Cimarron Plaza

by Backward Collective

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about

backward collective includes musical recording artists jason presley, adam headrick, and a number of other musicians with whom they collaborate.

the group's third independent release, “cimarron plaza” is at once moody and strange, atmospheric, textured, haunting and nuanced, yet also, somehow, undeniably hopeful.

critics have laid out a baffling array of possible influences, including Alexander Skip Spence, Brain Eno, Jesus and the Mary Chain, Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, Pink Floyd, Sun Volt, Mazzie Starr, Lightin’ Hopkins, Beck Hansen, and Eddie Kramer, the influential audio engineer. Phrases like “soft and hard at the same time”, “dark urban country music”, “atmospheric blues”, and “industrial apocalyptic tension” have been used to describe the project. The album’s release includes several videos generated from friend's footage shot around the world.

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about the artists

jason presley and adam headrick were born within two days of each other in July 1972, in stillwater ok. they began playing guitar in high school and formed their first band with Brad Hardy, Brett Andrew, and Travis Turner at oklahoma state university in the early 1990s, the certified fools. the fools recorded one record, “melvin moody” and played on the south central honkey tonk circuit through the late nineties and continue to perform annually in stillwater ok.

in 1997 both adam and jason moved to new york city and founded prankstar with singer songwriter mick tuminello. the group performed in nyc music clubs from 2001 through 2008 and released two albums, “one” and “rue de blackwell”. in the late aughts, the duo formed the blind bear blues band, a short-lived blues review that played well underground in new york. backward collective was formed circa 2007, featuring random recordings from the prior decade. a number of the groups recordings have been used in film and other video projects.

headrick currently resides in oklahoma city with his family.

presley currently resides in the mount airy section of philadelphia with his family.

credits

released July 4, 2014

All Songs, All Instrumentation by Presley/Headrick, unless otherwise noted. Mixed and Mastered by Steve Rossiter at Axis Sound

1. Apricot Lincoln: Brad Hardy on Bass; Edward "Ted" Brodkin on Clarinet

2. No, Don't Say So: Derek "Big D" Smith on Drums

3. Dismayed: Steve Rossiter on Third Guitar and Second Piano

4. Writer's Block Blues: Edward "Ted" Brodkin on Clarinet; Derek "Big D" Smith on Drums

5. Cell Phone: Derek "Big D" Smith on Drums

6. Climbing

7. Saturday: Edward "Ted" Brodkin on Clarinet; Doramarie Parra Presley on backup Vox

8. Kevin Free: Derek "Big D" Smith on Drums

9. Dead Ringer

10. In Polite Company: Brad Hardy on Bass 1, Derek "Big D" Smith on Drums

11. San Diego

12. White Flags: Sarah Schaefer Headrick on backup Vox

13. Heady (THREE MILES OF SMILES): Derek "Big D" Smith on Drums

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Track Name: Apricot Lincoln
insrumental
Track Name: No, Don't Say So
am i all, i will ever be
can i call, will you come and see
no
don’t say so

as we fall, through the cracks of time
climb the wall, just to read the signs
no
don’t say so

Walk these streets, see it in their eyes
All the fear, they're laying down to die
No,
Don't say so
Track Name: Dismayed
instrumental
Track Name: Writer's Block Blues
Do I have any real thoughts
i can share with you
Have I done anything here
all on my own
Do I have any real thoughts
coming to my head
or have they all
gone to bed?

Here I am at midnight
again, all alone
Looking out at the darkness
blanked out once again
Here I am at midnight
aging oh so quickly
what can i do
but go to bed?
Track Name: Cell Phone Addiction
blank stares at the screen
a thousand miles in between
no thoughts of things to do
no living left for you
take the pill and pull it out
play the game lose the doubts
lonely nights free of friction
feed your cell phone addiction

gotta cell phone
its always on
leaves me lonely
what could be wrong

make conversation
through a rough translation
no down time for me
or my productivity
reaching for a bad habit
back into the network bandit
so much less communication
feed your cell phone addiction
Track Name: Climbing
instrumental
Track Name: Saturday
Though I walk
through the valley
in the shadow of death

I know
I have you
by my side dear God

Saturday

Come back and save me
I dreamed you will

How can I
be so calm
when the world is dying

i know
i have you
by my side dear God

Saturday

Come back and save me
I dreamed you will
Track Name: Kevin Free
Drop it, They Charged the wrong man
With a crime you understand
No harm ever was done
just a kid having fun
and this is how it ends
a lick from lightin’ hopkins
a life forever maimed
the soul of skip james

Free Kevin Kevin Free

Drop it, sitting all grown down
seeing the world go round
missing all the changes
with a locked up date range
like Muddy Waters said
aint no use in being dead
a life forever gained
the soul of skip james

Free Kevin
Kevin Free

Drop it, believe in the end
a promise to depend
it comes to bare
no matter how rare
as you kiss the sky
and remember why
understand and listen
to the story of a friend
Track Name: Dead Ringer
instrumental
Track Name: In Polite Company
What is it, that you want me,
what you want me to say?
What is it, that you want me,
what you want me to say?
Does anybody, know what I’m saying
about what i’m going through
I’ll never know, what I never mention
In polite company

Well I’m tired, and I’m lonely
and I don’t know what I can do
Well i’m tired, and i’m lonely
and I don’t know what i can do
Does anybody know what i’m saying here
about what i’m going through?
I’ll never know, I never mention this
In polite company

I've been down, and i’m dying
and i don’t know who i can trust
i’ve been down, feels like i’m dying
and I don’t know who I can trust
Does anybody, know what I'm saying
about what i’ve been going through
i’ll never know, i’ll never mention this
in polity company
Track Name: San Diego
San Diego
Is where I come from
She Said
San Diego

Oklahoma
Is all I know
She Said
Oklahoma
Is All I Know
She Said
She Said
She Said....
Track Name: White Flags
my mind
ego's been tattered
unkind
eggshells are battered

i've been dreaming about the fun that we had
and thinking of the times that were bad

a season in the sun
we're two and then we're one
my third life has just begun
time to get back, to where i come from

sand bags
all out of time
white flags
marking my crime

i been dreaming about the times that we had
i been thinking that it wasn't so bad

a season in the sun
we're two and then we're one
my third life has just begun
time to get back to where i come from
where i come from
where i come from

you were my queen
out on the scene
where did you go
you disappeared slowly
quite out of sight
you disappeared slowly
into the night
Track Name: Three Miles of Smiles
instrumental