Old News

by The Lately

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Old News is The Lately’s first full-length since the indie rockers released Tiger Side Up in 2012. Like the rest of their work, Old News pops as much as it rocks, featuring sun-drenched pop songs disguised with loud guitars and louder hooks.

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released August 18, 2015

Samuel James Farrell (Lead Vocals, Guitars, DM, Secret Matching)
Ryan Michael Eick (Lead Guitars, Vocals, Artistry, Hair)
Michael Henry VanSchyndel (Bass, Shenanigans, Petty Theft)
Mark Joseph Marsh (Drums, Amiability, Rebellion)

All songs written and performed by The Lately.
All lyrics written by Samuel Farrell and Ryan Eick.

Produced by Samuel Farrell and Ryan Eick. Recorded by Samuel Farrell. Mixed by Samuel Farrell and Tony Anders at Studio H. Mastered by Tony Anders at Studio H.

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The Lately Appleton, Wisconsin

We met at a party in Madison. People told us we looked like a band, so we started one a few days later.

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Track Name: Boys
I was only there for an hour
I didn't even call her she told me not to bother her 
And she said we were meeting her friends there
I was bored and maybe sorta picked a fight with the bouncer
As if it even matters

Prechorus:
When you want it so much
You're just giving up
I'm sorry if this is what love is then it's not enough

Chorus:
There’s no bad guys only you and I, and we just fight
You know we’re only boys  avoiding lonely nights

Well he’s always talking above her
She covers up her phone cause her other lovers calling her
And tells him she’s got plans with her mother
He never even questions it, all confidence and bluster
And chasing something younger

Well I was only there for an hour
I didn’t even bother I knew she wouldn’t answer
And I ordered two more said that she’d be here
Now I’m crawling to the door thinking how’d it even happen
And looking for distractions
Track Name: Come Back To You
Well her momma’s gone, and her daddy’s drunk
She’s dangerous, like her sister was
Turn the tv on, turn the volume up
And you know its wrong but you can’t stop now

If its been awhile, don’t apologize
See you flashing smiles, at some other guy
I’m all fight or flight - a bit preoccupied
And I know its wrong but I’m halfway gone with you
And I know its wrong but I always come back to you

Chorus:
Don’t feel so bad, he don’t treat you right
Circumstance be damned, why don’t you come by -  tonight 
If either ask, you can just imply
They can do the math, but at least you tried - to make it right

Its a bad excuse, it doesn’t mean a thing
I’ll be good to you if you’re alright with me
Staring at my shoes like I was seventeen
And I know its wrong but I know you want me to
And I know its wrong but I always come back to you

Watching you undress, as the room, it spins
I’m as big a mess, as the one we’re in
Felt every breath, meant every word I said

And I know its wrong but I always come back to you
Track Name: Old News
Its so meticulous the way she pulls her sleeve 'cross her wrist
Like stretching fabric on a canvas
Like Sisyphus or some old character from some class she missed
The beauty lies in repetition 
I think it's crazy I'm debating but it's all that I've got
And she says 'honey wait it's all talk"
And it's amazing I'm still waiting and it's taken this long
Just chasing shadows on the sidewalk 

I got it for you, so say what you need to say
You know I got it for you, so say what you need to say

She’s talking quickly, glib and witty, pulling at your lapel
And begging ‘baby’ like a bombshell
Says she’s leaving for the city, once her mother gets well
I’m sitting shaky like a criminal
Don’t know whether its the pressure or I’m ready to quit
But I'm just thinking bout her mattress 
I guess its better that I’ve never been a man to commit
Like a revolver picking targets

Chorus:
You want to get high back at your apartment 
Let me come by I'm just getting started
Watch me get sick all over your carpet
Ask me again, I’m just being honest 
Why should we bother beating around it
Think you’re so smart, you think that I’m heartless

There’s a reason that I’m clinging from her fingertips
And I don’t think that there’s a difference
Not to cheapen it, I’m weak, my hearts a sinking ship
I think the damage may be permanent
It’s sentimental and forgetful and its mine to abuse
She’s looking at me like I’m old news
Any potential’s incidental, girl, I’m telling the truth
Just be gentle, girl, I couldn’t help but have it for you
Track Name: Early Months
There’s a reason if there ever was
Best believe it if you ever want to get through
A bit uneven like the early months
Or like my breathing when I’m lying next to you

Chorus:
I find, all in all I’m not surprised
It seems, that we’re defined by guarantees
And promises, but I’d do it all over again
You know, you can take it all, just take it slow

I will leave here if thats what you want
If I’m reaching then its only cause I need to
If I’m dreaming, well then, thats enough
To stem the bleeding, and just maybe it’ll move you
Track Name: Echoes and Dust
Keep on telling myself someday I’ll figure it out
Instead of sitting, treading water in a dixie cup
You can do anything to me that you want
I’m gonna love you til i’m nothing but echoes and dust

And hey, how you been, are you single yet?
And did you tell all of your friends that I’m just a mess?
Just tapping on the table with a cigarette
When I asked you out , I didn’t expect your friends
 
