Stone Lions EP

by Finn's Motel

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Disclaimer: I’m lousy with chronology, I admit it. If you read this and find factual errors, please contact me and I’ll fix it up.

Where do I begin? Finn’s Motel released Escape Velocity on Scat Records in 2006 (www.scatrecords.com/catalog.htm). Then we did all the normal stuff. Mini-tour to promote the album. SXSW in 2007. Gigs whenever we could. Soon it was time to start recording the new music that was beginning to happen.

At that time, the live band was Patrick Hawley on drums, Steve Scariano on bass, Robert Griffin on guitar and myself playing guitar and singing. We were really gelled as a unit. The other three guys were also principal players in Prisonshake (Scat Records) and I was filling in as utility infielder. The Shake was finishing up a massive double-LP that would become the brilliant Dirty Moons (get yourself a copy of this; you won’t regret it). (www.scatrecords.com/ps.htm)

So we were playing together a lot and Robert’s influence was becoming more and more present in my work. Not that it wasn’t already there. Keep in mind his guiding hand was what helped make Escape Velocity into what it is/was. And he released it on his label (Scat Records). Without his encouragement I might never have ventured out of the basement. But I digress. I had started writing new songs and bringing them to the band. Robert and I began collaborating even more. In a few cases (Gone Cold / Remember To Breathe) he fully took the reins on the arrangement. You can hear the Griff’s influence in that song’s eccentric composition and you can hear the Prisonshake straight-up rock approach to Another Room (Roll Away the Stone), a song that later appeared on Quinta del Sordo in a more grunge-psych style. Robert composed the outro to Wings Are Not Made of Angels - which appears on Jupiter Rex stripped down to its core. You can decide which you like better. I love them both.

We started recording sessions where we were all in the same room (my dining room/living room; pictured in the CD art) playing together. Most of what is on this EP was tracked in those sessions, with a few overdubs. A handful of the other tunes (Devil’s Gonna Win, Left the Best Part Out) were written at that same time, but received updates as recently as 2018. Still it seemed appropriate to include them here. They’re loosely thematically connected, etc.

Sometime after Prisonshake’s Dirty Moons double LP was released and some promotional shows had been played, Robert decided he was done with it all. You gotta respect an artist for knowing when to say when. But without Robert in the band, things didn’t feel the same. It wasn’t bad – we had some great guitarists filling in: Chris Grabau (Magnolia Summer, Cave States) and Matt “Bug” Meyer, to name a few. But things were different and these sessions got put on the shelf.

Fast forward to 2013. I graduated from UMSL after finally finishing a bachelor’s degree (English, Philosophy). I decided to wade through all the recordings we had done since Escape Velocity and put the good ones out. I had no label so started my own. I recruited the incredibly patient Matt “Bug” Meyer to help me cull through it all and co-produce all the good stuff. 2017 brought Jupiter Rex and Quinta del Sordo. In typical Finn’s Motel ass-backward fashion, we now give you Stone Lions, the stuff that was recorded before both of those two records.

A final note. If you heard the original recordings of Stone Lions (done by me with very little effort to keep things clean) you would marvel at the miracle of what Matt has done here. If he had not been able to resurrect these tracks they may have been lost to the scrap heap dustbin hard drives of history. We thank him for his meticulous cleanup work and excellent production.

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released April 21, 2018

Produced by Matt Meyer and Joe Thebeau

Recorded by Joe Thebeau and Matt Meyer
Mixed by Matt Meyer, except "The Devil’s Gonna Win” mixed by Joe Thebeau and Jack Petracek and “Gone Cold Bond Theme Roll Credits” mixed by Joe Thebeau

Mastered by Jack Petracek

All songs written by Joe Thebeau [Victory Over Gravity Music (ASCAP)], except:
“Gone Cold / Remember to Breathe” and “Another Room (Roll Away the Stone)” (Thebeau/Griffin) [Victory Over Gravity Music (ASCAP)/Proctology Music (BMI)]

Joe Thebeau - vocals and guitar
Robert Griffin - lead guitar
Steve Scariano - bass guitar
Patrick Hawley - drums and percussion
Matt Meyer - supplemental guitars, backing vocals and Virtual Instruments
Scott Roever - guitar on “The Devil’s Gonna Win”
Jack Petracek - drums on “The Devil’s Gonna Win”
Jenn Malzone - piano on “Left the Best Part Out”
Mark Early - kaossilator on "Left the Best Part Out"

Stone Lion photos: Toby Weiss
Cover art: Joe Thebeau

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Track Name: Gone Cold - Remember To Breathe
Gone cold
The end comes quietly
A winter freeze
Arriving in the night
Creeping across the floor
Gone cold
We lie in silence, stone lions
The silence is the lie
And we won’t say it
Slipping out the door
Gone cold
I never meant to leave
I never meant to leave

Gone cold
Watched myself say it
Saw it hit you, oh
I have crossed the line
And I can’t take it back
Gone cold
Waiting, hating you
Is hating me
For making me into you
Oh, you made me say it
And I can’t take it back
Gone cold
I never meant to leave

I never meant to leave
Was only walking to see where I would go
Looking back at tracks left in the snow
I never meant to leave
Was only walking to see where I would go
I’ll have to finish this one alone

