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#2 EP

by Trace Italian

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1.
Beverley 10:09
There's a camera full of undeveloped film In a backpack in a basement suite I drank and threw up in Bearing witness to some fucked up parliament Clutching imprints of the scenes I've tried my hardest to forget I swear to god I'll never drink again And if you'd let me I would disappear and walk the other way But in my defense, I never planned to live another day Take up smoking to come out from underground Surrounded by six million pairs of ears indifferent to the sound Of this clock that's ticking down for me And if you'd let me I would chase the sounds of words you never meant But in my defense its easier to love than to resent I had a nightmare, I had nightmare where I'd been Away for a long time, writing a song I'll never finish Surrounded by my friends, synapses struggling to define Room full of loose ends, dunno their names and I don’t recognize All of their faces, all of the memories that I left behind for peace of mind, repressed, I guess I know its time To wake up alone and pull myself up off the floor Start a long drive home Where God won't judge me For the faith I've lost And now I know That every lonely night awake Every time I feel the skin break Break down to feel alive I'll disappear for several months at a time Yea, it's easier to ignore it than it is to lie Say I won't do it again but I know that I might Sometimes when people just break they leave pieces behind Pretend like you weren't ever a part of my life Pretend there's nothing hard about goodbyes Pretend that I'm not the man I pretend to despise Pretend I won't break down when I look in your eyes Would it make a difference if I never make a sound? Is the world much different if I'm not around? Would it make a difference if I never make a sound? Is the world much different if I'm not around?
2.
College 03:36
Walked down College Avenue 3:30 at night I haven't been awake in days, yea the sunlight hurts my eyes I will walk around for hours, wishing that my life Were just a little more depressing then this might be justified I will walk again And I will disappear completely Balanced on the sharp edge of a knife Walk on by the legislature, try to close my eyes I wanna melt into the pavement, feel the traffic, catch a ride To somewhere much less overwhelming, where the moon patrols the sky And isn't jailed by superstructure, caught up in some lie I will come back when You do not complete me Living in some fractured state of mind I walked down college Avenue, been awake all night I wish I'd blend into concrete, disappear into your eyes Don't wanna be lost in some shopping center, dead before I die Subject of a blurry photo snapped by people passing by I will walk again I need to disappear completely Living in some fractured state of mind Balanced on the sharp edge of a knife Living in this fractured state of mind
3.
Baldwin 03:52
I'll drink twenty-six ounces of the cheapest gin Walk home in the middle of the street Rinse repeat and realize Self destruction's how you know you're still alive Baptize bloody knuckles thrown into the wall Soothe my soul with scars that I can see Rinse, repeat, idealize Hurt so fucking bad, feel so fucking alive Blow my brains out counting sheep Do something that makes you bleed Hold on so tight you leave a mark Why can't I feel alive So I'll come home to some closet of a basement suite Jerk off to some strangers on a screen Sleep through every sunrise Know its not worth living just to stay alive Blow my brains out counting sheep Do something that makes you bleed Is it enough just to survive When I can't see the sky Blow my brains out counting sheep Do something that makes you bleed Is it enough just to survive When I can't see the sky Why don't I feel alive I want to live before I die

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#2 EP is the second EP by Trace Italian, and the first EP featuring a full band lineup, with songwriter Sean Newton on guitar on vocals, Daniel Blade on the bass, Shea Austin on the guitar, and Phil Rodda on the drums.
The EP features three songs about Sean's time spent in Toronto in late 2015 and early 2016, the jewel of which is the three part suite which starts the EP. Influenced equally by the likes of the Beach Boys, Neutral Milk Hotel and The Mountain Goats, here are three songs that fully showcase the melancholy and compositional ambition of Trace Italian.

credits

released May 25, 2017

All three songs written by Sean Newton, Shea Iles, Daniel Blade and Phil Rodda.
Lyrics written by Sean Newton
Rhythm Guitar, lead vocals, piano, synthesizers, clarinet, chord organ, organ, twelve string guitar and aux percussion - Sean Newton
Lead Guitar, E-Bow, and Harmony Vocals - Shea Austin
Electric Bass - Daniel Blade
Drums - Phillip Rodda
Tenor and Soprano Saxophone - Connor Newton
Trumpet - Jonathan Chavez

Engineered by Declan Paxton and Sean Newton
Mixed by Sean Newton and Phil Rodda
Produced by Trace Italian
Mastered by Randy Woods
Special thanks to all the staff in the Macewan music program, specifically Paul Johnston, Bill Richards, Michael MacDonald, and John MacMillan; Michael Rodda; Tanya Iles (for liking every single thing we post on Facebook); Connor Newton; Steph Dewhurst; Declan Paxton; Hunchback.

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Trace Italian Edmonton, Alberta

Trace Italian is a psych-pop band from Edmonton, AB. The band is led by songwriter and producer Sean Newton, with Kelsey Wood on bass and Riley Chernoff on drums. They've been around in some form or another since 2016.

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