NEXT SHOWS:
6.7.14 RFT MUSIC AWARDS SHOWCASE
6.14.14 PRIDEFEST INDIANAPOLIS
6.28.14 TOWER GROVE PRIDEFEST (STL)
NEWS + UPDATES:
DAYTROTTER SESSION NOW AVAILABLE
"STUCK" FEATURED ON THIS AMERICAN LIFE
MCF RANKED IN THE VILLAGE VOICE'S PAZZ AND JOP FOR 2013

Middle Class Fashion January 2013 (L to R):
Katie Lindhorst, Jenn Malzone, Brad Vaughn, Brian McClelland

DOWNLOAD HI-RES PHOTO HERE

MIDDLE CLASS FASHION: JUNGLE
Release date: September 3, 2013
Bio Updated: May 20, 2014

St. Louis-based female-fronted minor key piano pop band MIDDLE CLASS FASHION came out of the gate strong with their 2012 debut full-length, GIRL TALK, winning the band accolades (The Riverfront Times 2012 BEST OF ST LOUIS winners for BEST ALBUM and BEST POP BAND), airplay (GT was indie radio mecca KDHX's 2ND MOST SPUN RECORD OF 2012, regularly topping their CMJ TOP 30), and surprisingly strong sales abroad.
A year later, the band's knockout sophomore LP, JUNGLE--funded entirely by those aforementioned sales overseas--arrived a bittersweet valentine of grand, Spector-esque pop. A hit with fans and critics, JUNGLE was KDHX's #1 MOST SPUN RECORD OF 2013, and a track from the LP, "Stuck," was recently featured on the iconic NPR program THIS AMERICAN LIFE.
While GIRL TALK's songs were breezy, smart-ass see-ya-laters to former flames, JUNGLE's 14 tracks focus most often on troubled relationships--inspired in part by founding members singer/pianist/songwriter Jenn Malzone and drummer Brad Vaughn's real-life break-up early in the production--with all the mixed-up confusion, bitter sparks and resigned heartbreak that comes with it. While there are still upbeat pop gems in the mix--"Let Me Down" and "Stuck" are as pop as this band gets, called by one critic "multilayered and hooky enough to compare with anything on the New Pornographers' first three albums"--the confusion and vulnerability in the lyrics hint at darker matters just under the surface sunshine. JUNGLE's newest tracks, eleventh hour adds "Wanted" and recent radio fave "Golden Rose," capture lightning in a bottle, creating a perfect snapshot of how the band ended up after a year in the bush. Never more confident as performers, the band's newly expanded lineup--including recent addition Katie Lindhorst on synth, along with longtime bassist Brian McClelland--is all smiles, energized and enthusiastic about presenting Malzone's newest batch of uniquely grandiose, romantic pop. You'll never see a band happier to take a stage.
With JUNGLE, Malzone--The Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis winner for BEST FEMALE VOCALIST 2011--leads the band from GIRL TALK's minor key piano pop into a wider, even lovelier Spector-esque wall of sound built out of blood, sweat, and synth. Her piano winks and roars, sometimes simultaneously, as it willfully accompanies vocals that exist somewhere in-between the tones of Regina Spektor's delivery and Neko Case's cutting confidence. Malzone reaches new peaks in the yearning, synth-fueled "Golden Rose," with her high, breathless vocal sounding every bit the last gasps of a girl treading water. Driven by throbbing, oscillating synth (played old school by Malzone furiously tapping her keys in tandem with Lindhorst), McClelland's snaky bass line, Vaughn's tight, bouncy groove, and the rousing four-part harmony refrain, "It only adds the fuel to the fire," the band steps confidently into this "sweet slice of dance pop" (Christian Schaeffer, The Riverfront Times) with a palpable sense of relief.

 

 

 

UPCOMING SHOWS

6.7.14 @ RIVERFRONT TIMES MUSIC AWARDS SHOWCASE (STL)
IN THE GROVE: OUTDOOR STAGE 7PM

6.14.14 @ PRIDEFEST INDIANAPOLIS (INDIANAPOLIS, IN)
MAIN STAGE 2:30PM | FREE | ALL AGES

6.27.14 @ CRAFT ALLIANCE PARTY (UNIVERSITY CITY, MO)
INFO TBA

6.28.14 @ TOWER GROVE PRIDEFEST (STL)
MAIN STAGE 7PM | FREE | ALL AGES



 

 

 

VIDEO

"GOLDEN ROSE"
video by DAVE MOORE, JOE TAYLOR, BRIAN MCCLELLAND
for BLIP BLAP RECORDS + TAPES + VIDEOS
view on YouTube here

Sugar Hrt Candy video preview
"SUGAR HRT CANDY"
video by BRIAN MCCLELLAND for BLIP BLAP RECORDS + TAPES + VIDEOS
view on YouTube here

My Attack video preview
"MY ATTACK"

video by ALEXANDER MCCLELLAND and BRIAN MCCLELLAND
for BLIP BLAP RECORDS + TAPES + VIDEOS
view on YouTube here

Stuck video preview
"STUCK"
a one-take live video by JOHNNY ANDREWS for ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH'S LISTEN series
view on YouTube here

 

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NEWS + UPDATES


(MAY 21, 2014)
DAYTROTTER SESSION NOW AVAILABLE

Our March 24th Daytrotter session premiered this week! The session features two Jungle tracks (Golden Rose + Wanted) along with new yet-unreleased tracks Talk All Night + Lift the Law. Sign up for a trial membership to stream the session, or become a member for a full download. Check it out here.


