Follow Me Under

by Van Goat

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Punk. Swing. Ragtime. Southern jazz. Surf. Van Goat is a band to which you could apply many labels, but none would quite prepare you for what you’re about to hear as you pop on your headphones and queue up their album.

Harnessing the diverse DIY aesthetic of their native Oakland, Van Goat (featuring Aidan Ward, Ben Einstein, Derek Burle, Lindsay Alexis, and Taylor Moxon) is in the business of writing not only songs that you can dance to, but entire albums that you can enjoy front to back without pausing or skipping: a musical experience wherein each successive song’s mottled riffs and bewildering charisma is pleasantly startling.

Follow Me Under, the five-piece’s debut full-length LP, pits thick bass lines against rhythmic trombone; pointed lyrics against verdant harmonies: bursts of liveliness in the first half against bursts of contemplation in the second. Side A, so to speak, is the dancing side, and Side B is the meditative side, but the entire LP creates a shindig all its own, plucking together influences both local and global and mashing them together in a cohesive and sophisticated exertion.

“You know when you’re in the shower and you want to turn the water as hot as you possibly can, and when it starts to burn you, you lower it a little bit? That’s what I want people to feel with this record,” says bassist Derek Burle.

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released September 21, 2018

Produced by Van Goat. Additional production by AJ McKinley. Recorded by Van Goat at Top Story Studios in Oakland CA. Mixed by John Smart. Mastered by Piper Payne at Neato Mastering in Oakland CA. Additional recording by Brad Lincoln, Ben Einstein, Nathan Bauld. Album artwork by Cody Blocker. Logo design by Eric Smith. Photography by Francesco Carucci.

Van Goat is Aidan Ward, Lindsay Alexis, Ben Einstein, Derek Burle, and Taylor Moxon.

All lyrics written by Aidan Ward, music by Van Goat except: “Nothing Matters” and “Saliva Monster” lyrics by Lindsay Alexis, Six Foot Skeleton lyrics by Taylor Moxon, and “Willie The Weeper” [traditional] lyrics and music written by unknown, additional lyrics by Aidan Ward.


Copyright © 2018 Van Goat. vangoatband.com

Thanks to Alex Mallonee, John Smart, Francesco Carucci, AJ McKinley, Eric Smith and the SNAFU Family, Fred Hausman, Cody Blocker, Piper Payne and Steve Jarvis. Special thanks to Matt Sweeney, Emily Hall, Chris Barton, our parents, friends, family, and to everyone who contributed to the making of this album.


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Punk. Swing. Ragtime. Southern jazz. Surf. Van Goat is a band to which you could apply many labels, but none would quite prepare you for what you’re about to hear as you pop on your headphones and queue up their album.

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Track Name: Follow Me Under
I lose my grip when you get down mama
She stops so smooth and starts up up again
Some cellar door sure sounds ok
It's quite all right if we're not just friends no more

Heaven knows she's got to grind
Shame to waste such a pretty mind
Come subway spelunking with me
We'll find a cave where we both can stand to be

I lose my shit when you get down mama
She stops so smooth and starts up up again
Some cellar doors just sound all right
It's quite ok baby if we're not just friends no more
wont you come down here and close the door
i got something you should see
oh baby wont you follow me wont you 
follow me under
follow me under
follow me under
follow me under
Track Name: Scuttle
Scuttle

It 
just got cold
very cold
when he said
what he said
how he said
toodaloo
break a leg out there
oh no

It's 
been a mile
she goes wild
To the max
baby just relax
Shave a leg 
do your thing
Get your payment 
Oh no

Thats my bitter self
Scuttling away!

Live
Live a lie
Don’t be sad
You will cry 
You gonna dive
down in your grave
After you play
all those games
Oh no!

Skies 
In your mind
You can light
up everything
but we dictate
just how you play
Good for you
better for they
Oh no!

That's my bitter self
Scuttling away

Stars shining everywhere
diamonds in the air
Scuttle on away
Scuttle on away

Scream 
out your name
Scream it loud
Every way
Every day
can't contain
All these things 
you make me feel baby.

