Captains of Industry, Captains of War

by The Successful Failures

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Chesterfield, NJ trio The Successful Failures have perfected their respectable/respected craft on their new fifth LP, Captains of Industry, Captains of War (FDR). Already a dependable, refreshingly honest, smart rock ‘n’ roll band with a first rate singer/songwriter in ageless ex-Dipsomanics leader Mick Chorba, they still seamlessly mix melodic classic power-pop, garage rock, and unaffected rock ’n’ roll with roots-inflected rock and winsome, harmonic pop. And on Captains, Chorba’s stubborn, gripping hooks and thoughtful-as-ever lyrics, Ron Bechamps supple bass and vocal harmonies, and Rob Martin’s powerful pounding feels particularly timeless. It’s an insistent yet smooth attack not unlike The Replacements, Cheap Trick, Superdrag, or contemporary Teenage Fanclub, Sloan, and Nada Surf—and Captains is their finest to date.

—Jack Rabid, editor and publisher, The Big Takeover Magazine

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released October 21, 2014

Ron Bechamps - bass, vocals
Mick Chorba - vocals, guitars
Rob Martin - drums

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The Successful Failures Trenton, New Jersey

With a name borrowed from a Jack London short story, an indie rock work ethic, and a penchant for melody, harmony, and heart- in-your-mouth-foot-on-your-sleeve lyrics The Successful Failures burst onto the scene out of the NJ pinelands in 2006. TSF has released 5 full length CDs full of songs about vikings, armadillos, old cars, murder, prison, fences, and girls. ... more

