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Stone Lions EP

by Finn's Motel

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1.
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
2.
No Ceiling 01:41
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
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

about

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

© Ⓟ 2017 Victory Over Gravity Music all rights reserved

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Finn's Motel St Louis, Missouri

Finn’s Motel started as the brainchild of Joe Thebeau, a home recording geek. It has evolved into a rock band and production collective, making albums and videos. In the early days, musicians checked in and out of the Motel as needed. But in 2018, the lineup solidified with the addition of Jack Petracek and Scott Roever alongside Steve Scariano, the only other permanent resident of the Motel. ... more

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