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by Collisionville

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I slept through the peal of the bells, woke up and smelled the gravel outside rolled down the windows and turned the keys I punched it, I made the light I was heading west through a hornet's nest train went the other way I felt cold in my heart, so shall the day start what do you want me to say? hey I'm gonna strangle my soul in a blood choke hold it's gonna sink down like a stone say goodbye to the twinkle in my eye tell the angels to leave me alone I'm turning into wood from feeling so good gonna burn for a hundred days and be born again as a red-feathered wren what do you want me to say? hey
the patient he said to the doctor "there's something in my blood that isn't red "I wake up horny and with jitters" and to the patient here's what the doctor said I paint by the numbers but I can't stay on the canvas I'm a sexy motherfucker but I can't stay on the mattress I dreamed of becoming a giant back when I was only 23 I wound up shouting on the corner move along, there's nothing here to see
the leaves are green against the red mud the trees are crouching on the ground the morning's clear and very quiet the signal's cutting in and out what have I left that's still not finished? have I been fully understood? I pressed the ink into the paper and I saw that it was good halfway between Raton and Las Vegas, New Mexico amid the dry parts of the Old West where the quiet families settled down somebody's smoking in the basement somebody's too scared to reach out you made it here through droughts and famine by the grace of strong blood in your veins it matters that you use the right words so take your time with what you say
they say we're all in a prison bound together as slaves that no one can walk in the light of the sun until all have been led to the rays but I know somebody's free somebody's free even with the rest of us in chains somebody's free not troubled by nobody's pain the freedom to dance like a willow with no worry to silence the drum I'm gonna learn how to move just like that in the world to come but right now somebody's free


Collisionville is releasing a new 4-song EP titled Stones, on Friday, January 19, 2018. The first track, "Walkin' Without the Lord," opens with a brief sermon before the engine revs and a twangy punk rock maelstrom brings us to an account of a man who slept in his car outside of a church, wakes up, and speeds through the city seeking adventure.

The other tracks feature swearing and banjos ("Paint by the Numbers"), bottleneck guitar as testimonial to the genius of Fred McDowell ("Somebody's Free"), and a trip along a somewhat deserted stretch of I-25 ("Las Vegas, New Mexico").

This is the first Collisionville recording to feature new drummer Cory Snavely, who joined the band in 2015. New part-time second guitar player Matt Campana joins on "Paint by the Numbers." Conor Thompson remains in the bass chair, while Stephen Pride plays guitar, banjo, and sings.

The EP will initially be available only via Bandcamp, and will be found on the various streaming services later in the year.

But why is there a comma in the title? And who cropped that picture? Something seems to be missing.


released January 19, 2018

Tracking by Ron Guensche at New Future Vintage Recording in Oakland, CA. Overdubs tracked by Stephen Pride at Antisleep Audio in Oakland, and M'Room 5 in Oakland. Mixed by Greg Thompson at Injured Ear (www.injuredear.com). Mastered by Ben Adrian. Graphic design by Aron Harris.


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Collisionville Oakland, California

"Northern California's Collisionville fuses a loud, post-punk sound with down-home Americana to create sardonically sincere songs that are well put together and streaked with the humor that eludes more self-serious bands." Eliot Van Buskirk, Wired Magazine ... more

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