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about

"The dapper rock/pop/barroom blues quintet are sounding wise beyond their years on the new debut album Join the Club." - Chris Conti, The Providence Phoenix. (providence.thephoenix.com/music/152609-dylan-sevey-andamp-the-gentlemen-let-loose-and-roll/)

"Join The Club...is chockfull of tasty tunes and is one of the best locally produced CDs I have heard in a long time." - John Fuzek, Motif Magazine. (motifri.com/roots-of-the-matter/)

"A sonic quilt of country ballads, sleazy bar band blues and classic folk-rock that borrows from the likes of The Band, Bob Dylan and the White Stripes." - Tony Pacitti, East Side Monthly. (www.eastsidemonthly.com/stories/Dylan-Sevey-and-the-Gentlemen-band-Join-the-Club-local-music-Providence-Monthly,10282?category_id=7&town_id=2&sub_type=stories,packages,photos,blogs,dining)

"Just make sure you get their debut album and give it a listen, it's some of the best music from a band that is sure to go places." - Rob Duguay, 990WBOB.com. (www.990wbob.com/1/post/2013/02/robs-album-of-the-week-dylan-sevey-the-gentlemens-join-the-club.html)

credits

released 02 February 2013

All songs written by Dylan Sevey. "Lights Out" by Dylan Sevey and Brendan Moore. "Content" by Dylan Sevey and David Ponte. All songs ©2012 Shot Messenger Music, BMI.

Produced by Chris Piquette at No Boundaries Studios, Providence, RI.

Dylan Sevey - Vocals, acoustic and electric rhythm guitars, percussion, mandolin on "I Can't Feel This Way Forever," harmonica on "Hey, Look at Me," drums on "Same Rain"
David Ponte - Lead electric guitars
Brendan Moore - Keyboards
Denis Murray - Bass guitar
Keaton Albro - Drums

Gianna Mia - Vocals on "Same Rain"
Jon Sayer - Trumpet on "Bessie James"
Ben Shaw - Tenor saxophone on "Bessie James"
Chris Depot - Trombone on "Bessie James"

Gregory Turner - Photography
Adam Slater - Album design
Jessica Still - Logo

Thank you to my absolutely incredible family for the constant support and encouragement; David, Brendan, Denis, and Keaton, for laying down these tracks, making the songs come to life, and pretending like they enjoy being in a band with me; Gianna, for lending her beautiful voice to "Same Rain;" Jon, Ben, and Chris, for taking "Bessie James" to the next level; Chris Piquette, for his unbelievable enthusiasm and patience throughout the course of this project, and for being superhumanly talented; Gregory, Adam, and Jessica, for making the album look good; the other groups that we've played with and the venues that have hosted us in our first year of existence; Charlie Tolcan, for all his wisdom and advice; the past and present members of Milkbread, The Overtones, The Ticonderogas, and Off Target, for providing me with experience and helping to shape where I am today; Dan Swain, for the band name and pretty much being the reason this group is together; Colton MacKenzie, for the inspiration on "Content;" Allaire, for absolutely everything; and lastly, to everyone who directly or indirectly influenced the writing of these songs, whether they know it or not.

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Track Name: Yearlong Autumn
I'm a creature of habit, I can't turn away
From the nevers that are offered to me
I'm a hopeless romantic, in love with the hopeless
I'm a hypocrite trying to break free
But I'll attest to the happiness crawling
Between the fallen leaves
And I'll admit, I'm a sucker for the breaks
That at times, I do receive

'Cause everyone I know loves the summer
But don't call me crazy when I say
That with each passing season, I'm quietly
Hoping that a yearlong autumn comes my way
Yearlong autumn, come my way

Well I don't know how long I can stand to get burned
By these torches I carry all day
Ah, but who am I kidding? I might not be on fire anyway
It's so damn hard to see with my head in the clouds
It's so damn hard to hear with my conscience ringing loud
Especially when I am still yearning for September winds

Chorus

Strange, how patterns define my beliefs
When I'm entering uncharted zones
Strange, how patterns don't give no relief
Growing pains still affecting my bones
Even now when they say that I'm grown

I'm a creature of habit, you know my objective
Is to rule all ground that I roam
Maybe one September, I'll look up and whisper
"Is the sky so beautiful back home?"
Is the sky so beautiful back home?

Chorus

Yearlong autumn, come my way
Track Name: Good Week
He was somewhere in the backwoods of northern Maine
In a cold, cold sweat that he couldn't explain
She was riding shotgun all the way
Wincing every time she heard him say
"I'm okay, I'm just devolving"
What good could her silence really do?

