Social Obligations

by Grism

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Grism is an entity developed when Zachary Lint kept writing rock songs that didn’t seem to fit into the world of his alter-ego Coolzey. Iowa City friends and Public School Records label-mates Rachel Feldmann and Kate Kane from Lipstick Homicide and Grace Locke-Ward from Petit Mal joined forces with our protagonist to breath life into a debut venture: Social Obligations. If the umbrella of Coolzey is much wider, covering ground from true-school hip hop, 4-track indie rock and blues, alt-country and pop that ranges in style from Beck to Kanye West, Social Obligations provides a sharper focal point musically, dwelling in a decidedly straightforward rock and roll that could only have existed between 1990 and the present, inhabiting areas between Superchunk and Nirvana, between Built to Spill and Bikini Kill. Over the past two years the album was recorded at Flat Black Studios in Iowa City and mastered by Carl Saff in Chicago, and amazing Bay Area artist Jennifer Hennesy finished the artwork at the close of 2011 to complete the product. Grism toured America in the summer of 2011 released two video singles from the album on Youtube. Both videos were shot by Geoff Boothby and edited by Jason Hennesy. The video for Number One was staged inside the legendary Iowa City Mill and features a cast of locals who showed up for free hot wings and beer. The split video takes place insides Zach’s current remodel project in southeastern Iowa. Grism - Social Obligations was released July 30th, 2012 on Bandcamp and a limited run of 100 CDs.

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released 30 July 2012

Zachary Lint - guitar and vox
Grace Locke-Ward - drums and vox
Rachel Feldmann - bass and vox
Kate Kane - guitar and vox
additional players:
Clayton Schunneman - guitar on 2 + 3
Jason Hennesy - guitar on 4 + 11
Brendan Spengler - keys on 5

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Coolzey Los Angeles, California

Coolzey is here for your listening pleasure. We got hip hop, rock and roll, pop, punk, lo-fi, blues, you name it. We got big songs, small songs, fancy songs, shitty songs, songs for a rainy day, songs for your graduation or wedding ceremony. We write songs of all genres like the way Beck, The Beastie Boys, Outkast, and Ween do to name a few influences. We also refer to ourselves in the 3rd person. ... more

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Track Name: Invoking Mr. Robinson
You come walking back to me
Walk slow
You come walking back to me
Walk slow
Walk slow my baby
Walk slow my baby
Walk slow my baby

You come driving back to me
Drive slow
You come driving down my street
Drive slow
Drive slow my baby
Drive slow my baby
Drive slow my baby
Track Name: 2 Long 2 L8
I can't remember one damn thing from all the books and reading
If I remember anything it's don't get caught believe
Don't count the days since we did that
Please I don't want to know
Who's keep score who's keeping track
While I'm still at zero
and those

Who knows
The pain
Is getting to be fun
A rose
A train
A pack of chewing gun
Two bros
Cocaine
A loaded fucking gun
There goes
My brain
From staring at the sun
Too long
Too late

You should have seen my humble face when the judge caught me cheating
They took me back behind the barn beat me and left me bleeding
They were my dudes they were my mates
They were my fucking bros
Why so much booze why so much hate
I guess I had to go back home

Who knows
The pain
Is getting to be fun
A rose
A train
A pack of chewing gun
Two bros
Cocaine
A loaded fucking gun
There goes
My brain
From staring at the sun
Too long
Too late
Track Name: T.R.O.A.C.U.T.A.W.
Our lord awaiteth once again my friend
And so we wait and so we wait
Prepare the table with the heads of men
Open the goat open the gate cus

When all the days are done
And Satan's on the mend
We'll rise again
The rock of ages calls upon the ancient wind

We decorated the house just for him
Painted the walls with blood
and filled the chandeliers with gin
Five pointed star on the door just for him
Just so he knows that he can come right in cus

When all the days are done
And Satan's on the mend
We'll rise again
The rock of ages calls upon the ancient wind

And in the night out in the park
Something will rustle in the dark
And in the town at someone's home
They'll hear a strange noise on the phone
And in the woods out in the night
The forest creatures run and hide
And out of town out on a road
Someone that's driving sees a ghost
And in the church a mist will creep
Killing the preacher in his sleep
And out of town out on a farm
Something will rise out of a pond
Into the sky spreading his wings
His holy majesty our king
Has come to feast upon the earth
To mark his unholy rebirth
It never came it never went
Track Name: Relentless
Without a hope and left alone to cope, I always hoped I'd be relentless. I cut the rope and I fell into the world. Little did I know that it would be relentless.

Well I got a job and I couldn't take it to long but like it or not I kept on looking for a shortcut. I found a girl but I don't think she believes me. My head's in a whirl. I'm having trouble sleeping and eating.

