That For This

by Dirty Dancing

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​On May 11th, local post-punk outfit Dirty Dancing will be releasing their second LP That for This ​through GLOSS Records. Led by primary songwriter Eric Schoen, the band has seen innumerable lineup changes in its decade-long existence. The current lineup of Schoen (Guitar/Lead vocals), Neil Larson (Guitar/Vocals), Max Williamson (Bass/Vocals), and Travis McDonnell (Drums) coalesced in the fall of 2017 to begin work on ​That for This​ with producer Harrison Colby.
The year and a half of on-again, off-again recording sessions formed the album’s raw, angular sound -- with stark and multi-faceted statements on chance, loss, love, and consumerism. “The entire music experience, from performing to buying and selling records, is a transaction between audience and artist, like an abstract conversation,” says Schoen. This kind of detached stoicism permeates the band’s sound. Songs like “Right Place, Right Time,” to “Winning” with its screamed chorus of “To win you gotta beat someone,” showcases the band’s unique blend of deadpan lyrics with twangy, percussive guitar.

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released May 10, 2019

Eric Schoen: main vocals, guitar, and writing
Neil Larson: back-up vocals & guitar
Max Williamson: back-up vocals & bass
Travis McDonnell: back-up vocals, drums, bottle, and can
Harrison Colby: keyboard and engineer

Produced by Dirty Dancing & Harrison Colby

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Track Name: (How To Be A) Grief Store
Blow up our hands
Who needs them anyway
We will find a way
We will find a way

My hands are on fire
Still I hear the choir
I love things to hold
What I buy is what I sold

Smart is dangerous
Here comes the exodus
We're starting brand new choirs
And we all wear wires

Blow up our hands
Who needs them anyway
Track Name: Atlantis
There's water in the streets
It's coming up the stairs
It's staining our sheets
And we're leaving in pairs

Don't give up
Just give up

We've lost our seat to an uneven share
We've become obsolete do we even care
We've lost our seat to an uneven share
We've become obsolete how much should we care

There was a time when we used to build things
Now we put our hands in our neighbors' pockets
We used to be the brightest beacon
But now we can't see for the light in our sockets

They're adding up the fees and using our air
We've lost the receipts and forgot our prayer
We're looking for our feet; we're looking for a spare
But more important what should we wear
We can't even breathe; we wouldn't even dare
To ask for help; the future just swears
We're choking on our teeth; our tongues are not there
But it's OK; check out my hair

There's water in the streets
It's coming up the stairs
There's water in the streets
It's coming up the stairs

Don't give up
Just give up
Track Name: Winning
From the bottom I can see more (x2)

To win you gotta cheat
To win you gotta steal
To win you gotta lie
To win you gotta kill

To win you gotta cheat
To win you gotta steal
To win you gotta lie
To win you can’t feel

To the spoils go the victor (x2)

To win you gotta cheat
To win you gotta steal
To win you gotta lie
To win you can’t feel

To win you gotta cheat
To win you gotta steal
To win you gotta lie
To win you gotta

And if you feel defeat
You better make a meal
Of all your little sighs
That turn your little wheels

With your heartbeat
You bargain for a deal
To try recognize
Something with appeal

To win you gotta cheat
To win you gotta steal
To win you gotta lie
To win you can’t feel

To win you gotta beat gotta beat someone
To win you gotta beat gotta beat someone

To win you gotta beat gotta beat someone
To win you gotta beat gotta beat someone
Track Name: In Absentia
I was so lost
I thought too much about it
Then our paths crossed
I never thought about it

You go your way & I’ll go mine
Meet up again when I’m out of time
You go your way & I’ll go mine
See you again when I shake off time

My fat fingers your thick thighs
We wrap them around each other’s cries
My fat fingers your thick thighs
We wrap them around each other’s cries

Another fat lip from another fight
I’ll press it to your cold reply
No matter how hard you may try
I can never hear your soft good-bye

Your name is a prayer
That this time I’ll be there
I know it’s not fair
But it’s something we can share

Your name is a prayer
That this time I’ll be there
Track Name: When We First Met
When we first met I wasn’t really me yet
Every wet, grey street would tell us where to meet
Hanging around just to hear the sound
Of your voice AS IF I HAD ANY CHOICE

Kissing in cars
Kissing in bars
Breathing in the stars
Kissing really hard

Sleepless nights
We never needed any lights
Climbing through the walls
I never felt the fall

Fighting in cars
Fighting in bars
Breathing in the stars
Kissing really hard

Feeding sweaty cold coins to a jukebox in Des Moines
Dancing til dawn because they’re all our songs
Smoking too much and feeling really nuts
Time begins to bend and this will never
Track Name: Magnet Kisses
There must have been magnets in our mouth
To make a kiss like that
You bend my heart around your wrist
You wear it like a finger wears a fist
Addicted to your tragedy
A trophy you blame too loudly

Your hand on your head and your head in the dark

I've got some guts to spill
You've got some nerve to kill
Such a like, totally sweet and awesome vibe
Yeah, I think I just might maybe

You bend my heart around your wrist
You wear it like a finger wears a fist
Addicted to your tragedy
A trophy you blame too loudly

You got your hand on your head and your head in the dark

You try to turn into yourself
You pull another date from the shelf
Won’t you please take it back
And clean the blood from the bath

Won’t you please let me down
You always give and get back
Won’t you please take it back

I think I just might maybe try

I’ve got my hand on my head and my head in the dark
Track Name: (Don't Wanna Be Too) Satisfied
When I woke up this morning I said, "Woo Hoo!"
And then I ate some cereal, Woo Hoo!
Somebody called and they said, "Woo Hoo!"
I'm gonna pay some bills today, Woo Hoo!

