle’s band Los Jackalopes; the latter has one of the album’s best examples of her darkly funny lyrics when she asks, “Why’d you lick those tongs - the ones you just got raw meat on?” With gated drums reminiscent of an aughties pop highlights comp, “Out Loud” sees the contributors trading lead vocals over portamento synth scoops, resonant strums and even bongo overdubs from Connor. “Carmen got to go full Ariana Grande,” Jack says of the diva-leagues vocal chops on display, “and the whispering she does on that last chorus is one of the most special moments on the record for me.” “Flossie Dickie,” composed by Catherine, nods to the band’s punk roots with untethered fretboard acrobatics. And “Coffee Machine,” with music written by Jack, manages to meld easy organs, muted surf guitar, and aloof group harmonies in an eerily cozy 39 seconds.

Unexpected section changes abound, but are never inscrutable; these songs reward repeat listens to unpack every exacting hook. They’re about insecurity, sure, but they’re also about optimism—emerging from an intrusive thought with a new way to perceive and care for yourself, represented in spectacular denouements made possible by the closeness between the band members. “We’ve grown up together and grown to trust each other,” says Carmen. In recording, Jack felt drawn to music that’s “communal and loud and cathartic, but also kinda confidential and private. I hope we achieved something similar, where you can hear the influence of each of us in the album.” Carmen seconds that; “It feels seamless. To me, Jack and Catherine’s writing feels like an extension of my own.” If Like a Stone is an exploration in treating yourself with more generosity, it’s an encouraging example, and also a representation of the magic that can happen when you surround yourself with people who love you—especially when you lose sight of how to do that for yourself.

credits

released April 23, 2021

Remember Sports is Catherine Dwyer, Carmen Perry, Connor Perry, and Jack Washburn

Music and lyrics by Carmen Perry
“Like a Stone” lyrics by Carmen Perry and Jack Washburn
“Coffee Machine” and “Like a Stone” music by Jack Washburn
“Easy” music by Carmen Perry and Jack Washburn
“Eggs” music by Carmen Perry and Catherine Dwyer
“Flossie Dickie” music by Catherine Dwyer
Recorded and mixed by Julian Fader and Carlos Hernandez at The Honey Jar in Brooklyn, NY
Mastered by Heba Kadry
Art and layout by Nicole Rifkin

Carmen Perry: vocals, guitar, keyboard (11), percussion
Jack Washburn: guitar, vocals (1-7, 9, 11, 12), keyboard (2-4, 7, 8, 10, 11), bass (5), percussion
Catherine Dwyer: bass, vocals (1, 2, 5, 10-12), guitar (3, 5, 8, 11), keyboard (4, 6), banjo (5), eggs (5), percussion
Connor Perry: drums, percussion, electronics (3, 8, 10), vocals (11, 12)

Peter Gill: pedal steel (4)
Nadia Hulett: vocals (6)
Julian Fader: drums and guitar (11)
Carlos Hernandez: keyboard (11)

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