open
Play

leaving charlestontrack 1, 4:07

close

Lyrics

  • Evelyn's daddy was a son of a bitch
  • he was an alcoholic and he beat the kids
  • so we swore we'd leave the day she turned 15
  • borrowed her sister's car and pointed it west
  • thinking anywhere was better than the place we left
  • and the note we left her parents only said
  • We're riding towards the sun
  • Leaving Charleston
  • Me and her were done with everything
  • We will try baby
  • try to do the best we can
  • and we will ride baby
  • ride into the promised land
  • Lived in that beater for a couple of weeks
  • and we took some dirty pictures for some food to eat
  • it was bad but it was better than before
  • Every evening I would lie there awake
  • watching how the streetlights hit her face
  • and I'd fall asleep against her shoulderblade
  • Rising with the sun
  • Out of Charleston
  • Me and her were done with everything
  • We will try baby
  • try to do the best we can
  • and we will ride baby
  • ride into the promised land
  • Sold off the car to try make our ends meet
  • Evie spent her nights working on the streets
  • And we moved into a Greyhound terminal
  • Every tomorrow could be better I think
  • when she wanders back and is next to me
  • I just hold her close and whisper in her ear
  • Forget about the sun
  • We're out of Charleston
  • Me and her were done with everything
  • We will try baby
  • try to do the best we can
  • and we will ride baby
  • ride into the promised land

Recording

Play

operatortrack 2, 3:50

close

Lyrics

  • It's been
  • seven months since
  • I heard my baby
  • on the phone
  • Cradling
  • the receiver
  • listening to the
  • dialtone
  • Operator get me Caroline
  • I gotta talk with my baby tonight
  • I promised her that it would be all right
  • Operator get me Caroline
  • Every
  • bone in my body
  • wants to only
  • be with you
  • But I
  • get no answer
  • just the answer
  • ing machine
  • Operator get me Caroline
  • I gotta talk with my baby tonight
  • I promised her that it would be all right
  • Operator get me Caroline
  • Oh my
  • darling Carrie
  • you're so very
  • far from me
  • Oh my
  • darling Carrie
  • only sixteen
  • months old
  • Operator get me Caroline
  • I gotta talk with my baby tonight
  • I promised everything would be all right
  • Operator get me Caroline

Recording

Play

evangelinetrack 3, 4:29

close

Lyrics

  • Morning's wasted on the picture on the wall
  • that slowly reappears the moments after dawn
  • Every day I see you looking back at me
  • at the boy I am and the man I couldn't be
  • 15 years I swung that hammer
  • Baby all I had was time
  • Evangeline, tell me it all was just a dream
  • You won't believe what all the time has done to me
  • The man you loved so long ago's all torn and faded
  • and there's nothing left inside of him not full of hatred
  • but let's make the best of what is left
  • I'm violent and I'm sad
  • they took the best years that I had
  • and left an empty shell
  • they picked off like a scab
  • I'm a child at 34
  • mopping up some liquor store
  • lying awake at night
  • afraid of dying alone
  • 15 years I swung that hammer
  • Baby all I had was time
  • Evangeline, tell me it all was just a dream
  • You won't believe what all the time has done to me
  • That afternoon you married me in that grove of pine trees
  • in my darkest hours that memory was all that saved me
  • so let's make the best of what is left
  • Evangeline, tell me it all was just a dream
  • You won't believe what all the time has done to me
  • If you've moved along I'd never think you less a person
  • but your heart still has a place for me of that I'm certain
  • so let's make the best of what is left

Recording

Play

willinghamtrack 4, 4:14

close

Lyrics

  • It was over like that
  • burnt the house to the ground
  • two days 'til Christmas in a faraway town
  • They found him there on the curb
  • covered in soot
  • 'sterically screaming that the fire had took
  • his 3 little girls turned to ash in his hands
  • These are the ways that you bury a man
  • These are the ways
  • The pieces didn't add up
  • they said he showed no remorse/regret/wasn't sad enough
  • They hauled the man in and manufactured a story
  • They said he tucked 'em all in
  • and barricaded the doors
  • and squirted some lighter fluid over the floor
  • Stood on the sidewalk like a piece of white trash
  • and let the house burn into cinders and ash
  • These are the ways
  • The D.A. laid it all out
  • he'd had a pitiful life
  • a cracker mechanic who would beat up his wife
  • Saved his piece of shit car
  • instead of rescuing his kids
  • only the highest of punishments for what he had did
  • These are the ways that justice pays for the truth (that we interpret the truth)
  • an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth
  • These are the ways
  • In a faraway town
  • I think of him then
  • Hysterically screaming as the needle goes in
  • And then all you can hear
  • is the beat of his chest
  • gradually slowing with each shallower breath
  • These are the ways you make a dog of a man
  • The blood in the water is on all of our hands

