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SODO Pop

by Supercrush

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1.
Get It Right 03:34
I’ve played these chords a million times Somehow they still sound good to me when they sound There’s still something I’m trying to find Because there’s a perfect melody I haven’t found I could spend entire days Trying to find a clever way to turn a phrase Or I could tell it to you straight Because it’s just a simple thing I’m trying to say Well I say… I’m still trying to get it right Give me time Because I’m still trying I’m still trying to get it right
2.
Out on the road My head explodes Mile-markers guiding me back home Out on the road My heart explodes She’s telling me it’s over on the telephone I’m never going back Out on the road Nights move so slow I pass the time with Coast To Coast on the radio Out on the road My life implodes She’s moving to Alaska and I can’t stand the cold I’m never going back
3.
Swimming around this fishbowl town Nothing to do but wait around With my head in the clouds, my feet off the ground A fool in a paper crown Nothing to do but wait around I thought we had more time I thought we’d keep on trying I didn’t know we were saying goodbye I thought you’d change your mind I thought we’d heal inside I didn’t know we were saying goodbye Kicking around this shithole town Nowhere to go but down With my head in my hands, or buried in the sand Now that you’re not around Nowhere to go but down We’ve run out of time I guess there’s no use trying now Now I know we were saying goodbye You’ve made up your mind I guess there’s no sense crying now Now I know we were saying… Now I know we were saying goodbye
4.
Will you find for me A little time for me? Do right by me Be kind to me Tell me if it’s over now Oh wow Don’t play with me No more games with me Will you stay with me? Or will you stray from me? Tell me if you’re making up Or breaking up with me Well I don’t care anymore It’s just the same as it was before... Before you came Tell me if it’s over now Oh wow I don’t care anymore It’s just the same as it was before We’ve played this game for way too long God only knows where I went wrong Treat me right now Or leave me right now Be kind to me
5.
When you’re turning out the light Do I ever cross your mind? And when you’re far away asleep Do you ever dream of me? Have you called him by my name When you were making love? Have you called him by my name? When he holds you by the hand Do you wonder where I am? And when he whispers in your ear Is it my voice that you hear? Have you called him by my name When you were making love? Have you called him by my name? Can he see it in your face That I’m the one you’re thinking of? Am I the one you’re thinking of?
6.
A million points of light Bursting in your mind All the pointless strife Disappears in time Fading in time Parallel lines Phosphorescent waves Wash the past away Fading in time Parallel lines Leaving the past So far behind Fading in time It moves so fast We search for the answers Something to lean on Something to make it all make sense But we're running backwards Looking for reasons Walking in parallel present tense A million points of light Bursting in your mind All the pointless strife Disappears in time Fading in time Parallel lines Leaving the past So far behind Fading in time It just can't last
7.
I’ve got a box that I keep in the basement Can’t look inside, there’s no way I can face it I’m such a fool For thinking of you I can’t stop loving you No matter what I do I just can’t stop loving you I’ve got a box that I keep in the basement With every note you wrote to me Can’t throw it out, there’s no way to replace it Letters that I’ll never read I’m such a fool For thinking of you I can’t stop loving you No matter what I do I just can’t stop loving you There’s nothing left that I can do We both know I’m not gonna change I can’t stop myself from loving you I can’t stop loving you No matter what I do I just can’t stop loving you Damn it, I can’t stop
8.
Grace 04:08
Spinning spirals in time On an infinite loop A figure eight taking shape In your circular route Each time you come to the end You start again Street kid - where are you going? Street kid - you’ve got nowhere to be Street kid - you’re young and showing the world that you’re free Street kid - go call your mother Street kid - she’s not as bad as she seems Street kid - I know you love her despite what it seems Flowers in your hair Sitting on the stairs Street kid - you’re all grown up now Street kid - you’ve got a kid of your own Street kid - well I’m so glad that you found your way home Found your way back home I’ve watched you come I’ve watched you go I’ve watched you find your way back home It made me proud to see you grow I’ve brought you joy I’ve caused you pain Held you close, pushed you away I’ve been humbled by your grace
9.
So you’ve found somebody new Well I don’t blame you if that’s true I was never right for you Does he treat you like he should? Better than I ever could? I was never gonna be there forever, it’s true What can I do? I’m a fair-weather fool I’m no good for you It’s true I know I never let you in I thought I’d hurt you if I did Who was I trying to kid? You seemed so fragile, I was afraid Turns out it’s me that’s built to break I was never gonna be there forever anyway What can I do? I’m a fair-weather fool I’m no good for you There’s too much pain in this world Don’t hurt me again baby girl What can I do? I’m a fair-weather fool I’m no good for you You know that it's true A million things that I could say But they don’t matter anyway Now that you’re gone Things I should have said before But it don’t matter anymore Now that you’re gone
10.
I’ve tried everything I can I know you don’t understand I’ve gone as far as I can I’m still right where I began I’m just tired of being in pain Is that so wrong? Don’t hold it against me when I’m gone Running circles in the past Will get you nowhere fast And racing backwards is a fool’s task You’ll always finish last I don’t want to be in pain Is that so wrong? Don’t hold it against me when I’m gone I’m just tired of being in pain Is that so wrong? Don’t hold it against me when I’m gone