That's my bitter self
Scuttling away
Track Name: Ew La La
When you wake up in heaven
Will you wait in line?
Seems I'm waiting all the time
When your life has been deadened
Will you feel fine?
Dull is just your state of mind.

Lest you have it all
Lest you have it all
Have a little fall down 
right now baby come on

Have you come to an answer?
Is something always true?
Am I the only one who has no clue?
you act like forgiveness is something you own
but don’t you know just what you owe?

Lest you have it all
Lest you have it all
Have a little fall down 
right now baby come on

Ew La La
Track Name: Nothing Matters
I got robbed and I'm mad
But I'm not terribly sad
Just need to curse at the curb for awhile
I would call someone for help
But my phone is someplace else
Lucky I'm stranded in the middle of my friends

Drank my coffee, had a shot
Wandered through the parking lot
Reflecting on my screw ups of last night
If only I had gotten laid
There'd be no reason to complain
But I played fist full of dollars and lost em all

Good thing that nothin matters when you don't give a shit
It's so much easier to live like this

Wonder when I'll get on home
Bet ya my Grandma's gonna know
That I've been bad, bad, bad, bad to the bone
Wish I had a better way to cope
But the bars aren't open, I swore not to smoke
So I'm singin’ in the streets
And I'm waltzing down the road
Making big plans for my next blow out show

You know that nothin matters when you don't give a shit
It's so much easier to live like this.
Track Name: To Be Loved
Fast asleep and I tuck you in
move to the icicles running thin
warningless one falls down on me
something of my fate it seems
and you come rushing to my side
kiss my boo boo blood goodbye
tongue like a cat you cannot keep me from
your lips my dove you're from above

oh to be loved to be lost
and to get along when you lose what you had
souls so often collide
and fall apart
its all right
you can go right back to the start

Guitars and vocals: Aidan Ward
Additional vocals: Ben Einstein
Tambourine: Lindsay Alexis
Bass: Derek Burle
Can Crusher and Drums: Taylor Moxon
Track Name: Aunt Arctica
I'm just a little moosey
and I'll eat my water weeds
The last thing that I'll be wanting is
another hungry mouth to feed

They build it, and sink it
and it happens all the time
I guess we'll just have to
build us another pipeline

I ain't much for destruction
unless it breeds corruption
these seismic senses do prescribe
volcanic greed eruption

My mountain melts so quickly 
it's getting warmer every day
and each year, machinery
give us a bit of hell to pay

They build it, and sink it
and it happens all the time
I guess we'll just have to
build us another pipeline

Guitar and vocals: Aidan Ward
Electric Piano and additional vocals: Ben Einstein
Trombone and additional vocals: Lindsay Alexis
Bass and additional vocals: Derek Burle
Drums: Taylor Moxon
Track Name: Willie The Weeper
Folks have you ever heard the story of Willie the Weeper
His occupation was a chimney sweeper
He had a dreamin’ habit and he had it bad
Listen and I’ll tell you bout the dream he had
Dreamed he had a barrel of diamond rings and money
Mamas by the score to love and call him honey
Everywhere he went the people all would say
There’s the guy that put the B in old Broadway

So tell me what would you do
If you could have all your dreams come true
Well something tells me you'd lock the door 
Like Willie the Weeper
And you cry for more

Met the diamond horse and caught the Picadilly 
Told the people now that it belonged to Willie
Kicked it with the King of France and made him rave
Called him uncle George said you need a shave
Rambled into Paris on a golded wheel sleeper
Thats where the absinthe flows a little deeper
Make it to the big parade and got the ranks
Tipped the pageant queen a half a million franks

So tell me what would you do?
If you could have all your dreams come true
Well something tells me you'd lock the door 
Like Willie the weeper
And you cry for more
Track Name: Dry Me Out
Oh dry me out
Wet me again
This is the strangest place that I have ever been

You got the land
All colonized
From coast to coast with folks like you and I

Do you get scared
When they come to your land?
Do ya? Do ya? Do ya?
Then nothing goes to waste

The ocean's big
Gives you the creeps
But you still don’t know no secrets of the deep

And there's the moon
high above
I guess we'll go back when there is something else to do

Do you get scared 
When they come to your land?
Do ya? Do ya? Do ya?
Then nothing goes to waste

And there's Mars
we'll get there soon
But is it because we're running out of room?

