General Winter's Secret Museum

by The Tea Club

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1.
Werewolves 06:09
You know, it's not enough to get by I feel it's best to let, sleeping monsters lie It's not the real me I'll be fine by morning I just need a little time This is my Mr. Hyde It's not enough to get by And paint your picket fence As pure as the night sky But why do it right? If it feels good why not? We're just getting by You work until you die It's not the real me I'll be fine by morning I just need a little time This is my Mr. Hyde Well I'm down and I'm wearing thin I can't help but keep hurting you Cause you're the only ones who still love me I am not myself I'm not myself Just let me die By my own hands It's not the real me I'll be fine by morning You will never understand Dawn and the sea is crimson red Reaching eastwards far away from the rest Where the man re-invents the wheel Setting fire to a world of traps and scissors Far away from the rest where the man re-invents the wheel
2.
Cool Smack 05:59
Follow anything for peace Check the serotonin levels I'm a scientist, I crush faith I know you're scared of vampire bats Did you know that they hung St. Peter like that? I know pain comes from caring Semi-conscious dream, awake to contradiction The kids, they broke their studded belts The young and beautiful grew old Became computer animated Follow anything for peace I know you're scared of vampire bats Did you know that they hung St. Peter like that? I know the sun is dimming Shining like cartoons, holding zodiac signs Sing a song that brings me back Takes my mind away from you What you do it's not enough Gave me a chance to do it right But I'll always doubt you What you do it's not enough Will the world be too much Or does love cast out the dark? Hell has a tie on me that binds
3.
Big Al 06:12
Look out, here he comes He's gonna tell you how it is He's seen it all, had a blast He's got punk rock for us kids Throw me a catch phrase Big Al I'd never miss a sage-like lesson Throw me a clich? Big Al I wouldn't miss a sage-like lecture Oh no, here he comes He's gonna show us where he's been Why his way is the best way 'Cos he knows us and seen it all Throw me a catch phrase Big Al I'd never miss a sage-like lesson Throw me a clich? Big Al I wouldn't miss a sage-like lecture
4.
Picture this, A miracle that lets you sing like a god Cry like the devil and sound like an angel The harvest moon is shining down upon A field of clouds that will soon be gone There is no revolution If we're all too frightened To look each other in the eye There it is, A Vitamin that lets you live like a god Go on forever and feel like a spectre The harvest moon is shining down upon A field of clouds that will soon be gone I'll be waiting here for my chance To start something new There is no revolution If we're all to frightened to die Now we sleep Beneath the shade of their wings Now we wait All day we stare at the lights Know your place That's where we spend a lifetime All we had We sold for sunnier days Oh no I'm where I belong But nothing seems right
5.
Purple Chukz 04:45
Homily from them spliced in a jar Glass reflection poised for sleep Charcoal terrain stuttering speak So enticing there it's Grind daily bread Colliding wild blue yonder Embarrassing Clouded gloomy beloved Prosthetic nerve ravishing lens Worried darts reopen sores Young Love Never found me Dead moral skin At least I'm honest about it Vanity At least I'm good at what I do
6.
The Clincher 06:27
Paints his room and keeps a clock That Don't tell time, don't tell time and cuts his hair when it gets in his eyes No he Don't sing but he can play Has a SNARE for a Soul Knew A Guy NAMED NEIL But He Don't sing the Blues no more Loves the Jazz and hits a block that keeps the time, keeps the time and paints the clock when it looks in his EYES No HE don't READ but he can draw what he sees in his DREAMS BROKE A PIPE and let it DIE HAD A Girl but let her go
7.
Last night I woke up out of a two year deep sleep Tried to go back but I know you can't Last night I think I was hit by a speeding train Never had a clue, but no one does Last night it rained like the world tried to drown itself You think it means something but you don't really care Last night I prayed, asked for my father to be healed Thought that was it, now I know it's not East of the sun You will melt away Will O' the Wisp West of the Moon You will melt away Will O' the Wisp
8.
The Moon 04:41
Followed you screamed from the oak Roaming flame falls to the street Where the scarecrow watched his field Climbed the hill The ruins were found, the omen took form Fires and forests, the night which to hide You called it Nebraska, said he died God told the demons he was not impressed This autumn to me had no end in sight Yet all of this place has passed me by The new harvest has died Boundless and dead, its mercies are none My thoughts to the days that are too far to be The conquering winter is barren of snow The haunted moon has turned to glass Torturing, taunting, "My heir will be worse" I watch now the sky as it darkens grey Said "good-bye" to the crow Waved "good-night" to the moon Black branches like knives
9.
IceClock 05:08
Hear the seconds on the clock go by When you hate the thing you've loved so long But still I've always felt at home in the dirt With the worms in the dark He fell down the rabbit hole where the flowers Poison butterflies Into the tomb we go like clouds In the middle of the night Imagine her face when she puts you in the ground But still I want to be born again We fell down the rabbit hole Where the earth makes paper butterflies Into the tomb we go like clouds In the middle of the night Wait the sky turns grey In the waning glow Wait till the sun's away To melt in the moon It's too late to start anew It's got me and it's grown roots It's a part of me now Sleep now midnight owl Twilight falling bye-and-bye Lord, I cry out for you To become the MOONFREAK And avenge these memories

about

"...Intensely punkish and atmospheric lyricism stitched with dramatic shifts and structured intentionality is the cloth of progressive rock from which this band is made. Rather than recycling the old prog themes, The Tea Club forges new paths and creates a sound that is immediate and urgent..."

