Spiteful Geyser

by Vanderlay

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Upfront, I should say that I’ve never been to Spiteful Geyser. I know that it’s in Yellowstone National Park, somewhere near Wyoming in the US, but outside of that, I couldn’t tell you much else. My partner’s been there. She said it’s nice.

Geysers erupt when superheated water rapidly converts to steam, and breaks through the earth’s surface. Both as a natural phenomenon and a metaphor, I’ve always been fond of the image. The idea that things can surface, sight unseen, and dismantle your foundations is both beautiful and terrifying. The songs on this record are about these kind of changes; about willing them, denying them, and re-orientating yourself in the aftermath.

This EP was brought to life by a wonderful group of people over a period of three years. We recorded the bulk of the record in our hometown of Melbourne, at the Aviary Studios in Abbotsford. In late 2017 we traveled to a small recording studio in Italy, a few hours south of Turin to record electric guitars and vocals. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind to pull it all together but we couldn’t be happier with the result.

Thanks for listening,
Caspar Conrick & Vanderlay

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released March 1, 2019

Songs and lyrics by Caspar Conrick © 2019
Produced by Caspar Conrick & Fraser Montgomery
Mixed by Fraser Montgomery at The Aviary Studios, Abbotsford Australia, May 2018
Mastered by Adam Dempsey at Deluxe Mastering, Brunswick Australia, October 2018

Recorded at:
The Aviary Recording Studio, Abbotsford Australia, October 2017 to February 2018
Oxygen Recording Studio, Verzuolo Italy, November 2017

Engineered by:
Nick Eden (Aviary)
Paride Lanciani (Oxygen)
Alberto Costa (Oxygen)
Alessio Casula (Oxygen)

Strings written by Mikaela Conan Davis and Caspar Conrick and arranged by Fraser Montgomery and Joni Fuller.

Album artwork and layout by Caspar Conrick

Vanderlay as recorded herein are:
Caspar Conrick
Nick Dudek
Jarrod Cooper
Gabriel Briggs
Mikaela Conan-Davis
Declan O’Hehir

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Track Name: Option Anxieties
So if time refuses to slow
And truth remains so untold
Where do I go from here?

If the answers never come
And I can’t assign meaning to all I’ve become
Does all of this loss remain so unresolved?
Do I die bitter and rueful that I’ve grown so old
Anguished as ever without any truth to behold?
Track Name: Last Flight
Last I heard she was pinning teabags on the wall
Last I heard she hadn’t felt this way before
And in the summer sun, she’s bound to wither away
And when the damage is done, she’ll be left with the price to pay

Last I heard she was waiting tables by The Falls
Collecting her tips, saving up for another trip to Montreal
But soon the summer boys, will come to whisk her away
They’ll dismantle her youth and she’ll be left with the price to pay

And you told me that you were disgusted by your own desire
And that if you had had the chance to dance
You would have thrown yourself onto the fire
What happened to the girl I admired?

Now I’m told that she’s sending postcards to herself
Waiting by the mailbox, she’d be distraught to find a thought there from somebody else
But soon the summer boys, are bound to drop her a line
And form their dead end jobs, they will recount the sun drenched days of their prime

And you told me that you were disgusted by your own desire
And that if you had had the chance to dance
You would have thrown yourself onto the fire
What happened to the girl I admired?
What happened to the friend I admired?
Track Name: An Oversight
Such an unfamiliar sight,
Your tears mixing with the ash on the pavement tonight
I guess the years caught up alright
And now the streets that you love refuse to hold what’s left of the night

And it’s an old lie
From a past life that you cant cast away
That keeps the old guard
Of a new world, reluctant in their appraise
Of you and your timid ways.

Such a staggering oversight
Fixing your face in the bathroom while you’re bleeding out
So what to does this all amount?
Will your violent ends meet violent delights?

And we’re the last strand
Of a grand plan that somehow faded away
But I’m a good friend,
At least I was then, but could you say the same
Of you and your crooked ways?

And now your dreams of winning the lottery
Are stronger than they’ve ever been
As you're pacing round the hallways of your parents house
Among squandered potential, HECS debt and doubt

When your sense of self is a potpourri
And you’re angrier than you've ever been
And the answers only ever seem to come in halves
So tell me did you lean on your youth to hard?

But you held, the keys and the reins for so very long.
Track Name: Method Acting
They raise the curtain for you to see what lies behind
But you’re too busy to notice, you’re throwing darts up in the sky
I don’t know what you’re aiming for but I admire that you always try
You live your life so carelessly, I wish I could live it by your side

They call it method acting, but I call it living a lie
So go and take your mask off and deliver another aside
Cause you know all the dialogue, yes you’ve learnt all of your lines
And now I fear that all the words I hear have been rehearsed a thousand times

So go ahead, go and fuck everybody you know
It doesn’t matter to me, but don’t you think that it’s so strange
That what we have is never there when we turn the page

So go ahead, go and lie to me with every word
There’s no need to decipher what can clearly be heard
But you don’t mind, you tell yourself it’s only method acting

So now we’re splitting, yes we’re splitting at the seams
And trying to make it look natural, like an actor changing scenes.
It all happens so suddenly and it’s so hard to believe
That what was centre stage is now buried in the wings.

And we’re all terrible actors, but my god it’s a beautiful stage.
It seems like such a pity, it seems like such a shame,
To be toeing the line, to be putting these scenes to shame
And to spit upon the floor where there once was so much grace.

So go ahead, go and fuck everybody you know
It doesn’t matter to me, but don’t you think that it’s so strange
That what we have, is never there when you turn the page.

So go ahead, go and fuck everything that you see
It doesn’t matter who’s hurt, just as long as you’re pleased now
And that you know, you’ll only ever get scraps when you dig this low.

So go ahead, go and break yourself upon the ground
There’s always someone dumb enough to want to stick around now
But you don’t mind, you tell yourself it’s only method acting.
Track Name: An Ending
Under the bare bulb of dawn, I was forlorn
Waiting for an ending to come
And your demeanour said it wouldn’t be long

You herald the old ghosts that I saw
Circling round your kitchen, marching up to deaths front door
To tell me, there could have been more

Now even the shallowest of wounds are weeping
My fragile family tree can’t take another beating, oh boy
Don’t tell me that there could have been more

But here I am, holding your candle, with everyone you’ve ever loved
And no one’s going to blow it out

Straight down the path on to dismay
Walking oh so slowly, holding your hand all the way
Tears you thought you’d never replace

And all of the reasons that we make
Scarcely give me solace, just let me see the mark death made
Everything in its right place

But here I am, holding your candle, with everyone you’ve ever loved
And no one’s going to blow it out.

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