(FEBRUARY 27, 2014)
MCF ON DAYTROTTER
We're excited to announce that we'll be travelling to Rock Island, IL next week to record a session for DAYTROTTER! Details to come...

OF MONTREAL @ THE READY ROOM
MCF will open for OF MONTREAL at the grand opening of brand new StL venue THE READY ROOM on April 2nd. Come out and help break in this great new 800-capacity performance space in the Grove neighborhood. Tickets available here.


(JANUARY 19, 2014)
MCF'S "STUCK" FEATURED ON THIS AMERICAN LIFE
We were shocked and delighted to find that NPR's iconic radio weekly THIS AMERICAN LIFE featured "Stuck" in their episode this weekend! The Episode (#519) is titled "Stuck in the Middle" and you can find out more about the episode here. Thanks to TAL for sending some new fans our way.

JUNGLE WAS KDHX'S #1 MOST PLAYED DISC FOR 2013
MCF have received tons of support from midwest independent radio mecca KDHX over the years. Our debut LP GIRL TALK was their 2nd most spun record of 2012 and now JUNGLE was their #1 most spun record of 2013. We couldn't be more excited--Thanks, KDHX!

MCF IN THE VILLAGE VOICE'S 2013 EDITION OF PAZZ AND JOP
MCF was included in the 2013 annual critics poll by THE VILLAGE VOICE, PAZZ AND JOP. THE JUNGLE LP was a "winner" for the Best Album category and that album's cut "Go Phantom" was a "winner" in the Best Singles category.

LISTOMANIA 2013
We were excited to end up on a few Best of 2013 lists, including these below!
THE BEST ST. LOUIS MUSIC RELEASES OF 2013 (THE RIVERFRONT TIMES)
BEST OF 2013: TOP TEN RELEASES (KDHX.ORG)


(DECEMBER 22, 2013)
MCF'S JUNGLE WAS KDHX'S #1 MOST PLAYED DISC FOR 2013!
See the full list, featuring several great local artists including our billmates for NYE, coming in at #2, The Blind Eyes! See the full listing (also including MCF-related outfits Whoa Thunder and Tight Pants Syndrome!) here. Many thanks to KDXH for their unflagging support! MCF is honored to be included on this list, and is only a little concerned that, since our previous LP Girl Talk was the #2 most spun for 2012, and Jungle is #1 for 2013, that our next effort can only logically be #0 for 2014.

ENTER TO WIN TIX FOR THE BLIND EYES + MCF'S NYE BLOWOUT!
Enter to win FREE TIX from Do314.com for this awesome local tradition here.

RSVP FOR THE BIG NYE SHOW HERE!


(NOVEMBER 27, 2013)
VIDEO FOR "GOLDEN ROSE" PREMIERES VIA I WENT TO A SHOW!
Check out the skinny on the new video for "Golden Rose" at IWentToAShow.com!


(SEPTEMBER 1, 2013)
JUNGLE #1 ON KDHX'S CMJ TOP 30!
With the official release of JUNGLE coming this week, we're excited to have the record charting as #1 on KDHX's CMJ Top 30! We're in great company--Sleepy Kitty, Blind Eyes, Beth Bombara, and Little Big Bangs are all MCF faves worth checking out!

WIDE RELEASE FOR JUNGLE THIS TUESDAY!
Look for Jungle this Tuesday, September 3, in the usual interweb hotspots: iTunes, Bandcamp, CDBaby, etc. And STLers pick up your copy locally @ Apop Records, Euclid Records, or Vintage Vinyl, NOW IN STOCK.


(JULY 28, 2013)
NEW FULL-LENGTH JUNGLE GETS LIMITED STL PRE-RELEASE AUGUST 2!
JUNGLE album art
We're celebrating the arrival of our second full-length, JUNGLE, at Off Broadway in beautiful South (StL) City on August 2nd, 2013. This will be a FREE show, sponsored by the fine people of New Belgium and 4hands—these craft breweries will also be providing free beer samples to early birds. Copies of the new record will be available at this show. Also on the bill are the always awesome HUMDRUM and KID SCIENTIST.
Check out this Wednesday's RFT for their review of the new record, and keep your radio machines tuned KDHX 88.1 FM (in StL, kdhx.org elsewhere) to hear JUNGLE cuts spun by your favorite independent radio DJs.
JUNGLE will hit STL record shops (Apop Records, Euclid Records, Vintage Vinyl) exclusively on August 6 2013 until the wider national and online release date TBA.


(JANUARY 31, 2013)
ELEVEN MAGAZINE MCF COVER FEATURE

We were shocked and quite chuffed to find that ELEVEN MAGAZINE chose their MCF feature for the new issue's cover! Go here to find out where you can pick up yourself (and our moms) a copy. Read the issue cover to cover here.





 

 


 


(JANUARY 25, 2013)
MCF NEW LP UPDATE
MCF's currently mixing the as-yet-untitled full length follow up to 2012's Girl Talk with Jason McIntyre at Sawhorse Studios in south Saint Louis for a planned late Spring 2013 release.