-103.3 WPRB Princeton NJ


"...The Tea Club manage to achieve something almost as rare as unicorn sightings - marrying an enjoyable, agreeable sound with uniqueness, artistry and creativity... Although there is a lot to like about The Tea Club I thought the vocals were the most promising feature and the one that will most set this band apart from its progressive genre peers. McGowan has great range, imagination, passionate delivery and an appealing tonal quality that even Simon Cowell would have to acknowledge..."

-Jason Turner, Indie-Music.com


"...Really good melodic considered refined dynamic prog flavoured accomplished intelligent alternative rock from a young four piece from New Jersey. A colourful band, a considered band and a band with a flavour of their own – refined melodic prog adventure and now and again a breath-taking dynamic. An album that’s rather recommended and an impressive band who could well be making a few serious waves in the near future..."

-Organ Magazine


"...Listening to The Tea Club just confirms to me there is a lot talent out there. These guys are tight, sing really well and write some very interesting material. As a first recording General Winter’s Secret Museum is a major accomplishment, one they can be really proud of. They really deserve to be signed and heard by a wider audience..."

-Jerry Lucky, www.jerrylucky.com

"...The Tea Club is one of the few bands in existence today who can truly say that they are completely original. Truly, I have not heard another band quite like them, and in this day in age, that is indeed saying something. This is a prime example of what actual passion and love for originality in music can bring. As far as I am concerned, this is true Prog in it's purest, most valid form..."


-Micah 'Kain' Rollins


"...The Tea Club puts out a surprisingly lush and varied sound... with stylistic electric and acoustic guitar embellishments rare to this genre. In place of endless riffage, gorgeous chording and tasty chiming single-note picking keep General Winter's Secret Museum fresh and original... Each piece is performed with a fiery passion that has the whole affair giving most art-rock bands a run for their money, as beauty and bombast are balanced to maximum effect... Expansive and imaginative, The Tea Club's debut is a solid effort..."

-Warren Barker, Progression Magazine


"...The two brothers share the vocal position and it's these vocals that give this album its broad appeal, kinda like a head on collision of early REM, Radiohead and The Beach Boys on speed... It shouldn't matter where your taste lies, you should get enjoyment from this album, it's highly addictive... it's hard to categorise them without putting your head on the chopping block, let's just say whatever direction The Tea Club are heading they are damn good..."

-European Progressive Rock Reviews


"...'General Winter's Secret Museum'... is full of chugging rhythms, angular attacks that seemingly come out of nowhere, beautiful acoustic moments, and lovely layered vocals which only add to this band's charm... The imagery created by many of these songs suggests the words are as important as the music which is so refreshing in these days of mindless drivel we are so often bombarded with... This band deserves your attention..."

-Jon Neudorf, Sea Of Tranquility


"...There's hope for the future of prog with this young band."

-NewEARS - New England's Ear On Progressive Rock
(NewEars's Album of the Month of May 2009, "General Winter's Secret Museum")


"...THE TEA CLUB have restored my faith in Real Musicians creating Real Music. Deep, complex rhythms coupled with mature songwriting and and a clear dedication to sharing their inside feelings with the audience without falling into the 'Musician-as-savior' stereotype, four individuals who invite the listener to join them in their vision.."

-DJ Mojo


"General Winter's Secret Museum" is a very well done album and I can consider The Tea Club a true "Progressive Rock band" with an amazing musical talent, full of originality and great potential... Brilliant and indispensable work, highly recommendable..."

-Carlos Vaz, Progressive Rock & Progressive Metal - E-ZINE


"...Combining the unorthodox songwriting of progressive rock with an intrinsic feeling for modern alternative music, The Tea Club proudly do their own thing... it is obvious that this young band is unrelentingly following their own path... General Winter’s Secret Museum, an astonishing record that is accessible and thought provoking at the same time... not only sounds as professional as any label backed record, but even sounds more original and refreshing than those of the majority of big selling artists of today! If all self-released music sounded this good, there would be no need for record companies anymore!"

-DisAgreement Online

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released July 1, 2008

Patrick McGowan (Vocals, Guitar, Bass)
Dan McGowan (Vocals, Guitar)
Kyle Minnick (Drums)

Produced and Mixed by Tim "Rumblefish" Gilles

Recorded at Big Blue Meenie Studio, Jersey City

Additional instruments on "The Moon"
written and performed by Tim Gilles

Album cover by Kendra DeSimone kendradesimone.com

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