Gaffes, Missteps & Horrible Mistakes [2008​-​2011]

by Matt McIntosh

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Much like 2007's incidental indie rumbler The Basement Demos, Matt McIntosh's Gaffes, Missteps & Horrible Mistakes (the title purportedly lifted from a wiki article regarding the songwriter's ill-fated follow up recordings) is at once forlorn and anthemic, stark but uplifting and rustically laid to tape. Absent but for a few tracks are TBD's cellos, found sounds and cavernous echo, in favor of real rough-hewn guitar anthems drawn together by massive Bonham beats, warmly overdriven Marshalls and the singer's emotive baritone whisper and howl. Lyrically, McIntosh explores more ghosts of New England in his introspective canonizing of home, love, loss and faith.
Kill Me Now recalls the singer's early urban teen-punk years, though seen through the eyes of a homeless girl who lives to go to basement shows in the bad part of town. Touching and powerful. A Ghost in the Valley and the one-take Warhorse are two Americana tinged tracks that feature only the artist and an acoustic guitar, again recalling TBD'S spare dynamic. The latter with it's pitchy acoustic and level-peaking vocal, literally sounding like the subject matter; weary and fixed to unravel. So Long Some Way employs a drum loop and tasteful synth that wouldn't sound out of place on a Psychedelic Furs album, replacing the subtle strains of Wurlitzer that propel the choruses of several other tracks herein.

Though technically not a proper album, G,M&HM indeed plays like one, a collection of demos and outtakes recorded by McIntosh following The Basement Demos release, through 2011. As the great Tom Waits could deftly throw down uneven terrain like barroom yawl, fringe experimentalism and waltzing tearjerkers on one Long-Playing opus and still maintain a singular identity, McIntosh populates the effort with similarly disparate moves with uninhibited grace. By the end of this his 2nd solo effort you begin to recognize what was hinted at with The Basement Demos and further refined here, which is McIntosh's ability to make that which is angular become sinuous, in an unlikely amalgam of post-punk and traditional rock values. The polarizing opening track All the Churches in Bridgeport is a stark 3 minute acoustic piece that culminates in a crashing swell of Jesus and Mary Chain distortion and aforementioned Zeppelin-esque boom, with the line "I've been waiting so long" repeated to fade. After a nearly five year lapse between outings, the faithful can only agree. So long indeed.

-TS MacGregor

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released September 4, 2012

All songs written and performed by Matt McIntosh
Copyright SK1Media 2012.

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Track Name: All the Churches in Bridgeport
Where do we go, our bastard soul? How do we come and go outside our fold? And once again, here have we been, here have we soldiered, smoldered hot and cold.

I been waiting so long, I been waiting so long, I been waiting so long, I been waiting so long. I've been waiting so long for you my dear.

So drive today, south and away, grand spires breaking north through the day. Each time they greet, from old concrete. Each time they make their framework known to me.

I been waiting so long, I been waiting so long, I been waiting so long, I been waiting so long. I've been waiting so long for you my dear.
Track Name: Here Comes Your Rainy Day
here comes your rainy day - get out and play, won't you come?
don't sit inside and pray, the clouds they came for you, girl
if you decide to stay, we'll get soaked to the bone and
doused in the puddles made here by your rainy day

heads you win, tails I'm wrong again
win or draw we're soaking wet

here comes your rainy day
the skies are gray for you, girl
it's open wide today, and cries a song for your world
if you decide to stay, the rain it taps on your shoulders
just to remind you dear.. right where, where you belong.

heads you win, tails I'm wrong again
win or draw we're soaking wet
we're soaking wet

if you're all alone, hold your own, my love.

heads you win, tails I'm wrong again
win or draw we're soaking wet
Track Name: A Ghost in the Valley
blue black against ghost white face and
still owning these lost embraces
up there you gone in them there hills
snowbound and now counting down days til

we're both at war with things untrue and
I bleed the same demons dry as you

midnight it crept in and stayed in
no heart to claim you or a stake in
show up at your door and half freezing
stretch out on the floor, you're caught breathing.

always at war with things untrue
I bleed the same demons dry as you

all wasted, lost and graced with youth
your lips are frosted, laced up, faced with truth

always at war with things untrue
I'll bleed the same demons dry as you
Track Name: Ringside
who wants to know? who owns the rights? the final round of the title fight. we wait alone and in the wings. we go along to get away. back to your corners, wait for the bell

and lay him low. another bout, take your swings and go home. eye on the prize and you're bleeding a stone.

who takes the purse? they weigh the score. we shadow box with metaphor. the hush is all that's in his ear
too long to fail - too spent for fear

and lay him low. another bout, take your swings and go home. eye on the prize and you're bleeding a stone
and lay him low. Lay him low - keep your head down
and lay him low
Track Name: Kill Me Now [Reprise]
It's a long walk down alone from the corner store,
down on west main, across from the slums.
walk by those ladies smoking in cold doorways, swallowed by night, followed by dark.

I am alone in this world [she said]
I'm alone in this world.
I am alone in this world [she said]
I'm alone in this world

a walk-up on salvation, a keen white noise
under the floor, under the street.
a sign up over the door says "Kill Me Now",
carved in her heart, carved in our souls.

I am alone in this world [she said]
I'm alone in this world.
I am alone in this world [she said]
I'm alone in this world
In this place, 'tween cement walls
'neath the noise of the street.
If I could walk, run, fall or crawl here everyday, then that's one reason to leave here at all.
Track Name: So Long Some Way
so long, hope you had a good time. so long since you had a good run. false starts and you call 'em out anyway. finally belonged to something that you can touch.

so long, hope you had a good year. so long since you're coming undone. forgot all the troops that got sent away. when you fall down, I hope that they'll come around. Oh Lord, thank you for the good times. oh Lord, thank you for the good love, on loan.

So long some way / so long some way / so long some way

oh Lord, thank you for the good love. oh lord, thank you for the good time. oh Lord, thank you for the good love again. oh Lord, thank you for the good time, on loan to me
Track Name: Warhorse
All good deeds are taking their time. try phasing out the chaff but I'm fading faster. black eyes and bloody lips, you take it in stride. broke limbs and bruised ribs, you take it in stride all your life.

Sit yourself right down and just pour yourself a drink. They don't make them like you no more. Sell yourself a bit and just spin the kids a yarn. They don't make them like you no more.

All hard work will break us in time. traces of where you been like footsteps in plaster. black eyes and bloody lips, you take it in stride. Cracked skin and broken limbs. you take it in stride all your life.

Sit yourself right down and just pour yourself a drink. They don't make them like you no more. Sell yourself a bit and just spin the kids a yarn. They don't write them like you no more.
No more.
Track Name: Long Cold Walk
fall, seasons that trip you up
and it's all just a faithless parade
so much has gone through the cracks in the street
how can you damn what you don't understand?

when it's coming around
and you're drowning in red
and you're feeding the ones who feed off you instead
when it's coming undone and you're taking a long cold walk
over and out. what did we learn today?

more reasons that rip you up
and it's still just a faceless charade
how much has gone through the cracks in the street?
how can you damn what you don't understand?

when it's coming around
and you're drowning in red
and you're feeding the ones who feed off you instead
when it's coming undone and you're taking a long cold walk
over and out. what did we learn today?

faithless and strong, faithful and weak
staying the course for your own cause
forward you march, feet all in bandages
over the frost and under the chill

when it's coming around
and you're drowning in red
and you're feeding the ones who feed off you instead
when it's coming undone and you're taking a long cold walk
over and out. what did we learn today?