Monochrome

by July For Kings

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    "Curiously introspective Rock with a slick, positive spin"
    -Cincinnati Citybeat Magazine

    July For Kings return with a crisper, modern sound. Eleven carefully crafted songs from relentlessly melodic frontman Joe Hedges are tastefully accompanied by band members Brian Ives (bass), Dan McQuinn (drums), and John McGuire (guitar).

    July For Kings walk a tightrope. The songs on Monochrome are at once intimate vignettes of mid-western American life and arena rock singalong anthems. Hedges' lyrics balance angst with introspection; sadness with positivity. Monochrome balances expansive, lush soundscapes with stripped down acoustic guitars; youthful yearning with mature introspection; and rough-at-the-edges grunge rock with perfectly resolving pop melodies. This is an experienced band in their prime.

    July For Kings, or "JFK" for short, first achieved success in 2002 with their album "SWIM" released on MCA Records. The first single "Normal Life" received airplay on stations all over the US including #1 most requested on Las Vegas KMBX, garnering national media attention from Billboard Magazine, Rolling Stone, and InStyle and landing the band national tours with Muse, Collective Soul, The Counting Crows, The Calling, etc. In 2005 July For Kings released the seven-song follow-up, Nostalgia. In its first week Nostalgia was the #1 most purchased album at CDbaby.com, the largest online retailer of independent music in the world.

    After a break to record and release his solo album "Curvature", singer/songwriter Joe Hedges began working on another July For Kings release. Hedges united new guitarist John McGuire and bassist Brian Ives with July For Kings drummer Dan McQuinn and set out to make Monochrome in 2007. "I had new songs and all these songs that didn't fit on Curvature because I felt they were too rock or too straight forward." Hedges explains, "I needed an outlet for my more accessible stuff, and we had all these JFK songs from over the years that were never properly recorded. All the sudden I was thinking about 18 songs and trying to narrow it down."

    Hedges describes the album as more upbeat than their last album, Nostalgia. "This record is really about us trying to carve out a new sound that relates to our past albums but that is more modern and fresh. Overall the mood is more upbeat, more positive, and more mature." Although the album is best described as rock, there are several short detours into pop, blues, and even country, as the band shows off their songwriting and production prowess.

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July For Kings third studio release Monochrome.

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released June 28, 2009

July For Kings is:
Joe Hedges - vocals, guitar
John McGuire - guitar
Brian Ives - bass
Dan McQuinn - drums

Produced by July For Kings except:
"Say It Now" produced by Andy Ellis and Joe Hedges

All songs written by Joe Hedges (c) 2009 Machines & Dreams (BMI)

Recorded by Joe Hedges, Frank Charlton, and John McGuire except:
"Say It Now" recorded by Andy Ellis and Joe Hedges
"Emma" recorded by Eric Stewart, Joe Hedges, and John McGuire

Recorded in Joe's basement in Erlanger, KY and J-Mac Sound Studios in Cincinnati, OH except:
"Say It Now" recorded at Clear Lake Audio in Los Angeles, CA, The Red Room Studios in Los Angeles, CA and in Joe's basement.
"Emma" recorded at Refraze Studios in Dayton, OH, J-Mac Sound Studios in Cincinnati, OH and in Joe's basement.

Mixed by John McGuire at J-Mac Sound Studios except:
"Blue" mixed by Joe Hedges in his basement
"Say it Now" mixed by Andy Ellis at Andy's on the 7th Floor in Los Angeles, CA

T Miller played guitar on "Six Hour Drive", "Like A City", "Roses", "Sam", and "Blue"; sang background vocals on "Houses Made of Stained Glass" and "Six Hour Drive"; and played cello on "Falling (How Do I?)"
Drew Phillips played bass on "Like A City", "Roses", and "Six Hour Drive"
Frank Charlton played guitar on "Houses Made of Stained Glass"
Adam Sabin played bass on "Emma"
Michael Miley played Drums on "Say It Now"
Amy Hedges sang background vocals on "Sam"

Mastered by Blumpy

Photos, Art Direction and Design by Joe Hedges
Band Photos by Melissa Marentay Walters
Left to right: John McGuire, Joe Hedges, Brian Ives, and Dan McQuinn

Thanks to Frank Charlton, Blumpy, Eric Stewart, Craig Baron, and Melissa Marentay Walters for supporting us and helping to make this album happen. Thanks to T Miller and Drew Phillips for your friendship and musical contributions. Special thanks to our families, friends, and fans for enabling and encouraging us to keep making music.

