AFTER THE LIGHTS FAILED

by Curious Quail

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As with 2012's .:INSTANT GRATIFICATION:. this album tells a story. Instead of telling you what you should think or feel, we'll just say this is the third chapter in the story we started with 2009's "Yesterday I Watched The World End".

The songs are all connected, and in fact some of the themes and characters tie to the previous albums; don't be surprised if you hear a familiar melody to hearken back to a song or a place referenced before.

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released May 30, 2014

Production Notes:

Mike Shirley-Donnelly - Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Chiptunes
Erin Keely - Vocals, Bass
Joey Guthrie - Drums, Timpani, Shakers, Tambourine, Chains
Abe Myers - Guitars, Keyboards
Dr. Alan Chen - Violin

Additional Group Vocals on tracks 2 and 8:

Brayden Deskins, Johannes Heine and Rob Canali • A Yawn Worth Yelling
Devin Nelson and Alexi Rose Belchere • The Y Axes
Patrick-Henry Sazon • B E R E L A I N
Morgan Tucker and Keiko Nakamura • crashfaster
Sharvil Gupta and Kern Luo • Grey Fyr
Max Rogers • Starover Blue (Formerly Cartoon Bar Fight)
Anna Larina • Skeleton Key Photography
Eric Fanali • ROCKAGE: San Jose
Spencer West, February Skai, Brandon and Jolene Smith, Tara Singh, Millie Khou and Sarah Holcomb Guthrie

All songs written by Mike Shirley-Donnelly and arranged by Curious Quail

Produced by Jonathan Devoto and Mike Shirley-Donnelly
Engineers: Michael “Gunther” Chiang, Brad Dollar, Brian Bergeron and Justin Alquist
Recorded at DIRT ROOM in El Cerrito, California
Mixed by Mike Shirley-Donnelly
Mastered by Dryw Owens at Real Sound Studios, Sacramento, CA

KICKSTARTER SPECIAL THANKS TO!:

Bryan Pierce, Andrew Truong, Frumpston, Ken "Milk through the Legs" Tinsley, Gernez Ellen, Christina Murrietta, Alysia Spivey, Paul “Petriform” Parr, Steve Cooperman, Linda Wyatt, Adam DiCarlo, Kevin Fisher, Aria Stewart, Alyson Whitworth, Sarah & John Bunker, Jen Stankiewicz, Allan “Hot Dog Video” Wan, Scott M. Manson CPA JD, Toma Avilla, Denise McKevitt, Ann Marie Alanes, Josh "The Man" Place, The Casabonne Family, Christopher Isaacs, Wawa, Karen and Michael Buckman, Dogcatcher, Tamara King, Anna Larina, Kathleen Morasci, Kendall Sallay, Amy Rogers, The Cefalo Family, Jennifer Ostwalt, Emily Clowes, Matt Guertner, Sarah Helwig, Ruben Escobedo III, Brent Grazman, Alan “Big Al” Wehrman, Steve Garber, Joe Cabonce, Zen Zenith, Lord Gabriel Balensiefer: Protector of the Realm, Victoria Stuhr, Bradley Dickey, Darrell Nance, Bill C, Sunrunners, Richard Wilkins, Young Han, Kindal Jumper, Mom and Dad Shirley, Lecia Finney, Dan Vado, Jenai Zeringue, Vidhya Krishnamurthi, Tracy Lee, Dawn Oshima, Rebecca Scalzi, Tommy Vargas, Nanobot Rock, Justin Lanska, James Hurst, Romel Torino, February Skai, Eric Pennington, Beth Byrne, Rachael Terryn Wordhouse-Dykema, Ricky Marasigan, Brian Graves, Stafford, Melissa & Cole Jacobs, Joe Martinez, Jason Sphinx, Amulya Datla, David Guthrie, Anthony Cohen, Debby Whitworth, David Green, Sean Nolen, Tim Kim, Joshua "Evo" Habito, Jasmine and Metro Nothing, Julie Machado, Scotty, Joy & Bruce Morimoto, The Farmy, Conrad Weidenkeller, Huckleberry Hunt, Lina Chau, George Papazian, Aidan Young, Orjan Bliven, Sue Martinez, Lester “That Guy” Barrows, Artus Clothing, Robert Eugene Bradley, Justin Vanegas, @JeremyZimmer, Beth M, Seth and Jacqui, Maggs, Adam McCall, Stephanie Haney, The Youngs (Claire, Paul and Aiden), Sarah Guthrie, Lisa Michelle Furukawa, crashfaster, Helen Whitelaw, Bri Pekar, Hau Tran, Kristin Edwards, Cathy Dunne, Constantine Kitanidis, Barb Lundgren, Maria & Devin Whitworth, Andrea Bravo, Julia Tranchina, Alex Heisler, Spencer West, Stacey Keegan, Casey Greene, Heavensent Films, Kathy Underwood, Michael DeLaurier, Homer Antoniadis, Abe's Grandma, Kim Griffith, Julie Guaspari, Nick Machado, Dirk Milotz, Christopher Sanborn Taylor, George Whitehill, Reed Wylie-Chaney, Kevin Nardi, Karen "The Karen" Donohue, Jessica Shirley-Donnelly, Trevor Allen and Karen McKevitt, Paul Harrison, Jolene and Brandon Smith, David “Zip” Nguyen, James McDuffie, Jeremy Smith, Susan Shirley and Brett McCleary

