Broken Distance

by Sutro

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If the electronic indie-pop band SUTRO had one goal with the quartet’s new full-length album, it was to up the energy level — from downtempo to, well, midtempo. But the band had far more than one goal. It wanted to up the game overall, with more fully realized songs, richer melodies and production, and a bolder sound. And with the assistance of producer Joe Chiccarelli (Beck, Spoon, Morrissey, The White Stripes), SUTRO has made good on its plans.

The album inhabits a sonic territory, a genre-inclusive zone, where everything from electronic, to indie, to pop can hang out on the same street corner and harmonize — part live-band drive, part DJ sensibility — and the splendid tension of the music is listening to that hybrid, that graft, come to fruition. You can hear the digital sheen in all the songs — think Metric or Phantogram - with the deep, rhythmic pulse in the programming of lead singer TYLER STONE and the studio-as-instrument work of keyboardist JESSE GAY. KEENAN WAYNE's complex, melodic bass lines do more than just hold down the roots, while Guitarist PATRICK HINDS’ textural elements can often seem more like a synthesizer.

With Tyler as the siren in the machine, SUTRO makes music for and about relationships. And for all its emotionally dark underpinnings, the new release manages to stake out its own patch of sunlight. Part of that sunniness is the resilience of Tyler’s vocals — that as bad as things might get, there is always a new day, a new romance, a new song.

credits

released February 10, 2015

Produced by: Tyler Stone, Jesse Gay and Joe Chiccarelli
Recorded and engineered by: Jesse Gay, Tyler Stone
Additional recording by: Brad Kobylczak and Jim Paulos
Recorded at: PDXstudio, PDX, DECOY Studio, SF/PDX, Studio 880, Oakland, CA, Skull Island ,SF
Mixed by: Jesse Gay, Tyler Stone, Joe Chiccarelli
Mixed At: PDXstudio, Portland, OR
Mastering: Michael Romanowski, SF
Lyrics: T. Stone
Music written and composed by: T. Stone, P. Hinds, K. Williams, J. Gay

Vocals and programming: Tyler Stone
Keyboard, programming, lap steel guitar: Jesse Gay
Guitar: Patrick Hinds
Bass: Keenan Wayne

Additional musicians:
*Live Drums: Joe Mengis
†Trumpet: Nick Phillips

Cover Art:
Art Direction and layout: Patrick Hinds
Photography: Scott May
Photography assistant: Liz Morgan
Hair and Make-up: Kristi Hamlet
Hair and makeup assistant: Laura Brown
Wardrobe: Elizabeth Dye
Model: Jordyn Bateman

Special thanks:
Joe Chiccarelli, Michael Romanowski, Michael Cogliantry, Jen Cogliantry, Pander Brothers, Jordyn Bateman, Anna Bateman, Scott May, Liz Morgan, Elizabeth Dye, Kristi Hamlet, Nick Phillips, Joe Mengis, Marc Weidenbaum, Jackson Haring, Dawn Beachnau, Larry Gay, Robert Williams, José Cabaço, Dave Sanford, Ronnie Reynolds, Kristin Kurens, Marmoset Music, Veronica Rose, Adam Katz, Jillian Rabe, Jeff Straw, Jen Bontusa, Bruno Ybarra, Jason Marziotto, Robb McDaniels, OZ McGuire, INgrooves Team, Chris Horgan - Pandora, Gustav – 94.7 KNRK, Amber Sweeney – PRP fm, Tim Quigley - Groovera, Rusty - SOMA FM, Mike Jones - AtoZ Media, Brett Crockett, Karmacoda, Jim Paulos, Return to Mono, Paolo Salvagione, Jennifer Berry, CD Baby, Tom Stenerson - Tidepool Audio, West Coast Live, MusicianLink, PDX Spotlight, Ana Ammann - Oregon Music News, Annette Zuzio, Roman Wells, Rick Gasparini, Michel Delorme, Marciano Agabon, Rob Sample, Betsy Stark Miller, Beacon Sound, Doug Epstein, Catherine Haley Epstein, Collin Smith, Brent Casey - PMI Audio, The Recording Academy, and all of our families and friends who lent their unwavering support and ears to the creation of this album. xo

