Plastic Cough

by Great Grandpa

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1.
He says it’s cool and he doesn’t mind I’ll wait for the fall-through. He keeps in check with the throes of the times but won’t want to see it through. And it drips when it swells out in a crowded room. I only wanted it so bad. I can’t breathe Would you give me something On the off beat? Always killin’ it. I can’t breathe Would you give me something To get on my feet? Always killin’ it. I said it’s cool and I do not mind you’ll wait for my come–to. I give away to the throes in your times but won’t want to speak to you. And I drip when I swell out in my empty room. I only wanted you so bad Don’t you want to pin our wings? Static cling. Carefree stale a sweet boring. But I can tell you’re always gonna be a little bit…..
2.
Don’t say that I’m selfish, too when I tell you everything I’ve wanted. Laughing at myself again I’ll zone out til I’m dying I’ll zone out til I’m dead. I know, I know this is your favorite show. Keeping indecision too when I tell you everything I’ve needed. Laughing by yourself again You’ll zone out til you’re dying You’ll zone out til you’re dead. Dying Keep this pace til dying
3.
NO 01:44
You’ve been sitting in that chair and you want me to walk over there. But I don’t want to talk to you cause I don’t really care. No I don’t want to talk to you cause I don’t fucking care. No I don’t care. Wahoo Do do do do do I don’t want to talk to you- Ew I don’t care I don’t care You’ve been giving me the stare and you want me to come over there. But I don’t want to talk to you cause I don’t really care. No I don’t want to talk to you Cause I don’t fucking care. No I don’t care. I don’t want to look at you. You make me sick. Yeah, you know what you did. Well, I was just a kid. What were you raised in a barn? Where is your mother? I swear I don’t care.
4.
Fade 02:59
Stumble down to the bus stop grey washed to bluster in casted out thoughts. Shoes dragging on the pavement unnerves me in ways to keep it moving. Pounding sticks in my head as I try to give in to the ways I digress. I’ve got the same face hair is changing and I might stick right now but then I’ll drift off. Wore down this shine as looping back seems to make it grow duller. Unfurl this spline with crooked slack that bends to look closer. And I need that rush gotta fade or else it does. I know you feel the same. Woke in a haze on the bus the hard blue seats really hold in the musk. Livid and backtracking now I’m pulling the chord but I cringe at that sound. Projected in ways on my peers their somber moving iterates all my fears. I’m in the same place but I’m changing and I might slip somehow but then you’ll get off.
5.
Can’t wait for the cold again. Caught a phantom on hot cement. All my friends are almost dead. Remembering last season got caught up in old loose ends. All my friends are almost dead. In due time i’m trying to rest. (all things must behave) It loops back on the cassette. (all things must behave) It gives back on my upset. (all things must behave) Pitched down and backwards to test. Caked in the folds and bends. Pavement sears soul to head. All my friends are almost dead. In due time I’m trying my best. (All things must behave) It loops back on the cassette. (All things must behave) It gives back on my upset. (All things must behave) Pitched down and backwards. ///////////////////////// White ghost you know me yeah, you loop back hard when you fill my heart with your heart from past years yeah, you break my skin. Turn again eternal friend.
6.
Keep the present in the moment like it’s supposed to be. I don’t want to be addicted to your vision. Calloused, useless on the surface fill this sacred space. I’m a loser to the feelings I don’t trust in Our hearts are beating queer whenever you’re here. Fill us with good feels you know that we’re helpless. Waste on my ailing peers it’s rushing up there. So soon we’re sleeping it’s all in good keeping. What a gift to feel stroked off by a phrase. To be so simple and so happy and undoubting. I keep commission on the t.v. and I’m p.k.d. What a mercy we’re perpetually occluded. We crave the twangy void of the perfect diploid. I am irrational - an expert eraser. Waste on my ailing peers it’s rushing up there. So soon talk your way out of existence. It burns the dissonance off plastic cough. It’s warm to soft the hard things. But if you ask for relief it’s not in sleep. Cuse in my mind’s eye I feel numb. Cause in my mind’s eye I feel dumb. Cause in my mind’s eye I feel one. Our hearts are beating queer whenever you’re here. Fill us with good feels you know that we’re helpless. Waste on my ailing peers it’s rushing up there. So soon talk your way out of existence.
7.
Faithful 03:15
Hang in the space above what you said. I can’t deal with this now so I’m running away. I’m running I’m dead. Cause you haven’t been faithful in a long time. You’re looking down, down at the ground. It doesn’t matter you said sorry it doesn’t change it at all. It doesn’t matter that you cried it doesn’t matter at all. It doesn’t matter at all. How could you do this to me how could you do this to me how could you do this at all? Cause you haven’t been faithful in a long time. Get it out of my head her hands on your body How the two of you smiled How long it went on How you’re only telling me now How you turn it around How you liked her better than me How things used to be Cause you haven’t been faithful in a long time.
8.
When I wake up I’m rolling over in bed it drips from my sweat when I can’t breathe. When I wake up I’ve got a phantom of friends With plans to regret leave you hanging. When I don’t wanna be I don’t want to be anybody's puppet To scream at when you can’t pull my strings. I don’t want to be anything to you. Buy me a pizza. No cheese please, I’m lactose intolerant, I can’t have veggies, make my sauce extra bland. Cause what if someone wants to put their hands on my slice? When I wake up I’m rolling over in bed drink water instead of your whiskey. When I wake up I got a phantom of friends With plans to regret leave me hanging. When I don’t want to be I don’t want to be anybody's puppet To scream at when you can’t pull my strings. I don’t want to be anything to you. Buy me a pizza. No cheese please, I’m lactose intolerant, I can’t have veggies, make my sauce extra bland. Cause what if someone wants to put their hands on my slice?
9.
Grounded 02:10
Run to the highest ground I would not do it to you. A minor fall It multiplies A minor fall. Up here big heads feel small and small thoughts inflame my mind. Keep it cool as pineapple. Keep it cool and easy. I could have been grounded, baby. Lying in the grass and just watching hornets passing. I could have been grounded, baby. But I am so high in my mind. I could be with you instead of sky.
10.
28 J's L8R 05:01
Stay at home, no I don’t wanna go too stoned to leave the bedroom TV’s on I think I’m gonna hang out here and watch some cartoons Simpsons season 3 on the screen and I’m feeling kinda hazy Got my snacks a cat on my lap it’s so good to be lazy What’s that? I spy something creeping in Sharp claws, dead eyes and rotting skin Moldy green teeth inside an evil grin Sad song starts playing on a violin Oh god I think it’s really happening Oh god I think it’s really happening When will they feed? Never thought the zombies would come When I’ve been smoking ganja at home. How am I supposed to outrun? When I’ve been smoking ganja. Scratching nails and pounding fists are breaking through the window Nowhere to run I crawl in bed, face buried in my pillow. What’s that? Their bones are blinding white. Oh god, they knocked out the only light. Maybe I’ll put up a decent fight. Why did I stay at home alone tonight? When will they feed? Never thought the zombies would come When I’ve been smoking ganja at home. How am I supposed to outrun? When I’ve been smoking ganja at home. Never thought the zombies would come When I’ve been smoking ganja at home. Maybe they just wanna get stoned. Maybe they just wanna get stoned. Never thought the zombies would come When I’ve been smoking ganja at home. Everyone just wants to get stoned. We’ll all be smoking ganja at home. Everyone just wants to.