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Curious Quail is a 5-piece alternative / indie / orchestral rock band with hints of Chiptune from San Jose, California. Started as a solo project by singer / songwriter Mike Shirley-Donnelly in 2008, Quail mixes 8-bit sounds, Fuzzy Guitars and orchestral arrangements together to create a sound Death and Taxes Magazine called, "The Bay Area's Next Big Hope". AFTER THE LIGHTS FAILED is now available ... more

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Track Name: After The Lights Failed
Suddenly you wake up with a start
and your head is sore

Rememberin' what day it is too late
Did you even mourn?

There's no point askin' why
Reaffirm your alibi
Oh those lies you tell

about the ones you left behind
the ones you left behind
After the lights failed
Track Name: Instant Gratification
Instant Gratification

We built up these barricades like it was nothin'
With a mouse and a keyboard; a passport to never leave our seats
The moment you realize you don't even know your neighbor's first name
It pains when it changes, so sudden
Now

We all live for someone else
We all live for someone else

A time you thought could never be
you point, you click, you wait and see
blatant misinformation
Selling you innovation

It's well you'd see you'd never be
you point you click you wait and see
Instant Gratification
Instant Gratification

I know
It's a part of me now
I know
it's a part of me now

Where were you when everthing started to break down?
Remember the wind in your hair, was it all you'd hope for dear?
This time that we live in is somethin' you prayed and dreamed for every night
A selfish repentance won't end it
now

We all live for someone else
We all live for someone else

A time you thought could never be
you point, you click, you wait and see
blatant misinformation
selling you a vacation

A policy you'd never be
you point you click you wait and see
Instant Gratification
Instant Gratification

I know
It's a part of me now
I know
It's a part of me now

When
They'e done
We're still breakin' down these walls
cuz when
they're done
We're not

When
They'e done
We're still breakin' down these walls
and when
they're done
We're not

We all live for someone else
We all live for someone else

A time you thought could never be
you point, you click, you wait and see
blatant misinformation
Sellin' you innovation

You promised me it'd never be
you point you click you wait and see
Instant Gratification
Instant Gratification
Track Name: Moon + Stars
Smashed in the dirt again
Breakin my bones? That's fine
Cuz they'll mend
Me and you
Don't stay down long
We won't be erased
here
We've got work to do
We always get up
but it won't be our place
here

If we
Live a little
build a little
heal a little
what's this all gonna mean for us?
We don't have a clue

Live a little
Build a little
Deal a little
What's this all gonna mean for us?

It's time
We can believe
Everything we have is beautiful
Despite
All that we've seen
Everything we have is beautiful

Spit in their face again
Holdin' you close, one arm
not our end
Moon and Stars
Always get up
We won't lose our home here
we've got work to do
we always get up
and we won't be alone
here

If we
Live a little
build a little
heal a little
what's this all gonna mean for us?
We don't have a clue

Live a little
Build a little
Deal a little
What's this all gonna mean for us?

It's time
We can believe
Everything we have is beautiful
Despite
All that we've seen
Everything we have is beautiful

If we
Live a little
Build a little
Heal a little
What's it all gonna mean for me?
I don't have a clue

Live together
Die together
On our own terms
There's no place I'd rather be
Track Name: Braid
All in like the places that I lied
Nothing in comes in close to bein' "right"
Lookin back, it's something that we had
but this face is gettin older, and I'm glad

and there's a place
we know
to go
and there's a place
we know
to go

Well
It's all goin' down, boys
We're
off the rails now, boys
we're all
Sons of Bitches now, boys
We've
angered her now, boys

and this world
is gonna tear us limb from limb

and this place
as backwards as is
it's finding all our sins
it makes us whole again

and we're not damned
the possibility
of findin what we seek
is to great for us to bare

What matters most is how to pass the time
and every time he looks at me, I'm right
foldin' back the places that we meant
her braid is lashing at me with contempt

and there's a place
we choose
to go
it's a place
we choose
to go

Well
It's all goin' down, boys
We're
off the rails now, boys
we're all
Sons of Bitches now, boys
We've
angered her now, boys

and this world
is gonna tear us limb from limb

and this place
as backwards as is
finding all our sins
makes us whole again

since we're damned
the possibility
of findin what we seek
is to great for us to bare
Track Name: The Villain
Waitin for the news
to hold on to pieces of hope and
It could be such a relief
but nothin' good ever comes out

