So Far No Good

by Van Goat

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We started recording this album in November of 2016 at our rehearsal space in Oakland. On our the last batch of songs (under the name Bear Lincoln), we brought in a quite a few guest musicians and did all the recordings ourselves. Ben, our keyboard player, engineered and the rest of us were basically all the help he had. This time, we did the opposite. We played all the music ourselves, and brought in other people for the recording process. Our friend Brad Lincoln really pulled through on the engineering end, and AJ McKinley (of Battlehooch) sat down with us before we recorded in order to help us deconstruct and rebuild the songs into better, sharper incarnations of themselves.

Please enjoy and thank you kindly!

-VG

credits

released January 20, 2017

Recorded at Top Story Studios in Oakland, CA by Brad Lincoln.
Additional recording by Brad Lincoln, AJ McKinley, and Ben Einstein.
Produced by AJ McKinley and Van Goat. Mixed by John Smart.
Mastered by Piper Payne at Coast Mastering in Berkeley, CA.
Cover photo courtesy of the National Park Service and Moulin Studios.
Gnomes disc design by Cody Blocker. Photography by Derek Burle.
Logo by Eric Smith of SNAFU Family

All songs written by Van Goat. Copyright 2017
Van Goat is: Aidan Ward, Ben Einstein, Derek Burle, Taylor Moxon.

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Van Goat Oakland, California

Van Goat takes the tradition of fun, fast, eclectic surf rock started by bands such as Agent Orange, The Pixies, and The Minutemen, mixed with their own brand of swing punk reminiscent of The Squirrel Nut Zippers. Fast, crass, and extremely catchy, Van Goat’s music is defined by constant hooks and changes. ... more

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Track Name: Drone
I'm speeding
Fifty miles
Faster than
I think I can
And it sees me
Violating
Watching
Waiting
Alligating

What do?
Droning
You see?
In infrared
There goes my head now

What do
You see
with your
What do you see with your drone?

Pulled over
I roll down my
Frosted window
And it beeps at me
Print citation
Can I even get no
Explanation?

What do?
Droning
You see?
In infrared
There goes your head now
What do
You see
With your
What do you see with your drone?
Track Name: So
I got this little infection
Didn't put me to bed
I'm bout to bust and I need ya
To get me up when I'm dead yeah

She crawl on over to soothe it
Grabs on to my pheromones
Slap it to ride on the pony
Just like she said on the phone

Believe it!
Does it make it so?
Believe it!
Doesn't make it so

And it became an invasion
Of an irrational kind
I got all hyper-collegiate
Out in a field of mines

I grab on to my brainstem
Shake it a couple of times
Stuff it back into my headspace
And proceed with the grind

Believe it!
Does it make it so?
Believe it
Does it make it so?

Got a couple of demons
Just got released
But that's the thing about seasons
It's either famine or feast
I give her plenty of warning
And when she curling her toes
Quite all right if you dream it's
Just the way that it goes.

Believe it!
Does it make it so?
Believe it
Does it make it so?
Track Name: The Beach is Closed
SHARK!
Track Name: Don't Need It
Because of powers that be
Surely it's not gonna be so easy
To wrest a little bitty piece of power
From the hands of the great endowers
A petty thing we can afford
They keep the money moving back and forth but

I don't need it
I don't need it
I don't need it
Anymore

Because we like to rest assured
It turns us into little canary birds
Who buy a bigger better faster machine
To make a dull life more interesting
All the fanciest things that you see
Ohhh the diamonds will be dazzling.

I don't need it
I don't need it
I don't need it
Anymore

And when the company come to the door
You know what they they came here for
Come inside and have a drink with me
I'll help myself to your gold fillings

I don't need it
I don't need it
I don't need it
Anymore

When your company come to the door
You know what they they came here for
Come and have a drink with me
Help myself to your gold fillings

Deep underground lies the heart of it all