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Things Get Shaky

by Keystone Kids

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The collaboration between Emmy Award-winning songwriter / piano instrumentalist Carly Comando and punk rocker Ryan O'Donnell may be a marriage of opposites, but the 26 solid minutes of indie-electro-pop excellence that resulted is anything but surprising given the talent behind it and the incredible chemistry shared by these two musicians. Things Get Shaky, the debut release by indie supergroup KEYSTONE KIDS, is more than an album of smart electronic pop with homages to 80's era synth lurking beneath the surface. The sheer strength of the songs, the crystal clear melodies, the playful duets and the sincere vocal performances together build to an addictive climax in nearly every song. Comando's stunning piano savvy adds moments of incredible beauty throughout, especially on the song "Falling." We're all suckers for a catchy melody...and it's here in droves. So forget what to call it and just enjoy. I love this record. And you will too.

"We wanted to write an album that we'd want to listen to all the time, an uplifting album that would get stuck in our heads. We wanted the songs to be as simple and accessible as possible, yet relatable and relaxing...so people can take away something from each song. We based the lyrics on our own experiences (in all honesty, a decent amount of our lyrics have to do with the TV show The Jersey Shore as every summer it seems ‘things get shaky' between Sammi and Ronnie), but anyone can really take from them their own meaning" says Carly. She continues "the album title is taken from a line in the song ‘Crumble.' It seems every year there's a point in our lives where things get a bit iffy and weird, and we all have to get through it. All of the songs on Things Get Shaky illustrate a variety of emotions we feel throughout the year, whether it's heartbreak, getting over someone, loving someone or dealing with negativity. And in the end, even when things try to shake us up, we make it through. We just want the album to make people happy." "This album means a lot to me in different ways. When Carly and I first talked about writing the album, there was a lot of discussion about how we would do it and what it would be like when we were done. But after ‘Mouth' and ‘Miles' which were our first two songs, I immediately felt a stronger connection to it than almost any other music I've been a part of. My main hope is that when folks that listen to Things Get Shaky they'll be walking around for the next day or so with at least one of the songs in their head - whether they wanted to or not" says Ryan.

Keystone Kids are Carly Comando (vocals, keyboards, piano) and Ryan O'Donnell (vocals, guitar, bass). Tom Patterson played drums. Things Get Shaky was produced by Dan McKinney and Keystone Kids in Dan's House Studio in Center Valley, PA. Dan also played tambourine. Carly is well known for her instrumental piano ballad "Everyday" which is the score to viral video "Noah Takes a Photo of Himself Everyday" which has been viewed 22,500,000+ times on YouTube (bit.ly/cc-everyday). "Everyday" has been featured on CBS News, Good Morning America, VH1's 40 Greatest Internet Superstars and has been licensed by the NBA, Amnesty International and the World Economic Forum among others. Carly was honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with a Primetime Emmy Award for her musical contribution to The Simpson's episode "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind." Carly is also in the band Slingshot Dakota and she enjoys baking. Ryan was in the punk band Yo Man Go and is also in the band Laugh It Off. Keystone Kids reside in Lehigh Valley, PA. Carly lives in Bethlehem (home of Jesus, obviously, duh) and Ryan is from Allentown. Pennsylvania is the Keystone State, so Carly + Ryan = Keystone Kids. Their hometown, nicknamed "Steel City," is known for the Crayola Crayon factory, Sands Casino taking over Bethlehem Steel and is the true subject matter of Billy Joel's song "Allentown" (bet you didn't know that).

