Southtowne-Lanes

Eulogy
  • Eulogy
  • Southtowne Lanes
  • Break Me
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southtowne lanes | eulogy 

As the music drifted out over our heads,
you ran out in the field,
laid next to the fuse.
From the scoreboard I watched a flame light up your face, 
then I saw as that car circled back towards the field. 
And I felt my stomach tense, 
but the grin on my face was watching our next move. 
So I watched a spotlight up your body; 
and as you ran for your life,
and the fireworks lit up everything, 

we were immortal.

A genius, alone and afraid, grasping at the last straws. 

I let you go. I let you flounder, I let you reach; now I watch you drown. 
I watch you fade away. I watch you use your last few fleeting moments to create negativity instead of sustainability. 

Let you go. 

Tired old man, resign yourself. Hand in your pride, sign it in sobriety, and let your love flourish. Let your loved ones take your hand, let them show you a better world than this. Please trust in your family, give it up. We’ve been chasing you for some time now. 

I’ve watched you digress and drown since I could talk. 
You’d always been my hero, my idol, my steadfast failsafe. 
Time passes, now I’m older. I change, you stay the same. 
And despite your errors I know you were doing what you could. 

But you weren’t. 

You won’t know what this did to me. And I had I known I would have put a stop to this long before. 

Let your loved ones take your hand, let them show you a better world than this. Please trust in your family, give it up. We’ve been chasing you for some time. 

Let you go

But you weren’t. 

You won’t know what this did to me. And I had I known I would have put a stop to this long before. 

Let your loved ones take your hand, let them show you a better world than this. Please trust in your family, give it up. We’ve been chasing you for some time. 

Let you go.

POZ Showcase: Southtowne Lanes

Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
James Giles (Bass/Vocals)
Matt Debellis (Drums)
Matt Kupka (Guitar/Vocals)
Tyler Giard (Guitar)

What’s your hometown (or what are your hometowns)?
We’re all from Eugene, Oregon.

How did the band come together? How long has it been?
We started out playing cover shows in a garage with all of our friends, just having a good time. We noticed that there was chemistry between the guys in the band, and that maybe we could do something more serious. Time went on, Tyler and Matt (guitarists) wrote some songs, and then we were off. Since the cover show days, it’s been since the summer of 2011. But the band did not officially form and start playing shows until February of 2012. 

Why should people listen to your band?
So they might be impacted with music the way we have.

How have you grown since you started?
We have grown in pretty much every category that exists in a band. Being able to grow and evolve not only as musicians and band mates, but also as friends, is one of the best parts of being in this band. It never gets old.

What sets you apart from other bands?
We’re honest guys with honest intentions, and we work our hardest on EVERY little thing that makes up the band. 

What’s the best part about being in your band?
Being able to play music with some of the best friends you’ll ever have, and being able to share that with people.

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I’ve fucked up once again, 
thinking that perfection means I’m not left behind. 
But it’s a long lost craft. 
I’m fucked with all my friends. 
I’m done with everything 
I finished the whole flask, the night it never lasts. 

Goddamn it, please don’t just leave me here by myself. 
I don’t want to be alone. 
I’m so scared. 
I’m doing the best that I can, 
but I’m starting to lose my touch. 
I think I’ll let go now, cause nothing I do ever changes anything, 
and yet nothing I do ever seems to change. 

Take my life or take me away. 

Goddamn it, please don’t just leave me here by myself. 
I don’t want to be alone. 
I’m so scared. 
I’m doing the best that I can, 
but I’m starting to lose my touch. 
I think I’ll let go now, cause nothing I do ever changes anything, 
and yet nothing I do ever seems to change.

This record means a lot to me. There are a few reasons why.

I won this on eBay. It’s the only thing I’ve bid for so far. The proceeds went to RAINN so I figured I might as well go for it. RAINN means a lot to me. This test press is numbered 2/25 and it sounds fantastic. It also came with a really cool zine. A huge thank you to Judy / Quiet Year Records. I really appreciate this.

I was living my shitty outcast college student life in Eugene, devoid of a local scene or any solid friends, when I happened to stop at a coffee shop for my third espresso of the day. I don’t know why, but I did. There was a dude inside wearing a PCH shirt and I thought, “How the fuck does he know about this unheard of band from back home?” so I complimented him on it and asked where he’d heard of them. “Oh thanks man! Well we actually just put out a little record with them, they’re super rad!” Then that weird moment of “woah, I totally know your band!” happened and we kept talking. He was the nicest person I’ve ever encountered. So nice that my pessimistic, depressive self spent the whole conversation trying to discern whether or not he was fucking with me. He was hanging out because Southtowne was about to play a show in that shop. I grabbed my camera and had a great night listening to some great music.

