If​/​When

by The Tea Club

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Drew W. I actually bought this album on a whim. My wife is always telling me that I never give any new music a chance so I decided to buy something released this year. And, as it turns out, I’m glad that I did! I knew nothing about the album or the band except that it was getting good ratings and reviews on Progarchives.com.
I like the way the band is able to play music with classic Prog elements without sounding like a clone, and adding more modern sounds as well. So far, Rivermen is my favorite son
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Ghigigi This album’s stronger moments take punkish energy and fuse it into weird guitar lines and soaring synths.

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simontidehouse A modern lament to an eternal tension in the human condition. Music simply doesn't get any better than this. Favorite track: If I Mean When.
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Shoobedoobe This album masters the delicate blend of old and new. Each song sounds like it belongs, and each track's soundscapes build to create an incredibly cohesive, strong album. The album comes in at a near-perfect length, too.
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Stacy Godfrey I love listening to this prog album that doesn’t sound like a prog album. Favorite track: Came at a Loss.
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1.
The way you call, as if I don't already know The morning sun can share a cup with this child The way you call and shed a tear with my own And though it's far when I believe it's like Home, Home And in the heavens there's a fire returning my friend Melting away the ruin of another age We cried at the Lion and swam against the stream To flow like water and lay down in peace Hear my prayer, remember it when I am gone The way you call, as if I don't already know The morning sun can share a cup with this child The way you call and never leave me alone And though it's far when I believe it's like Home, Home And in the heavens there's a fire returning my friend Melting away the ruin of another age We cried at the Lion and swam against the stream To flow like water and lay down in peace Hear my prayer, remember it when I am gone.
2.
Say Yes 04:12
I put my head into the sand I didn't wanna see the ghost no more It came unannounced and burned in my mind Now I'm afraid of what I'll think of next And if I keep my head submerged under the ground Then maybe it's already gone But no matter how far I bury myself, I can still hear a voice, I hear it say When you see with your new eyes You’ll know the old with a new mind What a beautiful morning Free your chemical warfare I do believe that that’s how it’ll be Rise from your grave, as if out of a dream You will be the one escaping through the fire, excavating me Say Yes, Say Yes I took my head out of the sand And put it right into the Lion's jaws He carried me in his mouth to a stream of rushing water And told me to swim across I told him I didn't know how to swim, And he said, "There's no other way, and there's no other stream" And he said, "There's no other way, and there's no other stream” Say Yes, Say Yes When you see with your new eyes You’ll know the old with a new mind What a beautiful morning Free your chemical warfare I do believe that that’s how it’ll be Rise from your grave, as if out of a dream You will be the one escaping through the fire, excavating me Say Yes Say Yes to the fear And Yes to the trembling Yes to the lifting up your eyes to see Say Yes, Say Yes You will be the one escaping through the fire, excavating me.
3.
I'm just being realistic, I'm not hoping for a cure Soon there'll be no time to laugh away our sorrows anymore There'll be nothing else to live for if we're fighting to survive I say if, I mean when I'm just being realistic, I'm not hoping for a cure Soon there'll be no time to laugh away our sorrows anymore There'll be nothing else to live for if we're fighting to survive I say if, I mean when I say if, I mean when I say if, I mean when I say if, I mean when There's a buzzing up above me and I don't think it's a bee I'd like to know what it is there for but then again it's only me Someone says they fucked up good this time and left behind a clue But it's recently outdated, then again, what else is new? I say if, I mean when I say if, I mean when I say if, I mean when And I swear we clung to every word, believing it was true But it's recently outdated, then again now so are you So are you, you I say if, I mean when I say if, I mean when I say if, I say if, I say if, I mean when I say if, I mean when I say if, I mean when I say if, I mean when I say if, I mean when.
4.
Rivermen 06:35
When the sun sets When the rain falls When the clouds roll right in When the gravel crunches beneath your shoes And the streetlights they come on I will be there God willing, I'll be there I will be there When the gravel crunches beneath your shoes God willing When the trees dance When the waters crash When the dog dies, I'll be there To call out To fall down To get the hell back up I'll be the Riverman I'll be the Riverman I'll be the Riverman When the moment is never ever right God willing, I'll be there When your mind fevers When your soul is broken When your skin is open to the air When the snowman is strong When the snakes are singing When the loneliness drifts in I'll be there God willing, I'll be there To walk through the flame And pick up the heaviest weight When your mother comes in from the rain And the moment is never ever right I'll be the Riverman I'll be the Riverman I'll be the Riverman When it's your turn, Kiss your mother’s head Warm yourself in the river I was there We'll be the Rivermen.
5.
One more then I'm done forever One more then I'm out Tomorrow I'm starting over Tomorrow I sort it out Sit back and enjoy this moment Sit back and relax Tomorrow it'll all be different Tomorrow I clean up my act Yet I can't help but notice How could I be so misunderstood? It came at a loss Am I the only one who noticed the cost? I've been here before It came at a loss I used up all our firewood to carry this cross One more then I'm done forever One more then I'm out Tomorrow I'm starting over Tomorrow I sort it out Yet I can't help complaining How much it's changing who we were It came at a loss Am I the only one who still thinks of us the way we were? It came at a loss I traded in my only love for somebody lost And it came at a loss And it came at a loss Everything that I did And everything I didn't do It came at a loss When I turned the page, it came at a loss And when I stepped into that role, it came at a loss And everything I did, it came at a loss And everything I didn't do, it came at a loss And it came at a loss And it came at a loss Everything that I did And everything I didn't do It came at a loss Now I'm awake for the sun, But I still dream of the moon.
6.
Sinking Ship 03:17
Here am I Young man zero in his shell Soon will be the rise of your goodbyes Will my name be changed to yesterday? The long time is on Funny how I turned here after all Here am I On a sinking ship Of old enemies Still wondering how it all went wrong And I wink and blink and nod At a better day Still wandering 'round that old front door 'Round that old front door, 'round that old front door 'Round that old front door, 'round that old front door Here am I Young man zero in his shell Soon will be the rise of your goodbyes Will my name be changed to yesterday? The long time is on Funny how I turned here after all Here am I On a sinking ship Of old enemies Still wondering how it all went wrong And I wink and blink and nod At a better day Still wandering 'round that old front door 'Round that old front door, 'round that old front door 'Round that old front door, 'round that old front door.
7.
Creature 27:45
Call me the pulse and I will fill your veins Turn with me, stay with me, rich in my blood Against any reason other than I may fill you again Cast me in stone and I will weigh you down Knuckles white, carry on Resigned to wander, without any longing other than I may flow through you again Unwinding of the thread The needle of the curtain The hour of the glass The forest of amorphous All your creatures long for the new creation Where boundaries of death are ever failing Cast me in stone and I will weigh you down Knuckles white, carry on Resigned to wander, without any longing other than I may flow through you again Call me the pulse and I will fill your veins Call me the pulse and I will fill your veins Call me the pulse and I will fill your veins Call me the pulse and I will fill your veins. How How long In the dark? I close my eyes I hear that noise How long have I heard that knocking? How long have I heard that knocking? How long have I heard that knocking? How long have I heard that knocking? Do you dare enter this place? You wanna meet the devil face to face? Do you hear what I hear now? Well these fucks laugh at everything Hey hey hey, No mercy They're screaming ‘til their throats are ripped and raw They're screaming in the name of God But these fucks laugh at everything No mercy in this place Somebody needs to put them down Like a wounded animal out of their misery Hey hey hey No mercy in this place Somebody needs to put them down Like a wounded animal out of their misery Hey hey hey, what do you say? You wanna meet the devil face to face? You wanna watch your show about the living dead well I can introduce you myself Do you dare enter this place? You wanna meet the devil face to face? Do you hear what I hear now? Well these fucks laugh at everything No mercy They're screaming ’til their throats are ripped and raw They're screaming in the name of God But these fucks laugh at everything I'm just being realistic, I'm not hoping for a cure Soon there'll be no time to laugh away our sorrows anymore No time to flow like water or lay down in peace. The Chime of the Age of Gold has called all creatures bold The seeds in the water have burst The tentacles reaching out Arm after arm after arm Each one a different dance No longer wound like a thread They reach for a beckoning stream Now they flow through it again... If the time of my age has come If you’ll call this creature home If I learn to lift up my eyes Or If the When tells the Why If you’ll flow through me again I say if, I mean when I say if, I mean when All will be revealed All will see the wisdom All will be restored All will know forgiveness All your creatures long for the new creation Where boundaries of death are ever failing All your creatures long for the new creation Where boundaries of death are ever failing The way you call, as if I don't already know The morning sun can share a cup with this child The way you call and shed a tear with my own And though it's far when I believe it's like Home, Home And in the heavens there's a fire returning my friend Melting away the ruin of another age We cried at the Lion and swam against the stream To flow like water and lay down in peace Hear my prayer, remember it when I am gone.