(JANUARY 15, 2013)
MCF'S GIRL TALK KDHX'S 2ND MOST SPUN RECORD FOR 2012
KDHX 88.1 (Saint Louis) recently announced on KDHX.org that MCF''s debut LP Girl Talk was their second most spun record, national *and* local, of 2012. See the full listing of the station's top NATIONAL 2012 spins here. Check out the full list of top LOCAL 2012 spins here.


(DECEMBER 11, 2012)
NEW XMAS EP SENTIMENTAL SINGLES AVAILABLE 12.18.12
MCF's secret new four track Xmas EP, Sentimental Singles, will be available for purchase via Bandcamp on 12.18.12. OR GET IT FREE: the first 50 people at the merch table at the Firebird this Saturday get a FREE CD + Download code.


(DECEMBER 8, 2012)
NEW LIVE KDHX RECORDINGS STREAMING ON KDHX.ORG
This week, MCF visited KDHX to record a short set of songs from the upcoming yet-to-be titled full-length (now streaming, along with a sweet set of pics by Bryan Sutter, here.) and to record a new Xmas song, "Give Xmas My Best," for the station's upcoming Xmas EP.

STL MAG FEATURE NOW ONLINE
Read Jordan Oakes' MCF feature 
"Clothes Make the Band" here.


(NOVEMBER 15, 2012)
THE WEEKLY MOUTHFUL INTERVIEW
The "Weekly Mouthful" feeds/interviews MCF in Champaign, IL about cats and stuff. See it here.


(NOVEMBER 2, 2012)
NEW "SUGAR HRT CANDY" VIDEO PREMIERE!
Brian McClelland's new fully animated video for MCF Girl Talk track "Sugar Hrt Candy" premiered on YouTube today--just click on our VIDEO tab to check it out, or go here.


(OCTOBER 30, 2012)
MCF IN ST. LOUIS MAGAZINE'S NOVEMBER ISSUE
Check out the November issue of ST. LOUIS MAGAZINE for a two-page MCF feature (including a crazy/awesome photo taken by Jennifer Silverberg outside our rehearsal space at Lemp Brewery about five seconds before a torrential downpour) by Jordan Oakes! It's not online yet, but the print copies are everywhere.


(OCTOBER 29, 2012)
ALIVE MAGAZINE MCF INTERVIEW
ALIVE magazine posted a short video interview with the band shot in September at Foam. Check it our here.


(SEPTEMBER 27, 2012)
MCF WINS RFT BEST OF ST LOUIS 
2012 AWARDS: BEST POP BAND
& BEST RECORD!

From Riverfronttimes.com:
BEST POP BAND
The standard template for pop trios is guitar, bass and drums, but Middle Class Fashion eschews the electric six-string and adds the piano and synths of singer and primary songwriter Jenn Malzone. The result is a dark, lovely, angry, tightly harmonized and even more tightly arranged sound that suggests Exile in Guyville-era Liz Phair challenging Fiona Apple to a songwriting contest with sweet revenge as the ultimate prize. "When you touch me in this abomination, across these states on every station..." Malzone sings on MCF's 2012 debut, Girl Talk. Backed by the fuzz bass of Brian McClelland (like Malzone, a moonlighter from power-pop veteran Tight Pants Syndrome) and Brad Vaughn's skittering drums, the pretty little poison of great pop songs becomes an addiction.

BEST LOCAL ALBUM
Jenn Malzone has never lacked outlets for her estimable piano chops or her smirking, strident vocals. In the past few years, she has performed and recorded with the chamber-pop quartet Paper Dolls (RIP) and the buzzy, hook-handy Tight Pants Syndrome. But with the piano-centric Middle Class Fashion, Malzone has found her sweet spot. Along with bassist and harmony vocalist Brian McClelland (also in TPS) and drummer Brad Vaughn, Malzone released the fourteen-track Girl Talk, and plenty of local gigs and community-radio support helped these tunes stick like bubblegum in the heads of many happy listeners. In fact, Girl Talk was the second-most played album on KDHX (88.1 FM) for the first half of 2012 (right after another local band, Rough Shop, and its fine LP Beneath the South Side Bridge). It's not hard to hear the appeal: big, thick, bouncy chords underpin the many pop-happy moments, while the album's few solemn stretches, like the achingly beautiful "Sweet," are tempered with plaintive chords played tenderly. But such tenderness is muted by some lyrical wit. God help the suckers on the business end of Malzone's pen — a coterie of losers and lousy lovers get told in glorious kiss-off fashion on this LP. At least they can say they inspired a great pop song or two.


(JULY 7, 2012)
"MY ATTACK" VIDEO NOW ONLINE
MCF's first official video--GIRL TALK track "My Attack"--premiered to great fanfare on July 4th. YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN THE FANFARE. The video was shot by Alexander McClelland and edited by MCF's Brian McClelland. Check it out on this site's video page, on our Facebook page, or on YouTuber.

GIRL TALK KDHX'S SECOND MOST SPUN RECORD FOR 2012'S FIRST HALF
When Saint Louis independent radio mecca KDHX (88.1FM IN STL) posted theirmid-2012 airplay charts update, MCF'S GIRL TALK placed as the second most played album so far this year, behind yet another local outfit, the always fantastic ROUGH SHOP. VisitKDHX.org to stream it live from anywhere, and to request your fave MCF songs! GIRL TALK also made a few of KDHX's DJs MIDYEAR 2012: BEST TEN ALBUMS lists. Thanks KDHX! 