I gotta get some distance
Try to get some distance

I never meant to leave
Was only walking to see where I would go
Looking back at tracks left in the snow
I never meant to leave
Was only walking to see where I would go
I’ll have to finish this one

Go away get some distance
Just remember to breathe

Don’t you give it all away
Some things are worth keeping
Like keeping the faith
Don’t you dive under mountains
That you were meant to climb
You can find a way

Go away get some distance
Just remember to breathe
Track Name: No Ceiling
Got a feeling that I want you
There’s no ceiling on the sky tonight
Done debating, ‘cause it’s all true
You can reconcile it away but I don’t wanna know

Got a feeling that you want to
There’s no reeling in a racing heart in flight
Detonate it, but it’s on you
You can reconcile it away but I don’t wanna know

From that side of town
Running takes you wide
Takes you wide of the target
Runways, stalled an arguments

Got a feeling that I want you
There’s no ceiling on this high tonight
Done debating, ‘cause it’s all true
You can reconcile it away
Lock it in a cage, or
Love the lion leaping off the page
Track Name: The Devil's Gonna Win
The temptation of Saint Anthony begins
Dancing underneath your dress and waking up my skin
This time
It’s looking like the Devil’s gonna win

My heart is getting darker with every drink
A lion in the winter creeping back into the spring
This time
It’s looking like the Devil’s gonna win
It’s looking like the Devil’s gonna win

Surrender to the siren on the shore
Each time a little easier than the time before

In my ‘try to look surprised’ disguise I reach
Across your shoulder halo and whisper on your cheek
This time
It’s looking like the Devil’s gonna win
It’s looking like the Devil’s gonna win
It’s looking like the Devil’s gonna win
Track Name: Wings Are Not Made of Angels
Waiting on a wing to take me south of here
Wish that I could say that I was sorrier
But I am the plane as the wheels lift off the ground

Used to make me think I could do most anything
Then my flying feet fell out like baby teeth
And the shoe just started to fit before I knew it
I was slinging stones at swinging low sweet chariots, it’s true

The just reward is just a dream
This time freedom comes from leaving
Not celestial decree from sacred eagles.

Calling on Apollo to calm this turbulence
I really must admit, it does make Karmic sense
In a past life I would agree that I deserved it
But today I couldn’t say I would reverse it, yeah it’s true

The just reward is just a dream
This time freedom comes from leaving
Not celestial decree from sacred eagles.
Wings are not made of angels
Track Name: planecrashdream
London town, it’s raining, he’s at the gate
Waving from the window
Oh no, baby don’t go
Should have seen it coming a mile away
Dropping from the bomb bay
This was not like Pompeii
You know you never loved him but you tried
You were in my planecrashdream last night

It’s fair to say we set the bar too high
Couldn’t help from finding
Holes in the silver lining
Should have seen it coming in from the West
Second second chances
Praying from the basement
You know you never loved me but you tried
You were in my planecrashdream last night
You were in my planecrashdream last night
You were in my planecrashdream last night
Track Name: Another Room (Roll Away the Stone)
There was another room right here all along
It was a brave and fateful place and I belonged
There was another room where we could see
That there was room to grow
And find a way to roll away the stone

There was another room right here where I first learned
It was a graceful basement place for my return
There was a party going on, but I had to go alone
To find a word to roll away the stone

Reaching down through the ceiling
Climbing up through the wall
Slipping past the watchman
Standing guard
Crawling over failing ancient mud and blood and bone
To find a key to roll away the stone

There was another room just waiting to be believed
A consecrated station where I was received
To the head of the class with a halo’s glow
Waiting there to roll away the stone

Reaching down through the ceiling
Climbing up through the wall
Slipping past the watchman
Asleep on guard
Crawling over failing ancient mud and blood and bone
To find a key to roll away the stone

There was a party going on, but I knew I had to go alone
To find a key to roll away the stone
Track Name: Left the Best Part Out
You go to bed a little early
Me, I stay awake and drink and
Think too much about
How the ending will read
If I’m missing from the scene
On the pages in between
I left the best part out

You fall asleep so easy
Me, I can’t rest until
I’ve wrestled another hour
From the end of the day
At the end of a bar
Told the end of the joke
And left the best part out

Now my friends they try to tell me
Boy, just enjoy the ride
But, my wheels are off the runway
And I’m headed for a slide

You say, “Is it late? Or is it early?”
While making up my story
I left the best part out
Track Name: Gone Cold Bond Theme Roll Credits
Gone cold
The end comes quietly
A winter freeze
Arriving in the night
Creeping across the floor
Gone cold
We lie in silence, stone lions
Gone cold
The silence is the lie
And we won’t say it
Slipping out the door
Gone cold
I never meant to leave
I never meant to leave
Was only walking to see where I would go
Looking back at tracks left in the snow
I never meant to leave
Was only walking to see where I would go
I’ll have to finish this one

Gone cold
Waiting, hating you
Is hating me
For making me into you
Gone cold
For making me into you
But you won’t say it
Gone cold
I never meant to leave
I never meant to leave
Was only walking to see where I would go
Looking back at tracks left in the snow
I never meant to leave
Was only walking to see where I would go
I’ll have to finish this one

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