Always Stuck Here In Between

by The Przmatics

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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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Track Name: Footprints In The Snow
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
Track Name: Etc
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
Track Name: I'm Trying
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
Track Name: Minnesota
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
Track Name: My Invitation Must Be Lost
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
Track Name: Pereseids
"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
Track Name: 1979
by Billy Corgan
Track Name: Tipping Point
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
Track Name: Some Songs & Memories
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
Track Name: Kaddish
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
Track Name: The Other Way
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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