To Comfort and Destroy

by Pillow Army

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1.
Happy 03:46
Happy Sunday after church Playing in the parking lot with friends from Sunday school The grass was wet and cool and we were crouching in the trees Finger guns and bark grenades and a green stain on my knee Happy as an eight year old could be Wednesday at the church Everyone was there and there were crock pots everywhere Casseroles and hot carafes and lots of deviled eggs Launching our balloons and watching a red one float away Happy as a red balloon could be All these inbetweens They help me to ignore the darker things If I keep that part in front of me and the pain on my periphery I can stumble on with blinders till it's all behind me And gone On our way to church Running late as always put your shoes on in the car Twenty minutes on the highway never seemed so far Cranky and uncomfortable in a polyester suit Copyright 2009 Screaming Bloody Music (ASCAP)
2.
Model Citizen Another dull suburbanite Born to drain the world's resources I eat and shit and throw away I've been seduced by Kryptonite Satisfied to tend my fortress and keep my Superman at bay I'm running out of alibis to explain my situation Seems like I've said it all before I can't escape the paradigm So I sign my resignation and say goodbye to something more Everybody said "Think fast, make a move before you're out of time" What the hell did I wait for? I couldn't run, I couldn't jump, I couldn't watch another chance go by What the hell did I stay for? Now everything's fine I'm a model citizen With tabs on my feet and a base to stick me in Plastic and hollow with no pride to swallow I know my tomorrow I followed the instructions I followed the instructions And everybody said "Think fast, make a move before you're out of time" What the hell did I wait for? I couldn't run, I couldn't jump, I couldn't watch another chance go by What the hell did I stay for? Now everything's fine I'm a model citizen With tabs on my feet and a base to stick me in Plastic and hollow with no pride to swallow I know my tomorrow I followed the instructions Copyright 2009 Screaming Bloody Music
3.
The Price 03:15
The Price You enter shot in hand you're on the stage again Tequila by the dozen doesn't do you in Gladiator I've come to watch you fight It entertains me when you can barely get it right Tortured artists are the most impressive kind And I'll keep buying tickets till you finally pay the price If you slit your wrists It'd make you infamous You'd finally get respect and live in history Perhaps an overdose Would boost your cred the most Then every word you said would turn to poetry Gladiator I've come to watch you die It entertains me when you can't open both your eyes Dying artists are the only vital kind And I'll be lighting candles when you finally pay the price Gladiator I won't forget your plight I emulate you but I can barely get it right Art and torture are a most expensive vice So I keep selling tickets till I finally pay the Reinvent the sickness till I finally pay the price Finally pay the price Copyright 2009 Screaming Bloody Music (ASCAP)
4.
You're Not Here Anymore You're not here anymore but if you were you'd want me to be happy So I banish the clouds and scream out loud and everyone around is clapping But it isn't fair that I'm breathing this air without you No nothing is right, but I'm smiling despite for you You're not here anymore but if you were you'd want me to be happy So I bury my shroud and scream out loud and everyone around is laughing But it's been a fight just to be here tonight without you But I'm stoking the flame and repeating your name again A sudden heat The winds retreat The clearing glows My breathing slows Called out your name No answer came But in my throat Your voice remains You're not here anymore but if you were you'd want me to be happy Copyright 2009 Screaming Bloody Music (ASCAP)
5.
Codeine 04:31
Codeine Screw February It just about killed me I aged prematurely till only a fraction remained Broken and beaten Depressed and depleted Defeated I almost gave in to the pain But I'm glad you were there You made me want to come down from the chair I wouldn't have made it without you Without you and codeine Two every four to six hours Then stand in the shower With barely the power to open the drain I can't fall asleep standing up I spit in a cup and pertuss And pertuss Till my body erupts into flames But at least you were there Keeping me sane with your hand in my hair I couldn't have made it without you WIthout you and codeine Woke up with a start and a fear in my heart as I ran for the door But not even one star could cut through the dark of that smothering force I saw no solution to alter my course And stared at the sky like a corpse But as long as you're there I 'll have a reason to come up for air I couldn't make it without you Copyright 2009 Screaming Bloody Music (ASCAP)
6.
Oh Comely 08:28
Oh Comely Oh comely' I will be with you when you lose your breath' Chasing the only' meaningful memory you thought you' had left With some pretty' bright and bubbly terrible scene That was doing her thing on your chest' But oh comely' It isn't as pretty as' you'd like to guess In your memory you're' drunk on your autonomy It doesn't mean anything' at all Oh comely' All of your friends are all letting you blow' Bristling and ugly' Bursting with fruits falling out from' the holes Of some pretty' bright and bubbly friend You could need to say comforting' things in your ear But oh comely' There isn't such one friend that' you could find here Standing next to me He's' only my enemy I'll crush him with everything' I own Say what you want to say' Hang for your hollow ways Moving your mouth' to pull out all your miracles aimed' for me Your father made fetuses With' flesh licking ladies While you and your mother Were a'sleep in the trailer park' Thunderous sparks from the dark of the stadiums The music and medicine you' needed for comforting So make all your fat fleshy' fingers to moving And pluck all your silly strings And' bend all your notes for me' Soft silly music' is meaningful magical The movements were beautiful' All in your ovaries All of them milking with' green fleshy flowers While powerful pistons were' sugary sweet machines Smelling of semen all' under the garden Was all you were needing when' you still believed in me Say what your want to say' Hang for your hollow ways Moving your mouth' to pull out all your miracles aimed' for me Da da da da da da da (x3) I know they buried her' body with others Her sister and mother and' 500 families And will she remember me' 50 years later I wished I could save her in' some sort of time machine Know all your enemies' We know who are enemies are' Know all your enemies' We know who are' enemies are Da da dada da da dada da' da dada da da da da'(x3) Goldaleen my dear' We will fold and' freeze together Far away from' here There is sun and spring and' green forever But now we move' to feel For ourselves inside some' stranger's stomach Place your body' here Let your skin begin' to blend itself with' mine De de de de de de de de de (x2) Written by Jeff Mangum, copyright 1996 / 1997 Egg As A Whole Music

