Blue Circle, Rubber Bands

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BCRB was recorded over the course of three months in JSB's basement.

credits

released June 28, 2008

Jesse Shepherd-Bates: Vocals, Guitars, Bass Guitar, Piano
Jeremy Smith: Drums on all but otherwise noted
Erik Roosen: Bass Guitar on "Battling Hindsight" and "The Limit Lost", Drums on "????", Upright Bass on "The Unfinished Adventures of Agatha", Piano on "You Said You Saw Red"
George Morris: Guitar on "Changing of Turns" and "You Said You Saw Red"
Allison Young: Trombone on "The Unfinished Adventures of Agatha", "Changing of Turns", and "Sunlight"
Aaron Nelson: Bass Guitar on "????"
Dan Bates: Bass Guitar on "Head In the Sand"
Gary Chechak: Guitar on "Head In the Sand"
Kirk Szczepkowski: Drums on "Head In the Sand"

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tags: rock Detroit

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This is the home for all recordings that fall under the JSB Squad Umbrella - These include D'Orchestra, Jesse and The Gnome, The Satin Peaches, Jesse Shepherd-Bates, JSB Squad, and various other endeavors. Music music music!

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Track Name: The Unfinished Adventures of Agatha
J.R.R. introduced me to Agatha
We hit it off under the stars
We party crashed from Cuba to Canada
Sneaking kisses in Cairo as we danced from bar to bar

Summer slipped like a sieve and crashed into fall
And Agatha slipped from my view
I retraced our paths, I searched every stall
And with a conscience of coal I never ceased my pursuit.
Track Name: Battling Handsight
We’ve been playing this tug of war
So long I’ve forgotten the score
But I think you’re up
Focus forgotten eons ago
If we don’t cut the fuse you know we’re bound to blow up

But wait
Don’t hit the road
We’ll be battling hindsight for the rest of our lives if you go

Now you come back come back into my car
Sitting awkward as we try to discard last night
Dispense with the games, show me those fangs
Those ruby reds have got to part one of these days
If we’re gonna be all right

But wait
Don’t hit the road
We’ll be battling hindsight for the rest our lives if you go
Track Name: ????
Lord knows I've tried to hide it
Lord knows I've tried to hide it
But it's on the attack

Lord knows I've tried to leave it
Lord knows I've tried to leave it
But it just keeps coming back

I know it's no good but it's got me in a rut
I know it's no good but it just can't get enough

You keep sayin it's all in my head
Well all right baby give me yours instead
Won't solve nothin but a sense of dread
That I've drudged up from nothingness

I turn around, it's right there
I turn around, it gives me a scare
I turn around, it's smiling like a dog

Two minutes and I'm done
Two minutes and you're done
Two minutes and I'm lying like a log

I know it's no good but it's not leaving soon
I know it's no good but it's about to go kaboom
Track Name: Ezekiel's Habitat
We live nocturnal
It’s all we know
There’s so much mystery
When daylight goes
That’s how we found
Our secret place

Somewhere haphazard
Off Gotfredson
Pedal pressed down,
ponytail blonde
All beaming teeth in the passenger seat heading to
Our secret place

I can’t wait to go back
To Ezekiel’s Habitat
It’s the sign of addiction when you’re feeling a lack
Of nerves under a ladder breaking mirrors with a black cat
A million conversations could’ve started stayed and passed
And you’d still longing for the one you had last
Well pa pa pa papapapack your bags

Out of the picture
Into the life
My honey bunny
Is by my side
And so we pose as we go alone to
Our secret place

I can’t wait to go back
To Ezekiel’s Habitat
It’s the sign of addiction when you’re feeling a lack
Of nerves under a ladder breaking mirrors with a black cat
A million conversations could’ve started stayed and passed
And you’d still longing for the one you had last
Well pa pa pa papapapack your bags
Track Name: Head In the Sand
I think you might find you may enjoy your time if you open up
And when the general perception of your most recent direction falls through again, try to keep your chin up

Sleep while you can, you’ve got a big day to plan
But there’s not much to do when everyone’s got their head in the sand

Twenty years ago you never ever thought you’d go broke from gas
But that’s not in your control, better to focus on the full fledged days ahead, they’re gonna be a blast.

Sleep while you can, you’ve got a big day to plan
But there’s not much to do when everyone’s got their head in the sand.
Track Name: Factors of Astrology
Somewhere in between you and the seams of a golden ideal
Lies the reality of distinguishing factors of astrology

You and I, we hide in the shadows
We keep kicking round in the shallows
It’s patience we need to get over this plateau
And where will we go if we keep getting stuck on slow-motion hellos

When virgin and ram decide to hold hands it’s never a walk in the park
But not every cliché can spell out the fates of two nearly broken hearts

You and I, we hide in the shadows
We keep kicking round in the shallows
It’s patience we need to get over this plateau
And where will we go if we keep getting stuck on slow-motion hellos

It’s more than the age that’s evolved us through time
Everyone’s somebody’s something, but our something doesn’t satisfy me, no I’m not gonna lie
Track Name: Changing of Turns
Did I see you over there?
Or was it just a glassy glare
I swear I had looked everywhere
But now I found you

Come out come out, wherever you are
She was hiding behind that door ajar
And now you’ve got to count oh so far
As I hide from you

It’s your turn to find me

I find it’s pretty hard to hide
With a girl whose pupils stretch oh so wide
So I’m gonna have to try to squeeze inside
The dryer

Nope, the closet’s not where I creep
And nope I’m not in the place where I sleep
And no the basement’s far too deep,
Look higher!

It’s your turn to find me
Track Name: Sunlight
A little bit of charm, a little bit of class
We put our mark on a panel of stained glass
We ran away as fast as we could as to not face the owner’s wrath

A little bit of tact, a little bit of fun
Is the pattern we faced when we were young
But I never expected to see you so easily bite your tongue

It looks like you’ve spent a long time in the sunlight, maybe days
When I get mine, will you give me a kiss goodbye, or will you wave?

A little bit of tears, an itty bitty smile
You know you won’t see me for a while
But long, drawn out goodbyes have never really been your style

A little bit of into the sunset driving is what we need
To make at least an impression of an ever after lived happily

It looks like you’ve spent a long time in the sunlight, maybe days
When I get mine, will you give me a kiss goodbye, or will you wave?
Track Name: You Said You Saw Red
I feel like you’ve known me long enough now
That you should be able to sense when I’m being sarcastic
You really didn’t have to act so drastic

What with the “how could you say”s and “it hurts me to hear”s
It’s like peroxide being poured in my ears
Oh come on don’t start up with those fake tears

You said you saw red when I showed up
What was it that I said that caused you to blow up?
You said you saw red

Yell yell yell yell yell some more
It’s going to solve everything I’m sure
Go throw some plates and slam some doors
Threaten me with a broken bottle Coors
Just look me in the eye
I’m going to tell you straight up, friendomine.

This is nonsense, this pretense of hospitability
We can get over this hump is you just act sensibly
And don’t go off on one of your tangents about how I’m so damn mean

You said you saw red when I started to speak
You could have smiled instead of gritting your teeth
You said you saw red
Track Name: The Limit Lost
When I met you I was a shadow, you were a ghost
And then that lady came around the corner
With skin as pale as the snow on the tip of your nose
You had nothing better to do, so you joined her
Then you slept in the poppies
And you awoke with a yawn

Days came and went, and as for your golden girl, forgotten she lay
Till one night time in mid-October
You saw her building a snowman, and she asked you to play
She said she missed the good times you showed her
Then you slept in the poppies
And in that meadow you stayed
Now you sleep in the poppies
When will you wake?