Houses

by Pet Lions

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    Two years after Soft Right, Pet Lions returns with their debut full-length Houses (release date May 10, 2011), bringing warmth, depth, and maturity to the punchy pop of their debut EP. Produced by Neil Strauch (Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s, Iron and Wine, Bonnie “Prince” Billy), Houses shows Pet Lions moving from home to home, sharing auditory real estate with power-pop mainstays Phoenix, art stars Deerhunter and Sonic Youth, and synth nostalgists Tears For Fears and OMD. With Houses, Pet Lions has channeled regret, desire, and hope into a noisy yet melodic whole – for the first time, they feel right at home.

    Tracklist:
    1. The English Room
    2. When I Grow Old
    3. Slow Wave
    4. Mexican Cigarettes
    5. Sleeping
    6. Comeback
    7. To the Coast
    8. Trinidad
    9. Southern Arms
    10. Thieves

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1.
The English Room is much like an old house Couldn't forget your scent if I tried to A simple tavern nestled in a slow town I'm sure I've thought of you more than you've thought of me The Monday clientele is quite substantial I'd like to have you if I could somehow Upstairs is quiet, there's less than a handful But what is love if I can't be with you now Must you leave oh so soon Bartender broke his neck but he walks now Your gentle snoring feels reassuring The type of bar with a shower in the bathroom Some things I'd tell you but I'll wait till you leave They're playing darts, but we don't pay attention Seems like we're moving in different directions It's getting late and I wish we had more time But what is love if I can't be with you now Must you leave oh so soon
2.
When I grow old I'll still belong I'll still belong here When I grow old I'll still belong I'll be waiting for you here Drank all night with a stranger But I found all you left me back home Felt my temperature rising and I just want you to call me When I grow old I'll still belong I'll still belong here But you let go, you still belong I've been waiting for you here Drank all night with a stranger But I found all you left me back home Felt my temperature rising and I just want you to call Take me with you You never left my mind Since the day you were gone You broke your mother's heart when they found you at dawn You never left my mind Since the day you were gone You broke your mother's heart as you laid in the lawn When I grow old I'll still belong I'll still belong here But you let go, you still belong We'll be waiting for you here Drank all night with a stranger But I found all you left me back home Felt my temperature rising and I just want you to call Take me with you
3.
04:05
Ran out of time About an hour ago I hardly tried I'll never leave it alone Fourth of July Aquatic as you could hope In our attire Another season to go I've always wanted you More than anything And you laugh Every time When you say You'll be mine Drank all the wine And stayed at your parents' home Your hand in mine Before we're sleeping alone I've spent some time I've spent some time on my own And we'll both find And we'll both find it so slow I've always wanted you More than anything And you laugh Every time When you say You'll be mine
4.
Dressed up for you in my navy jacket Heart full of shells and mind made of coast lines You were so perfect in your sunglasses With every hour we felt a long time You could be mine I fell asleep that night with a new love I spent the next three weeks in a cold light Until the next time I feel the same rush The thought of you keeps me in a dark mind Drove from Texas for Mexican cigarettes Hold me closely, hold me closely You could be mine
5.
02:55
So conversation's somewhat sparse and disconnected But I'm glad we had this brief exchange so unexpected I'd like to stick around and try what you've suggested Why don't we take a trip and find a new perspective The ocean between us Makes it hard to feel your warmth enough So maybe I've been unassertive or misleading But I think I might know what you and I've been needing I've imagined coming home at night to find you sleeping My daydreams float around the thought of our next meeting The ocean between us Makes it hard to feel your warmth enough
6.
03:31
I'll call off the wolves If you crawl back in pieces Every sign of progress Leaves me still defeated There's no comeback Everybody talks Everybody's leaving Stayed inside for hours Staring at the ceiling There's no comeback Dance around with me Kiss me in the park Kiss me like you mean it All across your bedroom Leaving your apartment There's no comeback Dance around with me Nobody has to see us Systematically I will let you down
7.
04:06
Still frozen forty walls is a home We'll run through the woods like fake animals Hydrosis at this time of the year Won't bring your dark brown eyes over here East wing like a spy in your estate Medieval cartography on display Let go I can wait for you in the hall Don't care tell me everything you want Follow me to the coast I've only been there once before Front door left open like a ghost Frontiers we filmed on home video Upstairs in the bedroom where we grew old Downstairs in a colorless studio Back there for you these red cigarettes Two left with your old Stiv Bators cassettes Don't go there's so much I still haven't said Still no do you miss me more I don't know Follow me to the coast I've only been there once before Follow me to the coast This time we'll stay for months and more
8.
03:26
Stay home safely Symptomatic of aristocrats By the time you reach thirty-three Condescending in the heartland Please come quickly You've already got the upper hand Lemonade iced-tea Bringing back your southern contraband Listening to the same songs When I was in the backseat staring at cars from another And the only thing that I can remember Is that anybody's face would do Essex Elementary I found a picture that your brother had Franklin Road Academy From your vacation back to Trinidad Expectation is a luxury A luxury you never had Do you want anything to do with me Or could you meet me at the newsstand Listening to the same songs When I was in the backseat staring at cars from another And the only thing that I can remember Is that anybody's face would do We could pick a Saturday And I could meet your sister too Life is easy If you never go to summer camp If you watch enough TV It'll make you wish you never had Listening to the same songs When I was in the backseat staring at cars from another And the only thing that I can remember Is that anybody's face would do Listening to the same songs When I was in the backseat thinking of you We could pick a Saturday And I could meet your sister too
9.
And from your bedroom door Saw the cathedral, saw holy wars Across the golden grass So far from heaven, far from the past Run if they let us My Carolina And from the ocean side Somebody saw the fear in your eyes If I could hold you now Don't make a noise here, don't make a sound Run if they let us My Carolina All along you found your charms In southern girls with southern arms All in all you found yourself in bloom
10.
05:40
Everything should be perfect Everything should be perfect All your heavy sunlight Skews my time line Kiss me with your bitter lipstick Kiss me with your bitter lipstick Keep a hand on my phone On my way home Every time I wake up at your place I can't help thinking 'bout How much longer I'll make it this way Tell me to stay Maybe we could start it over Maybe we could start it over Maybe we could start it over Maybe we could start it over When I come back next time Damen Blue Line Wait until I'm feeling sober Wait until I'm feeling sober And I'll stay up all night Changing my mind Every time I wake up at your place I can't help thinking 'bout How much longer I'll make it this way Tell me to stay Stay On a boat For the weekend Saw a fight Big city living In the car In the guestroom Up all night I can't forget you I can't forget you

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Two years after Soft Right, Pet Lions returns with their debut full-length Houses (release date May 10, 2011), bringing warmth, depth, and maturity to the punchy pop of their debut EP. Produced by Neil Strauch (Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s, Iron and Wine, Bonnie “Prince” Billy), Houses shows Pet Lions moving from home to home, sharing auditory real estate with power-pop mainstays Phoenix, art stars Deerhunter and Sonic Youth, and synth nostalgists Tears For Fears and OMD. With Houses, Pet Lions has channeled regret, desire, and hope into a noisy yet melodic whole – for the first time, they feel right at home.

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released May 10, 2011

All songs written by Pet Lions. Produced, recorded, and mixed by Neil Strauch at Engine Studios in Chicago, IL. Mastered by John Golden. Cover photo by James P. Morse.

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