Midtown Sizzler

by Stag

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Most of their new eight song Midtown Sizzler was recorded with John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Hold Steady, Kurt Vile) at Water Studios in Hoboken, NJ. As Mr. Agnello says, “They contacted me and I checked out their music and I loved it! They have all these wonderful influences of music I love. They write great melodies and they know hooks. It’s a pleasure working with strong characters with strong opinions who are also open to outside ideas.”

Two songs (pre-single “The Bedazzler” and “Runner”) were recorded with Jack Endino at Soundhouse in Seattle, and mixed by Martin Feveyear on Vashon Island.

Cover photo by Meryl Meisler from her book Purgatory & Paradise SASSY '70s Suburbia & The City. Official release date is Friday August 4th. All songs written by Ben London, and performed by STAG.

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released August 4, 2017

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Stag Seattle, Washington

STAG has a riff-centered sound that’s both nostalgic and contemporaneous; equal parts romantic angst and sexual tension; vibrantly commercial yet comfortably in the red.

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Track Name: Pharaoh
Where would you look
If you had nothing to find
And where would you sleep
If there was nowhere to hide

No signs of life – weighing you down
No signs of life – to figure you out

How can you speak
When there is nothing to say
And how can you breathe
When it’s been taken away

No signs of life – weighing you down
No signs of life – to figure you out

Standing there like a pharaoh
Arms crossed like a pharaoh
Standing there like a pharaoh

What can you do
With daylight fading away
And what should we dream
Before the end of the day?
Track Name: Come On
Everybody needs a little help sometimes
Living in the minute – unraveling like twine

So don’t hesitate
All this can wait
Come on!

Hanging on a moment and thinking it’s a lot
Feet out in the gutter – watching the stream go by
Alright

So don’t hesitate
All this can wait
Grab your coat and lock the door right now
Come on!

No matter what you’ve got you’re sinking all the time
Waiting on a message – burning up the switchboards at night
Alright

So don’t hesitate
All this can wait
Grab your coat and lock the door
Grab your coat and lock the door
Grab your coat and lock the door right now
Come On!
Track Name: The Bedazzler
There’s not enough sunshine in the world – I’m the Bedazzler
On your jacket, on your back pocket – I’m the Bedazzler
Light you up like a million stars
A Spotlight shining straight from Mars, yeah
I’m the Bedazzler!

Debonair, a solar flare – I’m the Bedazzler
Strut the hall like a disco ball, yeah I’m the Bedazzler
Like champagne, right to the brain
You’re never ever gonna be the same ‘cause
I’m the Bedazzler

C’mon girl, take me home – I’m the Bedazzler
You look so good, don’t leave me alnoe – I’m the Bedazzler
No human being can resist my charms
Sequins up and down my arms, yeah…
I’m the Bedazzler
Track Name: Rosemarie
I don’t mind – wasting my time
I don’t really care as long as she could be here standing next to me
Stands on the corner – red scarf adorns her
I don’t really care ya know – she could be here standing next to me

Rose Marie – Across the street

Pictures at night – losing our light
I don’t really care as long as she could be here lying next to me
Gently she hovers – whispers in color
I don’t really care ya know – she is here lying next to me

Rose Marie – Crossed the street

She came along – at the right time
Track Name: Runner
I – I’m a runner
And you – you get me high
Not another summer
And girl – you get me high

Nothing to do
But lie around and crush on you

Pass me a number
Together we’ll get high
Never thought I would make it
But now – I know that we’ll get by

Nothing to do
But lie around and crush on you

I’ve been dreaming of photographs
The ones with your mom and dad
Can’t wait until tomorrow

I’ve been telling the same old jokes
Living on rum and cokes
Can’t wait until tomorrow

You get me high…
Track Name: Figure You Out
Leading by a mile
And I’m curious - what’s up with you know?

Puzzles and maps
Connecting as we go past
And I wonder- where your heart is now?
And how our hearts unwound

I can figure you out
Yeah, I can figure you out
I can figure you out
Just give me a chance

Caught – by surprise
Something in your eyes
Do you ever - think about what became of us
Nothing these days I can trust

Figure out...
Track Name: Pictures
See your face come into view
A single frame at high altitude
One second of one day
More pictures to take

Red light in a darkened room
Hiding out till the flowers bloom
So many things to say
More pictures to take

At the speed of light
There’s just such fascination
Speed of light
Eyes play tricks on nature
Speed of light
There’s always such danger

Oh love in an acid bath
Captured moments in the distant past
So good from far away
More pictures to take

Don’t worry that way
More pictures to take
Track Name: Already Know
I’m just hanging out
Looking up getting down
You just blew my mind
And I’m shaking

You just cut my cord
To the tired and the bored
Let’s stay up all night
I’m a waiting

Forget all the circumstances
‘Cause round and round they go
I can’t tell you a thing
‘Cause you already know

Something in this ride
The world outside
Roll that window up
‘Cause I’m shaking

Don’t need to wear white
Getting married tonight
Drinking whiskey alright
I’m shaking…

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