By the Neck

by backwords

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"By the Neck" combines a straight pop-melodic thread with a warm experimental vintage rock-and-roll vibe. There’s multi-harmonies mixing with layered guitar riffs, (Everybody sings) and lyrics that speak of sprained necks, stretched spines, and exhausted hearts.

"By the Neck" comes forth when acoustic stoner shuffle double times to a harmonized doo-whop swing and a fuzzed out breakdown in “Way Around.” Call and response male and female vocals echo in campy album opener “Break My Spine” and bassist Tim Pioppo adds a raspy howl when he takes the mic on hook-laden anthem “Rhythm and Rain.”

From the ethereal “Anywhere Now” to kaleidoscopic album closer “Magic Bike Ride,” backwords delivers gentle, lazy melodies that stick to the tongue and cannot be forgotten. And like a vigilant hawk nesting atop a New York City skyscraper, there is a fury—a swooping darker underside that the band does not hesitate to explore.

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released March 6, 2012

© Campers' Rule Music 2012

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“With 60s girl group vocals that are cut with a harshness that recalls Pavement, this quartet isn’t afraid to push towards psychedelic edges.” – THE WILD HONEY PIE

“Mellow folk pop.” – BROOKLYN VEGAN

“Their acidic folk-pop can be striking.” – POP MATTERS
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Track Name: Break My Spine
beak my spine

i love the way the interstate messes with our minds
rainbows and reflections of all the better times
when we knew each other's phone numbers
knew each other's ring and shoe size

bus trips always made you sick
but we just learned something new
greyhounds go to mexico and panama city too
port authority, did you know
i might look great but i'm actually feeling blue

but i love you
yes i love you
and yet i love you
yes i love you
i'll always love you
and i love it when you break my spine

i know that you are feeling like you never have the time
to do the things you love the most and let yourself unwind
but just remember that i am here
and i'm doing the best i can to easy your mind
Track Name: Hey Kid!
hey kid!

hey kid don't you know that you waited till the end, the very end
listen, don't you know that you forced me to pretend, to pretend
and hey kid, don't you know that i'm hanging by a thread, by a thread

still i'm waiting for that moment
waiting for that moment
waiting for that moment
waiting for that moment again

hey kid, i will break, i will break but i won't bend, i won't bend
and listen, you never try the things i recommend, i recommend

and still i'm waiting for your secret
waiting for your secret
waiting for your secret
waiting for your secret
waiting for your secret
waiting for your secret
again

there's no way to capture this
no camera lens that could ever fit
all the ways that you've touched me
gently, gently, gently, gently
Track Name: Little Feet
little feet

do you got time
cause man, i lost it all
these days, the weeks, the months
sky turns to wall
cause all i see
scratched dates across electric seas
they flow through you
and back to me

well i don't need no heart
i've turned to stone
in frozen city streets
i walk alone
cause sometimes i feel
that we always seem to fall back spitting
out such beautiful riddles

would you sing to me?
at least until i fall asleep?
wake up, i'll be here
could you make sure that you talk into my

ear?
it seems so clear
that its not real
i'm standing here

cause sometimes i feel
that we always seem to fall back spitting
out such beautiful riddles

would you walk with me?
as far as both our feet can carry us
just start running
i'll meet you at the end

my little feet
swing under me
and its so sweet
struggling to be

(my little heart, my little heart)

and you can see
the inner me
and he's a freak
he knows no peace
he just falls down
Track Name: Naked Flame
naked flame

i drew a picture of a naked flame
a pencil sketch of a naked flame
i borrowed markers and colored my name
i borrowed markers and colored my name

i drew a picture of a hurricane
you didn't think it was a hurricane
but i borrowed markers and signed my name
i borrowed markers and signed my name

you got me standing on the sidewalk waiting for you
you got me standing on the sidewalk waiting for you
you got me standing on the sidewalk waiting
for the end

that's when you saw my heart, that's when you saw my heart
that's when you saw my heart, that's when you saw my heart
that's when you saw my heart, that's when you saw my heart
that's when you saw my heart, that's when you saw my-

you got me standing on the sidewalk waiting for you
you got me standing on the sidewalk waiting for you
yeah you got me standing on the sidewalk waiting for
the end of everything
the end of everything
the end of everything
the end
Track Name: Way Around
way around

you'll never change the world
and neither will your girl
you're silly and a joke
go ahead, have another toke

but they can't tell us what we see
and they don't know how we feel free
and you hide behind money
in this false democracy
and looking up and looking down
cameras that are all around
recoding motions and sounds
at least i know my way around

when you study signs
would you study mine
and when you paint the stars
would you call them ours

