Come Back

by Suitcase

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1.
Jack Burton 02:20
Lo Pan At the chinese showdown Egg Shen The six demon bag has got somethin to teach ya Into the pork chop express Into the alley I've run out of conversations with you I've run out of conversations with you Miao Yin I'll make you my princess! Sexy gracie I'll make you one too! The girl with those jade green eyes is making me crazy Crazy
2.
Bad designs are being made Too many cooks, too many blades The orphan is disconnected from the center line A life time of suffering awaits Everyone speaks, nobody cares Amorphous clouds of poison glares You creep what you flow It seems like I’m waiting For you to show me how A sunrise appears, it’s glimmering Your steady hands are wavering Fall into the dark pool You fool! I’ll hold you down
3.
Mary's 02:04
There’s a place in Portland's home An archipelago of pleasure zone But one stands above the rest Rest your head on her supple breasts Mary’s! Mary’s! Mary’s! Saddle up in a padded booth Wild Turkey is a hundred proof The views are hot and the beer is cool Shake it, shake it, shake it Mary’s! Mary’s! Mary’s!
4.
Super Knife 04:07
Bob Marley’s on my switch blade smoking that spliff like it’s some kind of miracle Standing around like your dumb kid brother Who’s thinking of ways to die See you staring at the blade Laughing out loud ‘cause it’s so ironical We’re going to hell in a handbag Holding a super knife Living long will cut you deep Take all the time that you need Snow’s falling by the airport Goldie’s too close to the practice studio Standing around by the green screen monster It’s time to hit the bar Diamond Dave is in my brain singin so loud you don’t need that microphone We’re goin to hell on an open tab Let’s get another round Living long will cut you deep Take all the time that you need Are we wandering alone Down a western road? Are we wandering alone Down a western road?
5.
Cooler Heads 02:20
It’s over now I’m shutting down What’s in your head We lie in our bed Shoulder to shoulder and a million miles away I can’t resist the pull It’s irresistible The urge to fight and prove I’m right is eating away at me Cooler heads will prevail Cooler heads! Cooler heads in between the sheets and I’m counting sheep now It’s shutting now I’m over down What’s in a bed? Lying in a head Dreaming of all the things I’d like for you to do to me You recall the words. That pull me from this world The spell's a lie, it proves the night is slipping away from me Cooler heads will prevail Cooler heads! Cooler heads in between the sheets and I’m counting sheep now It’s over now.
6.
I see the color run from your face from the cocktails in your veins The tap, tap, tap and refrain And you whisper out god’s name Jesus I’m coming home On the wings of an angel On the wings of an angel Cyclone of trash in the wind The smell of decay and the end of existence, now you begin down the trail that leads to hell On the wings of an angel Of an angel You begin to memorize, the ordinary lines appear in the ground opening the door A man is there waving the prize Extraordinary paths await for a price I know I paid. I know I paid. Ooh la la la Ooh la la la
7.
Head west to the setting sun Find out that your mother’s done I’m craving menthol cigarettes We are tied to your childhood stare That face you make when you’re there Is all that’s left to use Time to go, this party sucks now No goodbyes, no looking backwards Time to go, this party sucks now Everyone’s the same, same, same Fly east to the rising sun I could wait, but I’m done digging up these distant memories What proof do you need from there? Some place in your mind impaired Mistranslates every word Every painful melody Make optimists resign Nothing makes sense I don’t speak the jumbled words I can read your face the same Time to go, this party sucks now No goodbyes, no looking backwards Time to go, this party sucks now Everyone’s the same, same, same
8.
12 Steps 02:34
Punch drunk in a fair fight Everyone knows your name Last call, then the bright lights One more then you're gone It's a chemical dream Part of your caustic scene You're built for the high times Unless you're with me 12 steps on the straight line And then you'll be free Step 4 is a strange lie to yourself, binge and rage Last chance then it's step 5 One more then you're gone It's a chemical dream Part of your caustic scene You're built for the high times Unless you're with me 12 steps from the straight line We'll never be free
9.
Come Back 02:45
And I can't breathe Come back to me. As the airplane pulls in position, Come back to me. And the air we breathe at the same time And the chemtrails burning my eyes And the whispers from the passengers Is out of context from the feeling inside Don’t they know that we’re gonna crash? Don’t they know that the snacks, they won't last? And everyone will lose connections Debilitating pain and anguish For a salary that doesn't make ends meet And I can't breathe Come back to me As the airplane pulls in position Come back to me
10.
Wyatt’s a boss! He never lost Standing a foot above every friend Kazuo screams “Leo it seems we never come close to taking him down” Makin a plan Taking a stand Circle him slow and wait for a sign The bell rings loud The time is now The moment passes, then we’re gone You are sun on the sand Beating waves on the sand Wyatt’s a boss! He never lost Standing alone on top of his friends Kazuo screams “Leo it seems we never come close to taking him down” Immovable wall Impossibly tall I take my chance and go for his feet The ring in my ears Sweat and tears The moment passes, then we’re gone You are sun on the sand Beating waves on the sand
11.
The bases are loaded And I'm feeling great I take my place upon home base I swing for the fences and the crowd goes wild I’ve been to Chicago I’ve been to LA I’ve washed my hands and then i shaved my face In the lonely hotel rooms on the road I don’t drink wells it’s only taps The lonely hotel rooms I sit in the back Waiting for the day i go home Don't get me started I want to go home Don't get me started I want to go home Take off from third base slide into home I hit the dirt and feel my shoulder explode My run has ended and the crowd goes wild No more check-ins I miss my planes I lived the dream and then they took it away The deal is done now I want to go home Where has the time gone? Can’t find my hat I hear the nurse whisper “his mind has gone slack” I close my eyes and the diamond appears… Don't get me started I want to go home Don't get me started I want to go home
12.
Coos Bay 03:55
If I could lift up from this space would there something replaced? Some kind of murder? Some kind of waste? If I could lift myself up from this place would I be able to look in your face? Some kind of wonder Some kind of taste Fade back and pass it on Everyone’s the same Siphon my life from the Take it all away I’ll meet you outside when the Earth explodes today Feedback and pass it on Everyone’s the same Siphon my life from the Take it all away I’ll meet you outside when the Chemical dream fades away Chemicals dream cathode ray Chemical dream fades away

