Pulled From The Ruins: The Longest EP in the World

by The Amends

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about

Pulled From The Ruins is the longest EP in the world (probably), clocking in at just over 70 minutes. Everyone knows--having been proven long ago and time and again by MATH--that quantity equals quality. So...you’re welcome.

We didn’t want to tout it as a full album because only the first nine tracks are new, original songs; and only the first seven are studio recordings (the other two were recorded live in generally less-than-ideal circumstances in Tropicalia without the full band). These nine songs comprise a soundtrack of sorts to The Ruins of Tropicalia, the serialized book which I co-wrote and edited. But they’re also meant to stand on their own. The first seven songs in particular are us rediscovering our collective voice after a too-long period of inactivity, partially caused by my retreat to Tropicalia. And a lot happened down there that needed more than mere words to properly describe. Thus, we began the hard but rewarding work of rescuing what we could from the ruins of Tropicalia.

PFTR begins with those seven full band songs. They’re followed by two “field recordings” made in Tropicalia during the events described in the book. “‘Hey,’ Regina Said” came about when Regina Porter (a fellow TROT co-writer) told me she had a rebuttal to the song we recorded on our first album that might have been about her. I wrote “Satellite Delay” in Tropicalia as my world (and the wider one) began falling apart. Instead of re-recording it with all the guys, we included the raw, live, solo version recorded while some of the climactic events of the book occurred in the background.

There was still a lot of available album space after the nine new songs. We realized we had a lot of material we wanted to share that we hadn’t yet made widely available. “Heroine” is our attempt to create something new by combining elements of two classic songs--”Heroes” by David Bowie and “Heroin” by The Velvet Underground. “Hold Me Up” was released on a now-unavailable EP called Signal. “Hey My” is a raw rock song that happened to be one of the very first songs we wrote as a band--though it’s mostly Drew’s baby. “Sweetheartbreaker” is another early song; one of the few I sang before I realized it was better to leave the singing to the pro. The final track on PFTR includes several renditions of already-released songs from Amends live shows, but ends with an impromptu guest vocal performance by Nigel Bumberpatch...

We hope you enjoy these songs, and we thank you for your continued support.

Watch the skies.

- Tyler (& Drew, Chris & Shay)

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released October 24, 2014

The Amends are:
Drew Weikart - Lead Guitar & Vocals
Tyler Taylor - Keys, Guitar, Vocals
Chris Childress - Bass
Shay Byington - Drums

All music by The Amends
All lyrics by Tyler Taylor & Drew Weikart
Except:
“Rescue What You Can” includes lyrics adapted from Richard Brautigan’s poem, “The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster”
“Heroine” includes elements of “Heroes” by David Bowie & “Heroin” by The Velvet Underground
“Hey My” includes a variation of the line, “Rock and roll will never die,” from Neil Young’s “Hey Hey, My My.”
“’Hey,’ Regina Said” features original lyrics by Regina Porter

Recorded, mixed, and produced by Tyler Taylor
Except “Heroine” and “Hold Me Up”, recorded, mixed and produced by Evan Reeves at UI Sound Studios in Boulder, CO

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"Holy shit, who are these guys?" -Gas Lantern Media

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"Flat out catchy fun... cool music to the max" -I Sing In The Kitchen

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Track Name: Reappear
You just don't get to disappear like that
You've got some explaining to do once we pick up your track
We know what you're thinking, that you made a clean break
But we're awake now so whatever it takes

Come back, share where've you been
Don't hold back, let us listen
Tell us what you did
And we'll thank you
We'll thank you
We'll thank you
When you reappear
Track Name: Zeroes & Ones
Heading down the low road
Thought it was higher
But it's just a little trick of the mind

The signs are all in source code
Don't you look back
Don't you try to see what we left behind

Chorus:
The air is all full of zeroes and ones
The air is all full of zeroes and ones
The air is all full of zeroes and ones
Point me where the plug is and I'll pull it
And I'll run run run

Verse 2:
We used to have big dreams
But everything got smaller, faster
And harder to see

The spaces left in between
Everyone are bigger
Than we need them to be

My mind is now long gone
Been a long time since
I had a thought all my own

So I better just move on
But let me get directions
Out of my goddamn phone

Chorus:
The air is all full of zeroes and ones
The air is all full of zeroes and ones
The air is all full of zeroes and ones
Point me where the plug is and I'll pull it
And I'll run run run
Track Name: The Virgin Pterodactyl
Here she comes, the virgin pterodactyl...
Track Name: Bored & Mean Again
I’m not as nice as you first dreamed
You’re not as steady as you first seemed
We both needed something on which to cling
You got bored bored, and I got mean

You only wanted love from me
I only wanted some kind of mystery
Sweet you go now, but sweet got to me
You got bored, and I got mean
Now we’re bored and mean

Bored and mean…

You said you wanted the simple things
I said I wanted a summer fling
You had much bigger sweet little hopes and dreams
You got bored, and I got mean

You only wanted love from me
I only wanted a little bit of mystery
You’re goddamn loving’, as sweet as it be
Makes you bored, and makes me mean
Now we’re bored and mean

Bored and mean…
Track Name: Pretty Good
You say that you mean it
I believe that's true
What else can you tell me
In an hour or two?

