Faith In Phantoms

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A year and a half in the making, Bay Area rock band Faith In Phantoms released their self-titled 10-song debut album on Friday the 13th of November, 2009.

Largely recorded at FIP drummer Andrew Keating's StickFigure Studios in Novato, CA, "Faith In Phantoms" leads off with pop gems "Frost Flowers" and "Let It Go," seques into the indie-flavored "Whatever You Want" and "Longer Days Than Nights," and ultimately brings the rock with heavy hitters like "Tried to Tell Her," "After the Fall" and "I Can Quit You Baby."

"We just went for it in every way we could think of with this album," says vocalist and bassist Dean Moore. "We tried to infuse every part of every song with a hook, and Alex [Lasner, guitarist] and Andrew were not happy until every guitar track had the perfect vintage tone and vibe. It took awhile to get 10 songs to live up to our expectations, but we're pretty sure it was worth the wait."

A celebration of the album's release was held on the night of November 13 at the 19 Broadway Night Club in Fairfax, CA. Proudly sponsored by Maker's Mark Handmade Kentucky Bourbon, the event also served as a fundraiser for San Francisco's own Autism Hearts Foundation.

Faith In Phantoms also held a CD release party in Hollywood, CA, on Friday, November 20, at the popular Cinespace nightclub on Hollywood Blvd.

See FaithInPhantoms.com for more details.

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released November 13, 2009

Produced by FAITH IN PHANTOMS except "Frost Flowers" produced by DAVID SIMON-BAKER and FAITH IN PHANTOMS. Arranged by FAITH IN PHANTOMS and DAVID SIMON-BAKER.

Mixed by ANDREW KEATING at STICKFIGURE STUDIOS, Novato, CA.

Recorded by ANDREW KEATING at STICKFIGURE STUDIOS except "Frost Flowers" recorded by DAVID SIMON-BAKER at MISSION BELLS STUDIOS, San Francisco, CA.

Additional recording for "Let It Go," "Whatever You Want" and "After the Fall" by DANNY BUTTITTA at EX'PRESSION CENTER FOR DIGITAL ARTS, Emeryville, CA.

Live recording of "Longer Days Than Nights" produced by LOGAN GRIMÉ and engineered by DANNY BUTTITTA at EX'PRESSION CENTER.

Mastered by MICHAEL ROMANOWSKI at 1340 MISSION, San Francisco, CA.

Art direction and design by STEVEN KNODEL (StevenKnodel.com).

Photography by CECILIA AUSTIN (CeciliaAustin.com).

Faith In Phantoms: DEAN MOORE, vocals and bass; ALEX LASNER, guitars; ANDREW KEATING, drums and percussion.

Additional musicians: DAVID SIMON-BAKER, keyboards on "Longer Days Than Nights," backing vocals on "Frost Flowers"; JEAN-MICHEL HURÉ, keyboards on "I Can Quit You Baby"; MATT MONTGOMERY, keyboards on "Dreaming of Something Less."

All songs written by LASNER/MOORE/SIMON-BAKER. Published by Alex Lasner Music (ASCAP); Long Forever Songs/Universal Music Publishing Group (BMI); Ill Reverend Music (ASCAP). Copyright 2009 Faith In Phantoms. Lyrics reprinted by permission.

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Track Name: Frost Flowers
FROST FLOWERS

Monday is running long
Hand stamp is rubbing off
Calling it a day soon
That's when I hear from you

You feel you've run aground
You say you've come around
Ready to make that move
But what is it gonna prove

Can't say that nobody wants you
The anniversary flowers come through
Don't compare it to what I'd do
Back when you were mine

You're bored with ballet shows
Getting tired of rich girls' clothes
Longing for simpler times
Loving with simpler minds

Yeah, maybe we have grown
And yes, I'm very much alone
But don't trade a restless heart
For three to be torn apart

Can't say that nobody wants you
The anniversary flowers come through
Don't compare it to what I'd do
Back when you were mine

When elements overcome you
And in the morning there's frost instead of dew
At least there's someone who loves you
Like when you were mine

Everybody knows there's only one way
It's going down
Everybody knows you only need
A hill to climb
My dirt under your nails, wind in your sails
Nothing too profound
And you'll be back on Broadway
I'll be getting back in line

Can't say that nobody wants you
The anniversary flowers come through
Don't compare it to what I'd do
Back when you were mine

When elements overcome you
And in the morning there's frost instead of dew
At least there's someone who loves you
Like when you were mine
Track Name: Let It Go
LET IT GO

I heard someone
Talkin' 'bout the human race
We've been given
Another year or two now

We'll have our fun
And then we're gettin' laid to waste
Frozen-out sun
Ain't nothin' we can do now

If it's so
We can waste no time
Laying low
We should fall outta line
And throw
All our hesitation
Into the sea