SUDDENLY MERCH
MCF's first official T-shirts are in (!) and will be available on this site soon. For now, pick one up at any MCF show.


(APRIL 20, 2012)
SURPRISING iTUNES AUSTRALIA SALES CAUSE BAND MEMBERS TO LOSE THEIR SHIT, PROPOSE QUICKIE MARRIAGE TO AUSTRAILIA
MCF was astounded and pleased to find that in GIRL TALK's first two months of release, iTunes Austrailia has sold more copies (digital or otherwise) than all other markets combined, While the band's unaware of any press or promotion in Austrailia that may have created this new group of fans, MCF is assuming that the good people down under are just really, really smart. And super attractive.


(MARCH 20, 2012)
GIRL TALK #1 ON KDHX'S CMJ TOP 30
MCF's GIRL TALK has enjoyed a great run with midwest independent radio mecca KDHX (88.1FM kdhx.org), garnering #1 for the most on air spins for multiple weeks, and even now, the record remains firmly in their TOP TEN. Chart the band's downward spiral into madness HERE

RIVERFRONT TIMES NOMINATES MCF BEST POP BAND 
The members of MCF share the distinction this year of having multiple bands nominated for BEST BAND awards in the RIVERFRONT TIMES' 2012 MUSIC AWARDS! While Jenn and Brian are in two BEST POP BAND nominated outfits (MCF & TIGHT PANTS SYNDROME), Brad's now a member of the awesome UNION ELECTRIC, who are nominated for BEST ROCK BAND! Read the full list of nominees HERE, or visit our VIDEO tab.

MCF FEATURED IN ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH'S LISTEN VIDEO SERIES
Don't miss this fun one take MCF performance video (of the unreleased MCF tune "Stuck"), directed by the incredibly talented Johnny Andrews for his LISTEN video series at the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH and shot at the picture perfect TAMI SCOTT STUDIO in Soulard last December. Stream the vid HERE!


 

 



 

PRESS MATERIALS + REVIEWS

DOWNLOAD HI-RES 2014 BAND PHOTO HERE

DOWNLOAD JUNGLE PDF PRESS KIT HERE

 

 

REQUEST REVIEW or RADIO COPIES OF JUNGLE VIA
MIDDLECLASSFASHION (AT) GMAIL.COM




REVIEWS
(CLICK TO VIEW)

KDHX'S TOP SPINS OF 2013: MCF'S JUNGLE #1
— KDHX.ORG, DEC 2013 (READ HERE)
NOW HERE THIS: MORE FROM THE TEN ST. LOUIS BANDS THAT SHOULD BE FAMOUS
— THE RIVERFRONT TIMES, DEC 2013 (READ HERE)
TEN ST. LOUIS ACTS THAT DESERVE TO BE FAMOUS NOW
— THE RIVERFRONT TIMES, NOV 2013 (READ HERE)
HOMESPUN: JUNGLE REVIEW
— THE RIVERFRONT TIMES, AUG 2013 (READ HERE)
DEALER'S CHOICE: SPOTLIGHT ON JUNGLE TRACK "YR WRONG"
—PINPOINT MUSIC, AUG 2013 (READ HERE)
JUNGLE OUT THERE: JENN MALZONE TALKS MIDDLE CLASS FASHION'S OUTSTANDING NEW LP
— THE RIVERFRONT TIMES, JULY 2013 (READ HERE)
JUNGLE REVIEW
—INDIE BANDS BLOG, JULY 2013 (READ HERE)
CD RELEASE PREVIEW
—I WENT TO A SHOW, JULY 2013 (READ HERE)
THE RISE OF THE MIDDLE CLASS (COVER FEATURE)
— ELEVEN MAGAZINE, FEB 2013 (READ HERE)
CLOTHES MAKE THE BAND (FEATURE)
— ST. LOUIS MAGAZINE, NOV 2012 (READ HERE)
LIVE AT KDHX: FEATURE + IN STUDIO PERFORMANCE
— KDHX.ORG DEC 2012 (READ HERE)
2012 BEST OF STL AWARD: BEST POP BAND
— THE RIVERFRONT TIMES DEC 2012 (READ HERE)
2012 BEST OF STL AWARD: BEST ALBUM
— THE RIVERFRONT TIMES DEC 2012 (READ HERE)
ST. LOUIS MUSIC SCENE: MIDDLE CLASS FASHION (VIDEO INTERVIEW)
—ALIVE MAGAZINE, NOV 2012 (READ HERE)
GIRL TALK REVIEW
— BLUES BUNNY, NOV 2012 (READ HERE)
GIRL TALK REVIEW
— 3 MINUTE RECORD JULY 2012 (READ HERE)
GIRL TALK REVIEW
— ELEVEN MAGAZINE, JAN 2012 (READ HERE)
CHARTING THE MUSIC: MIDDLE CLASS FASHION
— LAUREL MORRIS, KDHX.ORG, JAN 2012 (READ HERE)
MIDDLE CLASS FASHION PERFORMS LIVE FOR LISTEN
— JOHNNY ANDREWS, ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH, JAN 2012 (READ HERE)
ALBUM REVIEW: GIRL TALK BY MIDDLE CLASS FASHION
— DUANE CLAWSON, MUSIC TASTERS CHOICE, JAN 2012 (READ HERE)
LP REVIEW: GIRL TALK
— INDIE BANDS BLOG, I WENT TO A SHOW, JAN 2012 (READ HERE)
JENN MALZONE ON MIDDLE CLASS FASHION'S GIRL TALK
— JESS LUTHER, I WENT TO A SHOW, JAN 2012 (READ HERE)
GIRL TALK CD REVIEW
— CHRISTIAN SCHAEEFER, RIVERFRONT TIMES JAN 2012 (READ HERE)
CONCERT REVIEW: AN HORSE & MIDDLE CLASS FASHION RIDE THROUGH THE OLD ROCK HOUSE
— JASON SINDEL, KDHX.ORG SEPT 2011 (READ HERE)
BEST FEMALE VOCALIST 2011: JENN MALZONE
— RIVERFRONT TIMES 2011 (READ HERE)

