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released October 12, 2012

The Rare Occasions
Demo Recordings

Brian McLaughlin:
lead vocals, synthesizer, keyboards, electric ukulele,
rhythm guitar, tin whistle, dulcimer

Peter Stone:
electric guitar, lead vocals, backing vocals

Jeremy Cohen:
bass, backing vocals, rhythm guitar

Luke Imbusch:
drums, backing vocals

also featuring Ben Madsen on mandolin in “Such is the Way”

recorded, mixed, and produced by Brian McLaughlin
mastered by Luc Lacerte

© 2012 the rare occasions
recorded in various practice rooms at tufts and berklee.
only the lonely rooms that needed company.
and also in the living room.

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The Rare Occasions Boston, Massachusetts

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Drawing inspiration from each wave of garage rock, The Rare Occasions put their own dark spin on retro. A dizzying cacophony of angular riffs and dripping wet lyrics, the Boston-via-Providence quartet formed in a university practice space in 2012. Their blistering psych-anthem "Dysphoric" took home Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. ... more

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Track Name: The Uke Song
Baby the world's off-kilter, and my heart don't filter
All the truths and all the lies and all the times I thought I'd seen enough.
So with a windswept daydream and a disco ray-beam,
Through the gloom and through the rain and through the sludge I'll never give it up.
I've been so true.
So why?

And there you were, looking as pretty as always
In a hideous hallway. The city of Galway
Couldn't shine as bright as you were shining that evening
No I am not leaving, don't you try and deceive me into
Going back to where I came from this morning
Those eyes you're adorning could keep me till morning
And I could wait an entire millennium
For one carpe diem with you.

So if you're gonna break my heart,
Please get out the hammer and break it all the way
Because I'm slipping through the cracks you left me
The traps are deadly and I don't think I can stay.

So if you're gonna break my heart,
Please get out the hammer and break it all the way
Because I'm slipping through the cracks you left me
The traps are deadly and I don't think I can stay.

Baby the world's off-kilter, and my heart don't filter
All the truths and all the lies and all the times I thought I'd seen enough.
So with a windswept daydream and a disco ray-beam,
Through the gloom and through the rain and through the sludge I'll never give it up.
I've been so true.
So why?
Track Name: Wickenden Kids
Cold are the winds between us, a shiver in the sun.
Dark are the clouds that hold her and trickle slowly down the evening,
Because she thought I wouldn't know;
She thought her eyes they wouldn't show.
How every speck of a doubt she's been toting about
Couldn't cut through the clout of despair.

And when I saw her I said “Baby, I know.
I know the things you've been through”.
Beneath the moonlight she was standing alone
Beneath the festering truth.

And I said love. Isn't it so fine and
I've got you on my mind and all those
Wickenden kids are smashing on the walls
So loud that you can hear them out in Central Falls.

So as the night it dwindled and swept her from within,
She drew a picture of the villain on the bathroom mirror.
She knew her mind had gone astray.
She took a glance and ran away.
And in the midst of the shame she had lost her own name
And the notions that came with it.

And when I saw her I said “Baby, I know.
I know the things you've been through”.
Beneath the moonlight she was standing alone
Beneath the festering truth.

And I said love. Isn't it so fine and
I've got you on my mind and all those
Wickenden kids are smashing on the walls
So loud that you can hear them out in Central Falls.
Track Name: Modern Minds
Oscillations shine
Between the twisting vines.
I think I'm gonna stay
And hear the Pearson chimes.

Electro-vision trip
Delivered by her lips,
For days and days those words of mine
Were stuck on her tongue's tip.

Symphonic radiation fills my eyes;
I don't know where to begin.
I watch the colors dripping from the sky
The way the rain drips down her skin.

Modern minds lay thoughtless and defeated on the floor.
I don't find this place any better than before.

Empty reflections line the eyes to conceal
The twenty million starving for a reason to feel.
Interconnected in a divided way,
They cross the station screaming “I don't care! I don't care!” I don't
Need a good reason not to follow the queue,
To rip the fucking thunder off the side of the moon.
Drained of their nectar, blooming thoughts wilt away.
She wrung my heart out like the dirty rag it's been since day one.
Track Name: Such is the Way
I've crashed upon the shore again
For beauty is as tragic as it seems.
The siren's song is deadly when
I hear you softly whispering the theme.

To watch the city from above
You're missing out on all the noisy games
Tirelessly dreaming of
The way things were, that they could be the same

Such is the way, such is the way of the
Bleeding sunset in watercolor
Gone are the days, gone are the days where I know
That you love me baby.
That you love me darling.

You've planted all those daffodils
Just to watch them drowning in the rain,
And as surely as the battle kills
The puddles part with petals in the drain.

Such is the way, such is the way of the
Bleeding sunset in watercolor
Gone are the days, gone are the days where I know
That you love me baby.
That you love me darling.
Track Name: And So The Sun Must Rise Again
And so the sun must rise again
I saw the words scrawled out in pen
A monument across the hall
A moment written on the wall
It said, “I love you”
It said, “I love you”

My world collapsed the night we had to part
Honey you know that I'm not quite so light at heart
And though I may seem aloof
I'm simply searching for proof
Of love.

I don't believe it can exist
There's no such thing as permanence
A single point in space and time
Reflections always past their prime
Is lust a crime?

For here I've found the artifact
That proves the earth is still intact
I saw the words scrawled out in pen
And so the sun must rise again
It said, “I love you”
It said, “I love you”

My world collapsed the night we had to part
Honey you know that I'm not quite so light at heart
And though I may seem aloof
I'm simply searching for proof
Of love