Music Monster

by Whitherward

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Music Monster is the culmination of a shift - both physically and emotionally - for the Denver-based acoustic duo. Produced while in the midst of a cross-country move from Nashville to their new home, Music Monster contains more edge, more directness, and yet, more sentimentality. Full of the emotions and reality of leaving home, the sophomore release from Whitherward delivers hard-hitting grooves juxtaposed with heartfelt ballads that deliver their message of perseverance, in spite of what may come to pass.

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released March 9, 2015

produced and written by Whitherward
vocals - Ashley Norton
vocals, guitar, bass, piano, ukelele - Edward Williams
drums, percussion - Jaron Mossman
trombone - Corey Fritz
engineered, mixed, and mastered by Edward Williams
arranged by Whitherward
trombone arrangements by Corey Fritz
drum arrangements by Jaron Mossman
photography by Lulu Grace
art by Jill Gollinger
graphic design by Paddy Collins

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A little bit Simon and Garfunkel, a little bit Civil Wars, a whole lot of fun.

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Track Name: Music Monster
I hear the trouble, the damage is done
There in the distance, the beat of the drums
They say a broken heart unleashes the beast
You better watch out when the guitars release

I’ve got a song about it
This band of heartbreak
You’ve got a record
And it’s playing straight to my face
We could’ve had a rhythm
But you are out of time
If I can’t get you
Let the music monster make you mine

The music monster creeps through the night
Playing it’s heart out and wanting your life
You did me dirty look what I’ve turned into
Close your eyes when it’s coming for you

I’ve got a song about it
This band of heartbreak
You’ve got a record
And it’s playing straight to my face
We could’ve had a rhythm
But you are out of time
If I can’t get you
Let the music monster make you mine

Deep in the basement just out of sight
I summon the monster and begin to write
I’ve never been good at revenge
I don’t have much but I’ve got a pen

I’ve got a song about it
This band of heartbreak
You’ve got a record
And it’s playing straight to my face
We could’ve had a rhythm
But you are out of time
If I can’t get you
Let the music monster make you mine
I’ve got a song about it
This band of heartbreak
You’ve got a record
And it’s playing straight to my face
We could’ve had a rhythm
But you are out of time
If I can’t get you
Let the music monster make you mine
Track Name: Jade
I have a string of pearls
To wear around my neck
Each bead is a memory
That's choking me instead
Three years of the madness
And I'm who I never thought I'd be
Bitter, and weathered, and water colored like the sea

I'm not jealous
I'm not green
I'm not envious
I'm not always mean
After all, I have changed
Into a different shade
From all the jems and mistakes I've made
Now I see in jade

I've wrapped up all my dreams
To keep safe through the moves
To place on dusty shelves
And lose in cushion grooves
Every night I look back
I shatter all that I did wrong
And settle in the misfits this is where I belong

I'm not jealous
I'm not green
I'm not envious
I'm not always mean
After all, I have changed
Into a different shade
From all the jems and mistakes I've made
Now I see in jade

No matter how my teachers tried
I couldn't stay between the lines
No matter how much I have left
I couldn't wear the wedding dress
No matter that I couldn't float
I couldn't stay inside the boat
No matter that I saw my fate
I couldn't stop, now it's too late

I'm not jealous
I'm not green
I'm not envious
I'm not always mean
After all, I have changed
Into a different shade
From all the jems and mistakes I've made
Now I see
Now I see
Now I see
Finally see
Now I see in jade
Track Name: Radio Silence
Radio Silence coming through
Loud and clear
Nothing new left to say
Nothing you want to hear
It's not a science
Radio Silence coming from
The stereo static
No one else can play
The best of
The records in the attic

DJ put my song on pause
Turn me off, hold the applause
DJ spin me upside down
No one heard me cry out loud
DJ kill the music first
Listen how the quiet hurts

Radio Silence all the noise
That shut you up
In the night without a note
Just like there was no love
In the violence
Radio Silence it's your turn
Pick a sad song I'll burn
Then get stuck in your head
Like a blank album

DJ put my song on pause
Turn me off hold the applause
DJ spin me upside down
No one heard me cry out loud
DJ kill the music first
Listen how the quiet hurts

One more paper for the pile
Roll it up give me a light
One more contract for the fire
Least one of us is getting high

DJ put my song on pause
Turn me off hold the applause
DJ spin me upside down
No one heard me cry out loud
DJ put my song on pause
Turn me off hold the applause
DJ spin me upside down
No one heard me cry out loud
DJ kill the music first
Listen how the quiet hurts

Radio Silence
Radio Silence
Radio Silence
Radio Silence
Track Name: Sunshine And Rainbows
It's a great day for playing
In the playground after school
The swingset's a-swingin'
And the slides are pretty cool
But alone in the distance
A boy sits with intent
He wonders what it feels like
Outside the chain link fence

A better world instead
I've got sunshine and rainbows in my head

It's a clockwork reaction
Whenever things went wrong
I would shun the world around me
And build one of my own
You may say that I'm a dreamer
And Lord knows you'd be right
Pretty dreams and perfect scenes
Instead of sleep at night

A place with no regrets
I've got sunshine and rainbows in my head

Every year that passes by I
Should be getting older but it
Feels the same
Still the same
And the dreams are getting bolder
Getting harder to get over
This insanity I'm trapped inside

I can have the money
I can have the fame
I can have a palace
Shaped after my name
I could find the one
To catch me when I fall
I can see her smiling face
I can see it all

They're better off out there
I'll take sunshine and rainbows
Instead
Track Name: Home
There is beauty in the night
When you're driving down the road
And the moon's your only light
In the sky
There's a softness in the air
When you're putting on a show
In the middle of somewhere
That you don't know

And I've got my guitar
But I know where you are

The next time I'm home
The next time I'm home
The next time I'm home
I'm not leaving

There is lonley in the words
On the radio
I know that you heard
In Colorado
I could drive to you right now
And sing you a song
But you'll only hear the how
I was wrong

But I wouldn't change the past
Just to get you back

The next time I'm home
The next time I'm home
The next time I'm home
I'm not leaving
The next time I'm home
The next time I'm home
The next time I'm home
I'm not leaving
Alone

And oh, the hands of time
Have pushed me so far
But I'm not gonna lie
I'm loving it all

When I'm out there on the stage
I hope that you still care
Looking for the face
That's never there

The next time I'm home
The next time I'm home
The next time I'm home
I'm not leaving
The next time I'm home
The next time I'm home
The next time I'm home
I'm not leaving
Alone
(when you're out there on the road)
(know that I still care)
(and if you wanna go)
(don't you dare)
Alone
(I know you're on your way)
(Give it just a little more)
(And when you're coming home)
(I am yours)
Track Name: Tall
Little bird, won't you sing to me?
A song about how you came to be
Is it happy, or is it sad?
Is it different from the one that I've had?

Little flower, won't you open up?
And show me the fruits of your cup
C'mon, c'mon, don't be shy
I can assure you you're prettier than I

I'm not afraid to be small
The little things are all
Tall
Taller than life

Little one, won't you tell me your name?
And what exactly is your claim to fame?
Is it glamorous, or is it cruel?
Did you have to go and break a few rules?

I'm not afraid to be small
The little things are all
Part of something greater than the rest of us
Put together, they bring out the best in us
The one big love

I'm not afraid to be small
The little things are all
Tall
Tall
Tall

Little one, stop feeling so sad
Is it because of the life that you've had?
You're still alive, so there's something to that
We'll do right by you before your time has passed