Our Insides

by Four Eyes

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about

This is the first full band album from Four Eyes, featuring the songs and lead vocals of Erin Lovett, who did not write this, so I can say has an easy way with song and a very nice voice that has been compared to every single female singer ever because people lack imagination. She's also pretty funny. In general, I'm going to say that this band is a solid B+ in the funny department. Which is going to surprise you when you're listening to these (VERY CATCHY) songs about heartbreak, loss, pain, heartbreak, surviving the service industry, and heartbreak, and you're all "why am I so depressed?". Well, remember that this album was crafted by generally funny people. I don't know why I have to tell you that. Maybe not to worry? We're okay. Everybody's fine.

If you think that song is for you or about you then it probably is.

Who made this thing? Well, here are your answers, mysterious question!

Recorded by BC Fortenberry, who recorded that great Grape Soda album and has a cool Little Gold record coming out any day now. His patience and hard work was astounding. This was recorded in Lucas and Bill's living room, which features way too many orange things. They both grew up in Auburn, AL. War Eagle.

Mastered by Scott Wilson. Hey, Scott? Nailed it. Scott and Lucas were bandmates in college, and Scott is just one of those smart dudes. Great engineer. Worked at LEGO.

Artwork by Lauren Gregg. She's talented in tons of ways. She played glockenspiel, keyboards, and percussion on this, including some notable Wall of Sound floor tom work on "I Bend" and generally fine tambourine playing throughout.

Erin Lovett sang most everything and played uke, guitar, and even a keyboard now and again. She runs the show with the steely determination of an Eisenhower in his/her prime.

Ryan Gray Moore did the bass and backing vocals and did the yippy-skippy Wurlitzer part on the title track. He's in Brothers, a band from Athens that you should also listen to and like. This is secretly a bass player record.

Lucas John Jensen played drums, percussion, and keys. He is in Venice is Sinking, Big Gray, and Woodsy Friends. He did stints in Casper & the Cookies and pacificUV. Oh! Lauren's in Woodsy Friends, too. She was in the Buddy System as well.

Everybody was in everything everywhere.

So those there are your core folks, but tons of Athens finest talents stopped by to help out. It's a perk of living here, to be surrounded by people who do amazing stuff for you at the drop of a hat. Those people are the following geniuses:

Jason Trahan (Madeline, Moths, Old Smokey) jammed it on the lap steel on "Autobiography", "I Bend"*, "Born Under A Star", and "Help Me Hate You". Jason channels some kind of "Country Feedback" thing on this that I can't quite place, but it slays me. Er, us. Four Eyes. Anyway, everyone put him on all of your records. Just the most amiable guy and talented to boot.

Jace Anselem Bartet (Reptar, Bit Brigade) stops by on "Grey" and "Happy New Year" and shows off his sensitive side and for a second you'll swear the ukelele was a real instrument…

This is the part where you check to see if you're forgetting someone.

We hope you enjoy Our Insides. It took us a while, and we tried very hard. It's available for the price of "on the house" or "pay whatever you want" via foureyesathens.bandcamp.com and soon through your iTunes and Spotifys of the world on The Chamber of Commerce.

credits

released 31 January 2014

Erin Lovett (guitar/ukulele/vocals)
Lauren Gregg (glockenspiel/keys/percussion)
Ryan Moore (bass/keys/vocals)
Lucas Jensen (drums/percussion/keys)
Jason Trahan (lap steel) on 3, 5, 6, and 10
Jace Bartet (guitar, uke) on 7 and 13

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Track Name: Feel Blue
I never loved you
In fact I hated you in time
But you were there when I was nursing my own shattered heart
And I let myself believe you were the right person for me
But you were wrong for me in every conceivable way
You were arrogant and vain, you took advantage of my pain
We hurt each other, and though I never really liked you,
No one deserves to be lied to.

Now when I feel blue, I think of you, I think of you, I think of you, I think of you.
Now when I feel blue, I think of you, I think of you, I think of you, I think of you.
Now when I feel blue, I think of you, I think of you, and all I hope is that the thought of me makes you blue too.
Track Name: So Happy
Don't you get tired of being so happy all the time?
You're so happy it brings me down.
When you were mine, I was just a little ray of sunshine.
Now I'd much rather cry than go outside
Cus sometimes the world feels like it's all pitted against me
And then and again, I still try.

I get so tired of writing love songs
I want a song so sad it makes me happy
But what can I say to make you rue the day you left me?
I sound so mean, and I don't even mean it
But sometimes my words feel like they're all pitted against me
And then and again I still try.
But sometimes the world feels like it's all pitted against me
And then and again I still try.
Track Name: Help Me Hate You
I know you wanna play pretend like we're still friends, and it's hard to tell you no.
I know you never wronged me, all you did was go.

And there's nothing I can tell you without breaking right in two
And there's nothing you can do for me, so help me hate you.

Maybe in another life we could have tried and made it right,
and I know no one's to blame, but I blame you anyway.