 

 


"Middle Class Fashion's 'Girl Talk' is a very cohesive and highly energetic album. The delicate stressing of consonants in lead singer Jenn Malzone's vocals is startlingly pleasant, especially when paired with the rhythmic piano and sometimes-subtle minor harmonics used throughout the album.
"'Jamie,' the only song not written exclusively by Malzone, features prominent vocals from co-writer Brian McClelland, and the result is delightful. The two singers' voices mesh incredibly well, and drummer Brad Vaughn's addition of an exit guitar solo ties the entire pop tune up in a nice little bow. 'Girl Talk,' the album's title track, breaks up the previous melodic sound with some clangs and bangs from the piano and drums, with percussive vocals to match. The track is distinct from the rest of the album, but it retains the brightness and resilience that seems to be a signature of the group.
"Middle Class Fashion has a definite proclivity for impertinent and sharp songwriting. Girl Talk ends on a somewhat melancholy note with 'Birthday,' a melody of drunkenness and more than a hint of paranoia."

--ELEVEN MAGAZINE, JANUARY 2012                                      (CLICK TO CLOSE WINDOW)

(click album cover to close window)


WANTED
A thousand fireflies in the grass, let them pass
I'll talk a mile so it lasts
Like a child, your smile
It's like a free pass to
All I ever wanted, all I ever wanted

You let me sit for days talking to answering machines
You knew, and you threw empty bottles
I oughta just drop you like smoking
And all I ever wanted, all I ever wanted was it all

Can I excuse the damage that's allowed
Single plans left unattended, out of town
Glad I spoke up, you choked up
You bent down, you cried out
And all I ever wanted, all I ever wanted was it all

STUCK
I'm doing better today than I was doing yesterday
Best could be yet to come, guess I'll just ride out these waves
I'm doing better today but my hopes are not high
I'm learning what to expect, I'm learning how to get by
Learning not to go off without changing the locks
I'm learning how to disguise what's leaking out of my mind

And it's not something I'm proud of
But I'm stuck smack dab in the middle of it, in the middle of it
I'm stuck smack dab in the middle of it, in the middle of it
I'm often prone to missteps but I didn't expect this
Now I'm stuck smack dab in the middle of it

GOLDEN ROSE
Can't stand up, won't sit down
With you here I'll leave town
I'll bleed out, you'll see how loving you takes, it breaks, it tears me apart
You cross me, hey I'll go
Ask my friends, they all know
Your heart stole, your dark shown
Loving you takes, it breaks, it tears me apart

And when I try to go to sleep
It follows me, it keeps the beat

Tell your friend I know she's a liar (it only adds the fuel to the fire)
Golden rose, she floats, getting higher (it only adds the fuel to the fire)

Abiding this freak out
No fighting, no deep sounds
And we drown, where we found loving you takes, it breaks, it tears me apart
It cost you a day's wage

It lost you the front page
Now I'll stay in your place
Loving you takes, it breaks, it tears me apart

Can't stand up, won't sit down (it only adds the fuel to the fire)
With you here, I'll leave town (it only adds the fuel to the fire)
Getting played all day, we're in style (it only adds the fuel to the fire)
Tell your friend I know she's a liar (it only adds the fuel to the fire)

LET ME DOWN
Don't want, don't want something too familiar
It's done, we swallow the pills to kill our consciousness

It takes the best, it takes the best of us
It's like a mess, it changes it, it turns it into dust
It's what I want, it's what I want, it's what I want

And at the sight of light we all just scatter
What weakness holds me tight it doesn't matter
You say you like my sound, don't ever let me down
Let me down

You stand, you're standing too close for comfort
We're friends, but sometimes I start to wonder
If the side I'm taking could be breaking your constraint
Or if I'm too excited to be seeing you today
Shows in my face, shows in my face, shows in my face

HOLYMOTHER
She wants to see, wants to see it glow
Hands clasped for most of the show
We created that wall when we started to fall
Holy mother, look at the sky
Stationary most of the time
We united as one, we provide what we want
We united as one, we won't stop 'til we're done

She wants to see, wants to see it fade
Sits still for most of the day
They'll believe anything when you're so convincing
Holy mother, look at the sky
Stationary most of the time
We united as one, we provide what we want
We united as one, we won't stop 'til we're done

JUNK
Stumble until you feel like you've won
Divided, light cigarettes with the sun
Simultaneous frames lining up through your day
And I think that you like it this way

She's nothing short of compromise
She's not afraid of a good fight

In our junking eyes of love we'll do anything you want
In our junking eyes of love we get so worked up

Wound up so hard it blew us off course
It's the d, it's the d in divorce
And my nose it bled but just a small amount
I'm no one you need to figure out

SO LONG
She wasn't even looking at them
She feels her way then leaves again, so long!
She peels away her outside layers
They feign interest, they'll come back later on

Say what you want or I'm not getting up

She trades her lines for sharpened daggers
The faintest echoed noise will break her up

Even our exhales have consequences
See that the rest fail, give them all my regards
So far it's hard

PERFECT PERSON
Stop what you're saying
You don't know what you're playing at
And I can see right through your tears

You complain about each thing, then leave again
Am I the one who wasn't clear?

