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Wind Vane - EP

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To learn more about Calgrove and the Baltimore band’s new EP, Wind Vane, let’s take a trip to half-awake Lutherville, Md., where the musicians practice and sometimes sleep.

Here at the Valley Inn tavern, the patrons seem to nod knowingly when inquired about the young quintet. “Are they really that young?” shoots back Earl, 63. Okay, Earl. “I always thought they were a little loud, but honestly I could see one of my kids enjoying some of it. It is kind of pretty,” says Maureen, 58. “Well, yeah, they’ve got lap steel in the band. What the hell would an ugly lap steel sound like?” Earl again. Earl and I schedule a mixtape trade. Let’s move on from this corner.

A fellow named Foday, 25, says he’s heard the new EP. “I know they get a lot of their musical ideas from just jamming. And that is so well-represented with the last song, the title track. They ride it out for a sweet nine minutes. Sometimes you need a little escape, you know?” We agree.

Alessandra, 36, seems to have been waiting for our questions. “You know they put on a show at their house a few weeks ago. I was there. What strikes me is the opposition between the two guitarists’ playing. They do complement each other, but there is an odd separation. Maybe that’s where part of the emotion lies.”

“I’m kind of caught up with the rhythm section,” says Patrick, 48, a friend of Earl’s (though everyone seems to be friends here). “You can’t really create the feel they have in these songs without a solid bassist-drummer team. Calgrove has that.”

“They remind me of myself, when I was young,” David, 50, says. “Except they seem to be creating something and working. I couldn’t ever get a community together, even between my few friends. I guess you need somebody to rally behind and I just wasn’t that person. I think I grew into that role, but not until my late 30s.” David has a point about how the members of Calgrove are building something of their own: something outside of pettiness and misunderstanding; something natural and singular to their certain lives. It has something to do with the group stretching out songs to Can-length in their cellar practice space, and welcoming the local community into their home for evenings spent playing music and sharing jokes. But, David. You’re great. You made something beautiful and you know that. The most exciting part is: the best is yet to come.

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released October 6, 2017

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Track Name: Hot
Your 9 to 5 dress outfit
Is crumpled gross and sweaty
At half past ten
Working on the form, chipping on the line
Just begin
Ceiling went from slightly damp to falling in

Ultimately useless
Sounds out of speakers
Religiously devoted
Your own kind of preacher

The Landlord keeps ducking all your calls
Theres a 25 minute back up on the Jones Falls
Gives you time to look down at the trash
and contemplate, where you're going

Ultimately useless
Sounds out of speakers
Religiously devoted
Your own kind of preacher
Track Name: Back it Up
Hair parted so starkly forehead sweating
Virginia can get so sticky and dead
So sticky and wet

Tiles need scrubbing your sisters out clubbing
Virginia can get so sticky and wet
So sticky and dead

Which Don is your favorite? Felder or Henley?
You're getting too close, back it up gently
Back it up
The station wagon squeaks
Let's get something to eat
Track Name: Cry
Cry, cry, girl don't you cry
Dirty rotten bastard, he's gonna die
Hide, hide, where were gonna hide?
Wipe away the tears and burn them to the sky
So sing, sing, girl don't you sing
Sing a pretty song and make my heart sting

She said boy, boy, hands off me
If the devil catches us, he'll burn us to the sea
So run, run as fast as we can
The devil's gonna chase us all through the land
So boy, boy, boy dont you shake
Take another dip in god's good lake.

Cry, cry, girl don't you cry
Dirty rotten bastard, he's gonna die
Hide, hide, where we gonna hide?
Wipe away the tears and burn them to the sky
So sing, sing, girl don't you sing
Sing a pretty song and make my heart sting
Track Name: Flak Bait
Babe, you're always in the way
Me? I'm flak bait
I hope Machado stays
With us instead of getting a big pay day
It's unfair
The bar tender knows me

Babe, you're always in the way
Me? I'm flak bait
Hot night
Wore my lax splash 98' t-shirt right
So tight
Looking so fine at the Corner Stable restaurant.

Babe, you're always in the way
Me? I'm flak bait
We saw
The two biggest boys at the pool hall
We looked so small
Next to them, playing billiard ball
Billiard ball
Billiard ball
Billiard ball
Track Name: Wind Vane
When you're lonely
And you can't get it out of your mind
What do you do?
Do you run to where it all slips away?
Comfort yourself in the pain of others
How do you fix your heart?
You put it on me
You put it all, you put it all on me
You put it all, you put it all on me

The wind vane is making a turn for the best
The wind vane is making a turn for the best
The wind vane is making a turn for the best
For the best
Did you see that guy at the alumni club?
He looked like kinda messed up
Did you see that guy at the alumni club?

Now it's been a long time
Since you've been on trial
And it's been a long time
Since your heart has felt so vial
How do you fix your heart?
How do you fix your heart?
I'm just kidding, you never had a heart
To start off with
You put it all, you put it all on me
You put it all, you put it all on me

The wind vane is making a turn for the best
The wind vane is taking a turn for the best
The wind vane is making a turn for the best
The wind vane is taking a turn for for the best
For the best
Grab a wrinkled button up
Got a sweater to cover it up
Now I got a half full cup
Grab a wrinkled button up
Put on a sweater to cover it up

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