They're waitin in the reeds
to choke all the pieces you deal in
but I'm healin' like a demon
"it takes one to know one" he said

And though you're gone
Your war has already begun
the shots have fired and you're
gone
Your war has already begun

and I'm the villain now

Waitin for this new day
the book never closes it our way
they will rage on like it's easy

but nothin' good ever comes out

And though you're gone
Your war has already begun
they're out there fightin' for you,
Long gone
your war has already begun
And I'm the villain now
I'm the villain now

Nothin good ever comes out

And though you're gone
Your war has already begun
The skies have darkened and you're
gone
But the war had already begun
And I'm the villain now
I'm the villain now
Track Name: Apart We Are Together
How Long has
It been since we could
raise our glass
To the finer things
Dream of the past
Instead of waiting for a
Leap-back
What will change this time?
On and on it goes
while we stand aside

No
We really don't
and somethin' in us brings
with it a light that won't be colored out
Open up our eyes
and what it means for me
to let it be?
What could he say
to be lead here?

Apart we are together.
Together.

Time it falls
it erases me
and opens doors
where the best lies are
ones we choose t'believe
I just wait for my
Leap-back
What will end this time?
On and on it grows
like our cancer and

No
We really don't
and somethin' in us brings
with a time that won't be colored out
Open up our eyes
and what it means for me
to let it be
what could we say
to feel better?

Apart we are together.
Together.
Track Name: Heavy Rain
Who are we
To be in this place?
What is this
A license to breathe
What is done
When you can't even see
You're timin' out
whatever it takes
you
to
believe

Talk about the weather right now
And hope it distracts him from all the blood
Talk about weather right now
and hope he believes you when
all is done

Who are we
to be in this scene?
What is this?
We're burnin' red sheets
What is done
when you can't even see
there's nothing left
but origami figurines

Talk about the weather right now
And hope it distracts him from all the blood
Talk about weather right now
and hope he believes you when
all is done
talk about the weather right now
and hope it distracts him from all your fears
keep a straight face right now
and hope he believes these are your real tears
your tears
Track Name: Refugee Camp
Meal bells
Soundin' off in the bitter cold her
heart swells
how long it's been it's
hard to tell

in this city of tents

Estranged
Many more arrivin'
each day
when you wake up there're more
mouths to feed

city of regrets

and the moment my heart breaks
at the height of our mistakes
the form that it now takes
is a little girl
asking her father
"When
are we
going home?"

but never lies he tells to her
the truth and fear that swells in her
kills me

he says
"this tent's our house for now
we'll leave as soon as we know how
you'll see

even if it's not easy
you gotta believe me

that meal bell
should be finding comfort in the food's smell
but it straight up drags me back to hell
this city of regrets

and the moment my heart breaks
at the height of our mistakes
this form that it now takes
is a little girl
asking politely
"When
are we
going home?"

but never lies he tells to her
the truth and fear that swells in her
kills me

he says
"this tent's our house for now
we'll leave as soon as we know how
you'll see

even if it's not easy
you gotta believe me

Standin here at the end of the world and his
tone is so reassured and I though should not
I believe him

One more day with no glimmer of hope in this
Mess full of spirits so broken, I should not
but I believe him

Foolishly
I believed him
Track Name: Giraffes
Walkin
along this path
With the stakes so high
I just can't look back
but I'll see it through

Try to bury
what led me here
all the choices made
all these cold dark years
but I'll see it through
I'll see this through

and who
are we?
who are we?

To feed
this unending burden of
hope that always leads
nowhere

Sign after sign I go
Through the endless night
all this fallin' snow
But I'll see it through

Relive when it went black
since the day they died
I've been to hell and back
But I'll see it through
I'll see this through

Try to bury
what led me here
all the choices made
all these cold dark years
but I'll see it through
I'll see this through

I Relive when it went black
since the day they died
I've been to hell and back
But I'll see it through
I'll see this through
Track Name: Reconstruction
In one voice now we sing
Even though we number few

We were forsaken
But not defeated

and we either learn
from our mistakes
or fall apart

Either learn
from our mistakes
or fall apart

and all this time we've been

livin' in glass houses
for too long
And are we brave enough to admit that we got it wrong?

livin' in glass houses
for too long
are we brave enough to admit that we got it wrong?

We honor those we've lost
And today we build anew

But what would they say if
they were still with us?

"You either learn
from our mistakes
or fall apart.

Either learn
from our mistakes
or fall apart"

we tried so hard but we were

livin' in glass houses
for too long
now we're brave enough to admit that we got it wrong

livin' in glass houses
for too long
now we're brave enough to admit that we got it wrong

Are we givin' up?
Can you feel it?
Can you feel it in your bones?
Are we givin' up?
Can you feel it?
Can you feel it?