about

To understand the history of the Seattle-based rock ‘n’ roll band, Suitcase, is to understand the idea of dualism. Similar to a strand of DNA, the band is a double helix with two sides working in tandem to create the building blocks of something bigger than any single component. Indeed, what began in the mid-90s has since blossomed into something special, but that wouldn’t have been the case without the constant push-and-pull from the band’s central members, Don Farwell and Ed Otto.

The seeds for Suitcase were first planted in 1995 at Washington’s Evergreen State College where Don recruited some musicians to jam, including original member, bassist Sonam Miller. The band’s first shows came in 1996 and while there was much room for the project to grow, there was clear direction. Soon, Don, who was also working on a burgeoning career as a recording engineer at Washington’s Bear Creek Studio, enlisted Ed, the talented musician and songwriter.

“At first, Ed wrote songs but wouldn’t sing them,” recalls Don. “Our first incarnation, he made me sing the songs. But at some point a couple years later, Ed began to sing. He has a really different approach to songwriting. It provided a great blend.”

Many great bands feature a dichotomous core - think: John and Paul in the Beatles, Mick and Keith in The Rolling Stones and Anne and Nancy in Heart. Similarly, Don and Ed provided the necessary two sides of Suitcase’s successful coin.

“We’re best friends,” says Ed, “but that didn’t stop us from getting into arguments in the studio. We pushed each other’s buttons. We had different stylistic points of view but, ultimately, over a long period of time that really worked for us. We learned how to use it.”

Using it meant using their musical acumen with their powers of observation. As the band grew - both in confidence and song catalogue - the players, which included Miller on bass and now Jon Foley on drums, learned how to make space for one another. Space became a major theme for the group. Growth, of course, requires room to spread out and this was crucial for Suitcase as the group zeroed-in on their first EPs and, later, their breakthrough second LP.

