Driftwood Songs

by Western Daughter

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The emo kids have finally found country, and it makes complete sense. Both genres—though seemingly disparate—intersect in their pursuit of the truth. Underneath the rhinestone luster, classic country music is trying to make you uncomfortable.

Pinegrove made this marriage palatable to the blogosphere, by injecting pop-punk sing-alongs with tenuous country twang. But they did this from the sequestered, east coast vantage point of Montclair, New Jersey. The gang in Boise, Idaho’s Western Daughter live it. Like early Modest Mouse or Mt. Eerie, Western Daughter’s music feels heavily informed by—and inextricable from—its environment. In this case, the secretly beautiful Idaho—a state that wrongheadedly promotes its potatoes instead of its swaths of rugged, unspoiled wilderness.

It’s tempting to say that the forthcoming Western Daughter LP, Driftwood Songs, is a “bigger” record—the group have expanded their sonic palette considerably. Songs like opener “Skinny Water” and “Pillars of Salt” are buoyant indie rock anthems that highlight the band’s punk heritage. But Western Daughter have managed to make a more “commercial” record without forsaking the homespun charm and signature forlornness that made their early work so raw and alluring. This is best exemplified by tracks like the country-flecked “Busy, Busy, Busy” and slow-burning closer “Control,” which bridge this gap seamlessly. It’s territory that may not have been blazed by Western Daughter, but their unique perspective and commitment to honesty above everything else—a trait they share with both their country and emo forebears—make them invaluable occupants."

Driftwoods Songs is out now on 12"/CD/Digital via Take This To Heart Records

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released March 24, 2017

Recorded, produced and mixed by Nathan Barnes at Osmosis Studios. Mastered by Bill Henderson at Azimuth Mastering

Artwork by Foster Caffrey

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Track Name: Skinny Water
The river’s moving fast, but we still shatter it like glass
Up to my ankles, an anchor in my hand
But by the time we sober up, I’m riding shotgun in your truck
And I’m reminded of the summer before last

The river’s moving fast, but we still shatter it like glass
We float like driftwood with the current at our backs
And I’ve been trying to sober up, but you’re pouring whiskey in my cup
And I’m reminded that some things can never last

They put you in a frame
Upon the wall
They bound your ankles
While you waited for my call
Track Name: Exhibition On Main St.
I wrote your name in the wet cement
And I felt stupid, yeah, I have to admit
But I was trying to create
Something that would outlive me

And any time that I’m falling apart
I feel the guilt creepin’ up from the start
And then I wake up from a dream
Drowning in an empty sink

You’re the wet paint sticking to my feet
I drag you out into the dirty street
I want to trace you back
I want to make you feel complete

We fall asleep with the TV on
Been in the dark for far too long
Don’t want to turn on the lights
Don’t want to see what we’ve become

Living out on the East side
Felt like dying
But living now on the North side
We’re surviving
So I’ve got nowhere to be
And god damnit, I miss you
So where are you gonna be
When I finally reach you?

I wrote your name in the wet cement
And I felt stupid, yeah, I have to admit
But I was trying to create
Something that would outlive me
Track Name: Pillars Of Salt
If we make it out to the sea
I wanna be the cold sweat on your body
But I fear with the changing tides my love
Will make a pillar of salt out of me

Hey, hey
I’ll look the other way
If you’re needing a change
I’ll look the other way

When we stretch beneath the summer sky
I want to be the glow that’s caught in your eye
And with pine needles stuck in our skin, I know
We’ll sleep through boxes through the end of the night
We’re not so different from the flowers in bloom
They open up in warm afternoons,
And there’s some purpose in their march to the tomb
Some deeper meaning but it simply eludes

It eludes me today
Can’t find the words to say
I guess I needed a change
Can’t find the words to say
I felt like driftwood today
I saw you floating away
I felt like driftwood today
And you all floated away

