VARSITY

by VARSITY

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"And although the newer songs feel more acutely defined in their structure, the tunes also feel like a natural progression from earlier works. The group's strongest core elements — its attention to sharp lyrics, winning guitar riffs, sweet melodies — are still there. This personal taste and direction make VARSITY unlike many of its local peers. The band formed only two years ago, and yet its music sounds refined and sophisticated, with a level of charisma that would typically be found in a group years older. Fans (new and old alike) will soon reap the rewards." - CHICAGO TRIBUNE

"Chicago quintet VARSITY humorously describes its music as, “too cute for the punks, to raw for the bubble-gummers," and that, "they’d probably be Iggy Pop’s first choice for his daughter’s Bat Mitzvah.” It’s an apt comparison considering in concert, the band takes summery pop hooks and gives them a distinctly rough edge, like if acts like Tennis or Best Coast had more crunchy guitar riffs and piercing rock jams." - CHICAGO REDEYE

"Well, it's certainly no Sgt. Pepper's." - VARSITY

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released March 24, 2015

written & performed by VARSITY

stephanie s - vocals / synths
dylan w - guitars
patrick s - guitars
spencer s - drums
jake s - bass

recorded, mixed, and produced by dave vettraino at public house sound recordings, logan square, chicago, il

mastered by neal warner

art by clare byrne
www.clarebyrneart.com

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Track Name: Hairpool
i was walking
with my friend
i hadn't planned on wasting all the weekend
walked into our local hairpool
you were there too

it's just you and i
all the time
it's just you and me
wasting wasting wasting
it's just you and me
can't you see
it's just you and i
wasting wasting wasting
all of my time

i was talking
after class
i hadn't planned on waiting till the weekend
walked into our local saloon
you were there too

it's just you and i
all the time
it's just you and me
wasting wasting wasting
it's just you and me
can't you see
it's just you and i
wasting wasting wasting
all of my time

i would never get between you and your biology or your psychology too
ok i would it seems that i've got nothing better to do than hang around after school
but when i saw you standing there
beneath the water you never came up for air
yeah that's when i knew that you too had played the pet
don't you act so innocent
i saw that i had been groomed indeed
1 and 1 and 1 is three
Track Name: Peanut Dreams
i think that it's me
and you seem to agree
so i guess i'll just leave my messages
at the beep

(you seem to think that it was all a dream)

after the beep

hey it's me again
i'm just gonna pretend
that i can hear you breathing on the other end

(you seem to think that it was all a dream)

on the other end

last night i woke up from a terrible dream
you weren't beside me and i couldn't find nothing on tv
it's unrelated but i think i'm gonna take it to mean
you don't want to play with me no more

showed up at your door
in a state of undress
last that i checked i was a wreck
i confess
to prowling your address

(you seem to think that it was all a dream)

i admit defeat
now i'm begging you please
don't you believe me
i threw away your key

(you seem to think that it was all a dream)

you, you can tell all your friends
sometimes the beginning
doesn't always have to happen at the end

terrible dream
you know i see on tv
i'm gonna take it to mean
you don't wanna play with me no more
Track Name: Declined
card was declined
as you waited in line
at the grocery behind her house
didn't know why
but she started to cry
it's a shame we can't work this out

she don't even want to break
i don't even want to bend
tell me how do we survive inside this town

saving my dimes
and i'm almost on time
to catch a train heading south
miss it again at a quarter past ten
it's a long walk back to her couch

she don't even want to break
i don't even want to bend
tell me how do we begin to get on out

wait to get paid
for a couple of days
and my shoes are getting worn down
working at night and she started a fight about
how i never go out

she don't even want to break
i don't even want to bend
tell me how do we survive inside this town
Track Name: Amanda
amanda
weren't we good to you?
amanda
why do you do the things that you do?

we noticed
it only took 10 years
you warned us
don't come crawling back
get out of here

take it from what you want
make it from you had
maybe we both forgot

alone they have a word for it
i think they call it apathetic
i've seen a million different faces out of you
if we don't talk about it
no one can get mad about it
i feel the difference haven't you too?