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Sutro Portland, Oregon

Sutro is an indie electronic pop band that blends "...the perfect balance of beats, atmospheric electronic elements and accessible pop song writing.”, says producer Joe Chiccarelli, who helped shape the sound of their current album, Broken Distance. Tyler Stone's haunting vocals float effortlessly over a thick bed of programmed drums, fat analog synths, effected guitars and melodic baselines. ... more

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Track Name: Afterglow
You get inside of my head
Like memories that I never had
So familiar yet
The words are unspoken

It isn’t like me to beg
but my anticipation‘s tightly wound
Slowly melting down
It’s better than broken

So don’t take
Don’t take it away from me
It’s like it was meant to be
It’s all I could ever see

So don’t take
Don’t take it away from me
I’ve been waiting so patiently
Feels like an eternity

You come and go as you please
You play with my integrity
In the afterglow
You’re making me over

It’s not that I don’t believe
Cause everyday is shiny new
Like a residue
It covers me over

So don’t take
Don’t take it away from me
It’s like it was meant to be
It’s all I could ever see

So don’t take
Don’t take it away from me
I’ve waited so patiently
Feels like an eternity

Fleeting moments
Drifting in and out of place
They shine and fade
Future pleasures
Seem so distant but so close
They come and go
They come and go
Oh

Don’t take
Don’t take it away from me
So don’t take
Don’t take it away
Hey
Don’t take
Don’t take it away from me
So don’t take
Don’t take it away from me
Track Name: Anxious
Bundle of nerves
It’s so absurd
Locked up inside
Taking a ride through my deliberation
It’s got me working overtime

Put on the spot
Ready or not
Tail in a spin
I can’t begin to know my expectation
Waiting for a chance to win
I’m staring at the world from underneath my skin

And I twist and I turn
And I crash and I burn
Seems the more I give the less I know myself
It’s like living everyday as someone else

Caught in a dream
It’s so obscene
Playing the pawn
Blaming it on my over saturation
I’m stuck until the break of dawn

Keeping the pace
Running in place
Hoping to find
Where I can climb out of my desperation
And try on something more sublime
A breath of summer air in the wintertime

And I twist and I turn
And I crash and I burn
Seems the more I give the less I know myself
It’s like living everyday as someone else

Bundle of nerves
It’s so absurd
Now I can see
How there can be so many stipulations
Embedded in the fantasy
Just keep it close but
Never quite within my reach
Track Name: Goldrush
Everyday I follow my pride
I jump in and take it in stride
I wanna’ go where the rich boys go
Take me through the back door let me see the show

You’ve got a silver spoon
And a golden smile
When you walk in the room
Every head turns just to check out your style

Oh, oh, oh you’re sweeter than gold
Yeah I shouldn’t but ‘cha know
Oh, oh, oh so gimme some more
X2

I live my life on guilty pleasures
My good looks and your treasures
I’m the girl your mother warned you about
It’s my dirty little secret and I’ll never let it out

I want a silver spoon
And a Gucci smile
And you can fill the room
With every little thing that a girl could desire

Oh, oh, oh you’re sweeter than gold
Yeah I shouldn’t but ‘cha know
Oh, oh, oh so gimme some more
X2

Oh oh, oh oh , etc
Track Name: Feels Like Yesterday
Quiet nights of contemplation
Growin’ weeds inside my mind
Broken days of desparation
Feelin’ like I’m left behind

Sometimes it seems just like a photograph
And I’ve been here all this time
Tryin’ to figure out what’s mine
You would think I would know

It feels like yesterday, It feels like yesterday
It feels like yesterday, all over again
It feels like yesterday, It feels like yesterday
It feels like yesterday, all over again

Glory days that I remember
Midnight sky lit up so bright
Through the haze of mid September
Falling star turned out the light

Sometimes it seems just like a photograph
And I’ve been this way before
But I couldn’t say for sure
You would think I would know

It feels like yesterday, It feels like yesterday
It feels like yesterday, all over again
It feels like yesterday, It feels like yesterday
It feels like yesterday, all over again

Over and over and over and over again
Over and over and over and over again
Over and over and over and over again
Over and over and over and over again

It feels like yesterday, It feels like yesterday
It feels like yesterday, all over again
It feels like yesterday, It feels like yesterday
It feels like yesterday, all over again
Track Name: Sweeten the Deal
I got a feeling that I need a modification
And everybody says, you gotta’ take your time
It isn’t like I haven’t looked in the mirror
But everybody says, it’s gonna’ be just fine