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Track Name: Houses Made of Stained Glass
here when the sun comes out
it comes out blue
you’re that lucky hard to read
looks good on you
how will we talk out here
with all these spies
walking through the parking lot
with all these stars in our eyes

we live in houses made of stained glass
it’s no place to hide from all that dark past

it’s hard to know the truth in black and white
your world is all rainbows
everywhere the pain goes
the floor dances too

scratching on the paper sounds
like x-ray ribs
anything you want from me
you know i’ll give
can you see the skyline now
how far is close
hard to keep the wrong words down
but i won’t choke

we live in houses made of stained glass
no place to hide from all that dark past

it’s hard to know the truth in black and white
your world is all rainbows
everywhere the pain goes
the floor dances too

it’s hard to know your waking from your dreams
your phantom from someone
you’re changing where you see from
615 blue
the sun shines on you

shining on a green sea
our bodies laid across but i
i don’t want to fall in love
with every single thing i see
waves are crushing down down down

it’s hard to know the truth in black and white
your world is all rainbows
everywhere the pain goes
the floor dances too

it’s hard to know your waking from your dreams
your phantom from someone
you’re changing where you see from
615 blue
the sun shines on you
Track Name: Say It Now
Sooner or later it’s coming all out
Pieces of paper fall from my mouth
How many sleepless hours I lie?
Sooner or later it’s gonna be fine

Am I here tonight?
If you're gonna say it, say it now
If you're gonna say it, say it now
Hover around the light
Tell me something right

I'm in the water, you're on the land
Silence is fodder for sharks in the sand
change in the weather, holes in my sides
I'm feeling tethered, you're in the sky

Am I here tonight?
If you're gonna say it, say it now
If you're gonna say it, say it now
Hover around the light
Tell me something good tonight
If you're gonna say it, say it now
If you're gonna say it, say it now
Hover around the light
Tell me something right

Oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh

Sooner or later you're out on your own
You're a creator, I'm in the stone

Am I here tonight?
If you're gonna say it, say it now
If you're gonna say it, say it now
Hover around the light
Tell me something good tonight
If you're gonna say it, say it now
If you're gonna say it, say it now
Hover around the light
Tell me something good tonight
If you're gonna say it, say it now
If you're gonna say it, say it now
If you're gonna say it, say it now
If you're gonna say it, say it now
Track Name: Fighting Fire
gin and tonic sweet and sour
smoke-jumping through these stars

lost some silver found a flower
today is good so far

could it be warm?
how would i know if you’re lying?
come on in the water’s fine

through metal tunnels legs get sore
dislocated hearts and doors
our love is freer than your reins
we’ve river water in our veins
we’re fighting fire in our dreams

just like that the rain did stop
i think our life is charmed

like god reached down and turned it off
with a sunbeam of an arm

could it be warm?
what if i trust you this time
come on in the water’s fine

through metal tunnels legs get sore
dislocated hearts and doors
our love is freer than your reins
we’ve river water in our veins
we’re fighting fire in our dreams

a twist of lime a couple hours
someone else can drive this car

through metal tunnels legs get sore
dislocated hearts and doors
our love is freer than your reins
we’ve river water in our veins
we’re fighting fire in our dreams
Track Name: Six Hour Drive
i said I've been thinkin' about Memphis
i know you don't like Catfish
we could learn about Elvis
sit back and see the nines roll over
200,000 miles to show for
this old car
this guitar
and this new summer

come on, come on

we'll make a six hour drive through Tennessee
i don't believe the car survived
did it understand my master plan?
to have you next to me
if only temporarily
no work, or place to be
just one last six hour drive

we left about three o'clock Friday
it started getting cooler when night came
along the Appalation highway
it start raining with the windows stuck down
sit back and laugh until the next town
your eyes look nice against the greener ground

yeah
come on, come on

we'll make a six hour drive through Tennessee
i don't believe the car survived
did it understand my master plan?
to have you next to me
if only temporarily
no work, or place to be
just one last six hour drive

yeah, oh
we'll make one last
one last
one last
we'll make a six hour drive through Tennessee
i don't believe the car survived
did it understand my master plan?

