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Way Out West

by KING ROPES

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    Way Out West, King Ropes’ fourth album, is full of open spaces and jagged edges—from “A Loser and a Jerk,” with its brooding feedback moans, to the cathartic opener “Big Man on the TV,” with its mangled arpeggios and visions of a broke rodeo flailing amidst “the great wide open.” Guitars scrape and whine. Amps rumble. Rickety pianos rattle in and out of tune. Like the Treasure State itself, nothing is too refined. Perched uneasily between indie, desert rock, and ragged americana, it’s the band’s finest record yet. At the center of it all is Dave Hollier, a gifted songwriter at the top of his game, surveying a land haunted by doomed relationships and hypocrite ideologues in his odd, quivering voice.

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1.
straight up jerk down dirt broke rodeo the great wide open hunkered down pushing string double grinner bloodknot and a quick fix dripper this was going to be a lovesong double down good money after bad we can see how well this worked out the first time here we go we’ve seen it all before the big man on the tv telling us we’re idiots this was going to be a love song I’ve been thinking about getting myself right back beside you I’m thinking maybe you’ve been thinking about that too throw a smile like the great wide sky and laugh and offer me a purse beer hanging in the parking lot with Jimi Jeff and Ali and that crew this was going to be a love song this was going to be a love song this was going to be a love song it’s getting closer but we're not there we’re not there yet cowgirl mouth woebegone saddle club the big man on the tv telling us we’re idiots the big man on the tv telling us we’re idiots
2.
keep changing lanes to see if one’s better between the ice and the potholes and the goddamned weather you quit lighting fires you quit wearing leather you sting like a bee and float like a feather say something smart say something funny walk backwards speak in tongues make waves write letters to politicians and trend setters (and trend setters....) some kind of loner out riding fences thinking you’re smart acting defensive life can be weird the truth is deceptive keep your head on straight keep things in perspective now your house is on fire the whole damn world is (we're off on a bender) (the world is on fire) (the truth is deceptive) (but we still gotta try) (you still can't believe) (the world is on fire) Say something smart say something funny walk backwards speak in tongues a magical floating eye on a blue plate hanging on a wall in a motel in deer lodge montana might make you free say something smart do something stupid walk backwards speak in tongues step lightly do what you have to to get free misunderstand me misunderstand me misunderstand me misunderstand me a magical floating eye that blue plate is pretty
3.
The things that make you better make me worse Take me to the doctor take me to the church Take a 50 from my pocket slip it in your skirt Stand up turn around and walk on out of here It’s all a bag of lies these things you say you’ve done You’ve gone off somewhere now you’re flying high You left us in the lurch with all these loser and these jerks I guess we’ll crawl back out of her somehow Take me down to the doctor take me far away What the hell is that you’re smelling like since we left L.A. Take it outside dig a hole and cover it with dirt Go on and leave now there’s no need to say goodbye If you’ve got something left to say I wish you’d spit it out Ain’t no baby jesus here to save you now And you’ve got somewhere else to go I guess you’d better leave But don’t expect to find me waiting around The things that make you better make me worse Take me to the doctor take me to the church Take a 50 from my pocket slip it in your skirt Stand up turn around and walk on out of here
4.
She don’t need a reason She’s got a penchant for leaving Quick and easy like breathing She dresses out of season She don’t care if it’s freezing just that it’s visually pleasing sex and death walk hand in hand sex and death walk hand in hand sex and death walk hand in hand sex and death walk hand in hand she’s temperamental as hell now she's tired of believing the lies he’s been weaving Him with his hatchet face and a halloween halo he was lost from the get go sex and death walk hand in hand sex and death walk hand in hand sex and death walk hand in hand sex and death walk hand in hand out into the great wide open trading stories about the weather little sister little brother he never did know the difference between right and wrong all bobbing and weaving she flipped a switch hit the highway and she’s gone out into the great wide open trading stories about the weather little sister little brother
5.
Laser Beam 02:41
I fell down and hit my head and everything changed all the stupid things in there have been rearranged It’s kind of insane now nothings the same my love is a laser beam my love is worse than it seems my love can be jealous and mean you know what I mean you know what I mean.... my love is a kitchen sink my love don’t care what you think my love is a monkey’s dream turn it on and you’ll see. you’ll see what I mean you’ll see what I mean you’ll see what I mean... my love is a laser beam my love is a laser beam my love is a laser beam you know what I mean you know what I mean....
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Halfway Did 02:24
I’m stuck inside and I can’t stop moving the thoughts in my head I didn’t choose ‘em what looks like winning feels like losing I’m stuck inside and I can’t stop moving hey hey hey we don’t want your empty promises your hucksterism we know that’s all it is we just want something real we can feel that's just our deal I want to swim out where I can't see the land I'll close my eyes and open my hands let the tide lift me up or hold me down I'm not going to fight but I won't drown armegeddon vouyeurism zombies flat earthers antivaxers science sceptics holucaust deniers right to lifers hardcore liberals you’re all a bunch of followers I’m stuck inside and I can’t stop moving the thoughts in my head I didn’t choose ‘em what looks like winning feels like losing I’m stuck inside and I can’t stop moving
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Needles 02:49
8.
Was it something I remembered Was it something I forgot I hardly know the difference Which one is which and which is not I like the colors I like the little flashing lights They come and see me In the middle of the night I’d like to say that now I’m different wish I could tell you that I’ve changed But I still swim in shallow waters Until it all goes down the drain I wish I hadn’t been so thoughtless so thoughtless and so goddamned mean and man I wish that I could see her and not just in my wildest dreams I like the colors I like the little flashing lights come and see me come and see me in the night I like the colors look I’m spinning like a top I like the hygiene I might not stop now I’m feeling kind of funny it seems my clothes all fit too tight and all these awkward conversations I know that something just ain’t right
9.
I’m drifting in and out of tune again I’ll be back I don’t know when the earth is spinning around down there somewhere I can almost see it but there’s so much smoke in the air here comes the snow again back like a long lost friend and I think I broke my nose and I’m losing feeling in my fingers and my toes looking down upon the small and heaving chest the cold footfall I wonder if I’d do it all again as if I’d have the chance again as if I'd have the chance again
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Way Out West, King Ropes’ fourth album, is full of open spaces and jagged edges—from “A Loser and a Jerk,” with its brooding feedback moans, to the cathartic opener “Big Man on the TV,” with its mangled arpeggios and visions of a broke rodeo flailing amidst “the great wide open.” Guitars scrape and whine. Amps rumble. Rickety pianos rattle in and out of tune. Like the Treasure State itself, nothing is too refined. Perched uneasily between indie, desert rock, and ragged americana, it’s the band’s finest record yet. At the center of it all is Dave Hollier, a gifted songwriter at the top of his game, surveying a land haunted by doomed relationships and hypocrite ideologues in his odd, quivering voice.

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released June 11, 2021

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KING ROPES Bozeman, montana

When Dave Hollier spins records at a party, he plays stuff that’s all over the map. The Meters, The Knife, Boston, Bowie, Buck Owens. It could go very wrong. But it doesn’t. Finding the thread that leads from The Cars to The Beastie Boys to Van Halen to Prayers, he tells a long, beautiful, cross-cultural, multi-generational story. Hollier’s band King Ropes is doing much the same thing. ... more

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