I wanna be excited and fall all around
But I just can't bring myself to lift the crown
One of these days I'm gonna blow this town
I wanna dance to the radio right now

I wanna go outside and feel the sound
I wanna get distracted and mess around
But instead I'll check my e-mail every hour
Stayed glued to the screen for hours and hours and hours and hours

Every day gets wasted away
When did I become such a cliche'?
Is it all for nothing and nothing for all?
Just don't expect the curtain call
Sex, beer, money, find a bride
I don't wanna be too satisfied
Insurance, food, friends, sense of pride
I never wanna get too satisfied

When I turn out the lights in my room
There's a glow that says what I always knew
No matter how it feels, it's still just you
Alone in room pretending to enjoy the view
Track Name: Because Sometimes I Forget
"Come on, let's go," she said
And we kissed for a week instead
In a month we left the bed
This town could use a little red

Let's go save the world, and then we'll go out to eat somewhere cheap
And at the end of the night when the credits roll, you fall asleep, breathing deep
Let's go save the world, and then we'll go out to eat somewhere cheap
And at the end of the night when the credits roll, you fall asleep, breathing deep next to me

Oh woman, oh how do you do this to me
Oh how do you do this to me
I once was blind and now I can see through anything
Oh woman, oh how do you do this to me
Oh how do you do this to me
I once was blind and now I can see through anything

Our masks laid on the floor
You thought there was nothing more
Soon you would be bored
And so began the great war

Now bridges burn and buildings fall every time you speak or tough my cheek
Sparks fly from your fingertips and sirens weep above the streets
No matter how long or hard we try nothing will ever be the same again
And just when we think the smoke has cleared, the authorities deploy their men

Oh woman, oh how do you do this to me
Oh how do you do this to me
I once was blind and now I can see through anything
Oh woman, oh how do you do this to me
Oh how do you do this to me
I once was blind and now I can see through anything
Track Name: Livin' The Dream
Broke as a joke and I’m still laughing
Scraping by on the skin of my skull
Corner store breakfasts and fast food lunches
I’m livin’ the dream
Paycheck to paycheck to paycheck
5 figures dressed in red
I’m livin’ the dream
I’m livin’ the dream

Feel the pounding of the waves
Like wind through a keyhole
Born to feel the constant crave
And never in control
Feel the pounding of the waves
Like wind through a keyhole

With the night-talkers, glowing in the dark
Trading ghosts and doing it in the park
Tall-boys, shiny and cold
Kings & Queens without halos
I’m livin’ the dream
Fruit flies, mai-tais, we never close our eyes
I’m livin’ the dream

Close your eyes we’re under the lids
Selling shadows to feed the substance
Feel the pounding under your lids
Tonight doesn’t know the pretense
Track Name: art rock, post-punk, garage, art punk, psych, Rock, indie rock, no wave, - Camaro Screams
I wish I had just a little more time
For camaro screams & ice cream dreams
To feel the wind in my hair and close my eyes
and feel a slice of paradise

Let’s take a nap together
Like herds of a feather
Let’s burnout together
Like Candles in The Weather

Too many choices Too many names
Shut your eyes and you’ll burst into flames

Let’s take a nap together
Like herds of a feather
Let’s burnout together
Like Candles in The Weather
Let’s take a nap together
Like herds of a feather
Sleep forever

Protect me from what I want
Protect me from what I want

Success, success | Success, success
Success, success | Success, success

I can see the whites of your eyes
I can see the whites of your eyes
Track Name: Robotic Luddite
Robotic luddite, you kiss just like a crucifix
Automatic stylite, go fish with your ethics

Romantic troglodyte, your necklace is a bodice
Your eyes caught by the lack of light, you piss on the mattress
Full of spit and out of spite, you hiss without finesse

The world is turning but you don't know how
And you think it's cool that you don't know how
Like it or not you're standing in line
At the back by your own design

Robotic luddite, you kiss just like a crucifix
Narcotic socialite, your heart is filled with shit

Don' t take your time
Shake your ass while you're still in your prime
Make up you're mind
Just shake that ass real fine

Keep it going
Track Name: The Right Place & The Right Time
I'm the right place
I'm the right time
you get yours
I'll get mine

I'm the right place
I'm the right time
don't give up
go stand in line

you could be happy
or die die die
have some faith
I'll eat you alive

I'm the right face
I'm so fine
let's get together
and stand in line

I think you're pretty
I guess I'll sigh
you keep your space
I'll keep your spine

Does it matter what you do
Lightning strikes where it wants to
No matter how much you might chew
Scenery still clouds the view
Is it really up to you
You can try if you want to
Play it straight or go askew
Use a nail or use a screw
Does it matter what you do
Lightning strikes where it wants to

Hey, you, over there
Do you want to go somewhere
Just stop having so much fun
And you just might get to be someone
Sit around and wait some more
If you're good enough you might get a reward
Just keep waiting and waiting and waiting...

People who eat people are the luckiest people

I'm the right place
I'm the right time

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