Recording

Play

Another Rosetrack 5, 4:01

close

Lyrics

  • The downtown train's this afternoon
  • so pack your things, we're leaving soon
  • Oh my sweet baby don't be blue
  • another rose will bloom for you
  • Another rose will bloom for you
  • Darling tomorrow will be new
  • And though your heart is broke in two
  • Another rose will bloom for you
  • In dark the daylight's always near
  • In storms the seas will always clear
  • All things that fall will one day true
  • another rose will bloom for you
  • Another rose will bloom for you
  • Darling tomorrow will be new
  • I know your heart is broke in two
  • Another rose will bloom for you
  • That evening train is leaving soon
  • In another town you'll start anew
  • Oh my sweet baby don't be blue
  • Another rose will bloom for you
  • Another rose will bloom for you
  • Darling tomorrow will be new
  • I know your heart is broke in two
  • Another rose will bloom for you

Recording

Play

texas twotrack 6, 3:52

close

Lyrics

  • We met in a juvie hall
  • in April, 1983
  • Billy Joe was beautiful
  • all dirty blonde and tattered jeans
  • We were dumb and perfect just
  • a greasy pair of Indians
  • dreaming of the life we had to lead
  • We lived in a halfway house
  • in August when we got released
  • At 10 when all the lights went out
  • I'd spend the night beneath his wings
  • I'd hold him 'til the morning came
  • he'd hold me 'til he fell asleep
  • wake up cradled in each other's arms
  • We loved life and outlaws and
  • each other more than anything
  • than either of us thought we could
  • than either of us could believe
  • But every love is different than (from)
  • the one before - some settle down,
  • some say they'll become the Texas Two
  • Billy was the muscle and the
  • heart behind the enterprise
  • I made the plan the night before
  • my head against his sleeping thigh
  • he took out the rent-a-cop
  • but when I heard the sirens ring we
  • ran without a dollar to our names
  • We went to a motel in the
  • next town with a case of beer
  • hid out shooting Polaroids
  • him mugging in the bathroom mirror
  • stayed up reading newspapers
  • combing through the crime reports for
  • any mention of the Texas Two
  • Nothing much in my life ever
  • made much sense, Love and guns and
  • violence were all I ever
  • really knew of happiness
  • But neither of us wanted to grow
  • old like this, but living life
  • together was the only thing we'd need
  • We stayed in the hideaway for
  • several days just waiting for the
  • heat to pass until we heard a
  • knock upon the motel door
  • The voice outside assured us that they
  • had the place surrounded and to
  • lay down and surrender to the law
  • As we heard the door break in
  • I froze and looked in Billy's eyes
  • all I saw was love and fear and
  • lips slowly begin to smile and
  • taking out a pistol he just
  • started shooting everywhere
  • first and last stand of the Texas Two
  • Bleeding on the floor I thought that
  • nothing much had really changed
  • I was still a coward and my
  • Billy was still dumb and brave
  • As I slowly drifted off I
  • reached for him and held his hand and
  • watched the fire die behind his eyes

Recording

Play

revengetrack 7, 6:05

close

Lyrics

  • I woke up in a roadside Holiday Inn
  • beneath a dusty ceiling fan
  • got out of bed and stretched my aching legs
  • and washed the night off of my hands
  • I counted 1, 2, 3, 4, bruises on my knuckles
  • and appreciated the pain
  • and watched the dirt and mud and blood and sin
  • swirling slowly down the drain
  • And if you ask me why I did it
  • I will answer with a grin
  • it was revenge
  • He was a child molester and he lived alone
  • in a cabin out by the lake
  • and everybody knew it but a'nobody could prove it
  • so we decided to set him straight
  • I thought of it as some community service
  • a bullet would do the trick
  • but it'd be way too loud and it'd be way too messy
  • and it'd be over way too quick
  • And if you ask me why I did it
  • I will answer with a grin
  • it was revenge
  • Rolled the window down in my El Dorado
  • for some fresh air on my face
  • and in the seat beside me there's a rope and a hammer
  • and a soggy old suitcase
  • and I beat the rhythm of Waylon Jennings
  • on the cracking steering wheel
  • singing right there with me "I just can't help
  • the way that I don't feel"
  • And if you ask me why I did it
  • I will answer with a grin
  • it was revenge
  • I pulled up to my cousin's funeral parlor
  • in the middle of the night
  • and we dragged the suitcase to the basement furnace
  • and we threw it all inside
  • And I watched it burning through a little window
  • 'til it melted all away
  • and then we went upstairs to eat an early breakfast
  • and get ready for the day
  • And if you ask me why I did it
  • I will answer with a grin
  • it was revenge