Suitcase released their second LP, Lisabeula, in 2001, a collection of 13 songs that bridged the gap between the heavy rock Seattle had come to be known for in the late 20th century and the pretty choruses that would propel it into a new sonic future.

“The album started with me crying in a bar,” remembers Don. “I had been trying to break up the band but I couldn’t do it. So, I said, ‘If we’re going to stay together, we need to make a record.’ And we did.”

The record did more for the band than they could have predicted in their most grandiose daydreams. Seattle’s famed radio station, KEXP, picked up the LP and spun it in rotation. DJ John Richards especially took to it, inviting the band to play a prestigious in-studio on his historic Audioasis radio show. In addition, Suitcase was asked to play to thousands over the airwaves on KEXP’s show, The Live Room.

But the biggest feather in the cap came when R.E.M. guitarist, Peter Buck, singled out the “really good” group after seeing them play live, saying, “Geez, I haven’t seen a band that was unheralded in a long time that I liked.” The shoutout led to high-profile gigs at venues like The Crocodile, The Tractor Tavern and Sit ‘n’ Spin.

A year later, however, the duties and realities of life caught up with Suitcase and the group had to disband in 2002. Both Don and Ed went on to play intermittently with other groups and, later, Don founded his own recording studio, Earwig, in the city’s Wallingford neighborhood. Unbeknownst to Don, however, this professional decision would lead to Suitcase getting back together years later.

In 2017, the band received an opportunity it couldn’t refuse. The new Emerald City-based music festival, Upstream, had asked the band to play a reunion show. The band agreed and though they had to drop out of the festival at the last minute because a severe injury sustained by their drummer, the invitation created the momentum the group needed. Enter the band’s most recent record, Come Back.

The 2019 album picks up where Lisabeula left off but also offers a musical evolution for the four-piece, which now includes Clint Hoyler on bass and Joe Patterson on drums.

“Timing is everything,” says Ed. “Having the chance to make music feels really joyful. I love the creative process. Clint and Joe are so good; it really made me step my game up even further. I didn’t want to let these guys down. There’s no attitude, we’re all on the same page.”

Come Back features several hits, including the ear worm, “This Party Sucks,” a smashing, catching track flouting FOMO and pushing the listener to love what he’s doing rather than jump on the bandwagon of someone else’s joy. Much of Come Back was recorded at Earwig, which has become a community and creative hub for the band. Indeed, Earwig is the launching pad for the future of Suitcase and both Don and Ed couldn’t be more excited for the days, months and years to come.

“We’re getting back to the music,” Don says. “The really cool thing about that is reconnecting with old friends. I remember distinctly what it was like in the 90s and 2000s. Then Ed and I started our families, life happened. Now, though, we’ve come back to the band. We have our sound. Ed and I co-write the songs and we’re ready to share Come Back with our fans before making even more music.”

credits

released October 11, 2019

Suitcase - Come Back

Ed Otto Jr - guitar, vocals, keys and Chromonica
Don Farwell - guitar, vocals, keys and percussion
Clint Hoyler - bass
Joe Patterson - drums

Additional musicians:
Julia Massey - vocals on “Super Knife” and “Coos Bay”
Marian Macapinlac - vocals on “Coos Bay”
Sharon Chang - vocals on “Coos Bay”
James Han - keys on “Super Knife” and “Coos Bay”

All songs written by Don Farwell & Ed Otto Jr

© ℗ Suitcase 2019

Produced, engineered and mixed by Don Farwell at Earwig Studio

Recorded at Earwig Studio & Ed’s Garage
Additional engineering by Ed Otto Jr, Jen Gilleran and Brandon Goh
“This Party Sucks” mixed by Don Farwell & Jen Gilleran

Mastered by Levi Seitz at Black Belt Mastering

Album design by Cara Hoyler

Suitcase logo design and photography by Lance Hofstad

Album sequenced by Sean Moe

Special thanks: Levi Seitz, Brent Lyons, Sean Moe, Sharon Chang, Jen Gilleran, Marian Macapinlac, Julia Massey, Cara Hoyler, Brandon Goh, Lance Hofstad

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