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  • Streaming + Download

    Pre-order of Saratoga. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    Purchasable with gift card
    releases August 30, 2019

      $10 USD  or more

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    For you vinyl lovers out there - Saratoga on beautiful black 12" vinyl with a varied song sequence to better suit the "Side A" / "Side B" format.

    The album jacket, designed by FDR graphics guru Mike Virok, includes the David Appel photo of the band in the studio on the back and the Tris McCall photo of urban NJ on the cover. It's such a pleasure to see this design in a 12 x 12 format rather than the tiny compact disc - but the real allure here is the beautiful sound of this album on the vinyl. Also included in this order is the 11 x 11 insert / lyric sheet and the SF Beer Tour sticker (designed by freelance artist Jason Kochis).

    The Successful Failures - Saratoga - 12” Vinyl Track Listing

    Side A
    Because We’re Ghosts
    Love You So
    Knoxville Suite
    Oh Dear Mother
    Giving Back the Awards
    In This World
    No White Knight in Knoxville
    Ruby Ruby
    Oh Diane

    Side B
    Disgruntled Bankers
    The Ocean & The Stars
    Already in Two
    Everywhere She Goes It’s Raining
    Where Were You?

    Includes digital pre-order of Saratoga. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
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    digital album releases August 30, 2019
    item ships out on or around August 29, 2019

      $20 USD or more 

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Enjoy the new album on compact disc technology - the eco-wallet packaging, designed by FDR graphics guru Mike Virok, includes the David Appel photo of the band in the studio on the back and the Tris McCall photos of urban NJ on the cover and inside flaps. Also included in this order is the 11 x 11 lyric sheet and the SF Beer Tour sticker (designed by freelance artist Jason Kochis).

    Includes digital pre-order of Saratoga. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    digital album releases August 30, 2019
    item ships out on or around August 29, 2019

      $10 USD or more 

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Ok folks here it is... the ultimate bundle. This is everything we've got to give. Now it's a limited time offer because the vinyl is a limited run - get it while it's hot!. Here's what you get:

    1. Signed copy of Saratoga 12" vinyl record (includes 11 x 11 lyric insert)
    2. Saratoga compact disc in eco-wallet design
    3. The Saratoga 2019 T-Shirt (Next Level Tri-Blend brand soft style T-Shirt - let us know your size and whether you'd like military green or vintage/faded black)
    4. The exclusive SF Beer Tour sticker (designed by freelance artist Jason Kochis)

    Boom!

    Includes digital pre-order of Saratoga. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    digital album releases August 30, 2019
    item ships out on or around August 29, 2019

      $35 USD or more 

     

  • T-Shirt/Apparel

    This "Next Level" Tri-Blend Soft Style T-Shirt features the new 2019 Mike Virok logo as it appears on the Saratoga album. Choose either military green or vintage/faded black.
    ships out within 2 days

      $15 USD or more 

     

  • Full Digital Discography

    Get all 15 The Successful Failures releases available on Bandcamp and save 50%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Saratoga, Ichor of Nettle, Red Bank, Captains of Industry, Captains of War, Pine Hill (4-song EP 2014), Snow Day (Take it Easy), Sea Flowers (single - 2013), Here I Am (2012), and 7 more. , and , .

    Purchasable with gift card

      $39.99 USD or more (50% OFF)

     

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Because We're Ghosts
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03:02
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Ocean and the Stars
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Knoxville Suite
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Ruby Ruby
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Oh Diane
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Already in Two
10.
Everywhere She Goes It's Raining
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Where Were You

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NJ Indie-Rock/Roots band the Successful Failures 7th full length LP, "Saratoga", features 11 new Mick Chorba tunes all about ghosts, mothers, gold stars, and Knoxville. Songs about going back to learn you can never go back. Rock and roll.

if you Google "how to be a successful independent musician" you will likely find the answer is to invest your time into social media promotion. Hours per day. Posting. Posting. And more posting. This NJ band decided to eschew this advice and instead invested their time rehearsing. The 2nd step was to convene in a large studio in Red Bank, NJ with instruments such as guitars and drums. While in this room the band spent several days making some noise, making some music - this recording, titled "Saratoga" is the results. Enjoy.

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releases August 30, 2019

Mick Chorba: lead vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, keyboards
Ron Bechamps: bass guitar, backing vocals
Rob Martin: drums
Pete Smith: electric guitar
Greg Potter: electric guitar, keyboards, backing vocals

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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's 7th album "Saratoga" will drop on 8/30/19. ... more

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Track Name: Love You So
Why don’t we drink until we’ve had our fill?
Why don’t we sleep until we’re tired?
Why do we think we have this time to kill?
Why do we fall into the briar?

Why don’t we wake up when the day is new?
And keep our heads under the covers?
How do we break out of this portmanteau?
And keep our arms around each other?

I love you so, I love you so
I love you so, I want to know
Do you love me so?

Why don’t we stay in this garden grove?
Why don’t we sleep until December?
Why don’t we pray for these days to grow?
Into nights we spend together

I love you so, I love you so
I love you so, I want to know
Do you love me so?
Track Name: No White Knight in Knoxville
Oh my my I’ve been living a lie
Don’t know what the truth is
Oh my my I spent so much time
Living in this state of mind

When just around the corner from me
Is a fresh food market
Just around the corner from me
Is a Taco Bell

But there’s no white knight in Knoxville
No white knight on my street
No white knight in Knoxville
Nobody here but me

Oh my my the Tennessee valley
On a Friday
Oh my my out on Riverside Drive
On a Saturday night

When just around the corner from me
Is a fresh food market
Just around the corner from me
Is a Taco Bell

But there’s no white knight in Knoxville
No white knight on my street
No white knight in Knoxville
Nobody here but me
Track Name: Disgruntled Bankers
I can’t keep myself from the anger
My employment place full of rancor
We sit here like disgruntled bankers
Pulled down like we got weighted anchors
Attached to our legs
Stuck like pegs
In pegboard partitions

I just passed my car inspection
Me new auspicious direction
No flu no viral inspection
The day is new and it feels like perfection
New moonshine, rock steady
All wracked up but never ready

I rely on you,
I never lied to you,
I rely on you,
You can rely on me too

I can’t keep myself from the feeling
Or keep the room from its reeling
I hold on to you for my balance
I’m like the kid who spent his allowance
On baseball cards and gum
I’m just as dumb, as I was
When I was young

I just buried my gut reaction
I married my dissatisfaction
No service no reception
Just me and my new deception
No honeymoon, no travel
The door slams shut just like a gavel

I rely on you,
I never lied to you,
I rely on you,
You can rely on me too

I dropped just like a Catholic
The envelope into the basket
I rise up like a spirit
Am I the only one here who feels it
And I don’t know what’s wrong
It’s just a song that went on for too long