Always Stuck Here In Between

by The Przmatics

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1.
I could blame the rain or the whiskey on my tongue But I couldn't find the streets I knew when I was young Collapsing on concrete with traffic speeding past Hoping they wouldn't find out how I'd been recast They slip away, my footprints in the snow And I can't say why they shouldn't go And just a few blocks over is the train I knew I could go to Waukegan or I could go to you And search for words to say or a document to show All the things I couldn't tell you only months ago They slip away, my footprints in the snow And I can't say why they shouldn't go They slip away, my footprints in the snow And I can't say why they shouldn't go
2.
Etc 03:33
Everytime you telephone to see if I'm still at home Well yes, I'm still here Guess you're bored to tears And I'm supposed to sing and dance when you tell me about the romance An outside review Like I'm interested too It's getting harder and harder to convince myself That there's any reason at all You're only getting meaner, and I'm not any cleaner And I punched my hand through the wall And you can't even bother to call So how come if I'm right you can make me feel so small? You keep talking 'bout your kid, it's the only thing that you did As if my life Never had any strife And you say you wanna hear but you can't even be sincere Well, you're just like my friends You're not there in the end It's getting harder and harder to convince myself That there's any reason at all You're only getting meaner, and I'm not any cleaner And I punched my hand through the wall And you can't even bother to call So how come if I'm right you can make me feel so small? You're always proclaiming that you would do anything But you can't even get off your ass to come see about me Everybody wants to sing but nobody's actually contributing That's why I broke up the band I made everyone mad i always recommend your name and now you can't seem to do the same Now I drink all the time I guess it's way out of line It's getting harder and harder to convince myself That there's something left to ignite You're getting clever in your words and it feels absurd To admit that anything's right To admit that anything's right We put the speakers in the windows so the neighbors can't hear us fight
3.
I'm Trying 03:38
This town's short on forgiveness and it's hard to find a voice This sound wasn't what was promised, but I never had a choice But I'm trying to be a better man I'm trying but I don't know where I stand I'm trying to figure out a plan for us Things are hard to share back home and find someone to trust The steam from smokestacks overblown circle closer with each gust But I'm trying to be a better man I'm trying but I don't know where I stand I'm trying to figure out a plan for us No one wants to open doors and it's easy to demean It's spun to possibly ignore and I'm always stuck here in between But I'm trying to be a better man I'm trying but I don't know where I stand I'm trying to figure out a plan for us To figure out a plan for us To figure out a plan for us
4.
Minnesota 03:39
The waves of the lake crashed up behind the trees You took a long drag off your cigarette I asked you to the show and you said that you couldn't go On the day that we met On the day that we met And I'm so sorry if I screwed you up I'm so sorry if I screwed you up If I could go back to when the rain tapped down on the aluminum roof And you were singing so close to me I would've told you right then what it took me so long to say That I fell for you before I knew how wonderful you could be Lost in a haze, caught up by circumstance We walked through the woods and drove down the highway You offered me a kiss, it was something I couldn't miss I couldn't wait No, I couldn't wait And I'm so sorry if I screwed you up I'm so sorry if I screwed you up If I could go back to when the rain tapped down on the aluminum roof And you were singing so close to me I would've told you right then what it took me so long to say That I fell for you before I knew how wonderful you could be And now all I have are these memories Cause you're not here anymore And I have no one to blame, no one to blame No one to blame but me I have no one to blame No one to blame No one to blame but me
5.
Another night goes by The orange streaks of dusk fade into twilight Which I can't see from my window looking out on these streets Like I can't see where this is going with you and me I know you're around But not around here I'm wanting a window And all you need is a mirror The minutes collapse into the depths of the night Where faith becomes logic as dreams come to light And I just keep falling for it, I keep taking the bait And I should've known better but now I know it's too late I know you're around But not around here I'm wanting a window And all you need is a mirror The sounds of thunder and elevated trains Rumble through obscurity that just keeps going It's not the rumble that I want to hear It's just silence without ever knowing On Monday morning when the rays of light overrun And I find that all my fears are already outdone There's always misspoken words and the signals are crossed I keep hearing 'bout the party, but my invitation must be lost My invitation must be lost
6.
Pereseids 04:28
"I'm not responsible, neither are you," Is all that I wanted to say But silence seemed better to bridge all the gaps And was easier to believe anyway The lights of the city wouldn't give up the sky As we pressed further along And all of the baggage that was strapped to the roof Reminded me where we belong Not here We don't belong here Not here We don't belong here I turned on the radio, scanned through the dials To stations that only come through at night But in between static that just filtered in I knew that I wasn't right So we got of the highway, drove up U.S. 12 Pretending we didn't know where I was diverting and you weren't hurting And everyone wasn't aware Not here We don't belong here Not here We don't belong here Then all of the sudden outside of McHenry Where my grandma and grandpa are laid We reached a clearing as the darkness set in And we watched the Pereseids The millions of light years we knew they had traveled Just to drift to our lives Made all of the previous miles we had passed through Seemed destined to where we arrived Here We belong here Here We belong here
7.
1979 03:53
by Billy Corgan
8.
There's too many leaves laying lost on the street And too many branches alone As they extend toward the sky that seems within reach Because it's closer than I've ever known Not enough money to get home on the train And I'm never gonna see your face again There's cracks on the sidewalk and dust on my fingers And rust on the broken down fence There's times that I'm watched and I still feel the linger And I constantly try to make sense Not enough money to get home on the train And I'm never gonna see your face again And I pass by the lot though there's nothing to see The bricks and the stones have vanished away And the grass that is rising I thought never would be Has proven that it's here to stay Not enough money to get home on the train And I'm never gonna see your face again
9.
It didn't snow in April when you had to leave But I still felt the chill, I didn't want to believe How could I explain to you what the chords meant to me? Waking up inside myself what I wanted this to be And I never knew a sound that knew just how I'd feel And I never knew I'd found something that's so real The times weren't always the sign that this was going to last I thought that it'd be longer, but you know you're much too fast And I remember Paisley walking 'round the lake to catch a glance I thought you'd take me with U, but I never had a chance And I never knew a sound that knew just how I'd feel And I never knew I'd found something that's so real We went down to the park just to try and tell you what you meant And even in the dark all the voice echoed what you lent Everyone had stories, you didn't belong to only me All we had were purple lights, some songs, and memories And I never knew a sound that knew just how I'd feel And I never knew I'd found something that's so real
10.
Kaddish 04:05
When the alarms that you've set have gone over And the chimes on the door can go free When you've passed around the food at the table Then that's when you'll have to say goodbye to me It's sobering and tough to see that life is moving on The name leaves the phone and the picture in the frame The flowers in the vase, the tears are overdrawn And only your memories remain When there's no one let to take messages to you And the echoes in the corridor simplify When empty chairs begin to fill again Then all I'll have to do is say goodbye It's sobering and tough to see that life is moving on The name leaves the phone and the picture in the frame The flowers in the vase, the tears are overdrawn And only your memories remain When the leaves change and snow falls on the ground And covers up the etched words in the stone When there's laughter once again in simple ways Then we'll say goodbye to everything we've known It's sobering and tough to see that life is moving on The name leaves the phone and the picture in the frame The flowers in the vase, the tears are overdrawn And only your memories remain It's sobering and tough to see that life is moving on The name leaves the phone and the picture in the frame The flowers in the vase, the tears are overdrawn And only your memories remain
11.
Plug in the phone Turn out the lights It's four in the morning and you're not coming home tonight Say all the words Slip into grey And I should've known but I looked the other way Goddamn the memories that get torn up And all the times we closed our eyes and held on And who knows what comes out in the wash? Yeah who knows what comes out in the wash? Find all the signs Try to explain Sit and watch the summer from behind a window pane Close all the bars Lose your way home Find another lover and you'll never be alone Goddamn the memories that get torn up And all the times we closed our eyes and held on And who knows what comes out in the wash? Yeah who knows what comes out in the wash? Smile all the smiles Say all the lines Soon the snow will fall and I'll no longer go outside