Did we run out of secrets
And things we can share?
Maybe that don't matter
It might all be repaired

I feel good
You feel good
But not as good as we should

You came in all sideways
I remembered how to stand
I'm happy but wonder
If it's just your sleight of hand

I walk to the window
Feel the wind coming through
I'm blocking the flow now
You want to feel it, too

It feels good
Now that you came back
This feels good
But not as good as it should

I'll keep trying
I'll keep trying
I'll keep trying...

I feel good
You feel good
But not as good as you could
You feel good
I feel good
But not as good as we could
Track Name: Vu Deja
This is a strange case of vu deja
It hasn't happened before but it will some day
And I swear that when it does, you'll wrap my arms back around you

We won't remember this time when it happens again
But it'll feel familiar just beneath our skin
And we'll probably just blame it on deja vu

I don't miss your touch
I don't miss you all that much

Years have gone by and you still deny
That you may have made a mistake
And you don't know why, but when you say my name
Your legs uncontrollably shake

When you lie awake at night
My ghost floats around you in the moonlight
If you touch my shadow on your bedroom wall
You can breathe me back to life

I don't miss your touch
I don't miss it all that much

In the back seat of your car
We measure how far apart we are
Maybe just maybe
We'll take it just a bit too far

I don't miss your touch
I don't miss it all that much
Track Name: Rescue What You Can
When things get bad, you rescue what you can.
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When you've got a little time to kill
You drink your wine, you take your pill
You do what mine disasters do
A lot of good people get lost inside of you

A lot of good people get lost inside of you

No way back home
No way home

When things get bad, you rescue what you can

When you've got a little time to kill
You drink your wine, you take your pill
You do what mine disasters do
A lot of good people...

When things get bad, you rescue what you can
Track Name: "Hey," Regina Said (Live in Tropicalia- Featuring Regina Porter)
Since I let you use me, I’m gonna use you too
I’m in a crude kind of mood, and your view is skewed
By the tunes you induce, from the shrews you seduce
I had to make do with half truths you produce

And your bottles of booze, the pills that you chew
Your dumb hipster shoes and your lies I see through
That long trail of clues will lead to nothing new
I’m more shrewd than you, I can see through your ruse

I’ll tell you what I went through
if it’s the last thing I do
I would have been your muse for a few
if you ever stopped singing the blues

Hey you cheater, I should’ve never come see you that night
The door swung open cause the hinges were broken
Cause you never could shut it quite right

Hey you cheater, you should’ve never come see me that night
I know you were hoping, this would stay unspoken
But that doesn’t seem quite right

And your body felt... alright
Track Name: Satellite Delay (Live in Tropicalia)
We did a little too much
We lived a little too wrong
We did a little too much
To fit it all in a song

When you think about my touch
Was it warm, was it strong?
Do you miss it very much?
Or did it always feel wrong?

I don't want to go yet
But I don't want to stay
So why don't we lie here
For just one more day

If there's really nothing
No truth left to say
Then why can't we lie, dear?
Would that be okay?

What's one more delay?
What's one more delay?

You seemed a little too tough
But I was looking at it wrong
I never called out your bluff
I waited too long

I've been thinking about your touch
Been coming on strong
You know I miss it very much
Though saying it's still wrong

I know that you're thinking
I led you astray
You didn't expect this
This hopeless decay

I've still been insisting
That I've got something to say
But all that I'm singing's
So trite and cliched

So trite and cliched
So trite and cliched

Whenever I look up
You're farther away
You pause when you answer
Satellite delay

Whenever I look up
You're farther away
You pause when you answer
Satellite delay

Don't want to go yet
But your miles away
I think I'll just lie here
For just one more day

You'll fade
And you'll fake it
I've lost all my sway
But I'm willing to try, dear
If you come back my way
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Track Name: Hold Me Up
I don't know just who I am
I'll be like you, I'll be like them

Try your best, do what you can
I'll make a life if I can stand

She don't know what I'm not
I'm so sure what I've got
Is best for you and brings us life
Don't think twice
But I don't feel right

She don't mean it

Hold me up
Hold me up
Hold me up
Cause I don't feel right
Cause I don't feel right now

Tried to find solid ground
Take me home, bring me round
Let me know through your touch
Tell me when I ask too much

She don't mean it

She don't know what I'm not
I'm so sure what I've got
Is best for you and brings us life
Just don't think twice
Cause I don't feel right

Hold me up
Hold me up
Hold me up
Cause I don't feel right
Cause I don't feel right now

She don't know what I'm not
I'm so sure what I've got
Is best for you and brings us life
So don't think twice
When I don't feel right

Hold me up
Hold me up
Hold me up
Cause I don't feel right
Track Name: Sweetheartbreaker (Live)
We can climb magic beanstalks if you want
Or just sit around and talk
We can slay all the monsters on our block
Or we could learn how to stand before we walk

You're a sweetheartbreaker
Sweetheartbreaker
Sweetheartbreaker

You won't believe this glass slipper will fit
You've got more suitors than you'd ever admit
While you sleep soldiers circle you and raise their fists
To make sure I don't wake you with a kiss

We were too high up on those beanstalks
To see all the magic that we'd lost
I'm still awake and alone and it's four o'clock
Should have learned how to stand before we walked

Should have learned how to stand before we walked...
Away

Sweetheartbreaker
Sweetheartbreaker
Sweetheartbreaker