And let it go
Let's just go
Let's get going
No putting off
Or sweating cost
Let's just go
Go

I heard a girl
Talkin' 'bout the man she loved
She'd searched the world
And finally found him 'round here

But he's not met her
Telling him would be too tough
She'd just prefer
Knowing that's he's out there

If it's so
She can waste no time
Laying low
She should fall outta line
And throw
All her hesitation
Into the sea

And let it go
Let's just go
Let's get going
No putting off
Or sweating cost
Let's just go

We'll let it go
Let it flow
Let it grow wings
And what we lack
Won't hold back
Where we go
Go

Living as if we are done
Counting our numbered days
Living as if we are goners
Lustful, young and driven

Living as if we could run
From all the coming haze
Living as if we are goners
Busted but forgiven
Yeah

We'll let it go
Let's just go
Let's get going
No putting off
Or sweating cost
Let's just go

We'll let it go
Let it flow
Let it grow wings
And what we lack
Won't hold back
Where we go
We go

Let it go
Let it go
Let it go
Track Name: Whatever You Want
WHATEVER YOU WANT

Don't stay
Don't make it sadder
The knife can only cut so deep
Whatever you want, you can take
Now it don't matter
There's nothin' 'round here I wanna keep

It's easier now
To tell yourself you can breathe
It's easy
To tell yourself you'll believe

Whatever you want
You take whatever you want
You take whatever you need
You take whatever you want
Whatever you want

Tired eyes
Tryin' to pry open
I think I might die in my sleep
Whoever you wanna berate
Now it don't matter
There's no one 'round here I need to see

It's easier now
To tell your friends you can breathe
It's easy
To tell them all you'll believe

Whatever you want
You take whatever you want
You take whatever you need
You take whatever you see

Take whatever you want
You'll get whatever you want
You'll get whatever you need
You'll get whatever you want

Whatever you want
Whatever you want
Track Name: Take Advantage
TAKE ADVANTAGE

Keep breathing
Never let this life arrest your soul
Breathe easy
Life will go on
After we're done
You're falling
In and out of love with everything
Stop swimming
Out of the way
Out of the way

Pulling the thread undone
Watch it unwind to none (Look what it's done to you)
Spinning it back to one (So start it up anew)
Pulling the thread undone
Watch it unwind to none (Look what's in front of you)
Spinning it back to one

Hey, take advantage of the ones you love
Hey, take advantage

There's no weaving
Stories that will make me stay with you
You're dancing
Around what is known
Your spotlight has grown
We're seeing
Northern tears will turn to southern rain
Still grieving
Out on a limb
Out on a limb

Pulling the thread undone
Watch it unwind to none (Look what it's done to you)
Spinning it back to one (Start it up anew)
Pulling the thread undone
Watch it unwind to none (Look what's in front of you)
Spinning it back to one

Hey, take advantage of the ones you love
Hey, take advantage

Clinging to what's left of us
Hoping you would drop your crutch
Flying in a distant breeze
Doing what you don't believe
Don't believe
Don't believe

Hey, take advantage of the ones you love
Hey, take advantage
Track Name: Longer Days Than Nights
LONGER DAYS THAN NIGHTS

Here in the park
Waiting for dark
Longer days than nights
Someone will come
Take me to where I'm from
Longer days than nights

Stay young
Stay young
Don't you travel over hill
Or circle the block
Eyes upon the clock
Never stop paying
Paying all the dues
That keep a kid's insides
From tyin' knots
I wish you lots of luck

Radio on
I don't know the song
Longer days than nights
The national news
Watch my candidate lose
Longer days than nights

Stay young
Stay young
Don't you travel over hill
Or circle the block
Eyes upon the clock
Never stop paying
Paying all the dues
That keep a kid's insides
From tyin' knots
I wish you lots of luck

Cradle to swing
First base to ring
Stork to routine
What once fueled
Young men's desires
Only finds dead fires
When old men tire

Stay young
Stay young
Don't you travel over hill
Or circle the block
Eyes upon the clock
Never stop paying
Paying all the dues
That keep a kid's insides
From tyin' knots
I wish you lots of luck
Track Name: Tried to Tell Her
TRIED TO TELL HER

With summer lumbering on
A heart had to break
She'd not known me long
I'd known her forever
I could never leave her sight
But she couldn't see
Summer love, it changes color
Right along with the trees

Couldn't find a way
To keep the sunny days from ending
I tried to tell her
It won't be the same
All the perfect days we were spending
I tried to tell her
Are gonna melt away
And run down her face like Maybelline
I tried to tell her
We won't find a way
We don't need to keep on pretending
I tried to tell her

Once in Winslow Park
And once on the beach
Then we took our walk
Down by the river
I found the words and waited
For 'em to take
No, she only threw her shoes
And waded into the wake