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Always Stuck Here In Between is the debut album from Chicago rock band, The Przmatics. Mixing in influences of alternative rock, r&b, folk, power pop, and gospel the band navigates a city of neighborhoods and other Midwestern haunts to define their niche. Recorded mostly live in less than a week, the sonic textures include soaring harmony vocals dancing around thunderous bass tones, chiming vibraphones, distorted shoegazing guitars, rich textures of symphonic pianos, and other instruments floating in the ether.

The Przmatics were formed in 2012 as a songwriting outlet for composer/multi-instrumentalist Mike Przygoda, and includes three of the best musicians in Chicago: Ausberto Acevedo (Al Scorch's Country Soul Ensemble), Nick Gutierrez (Chicago Players), and Stephanie Stahl (Willy Dynomite).

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released October 20, 2017

written and produced by Mike Przygoda except "1979" written by Billy Corgan
vocals co-produced by Nick Gutierrez

Arranged and performed by The Przmatics:

Ausberto Acevedo: acoustic & electric bass
Nick Gutierrez: acoustic & electric piano, organ, backing vocals
Stephanie Stahl: electric guitar, backing vocals
Mike Przygoda: remainder

recorded at by Jamie Wagner at Strobe Recording and Mike Przygoda at La Casa D'Adventure
mixed by Nick Broste at The Shape Shoppe
mastered by Peter Andreadis at All City Mastering

art direction and design by Elise Swopes

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The Przmatics Chicago, Illinois

The Przmatics were started as a songwriting outlet for Chicago based multi-instrumentalist/producer Mike Przygoda.

Ausberto Acevedo (bass)
Barry Bennett (drums)
Natalie Felix (vocals)
Nick Gutierrez (vocals, keyboards)
Stephanie Stahl (vocals, guitars)
Mike Przygoda (etc)
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