Five Years After The Lights Failed

by Curious Quail

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Created in secret, Abe Myers reached out to musicians and bands that have worked with us over the years and organized a tribute album to AFTER THE LIGHTS FAILED as a surprise for Mike to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the album being released.

Mike cried a lot while listening to it for the first time.

The genres range from solo acoustic folk to elaborate analog synthtronica and banjo-led horn sections. This album is incredible.

The original (if you are interested!) is also available on this bandcamp.

credits

released May 28, 2019

All songs written by Mike Shirley-Donnelly; per track credits to follow:

01 - After the Lights Failed // Travis Hayes
Performed, recorded & mixed by Travis Hayes

www.iamtravishayes.com

Music: infiniteammo.bandcamp.com
Gamedev: infiniteammo.com

02 - Moon + Stars // Petriform
Performed, recorded & mixed by Petriform

petriform.com

03 - Braid // Dogcatcher
dogcatcher.bandcamp.com

Recorded and mixed by Jared Milos & Andrew Heine at The Art Farm, San Jose, CA

Andrew Heine: Vocals & Rhodes
Jared Milos: Bass
Ramon Esquivel: Drums
Joey Guthrie: Percussion & Chains
Alan Chen: Violin


04 - The Villain // [MONO]Stereo
Mixed by Abe Myers

www.facebook.com/MONOStereoSJ/


Joey Guthrie: Drums & Keys
Alan Chen: Violin
Josh Hotlosz: Bass


05 - Apart We Are Together // Alexis Blair
Performed & recorded by Alexis Blair
Mixed by Abe Myers

www.alexisblair.com/media

06 - Heavy Rain // Ace Waters
Performed, recorded, & mixed by Ace Waters

www.acewaters.com

Sounds and Gear used :
Teenage Engineering OP-1 (Ambient Pads),
Sequential Prophet 6 (Swelling String Synth),
Moog Voyager XL (Bass),
Teenage Engineering OP-Z (Lo-Fi Arpeggio),
Alto Sax (x2),
Vocal Processing on Verses by Antares 8

07 - Refugee Camp // Zen Zenith
Performed & recorded by Zen Zenith
Mixed by Abe Myers

www.therealzenzenith.com


08 - Giraffes // Matthew Joseph Payne
Performed, recorded, & mixed by Matthew Joseph Payne

matthewjosephpayne.bandcamp.com


09 - Reconstruction // GNARBOOTS
Recorded & Mixed March 31st 2019 at District Recording Studio, San Jose, CA by Ryan Perras

gnarboots.bandcamp.com

Gnarboots on this recording include:
Joey Guthrie: Drums, Glockenspiel, Backup Vocals
Aaron Carnes: Vocals, Backup Drums
Adam Davis: Vocals, Casio, Effect Boxes, Guitar
and you. Because you are Gnarboots.

(NOTE: This album originally featured a cover of our song 'Instant Gratification' that was arranged and performed by Alec Holowka; after he was outed as a serial abuser of women in the industry in August of 2019 we removed his track in solidarity with victims of abuse.)

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Curious Quail is an orchestral + chiptune indie rock collective with members in San Jose, CA, Palm Springs, CA and Vancouver WA. Mixing fuzzy guitar rock, orchestral instrumentation and music made with Nintendo Gameboys.

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Track Name: Travis Hayes - 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: Petriform - 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: Dogcatcher - 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: [MONO]Stereo - The Villain
[Instrumental Version]
Track Name: Alexis Blair - 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: Ace Waters - Heavy Rain (Portland Spring Edition)
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: Zen Zenith - 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: Matthew Joseph Payne - 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: GNARBOOTS - Reconstruction
In one voice now we sing
Even though we are GNARBOOOOOOTS

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 are GNARBOOOOOTS

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?

(also shout YEAAH a lot)