Couldn't find a way
To keep the sunny days from ending
I tried to tell her
It won't be the same
All the perfect days we were spending
I tried to tell her
Are gonna melt away
And run down her face like Maybelline
I tried to tell her
We won't find a way
We don't need to keep on pretending
I tried to tell her

To come back in
Sure, you win
There's an undertow
Said she knows

Couldn't find a way
To keep the sunny days from ending
I tried to tell her
It won't be the same
All the perfect days we were spending
I tried to tell her
Are gonna melt away
And run down her face like Maybelline
I tried to tell her
We won't find a way
We don't need to keep on pretending

I tried to tell her today
Track Name: I Can Quit You Baby
I CAN QUIT YOU BABY

So you think you've thrown it down
The laying of the law
The piece of mind to keep in line
A fragile soul

Tired of the slippery tongue
That I've been letting slide
A pretty face won't take the place
Of fire and pride

You say we won't find a better one
We won't find a better one
But we won't find what we're looking for here

If we don't find a better one
We don't find a better one
We won't find what we're looking for here

Understand, yes I can
Quit you baby
Lesser men up and ran
From you baby
Back to where you began
'Cause it's true baby
Understand, yes I can
Quit you baby

I don't need your remedy
To soothe a worried mind
A panic loving panic button
Wastes my time

It's gonna be a melancholy day
To muddle through
But picking at the bones
Another night won't do

You say we won't find a better one
We won't find a better one
But we won't find what we're looking for here
No

Understand, yes I can
Quit you baby
Lesser men up and ran
From you baby
Back to where you began
'Cause it's true baby
Understand, yes I can
Quit you babe
Oh

I can, I can
Rid myself of this drug
I can, I can
Dig myself from this rut

I can, I can, I can
Rid myself of this...
Rid myself of this drug
I can, I can, I can
Dig myself...
Dig myself...
Track Name: Dreaming of Something Less
DREAMING OF SOMETHING LESS

Cracks
Find a way to fall through
Jackhammers through the concrete
I wish that you grew up on that street
Everywhere everything's

Named
After someone famous
For paving it with small ideas
Big enough to get around town now
Country doesn't matter

No blame for
Washing our minds away
Just like something
That I'd be scared to say
We're all dreaming of something

Less
Dreaming of something less
Dreaming of something less
Dreaming of something less than right away
Less than I'm afraid of you

You think that everything's just fine
Recognize the enemy
"Mine"
America believes itself
Looking through the mirror

And thinks that it's just a window
Out there is where we accidentally kill
To find out all the answers that truth
Truthfully we have...

Right here's the blame for
Washing our minds away
Just like something
That I'd be scared to say
We're all dreaming of something

Less
Dreaming of something less
Dreaming of something less
Dreaming of something less than right away
Less than I'm afraid of you

Of you
Of you
Of you

I've been dreaming of something less...
Track Name: One Link in the Chain
ONE LINK IN THE CHAIN

I feel it coming down
Every market run
Every conversation
More people coming 'round
Some are coming quiet
Some kicking and screaming
And from the outside in
All around the world
They want a revolution
In dark days the best men win
Lesser men will lose their heads

Ready or not
Ready or not it's coming
Ready or not it's come to be
We got what we want
Got what we all so wanted
This is what we all want to see

But what cost, hope
What cost, change
Sacrifice so great
It takes just one in
300 million
One link in the chain

Live on the CNN
Words that I should hear
But anymore I turn it
Afraid of them capturing
Something no one's gonna
Think could be occurring
140 years
Isn't long to get
Where we think we're going
Try to avoid the fears
But lesser men will lose their heads

Ready or not
Ready or not it's coming
Ready or not it's come to be
Got what we want
Got what we all so wanted
This is what we all want to see
Yeah

But what cost, hope
What cost, change
Sacrifice so great
It takes just one in
300 million
One link in the chain
Track Name: After the Fall
AFTER THE FALL

Hey
Do you wanna wipe out
The doubt you been feeling, oh
Hey
Do you wanna strike down
The frown got you reeling, oh
Hey
See the little black clouds
In crowds on the ceiling, oh no
Hey

You could try
All your life
You may never find
How to ride
On this side of the frail line

There's a way, there's a way
But only after the fall
Will you see the road
There's a way, there's a way
But only after the fall
Will you really know

Hey
Tuck the little white lies
Up tight in the covers, oh
Hey
Let "The Kids Are Alright"
Indict former lovers, oh
Hey
Kill the stereo light
And try not to smother, oh no
Hey

You don't need
Blood to bleed
Or catastrophe
Not to see
You should sharpen your teeth

You could try
All your life
But don't think it wise
To align
With the might of a frail mind

There's a way, there's a way
But only after the fall
Will you see the road
There's a way, tab a day
But only after the fall
Will you ever know

It's only after
After the fall
It's only after the fall
That you take control
That you take control

It's only after the fall