She said, "You could ride a feeling a thousand times
But you best be sure there's a reason and rhyme
And if you don't allow it to pass away
Every now and then, you'll never escape"
There, he stretched his eyes wide open
For a moment, found himself unbroken

It was a good week lost in the shuffle
Of a constant hurricane
It was a good week, but don't forget
The switch flips back, the road bends back into black

He never understands when the raindrops say
"Assume it's sunny on another day"
He knows you can't be sure of what you can't control
The weather map runs him into his hole
She digs him up, dusts off his jacket
Lets him know there ain't no use to track it

Chorus

She said, "You could ride a feeling a thousand times
But you best be sure there's a reason and rhyme
And if you don't allow it to pass away
Every now and then, you'll never escape"
There, he stretched his eyes wide open
For a moment, found himself unbroken

Chorus x2
Track Name: I Can't Feel This Way Forever
Fussing with my sheets, I'll fight the dark again
Clinging to the pillows and the curtains
But when the darkness dives and tries to claim the win
I know at least a few things remain certain

Because a drum can't make a noise if it's been broken
A house can't be a home for everyone
A burning man can't drown his flame wherever
And I can't feel this way forever

Well hey, if you insist, I'll scratch the thinking post
It seems to be that itching time of evening
To ponder the effects of replies I never sent
Eventually it won't be so deceiving

Chorus

And now the light sneaks through the shade
I played the helpless card 'til my pack was torn and frayed
So now I need a brand new game
One that I can stand to play
And might assure you all to stay

So if the sinners try to deprive you of your grace
Fight like you did before to restore your hard earned place
And if you need some truth, I won't wear no disguise
'Cause I have been afraid of the hope that's in my eyes
Chorus

I can't feel this way forever
Track Name: Lights Out
Lights out! Find your way in the dark
And you'll know when you've hit your mark
They'll all praise you and call you a king
When you don't rule over anything
But join in! Talk it up, break it down
You don't know who could be around
They might make you and give you a push
But you're gonna stumble into me

And I'll have what you need
But you better believe, if you're coming around
Then I'll put it all down
In a well on the outskirts of town

Lights out! Was it all in your head?
Do you choose not to remember it?
It might break you to know you were fooled
So you're gonna try and keep your cool
And jump in, landing back on your feet
Trying hard to reclaim the streets
They might take you, or might trip you up
And you're gonna stumble into me

Chorus

Lights out...
Track Name: Bessie James
She loves song with every breath of her existence
And she knows that there ain't no use in resistance
And she tells everyone who sees her that they'll never be the same
That no one in the land sings like Bessie James

No one in the land sings like Bessie James
No one in the land sings like Bessie James
You can rest assured that you won't forget her name
That no one in the land sings like Bessie James

Mac and Frankie took the first train out to Kansas
Mac said, "Frank, let's try to take what cruel life hands us"
So they shelled out every dime in the dampest local bar
And the singer on the stage stole my brothers' hearts

No one in the land sings like Bessie James
No one in the land sings like Bessie James
She and Mac met eyes and they both went up in flames
And no one in the land sings like Bessie James

Though they swam in clouds of positive reaction
Frankie found the lovers to be a distraction
Oh, and Mac tried hard to disregard his brother's pain
While the whiskey dinner flowed through his weary veins

So Frankie took the long road, Mac stayed there in town
And they both were set on bringing the other one right down
Frankie kept on saying, "Oh, I'll be a star
If I'm the best in the whole damn land at this old guitar"

But no one in the land sings like Bessie James
No one in the land sings like Bessie James
Frank and Mac dissolved and bemoaned what they became
For no one in the land sings like Bessie James

No one in the land sings like Bessie James
No one in the land sings like Bessie James
She said, "What could I do? It was such a simple game"
That's why no one in the land sings like Bessie James
Track Name: Dreams That I Dream About You
We fell in the cold December snow
Hearts so open to jump and go
But the snow stopped falling and you said you couldn't stay
It might have been just an hour storm
But there's no sun to make things warm
So an hour of snow takes months to melt away

Believe me when I say I try
To do more than just sit and cry
'Cause I've always advocated moving on
But every song and jingle on the radio
Every movie, book, and TV show
Just serves as a cruel reminder that you're gone

And sleep don't even help no more
Might as well be sleeping on a hardwood floor
'Cause I cannot rest, my mind's so sad and blue
Yeah, you know you broke my heart
And it might break your heart too
If you could see the dreams that I dream about you

So now I've spent the entire day
Resorting to these old cliches
To accomplish what once came so naturally
So I can't really say how proud I am
But there's too much pain to give a damn
I'll take what I can and I hope it sets me free