Recording

Play

cynthia's songtrack 8, 2:57

close

Recording

Play

in orbittrack 9, 5:05

close

Lyrics

  • Baby from this ferris wheel
  • our sleeping city's
  • lit up like a Christmas tree
  • from blinking TV's
  • playing out old reruns to the night
  • We will drive the Aerostar
  • back home from memory
  • and fall asleep to TV shows
  • just now beginning
  • never wanting nothing more
  • But hey, though we're orbiting round
  • seems like we only head towards the ground
  • OK - we'll start a new verse
  • but instead of just falling
  • the wheel will reverse
  • We could drive the car all night
  • to Motor City
  • and find another ferris wheel
  • and set it spinning
  • and watch while Detroit echos and blooms
  • But hey, though we're orbiting round
  • seems like we only head towards the ground
  • OK - we'll start a new verse
  • but instead of just falling
  • the wheel will reverse
  • I don't want to live my life
  • alone and jaded
  • thinking love turns people old
  • all worn and faded
  • never wanting nothing more
  • But hey, though we're orbiting round
  • seems like we only head towards the ground
  • OK - we'll start a new verse
  • but instead of just falling
  • the wheel will reverse

Recording

Play

the businessman (don't wait up for me)track 10, 6:12

close

Lyrics

  • Elevator elevator take me to the 22nd floor
  • Take me through this quiet building, slowly pause and open up the door
  • Dying in American suburbia for supervisor’s pay
  • 18 years spent working for the government in Washington Dee Cee
  • Every day another stream of car, work, sleep, reeee peeeeeet
  • Huddled with a phone receiver whispering to an answering machine
  • Don't wait up for me, you'll feel better in the morning if you sleep
  • Amy disagrees, but she drifts off anyway and waits to dream
  • Distantly the echoes of explosions bring our businessman around
  • Washington's a smoldering ruin, a siren is the only other sound
  • Walking calmly back inside he switches on the radio to hear
  • Don't wait up for me, you'll feel better in the morning if you sleep
  • Amy disagrees, but she drifts off anyway and waits to dream
  • My family albums filled with pictures looking back at
  • me, I've found I'm ready for the sea
  • Elevator elevator take me to the parking garage door
  • Take me to the beach and find the businessman all lined up down the shore
  • Ankle-deep in quiet water holding out their flashlights to the sea
  • Don't wait up for me, you'll feel better in the morning if you sleep
  • Amy disagrees, but she drifts off anyway and waits to dream

Recording

Play

Country Optrack 11, 3:06

close

Lyrics

  • Baby from this ferris wheel
  • our sleeping city's
  • lit up like a Christmas tree
  • from blinking TV's
  • playing out old reruns to the night
  • We will drive the Aerostar
  • back home from memory
  • and fall asleep to TV shows
  • just now beginning
  • never wanting nothing more
  • But hey, though we're orbiting round
  • seems like we only head towards the ground
  • OK - we'll start a new verse
  • but instead of just falling
  • the wheel will reverse
  • We could drive the car all night
  • to Motor City
  • and find another ferris wheel
  • and set it spinning
  • and watch while Detroit echos and blooms
  • But hey, though we're orbiting round
  • seems like we only head towards the ground
  • OK - we'll start a new verse
  • but instead of just falling
  • the wheel will reverse
  • I don't want to live my life
  • alone and jaded
  • thinking love turns people old
  • all worn and faded
  • never wanting nothing more
  • But hey, though we're orbiting round
  • seems like we only head towards the ground
  • OK - we'll start a new verse
  • but instead of just falling
  • the wheel will reverse

Recording

My home seeped through everything, and what came out is about home, and about stories. It's black water and cracked roads. Beaches in the night and wanting to be so much further away. Northwest Florida and Georgia. Live wires and feedback.

credits

  • Kyle Evans Tenor Vocals, Guitars, Banjo, Keyboards, Tambourine, Glockenspiel
  • Aviva Jaye Alto Vocals, Keyboards
  • Steve Sasso Tenor Vocals, Banjo, Tambourine
  • Josh Grove Guitars
  • Jason Mattis Bass
  • Shareef Taher Drums
  • Joined by:
  • Michael William Levine Pedal Steel
  • Anita Purcell Background Vocals
  • Michael Gullo Background Vocals
  • Jeffrey Young Violin
  • Emily Price Cello

Notes

"Red" is the second of our Colors triptych - the first, chamber pop ("Blue"), the second, country/shoegaze ("Red"), and the third, classic pop ("Green" - to come soon). "Blue" was the jumping off point. The band that coalesced around the tours of that first record blended into a recording band, which allowed us to cut most of Red live. Where "Blue" was impressions and suggestions, "Red" is stories and pictures, clear, in black and white.

It's funny how much the places you're from never escape you, and poke their way through your skin from time to time. I grew up in the South, and in some ways have spent my life simultaneously trying to find a home somewhere else, and wrapping my head around this mystical magic that seeps through the sand in Northwest Florida and Alabama. That's where these songs live, that's where they're from.

Media