Columbia

by The Daily Pravda

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Everyone agrees The Daily Pravda has a David Bowie fetish. It’s not just Bowie’s sound, but his fearless artistic heart Pravda digs. On the new album “Columbia,” the quintet roams dozens of dark spaces: the heroin-age alleys of New York and Berlin, the post-punk dives of Manchester, England, Seattle and Cambridge and outer space (check out the jaunty “The Race to Space”). On the top track “Like a Sister,” the band treks through each spot in a single song. - Jed Gottlieb, Boston Herald

"That [Bowie influence] touchstone shows up right off the bat on “Columbia” with the theatrical rock flair of “I Can’t Take You Home” — particularly in Jackel’s vocal delivery and the mournful saxophone lead throughout. “Your Heart Is Boring” jumps ahead to the glam revival of the ’90s, channeling the epic melodramas of Brit-rock crooners Suede. “Wish You Were Her,” the album’s standout, sidesteps to Manchester for a Stone Roses-style guitar freakout from guitarist Adam Anderson, and a decidedly brothers Gallagher vocal delivery. In short, for fans waiting for the wheel of nostalgia to spin back round to Cool Britannia, it’s been going on under your nose this whole time in the clubs of Boston." - Luke O'Neil, Boston Globe

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released 05 November 2013

All songs by The Daily Pravda

Adam Anderson: guitar, synthesizers
David Jackel: vocals
Mike Gonzales: bass guitar, upright bass
Ken Marcou: drums
Tom Roppelt: synthesizers, vocals, guitar, percussion, clarinet, saxophone, ukulele, glockenspiel, sequencing, melodica, sleigh bells, upright piano, hand claps

Additional Musicians:

Ben Anderson: synthesizers
Josh Kantor: piano, accordion

Recorded by Dan Gonzales, Mike Quinn and The Daily Pravda at Q Division and the Moontower in Somerville MA, 1867 in Chelsea MA, Esthudio in Brighton MA, and Studio coBRANDiT in Allston MA. Mixed and mastered by Mike Quinn at the Moontower.

Thank you to all involved in recording this album for your tireless work and inexhaustible patience; to those in the Boston music scene and beyond whose support has sustained us over the years, you have our enduring gratitude.

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The Daily Pravda’s sound is a heavily-layered blend of classic genres, from do-wop to punk, with accents of surf rock, psychedelia, and 1970s glitter rock. Their lyrics are predominantly stream-of-conscious, with references to science fiction, Americana, pop-culture, and childhood brutality. Artists like Queen, David Bowie, Pixies, Radiohead and Suede are often cited as influences. ... more

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Track Name: Heavy Love
Never let me down – you’ll do it again
Never let me down – you’ll do it again
Never let me down – you’ll do it again
Forever here, and everywhere

The bitching’s older than God
The picture’s older than God
And even He has

Had enough, had enough of the heavy love
Had enough
Savor the time, you’re the last of the line

Whimper and a bang - used to be right
Whimper and a bang - used to be right
Whimper and a bang - used to be right
Whimpering’s still fine, but now we have

Had enough, had enough of your heavy love
Had enough
Nothing is fixed, everything’s fixed

The only truth is the word you never tell yourself
Track Name: Wish You Were Her
Get out of my head
I’m out
Don’t need no reason I just know you know what I know

I wish you were her
You were
She killed the thrills of country life
Maybe you should try
Come on, out of me!

