by The Awful Truth

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Adam Koehler Autumn in the Midwest... Favorite track: Cold Grey Sky.
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CRZ Good mood music, even when your mood might not be that good. (Aside: I now believe every group should use a cellist.) Favorite track: Welches.
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2015 release 'Lakewater' is 7 surreal pop songs honing in on a new sound, spanning from melodic to experimental. Performed with Laurie Geving, Stephen Sokolouski, and Chris Madden, 'Lakewater' is full of cathartic tones and strings, creating brooding pop melodies no doubt inspired by the dramatic seasons in the Midwest.


released April 7, 2015

Brent Colbert: Vocals / Guitar
Laurie Geving: Bass / Vocals (6)
Stephen Sokolouski: Cello / Keys (7) / Vocals (1,2,3,6,7)
Chris Madden: Drums
Andrew Jansen: Keys (1,2,5,6) / Tambourine
Leah Ottman: Violin (4,5)

Engineered and Mixed by Andrew Jansen
Mastered by Ali Jafaar
Artwork by Alex M. Peterson
Design by Stephen Sokolouski
© 2015 The Awful Truth



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The Awful Truth Minneapolis, Minnesota

Brent Colbert- guitar/lyrics/vox
Laurie Geving-bass/vox
Stephen Sokolouski- cello/synth/vox
Chris Madden- drums

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Track Name: Any Other Way
left foot, right foot
you know the stillness breaks the sorrow
and I would still be there tomorrow,
you know I'd be there

with the celebration,
you know it only takes a minute,
you would never know your limit,
you know I'd be there

you'll know it when you see it,
can't withhold it you just believe it
do you think that it could happen any other way?

face the center,
the newest home where your heart lives
it's from within your intuition
you'll make a light wave in a new place

your recollection you know it's not what you remember
and I would see you in December
you know I'd be there
Track Name: Equal
and I know it's been forgotten,
a little bit too long,
you agree I have good timing,
but only in a song

then you said
"I know it's there, just waiting for you."
you can't explain to all of those

people, what would you people choose
you're surrounded by evil,
surrounded by equal dues,
you don't have to say it,
you just have to tell the truth

and I may have been mistaken,
but I felt you pull away,
when all your dreams would sound so lovely,
while my dreams sound insane

then you say
"I'm trusting you, what else can I do"
you can't explain, to thousands of
Track Name: Lakewater
the sooner that you recognize it,
the sooner you know all the ways it could work,
don't even try to wrap your mind around it,
and it takes you down to the center of the earth

where it's alright, alright
short stay, wouldn't matter anyways
you try you feel, could your love heal
these lakewater vibes
dead center of night

be careful what you'd say about love
it knows you the best and throws you to the curb
don't even try to act surprised about that,
it takes you back to the rhythm of your breath

and it's half time, half time
short stay your Minnesota getaway
you try, you feel
could you love heal
these lakewater vibes
dead center of night
Track Name: Cold Grey Sky
cold grey sky is watching over me,
recognize your equinox in spring,
the balance of everything,
every seed you sew, every brand new start
ready for anything
when it's equal light and it's equal dark

my heart quakes,
it's turning on its side,
down interstates - take me for a ride
starring at dotted lines,
cannot hesitate breathing heavy air
ready for anything,
when it takes you back would you take it there?

cold grey sky is watching over me,
actualize the turning of the spring
ready for anything
very thought of spring shining in your eyes,
you can have everything,
when the grey comes back,
don't you act surprised
Track Name: Welches
Eugene is Welches and wa,
Portland wasn't worth the stop this time,
or the stop that time,
so high down by the river
you were right this time, you were right that time

you should have died,
you could have died,
flash before your eyes,
you are still alive

I watched you play black metal on the floor
with a thousand shapes and lanscapes cross before before my eyes
right before my eyes
It's one with shapes and numbers cross before my eyes

it was just around the riverbend
Track Name: Archer
do you think about those arrows you shoot in the sky?
or where they might land?
or all the outward glance,
one heard could demand?
for all your worlds to see, such heated desires

fight for flight,
gather light
and your winds do prevail,
plain to see, man or beast

do you think about your options then,
or where they might take you,
the rabbit hole of circumstance,
where you could be born anew
Track Name: Quartermoon
looks like the winter came a little sooner,
look to the solar, leaning on the lunar,
every tide turns with you
it's the gravity that pulls it towards the moon,
like a tidal wave that flows from me to you.

moving in phases
changing up the timing
all across the frames the stars are realigning
so many nights next to you
you toss and turn till daylight makes us new
it's the compass rose that put you in my view