I need a loop on guitar or MPC on repeat so I can sleep. Relentless. If I should die I would hope to stay that way. Otherwise life would always stay relentless.

Well I read a book and it seemed to contain what I'm after but on second look I couldn't find that particular chapter. I took some drugs and I had some revelations but they didn't stick so I wrote this song and it seemed to do the trick.
Track Name: Everything I Wanted
For a little while
I thought I had everything I wanted
For a little while
Every house seemed to be haunted
From place to place
I couldn't shake this feeling that
I was being chased
Away from my dreams

For a little while
I thought that I found something that was true
and by your smile
I thought that that something was you
But then it died
and someone picked me up and I just
Crawled back up inside
and waited for my dreams to take me

When I woke up
Everything I wanted was gone
Track Name: Me After You
All of the time
All of the wasted avenues
Left it all in my mind
Don't wanna sift through the manure
My shady heaven
Is easily taken over
My lazy heaven
Is easily painted over too

All in my face
With all your precious memories
You like to sift through the waste
And pick out a special piece to keep
I'm crazy aren't I?
Because I just keep on going
Just call me crazy
I couldn't possibly care less

I chase you down with broken legs so I can pay
Me after you
My ride is waiting I can't wait not like I got
Fuck else to do
My mind can't take this kind of grace
Do anything you ask me to
I'd like to make the same mistake
I'm on my way
Me after you
Track Name: All Night
I know I'll never tell
They'll never know because I'll never tell
Hello
I'm faring well
We'll never know though
Cus you're not yourself

And I know that it will go all night

How long have I been in this cell
I'll never know because they'll never tell
Our song I knew so well
Could not remember the words anymore
And it totally surprised me when you said
Oh well

And I know it will go all night

Oh my god I said oh my lord
How many times have I been here before
Oh my lord I said Jesus Christ
I never felt so goddamn good in my life
Track Name: Winter Ale
No time for innocence
I been asleep for a minute or so
No time for common sense
This goes to fast for that
Or didn't you know
More wine more punishment
Punishment for drawing pictures of those
My time has been well spent
Making friends getting in pictures to pose

I got elected
I went to jail
I got infected
I will not fail
My crew defected
I stopped getting mail
This film's directed
By winter ale

My time is penitence
But in a sense all I do is indulge
My crime is being open
To whichever way the situation may go
More lights more camera
Action now come on and bring it in close
This business takes stamina
That's why I brought my
Oh didn't you know?

I got elected
I went to jail
I got infected
I will not fail
My crew defected
I stopped getting mail
This film's directed
By winter ale
Track Name: Number One
ZACH

Inside out and over again
You put the upside down and you push on the end and
a million entertainers are filling their containers
with the leftover scraps from the buffet table and
I'm a million and one
Spit the old gold mantra from the diffident sun
The indifferent one
til you try to take it back
then you have em at attention

Of all the crazy things we've done this has to rank as number one

Well I found out that it's over again
and I'm not surprised no I never have been
and all the stone cold miners
nineteen forty-niners
couldn't put my ass back together again
Hail the prodigal son
He only came home just to get his gun
It's time to settle the score
but they keep on coming back
cus the policy's open door

GRACE

It's not our time
We don't wanna wait in line
I don't wanna drink the wine

Of all the crazy things we've done this has to rank as number one.
Track Name: Blood of Men
I'm ready
You're not
You're not into the riffs I've got
You're ready
So what
I'm watching cartoons
I'm ready
You're not
You're sick of the clothes you bought
I actually think that
They're cool
The moon decides your mood
You brood
I chill
I'm not ready to get ill
You're ready
Cus you're drunk
My battleship is fucking sunk

Hello I'm back again
and I expect your attention
Hello I'm back again
and I'm hungry for the
Blood of Men

You're dead
Oh boy
I see you've come back to destroy
I am so scared
Could you pass me the lawn chair
So how have you been?
Oh I forgot
You're not my friend
Hey those are my feet
That you're beginning to eat

Hello I'm back again
and I expect your attention
Hello I'm back again
Concealing a six foot skeleton
Hello I'm back again
Expect to lose
I expect to win
Hello I'm back again
and I'm hungry
Track Name: You Won't Feel a Thing
I got this sound I love
The kind that makes me
Smile and cry at the same time
I wrote some words I thought would make you smile

Come to the show my friend
My favorite band
I'm all set to go
I've got my beer in my hand

But when they start you go outside to smoke and drink

I've got this place I go
Where I can be at peace
Oceans and gravestones
I tried to take you there
So maybe you could see what I could see

Don't worry pretty baby you won't feel a thing