Even though you own it all
You got no soul
You’re a mirror posing for the world
The more I stare the less I see
What you could be
All you got is less than what you own

For all of your shine
You’re mine
Who hasn’t heard your only lines?
I heard your laugh’s a line

A new world
Denied
Cause I’m
Resigned
To this
Bag of meat

Even though you own it all
You got no soul
You’re a mirror posing for the world
The more you say the less you mean
You changed so easily
Sucking up donations, down you go

Sell your mother, bleed the ape
Who’s so past her prime, it ain’t hard to see
You’re not getting anymore from me
When all your family’s gone away
Then I will have your soul
It’s not worth another note to me

You don’t need a voice when you got no soul
Don’t need a voice when you live alone

Even though you own it all
You got no soul
Track Name: I Can't Take You Home
Oh Darling, I could hold you forever and forever
And maybe if we freeze time our hearts will never sever

I can’t take you home, I can’t take you home
There someone waits who’ll blow me away

Now Monday was just murder
Tuesday? Just like Monday
Every second, every heartbeat
Drags a hot slug down a razor

I can’t take you home, I can’t take you home
Home clipped my wings, now all I do is sing

Oh Darling, I could hold you forever and forever
And maybe if we played dead then we could live forever

I can’t take you home, I can’t take you home
Home clipped my wings, now all I do…

Ain’t it sick?
Ain’t it sick? Ain’t it sick?
Ain’t it sick? All so sick?
Fetching black angels sing it for me

Oh come on say you will, say you will
Say you will, say you will
Oh say you will, say you will
Maybe will, oh Baby will
You have the will, to really will
The only thrill that really thrills
Oh say you will, and saved you will
Always be
Eternally
Track Name: The Race to Space
Everyone is a loaded gun
The kids are stupid and cruel
In my short life I’ve learned to hide
I’ve learned the meaning of this factory school

She was bright, elevated and light
All week I peeked hungrily
Then our class attacked and her vanishing act
Began with a slip and scream
Don’t believe what you seen

Sam’s not dead, she drowned
She’s not dead, she drowned
Sam’s not dead, she drowned
She’s not dead

I’ve been born again and buried alive
The race to space is worth it again
I search for Sam in the sky

Back in hell there’s a lie they tell
The new girl transferred away
But my whole school held her down in the pool
The coach watched her slip down the drain
And he’ll do it again

Sam’s not dead, she drowned
She’s not dead, she drowned
Sam’s not dead, she drowned
She’s not dead

I’ve been born again and buried alive
The race to space is worth it again
I search in the sky
I’ve been born again in fire and ice
The race to space is over and won
I search for Sam in the stars

Hey coach you still around?
Now, now… she never drowned
He says yeah I know
I let her go
They don’t return, they’re never found
It’s just kids drowning again

Past the locks below the grates
Runs a path miles deep that the plumbing makes
For the moon-eyed girl with the clever hands
It’s a clean escape to the lunar sands
Through the river motorboating her out to sea
Of Serpent and Serenity
Then the long climb up through the stratosphere
Into orbit, outer space, and away from here

It’s just kids drowning again
Track Name: Your Heart Is Boring
On my way down I saw your guts on the ocean floor
So you had died – who’s alive anymore?
Nobody loves you, nobody loves you
Even me, me…

So they dragged you to the vet
Well that’s what you get
Your kitschy emotion from the store was a bore
Nobody loves you, nobody loves you
Cause you’re boring
Your heart, it is boring
Boring me, me…

Try me some more
Stretch me down to the floor
Bleeding so patiently til I’m old enough
You know my desire
My angel wings are on fire
For the cold kind of light
That pulls me in, kills, drops me to ground

On the train home, dining car, we drank to your hungry arms
Your heartbroken heartbeat is no more, what a bore

Nobody loves you, nobody loves you
Cause you’re boring
Your heart, it is boring
Boring me, me… and I’m gone

He said, she stayed
She stayed, he said
She stayed
And there’s
No getting rid of you
Track Name: Angels
Try leaving your body
It’s worth much more than it hurts
You can drop like an angel
Freefalling to Earth

Gone away, they’re done, they gone away
Gone away, home to their own lodge
Gone away, they’re done, they gone away
To white and black

In my room there is always fire, Dad
Your teeth are like knives, sharpened and shined
Ev’ry time that you talk

You’ll burst into fire
Dropdiving through space
No angels there to save you
Cause they’ve all gone away

Gone away, they’re done, they gone away
Gone away, home to their own lodge
Gone away, they’re done, they gone away
They don’t come back