credits

released July 30, 2019

The Tea Club:

Daniel McGowan: Vocals, electric, and acoustic guitars.

Patrick McGowan: Vocals, electric guitars, acoustic guitars, 12-string guitars, and mandolin.

Jamie Wolff: Bass guitar.

Joe Dorsey: Keyboards.

Dan Monda: Drums and percussion.

Recorded and Mixed at Big Blue North by Jeff Aderman.

Produced by Jeff Aderman.

Mastered by Dr. Timo G. Less at Surgical Sound.

Lyrics by Dan and Patrick McGowan.

All songs written by The Tea Club.

Album cover, art, and design by Kendra McGowan.

Dan Monda would like to thank his wife, Anastasia, and the rest of the Monda and Panagakos family for the constant support! Love you guys!

Jamie Wolff would like to thank Alicia.

Joe Dorsey: Special thanks to my parents, Erica, and my brother Sam who helped me shape some of my melodies in "Creature". Additional thanks to Jeanne Wernly, who taught me piano for 10 years, Butters, Nic Giordano, Matt Price, Sam Bower, Marisa Mirani, and Luke Tarleton; fellow keyboardist and role model Tom Brislin, and Dark Machine for the technical wisdom, guidance, and inspiration.

Dan McGowan would like to thank Kendra, all of our Patrons, Tony Davis, Kirby, Bryce and Kim, Scott, Pam, Tom, Sal, Alicia, Stacey, Ben, Kevin, Jackie, Stanley Schenk and The Music Club, Jen, and Finn.

Patrick McGowan thanks Jen, Finn the Riverman, Kendra, Jeff, Pam, Eric, Tim, my brother Dan, the boys in the band, and the Great Creator.

This record is dedicated to Tim Gilles, who believed in the band from the very beginning, and without whom none of this would likely ever have come to see the light of day. Into the fray, Tim.

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