Volume and Capacity

by Milk Carton Superstars

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1.
Project Moon 02:58
Consider Rock & Roll To be your best last chance To learn to just let go Not talking 'bout sweatpants I'm talking meditation Via amplification Distorted supplication Rhythm as medication Here's a dose, listen close It's your best last chance and there it goes. Maybe astrology Is now your best last hope To understand your life To find a way to cope Somehow hypothesize By squinting at the skies Until you recognize Some handy alibis Connect the dots, here's a thought It's your best last hope until it's not And then your caught Believing there is meaning In some cosmic Etch-a-Sketch, That's quite a stretch. Your best possibility A moonshot obviously Crash land it perfectly Your own Sea of Tranquility No one knows, I suppose But it's your best last chance and there it goes, Like dominoes, I will disclose That it's your best last chance and there it goes.
2.
Film Stars 02:36
Let me give you some free advice It's worthless but you can't beat the price What you want to hear I'll say it twice And then who knows? Maybe this will all make sense The couch and chairs that form a fence The walls that summon old incense Together we're not half as dense. Let's suppose there's a chance we can win Irrespective of the state we're in A long shot through the head of a pin And then who knows? Perhaps the breaks will go our way An advantageous ricochet An imitation silver tray An unassailable display Ephemeral like old film stars But once we're there, well there we are, There we are, there we are.
3.
Day Care 03:08
Staying home's always better When there's somewhere not to go Let's grab the keys like it matters Drive around for an hour or so Enough to rotate the backdrops Wouldn't that be great? Be part of the facsimile It'll be fun if we concentrate Day (hold it together now) Care (don't give up somehow) Day (make sure the light stays on) Care (so much depends upon) The landscaper's calendar Seven days worth of weeds The hours wear the same uniform Until daylight recedes For now we watch hurricanes On our phones and drink tea Guess it's best to stay busy At least figuratively Day (hold it together now) Care (don't give up somehow) Day (keep your head above) Care (what you're drowning of) Lyrics taught me more than my parents ever could To finally be heard but misunderstood Staying home's always better When there's still a chance to leave Let's settle in like we've earned it We still need to believe Day (hold it together now) Care (don't give up somehow) Day (so much depends upon) Care (still being counted on)
4.
Fell awake Slept well Made the bed And I could tell That all my restless fears would be pacified Told myself A little joke About the luck We invoke I don't have the wheel but I'm sitting in the driver's side. And in the sky I saw Lots of sky I was small but exactly the right size - yeah. Found myself Feeling good A nice view From where I stood All my bright ideas would be verified Told a story Sold the rights Closed my eyes And set my sights I don't have the wheel but I'm sitting in the driver's side. And in the sky I saw Lots of blue I felt small in exactly the right shoes - exactly right.
5.
Late Night 02:59
Oh I remember now He said "Don't step on my friend He's just passed out Where the sidewalk ends" So we concur With a tip of the spot Where our hats would be Though they were clearly not Sidestep to the right Into a time machine Set for later that night Oh I remember now She said "I met James Caan After the B-52s Outside the Jai-Alai Fronton" And we believed Inside a puff of smoke And she tried and failed To tell a knock knock joke We laughed anyway And it was officially The very next day Technically Oh the hours bob and weave and duck To avoid the truth that they are just construct Oh they are sliced and spun and hung from walls Adding up to nothing at all Is it saving time? Oh I remember now You said "It's starting to hit Are my eyes red?" Well just a little bit Got to the place Where our friends were at Only hours before It was where they sat But if the clock was right Then we had found ourselves Somewhere later that night Hey what time you got? (Late night) Oh no man I can't wear a watch (Late Night) I heard a cigarette takes 10 minutes to burn (Late Night) Any later and we'll be early (Late Night)
6.
What to say about this love? The heart will find a way But the heart is just the brain I've heard someone explain And the brain it keeps a list Of every hit and miss Maybe I'm someone new I'll believe if you will too Here's my story to amend To rise and fall and rise again To rise and fall and rise again Give away what I don't spend And convincingly pretend It's all I ever wanted What to say about this love? How do you make it stay But stay out of its way? I've heard somebody say To always be yourself Like everybody else Maybe you're someone new I'll believe if you will too Here's my story to amend To rise and fall and rise again To rise and fall and rise again Give away what I don't spend And convincingly pretend It's all I ever wanted
7.