But my heart is miles away
Over welcomed by the stay
Got to find a better place for my affection

And I gotta’ get out gotta’ get out get out of here
And if you would come with me
That would sweeten the deal
And I gotta’ get out gotta’ get out get out of here
And if you would come with me
That would sweeten the deal

Oh oh oh, oh oh oh, oh oh oh, oh oh oh

Chasing dreams, got off on the wrong track
Chasing dreams, gonna’ have to pedal back
Didn’t mean to ambush my direction

And the world keeps moving at a rapid pace
And I’m displaced, I’m displaced
Have I fallen out of grace with my intention

Chorus – ohs x2

And every day, I wonder, I wonder
If it’s the place, I wonder, I wonder
Every day, I wonder, I wonder
Is it the place or is it me

Chorus
Track Name: Heaven
They say in heaven we will find
What we’ve been looking for
And…they say we’ll open up our minds
And let our spirits soar

A place where time does not exist
Our hearts are filled with happiness
And everywhere I turn I see
A little bit of you and me
You and me

Chorus
‘Cause you, you are, my heaven
Right here next to me
And you, you are, my heaven
That’s where I want to be
You are my heaven, you are my heaven, you are my heaven
You are my heaven, you are my heaven, you are my heaven

You’ve made what seemed to be a dream
Become reality
And, you’ve taken all the fear away
And given love to me

And standing here in front of you
My eyes can only see the truth
And everywhere I turn I see
A little more of you and me
You and me

Chorus

Now I know the way to love is through your heart
Now I know the way to love is through your heart
Now I know the way to love is through your heart
Through your heart…

Chorus
Track Name: Bookends
Bookends – holdin’ it together when I’m fallin’ apart
Pretend - like I know the ending from the very start

Baby don’t stop you just gotta’ believe x3
Again

Bookends – holdin’ it together when I’m fallin’ apart
Pretend - like I know the ending from the very start

Baby don’t stop you just gotta’ believe x3
Again

Copin’ feeling like it’s over when it’s just begun
Hopin’ that I wasn’t loosin’ when I’d already won

Baby don’t stop you just gotta’ believe x3
Again
Baby don’t stop you just gotta’ believe x3
Again

Falling I’m stalling I can’t stand my ground
Inside I’m outside I’m lost and I’m found
Holding on tight but I want to let go
Deeper and out of control
To the other side

Bookends – holdin’ it together when it’s up in the air
Pretend – like there’s something missing when it’s already there

Baby don’t stop you just gotta’ believe x3
Again
Baby don’t stop you just gotta’ believe x3
Again
Track Name: The Chase
I got to get back to the place
I got to get back to the place
I don’t know why
I want to chase the butterfly

I got to get back to the place
I got to get back to the place
I don’t know why
I want to chase the butterfly

Move so slowly
It’s as though we
can’t begin to try
try to chase the butterfly

I got to get back to the place
I got to get back to the place
I don’t know why
I want to chase the butterfly

I got to get back to the place
I got to get back to the place
I don’t know why
I want to chase the butterfly

I’ve been waiting
Circulating
In between my time
Time to chase the butterfly
Before I die, Got to chase the butterfly
I don’t know why, Got to chase the butterfly

It’s astounding, all around me
Like a light, I begin to shine
Got to chase the butterfly

I don’t know why, got to chase the butterfly
Before I die, got to chase the butterfly
I don’t know why – chase the butterfly
Before I die – chase the butterfly
Track Name: Surrender
I can make it through until tomorrow
on my own
Caught between the darkness and the sorrow
‘til it’s gone

There’ll be no celebration
not like yesterday
‘cause my imagination’s
faded away

Surrender

Life is so much bigger than we know it
It’s untold
Kinda’ takes your breath away to see
it unfold

There’s no resolution
There’ll be no guarantee
That I’ll find restitution
inside of me

Surrender
Track Name: Killing Time
Killing time
What’s yours is mine
Draw the line
It’s all justified

Killing time
Look for the sign
Wait for sunrise
To appear

It’s over my head
It’s over my head
Are we better off dead than alive?

Killing time
No sign of life
I know what I have to do

It’s over my head
It’s over my head
Are we better off dead than alive?

Break

It’s over my head
It’s over my head
Are we better off dead than alive?