we'll make a six hour drive through Tennessee
i don't believe the car survived
did it understand my master plan?
to have you next to me
if only temporarily
no work, or place to be
just one last six hour drive
we'll make one last
six hour drive
one last
six hour drive
Track Name: Emma
you’re just a baby
i think i’m crazy
what if i need you
what if i’m sky blue

take off your make up
i wanna wake up
your hair all around me
i’m in a blonde sea

let me hold you emma
i feel so strong with you
i feel so strong with you
let me hold you emma
there’s nothing wrong with you
i feel so strong with you

you say you’re a princess
maybe i’m impressed
you got some blue yarn
i gotta new song

through colorado
incommunicado
for just a short while
you’re making me smile

let me hold you emma
i feel so strong with you
i feel so strong with you
let me hold you emma
there’s nothing wrong with you
i feel so strong with you

oh your scarf wrapped round my neck
so that i won’t forget you

but you’re just a baby…

let me hold you emma
i feel so strong with you
i feel so strong with you
let me hold you emma
there’s nothing wrong with you
i feel so strong with you
Track Name: Roses
people are saying
you murdered your ex-wife
did you use a shotgun a rope or a kitchen knife?
i know you better than that
i don't believe it's true.

it was easier for you just to let it go
you're always digging around in the dirt i know
but it was all just talk they couldn't prove it true
i know you better than that i swear to god i do

your backyard's full of roses
is there something you're keeping to yourself
your backyard's full of roses
were you digging a hole for something else?

you're singing hallelujah, hallelujah at Sunday morning mass
will my heart refuse to charge a man of God with the Devil's craft


she's been missing for almost eleven years
it's hard to believe she just up and disappeared
but if it could happen i guess it could happen to you

people are saying "what did you do it for?
is it because she wasn't 22 anymore?"
everybody knew
but they couldn't prove it true

i know you better than that
at least i hope i do

your backyard's full of roses
is there something you're keeping to yourself
your backyard's full of roses
were you digging a hole for something else?

now how would you sleep
how would you sleep
with that voice in your head?
how would you sleep
how would you sleep with that ghost in your bed?


shut it out shut it out to live with what you'd done
when the weight of it really sank in
you'd have to tell someone
you're singing hallelujah hallelujah at Sunday mass
could it be a man of God has his heart in the Devil's grasp?

your backyard's full of roses
is there something you're keeping to yourself
your backyard's full of roses
were you digging a hole for something else?
your backyard's full of roses
is it full of roses
is it full of roses
is it full of roses
is it full of roses
is it full of roses
is there something you're keeping to yourself?
Track Name: 100 Pianos
michigan lakes
remember we moved a 100 pianos in one day
for some kind of show
my brother was m.i.a.

we met in july
i think we were swimming at the lake when pope paul died
i thought to myslef “you’d make the perfect bride”

if i could make you laugh
if i could make you laugh
if i could make you laugh
if i could make you laugh

would you have stayed when i left?
i can still recall your taste it’s all i kept
that town was such a waste
but you i won’t forget

work was steady enough
when everyone wanted uprights in their basement dens
unfinished houses they were just built right in
my mom and dad
i still think my leaving was the thing that did them in
i came back for the wakes
i never came home again

if i could make you laugh
if i could make you laugh
if i could make you laugh
if i could make you laugh

would you have stayed when i left?
i can still recall your taste it’s all i kept
that town was such a waste
but you i won’t forget
i never could forgot

was it love or just a play
it seems a million years away
sometimes i see you in my sleep
muddy water on your feet
the sun was shining on your hair
i reach your hand but you’re not there
i hope you’re laughing all the time
i hope you still can read my mind

i hope you’re laughing all the time
i hope you’re laughing all the time
all the time
all the time

i think in the spring
i’ll go back and buy one of those pianos learn to play
i’m setting aside a couple of hours a day
Track Name: Falling (How Do I?)
how do i
walk beside you in the winter rain?
without feeling something in me change
oil colors fading out

how do i
remember how to get to sleep again
how do i act like we're only friends
how will i forget you now

suddenly i'm falling up
i'm somewhere in a summer sky
i struggle just to hold my ground
i'm waving but you walk on by

i just wanna watch you move slowly
i won't say anything
if you only knew
the power you have over me

how do i
not take your memory with me everywhere
waterfalls make up your darker hair
how do i forget to smile
how do i
keep practicing this nonchalance
i can't tell you what i really want
maybe i could make you mine

suddenly i'm falling up
i'm somewhere in a summer sky
i struggle just to hold my ground
i'm waving but you walk on by

i just wanna watch you move slowly
i won't say anything
if you only knew
the power you have over me

how do i

oh
it's like you've got my hands tied
to stay without you just don't feel right

falling in down
i'm somewhere in a summer sky
i struggle just to hold my ground
i'm waving but you walk on by

and i wanna watch you move slowly
i won't say anything
if i only knew
how to get you close to me

how do i
Track Name: Like A City
silhouette your shape
like a skyline makes
all the people stare
at your red red hair
she does the best she can
the best she can