Way back in history About 10, 12 years ago Little band picked up the beat Wasn't fast and wasn't slow Added accoutrement Put on a cracking show Even though they laid it down They would not let it go They kept on adding songs To their discography Short ones about a minute and a half Long ones maybe 2:03 Records up on the shelf Marked down to almost free Beat ran through every one Here it comes now one two three Long time now keeping up Ain't never lost their way Not sure who really hears But be that as it may No matter where they are The pocket's where they stay The beat tells them what to do Listen to it now what's it say?
8.
Bait Fish 04:14
The boys are catwalking their bikes Straight down Orange Avenue Bravado balanced on one wheel The traffic parts to let them through Of course they do There's more than a few Vaguely so familiar Floating in between The great fulfillers To be free and to be seen The band is kicking out the jams Straight up melting faces off The lead guitarist is unique She plays it like Rachmaninoff And we all cheer In the house means we're here Vaguely so familiar Floating in between The great fulfillers To be free and to be Seen outside Discount Auto Parts today Grandpa's muscle car was on display Artists populate blank slates Turning concrete into dreams Building owners hope to boost Their limited revenue streams It's tough but still Some of them will Vaguely so familiar Floating in between The great fulfillers To be free and to be seen
9.
Iron Angel 04:10
The damage is done ,but I'm not You gotta play hurt to stay in the game We're not who we were, but so what? It's time to fight on with who we became I had fucks to give, but I'm all out You gotta know when to draw from within We're not who we were, but right now It's time to fight on without who we've been Will you call upon your angel when You're on your way but lost again? Finding strength from iron ore You get your bearings and senses restored It turns out you've been here before The damage is done, but I'm not We're not who we were, but so what? Fight
10.
Audio On 03:19
I'll give you a record to play One handed down to me The scratches won't get in the way Warm static harmony Each needle has something to say Spun in its entirety The songs are all sequenced just so Unfolding naturally The lyrics sung so long ago Resonate timelessly The textures of sounds ebb and flow Shaping your memory Once everything else is withdrawn Somewhere the audio's on
11.
The cold front waits outside the gate Talking to the trees about the game It's still in doubt with just seconds remaining The weather's okay but not great But who are we to be complaining? Shoppers strolling through their phones Filling carts with deals too good to miss I mean who could? They make it so enticing Billionaires throwing a bone With this limited-time pricing And where there is an island There's nothing to discover It may not be a circle yet still comes around There was a point I was making But my thoughts are just too cluttered An island only needs the bodies that surround The cold front left without a note Driving recklessly outside the lines With no regard for those starved for a season All we need is a couple days Just long enough to let the breeze in And where there is an island There's nothing to discover It may not be a circle yet still comes around There was a point I was making But my thoughts are just too cluttered An island only needs the bodies that surround
12.
It's right there in your notebook, mac Don't you want to know the formula? Well then turn to the very back Among the miscellanea Liters measured in pints Top heavy fractions sliced Sharp decimals rounded One story told twice Got someone on the inside, bud Don't you want to know how this goes down? Well it lands with a nasty thud Profiting apologists abound Liars planting their seeds Duplicitous and precise Confusion compounded One story told twice How much space do you take up, kid? Don't you want to know how much you hold? Everything you will do or did Seen only through your own blindfold But others will find something else Character unrecognized It's you and it's not you One story told twice

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Volume and Capacity is Milk Carton Superstars' sixth studio album. It was recorded between November 2019 and May 2021 at Behind the Curtain in Windermere, FL, South of Milk in Orlando, FL, and Fritz's in Denton, TX.

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released July 2, 2021

Guy Larmay - guitars, bass, synthesizers, electric sitar, piano, programmed percussion

Jim Myers - vocals, drums, percussion, piano, sound effects

Guests:
Jennie Landau - violin on Driver's Side
Paul Metzger - lead guitar on All I Ever Wanted
Bethany Myers - backing vocal and handclaps on Bait Fish

All songs written, recorded and mixed by Milk Carton Superstars

Paul Metzger's guitar part recorded by Fritz Schwalm

Mastered by Bruce Hensal

2021 Larmay Myers Music (ASCAP)

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Milk Carton Superstars Orlando, Florida

Milk Carton Superstars are the songwriting team of Guy Larmay (guitar, bass) and Jim Myers (vocals, drums) doing a fair approximation of a rock & roll band. People generally like them. They’ve written, recorded and released 85 songs since 2009. Most are made of guitars, drums and some reasonable words. MCS are often joined on stage by bassist Jeff Boyce and violinist Jennie Landau. ... more

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