I thought I’d done everything in my power at that point to find a decent local scene, and I was convinced there was none. I can easily call the dudes in Southtowne my best friends in that state, and I’m grateful for all the friendships I’ve made through them. They’re in my life until it ends, I’m sure of that.

This is also one of the first records that made my girlfriend and I realize our mutual taste in music. She liked Southtowne’s side better, I was partial to PCH. Sorry guys.

This record means a lot to me. If you happened to read this far, give the bands a listen. If nothing else, maybe this will serve as an incentive to never stop searching. Whatever you may be looking for in life exists, and you’ll discover it sooner or later, one way or another.

I love you guys. Stay tr00.
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Top 5 Albums

These are the top 5 albums that I have been listening to so far for the first ½ of the year.

5. Place Called Home / Southtowne Lanes || Split

I know this wasn’t technically released in 2013 but it was really late 2012 and I didn’t hear it until February. Even though I like the Place Called Home side of this split more through the powerful drums and at times heavier/distorted guitar (and a clip from the movie The Life Aquatic), the Southtowne Lanes half of the split is extremely heartfelt and emotional. Both bands kill it and this split really hits home with me.

4. Youth Novel || Boyish

Even though this only has two songs, I have been playing both of them nonstop. The mix of powerful melodic chords and twinkly movements over a mix of screaming and spoken word drew me in instantly. I am extremely excited to see what else is coming from these guys. If it is anything close to the pure emotion and passion from this album then I may have a new favorite band.

3. Disembarked || I Do Nothing But Regret The Fact That I Left

Some of my favorite screamo/skramz/post hardcore, whatever you want to call it. This album, at times, has a heavy feel but immediately falls into light ambient guitar. The vocals dominate each track with true heartfelt emotion behind each word. These guys are amazing and this 7" is solid. 

2. Nai Harvest || Whatever

Pure Twinkly Grungy Emo. I don’t know how else to explain this album. I wasn’t too sure how Nai Harvest could top the Feeling Better 7" but damn they killed it in a full 10 song album. Definitely one of my favorite two my bands (I have a thing for two man twinkly bands). Also, probably the fucking coolest looking 12" I own.

1. Tiny Moving Parts || This Couch Is Long & Full of Friendship

My two biggest regrets this year:

   A. Missing Tiny Moving Parts at SXSW in Austin

   B. Not hearing about this album until after SXSW

Sometimes extremely math rock, other times the most well done midwest emo I’ve heard, throw in some Coheed and Cambria influence and you have my favorite album released this year. Words can’t describe how much this album resonates through me and how much time I have spent listening to every song on repeat. I am left wondering so many times how three people and make sounds so full and technical. My favorite song is Along the Lakeside (1:30-end destroys me in the best possible way, the mathy chorus droping into the slow twinly ending that makes me reminensce about American Football) but every song has its own character. Also, it has both Brett Favres retirement speeches on it, what’s not to love?

Of course I have been listening to tons of other stuff (especially Sports by Modern Baseball and Teenage Haze by Departures) but I am trying to keep it to albums that came out winter last year up until summer of this year (if not I’d drop some Mallard, William Bonney, Merchant Ships, and Algernon on that list).

What are your favorites from this year?

Saltwater
  • Saltwater
  • Southtowne Lanes
  • Demo 2012
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Southtowne Lanes - Saltwater

I can’t believe that you would build me up with all this goddamn self confidence. 

Just to turn around and wet your lips for someone else. Then try to apologize for this fucking mess 

So wake me up when the storms subside, 

And the waves stop crashing over my head. 

Maybe I can breathe again. 

Jumped off this cliff just to spend time with you 

Thought you were the wind under my wax wings 

Found out too late you were the sun burning my back 

This salt water against my skin still stings. 

Can we pretend just for a moment that you’re the one drowning in this deep ocean? 

Maybe then I’ll learn to waste my time on someone else. Instead of spreading myself too thin 

So wake me up when the storms subside, 

And the waves stop crashing overhead 

I don’t think I’ll ever breathe again. 

Jumped off this cliff just to spend time with you 

Thought you were the wind under my wax wings 

Found out too late you were the sun burning my back 

This salt water against my skin still stings. 

So if you think this is worth it, then leave it to me 

And I’ll chew it all over again. 

And again. 

Cause you’ve fucked me over much worse than that night when you wouldn’t stay sober. 

(All signs of remorse that you left upstream got lost in the tides with my self-esteem)

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