Oh dry me out
Wet me again
This is the strangest place that I have ever been
This is the strangest place that I have ever been
This is the strangest place that I have ever . . 
Track Name: Six Foot Skeleton
Six Foot Skeleton

I got a six foot skeleton
Living under my skin
trying to get back out again
Chicka-Ra Chicka-Ra

I got a 9-volt battery
inside my chest cavity
see the way it powers me
Chicka-Ra Chicka-Ra

I think i’m paranoid
Don’t call the doctor
I think I’m paranoid
Don’t call the . .

I got a deadbeat mannequin
did not pay me rent again
I kicked him to the curb and then
Chicka-Ra Chicka-Ra

I got gadget in my glass jaw
Cuts me like a tablesaw
Chicka-Ra, Chicka-Ra-Ra
Chicka-Ra, Chicka-Ra

I think i’m paranoid
Don’t call the doctor
I think I’m paranoid
Don’t call the government
Track Name: Saliva Monster
My ship will have a mast of white
I'll sail it through day and night
With whiskey and gin and a knife on my skin
I'll make love with the wind
Track Name: Hide and Seek
Hide and Seek

Less depressed
Overdressed
Unknown

Full of holes
Nature knows
I’m bones

Hide and seek and back to sleep again

Cloudy skies
Tell me lies
Foreclosed

Tides will rip
The listing ship
Down it goes

Hide and seek and back to sleep again
Hide and seek and back to sleep again
Track Name: Finder
Oh the malign the malign in his eye
And his gun is set to kill
fight is right and blood is rain
War is war is pain is pain

Oh the malign on the screen on the screen
Why don't you say won't you say what you mean?
Why don’t you say what you say what you mean?

Could have thought of it before
no turning back now
and it's a little late 

Oh the design the design of the mind
and the love is left to wilt
fall and fall and break the ground
down is up and up is down

Oh the malign of the lies of the lies
and the money flows upstream
flows to drain a caustic rain

Could have thought of it before
no turning back now
and it's a little late
Track Name: National Identity
She carves
out the names
on the wall
to stay sane
and the dust
that it makes
is now paint
for her face
And indeed
politely
he believes
all her dreams
until what
she can use
is not what 
she has got

So you are a national Identity
It's border making
Please don’t be so closed off
A peaceful day
Is for the taking

She cries
out her eyes
and decides
to deny
that its one
one and all
from its rise
’til its fall
With a crutch
in her bag
and a tax
on the rag
its la luz
its the rain
its what flows 
through your veins

So you are a national identity
Its border making
Please don’t be so closed off
A peaceful day
Is for the taking
Track Name: I Live In A Bubble
Piddle in the middle
of the floor
nobody's around
to clean it up 
I gotta find a couch corner
to remodel
with the throttle on full 
I'm a jungle bundle
Roughin’ up anybody
Soft or hard
wood or yarn
make it smelly
if it lives or lived
It belongs in my belly
tell me that I can't sniff butts
what's the point
Of waking up?

I live in a bubble

Guard the house
with all my might 
I might just try 
to rip the top off 
the can with the turkey
and a tasty treaty meat buffet 
how tantalizing

Cranberry gravy 
and stuffing 
just in time for
late thanksgiving
with a hair pin turn I
Flavor frenzy
and drag it down with me

I live in a bubble

Just like things
You find in a puddle
I'm a living breathing
Piece of the puzzle 
In the rubble after
the pending disaster
Survival makes me faster
spoils of war 
restore my wings
history gets blistering
Throw it away
Hole in the wall
Head in the ground
to hell with it all

I live in a bubble

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