And I am not a perfect person
And I was for the most part worse off with my eyes closed tight
That's right

I'm not your casualty like I maybe seemed to be
You shoot but I am bulletproof
You arrange your pride like you have never lied
Decide your will will make it true

Now you've got a nice look, got a nice look right off the bat
And you've got a nice way, got a nice way about you
If only you learned to give back

And I am not a perfect person
And I was for the most part worse off in those weeks
You're making me lose sleep

CRACKED THE BOTTLE
Cracked the bottle, I'm shot through
Trade in lines, my debt is due
Meet me there to collect
I have something for you

Showed up half-drunk, not there yet
Eyes are closed, my mind is set
Probably best when we're kept
Safely at arms length

It's a kindred adoration
You're a static radio station
That I rest on cause I like the vibration

Under street lights, after dark
This destruction made of art
Ties our hands, blows our plans
Still we play our part

COME AROUND ANYTIME
Gets a little worn, debts I can't afford
Staying up for days, refreshing the page
Caught up in your mess, placed too many bets
Can't forget the song, we knew it all along

The lines that we draw to keep us from hurting, they're not working
And what I wouldn't give to hang out like we always did
So come around anytime, anytime
Anytime, anytime you like

Search until we're sore, looks that start a war
Sleeping on the ground, you supply the sound
How do you explain our true false fail game?
Do you get goosebumps when you feel it creeping in?

YR WRONG
The power I gave you was invaluable
The truce that we made only allowed a pull
A force that reminds, stay away, you're not kind to me
I smiled and kept focus while you just talked
About the moment that you said you lost
And if you were smart you'd know I'd win the part honestly

Someday you'll learn to say you're wrong
By then I'll be gone

The power I gave you was invaluable
The truce that we made only allowed a pull
A force that reminds, stay away, you're not kind to me
See it was unfair of me to idolize
Someone only human, made it all capsize
But there are worse sins that a girl can commit to your pride

Shouldn't have asked that much of you
And I tried to make it up
But you won't tell me what to do

And I can't just wait, no I can't just wait

EVERYTHING
Where it's going it doesn't mean anything
Overflowing, it floods and it makes us swim
When I said that I wanted it all back it just haunted me to death
So forget, forget, forget

I am afraid of every shadow in this place
The light it fades, we don't have half of what we fake
When I though that I lost you, I was right
I could not move from the space where we played, we played, we played

Don't look away now, everything will be explained

Summer was a bust, I think we talked too much
Can you say honestly, you never though of me?

GO PHANTOM
Switched to beer, we knocked out that twelve pack
And it's a pretty good thing that we walked
Crystal clear, arms brushed, then you held back
Wasn't this the kind of thing that you wanted?

I'm the tired host of your holy ghost
And I'll tell you that you, you're truly the most
You are the most

Pain's wrapped in blame everything on me
It's the same, it's how you like to leave
Pawns in games you're hiding up your sleeve
Phantom pain, it's all you'll ever be

Never fear what I wanted this bad
But it's disarming to have right in my face
In the mirror, like a light looking back
You wait behind the walls of my hiding places

KINGDOMS
Why do you fixate on what you hate?
Always orchestrate
I feel for you, I feel for you
What ends the penalty for the loss?
I've supplied the cost
Won't fade away
Thrown in my face near every day

Now I have made my share of moves unfair
I stopped, I swear
And I will tell you what
Yeah I've messed up so I don't judge
And I don't think it can feel good

Now I'm not even sure what this is for
And so be warned that I'll abide my plan
You understand but you get so mad

And I don't think it can feel good
Anymore

 

MUSIC


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MY ATTACK I propose we drop these walls once and for all Rewrite those words we said out of anger Lately I've felt sick infected with bitterness Aren't we ready to feel a little bit better? But you won't do it rather throw a fit Think you like falling down so I'll stick around And I don't think I like you anymore like that Starting today when I see you I will look away Now every time I see you I will look away Take that take that Starting today when I see you I will look away Now every time I see you I will look away Take that take that That's my attack

FEEDBACK
Afflicted with rose colored needs She lives downward swept at my feet Their whispers tell me step away Like flowers she'll wither and fade But over time things will slide and look different to me She's gone to a place I can't write I'd answer if she called tonight My quest isn't best for her needs In our world that's littered with seeds But over time things will slide and look different to me

FORGET ME NOT On the inside on the outline We cross paths but what we build won't last Undercover, we were younger Holding hands, our words now flying past Will you wrap your arms around me from behind I don't need to feel you but it's intact in my mind Cannot find the words to sell you on my pure intentions How do I address what I did not know how to mention Close this box forget me not How could I Circling a new beginning Much more bright Would have waited if you'd made it Clear that I existed in your mind Probably better since forever Isn't where my forte lies Will you wrap your arms around me from behind I don't need to feel you but it's intact in my mind Cannot find the words to sell you on my pure intentions How do I address what I did not know how to mention Close this box forget me not How could I Circling a new beginning Much more bright

