Adventure​:​Us

by Luke Sweeney

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about

a matchbox collection of smoking psych-soul gems cut on two reels of two-inch tape in Brooklyn with the masterful Robin MacMillan (Persephone’s Bees, Shalants) over a series of sessions beginning in September of 2010, this is Luke Sweeney’s first full studio production that yields this response from fellow artists and industry folk:

"Luke Sweeney writes, performs and records psychedelic pop with a rock & roll flair. He does this on his 'Adventure:Us' album, with a miraculous absence of pretense or kitsch. That's because Luke really has his own soulful style and is unconcerned with both trend and tradition. He knows his rock & roll cliches and he uses them when he feels like it, right alongside his own original riffs and chords. Solo artists are often so precious but Luke Sweeney takes himself just seriously enough, resulting in recordings that are both silly and earnest. It disarms me. I'm proud to know him and hope to hear more. Hopefully, he'll have some influence on me."
- Bart Davenport, Los Angeles CA, February 28, 2014

“Adventure:Us is one of those recordings you listen to and instantly know you are going to want to listen to it over and over again. It has that wonderful mixture of accessibility and expert craftsmanship that both invites and rewards repeated listening--thoughtful & wry humor, engaging composition and production, top notch musicianship. In short, nothing less than I've come to expect of Luke and Robin.”
- Antonette Goroch, singer/songwriter; Owner & Agent at La Estrella Group

“Luke Sweeney is a talented songwriter. His music is good on the surface and even better in the depths. Chord changes take unexpected turns. Time signatures switch without a hitch in the pulse. I wish 'Adventure:Us' was already out so I could play it for my friends.
Craig Gotsill -- producer of 'Jessica Pratt'

“'Ether/Ore' is a humble yet confident display of Luke Sweeney's raw talent. The guitar work shines with lo-fi, moody, complex, and catchy twists and turns. One is relaxed and alert simultaneously throughout the record. His voice and chord choices discover emotions unnameable.
Luke's latest record 'Adventure:Us' shows another side. The production puts lyrics and voice in the foreground. You can hear his intelligent blend of humor and sincerity. The instrumentation is carefully woven to cater to each song's feel, with Luke's signature guitar style paving the way. It's a rock record without it being rammed through your ears. You'll come close to comparing it to something you've heard before, but you will end up failing."
- Pat Hull, singer/songwriter/nationally touring musician

“Luke Sweeney's Adventure:Us is his most dense and defined work to date. There might be no better road trip music that I have heard this year. If you are a fan of Big Star, Television or Sweet, Adventure:Us will be your summer jam. The soundscape created by Luke and Robin blanket the listener with a groovy-dreaminess, and the lyrics have a playfully poetic touch. Luke has evolved from a raw garage musician to a composer of top notch pop/rock & roll.”
- Garrett Pierce, singer/songwriter (Crossbill/Narnack Records)

“this stuff is golden. so good. Reminds me of my buddy Mac Demarco!”
- Kyle McEvoy, The Guru (Seagreen Records)

"In recent years, Luke Sweeney has fronted a couple of the Bay Area's finest bands (Vows, Wet Dreams Dry Magic), and I'm a fan of all his musical incarnations. I'll avoid comparisons and just say this new record rallies the true spirit of delightful psychpop tunesmithery and I can't wait to see him perform again as soon as possible!"
- Neil Martinson, DJ & promoter (SMiLE!, The Vortex Room)

"Luke Sweeney's "Adventure: Us" transports the listener into a psychedelic atmospheric bliss. Tracks: "Miss Me" and "Baby Learns to Fly" are personal favorites. Comparisons to Elliot Smith and T-Rex can be made - although, it should be said that Luke is unique talent in his own right."
- Rykarda Parasol, International Singer/Songwriter

“...this stuff is fantastic... The songs are great and the production really compliments them. Per-f@%king-fecto! How do I listen to this every day all day long?”
- Joe Santarpia, sound engineer for Best Coast