Chorus

Yeah, you know you broke my heart
And it might break your heart too
If you could see the dreams that I dream about you
Track Name: Same Rain [feat. Gianna Mia]
Once again, I will say goodbye
With great despair and a heavy sigh
Our destiny was a love unknown
To end up here in a field of stone

And you, my love, are buried here
I wish that wasn't so
But if my song should reach your ears
There's one thing you should know

It rained on the day that we met
You might not remember, but you sure can bet
I was there on the day that you died
I stood at the window while the same rain fell outside

I took one breath and you returned grey
A lifetime passed in a single day
And I was sure that I had it worse
To lose so fast from a vicious curse

But you, my dear, must have had my name
For all those years living in your frame
Of no escape and of no reward
Was I the light you were moving toward?

Pre-chorus
Chorus

Have to guess you had a hand up there
'Cause when I came to sing today
The sun was out and shining on your grave

Pre-chorus
Chorus x2

It fell outside...
Track Name: Damaged Girl
You better watch that thought, 'cause she will tear it apart
Was it something you repressed, but never could forget?
A solitary contradicting memory that's only still around
To bring you down

That's the kind of thing she's always written about
An anthem of the east, a chorus at the least
An introspective summary that's spun into a melancholy sound
To bring you down

So if you need someone to sing it
Find the damaged girl who can bring it

Damaged girl, damaged girl
Taking one for the whole wide world

Never given a rest, she's only given a test
A sample of a treat, beginning of a beat
A resonating fallacy existing just to heartlessly confound
And bring her down

So if you need someone to spare you
Find the damaged girl who can bare you

Chorus x2

So if you need someone to sing it
Find the damaged girl who can bring it
So if you need someone to sing it
Find the damaged girl who can bring it
Track Name: Hey, Look At Me
Hey, look at me, I can do it too
Chisel out a mountain, it ain't hard to do
But now hey, look at me, and know that I am true
These rocks and these tools weren't made to be for someone like you

In a quiet congregation, aromas filled the air
I stood up in the rafters, pretended not to care
When you finally took the pulpit, but then you caught my ear
And if the God you preached to had only heard you clear
He'd say you misinterpreted a broken set of rules
And never set a single foot inside the proper school
But you shrugged it off and powered on through

Chorus

Did you go down to the water, repent for all the sins
Created by the notion you'd any to begin with?
And did you cross the devil on some old dusty trail
Take him at his word, though he never seems to fail
To promise serendipity with fingers crossed behind
And offer up immunity with no contract to sign
He just wanted you to pay it some mind

Chorus

But if you should establish this mirage as tried and true
Project what I rebel against and paint me as a fool
Then I guess that I got something to prove

Chorus

These rocks and these tools weren't made to be for someone like you
Track Name: My Enigma
Morning contradiction sure feels nice
Though I have to wonder if I'll pay the price
The shaving cream can's at risk for rust
There's salmonella floating in the dollar store cup
But I don't worry that much at all
Not when I hear my enigma's call

So many songs I don't ever write
Born from the notion of a major plight
An epic tale of hearts so confused
A character study of a torn up muse
But I can't fathom these things at all
Not when I hear my enigma's call

When I feel like being simple ain't enough
My enigma laughs at me and dares to call my bluff

Thought I knew what it meant to waste a day
'Til I did so many that my brain decayed
Almost let a good thing slip away
Almost fell victim to a bird of prey
But it don't do well to dwell at all
Not when I hear my enigma's call

When I feel like there ain't nowhere left to go
My enigma shakes me up and I know it isn't so

Stroke the blue blanket and I have to grin
Despite what my past at this time has been
Ready for a hard punch in the gut
Ponder, should I fall asleep standing up?
Whatever I do don't matter at all
As long as I hear my enigma's call
Track Name: Content
Me and my woman, we're so comfy in our masks
I never think to take mine off, 'cause I don't ever ask
And she don't tell just who she's with at night
But I'm not crazy, mama, I'm not depressed
Oh mama, I'm just so content, just so content
I'm just so spent

And when the four walls in my room all turn to mirrors
I clean them all the time so I can see much clearer
That my four friends, sometimes they aren't so kind
But I'm not lonely, mama, I'm not obsessed
Oh mama, I'm just so content, just so content
I'm just so spent

My woman told me, "Go undress before you leave
No other way to tell that there's nothing up your sleeve"
It's hard to talk, your jaw's all on the ground
So please don't put me, mama, under arrest
Oh mama, I'm just so content, just so content
I'm just so spent