amanda
we abandoned you on cue
consequently
we left you with nothing left to do

am i sorry
for letting out the slack?
amanda
it was you who made me turn my back

take it from what you want
make it from you had
maybe we both forgot

alone they have a word for it
i think they call it apathetic
i've seen a million different faces haven't you?
if we don't talk about it
no one can get mad about it
i feel the difference haven't you too?

if we don't talk about it you can't upset
Track Name: Fall Back on the Arrow You Love
27 years you've been on the run
living in an incremental incubator
on the sun
taking care to fix it up behind our backs
no one ever followed cause you hid your tracks

you started a panic
i'm not being overdramatic

needle in haystack
you found it fast
living in a supplemental synchronated
from the past
taking care to fix it up our backs
you were always looking for an exit or another laugh

you started an are
of widespread hysteria

fall back on the arrow you love
(fall back on, don't fall back on, fall back on, don't fall back on)
fall back on the arrow because
(you started an era)

27 years you've been on the run
living in an elemental elevator second run
everyday you're fighting trying to make it last
you were always looking for an exit or another free pass

fall back on the arrow you love
(fall back on, don't fall back on, fall back on, don't fall back on)
fall back on the arrow because
(you started an era)
Track Name: C. 2002
circa 2002
both back in town
and we're listening to sounds that we stole
and the curtains are drawn
on your parents front lawn
but you have nowhere else you can go
local college
you both had aged out but you knew how to scout
for the girls
wouldn't dare take them home
now you wait by the phone
for a call that won't ever come

you don't wanna
you don't gotta

don't you know, you know
she's never gonna call you back
or pick up the slack
told you she had taken care of
at her favorite bar
over last call sunday
you don't wanna
but you gotta

statues
english garden
there's rocks on the wall but you aren't quite that tall
so you're praying
for a friend or a foe
unbelievably close
to the role that you should've been playing
our new record
the one that you sought
which you finally bought
it's all broken
and they curtains are drawn
and the scenerys wrong
but you have nowhere else you can

you don't wanna
you don't gotta

don't you know, you know
she's never gonna call you back
or pick up the slack
told you she had taken care of
at her favorite bar
over last call sunday
you don't wanna
but you gotta

you don't wanna
be without your phone
for a minute or two
be without your phone
when i'm talking to you
on your telephone
Track Name: Turns Out
well it turns out
you don't love me
and it turns out
you don't care
and it turns out
you don't love me baby
but i hate that you don't love me and i don't care

there's gotta be a better better way
to convince me, to stay
listening to all you had to say
it don't make sense

well it turns out
you don't love me
and it turns out
you never cared
and it turns out
you don't love me baby
but i hate that you don't love me and i don't care

there's gotta be a better better way
to convince me, to stay
listening to all you had to say
it don't make sense

there's gotta be a better better way
to convince me, to stay
Track Name: Blair, Who Kisses His Mom
don't you know
i won't be around
forever and ever
before i go
i'll stick with you now
you're never, you're never alone, no
you'll never be alone
no

don't you say
that i'm acting weird
no never, no never
no not today
i'll stick with you now
you're never, you're never alone, no
you'll never be alone
no

his father left to be a television salesman on the road

my friend blair
kisses his mom
it's a love affair
doesn't care
she sews her name into his underwear
Track Name: Full Length Dress
it's alright
to sleep around for just one night
don't get mad
it's just the factuals

you don't care
who sneaks around in your underwear
no one said it's unnatural

i thought i would try my hand
in the show as an assistant
before i could ask he had cut me in half
and he walked away without me

so i hired him a house guest
he came down in a full length dress
his lipsticks a mess you said under your breath
and you locked the door behind him

it's alright
you don't have to stay the night
fuck or flight
you're a renaissance man

you don't care
who sneaks around
in your pink hair
no one said
it's unnatural