Vieux Carre

Track 2  On  Animal Society I  By  Animal Society

Written by Ric Albano Song Length: 2:43
Listen to the Song:
[audio:AS/02-VieuxCarre.mp3]
2010
Lyrics

They’ve always claimed that this day would come
It’s just not supposed to take this long
Just not supposed to take this long
Well, ain’t it a shame that we’d be the ones
It’s just not supposed to take this long
Just not supposed to take this long

Trapped on this jungle of concrete I-10
Hot and deserted, forsaken and frightened
Under the sign that reads “Vieux Carre”
Water galore but not one single drop to drink
Some have expired, many on the brink
Did they forget just where we are?

Dazed and confused, broken and burned
Foul toxic soup around every turn
Hell hath annexed our city
They told us to come to the voluminous dome
Where we would be “safe” in our interim home
That pledge a mendacity

They never claimed this day could come
It’s just not supposed to take this long
Just not supposed to take this long
Who can we blame for the unfortunate ones?

Composition © 2006 Ric Albano
Publication © 2010 Cygnus Wave Music

Song Info
Produced by Ric Albano
Engineered by Bret Alexander
Composed March 2006
Recorded March 20, 2010
at Saturation Acres, DuPont, PA
Mixed & Mastered in 2010
at Cygnus Wave Studios

Performers
Ric Albano
Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Erik Trabert
Acoustic & Electric Guitars
Matt Roy
Drums

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California

Track 1  On  Animal Society I  By  Animal Society

Written by Ric Albano, Erik Trabert, & Matt Roy Song Length: 5:32
Listen to the Song:
[audio:AS/01-California.mp3]
2009
Lyrics

You think you’ve got yourself a new friend
But is she really there for you?
A hybrid child-grown-adult friend
Who thinks her mother but a tool
To guard against the water side
Regarding just the daughter’s side
And to carry water too

Rage, such rage
No gauge to tamp down the rage

You think you’ve coined yourself a new trend
But will she really let you do?
Those deep-down chasms that you must mend
Can they be healed before you’re through?
May yet be some time left
May yet be some rhyme left
To tame the bitter shrew

Gauge, engage
That stage may still exist for you

And so I went to California
But could not get inside her door
Unless I’d fake like I adored ya
Unless I’d sell out like a whore

I went to California
The scent of fresh begonia
Lying hazy in the air
Flying lazy through the air
Gliding crazy on the air

Rage, such rage
No gauge to tamp it down

Composition © 2009 Animal Society
Publication © 2010 Cygnus Wave Music

Song Info
Produced by Ric Albano
Engineered by Bret Alexander
Composed June 2009
Recorded March 20, 2010
at Saturation Acres, DuPont, PA
Mixed & Mastered in 2010
at Cygnus Wave Studios

Performers
Ric Albano
Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Erik Trabert
Electric Guitars, Synths
Matt Roy
Drums

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Animal Society I

Animal Society (Debut Album)Completed on December 10, 2010

These recordings of original songs were made at Saturation Acres and Cygnus Wave studios in 2010. The original intent was to release an album called Any Atomic Lies in late 2010, but disagreements ensued and the project was halted before publication.

Below are the mixes of the Animal Society songs as they were in December 2010, presented as an eponymous “album”.

Track   Composer(s)  Length
 1.   California     Ric Albano, Erik Trabert, Matt Roy  5:32
 2.   Vieux Carre Ric Albano  2:43
 3.   Gnarled Visions Erik Trabet  1:12*
 4.   Say No More Ric Albano, Animal Society  3:48*
 5.   Emily In Her Day Ric Albano, Animal Society  7:10
 6.   Sol’s Lament Erik Trabert  0:50
 7.   Love, Crime, & Paradigm Ric Albano, Erik Trabert, Matt Roy  5:04
 8.   The Lion Ric Albano  5:21
 9.   Matt’s Hatt Matt Roy, Erik Trabert, Ric Albano  3:09
10.   Change You Can Believe In Matt Roy, Animal Society  4:50

  * The songs “Gnarled Visions” and “Say No More” are combined as one digital track with a length of 5:00 even.

Produced by Ric Albano
Engineered by Bret Alexander and Ric Albano

 

The Big Sea   by Hot Wing Jones

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Written by Andy Shemeta & Tony Pepoli Song Length: 5:01
Listen to the Song:  
[audio:VariousArtists/TheBigSea.mp3] 2009
Lyrics
We will turn into so many more
Early detection only hope for a cure
Silent unnoticed, a stealth attack
Always travelling the path of least resistance

Like a carnivore sneaking up on prey
Dining from within, slowly gnawing away
Till that fateful day you finally feel the pain

You’ve got to kill us first or we’ll divide and conquer
Playing hide and seek, but it isn’t some kind of game
We’ll claim our ground and you’ll be left with nothing
You can fight the fight but you’re never going to be the same

