"It's eleven-year-old somewhere! Let the light shine down on American Lizards--the album that gathers a true collective soul among you and your chums.
Sometimes you just want to wear a denim jacket on the beach, but the sand might get stuck in the gaps of the patches and it just sounds like a downright mess. The day I finally got the courage, I was only on Side A--drowning out the waves with the crooning vox of Jacob Hethcox making their way through a pair of Bose® Quiet Comfort® Noise Cancelling® headphones ($149.99).
As one lies on one's towel in front of one's Gulf, a lot of one's emotions are stirred (If "Hermit's Blues" doesn't woo you into the arms of 11YO, then...hey...) and said one may brew up a lot of hypotheticals in one's mind (e.g. "If Nico was with us today, wouldn't 'Poochie' be on her iTunes Celebrity Playlist?").
One of Am-Liz's many highlights, "Dissolve," sends a movement through the body, all the way up to your surprisingly active eyebrows--enough to give a jabroni like Dwayne T. R. Johnson an awfully exhausting (albeit, joyful) two minutes and forty seconds.
I like to imagine "Smell Human" as the song that was playing when Alexa Moquin finally said "yes" to me at the 8th Grade dance, rather than Blessid Union of Souls' "Standing at the Edge of the Earth" from their third studio album Walking Off the Buzz. It would have been the perfect transition into the waltz-passable "With Spell" as we slammed our sweaty palms against each other's Aéropostale-laden waist and shoulders, trying to figure out who is leading--and suddenly, Eleven Year Old is. "Permanently Stuck Faded" jingles all the way with encouraging applause as Alexa shoves her Claire's Blueberry Gloss™ lips into mine and lays one on me out of fucking nowhere. Thanks, American Lizards."
-Derek Holmes, Music Man
released June 13, 2015
RECORDED in the Gremlin Grotto by Jake & Sam
JAKE plays guitars, throat, drums & melodica
SAM plays bass
TRAVIS SWINFORD mixed it, JOHN PAUL FOSTER mastered it and DEVON MCFARLAND did the art/layout
THANKS you to Sam & Max, Travis, JP, Devon, Ginger, Ian, Mum, Dad and all the rest
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