murder and mystery
she likes to disagree
i see her angel wings
i see a million things
i’ll never understand
understand

you got the right thing to say but you’re a minute too late
you need a light and a map just to try and navigate
you see her every single day but you’re talking to a stranger

she’s like a city
she’s full of real dark places
spend all your life and never
see all her faces
crazy as cincinnati
suddenly cruel and caddy
she’s got your soul delivered
you swim that river running round
she likes to burn her bridges down

secrets and fantasies
you only wish you’d see
sometimes she thinks she wants
to own a restaurant
the trees are green and brown
they’re green and brown

summer day ice cream
we feed a homeless dream
we see the sun still shines
on a blacktop mind
you wore a long white gown
a long white gown

you got the right thing to say but you’re a minute too late
you need a light and a map just to try and navigate
you see her every single day but you’re talking to a stranger

she’s like a city
she’s full of real dark places
spend all your life and never
see all her faces
crazy as cincinnati
suddenly cruel and caddy
she’s got your soul delivered
you swim that river running round
she likes to burn her bridges down
she’s like a city

i
i search these sidewalks
will a trace
of you lead me home
of you lead me home
will it lead me home?

she’s like a city
she’s full of real dark places
spend all your life and never
see all her faces
crazy as cincinnati
suddenly cruel and caddy
she’s got your soul delivered
you swim that river running round
she’s full of real dark
she’s full of real dark
she’s full of real dark places
she’s full of real dark
she’s full of real dark
she’s full of real dark places
Track Name: Sam
i found america in the pennsylvania hills
i found a girl she changed my life i wonder will she be beside me
when i'm mayor of this town

open spaces and an open case of beer
let's keep it simple i'm for getting out of here and trying to find truth
in every shape and sound

one more dollar on the table
the sunday church crowd tips the least
somedays i feel like i'm able
then this shit kills me

there's no realness here
it's all just fake suburban cheer
i'm as hazy blue as Monet
i'll bite and swallow bullets down
til i can leave this town
but i'll be alright
i've got a future on the way


i thought t i'd be into my eighties when i left
they'd take my coffin down through main street
the press would clear the front page
they'd name a high school after me

one more dollar on the table
pennsylvania on my mind
somedays i feel like i'm able
like i've no time

there's no realness here
it's all just fake suburban cheer
i'm as hazy blue as Monet
i'll bite and swallow bullets down
til i can leave this town
but i'll be alright
i've got a future on the way


there's no silence between these walls
i'm spending every night just counting the days
the slow violence of shopping malls
i'm dying 'til i get up out this place
is a revival on the way?

i found america in the pennsylvania hills
i found a girl she changed my life
i wonder will she be beside me
when they forget our names

there's no realness here
it's all just fake suburban cheer
i'm as hazy blue as Monet
i'll bite and swallow bullets down
til i can leave this town
but i'll be alright
i've got a future on the way

there's no realness here
it's all just fake suburban cheer
i'm as hazy blue as Monet
i'll bite and swallow bullets down
til i can leave this town
but i'll be alright
i've got a future on the way
Track Name: Blue
Forgive me when I fall
I'm not as strong as you are
sometimes the ending
seems a little too far
remind me when I'm tired
forgive me when I fall
I fear when I arrive
there won't be anything left at all
but I'll keep fighting for you
I'll keep trying for you
there's a peak here somewhere
and I believe that too
so take me feet, hands, soul, sweat,
red, blue, song, sex
I'm not through believing yet.
It's all blue
spinning as wishes come true
in circles as I come to you
open and free cuz you're so
careful with me.

Silhouettes float
against a silver lake
begging for wishes
begging to make
the truth of Lincoln's secrets
echoed in the warmest cold
echoed in my blood
and the power of what we hold
so hold my hand, face, soul, song
one belief that we belong
my skin, taste, this place,
beauty, light, truth, grace
anything and everything
we ever were we ever dreamed
love, truth, light, grace
is right now.

So dance to the silence of a faraway song
dance to the light as the fear passes on
dance for the wishes
dance to the wishes we hold

Everything's blue
spinning as wishes come true
in circles as I come to you
open and free cuz you're so
careful with me.

And you're careful with me
so take my feet hand, soul, sweat
red, blue, song sex
and I'm not through believing yet
i'm not through believing

So dance to the silence of a faraway song
dance to the night as the fear passes on
dance for the wishes
dance to the wishes we hold

And everything was blue
spinning as wishes come true
in circles as I come to you
open and free cause you're so
careful with me