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With hearts on sleeve, AGAIN FOR THE WIN explores moments of both personal and collective triumph as well as defeat on their sophomore effort We've Been Here Forever. Boasting impassioned declarations of independence right alongside pleas for companionship, this isn't an album full of happy tunes...and at times it's melancholy and cynical. But like life itself, it is hopeful and truly inspiring. It's not simply a collection of songs, but a loud and often urgent record that isn't afraid to step down, stand close and whisper directly to you. One moment it exposes the kind of secrets that only close friends share, then charges the front lines into an unexpected battle the next. You'll discover many layers to digest in the trenches below the definitive pulse that guides this confident and varied undertaking. Between the killer guitars, tightly locked rhythm section, inventive keys and strong lyrical passages, you'll hear something different nestled away with every listen. By breaking convention and not pulling any punches, the band displays an unabashed sense of individualism, uncategorizing themselves in the best way possible. If AGAIN FOR THE WIN's goal was to make a record about striving for something better for yourself as well as the people around you, the band has truly accomplished what they set out to do.
"We felt a few different turning points while writing this album. Everyone in the band lost close family members as well as close friends during the twelve months we were writing and recording. It truly shaped our entire creative process. But once we wrote Merkabah, the entire album started coming together quickly and everything seemed to fall into place. Once we admitted to ourselves that we were writing a record with very heavy personal themes, we chose to embrace it. We had a lot of important and specific things to say and we wanted to make sure to say them correctly. We wanted to wear our hearts on our sleeves and make a record that felt like home to us" says lead singer Carter Francis. "We named the album halfway through the writing process. Once it was decided, we took a step back and looked at the scope of topics we were discussing. The title gave us a sense of new-found confidence and made us unafraid to embrace making a specific and bold record. In the end I think the record is an all-inclusive and open invitation for people to be passionate about what they love and talk about what might otherwise go unsaid" says guitarist Bobby Martinez. Drummer Travis Malone continues "We've been inspired by every band before us that we saw play in a little barn or park gazebo in our hometown music scene. You rarely see passion like that anymore...a couple of dudes sweating like mad and putting every ounce of their being while performing for twenty kids in a basement. We remember how much those shows meant to us while we were growing up and have always thought that if we can inspire someone like those bands inspired us, then mission complete."
AGAIN FOR THE WIN is Carter Francis (vocals, guitars), Wayne Zingery (rhodes, synths, pianos, programming), Travis Malone (drums), Bobby Martinez (guitars, vocals) and Greg Dubinovskiy (bass). We've Been Here Forever was produced by Again For The Win and recorded, engineered, mixed and mastered at Shine Studios in Austin, TX (Simple Plan, Celine Dion, Cirque du Soleil) with engineer Justin Douglas in March 2012. In connection with the new album, Deep Elm will simultaneously re-release the band's nine track debut Bonus Deluxe Version worldwide. The band will appear with an exclusive, unreleased track on the forthcoming Chapter 13 of The Emo Diaries compilation series. AGAIN FOR THE WIN resides in Austin, Texas...capital of the Lone Star State, the self-proclaimed Live Music Capital of the World, the epicenter of the SXSW Music Festival and home to some of the best damn barbecue you've ever tasted.
“Combining the sound of 90's emo, piano rock and punk, Again For The Win is one of the prides of Austin, Texas. Their unique sound has brought them plenty of acclaim from those lucky enough to witness Carter Francis' powerful vocals and the rest of the band's immense musical talent." - Muzik Dizcovery
Recommended For Fans of: Brand New, Jimmy Eat World, Desoto Jones, Getup Kids, Dangerous Summer, Taking Back Sunday
released August 15, 2012
Written and Produced by Again For The Win
Recorded at Shine Studios, Austin, TX
Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Justin Douglas
In Memory Of: Derek Campbell, Rocky Gamboa, Albert Gonzalez, David Good, Ed & Vera Jacob, Valerie Lambert, Jerry Lindauer and Don Sortor.
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we were all wearing red. when it came down to it. every single one of us. looked just like every single one of them. we were all wearing red. when it came down to it. we came on chariots. that we built to fly. we came on chariots. every single time. we lost another dream again. standing on the edge of our own indifference. we were all wearing red. when it came down to it. if it happened once. it'll happen again. we came on chariots. built to fly. we came on chariots. we ruin every single time. we came on chariots. built to fly. we came on chariots
Track Name: The Legend Of
preoccupied with patterns in your bed. reassure us that you're coming up ahead. gold tiles and porcelain walls. I'll never miss this place at all. you told me if felt like a waking dream. we were elegant in our serendipity. one last wish before you go. take hold. take hold. take hold. I've been here before. it never felt like this to me. every word I heard before I met you. meant something. walk past fields of concrete. they've got bloody hands. we've got bloody knees. four miles in and your old hope is gone. two years ago was once. I've been here before. it never felt like this to me. every word I heard before I met you. meant something. meant something to me
Track Name: Breaking / Entering
if we open this door. it changes both of us forever. I thought that we could stay right here. and count blue cars together. what was I supposed to do? what was I supposed to do? what, was I supposed to? we walked through the door. we both remained. what was I supposed to do? every night. every day. what, was I supposed to?