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Praise for "Plastic Cough":

"One of the best records of 2017" - John Richards, KEXP

"'90s slacker-rock chord progressions; growing into moments of grungy noise; unraveling into poppy, palm-muted riffs; building and faltering; exploding and nearing silence with surprising precision." -NPR

"Catchy, emotional rock... sound[s] like the best of Weezer. Only cooler." - The FADER

"Plastic Cough echoes with loose meandering, jangly/angular guitar and ragged vocal harmonies, but upholding it all is attention to craft and accessibility. You can hear it clearly in the album’s quieter moments, which are many. These are skilled musicians making music that’s blatantly fun but also surprisingly subtle." - City Arts Magazine

"[Teen Challenge is] a definitive example of everything that Great Grandpa does best: savvy, self-aware, and full of surprising musical moments that will keep listeners guessing throughout." - KEXP (SONG OF THE DAY)

" ...the Seattle quintet’s most compelling moment to-date, the head-rush of lyrics meeting those seismic guitars in a glorious splash of colour that breathes life in to whichever space it happens to be found and consumed. Wild, wordy, and utterly wonderful. - Gold Flake Paint

"[Fade is] is a three-minute slice of indie pop perfection. The undercurrents of garage rock give it a subtle infusion of snarl, as though they’re winking at the sonic mayhem they’re capable of unleashing if they want." - The Revue

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“Plastic Cough” recorded from April – September 2016.

Recorded at Hall of Justice, Electric Wall, and Tastefully Loud by Dylan Wall in Seattle, WA. Additional recording at The Wormhole, Goodwin House, and Cat Parrie’s apartment by Pat Goodwin and Dylan Hanwright.

Mixed by John Goodmanson.
Mastered by Paul Gold of Salt Mastering.

Alex Menne – Vocals
Pat Goodwin – Guitar and Vocals
Dylan Hanwright – Guitar and Vocals
Carrie Miller – Bass and Vocals
Cam LaFlam – Drums and Vocals

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released July 7, 2017

Songs by Pat Goodwin, lyrics by Alex Menne, arrangements by Great Grandpa *

*Faithful written by Ryan Kim, Grounded written by Cam LaFlam, lyrics for 28 Js L8r by Carrie Miller, lyrics for Expert Eraser and Eternal Friend by Pat Goodwin. Lyrics for Fade, Favorite Show and All Things Must Behave by Alex Menne and Pat Goodwin. Expert Eraser arrangement by Pat Goodwin and R. Clark Coller.

Album art by Dylan Hanwright and Joel Kirschenbaum.

Special thanks to Dylan Wall, John Goodmanson, Chris & Cindy Hanwright, Jeff & Candy LaFlam, Tim & Linda Miller, Marshall & Anna Menne, Kate Goodwin, Obi, Ryan Kim, Greg Horbal, James Weber (for the bass rig), Mark Stluka, Ari DaPra, Anna Lise Carolan, Evan Stephens Hall, Joel Kirschenbaum, Brandon Lorenz, and Mike Caridi & Double Double Whammy! Extra special thanks to John Goodwin for his support across all fronts and many hours of legal advice.

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