The picture of health slowly fades away
Then the fear takes over
Like an icy drip into your veins
Keep you medicated so you don’t feel the pain
Recognize no race, no religion
No age, no sex, no level of society

You’ve got to kill us first or we’ll divide and conquer
Playing hide and seek, but it isn’t some kind of game
We’ll claim our ground and you’ll be left with nothing
You can fight the fight but you’re never going to be the same

Recognize no race, no religion
No age, no sex, no level of society
Equal opportunity destroyer
Caught in the riptide sinking in the big sea

You’ve got to kill us first or we’ll divide and conquer
Playing hide and seek, but it isn’t some kind of game
We’ll claim our ground and you’ll be left with nothing
You can fight the fight but you’re never going to be the same

Composition © 2009 Andy Shemeta & Tony Pepoli

Song Info
Recorded in 2009
at Saturation Acres, Danville, PA

Produced, Engineered, Engineered, and Mastered by Bret Alexander
Official Release: 2011 on the album
Tanker A

Performers
Andy Shemeta
Bass, Vocals
Tony Pepoli
Guitars
Talbert Ford
Guitars
Corey Woodcock
Slide Guitars
Steve Montresor
Drums & Percussion
Bret Alexander
Guitar, Organ

 
Song Facts
The song was dedicated to Amanda and written in tribute to friends and family that have died way too early from cancer. On the other side, it is also in tribute to loved ones that have gone through the battle and won (but whose lives are never going to be the same).

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Dollars for Diane Compilation

Dollars for Diane CompilationSome of Pennsylvania’s finest artists have come together to donate their talents in support of Diane Kovaleski, a young woman from Wilkes-Barre, who suffered a major stroke during a routine surgery in 2007. All songs included on this 15-track CD are original compositions by artists from the Keystone State.

The CD gets kickin’ with the upbeat, roots-rock of Shawn Z’s “One End of the Candle” followed by the more somber, Bowie-esque “To the Dogs” by Stoney Creek. Pittsburgh’s Brad Yoder provides an excellent acoustic guitar and banjo folk blend with the hopeful, uplifting “Any Day”. Mycenea Worley next lends her fantastic talent with the song “Low” followed by hard rock sensations Pan.a.ce.a with their catchy hit “Stay”.

Some of the mid-state’s most popular acts then follow. Tripp McNeely provides some cool groove with their aptly title “Off & Running”, the legendary Darcie Miner gives her unmistakable voice to “Wide Awake in Silence”, while HotWingJones show how they’ve expanded their horizons with the intense new song “The Big Sea”. “Deuce” is a fun jam by Imaginary Lines that trades synth and guitar leads, while new wave legends Hormoans provide a rebellious anthem with “Not One of You”.

The only “live” song on the compilation is the flawless rendition of “Deeper” by Rhyne McCormick from his Capitol Theatre perfomance last year. This is followed by the well-produced and catchy “Atmosphere” by father-and-son tandem Craig & Alex Bannon and the intense “Judgement Eyes” by the acoustic-driven trio Ron Fleeger & the Stranger.

The album’s focal point is “Song for Diane”, which personalizes Diane’s situation. Written especially for this compilation by Ric Albano, the song was produced by Bret Alexander (who actually produced several of the songs on this CD) and performed by Diane’s cousin PJ Heckman.
Folk sensation Hannah Bingman caps off the album with “Finished, Fine’, Done”, a perfect closer in both title and mood.

All in all, the CD is an ecclectic mix that explores the diverse talent of Pennsylvania artists without straying so far as to not be accessible and pleasant to most music lovers, no matter what genre he or she may favor. The Dollars for Diane Compilation is being sold independently with proceeds going to The University of Pennsylvania Center for Brain Injury and Repair as well as a scholarship fund for Diane’s daughter, Zayda. At only $5.00 each (that’s only 33 cents per song!), this is not only a charitable contribution but a great value as well.

Song   Artist   Album  Year
 1.   One End Of the Candle     Shawn Z St. Jude Avenue  2008
 2.   To The Dogs     Stoney Creek  2008
 3.   Any Day Brad Yoder Someday Or Never  2006
 4.   Low Mycenea Worley Love  2009
 5.   Stay pan.a.ce.a We The Broken  2009
 6.   Off and Running Tripp McNeely Songs From Mike’s Basement  2009
 7.   Wide Awake In Silence Darcie Miner Loneliness Anonymous  2009
 8.   The Big Sea HotWingJones Tanker A  2009
 9.   Deuce Imaginary Lines Imaginary Lines 33  2009
10.   Not One of You Hormoans Not One of You  1981
11.   Deeper Rhyne McCormick Live At the Capitol Theatre  2009
12.   Atmosphere Craig & Alex Bannon 112 Beats Per Minute  2010
13.   Judgement Eyes Ron Fleeger & the Stranger Lucky 7  2009
14.   Song For Diane P.J. Heckman Dollars For Diane  2010
15.   Finished Fine’ Done Hannah Bingman Right, Right Now  2005