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Perfect Addiction

by Desert City Soundtrack

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With three previous releases exhibiting willful disregard for anything resembling a traditional genre, Desert City Soundtrack's latest effort, Perfect Addiction, shows further vision, craft, originality...plus a lot of interesting surprises. The prominence of piano and drums creates a melancholic yet symphonic atmosphere, with vocals alternating from the smooth, dulcet tones of Matt Carrillo, to a harsh screaming effect which haunts yet envigorates. There are beautiful arrangements, ghostly piano-led sequences and a sombre tone which make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck, like the score to a sad and intimate story. It's the complete attack of vocals, piano, trumpet, guitar and rhythm section that works so well, making the emotions tangible and intense. Produced by Brandon Eggelston (credits include Modest Mouse, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Les Savy Fav) with a sound all its own, Perfect Addiction is one of the most powerful and genre-defying albums of the year. (DER-444)

"You know how rock critics like to talk about how a certain album is the 'perfect summer album?' It's a shame just to ignore the other three perfectly respectable seasons out there: thus, we christen Desert City Soundtrack's Perfect Addiction, 2005's perfect autumn album. The Portland, OR trio carefully maneuver their way through a dozen tracks of eerie, moody, piano-driven indie rock that straddles the line between lullabies and nightmares, and perfectly accompanies the changing leaves." - Alternative Press

"Perfect Addiction from Desert City Soundtrack could be the lost Bright Eyes record, or at the very least, obscure gems taken from the vault of Oberst. Desert City Soundtrack combine all the elements of what makes bands such as Bright Eyes, Death Cab and Jets To Brazil so appealing: finely-tuned pop songs with crunching guitar, alcohol-influenced vocals and piano-driven beats, melting together to create some of the most fragile, yet wonderfully articulate tracks ever laid to tape. From Last Night's Floor to the finisher, The Dining Dead, Desert City Soundtrack make it apparent that they have crafted these songs so perfectly and with such precision that I'd actually believe it if they told me they could play them in their sleep. These are their lives, and indie rock is the soundtrack to which their story is told...and boy is it a good one." - Under The Volcano

Desert City Soundtrack has only improved with age, and this is easily the band's greatest work to date. Perfect Addiction is perfectly dark; gone are the louder, more emo moments that populated their previous work. Though some bands claim the influence, Desert City Soundtrack is one of the few bands to fully understand, appreciate and carry on the Three Mile Pilot torch. The mood never lifts, the dour and sour times never break and the album never fails to leave an emotional stain on your soul. Perfect Addiction is perfect melancholy." - Mundane Sounds

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released September 13, 2005

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Track Name: Last Night's Floor
the dawn will break down when you wake up, because you spilled it all on last night's floor. now it's time to clean up, pick up your cards. it's the change of hands and the guilt of the change. it could only drive you away because you know you need the space, and besides it's an easy getaway. you were not what you've become, your hands were cold but your eyes were warm. now trouble's words are on your tongue
Track Name: Let's Throw Knives
i don't know if i can take this anymore (pull your finger off the trigger), i've been to places that i'm not proud of. hold fast, your finger's on the trigger, pull the sweat out of your brow (there are some things that you can't hide from). don't know if i can take this anymore (pull your finger off the trigger), i've been to places that i'm not proud of. hold fast, my finger is the trigger, pulls the sweat out of your brow (there are some things that you can't hide from). why do you want to pry when you know it's over? you can't ask me to wait around, i've been known to turn my back (when you are throwing knives). i'm the pushpin for your distractions and indifference
Track Name: Playing the Martyr
is this what you expected from me? trembling in the light asking if i am innocent. neck arched down, morning blue light sleeps with you tonight. are you innocent, are you innocent? mother mary looking down across this mess that we've laid out. you said i gave up, i gave up on you. you should have know that you would have to cast your shadows down on us. then the first shot rang out! why would you ask if i was innocent, what would give you the reason? why?
Track Name: No Signal
you've lost, you've checked out. you're sifting through the grey. grounded bullets and glory eyes dead. "this war's not mine!" cries the captain. "what have i done?" you've lost, you've checked out
Track Name: Whatever The Cost
even as we speak my head, my hands, my knees they still all shake. when am i gonna kick this headache? i need to give myself more space, you need to lose control. i lie awake trembling in my sleep, these exhausted feet could only carry you down. down. further down, until there's no escape. you remember balling yourself up on the side of the couch. you can't go, you can't leave me here alone tonight. i'm exhausted, you're exhausted, we are both due to expire. i lie awake trembling in my sleep, these exhausted thoughts, waking dead couples fresh from defeat. you remember balling yourself up on the side of the couch. you can't go, you can't leave me here alone tonight. i'm exhausted, you're exhausted, we are both soon to expire
Track Name: Batteries
batteries are dead, you're writing answers on the palms of your hands. they've drawn out their plans, put pictures in frames to count down the days. he should have been there to hold her head, but he turned and he ran away. now it may stain his every thought but it's not what she'd want at all. this landscape is flat, you never know how far out it goes. you cannot turn back, your footprints are covered in the tracks of the past
Track Name: First Sickness
fell into a dream you felt last night. you covered yourself in security, keep your hands warm inside your sleeves...keep your toes warm. tuck yourself in no one will put up with you and the ways you decide. it's only yourself you're trying to kill, it's not murder. it's only a place where no one can find you, a perfect place to hide
Track Name: Mothball Fleet (Counterattack)
there are bodies scattered in the yard, while wolves are screaming at the door. there's no protection for you here, it's everyone for themselves. soon you too will find the devil waking you from a coma with a drink in one hand a wedding ring in the other...you can't disarm me tonight, i'm sleeping this one off. my friends say i'm lashing to the mast of this sinking ship, and change has torn the sails. the wind, it came up strong and was displaced. there are some things you can't change, you should have know that, so don't try to prove me wrong. you said i have got to bury my own, i guess i should have guessed. my friends say i'm lashing to the mast of this sinking ship, and change has torn the sails. the wind, it came up strong and was displaced
Track Name: Good Times Without
the crawlspace is nailed shut, the flies still get out. eyes like a child, filled with dust
Track Name: It's Not That Bad
i thought i had you figured out, i never felt so wrong. you held my arm and stared me dead in the eyes, i've been nothing but patient with you. so stop biting your tongue and keep quiet, do you ever want to slow down? all i ever wanted just fell apart, my arms, you been nothing but patient with me. you thought you had me figured out so sorry, i was off course and you were wrong. all i ever wanted just fell apart, my arms, you've been nothing but patient with me. these conversations are nothing but a devastating defeat in a current tide. hey, hold on, it's not that bad
Track Name: Watering Hole
stopped in a local watering hole, the same place you found to hate me. strange a year later i see you there - we're not talking, there's nothing left to say. i won't forgive you, no not like this. if i were to replace you with someone new, take a chance, tired of being alone. maybe it is an excuse to escape - we're not talking there's nothing left to say. i won't forgive you, no not like this. a perfect addiction and a great escape
Track Name: The Dining Dead
sit back in my hell, camera shots and photographs. drunk and swaying across the floor. sorry you caught me off my guard, i was waiting for a means to an end, there comes a time for everyone. he pulls himself together only to fall apart, whispers in his sleep "i've lost forever. what have i accomplished here? what do i have left? only a means to an end." he asks himself "i can't control myself when i feel this way?" "another drink to soothe my nerves is all i need." my beautiful friend, you weren't always like this. if you need a friend or a place to call on call on me