Orchidales (2017 Reissue​/​Remastered Edition)

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1.
Lushes 04:36
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
2.
Death 03:17
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
3.
Starfucker 02:39
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
4.
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
5.
Junky 02:42
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 had 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
6.
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
7.
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)
8.
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
9.
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
10.
Alright 02:09
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
11.
Swan Song 05:37
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

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

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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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