(chorus)

(chorus) - recording echos and sounds
at least i know my way around
Track Name: Rhythm and the Rain
rhythm & the rain

well i'll keep moving
through the rhythm and the rain
the tops of trees, those mountain streams
the pavement, cracked and maimed

cause the way that i'm feeling
well i know it isn't right
well i guess its time we got a clue
got in the car to drive

oh the waves, in the distance
and the way we used to roam
because you know the closer i get to you
the further i'm from home

our bodies
these dreams decay
just waking up
so we get paid
and i don't know
which way to go
or how to say
(i'm moving on--)

oh those waves, in my rearview
and the way you used to moan
because you know the closer i get to you
the further i'm from home

now we've stopped
end of the road
i'm turning back
without a home
and i don't know
which way to go
my rhythm's off
Track Name: Anywhere Now
anywhere now

i had a dream about south dakota
and then i dreamt about you
a slice of pizza and a coceacola is the best i can do
i never meant to look over your shoulder
it's just my current mood
and i can tell that things are over,
it's in the way that you move

anywhere anywhere now
anywhere will do
anywhere anywhere now
as long as i am not near you
as long as i am not near you

(chorus)
Track Name: Pieces of a Dream
pieces of a dream

lately there's been something new,
something different inside of you
and i tell you now that i'm not afraid
everything will always change
and it's true, and it's true

so i'm taking part the pieces of a puzzle
i'm talking apart the pieces of a dream
i'm taking apart the pieces of a puzzle
i'm taking apart the pieces of a dream

i'm not sure why i can't be clear
and explain how i lost my fears
but you cut your hair and you changed you look
but a change of heart was all it took
to be true, to be true

(chorus)

i feel it in my heart now
i feel it in my soul
i feel it in my heart now
i feel it in my soul
Track Name: Best Kind
best kind

well i can't read your thoughts any better than mine
and i blame that on these hills
you borrowed my soul and you messed with my mind
and you say that's the best kind of thrill
your grocery cart is filled with candy and wine
and something about that give me chills
and i don't appreciate the way you settle your tabs
you do it like making a kill

oh the deep and the darkest parts
of the rivers that carry the blood to my heart
and my veins they all look like they glow in the dark
and my eyes have seen your fiery sparks

well i don't know the day but i remember the year
the year that we both fell in love
the tides they ran high and the valleys did flood
and you blamed it on the sweet lord above
well i can't read your thoughts any better than mine
and i blame that on these hills
you borrowed my soul and you messed with my mind
and you say that's that best kind of thrill
and you say that's the best kind - of thrill

(chorus)

and you say that's the best kind
you say that's the best kind
you say that's the best kind
of thrill
Track Name: My Neck
my neck

sometimes when i wake up my neck feels no good
my neck feels no good at all
sometimes when i wake up my neck feels no good
my neck feels no good at all

there's a picture of you hiding under a table
and you're clutching a lousy beer
you got your haircut so blonde, so golden, so yellow
you're saying man why's the future so near
you'd like to trade in your TV for a piece of debris
someone found under a sunken ship
you would clean it and put it up on display
saying, man it can't get better than this
sometimes --

(chorus)

i want you to call me, and call me, and call me and say
what a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful day
i want you to call me, and call me, and call me and say
why don't you look at this beautiful, beautiful day
sometimes --

(chorus)
Track Name: Magic Bike Ride
magic bike ride

wanna go on a magic bike ride with me
wanna go on a magic bike ride
wanna go on a magic bike ride with me
wanna go on a magic bike ride

the Q and the N ain't running today
there's owls coming out of your sleeves lady
coney island, that's the key
wanna go on a magic bike ride with me?

wanna go on a magic bike ride with me
wanna go on a magic bike ride--

(my little girl's got astroland,
got astroland in her soul)