Nice to try and let it slide
And wonder why you don’t come by 

Chorus:
I know, I know - she’s over there with so and so and
I know, she’s bored - and even if I wanted to I  
Couldn’t afford -  a second chance, a second with you
I know, I know - never been that good at letting go and
I know, I should - have said these things awhile ago but
I just gotta get it out, I’ll take my last breath thinking of you

I know I’d only blow it if I tried to speak
With my tongue firmly planted in the side of my cheek
Its only been an hour but it feels like weeks
But the seconds tower like a guillotine

And hey there honey, hey baby doll
Have I waited enough to maybe risk a call
Yeah I know it isn’t funny, but its been awhile
And I miss your laugh and waking up to your smile
Track Name: Bloody Nose
Took the two last night, doesn’t matter what you’re told
Doesn’t matter if its right, if her daddy doesn’t know
She’s a late one
And he’s a real tough talker but its all for show 
I was the comeback kid with a bloody nose
It was my fault

And she’s not over it yet
And if you want to we can bring him round the back

Chorus:
Its not the same, yeah I don’t need one
Thats all I’m saying, she needs attention
I lost my head, don’t get upset
Its not the same, there’s not a question

And I never got to tell you but I think you know 
I would let you down if I could let you go
But I’m too gone
And I drink too much and I trust too slow
Think too much but whats under those clothes
Its a problem

I’m still not over that dress
Yeah I bet you we can settle this yet 

Is this it?
Track Name: Dress You're Wearing
Whats another year? Whats another year
When all I can find is, all that reminds us of it
Thought it’d be better here, thought I could be sincere
But all the words I find all seem so contrived, I

Chorus:
I don’t wanna be right
Cause the stories been told a thousand times
Check out for awhile
Cause its boring and the endings no surprise
You never say where you’re going
And I’m left here with the radio blaring
Guess its better than knowing
Cause its obvious with the dress you’re wearing

Its a pretty face, and its such a shame
Too busy withdrawing to notice you calling
Guess I can’t explain, I guess I can’t complain
I know I’m just stalling but baby I’m crawling
Track Name: Sorry
Well I don't wanna know if I’ve been mistaken
Don’t wanna be around if the whole thing's breaking
When everybody’s is gone, everyone stops coming around  
On all accounts, it got complicated
You drown in the couch, as you sat and waited
When it stops being fun, got the words wrong, once again

Are you satisfied? Is it all you’ve dreamed?
Do I cross your mind when you’re falling asleep? 

Chorus:
And I’m sorry, baby yeah you’d better believe me
I’m hanging by string so just tell me
I give up, give in, so guarantee me
You’re not still wondering 

You’re pressed against the windowpane and
Stare southwest, where your mother’s grave is
The bed’s still warm but there’s a thunderstorm outside your door
Dissecting the sounds of the conversation
Keeping count of every accusation
Yeah I could of swore we weren’t keeping score anymore

Everybody’s gone everyone stops coming around
Never had a doubt, figured everyone would figure it out
Track Name: Everybody Knows
Watched you as you cried at the top of the stairs
I know that you deny it but the kids don’t care anymore
Makeup making lines as you fix your hair
Until each collide and you feel it in every pore

Chorus:
And you know its coming when she asks for more
She’ll be lying in a towel on the bathroom floor
And you know its coming, yeah she don’t fight fair
From bedroom to the bottom in her underwear

You know just who to blame for the last four years
Can’t even say the name, it’ll linger in the back of your throat
Try and stick the vein before it disappears
Peeling cellophane, once familiar, now its all you know

And everybody knows
Track Name: Thinking of You
She don’t believe him - she’s got her reasons, she’s always playing it cool
I’m not agreeing, I’m only teasing, I’m only thinking of you

Chorus:
There was never a doubt, I didn’t even know how
But now I’m talking about it, girl, yeah its you
You were happy without it, I was never around
I never said aloud, but girl, yeah its you

Is it perception, or my inflection? Don’t mean to come off as cruel
I’ll try to listen, I’ll pay attention, I’m always thinking of you

Watch me blow it
Knocked me out, you know it

And if you’re leaving, give me a reason, give me a bit of the truth
I’m always thinking, I’m always thinking, I’m always thinking of you
Track Name: 21
Bleeding through another one, I know its my fault
Even if the money’s gone, you know I can’t stop
Even if, even if, even if I’m wrong
I’m leaving it, she’s leaving town, I know I’m no fun

Always thought you’d come around, but now the light’s off
I’ve figured out that hurried sound was just the needle drop
And no amount, no amount, no amount’s too much
Feeling like an afterthought until you get caught

Chorus:
The thought of leaving, thats enough
The desperation turns her on
The expectation never measures up

Blowing up like a candy gun with the tv on
Feeling like I’m twenty one, I was your age once
She’s hanging on, hanging on, hanging on my arm
Bite your tongue ’til you taste the blood, and your mouth is numb

I’ve been around, been around, been adding it up
Even if the money’s gone you know I can’t stop