Couple Two Tree

by Sequoia

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“Couple Two Tree” is the third full-length from Sequoia, a now-four-piece band from Chicago, IL. After six years and two albums as a three-piece, longtime #1 fan Cully Johnston joined the fold on guitar and our heroes retreated to their practice space for three years, haunting the occasional stage and perfecting the songs collected on “CTT”. Classic riffage, No Knife-esque guitar interplay (or is that Thin Lizzy I hear?) and a Superchunky squall of fuzz are anchored by the intricate and scuzzy battery of Dan Wagner and Tim Jepsen. Meaty, propulsive rockers drive into spacey, ethereal tracks recalling Radiohead’s guitar-heavy eras, while Wade Work’s airy harmonies and vocal hooks nestle into the cracks between anthemic and intimate. His lyrics focus on his inescapable (though not for lack of trying) love of Chicago and the inhabitants who make it so maddening and wonderful.

Recorded by Allen Epley (Shiner, The Life and Times) and Eric Abert (The Life and Times) at Matt Talbott’s Earth Analog Studios (nee Great Western Record Recorders), the production is everything you want from a big, raw mid-west rock record -- turn it up and smoke ‘em if you got ‘em.

-June 18-August 2011-

Recorded @ Earth Analog (aka GWRR) in Tolono, IL
Mixed @ Electronical in Chicago, IL
Engineered by Allen Epley & Eric Abert
Mixed and Produced by Allen Epley, Eric Abert & Sequoia
Mastered @ Saff Mastering by Carl Saff
Photos/Design by Tim Jepsen
Big shout-out to Matt Talbott for going above and beyond

All songs by Sequoia/All lyrics by Wade Work
Guitars/Vocals: Wade Work
Guitars/Executive Stress Eliminator: Cully Johnston
Bass: Tim Jepsen
Drums/Keyboards: Dan Wagner
Trumpet on Maze by Matthew Staudemeyer
Jim Beam Coinjanglers: Cully Johnston and Tim Jepsen

Lyrics are shown if you click on the song

This record is dedicated to the incredible life and memory of
Irma Lukas


released August 31, 2011



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Track Name: The Hunt
The good life tonight
Set out at first light
Stars abound, the embers all put out
Listen to the sounds of night, you won’t hear in town

By lamplight
By lamplight
You can’t hide
Your lamp burns bright

You track and chase it
You take your aim
So close you taste it
Don’t hesitate
So close you taste it

By lamplight
By lamplight
You can’t hide
Your lamp burns bright
Track Name: Ain't Life Sweet
The stars have all come out, but I can’t see
These city lights distracting me, and I need
Something, nothing more, I’d love to be
Happy with the state of things, but that’s me

I fall and I get up, I’ve learned to breathe
The air set out in front of me, and it’s free
To live is gift enough, I don’t need stuff
Reminding me that I’m unique, ain’t life sweet
Track Name: The Actor
These eyes have seen
Enough to have opinions on things
I won’t bore you, nor will I say
Exactly what I mean

You won’t fool me, I’ve known deceit
A human chameleon I see
I don’t know you, but I know your game
Insecure of yourself, I’d say

Walk through life like a one man play
Learning different roles all along the way
Outside I’d say you’re quite confused
Everything you say and do is vague
Track Name: Bitter
Inside, all the effort it takes to ignore
Outside, brush away all the things I deplore

Inside, keeping bottled up feels like a chore
Outside, all my enemies knock at my door
You’ll find, keeping calm is the sign of a storm
In time, may we find what we’re all searching

What to fight for?
Give a little more…
Track Name: Lockdown
On lockdown today in this town
The snow fell like rain, without sound
All the CTA delays, I’m northbound
I’ll sit at Jefferson Park and wait the storm out

Chained to this town..
Can't leave this town..

The wind off the lake is frozen
Draws tears from your face as it blows in

Chained to this town..
Can't leave this town..
Track Name: The Deep End
Life is like the deep end, you’ll notice
You learn to sink or swim
Keep your calm with deep breaths, you know this
Make the bed that you sleep in

Don’t hang on to bad thoughts, remind me
I’m constantly upset
Jealousy on defrost, I can’t see
My vision’s not clear yet

And I don’t need to tell you that, no way
We both know the way it gets, insane

Track Name: Headlines
I read a headline yesterday
The city’s making me go gray
The most stressful town they say
In these United States

Independence Park at night
This bench is occupied
It’s the same thing city-wide
It’s the tragic side of life
Track Name: Maze
If everyone lost their way
No one would be left to blame
Try to figure out my place
Tell myself it’s not a race
Life’s so strange
Life’s so strange
Another crazy busy day
Getting lost inside the maze

Life’s so strange
You’re so strange
Make complaints, ride the wave
Take your shots and go away

Take your shots and go away
We don’t need your noise today
Track Name: Why Not Later
Ups and downs, I’ve had a few
Lost and found, it’s nothing new
Situations can’t be stopped
Make the best of what you’ve got

Why not later, what’s the rush
We’ve got time, so what’s the fuss
Face the day and stake your claim
The best laid path is your own way

We complain yet have it well
Sipping decaf on the El
Satisfy your every whim
What you want at your finger tips
Track Name: An Enemy
I could be there if you needed me
But that’s not the case
Instead you focus all your energy
Pushing me away

I can’t make you change the way you think
Or tell you what to do
But you know I’m not the enemy
You’d better think it through
Track Name: Pendulum
The weight of the world on me
I don’t know A from B
Tip-toe around on the edge
Afraid to commit till the end
Decisions, decisions are free
I’m spent just trying to be
A pendulum’s home in its swing
Likewise I can’t stop to think

It’s easier outside
Than making the move for yourself

Me, I’ve got more than I need
That’s quite a stretch from complete
I’ve got so much more I could give
Complacent is no way to live

It’s easier outside
Than making the move for yourself
It’s easier outside