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released March 15, 2012

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Track Name: Crumble
Our love is a predictable battle. I can't be without you, you can't be without me. others think we're crazy but I know that we're meant to. and others think we're crazy, but I know that we're meant to be. Oh, every summer things get shaky. and oh, all of this sun is making me feel dizzy. Oh, every summer things get shaky. oh, all of this sun is making me feel dizzy. 'cause everything around me is crumbling, crumbling. everything around me is crumbling. and i can't sleep at night when your'e not in my bed. and i can't ever get you out of my head. do you feel the same about me? do you feel the same? does your heart beat faster when you hear my name? oh, every summer things get shaky. and oh, all of this sun is making me feel dizzy. oh, every summer things get shaky. oh, all of this sun is making me feel dizzy. 'cause everything around me is crumbling, crumbling. everything around me is crumbling. and i'm having a hard time believing, believing. that we will make it through this. 'cause everything around me is crumbling, crumbling. everything around me is crumbling. and i'm having a hard time believing, believing. that we will make it through this.
Track Name: Mouth
we started off our day with a misadventure. who knew that we'd end up together. you and i, a pretty unlikely pair. it's been a few hours since we've seen the sun. we're following following everyone. if we make it out i might tell you how i feel but. i really cant say all the things you want me to say. because my mouth my mouth it keeps getting in the way. we've seen more than anyone would believe. piles of gold, waterfalls and thieves. if i had looked around me and listened to my heart. i would have seen the treasure that you gave me from the start. i really cant say all the things you want me to say. (like how i feel safe when i am around you). because my mouth my mouth it gets in the way. (i want to hold you in my arms)
Track Name: What They're Saying
no one seems to understand the love we have inside us, have inside us. all these people thinking they know better. they are blind and rigid, blind and rigid. rumors always starting up of how we're broken hearted, broken hearted. we know they might not be that far off when they are pushing us over, pushing us over. but we know the truth. and you know that, you know i love you. who cares what they're saying! who cares what they're saying oh, they'll try to tear us apart. they'll take the love right out of your heart. keep on moving forward! keep on moving forward, oh. and see what you want to see. and be where you want to be. please don't let those tears out no. don't let your sadness show. i really can't stand all those things they're saying. please don't listen, please don't listen. but i really can't stand all the things they're saying. but we'll get through this together! who cares what they're saying! who cares what they're saying oh, they'll try to tear us apart. they'll take the love right out of your heart. keep on moving forward! keep on moving forward, oh. and see what you want to see. and be where you want to be
Track Name: Falling
restless nights turning in my bed. with delusions of you running in my head. i always thought that you were the one for me. i always thought that you were the one for me. are we moving way too fast or way too slow? please show me the way you want to go! i always thought that you were the one for me. i always thought that you were the one for me. but what if you're not? i'm either falling in love or falling. I'm either falling in love or falling down. i'm either falling in love or falling. i'm either falling in love or falling down, down, down. but in my mind, there is...in my mind, something perfect. but in my eyes i see all the flaws with you and me. i'm looking for a love that's pure and true. the kind that doesn't need the words like "i love you" and i'm not so sure i feel it, and i'm not so sure we mean it. but i only hope that you're the one for me. i'm either falling in love or falling. I'm either falling in love or falling down. i'm either falling in love or falling. i'm either falling in love or falling down, down, down
Track Name: Up All Night
i see it in your eyes. your lips aren't moving but everyone around us knows. i didn't mean to let you down, didn't mean to call you out. but if you give me the time tonight. i'll make everything alright. the sun is creeping up now. gotta make these minutes really count. make this moment last forever. give you something to remember. and if you give me more time today. you'll forget everything you. wanted to say. my knees are shaking and my body's aching. but i'm gonna see this through. i'm gonna stay awake all night stay awake all night. to make it up to you. i swear i'm not giving up this time. i swear i'm not giving up
Track Name: Miles
miles and miles away we live our days. no face to face, just voices on the phone. miles and miles away we live our days. no face to face, just voices on the phone. when weekends come i can't wait to see you (miles and miles away). i'm counting down the days 4, 3, 2, 1 (voices on the phone). please move your body close to me. i want to hear your heart beating. and when, when the morning light shines in. wrap me in your arms and keep holding. monday morning it's time to go to work. get on the bus, pretend you are with me. it's been three years since we have lived like this. it's time to change it up. no more counting down! so please! move your body close to me, i want to hear your heart beating. and when, when the morning light shines in. wrap me in your arms and keep holding. i left new york last month, left busy streets. you are my heart, you are where my home is
Track Name: 44
i'm running out of synonyms for the word apology. next time it won't be empty if you will come back to me. i'm asking you to believe not in my ability to show you things you want to see, but to see them and think: everything you've ever given to me all makes sense and i know we're not going nowhere. i'm asking you to believe not in my ability to show you just what we could be