SKELETON I get in moods I think of you And it makes me want to puke Can't ever sleep stuck counting sheep Swallow the company I keep I get along fine on my own Stay inside it's what feels right Coughing up songs sad sing along Up my sleeve they go from my ears they store Away I think I can hear something you cannot I'm righting all the rights until they rot Got something to invest unveil the demons in this box of skeletons Skeleton You curl inside your precious fight I string words like Christmas lights Colors impair what's waiting there Best chance you had thrown in the air All of my friends know better than to depend on what I say Sweet subtlety in melody Will disband the soldiers we are getting older Today I think I can hear something you cannot I'm righting all the rights until they rot Got something to invest unveil the demons in this box of skeletons Skeleton


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LIGHTNING BUGS | Quiet blocking, people talking, has it been two years? | With connection, my direction made me end Hup here | Will this go away if I hide my face? | Can I trap it in a jar like lightning bugs in my backyard? | Feel the tension stirring, I'm disturbing what was here | In your nice neat life, there's me outside, I can't see clear | Will this go away if I hide my face? | Can I trap it in a jar like lightning bugs in my backyard? |

POWDER BLUE
| Just stay away, don't let it hit you | Sleep like a guest in hotel powder blue | Brought up once again like dirty legends | Feels like I know you, but we have never met | Talking through walls, answer back | Photo finished, welcome mat | Playful with a somber side | Built a wall behind your eyes | You can't stop me, I calculate your moves | Woven in parts, Hthrough and through | Drive 'til you get to an abandoned state | Cross out your plans, meant to abbreviate |

MY ATTACK
| I propose we drop these walls once and for all | Rewrite those words we said out of anger | Lately I've felt sick, infected with bitterness | Aren't we ready to feel a little bit better? | But you won't do it, rather throw a fit | Think you like falling down so I'll stick around | And I don't think I like you anymore like that | Starting today when I see you I will look away | Now every time I see you I will look away | Take that, take that | Starting today when I see you I will look away | Now every time I see you I will look away | Take that, take that | That's my attack |

FUN WHOA | I wasn't even half-shocked | When I came home to find the door unlocked | My sugar habits cleared you out | We're running out of things to talk about | You only liked me for my hooks | I only liked you for your albums and books | Your daydream record was released | I much prefer you on the CD sleeve | I'm spinning, you are just gyrating | I'm in it, you're always complaining | It was fun while it lasted but I'm already past it, whoa | It was fun while it lasted but I'm already past it, whoa | Fell in love, broke it up, wrote it off, played it, so what | It was fun while it lasted but I'm already past it, whoa | I wasn't even surprised | To find your letter waiting outside | I thought of lighting it a blaze | A burning tribute to our brighter days |

JAMIE | Jamie won't call when she says she won't call | I stay in and wait, pound my head on the wall | Jamie, dear girl, doesn't suit me at all | She gives names to the closets of blame | I've stored at her place, kept them out of the way | Till Jamie appeared and my circuitry tamed | It's a tall order coming back from this great fall | Jamie won't write 'cause she's out every night | Tiptoes to the box, puts not a thing inside | Ticks time on the clock for our hearts misalign | Now we've crashed and we're not gonna last | She's kept driving past this scarecrow with me inside | Left strewn in debris till the cop cars arrive | Jamie won't call when she says she won't call | She's no nothing at all but a sun-sick and foolish girl | Who's trailing my heart like red streamers unfurled |

GIRL TALK | It's a car crash, it's a train wreck, it's an excuse | It's a symptom, it's an act out, it's a bad mood | It's a liar, it's a faker, it's a charlatan | It's a riddle, it's a puzzle, it's a panic | Girl talk, her walls, girl talk, she falls | Girl talk, it's all, it's all in her head | And I'll slam the door if I want to | And I'll ask for more if it suits me | Fond of wearing scalps | Fond of throwing out what I do not need | Girl talk, she's sweet like sugar | Girl talk, she's wet like rain | The two can't mix or drowning happens | Cut through to sustain | Girl talk, she's harsh like lightning | Girl talk, she's quick like pain | We spin and spin, no thick and thin | I will not lose this game | It's a throwback, it's a bitch slap, it's some bad news |

ABOMINATION | When you touch me it is abomination | Across these states on every station | I tell you there's some complication we're fighting | We pass them on city streets, leave them seething | Touch your hand, we just have to keep breathing | If we made a life out of leaving, would you like that? | I wasn't born to fight back | Tried to come to terms but they were never willing | Damage done, these are walls we've been building | Honestly it was not as fulfilling as you | Changed these words in attempt to validate | Looked to her, maybe I could replicate | All there was, didn't mean to let it break | Do you hate that I wasn't born to fight back? |

VACATION | Vacation ended earlier than we had planned | Took off my jacket, when did we decide I'd be the man? | I know I said I'd cross that bridge for you | But girl this is exactly what your ex said you would do | Don't tell me I haven't changed | I wrote the rules you display | Don't act like I walked away | I just returned to sender | I think we will both be better off this way | The gift-wrapped package had a tag I couldn't see | Surprise, it is July and you are picking fights with me | I never said I wouldn't lift you up | But hurricanes and blindless blame is not what we discussed |

