Orchidales (2017 Reissue​/​Remastered Edition)

by The Orchidales

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about

Aw man, where do I start? I guess by saying that I recorded this album between the ages of 20 - 23, and consider it to be my first real attempt at making a decent record. Unfortunately, it was also my first real attempt at mixing one... with no real idea of what DB, noise reduction, or any of that shit was. Hence, the newly remastered version you see here.

Orchidales (and this album) started in 2010 with "Summertime Love' being written and recorded in my bedroom. I had written that song the previous winter and wanted to try it out on a newly acquired Tascam 488 MKII. The strict use of "line-in", only using two drums, etc. was originally intended to be used on that one rough demo (Think, Spacemen 3's "Taking Drugs To Make Music To Take Drugs To" demos) and nothing more. For whatever reason though, it was well received upon release... so I just kept doing that for the next two years while working on the other tracks.

I mixed them one by one as they came along, so the initial 2012 release of this album is ALL over the place in terms of levels. The 2011 me wanted everything "in the red" and vocally as "shoegazey" as possible. At times the drums are nonexistent, the bass is murky as all hell, and everything is in MONO... so it all melts together into one big ass mess. Lyrics (which I've also included on this re-release) are completely indistinguishable for the most part (which is fucking ridiculous considering I spent more time on those than the actual mixing), and there are some ear piercing frequencies on songs like "Lushes" and "Starfucker" thanks to my shitty pedal board. Basically, I didn't know what the hell I was doing and you could hear it.

I was never satisfied with those mixes, so I spent a good portion of 2015 and 2016 completely remastering the first two Orchidales albums. This is the first of those two, and still the thing I'm most proud of as a musician. In addition to the album being remastered, I've also included two bonus tracks. One of them is basically a "screwed not chopped" version of "Not Even Jesus", and the other, "Nico", is a song that I recorded multiple times (with different bass lines) but never saw going anywhere and eventually set aside. Both were recorded between October - December 2010 on the Tascam (before it died), and now they're finally seeing the light of day.

I'll be releasing a new record sometime this year, but hopefully this will tide you guys over for now. I seriously appreciate anyone who gives this new version a listen... as well as those who had the ears to sit through the original release five years ago. To the latter: If you can still hear, I hope this re-issue makes up for it.

- John

credits

released January 11, 2017

- Recorded between July 2010 - September 2012 at the house using a Fostex MR-8 and Tascam 488 MKII. Mastered using Sony Acid 7.0 for compression/adjusting levels... no auto tune, quantization, or dumb shit.

John O'Donahue - Vocals/Guitar/Bass/Percussion
Cover Photo: Maegan Severt

(((In Stereo))) Where Available

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The Orchidales Belmont, North Carolina

"...three dudes from Belmont who finished high school a few years back and, well, didn't leave. Their surfy, trash-fi translation of Brian Jonestown Massacre well reflects the kind of nihilistic, hard-drinking slumming that takes place among the young and disillusioned - as do their rowdy, equipment failure-plagued live shows." - Corbie Hill, Creative Loafing ... more

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Track Name: Lushes
and if I see it, I won't believe it
i'm just deceiving my eyes
and everyone knows, its not well known though
its just a secret, a lie

and theres no fun in salvation
theres no wrong or right
don't carry on, just move along
you'll get yours in time

and if I speak it, it has no meaning
I have no reason to lie
i've said it all though, I've let it all go
I had no reason to try

and theres no fun in salvation
theres no wrong or right
don't carry on, just move along
you'll get yours in time
Track Name: Death
I could save my breath, but I'll waste a sigh
took another step, and I fell behind
been afraid of death, since the day I died
since the day I died

and if its a sin, then its worth a try
air is gettin' thin, and I'm gettin' high
and I may have wept, but I never cried
but I never cried
but I never...

cried (never cried) x4

such a waste of breath, and a waste of time
took another step, and I crossed the line
whats the point of this, its just another rhyme

I could take a risk, but I'll take a dive
I could duck and run, but I'll stay and hide
been afraid of death, since the day I died
since the day I died
since the day I...