Do you hear the hollow sound of my heart without your name?
Do you realize the things you say, that they only cause me pain?

And it only makes it worse when you tell me that you like me
Cus I wanna say I love you, and I can't, so help me hate you.

Maybe in another life we could have tried and made it right,
and I know no one's to blame, but I blame you anyway.
Track Name: Walk Me to My Door
Will you walk me to my door at night?
The stars are out, the light's surrounding.
Can I tell you about my breathing? Will you tell me about the sky?
If you tell me that you need me do I have to ask you why?

I know how you're feeling, only all the time
So knocking on your windows keeps me out the dark
Here I stand before you, cold cold truth.

I'll never know
But I'll never let you go.
Track Name: Born Under a Star
I feel the same as I did yesterday
Cus I still miss you, just like you told me not to
But I can't help but miss you on Christmas

A baby was born under a star today
I'll say sorry in my own way
A baby was born under a star today
We'll keep repeating all the mistakes we made

I'll feel the same tomorrow as I did today
And all the days after this holiday
But I won't miss you, just like you wanted me to
But I can't help but miss you on Christmas

A baby was born under a star today
I'll say sorry in my own way
A baby was born under a star today
We'll keep repeating all the mistakes we made
Track Name: Autobiography
(adapted from the poem by Louis MacNeice)

My father made the walls resound
Wore his collar the wrong way round
When I was five the black dreams came
Nothing after was quite the same
When I woke they did not care
Nobody, nobody was there
In my childhood trees were green
And there was plenty to be seen

Come back early or never come
Come back early or never come

When my silent terror cried
Nobody, nobody replied
I woke up, the chilly sun saw me walk away alone
My mother wore a yellow dress, gentle, gently, gentleness
The dark was talking to the dead
The lamp was dark beside my bed

Come back early or never come
Come back early or never come
Come back early or never come
Come back early or never come
Track Name: Grey
I don't know the color of your eyes
Are they grey today?
I don't know the color of your hair
Is it greying yet?
I don't know the color of the sky
But it's grey today. It's grey on days that you're away.

I don't know the color of my eyes
But they look blue to you
I don't know how you feel when you're alone
Do you get blue, too?
I don't know the color of the sky
I hope it's blue for you.
Track Name: Tiny Love Song
We don't have to drive your car
I like it when we're walking.
We don't have to move to fast
Despite the way we're talking.
You don't ever have to buy me things
I'll make you laugh, you'll make me sing.
I don't have to see you every day
Though it feels so good to live that way.

Does it make me crazy if I'm crazy about you?
Does it make me mad if I'm madly in love with you?
Do I sound hopeless when I'm hopelessly happy?
Does it sound silly that I'm right where I wanna be?
Track Name: Our Insides
We work to pay the rent on time
And we pay the rent on time to show our parents that we're fine
Cus if they don't approve of us we have to live with a massive guilt trip
And you can't live with a massive guilt trip
Cus it'll eat away your insides one day at a time.

We work to have money in our pockets
And we want money in our pockets to get drunk with
And we get drunk in bars because work is long and hard
And those drinks go down so easy
Oh yes those drinks go down so easy, though we know
They will eat away our insides, we drink them anyway.

We work though we never want to work
Though if we had the choice we wouldn't chose to be servers or busboys
But we are, and we live with it somehow
We get to work on time somehow, we hold our heads up high somehow
Though I fear it'll eat away our insides, if we let it
But we won't let it.
Track Name: I Bend
Saw him out with the girl I was told not to worry about
Seemed to me like they were happy
And I'm the fool swaying between the bar stools
Trying so hard to play it cool
And all my friends say I'm better off now without him
And then I see him again and I bend

Now here I am, just barely on the mend
When I see your arm extend towards me
And I wanna rewind, but when I do this is all that I find:
Your arm on mine
And I wanna be alone with you, blue eyes fading into a deeper blue
And I wanna be along with you, but then I see him again and I bend.
Track Name: Nighttime
Nighttime, we go outside
Sunshine, we shield our eyes
Beauty, we keep ours on the inside
Virtue, we left ours outside

Courage, I laugh in the face of tomorrow
Danger, I'm not scared any more
Cus you make my day
Cus you make my day
Cus you make my day
Cus you make my day
Track Name: Stay Inside
Outside I hear my friends nearby and I stay inside
Outside I hear my name being called and I don't wanna move at all
See my guitar in the corner of the room but I don't wanna play a song
See my running shoes untied but my legs don't feel nearly strong enough
And I wanna say anything meaningful for once
And I wanna say I've changed, though it wouldn't change much
And I stay inside
Why do I stay inside?
Track Name: Happy New Year
At the year's end, tell all your friends how you feel
If you met this year still show them that you care
Cus a year's not too long, just once around the sun.

If you've done them harm, tell them you were wrong
Don't wait too long to fix what you have done
Cus a year's not too long, just once around the sun.

It's a happy new year cus we're all here
It's a happy holiday cus we're alive today.