JULY 31 | Clocks hitting twelve, my insides swell and boil over | Gathering here, our hideaway, never felt closer | Knew I would end up crushed but I could not give up | Lines that I put down, your sigh is cold now | Does July 31 ever lurk into your mind? | Secrets and power waiger into this status | You see what you want, take notes, then quietly grab it | That's how you operate, but what did it create? | When you helped me to make my desperate break? | Does July 31 ever lurk into your mind? | You give the harshest sentiments | If you're too kind they will forget |

GRIFFIN | You taught me to laugh and I taught you to paint in dark blue | You looked at me and said there's got to be human in you | I'm a puzzle you spread out and tried to assemble | The pieces all jumbled but you can't remember | Just what made you take on the task | I was always afraid to ask | Goodnight Griffin | I know that you tried | Night falls short | I can't afford to cry | Take it all back, play your messages on looped repeat | Hidden inflections in whispers, please don't leave | Walking down streets of brick houses, this history | Not sentimental, but part of it twisting me | Never heard your voice so harsh | Until we dropped hands and retreated into dark | But you can't go taking back | What was lost in this attack | On the phone, we wait at home | But I will never cut this slack |

BARBARELLA | You grabbed me by the hair | Thought I could take you there | Adoration leaves me cold | Empty spaces, words not sold | I write this all for you | Choked on cliches a few | A stupid plan, I know | My friends say let it go | Searching for ghosts where there's just black smoke | Seeing faces where white walls exist | Tearing it away from the heart of the thing | But there is nothing lurking in this | In this | The things I try to hide | Seems you see right inside | Try to drive myself away | It's a fucked up game I play |

SUGAR HRT CANDY | You're my sugar heart candy | You'll just give me cavities | It's pretty clear you're no good for me | You rot out my mouth, rot out my mouth | And you're breaking my heart, breaking my heart | I heard you're leaving town, oh no | Your suitcases are packed and ready | There's not any chance, not any chance | Cause you're my sugar heart candy | You'll just give me cavities | It's pretty clear you're no good for me | But I follow around, follow around |

SWEET | Man you should hear all my witty retorts | Thrown at your back once that you've closed the door | I have thrown the remains at the floor | You turn your back, kiss off my image | Call me, throw me away, you do what you like to do | You stall me | I'm good for waiting, I always knew you would | I'll show you sweet, I'll show you sweet | My game plan must have seemed crystal clear | But I prefer staying alone up here | Spewing faux innocence 'til I'm blue | Make quite the racket, perfectly in your view |

BIRTHDAY | On my birthday you got me drunk | I went to sleep early, you stayed awake next to me | I've never felt so young as this | Was there something you wanted to say? | You took out two glasses then put them away | I was trying my best not to like you in my stupid way | I chewed up my pen, now there's ink in my mouth | They are whispering, what are they talking about? | The soles of my feet feel so stagnant and grounded | Too bad I've let myself get completely surrounded | I'm as obvious as a strip club | And you're a casino where nobody's won | It is late and I'm tired of glitter and liars, give it up | On the first day I got real drunk | Sang everyone songs right before I threw up | No it's cool, cause right now I'm feeling much more grown up

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JUNGLE LP

BLIP BLAP RECORDS + TAPES
LIMITED STL RELEASE 8/2/13
WIDE RELEASE 9/3/13

 

1 WANTED
2 STUCK
3 GOLDEN ROSE
4 LET ME DOWN
5 HOLYMOTHER
6 JUNK
7 SO LONG
8 PERFECT PERSON
9 CRACKED THE BOTTLE
10 COME AROUND ANYTIME
11 YR WRONG
12 EVERYTHING
13 GO PHANTOM
14 KINGDOMS

 

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SENTIMENTAL SINGLES EP

BLIP BLAP RECORDS + TAPES
RELEASED 12/15/12

 

1 GIVE XMAS MY BEST
2 THE NIGHT IS DONE
3 SENTIMENTAL SINGLE
4 WINTER'S NOT COLD

 

Limited Edition
(No longer available)


GIRL TALK LP

BLIP BLAP RECORDS + TAPES
RELEASED 1/18/12

 

1 LIGHTNING BUGS
2 POWDER BLUE
3 MY ATTACK (LP VERSION)
4 FUN WHOA
5 JAMIE
6 GIRL TALK
7 ABOMINATION
8 VACATION
9 JULY 31
10 GRIFFIN
11 BARBARELLA
12 SUGAR HRT CANDY
13 SWEET
14 BIRTHDAY

 

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MIDDLE CLASS FASHION EP

BLIP BLAP RECORDS + TAPES
RELEASED 11/13/2010

 

1 MY ATTACK (EP VERSION)
2 FEEDBACK
3 FORGET ME NOT
4 SKELETON

 

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PHOTO/ALBUM + POSTER ART

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May 2014, Saint Louis
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2013 MCF Portrait
January 2013, Saint Louis

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March 2012, Saint Louis

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Katie @ KDHX
December 2012, KDHX, Saint Louis
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March 2011, Indianapolis
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Girl Talk Release @ Foam, StL, 1.14.12
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The Tap Room, StL, 2.25.11
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