about

For years Supercrush confined themselves to the limitations of the two-song 7” single format, demonstrating a mastery of hyper efficient song-craft, while leaving their audience wondering if a more expansive work would ever emerge. SODO Pop answers that question, delivering on the promise of those 7” singles and then some with 36 minutes of guitar pop alchemy. With a full-length album, the band is for the first time afforded the space to stretch out, allowing for explorations into more ambitious song structures, varied compositions, and additional instrumentation. But those who enjoyed the brevity of the band’s early material needn’t worry, there are still plenty of compact two and a half to three minute gems here in the tradition of the group’s tried and true superpop formula.

Get It Right opens the record in classic Supercrush fashion with bright guitars, upbeat drumming, sunny vocal harmonies, and a gigantic chorus hook. The lyrics read as a sort of mission statement by the band, describing their never ending quest to form simple elements into the perfect pop song. They get damn close right out of the gate. What follows is an embarrassment of musical riches, drawing from all manner of melodic guitar based rock in many of its countless permutations. From fuzzed up pop punk (On The Telephone) to dance-y shoegazing (Parallel Lines), Keith Moon-esque bombast (Be Kind To Me) to melancholy pedal steel country touches (Have You Called Him By My Name?), Beatled-out piano and vocal reflections (Grace) to epic sentimental balladry (Fair-Weather Fool), and concluding finally on acoustic vulnerability (When I’m Gone) - throughout it all, earworms abound. In the album opener, vocalist Mark Palm claims “there’s a perfect melody I haven’t found” but I wouldn’t be so sure about that - memorable melodies are in no short supply on SODO Pop.

Recorded at various studios in Seattle by Supercrush bass player Phil Jones (Shook Ones, Self Defense Family, Ceremony) and long time collaborator Jackson Long (BOAT, Death Cab For Cutie, Wilco), the sessions then travelled cross country to Massachusetts to be mixed by Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, The Pixies) before returning home to be mastered by Ed Brooks (REM, The Posies, Juliana Hatfield). The sonic results demonstrate the type of attention to detail that comes only from countless years of combined experience and devotion to the craft of making great records.

credits

released October 9, 2020

Mark Palm - guitars, vocals, auxiliary percussion, organ, piano, glockenspiel, mellotron
Phil Jones - bass guitar, group vocals
Allen Trainer - drums, group vocals
Bob Reed - guitar solos (track 1, 2)
Inna Showalter - additional vocals (track 6)
Greg Ehrlich - organ (track 5, 8, 9, 10), piano (track 8)
Jay Kardong - pedal steel (track 5, 9, 10)

Mark Palm plays acoustic guitars built by Charles A. Hoffman

Recorded at London Bridge, Hear Me Shimmer, Robert Lang, the Track Shack, and Village Drive studios in 2018 and 2019

Engineered by Phil Jones and Jackson Long
Additional engineering by Chris Rahm and George Tarlson
Mixed at Sonelab by Justin Pizzoferrato
Mastered at Resonant Mastering by Ed Brooks
All songs written by Mark Palm and Supercrush
All lyrics written by Mark Palm
Photography by Che Hise-Gattone and Mark Palm
Design and layout by Mark Palm

Produced by Mark Palm and Phil Jones

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Supercrush Seattle, Washington

Although best known for playing in a long lineage of hardcore, punk, and metal groups, Mark Palm’s focus has always been song-craft and pop sensibility. After beginning to explore softer sounds in the late aughts as a member of San Francisco shoegazers Modern Charms, Palm adopted the Supercrush moniker as a vehicle for his pursuit of powerpop preeminence. ... more

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