Before the book, before you checked out way too young
You were a desire, you were fed
Leaving bones in my bed

When they believe in me
I’ll love you more, doncha know?
I feed your heart with my black eyes, my black soul…

I even hate your rock and roll
But I love that soul…
Love that soul
Love that soul
Love that soul
Track Name: Baby's in the Bag
I know where you’ll go
No one slips by me
Episodes play in my head of every trick you tore to shreds
No one ever screws me like you screw me

Baby you’re worst I know
And I’ll know everyone
I give ‘em hell, I give ‘em pain
They never even know my name
No one ever knows me like you know me

You say you’ll try like they all try
Pass me by alive, well check your head
No
You can’t steal away home
Fly all the way home
It’s okay

You’ll never be happy
Won’t live like you did
What is in your head?
Is no one in your head?

I will never be alone
I will never be alone
I will always think for two with pretty heads to bury you
They will never own me like you owe me

You’ll never be happy
Or live like you did
What is in your head?
I know what’s your head
Baby’s in the bag
Track Name: Evelyn
I can remember Evelyn
I’ve been where she’s been
Eternally under twenty-five
We’re closer than kin

Here she comes, here she comes – not the boy that she was
Give her some medicine, put her on parade

Keep the kids in the womb
We don’t want them born
No, just keep ‘em warm

The twenty-first century came and died
I started too late
You grew up on Prince and Elton John
I grew up on hate

Here she comes, here she comes – not the boy that she was
See her eyes, still alive in that face

Keep the kids in the womb
We don’t want them born
No, just keep ‘em warm
We love our sons and the girls they are too
She could understand when she was a man

Evelyn
Baby, be a man
Track Name: The Shadow Life
When the shadow lives called for me
I was not open
To the fear they make and destroy
Though I’d soon be

When my shadow life took its form
It was a movie
Every memory in replay
An endless reel

It’s the fix our parents all fell for
Ask your dad if he was on it
Ask your dad if he was there at all

I’ve been counting time since I was born
I left Mom too soon I crave the shadows
Looking back I turned to salt
And outlived you all

When the shadow lives came for me
I was not older
When you sleep alone for centuries
You don’t get older

Married to the ground you don’t grow
Like your dad you’re never honest
Like your dad you’re never there at all
Track Name: Like a Sister
Kelly was alone with her new Rolling Stone, he said
You’re like a sister to me
But I can’t help loving the way you tease me now
I’ll shake until you bleed me

Will there be a day that brings her pleasure?
Don’t you want her to visit forever?

No, I’m going away just as soon as she arrives
Cause she’s coming to stay for the rest of all our lives

That dumb son is a waste of a one, she will
Eat him like a disease
Spread from New York to Boston, Kelly never lost ‘em, and y’know
She is like a sister to me

Will there be a day that brings her pleasure?
Has she lost her taste for freaks in feathers?

Oh I’m going away just as soon as she arrives
Cause she’s coming to stay for the rest of all our lives
Yeah I’m going away just as soon as she arrives
Cause she’s coming today and tomorrow never arrives

Run, run, run, run
Run, Kelly, run, run
Right through the cellar door
Track Name: Shauna Grant
I wanna dig up Shauna Grant
Take her to the symphony, put her in a chorus line
Show the world how we keep it clean

I’m well aware that when she died I was only four or five
But I grew up in record time
And now I’ve got so much to hide

I’ve been waiting for your God to take me where I’m wanted
In my other life He keeps every promise with me

Did you go out like Shauna Grant?
She scared us stiff in 7th Grade, Daniel’s dad hid magazines
He wasn’t a very good dad

Thought I’d write you a letter
Then I read you were dead, but you survive in the Eighties
The years I hold in my head

I’ve been waiting for your God to take me where I’m wanted
In my other life He keeps every promise with me

They won’t get me, cause Hell is filling up fast
The only way is up

Don’t you see, the Dark is really rising
The tunnel end’s in view