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Track Name: Stagger Lee & Woodrow Wilson
Stagger Lee & Woodrow Wilson Don’t wait for me. The gate is open. And everybody knows this place is nowhere. It’s time to leave; the chains are broken. You take the underpass. I’ll take the ocean. I think I understand. I think I see. I think I’ve been around enough to believe in what I can see is all around me. Now Stagger Lee and Woodrow Wilson and everybody knows this place is nowhere. It’s time to leave; the lake is frozen. My feet are on the ground, wheels set to motion.
Track Name: Milwaukee
I’m not going to Milwaukee. I’m not going on a daytrip maybe someday. Maybe someday you can hold me up and let me down more slowly now. I’m not going to Milwaukee. I’m not going on a daytrip maybe someday. Maybe someday you can show me how to live my life less low to the ground. How can I expect to win? Just one look will do me in. Oh those blue eyes. Oh those blue eyes. Oh those blue eyes will do me in. I’m not going to Milwaukee. I’m not going on a daytrip maybe someday. Maybe someday I will learn to love the life that was made for me now.
Track Name: Hit the Ground Running
Safe in our shell dug well into the underground I know the crow is waiting. Safe in our shell dug well into the underground outside the world is raging. Way down the line. Way down the line. Oh, we’ll hit the ground running. When the moon is in disguise, we’ll be nestled in the pines. Oh they’ll never see us coming because we’ll hit the ground running. We know too well the hell of this engagement. We know the chance we’re taking. We know too well the hell of this engagement. We know the shell is breaking. Way down the line. Way down the line. Oh, we’ll hit the ground running. We’ll hide in a pocket, then fly like a rocket. Oh they’ll never see us coming because we’ll hit the ground running.
Track Name: 1954
I don’t belong in these here times. I find it hard to be alive. And understanding people’s ways. I have a picture in my mind. I left my glasses in the pew, now I have trouble seeing you. And I hear half of what you say and I have less and less to do with myself let’s get back to. 1954. We could be standing in the door with Uncle Mike home from the war. There could be rabbits in a cage. That’s all I think about these days. The disconnection has begun. Nothing to say to anyone. There is a vacancy in my eyes like I’ve been staring at the sun. The disconnection has begun.
Track Name: Meal Parade (Always Be Around)
The sun will open your eyes and lay you down to sleep.. Before he falls from the sky. I’m in so deep I’ll never rise above the atmosphere. You’ll spread your wings and fly. And I will always be around. The stars will shine on your dreams and show you where to go when you are lost at sea. Shadows will fall and rise and fall and rise again. Channels will change their minds. And I will always be around. The cops will keep the peace and when you’re on the street you will feel the heart of the city beat. Lines that were drawn in the sand will all be washed away. The battle plans will not stand. Tokyo will stay in Japan and the East in L.A. And when you strike up the band I will always be around. In town. I will always be around.
Track Name: Ghost Around Here
People walk right through me. I talk but don’t seem to make a sound. People who once knew me. Don’t seem to know me at all and I feel like a ghost around here. Nobody can hear me. Nobody can say what is on my mind. Nobody comes near me. I feel like I’ve crossed to the other side. I feel like a ghost around here. I listen to my heart at night to know that it is still beating.
Track Name: Falling Out
These are the words that people say. I hear them almost everyday. They’re in the songs that people sing. I am an alien in this world. I do not understand these girls. I don’t know what they want from me. I thought that we were falling in. I thought that I figured this thing out. I thought that we were falling in. We were falling out. I know that history provides stories of how true love has died, but why is it happening to me? I am a prisoner bound in chains. I am held captive in my brain. There are no windows for my eyes to see. I thought that we were falling in. I thought that I figured this thing out. I thought that we were falling in. We were falling out. I thought that we were falling in. It’s everything I think about. I thought that we were falling in. We were falling out. It is a plunge that people take; it’s like a plunge into a lake. It is like falling from a rope swing.
Track Name: Navigation by the Stars
Understanding who you are is equivalently hard to knowing where you stand and navigation by the stars. I think I’ll stay right here and wait for the weather to clear. Understanding who you are is equivalently hard to knowing where you stand and understanding girls. I think I’ll stay right here and wait for the weather to clear. I hear the sound of the city sleep. I feel the roll of the ocean deep and see the faces on the trains. Can you tell me where you stand? No but I can tell you something. Can you tell me who you are? I can’t put that into words. Who are the people on the trains? Same as the people in the cars? How will you get back to Duquesne? Navigation by the stars.
Track Name: Knew Me on Sunday
I was in a pew in my Sunday best when I saw you in your Sunday dress. You were looking at me though the whole LIturgy; I must have been something to see. You knew me on Sunday. Monday came you didn't even know my name. Thinking 'bout Jesus, thinkin' 'bout sin, saw me singing and you joined right in. Paul wrote a letter to the Corinthians and everybody said amen. Amen.
Track Name: O Carolina
O Carolina, I took a fall for you. O Carolina, I know you been untrue. O Carolina, I’m doing time for you. O Carolina, you broke my heart in two. You took all the money. I took all the blame. Still my heart starts drumming at the mention of your name. O Carolina, I don’t know what I’m gonna do. O Carolina, I still love you. O Carolina, I fell into your eyes. O Carolina, I tripped up on your lies. O Carolina, you gave me walls to climb. O Carolina, you taught my soul to pine. Put me in a prison. Sold me down the line. I ain’t no stool pigeon but someday you will find. O Carolina, I dug a hole for you. O Carolina,, I still love you. Played me like a trumpet. Played me like a fool. I won’t stop running ‘till I run into you. O Carolina, I dug a hole for you. O Carolina, I still love you.
Track Name: Sunny in My Head
It’s cold outside but it’s warm in my head cause you’re always on my mind. It’s cold outside but it’s warm in my head and when I find a cold wind blowing I face it knowing there’s a light that’s glowing all the time. It’s raining outside but it’s sunny in my head and everything is right. It’s raining outside but it’s sunny in my head and though I find a cold wind blowing I face it knowing there’s a light that’s glowing all the time. There’s a rainbow in my eyes! It’s sunny outside but it’s raining in my head, raining in my head and I don’t know why. It’s sunny outside but it’s raining in my head, raining in my head and now I find a light that’s fading and a darkness invading. I’m always waiting all the time . There’s a rainbow in my eyes.
Track Name: John Henry
There is work to be done. There are plans to be making. There is work to be done, hands to be shaking. I am just a man I will be replaced by a machine they tell me. I was not meant to hear the songs that they will sing about me. I was not meant to live that long. There is work to be done. Trains to be taking. There is work to be done. Claims to be staking. I am just a man I will be replaced by a machine they tell me. I was not meant to hear the songs that they will sing about me. I was not meant to live that long. Breaking rocks in the sun. No idle hands in the kitchen. We have only begun. We are under revision. I am just a man I will be replaced by a machine they tell me. I was not meant to hear the songs that they will sing about me. I was not meant to live that long.