Died (day I died) x6
Track Name: Starfucker
Well you seized my heart
was it even that hard?
you never come around cause
you're as high as the stars

well you fucked around, hard
you've left me now, all
my secrets are yours

just decide what you want
you could try, but you won't
you never come around cause
you're as high as the stars

and you fucked around, hard
you've left me now, all
my secrets are yours
Track Name: Summertime Love
the pretty girls, they bat their eyes
they turn their heads, and act surprised
and all the cocky boys, they try their luck
in hopes that one might give it up

cause the summertime love is in the air
and everyone is well aware
you know its always on their minds
its not like any other kind, of love

(of love)

the pretty girls with their tan skin,
they're turning heads when they walk in
and all the cocky guys, they try and try
they're wanting more than meets the eye


cause the summertime love is in the air
and everyone is well aware
you know its always on their minds
its not like any other kind, of love
Track Name: Junky
well just because you run your mouth, it doesn't mean you're smart
your opinions are just echoes of someones elses thoughts
it don't take long to figure out, you are what you aren't
not that I give a flying fuck, I just care alot

when its not easy its hard
when im not dreaming, im lost
the only demon is God

I thought I had you figured out, maybe I was wrong
but there is no one else to blame, its everyone's fault
and i have so much more to say, seems i forgot
not that it matters anyway, its just a thought

well its not easy, its hard
when I'm not dreaming I'm lost
the only demon is god

(lead)
when its not easy, its hard
when I'm not dreaming I'm lost
the only demon is god
I don't believe in tomorrow
Track Name: Telefutura (Song in Bb)
when you turn your back to me
when I see you on the street
when you come around i never
know just what to say or tell ya

but it doesn't bother me
it doesn't mean a thing
when the truth gets in the way
theres nothing left to say

every time I hear you speak
i can't help but clinch my teeth
opinions change just like the weather
you never hesitate to share yours

and it doesn't bother me
it doesn't mean a thing
when the truth gets in the way
theres nothing left to say
Track Name: Everyones Girl
she'll do anything to impress
someone that she just met
from her head down to her dress
its whatever suits them best

cause oh, oh shes everyones girl
oh, oh, shes everyones girl
oh, oh, shes everyones favorite girl

one day she'll be a feminist
next day she'll be pretentious
say a bands her favorite
even if they sound like shit

cause oh, oh shes everyones girl
oh, oh, shes everyones girl
oh, oh, shes everyones favorite girl

(repeat chorus)
Track Name: Not Even Jesus
no one could set you right, not even Jesus
could've turned out bright, but you chose to be dull
so don't waste your time, tryin to find a reason
ever wonder why, you've got no one to lean on?

no one could set you right, not even Jesus
so don't be surprised, to find no one needs ya

and when you say goodnight, and you're six feet under, the moonlight
I hope you see what you've become
Track Name: Night Visions
I feel safest in the dark
when theres nowhere left to hide
spend every other night strung out and tounge tied
ever since you turned me on

a song unsung
an honest lie
is on my heart

i'm no saint, but you're no God
wheres the blessing? In disguise
spent every other night, strung out and tongue tied
ever since you turned me on

a song unsung
an honest lie
is on my heart

(lead)

In all I've done, I never tried
Its all blind thought
Track Name: Alright
I wanna believe you but something, something
keeps telling me that nothing, nothings

Alright x4

I wanna believe in something, something
but it all leads back to nothing, nothings

Alright x4
Track Name: Swan Song
leaving town, leaving home
and everyone that I've known
such a pain to be alone
there'll be no more when I'm gone

candid words do no harm
i've tried to say them many times
I've said it was my fault
my mistake for being right

coming down, far too long
in a room with blinds drawn
another name carved in stone
is all I'll be when I'm gone

candid words do no harm
I've tried to say them many times
I said it was my fault
its my mistake for being right

bridges burn, you'll move on
theres not a thing you'll leave behind
resentments earned, and mines strong
I've tried to state the reasons why