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Echo in the Crevices

by Mike Bankhead

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    This compact disc comes in a shrink-wrapped four panel digipak. Art by Spencer Williams. Photo of Io courtesy of NASA. The other photo is by Mike Bankhead.

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it’s a staff that supports me when i’m broken down a salve that will cool me when i’m all burned out a key that opens up a silence secreted away sing to me sing for me sing into the black where the echos in the crevices are coiled for attack a chaotic choral overload play for me play and ply the talents that i lack patterns that i imitate i feel like such a hack fingers that won’t walk this road write to me write away and maybe i’ll write back words on pages queue until they grow into a stack come on help me break the code a major minor natural holiday
Heliocentric 04:20
bouquet of regrets the stench of stress gets to you no point of egress the walls they close in on you they murder your sleep but it’s ok they murder your sleep but at least they keep nightmares at bay time to start again no matter what has been don’t dwell on what’s lost or won from past trips around the sun time to start again no matter what has been repairing your broken heart is safer than falling apart like schrödinger's cat you’re fine and you’re not the panic attacks they tie your stomach in knots extinguish the candle try not to get burned it’s such a struggle but that’s how you learn flying in circles forget who you were it’s all right
Affirmation 06:07
hey are you pious like me? god really loves my tithing and my fasting twice a week hey do the sabbath with me god told me i am holy just like a pharisee hey are you biased like me? god loves all his children except for minorities hey run for office with me god tallies all the votes in the land of the free do not trust your nobles do not trust your princes do not trust your wealth the heart is treacherous (who can know it?) the heart is desperate (who can know it?) do not trust yourself hey hate to ruin your dreams god won’t bless your country your sweet home or your machines hey don’t want to sound mean god will not protect your troops or save your queen amen
Le Soldat 03:34
une fois défendue deux fois oubliée je n’aime pas la guerre je n’aime pas la haine je combats je me bats toujours pour toi je combats je me bats toujours, pourquoi? moi, je suis soldat marchant dans la boue courant dans les rues je n’aime pas la guerre je n’aime pas la haine moi, je suis guerrier j’ai tiré et tué pour une raison jamais connue je veux oublier
on the screen and in the pocket of the rich spin is in the air truth is mantled by the pandering inside pick one left or right they sell you an exclusive all for the rating dishonest and intrusive all for the rating prime time inducing panic all for the rating hot takes come off volcanic all for the rating
you’re in the space between these walls protected by your marble halls mysteriously jocular and emminently popular waiting for me you’re the one i wish i’d caught you’re darker than i ever thought haunting minds with subtle shines you seem to be who you are not waiting for me i see you hiding in plain view and everybody loves you i see introduce you to my friends sometime before this moment ends i know there’s guile behind the smile another heart that’s on the mend waiting for me you looked at me like you always do i can’t keep waiting like this for you i’ll walk to the back of the line because i know you’ll be fine someday you’ll make me come around again
you came to me on a cool march night like any other you said your piece then i watched you drive away said your goodbye sorry that i couldn’t save you you came to me didn’t hear what you meant to say bathed in exhaust closed your eyes and went to sleep innocence lost never could you find your way north of sixteen your laugh for me was just a mask to hide the maelstrom you said your piece i didn’t see your secret pain said your goodbye always thought i should have saved you your laugh for me wasn’t quite what you meant to say you were sixteen the last time that i ever saw you you were serene cold upon your plush repose
Io 04:59
you keep a part of yourself so hidden what do you think i’m afraid of? you can show me you tell me there is a pressure building i’m uncomfortable with how i’m feeling and how much too soon it’s over would you help me count the stars? would you help me write a song? would you like who i’ve become? this is what i’ll ask you when we meet again you’re afraid all of the world will judge you who do you think i would run to? you can trust me
Carry On 05:07
lazy rainy morning is where i think you want to be static from the speakers and the droning on tv feel the fires burn and the tables turn and this will never go our way back to back to back to back i say i’ve got my athos, porthos, you could be my aramis spread your wings and find a way to carry us i’m no d’artagnan but i carry on intrigue in the palace and a dagger in your heart cardinal reservations because you don’t know where to start fill the felon’s role and take your toll with sabre and épée back to back to back to save the day all for one and rattle me delirious sands of time will find a way to bury us when we’re dead and gone call the carrion
extinguish the candle the darkness appears walking in shadow while vanquishing fear sweeten the handiwork of bitter tears it’s all right rally round the choir tell the stars to hide their fires the darkness awakens you confusion is lifted time to start again no matter what has been repairing your broken heart is safer than falling apart
Ohio Sky 04:11
rain windy and gray strangest of days she looks the same and she waits in a green dress with baby’s breath gifted away there’s something so familiar in the gray/black/blue ohio sky the seasons blur and so do the years i can’t tell if it’s march or july high street in the dark dodging the bars looking at cars arm in arm she thought ahead and then she said let’s go away clear fairest in fall when after all wait by the phone for her call it never came she went away the seasons pass and so did the tears underneath the ohio sky
Lamento 06:16
¿te sientes amada con tu libertad? ¿piensas que tu rumbo vale la pena? ¿te sientes más fuerte con tu libertad? ¿piensas que tu rumbo vale la pena? tu serás quién serás no te olvido jamás ¿te sientes quebrada con tu libertad? solo me imagino como has crecido ¿te sientes amarga con tu libertad? ¿nunca te das cuenta de lo perdido? estas son las preguntas que no pediré solo me repito estas palabras
Ever 08:28
looking through photographs exercise imagination open door to the past like a penny turning up again see the faces long departed hear the voices that i used to know looking through photographs say the names from all those years ago here the letters that i kept there a memory safe for keeping here a friend for whom i wept there a brother in december gone see the faces long departed say the names from all those years ago here the letters that i kept there the voices that i used to know call the roll for missing souls they are written in a ledger time will not erase them all i will see them in the ever peter shalie bill and marcus dee and carolyn departed too looking through photographs say the names from all those years ago see the faces that i used to know say the names from all those years ago