"Luke Sweeney's Adventure:Us is a fresh crisp step forward in to well produced folk pop rock.. Sweeney sings on this album with cool beat tenderness and with personal and playful lyrics, accompanied by a hypnotizing voice that that really grabs your attention and tugs on your heart. Adventure:Us will definitely get your feet tapping straight from the start. My favorites are definitely some if not all of the first 6 to 8 songs of the album. Luke Sweeney's Adventure:Us will definitely have everyone talking."
- David Speck, Part Time (Mexican Summer)

credits

released 14 October 2014

All songs written by Luke Sweeney except
* by Luke Sweeney & Robin MacMillan.
Produced by Robin MacMillan
All instrumentation by Luke Sweeney & Robin MacMillan, with additional instrumentation by Jake Silver (bass on tracks 2, 7 & 9; keys on track 11), and additional vocals by Kristen Andreasson

All songs © & Ⓟ 2014 Serious Sailboater Songs (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved.

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Track Name: Sub-Radar Moves
so cool,
like a jet
my head beams seamless
past suits
in the shackles
where they hassle me
for my bliss
and tip tap toe
past the wire traps I go
and it feels so good knowing I'll
do it all for your kiss...
so cool
to pay no mind
my thoughts are making you mine
and sub-radar moves keep me alive

I go deep into dark's mistress
I go deep with my thoughts open wide
and sub-radar moves
I'll stay alive

so cool
I take the hit
but I don't hardly render it
the meters are melted
and so is the silver in the dimes

so cool to pay no mind
my thoughts are making you mine
and sub-radar moves keep me alive

so cool
like a jet
so cool
take the hit
ya
Track Name: Miss Me?
love me girl ‘til the morning
then won’t you wake me when you rise
daylight comes without warning
and you know how I love a surprise

ooh
days are short and I long
to make you smile
ooh
little girl, won’t you miss me for a…

while I’m dressed in a teacup
sipping up pennyroyal tea
stash me inside your purse for a try
I’m a pretty loyal thief

ooh
days are short and I long
to make you smile
ooh
little girl, won’t you miss me?
mm
little girls won’t you miss me...

all the days and nights and in between
I’m alive to entertain your dreams

in a glance we hid a chance to see
what this life would feel like if we were free
oh my darling girl, what can it mean
for this life to feel more like it’s the dream

swinging from your chandelier my dear
and I’m trying to hold on tight
catwalk slip dock, seaside sunshine
heals our vampire bites

ooh days are short and I long
to make you smile
ooh little girl,
won’t you miss me for a while?
Track Name: Spousal Arousal
as you all know
my space ain’t casual
some spousal arousal in the middle of a dinner night
is far out as I go
and I keep the blinds closed
at home or on the go

(it could be a lonely night
again for us…)

there’s horseshit whisperers everywhere
balling up wads of conclusion
spit out into the pollution
stupefying our very air
go on - change the channel!
see if I care

(it could be a lonely night
again for us
unless we go on to get
adventurous)

a love poem and some rave ideas
we get it going on our best Ikeas
our lungs intake the vapor
and minutes later
we’re back to nature
it’s as if I’ve just been born!

man, it got so hot (uh)
like a spanish soap opera
or a danish soft porn
hope to offer up some more in the near future
if you think it’s something that might sutra

capsules to unwind
castles to un-find
blood is thicker than the night is long…

it could be a lonely night
again for us
unless we go on to get
adventurous
Track Name: Open Those Savage Eyes*
open those savage eyes

well, I know one thing
if I can’t seduce you
I’ll do my thing,
do my best to amuse you tonight
(can’t promise paradise
but if you hold my hand
I’ll get you to…)

open those savage eyes

we hit a cafe,
play the bourgeois
you’ve got good intellect,
my instincts say
you’re calling collect
(I don’t think we’re getting any closer to each other ‘til we uh…)

open those savage eyes

now you see it
our world is temporary
we’re gonna leave it someday
so don’t you go & play it so safe!
Track Name: Something Bleu
don’t say goodnight
thrill me one more time
don’t say goodnight
threw me, right through me
don’t say goodnight
thrill me one more time

and I won’t ask you for more..