Track Name: Having Heard Sirens
when we come home from this war. we won't have any of the answers. to these questions we've been searching for. It feels like it did before. friends don't return phone calls. no one knows what we're waiting for. are we really all alone? because we're sitting here. and our coffee's cold. and every story that we've heard. has been told and retold. are we only all we know? wherever we're born. wherever we're born. We search for questions. to find the right answers. I haven't failed to mention. we've been here before. my new comprehension: rephrasing the anthems. rephrasings happen from memories stored. are we really all alone? we're growing old. and this coffee's cold. and every story that I've heard. has been told and retold. are we only all we know? wherever we're born. wherever we're born. let's call out bullshit. pictures or it didn't happen. isn't good enough anymore. let's call out bullshit. pictures or it didn't happen. isn't good enough anymore. are we really all alone? because we're growing older
Track Name: Your Heaviest Light
it's not running away; this planned escape. flee from your apartment. and cross the plains. leave your heart where it is. we are all the same. your heaviest light. came down to me then. and said. "our whole life has already happened." don't look back. you might turn to salt. just like in stories of old. don't stop to rest. you could be swept away. we've been here forever and ever. and forever we will stay. your heaviest light. came down to me then. and said. "our whole lives have already happened"
Track Name: Architects
we're talking in cycles. walking in circles. mouthing the words but with no inflection. trading means for ends. mistaking ends for beginnings. swallowing pride as we choke on our own tales. but there's hope. if you'll see. this mote of dust. suspended in a sunbeam. songs - yeah they're different. but the lies remain the same. I don't know. who i am. I want to know whose fault is it. that there's no one to blame. I've never felt alone. come back to my house. where we'll always feel the same. I've never felt alone. come back to my house. repeating misleading. cynics dance. it's hard to stand up without balance. and as the waves fade. revealing the ceilings. there's nothing new. there's nothing new. there's hope. you'll see. this mote of dust. suspended in a sunbeam. songs - yeah they're different. but the lies remain the same. I don't know. who I am. I want to know whose fault is it. that there's no one to blame. I've never felt alone. come back to my house. where we'll always feel the same. I've never felt alone. come back to my house. we've been standing on the shoulders. of giants viewing lines in the sand. (we've been here forever, and we'll always feel the same). we're building empires. with the blood of our fathers on our hands. we've been here forever. The songs, the lies remain the same. I don't know just who I am. I want to know who's fault is it that there's no one to blame
Track Name: Guns
when we all have houses built of stone. we'll have nothing to fear at all. I'm afraid of you. and I'm afraid of what you've done. I'm calling you out. I'm calling you out. I'm calling you out. I needed to call you. But there aren't even. phones on the sides of the roads anymore. and we've fallen so quickly. I don't have a single friend. who calls their house a home. anymore. There are suburban houses. with their backs lined up against the streets. and time just holds us down. where will you go when you fall? You've got no one to call. No one to call your own. We're calling you out. We're calling you out. We're calling you out. I wanted to call you. We're calling you out. I wanted to call you. But there aren't even. phones on the sides of the roads
Track Name: Nights Like These
what if every step before. fell in line just like this one. all these toys in the attic. have been burning all summer. don't give me a reason. I believe in these seasons. What if every life before. was more cutthroat than this one. every lie before I met you. burning these bridges we're still on. What if every night before. let me down just like this one? I was face on the floor. I was feeding an ending. (I'm fine now). They're all burning in the attic. they just need to see the stars. and they're trying to reach it. but they're burning in the attic. We're all burning in the attic. We just needed to see the stars. And we're trying to reach it. But we're burning in the attic
Track Name: Aspirations
this is all just a dream. that's what it feels like to me. all these walls are crashing down. all around me. all of our eyes are like stars. we are galaxies. that's what i choose to see. it's all falling down. be with me when I hit the ground. I'll be back someday again. it's all falling down. be with me when I hit the ground. that's what she said. it's falling down around me again
Track Name: The Lines Above Our Heads
escaping. I'm lost in this quiet house. engaging. a calm and final bout. we are listening. we're comfortable by now. we'll be patient. we'll be quiet for now. driving. down these roads that always look the same. we are diving. into infinity. I can feel this ever changing moment. and I know this too shall fade. returning. like a soldier who knew where he was. you don't stand oblivious. when you're here with us. you're like a warrior. you're proud and sincere. we've been patient. we won't be quiet now. I can feel this ever changing moment. and I know this too shall fade. I saw guiding lights that I drew myself. not in arrogance. I saw guiding lights that I drew myself. not in arrogance. I saw guiding lights that I drew myself. you can go where you want to be. I saw guiding lights that I drew myself. you can go where you need to be. Go where you want to be. I am where I need to be
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