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Dogtown

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J Matthew Ward This is a alt rock record for everyone. These tracks pop and crackle in all the right places. The band starts with a foundation of muscular garage rock and brings the imagination of progressive rock and the lyrical affability of pop to offer an impressive alternative rock record. The production on the tracks, especially the guitars, is vivid and engaging. Facing New York’s third album calls on sizable influences (Oceansize, Jane’s Addiction, Spoon) while bringing fresh melody and energy to an alt genre in need of reinvention. Put this album on repeat and blaze through the world.
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Nerve Salad I feel like I've waited years for this album. Wait.. I HAVE waited years for this album! Is it good? Is it what I hoped for? You better believe it! Facing New York, killing it once again. A band that grows up while you grow up. This goes into the Best Of The Year List without even thinking twice... Remember to RSVP to the release party at my house, whether the band shows up or not.
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firestather Reminds me of some sweet tunes of the 90s grunge era. Well done!
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released December 14, 2018

Written by: Brandon Canchola, Omar Cuellar, Eric Frederic
Guitar, Vocals: Eric Frederic
Bass: Brandon Canchola
Drums: Omar Cuellar
Produced by: Facing New York
Engineered by: Ian Rickard, Glenn Sawyer, Ethan Shumaker
Recorded at: Radiostar Studios, Elysian Park, Different Fur Studios
Mixed by: Ricky Reed
Mix Engineer: Ethan Shumaker
Additional Production on "Dogtown" and "Birth of Venus" by: Nate Mercereau
Mastered by: Chris Gehringer

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Track Name: Dogtown
Past the scrap metal siding a cart built for shopping is full of bottles and cans
Where the water is treated nobody is needed and it seems to run itself
In the road there’s a man with a crowbar in hand getting pushed all the way down
Out of Dogtown

The gnashing of gears is quiet around here, it’s done over drinks somewhere
But the scourge they have sewn is bigger than us all
A creeping plague can’t be paid off
Dumpsters on fire
Shoes on a wire
Devil’s a liar

In the road there’s a man with the world in his hand
Stolen land, breaking ground
Down in Dogtown

The ones you defeated
The love has receded
It can’t be completed now
Track Name: Big Rev
Back against the wall, no options no one to call
A band playing two different songs, a man dying down the hall
And he says goodbye, I say hello, which one is scarier its hard to know
But all you can do is let go

Two hearts are beating inside you
My heart better get bigger too
It’s growing every day since she came in the room
Don’t know how to thank you

Shelter nowhere, the city is burning used to not care
Now I’m the shelter when I’m scared in the crosshairs like a bear in a hunter’s scope
Nothing to say and nothing to choose just power forward with the world to lose
When everything is new I focus on you

Two hearts are beating inside you
My heart better get bigger too
It’s growing every day, her eyes getting more blue
Don’t know how to thank you

You gotta hold on, hold on to me
I thought I was stronger, stronger than this
I need direction and affection
And I’ll give you all everything I am

Two hearts are beating inside you
My heart better get bigger too
It’s growing every day since she came in the room
Don’t know how to thank you
Track Name: Gods of the Good Shit
I said to myself, hey man, you need some time on your own
Get out on the road and chase the ones you couldn’t get before
But then you walked in

I prayed to the gods, you know I owe you each a jack and coke
You led me to her but now I’m scared I’m gonna mess it up
Trying to sound smarter than I am, let this spinning wheel get out of hand
And I don’t want to tell you
You make comets collide in my chest
And I way overthink how I’m dressed
Yes I prayed to the gods of the good shit and they led me to you

Maybe we could get up on the weekends
Maybe you could hit me when you’re free next
Cut I ain’t gonna tell you

You make comets collide in my chest
And I way overthink how I’m dressed
Yes I prayed to the gods of the good shit and they led me to you
Track Name: Hail Mary
Wet socks and muddy grass, Thanksgiving knocked me on my ass
So I’m throwing this Big 5 pigskin with 6, 7, 8 of my best friends
Bulleit Rye in my thermos, playing ball how we learned it
When a couple of kids rolled up, started talking some shit

1 alligator 2 alligator 3 alligator
The quarterback is 8, maybe 9, he’s going deep you can see it in his eyes
5 alligator 6 alligator 7 alligator
His heart is open wide, he sends the ball into the sky

Hail Mary
Bless this time traveling 30-yard throw
20-some years from now someone be open in the end zone

Firecracker in hand running circles around an old man
Understand if I could have it this way forever I wouldn’t change nothing, now or never
I’m saying throwing the ball around when I’m home (you don’t know what you got till it’s gone)

1 alligator 2 alligator 3 alligator
The quarterback barefooted and fast, he’s dropping all the way all the way back
5 alligator 6 alligator 7 alligator
His heart is open wide, he sends the ball into the sky

Hail Mary
Bless this time traveling 30-yard throw
20-some years from now someone be open in the end zone
Track Name: Birth of Venus
Morning when you wake up
Sunlight, bottom of the bed
I touch your skin
Phone dead, I didn’t plug it in
No words
Sweat drip on the tip of your nose
You already know I want to get you off before you go
In one
Legs woven in one
Bodies woven in one
Lives woven in one
Track Name: Trouble
I was down and out, people counting on me
Dude bailed me out like I couldn’t believe
And I know he’s back on the bottle
Some people just got trouble

He got a woman in his pickup truck
Nursing a tall can with motherly love
I can’t say nothing, who am I to judge
You know some people just got trouble
Track Name: Shame
I caught myself spacing out in a strip club
Little bit of Jameson in my precum
And I don’t really need a hundred dollar lap dance
But I don’t have anything else

And getting off feels better than not
Put a gag in my loudmouth heart
Take me there to the place I love
And around I go

I’m barely turned on
I barely got off
I’m closer to love
I’m closer to God
And when I’m through
I’m through with you

I’m all alone in a cheap hotel room
Face lit by the internet blue
When this living I’m living it gets tough
I get high on a little touch

And I know that I ought to face it
And I know that I got to change it
But it feels so good that I can taste it

I’m barely turned on
I barely got off
I’m closer to love
I’m closer to God
And when I’m through
I’m through with you
Track Name: Heaven is High Hell is Low
Woke up with my shoes on, staring at my phone
Left the kitchen light on, clothes piled on the floor
Body like molasses but still I can’t relax
Got a pocket full of missed calls but I can’t call them back

I remember when the good days outnumbered the bad
Now its everything is sideways, everything I had
I was swinging from the treetops now I’m falling through the floor
Singing heaven is high and hell is low
I know heaven is high but hell is low
Track Name: Your Love
When I stare into the abyss trying to make sense of it
I see the patterns in the dark are written in the stars

Your love

Drop down bypass my wants and needs
Put some ground under my feet
I know I felt it once or twice
Your heart, it beats in time with mine

Your love

Drop in
Clear head
Give Love
Break bread
Come home
Face death
Say yes
Say yes

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