about

"... really goddamned great music... I've listened to it about ten times in a row now...and I'm incredibly happy. Now it's your turn." - CORY DOCTOROW - BoingBoing.net

"To Comfort and Destroy is amazing and as complete a realization of Pillow Army's talents as I could hope for. I can't wait to hear the full-length. I can't wait to see them again." – TYSON LYNN, Seattle P.I.

Elements of your favorite indie bands march in the fluffy ranks of Pillow Army. Drummer Paul Culala and bassist Tim McClanahan drive the songs with a non-standard minimalism popularized by Spoon. Cellist Peter Ellis, violinist Mara Sedlins, and violinist / vocalist Rachel Sage weave rich and complex sonic landscapes that appeal to fans of Arcade Fire and The New Pornographers. Soaring overtop is lead singer / guitarist Tim Franklin, who’s raw energy summons the spirits of Neutral Milk Hotel and Violent Femmes. Armed with an expansive arsenal of brilliantly composed and arranged songs, Pillow Army is advancing quickly, so you better put on your cammies, grab your brain-buckets, and prepare for battle!

Pillow Army's debut CD, "To Comfort and Destroy", features five original songs and an orchestrated cover of Neutral Milk Hotel's "Oh Comely". Clocking in at over 27 minutes, it stretches the paradigm of the standard EP and is an economically sound use of your budgeted music dollars.

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released July 16, 2009

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Pillow Army - “To Comfort and Destroy” – Credits

Tim Franklin – lead vocals, guitar
John Simpson – cello, right guitar on Happy, vocals on Happy & YNHA
Paul Culala – drums, percussion, vocals on The Price & Happy
Ben Hawthorne – violin, viola
Kaitlin Morrison – vocals on Happy & Model Citizen

Produced and Engineered by Tim Franklin
Co-Produced by Marc Lacuesta and Pillow Army
Recorded at our homes
Mixed by Marc Lacuesta @ Two Sticks Audio – Seattle, WA
Additional mixing by Tim Franklin
Mastered by John McCaig @ panicStudios – Seattle, WA
Assisted by John Simpson, Michael Lerner, and Jackson Long

All songs written by Tim Franklin and Copyright 2009 Screaming Bloody Music except“Oh Comely” written by Jeff Mangum, copyright 1996 / 1997 Egg As A Whole Music

Strings arranged by Tim Franklin except for tracks 2 and 4 which were arranged by John Simpson and Tim Franklin

Art and design by Jessica John and Tim Franklin
Photography by Jessica John

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Pillow Army Seattle, Washington

Pillow Army is a nomadic Chamber Rock band that can usually be found in the Seattle area. They combine a hard rock rhythm section with a violin, viola, and cello. Fans of Neutral Milk Hotel, Arcade Fire, The New Pornographers will feel at home.

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