So come and shake me from my lonesome room

If we make it out to the sea
I wanna be the cold sweat on your body
Track Name: Busy, Busy, Busy
*Instrumental*
(You’re not in control)
Track Name: San Francisco
I think this city is getting to me
I’m freaking out while Jeremy bleeds
I think you got a demon
Trying to get free, man
Beer bottle stigmata gonna make a believer out of me

It’s hell, sometimes, I know
Being my friend
But something beautiful is down the road
Right around that bend

I think these miles are getting to me
The engine stutters every ten thousand feet
And they say hell is other people
But I can’t stand to be alone
Distant from the dissonance
I can’t own up to things that I believe

It’s hell, sometimes, I know
Being my friend
But something beautiful has shown itself
Right around that bend
And when the sun came up
We were sleeping out in your car
I felt the city leaving me
With every fucking mile

Let’s never do that again
I’ll never do this again
Track Name: Driftwood Songs
Driftwood songs down an open flume
‘Til something shakes us from our lonesome rooms
It’s cold outside, so we meet indoors
And bounce our feelings off of hardwood floors
I could count all those here among my friends
But I still keep wishing that this night would end

Hey, hey
How do you cope?

Who do you have tonight?
Do they have you?
Who do have tonight
When the night is through?

Bone dry thoughts and you’re an open flame
Construct the pillars high in my left brain
With tired eyes, throats soaked in wine
The walls dissolve with the passing time
Along the rainy streets, I am walking home
And as the gutters swell, I keep my eyes locked down

Hey, hey
How do you float?

Who do you have tonight?
Do they have you?
Who do have tonight
When the night is through?

Leave my diary covered in dust
I am so sleepy
Leave my little hands covered in rust
I am so filthy
Track Name: You And Me, Unbound
I saw the cosmos alive in your eyes
Before I dropped you off at your dayjob
We made galaxies with our hands at night
Ignited oxygen and prayed for response

I remember my hand on your back as we watched the sun set
There was some grass in our hair, but it’s like we never cared
And as the sun set west, we just sat and we stared
We knew this was happening right here
And right there


And, oh, I know how that goes


I feel the cosmos alive in my chest
It moves in every direction at once
Some cosmic entropy amalgam at best
But still we struggle with the rent every month

And oh, I know how that goes
Track Name: When You Go Out Tonight
‘Kept it so far down, for so damn long
But that timeline’s lost now, and I can hardly hold my tongue
And now you’ll see everything I never wanted you to see
You’ll look at me, and you will quietly think;
“I can tell by the look in yr eye that you’ve had too much to drink.”
Or you’ll look at me and you will proudly say,
“You’re dread dog sad, I can tell by the look on yr face.”

But hey, that’s me.

And when you go out,
Will you invite me?
I just need someone that makes me feel complete

And this is another song that I never wanted to sing
And this is another day that I never wanted happening
I can see the vines from the Earth as they prepare to rip right through me
I can see the tentacles try and pull me into the sea

When you go out tonight,
Can I come with you?
When you go home tonight,
Could I be near you?
When you go out tonight
Can I come with you?
When I’m alone in my bed
Can you make that not so?

I just need someone to make me
I just want someone to make me
Track Name: Control
You were trying to find where you lost control
When I picked you up by your collarbones
Was it the day she left? Or the day that you let her go?

You’ve been trying to find where you lost yourr touch
Was there something more? Did you do enough?
Or was it pedigree? Were we simply fucked from the start?

We’re like empty glass bottles being filled in the rain
Pour me out, I am empty again
I wanna feel the weight of a placid soul, something heavy, something whole
Something not quite so easily broken

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You’re not in control

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When you lost control
Were you far from home?
Or right down the road
Covered in snow?
Will you ever know?
Will it stay untold?
Your brain overloads
Feel it decompose
Would you like to know
What lays in my soul?
What’s corrupt is foretold
And I can’t unload
So you lost control
A mind in revolt
A pitch-black shadow
Worse when you’re alone
But you’re not alone
No
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