released July 1, 2017

All songs written by Mike Bankhead

Mike Bankhead – bass, piano, organ, assorted electric pianos, synth, hand claps, vocals
Brian Hoeflich – drums
Patrick Himes – guitar (5,6) glockenspiel, stylophone (2) pedal steel, hand claps (3) pump organ, carillon (11) synth (2,5,10) tambourine (6) vocals (3,6,9)
Eric Cassidy – accordion (4) theremin (8) marxophone (10) autoharp, toy piano (11)
Tod Weidner – guitar (3,4,8,9) vocals (3, 9)
Alli Folk – vocals (3,8,13)
Mandie Dickson – vocals (3,13)
Tim Pritchard – guitar (1) vocals (1,13)
Daryl Robbins – guitar (2)
Kyle Byrum – guitar (6)
Jesse King – guitar (7)
David Payne – guitar (11) vocals (1,3,13)
Kent Montgomery – vocals (1,3,13)
Tom Blackbern – vocals (1,3,13)
Leo Smith – upright bass (11)
Nathan Shaw – guitar (13)
Heather York – violin (13)

Engineered and Mixed by Patrick Himes at Reel Love Recording Company in Dayton, Ohio

Produced by Patrick Himes & Mike Bankhead

Mastered by Alex McCollough at True East Mastering in Nashville, Tennessee

Layout & Design by Spencer Williams & Mike Bankhead

Art by Spencer Williams

THANK YOU: Misty Lynn. Patrick Himes for believing in my songs and helping me to get the most out of them. Mis hermanos Jesse King and Nathan Shaw for the support and feedback. Tom Blackbern, Kyle Byrum, Eric Cassidy, Mandie Dickson, Alli Folk, Brian Hoeflich, Kent Montgomery, David Payne, Tim Pritchard, Daryl Robbins, Leo Smith, Tod Weidner, and Heather York for appearing on this album - this doesn’t happen without your time and talent. Spencer Williams. Jason Mahan for the guidance and encouragement. Mickaël & Pauline Mouton. Justin Endsley, Josh Endsley, and Keith Lilly for getting me started many years ago. Joe Saksa.

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Mike Bankhead is a bassist and songwriter from the Dayton, Ohio area. His songs feature crunchy guitar, occasional dissonance, and a love of hooks.

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