#2 EP

by Trace Italian

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about

#2 EP is the second EP (no way) by Trace Italian, and the first EP featuring a full band lineup, with songwriter Sean Newton on guitar on vocals, Daniel Blade on the bass, Shea Austin on the guitar, and Phil Rodda on the drums.
The EP features three songs about Sean's time spent in Toronto in late 2015 and early 2016, the jewel of which is the three part suite which starts the EP. Influenced equally by the likes of the Beach Boys, Neutral Milk Hotel and The Mountain Goats, here are three songs that fully showcase the melancholy and compositional ambition of Trace Italian.

credits

released May 25, 2017

All three songs written by Sean Newton
Rhythm Guitar, lead vocals, piano, synthesizers, clarinet, chord organ, organ, twelve string guitar and aux percussion - Sean Newton
Lead Guitar, E-Bow, and Harmony Vocals - Shea Austin
Electric Bass - Daniel Blade
Drums - Phillip Rodda
Tenor and Soprano Saxophone - Connor Newton
Trumpet - Jonathan Chavez

Engineered by Declan Paxton and Sean Newton
Mixed by Sean Newton and Phil Rodda
Produced by Trace Italian
Mastered by Randy Woods
Special thanks to all the staff in the Macewan music program, specifically Paul Johnston, Bill Richards, Michael MacDonald, and John MacMillan; Michael Rodda; Tanya Iles (for liking every single thing we post on Facebook); Connor Newton; Steph Dewhurst; Declan Paxton; Hunchback.

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The co-op record label, founded by Sean Newton, Sam Burns, and Dylan Sylvester in May of 2014.

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Track Name: Beverley
There's a camera full of undeveloped film
In a backpack in a basement suite I drank and threw up in
Bearing witness to some fucked up parliament
Clutching imprints of the scenes I've tried my hardest to forget
I swear to god I'll never drink again

And if you'd let me I would disappear and walk the other way
But in my defense, I never planned to live another day

Take up smoking to come out from underground
Surrounded by six million pairs of ears indifferent to the sound
Of this clock that's ticking down for me

And if you'd let me I would chase the sounds of words you never meant
But in my defense its easier to love than to resent


I had a nightmare, I had nightmare where I'd been
Away for a long time, writing a song I'll never finish
Surrounded by my friends, synapses struggling to define
Room full of loose ends, dunno their names and I don’t recognize
All of their faces, all of the memories that I left behind for peace of mind, repressed, I guess I know its time
To wake up alone and pull myself up off the floor
Start a long drive home

Where God won't judge me
For the faith I've lost
And now I know
That every lonely night awake
Every time I feel the skin break
Break down to feel alive


I'll disappear for several months at a time
Yea, it's easier to ignore it than it is to lie
Say I won't do it again but I know that I might
Sometimes when people just break they leave pieces behind

Pretend like you weren't ever a part of my life
Pretend there's nothing hard about goodbyes
Pretend that I'm not the man I pretend to despise
Pretend I won't break down when I look in your eyes

Would it make a difference if I never make a sound?
Is the world much different if I'm not around?

Would it make a difference if I never make a sound?
Is the world much different if I'm not around?
Track Name: College
Walked down College Avenue 3:30 at night
I haven't been awake in days, yea the sunlight hurts my eyes
I will walk around for hours, wishing that my life
Were just a little more depressing then this might be justified

I will walk again
And I will disappear completely
Balanced on the sharp edge of a knife

Walk on by the legislature, try to close my eyes
I wanna melt into the pavement, feel the traffic, catch a ride
To somewhere much less overwhelming, where the moon patrols the sky
And isn't jailed by superstructure, caught up in some lie

I will come back when
You do not complete me
Living in some fractured state of mind

I walked down college Avenue, been awake all night
I wish I'd blend into concrete, disappear into your eyes
Don't wanna be lost in some shopping center, dead before I die
Subject of a blurry photo snapped by people passing by

I will walk again
I need to disappear completely
Living in some fractured state of mind
Balanced on the sharp edge of a knife
Living in this fractured state of mind
Track Name: Baldwin
I'll drink twenty-six ounces of the cheapest gin
Walk home in the middle of the street
Rinse repeat and realize
Self destruction's how you know you're still alive

Baptize bloody knuckles thrown into the wall
Soothe my soul with scars that I can see
Rinse, repeat, idealize
Hurt so fucking bad, feel so fucking alive

Blow my brains out counting sheep
Do something that makes you bleed
Hold on so tight you leave a mark
Why can't I feel alive

So I'll come home to some closet of a basement suite
Jerk off to some strangers on a screen
Sleep through every sunrise
Know its not worth living just to stay alive

Blow my brains out counting sheep
Do something that makes you bleed
Is it enough just to survive
When I can't see the sky

Blow my brains out counting sheep
Do something that makes you bleed
Is it enough just to survive
When I can't see the sky
Why don't I feel alive
I want to live before I die