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I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone

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1.
Fate Is... 02:40
Come on baby show me all your smart blood Hazel’s standing outside on his car Following you home to your apartment You were planning something without Jesus Only reason that I did it was to find out what it’s like Pass the billboard on the street and wonder if hell will swallow me up Fate is drawing back its leg to kick me You stand outside and preach through the glass at the movies You filled all your shoes with rocks and left the house Then when you got home you had the things to blind yourself Only reason that I did it was to find out what its like Pass the billboard on the street and wonder if hell will swallow me up. Fate is drawing back its leg to kick me.
2.
I’m creeping myself out again I had to call all of your friends Someone had to tell them Don’t make me go back there again Tall grass is bending in the rain Billboard made me change my mind again
3.
I’m laughing through tears The phone keeps ringing Misspelling four letter words Isn’t it something Longest day of the year It’s too much Condemned I am condemned I am condemned I am Sky looks like a bruise today I slip my smile under the rug I watch the evening news today I tried my best not to look up We invented kissing and comedy And that’s plenty Dull with their misplaced pride And their love of violence Young mothers hair in curlers Doing the laundry getting the mail Condemned I am condemned I am condemned I am Squirming like a postcard with an unreadable address Teardrops stay in your seats and I’ll do the rest The train dissolved on the way to your house I’m relearning everything I have known from the start.
4.
Underneath 05:17
Underneath, what’s underneath? Underneath, what’s under nothing? You like men whose brains destroy them I’m the one who dies when you drink poison Smoke was coming from the engine Your alarm went off this morning I like the way you say you miss me Say it standing next to me I fell asleep at the parade But I dreamed of it for weeks I like to close my eyes and watch The shade change shape Underneath, what’s underneath? Underneath, what’s under nothing? We were standing in the parking lot When we watched the world stop. Finally got to the front. But neither of us were tall enough.
5.
November 03:25 video
The evening hydroplanes The streetlights they start screaming The air is thick enough to hold Your nose starts bleeding You kindly, slowly walk around your empty house The smallest sight of you is shimmering on the ground November The love and sadness on the corners of your smile The night outside is restless waiting for the light The windows smirk at me they’re letting in the dark There’s nothing like the way you loiter in my heart November No...
6.
Maura 03:07
Maura’s yelling over music playing at the party She knows options make me nauseous She knows I'm annoyed and cautious She knows stupid things can stop this I am looking up pink coffins What’s normal for the spider then is chaos for the fly And Sissy’s teaching all the parakeets and frogs to hitchhike Joanie’s birds are telling her the time The sounds I’ve heard but never noticed I can leave the window open I am nervous
7.
Coyote 04:56
You close the door in the hall It makes the pictures fall from the wall Winter’s singing in the shower And the leaves are changing color In my heart you’re number 1 Fell for you at the Texaco pump I put mornings back together After tearing them apart I know it's time for bed Your eyes are getting red What’s making the noise outside When its quiet on a Sunday night? Don’t wash your hair The socks and shoes and underwear The attic light left on all night My back against your chair
8.
I’m turning white in your white sheets I sweat my forehead clean I set my cheek on your cold floor I open all the drawers Steady myself on the doorway Steady myself on the door Reflect of candy wrappers on the street I turn the blinds ajar I show my neon teeth I’m here if someone sees me I’m here if someone sees

about

I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone is Wednesday’s second full-length album & first as a full band. The Asheville, NC quintet (guitarist/vocalist Karly Hartzman, lead guitarist Daniel Gorham, pedal steel guitarist Xandy Chelmis, bassist Margo Schultz & drummer Alan Miller) maximizes the dark dissonance of a three guitar attack to highlight the emotionality of Hartzman’s bell-clear vocals & wisps of half-recalled memories & literary references that make up her lyrics. I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone’s eight songs meld elements of shoegaze, grunge, indie pop & southern American culture into a uniquely personal style of modern rock music that resonates with power & tenderness.

Wednesday began as a recording collaboration between Hartzman & Daniel during the winter of 2017, while both students at the University of North Carolina Asheville. While living on campus, the duo recorded a whimsical synth-pop LP entitled Yep, Definitely, influenced heavily by the album Reading, Writing and Arithmetic by English alternative rock group The Sundays (the inspiration for Wednesday’s own band name). The duo recruited Chelmis & Miller (along with original bassist Julien Melissas) to play a party at Karly’s sister’s house, & the full band had an instant chemistry that won over the small crowd. With the immediate support of Asheville’s underground music scene, Wednesday quickly became a local staple, appearing often at the band’s favorite Asheville venue, The Mothlight.

Schultz replaced Melissas on bass in time for Wednesday’s first tour, & the new line-up recorded a collaborative EP with fellow Ashevillian MJ Lenderman, 2018’s How Do You Let Love into the Heart That Isn't Split Wide Open. The EP began Wednesday’s progression into darker instrumentation & lyrics, which continued on 2019’s Wednesday EP. After graduating from UNCA, Hartzman began writing the songs that would become Wednesday’s second full-length release, I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone. With the band contributing arrangements, the new songs placed more emphasis on the noise & dissonance of Chelmis’s lap steel & Gorham’s lead guitar.

The ever-darkening & deepening of Wednesdays’ sound on I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone owes a debt of influence to The Swirlies, Arthur Russell, Red House Painters, Tenniscoats, Ana Roxanne, Acetone, & their continued collaboration with MJ Lenderman (who lends backing vocals to the songs “Billboard” & “November”). I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone was recorded at Hartzman’s home with engineering assistance from her roommate Colin Miller. The depth & clarity of the recordings balance the distorted volume of Wednesday’s live performances with the intimacy of Hartzman’s voice. Her words hold the center of the chaos, unobscured by the power of the band.

Hartzman describes her lyrics as “attempts to access old personal memories & do them justice through prose, with inspiration from the writings of Richard Brautigan, Flannery O’Connor, David Berman & Tom Robbins, & movies like Steel Magnolias.”

credits

released February 7, 2020

Vocals, Guitar: Karly Hartzman
Bass: Margo Schultz
Drums: Alan Miller
Guitar: Daniel Gorham
Lap Steel: Xandy Chelmis
Additional Vox on "Billboard" and "November": Jake Lenderman

All songs: Karly Matana Hartzman (BMI)
Recorded by: Colin Miller
at Haw Creek in Asheville, NC
Mastered by: Scoops Dardaris
Cover art: Karly Hartzman

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