stay with me girl
the evening’s for makebelieving
the day’s been long
unraveled and so revealing
oh, I get a restless feeling
just when you might be leaving

don’t say goodnight
thrill me one more time
don’t say goodnight
threw me, right through me, girl
don’t say goodnight
through me, right through me...

you’re cold
and this whole beach is frozen
and there are no words I can find in your dictionary
to describe what it is you are feeling
but I know this, I know this
I want this: one more kiss

so please…

don’t say goodnight
thrill me one more time
don’t say goodnight
threw me, right through me
don’t say goodnight
one more time
Track Name: That's How My Baby Learned To Fly
big wedding day so bright with color
and I look above her to discover
the moon and its crooked smile
down the aisle I hear laughter
while I mix a recipe for disaster
and drink it from her vile
(ooh)

that’s how my baby learned to fly

inside the church she kissed my altar ego
her lips stained the glass of our disciples
who tried their best to cry
the tables set, the clink of crystal
children squirm from laps to whistle
the moment of escape is nigh
(ooh)

la dah dah da da dah, da da dah
that’s how my baby learned to fly
Track Name: Boombox
well now,
some days start with a spark of light
other days start and I wait for the dark of night
if I should go missing
you know where I’ll be found...
with my boombox

a broken heart ain’t no thing to me
there’s people I know who’ll fix it for free
I’m going to get to them,
and tune in to the sound
of my boombox

beloved boombox

you know I’ll be listening
one ear to my boombox
beloved boombox
Track Name: Doin' It To You
them dumb-luck boys
they’ll be making noise
down in the studio
it’s no funeral
coffin up quarters
like there’s no such thing as time
within these borders
why be miserable?
you makebelieve
that something somewhere is
doing this to you

doin’ it to you
you want an enemy?
look babe, now it ain’t me
you’re doing this to you
doin’ it to you
you want apology
it’s your psychology
you’re doing this to you

you could get lucky too
yes it could happen to you
if you don’t turn your head,
focus on an ugly dread
you know I’ll give you more
than I give myself
but you’ve got to get into love,
don’t leave it on the shelf

don’t let the day all go to ruin
think of it babe - only good things I’d be doing for you

doin’ it to you
you want an enemy?
look babe, now it ain’t me
you’re doing this to you
doin’ it to you
you want apology
it’s your psychology
you’re doing this to you

lost in the world
caught in a spur
kicked in the teeth
all by yourself
nobody else
who will you cheat?

doin it to you
you want an enemy?
look babe, now it ain’t me
your doing this to you
doin’ it to you
you want good energy
that’s what I’m offering
you’re doing this to you

doin’ it doin’ it doin’ it doin’ it
doin’ it doin’ it doin’ it doin’ it to you
Track Name: Sympathy For The Night
how do you do it, sweet babe?
dance away those brain cells, burning bright
oh, it’s alright

I lose sleep in my bed
how’s she get so made up for the night?
oh, it’s alright

well I know wrong from my right
and I don’t feel no sympathy for the night
no, it’s alright

hold on sweet babe
quick on your feet
your ears will ring
with the sounds of the street!

I see the sun getting thin
but it’s burning deep within us tonight
oh it’s alright
Track Name: New Sentiment For Life
I stayed up drinking with my thoughts all night
to see you come into another light
and with her roses she composes
new sentiment for life

now I’m drinking just to get myself drunk
the ship was sinking and now it’s done
and with her roses she composes
new sentiment for life

(aaaaaaaaahhhh)

with her roses she composes
new sentiment for life

(aaaaaaaaahhhh)
Track Name: Lap Of The Gods
we’ve played with karma long enough
seeking answers in the laps of Goudes
now what have we got?
and can we
escape this drama to partake in the dharma of song
dedicate it to love - a song that lives above the mystery

go find that diamond in the rough
it’s been shining in meditative lust
ooh, it must be love
it could be
it has been hiding 'hind the writing on the wall
we hear the call… we’ve known it all along now

swim in the lapse of the gaudes
sit in the lap of the gods