Following the Noise

by DC Sound Collective

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This 5-track EP highlights the song-oriented aspect of DC Sound Collective's repertoire - a revolving cast of musical collaborators coordinated by Daniel Crommie and Eldon Hardenbrook. This release precedes an instrumental project slated for an early 2017 release - and follows the September 2016 release of the "Ghostwriter" digital single.


released October 26, 2016

Eldon Hardenbrook: bass, keyboards, electric 6 & 12-string, slide and nylon-string guitars, drums and vocal.
Daniel Crommie: vocals, flutes, keyboards, electric dulcimer and drums.
Bruce Hazen: electric guitar.
Colin Henson: electric and nylon-string guitars.
Leslie Gray: violin & viola.



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Daniel Crommie Portland, Oregon

Daniel Crommie is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist (mandolins, buche, balalaika, recorders, flutes, synthesizers, etc.) and producer (Janie Mitchell, Kaitlyn ni Donovan, Lew Jones, Karen Searcy) who has released over two dozen solo albums, numerous albums with Group Du Jour, four with Echo System and five with Saturnalia Trio over the last 25 years on the New Weave label. ... more

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Track Name: Dante
Looks like the future
Feels like the past
Too many fears
Stuck inside my head
I hope there are more than
Two ways to skin the cat
First two tries
Kept me where I’m at
Too much structure
Not enough ice

It’s getting cold outside
(Let’s burn down the house)
Getting cold outside
(Let’s burn down the house)
Jump into the fire
Track Name: Candidate
Your lies are a joke
Your dog is a horse
The cat is a lion
Your face is a ghost

Candidate, candidate

You live in a high-rise
Next to the dump
At the gated metropolis
Outskirted by stumps

Candidate, candidate, candidate, candidate

Humor is hideous
Spartan your style
Peacetime is panic
Frowns are your smiles

Candidate, candidate, candidate

The swans will sing
When the Jackdaws are silent

(You drew a line and crossed it,
Took the short straw and lost it)
Track Name: Let's Play Army
When you’re ready for adventure
If you’re looking for some fun
Let’s play army
Watch the neighbors run
Load gear in the car
Pretend it’s a jeep
Little Bobby’s got a handgun
Sit him in the backseat

Let’s start a war
It’s something to do
In with the old
Out with the new

We’ll fashion ammo
From peace plowshares
Go to the dark side of town
Catch them unaware
Plain-clothes camouflage
Will distract the stares
Target the oldsters
They’re so easy to scare

Let’s start a war
It’s easy to do
In with the old
Out with the new

At the end of the day
We soldiers will sing
That age-old hymn
Violence settles everything
Bullets and bombs
No hostages to take
Only use ‘em once
Best investment you can make
Track Name: Ghostwriter
Better angels make poor reading
Truth is such a waste
The devil is in the details
Of your sordid past
Make the story fit
Put your memory to the test
Give to me the juicy bits
I’ll fill in the rest

I’m a ghostwriter
Putting thoughts inside your head
Pay me to be your conscience
Invent things you never said

You can fill whole chapters
With vague vignettes
Pages of prose and wit
Put your patience to the test
Names, dates and numbers
Are subject to change
Only lack of imagination
Prevents your turning the page

I’m a ghostwriter
Putting thoughts inside your head
Pay me to be your conscience
Invent things you never said
I’m a ghostwriter
Putting thoughts inside your head
Pay me to be your conscience
Create a life you never had