Summer, Slowly

by Benchmarks

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Holding on to Summer
Cicada Year, Pt. 1
I’m committed, but conflicted contradicted, but confirmed in knowing that I know that I have so much left to learn a purveyor of the problem, out here trying to solve myself feeling discrepancy between what I have seen and what I’ve felt we’re all searching for our own versions of Heaven over Hell but nothing really changes until we decide to change ourselves and I won’t settle to watch the world burn from up here in the cheap seats but right now I know that I still need to listen before I speak I was born a microphone, and all I want to do is sing but does this world even need another song from one like me if all the world’s indeed a stage, then we are merely overplayed I want to sing the song that helps the unsung singers have their say peel the Summer off my shoulders, let the cold cover my skin and cast away my comfort, let the change begin and in our finest hour, let me stand up by your side I want to do what’s right while I still have the time
Six One Way
The Price of Postcards
Wolves Outside the Door
I was writing a novel, I was painting a portrait I was singing a song about another great big forfeit watching the progress slip through the cracks the culmination of a year long panic attack already got me a heart, already got me a brain just trying to keep the first from breaking, trying to keep the other sane I’ve got all the courage I need to keep on the road but for the first time in my life I’ve found someplace that feels like home it used to be so much easier when the world was black and white and I could fall into my sadness, click my heels three times and hide but now the world’s in technicolor, and I’m walking through the door tell my friends that I’m just fine, and I won’t go back to Kansas anymore I want to shut down the system, I want to hold my calls I want to see the world through my own eyes, without a faux social withdrawl because all these clouds on my canvas, like the choke in my song like I’m staying out all night without seeing a single star because there’s a storm a-brewing, there’s a witch on the wind telling lies and treason, and watching us give in still we look over the rainbow, but there’s no end in sight always dreaming in color, but living life in black and white
The Good Fight
Leave the Light On
The Reap
Cicada Year, Pt. 2


releases August 21, 2020

Todd Farrell Jr.
Jack Whitis
Matt “Goose” Rewinski
Josh Tousignant
Chris Jackson

Music by Todd Farrell Jr. and Jack Whitis.

Lyrics by Todd Farrell Jr.

Performed by Benchmarks.

Additional performances by Camille Faulkner, Lydia Loveless, Jonny Clousson, and Brian Beer.

Produced and engineered by Jack Whitis at BedBug Studios in Kingston Springs, TN.

Additional production by Todd Farrell Jr. and Josh Tousignant in Nashville, TN and Scotty Sandwich at The Sandwich Shoppe in Durham, NC.

Mixed by Matt Acaini in Nashville, TN.

Mastered by Hans DeKline in Los Angeles, CA.

Artwork and layout by Joe Maiocco.

Band photos by Chad Cochran. Cover photo by Matt Brooks.

Various portions of this record contain allusions to works by the following authors and poets:
Emily Dickinson, Robert Herrick, Neil Peart paraphrasing William Shakespeare, Robert Plant, L. Frank Baum, Stephen King, and whoever wrote Ecclesiastes.

Special thanks to:
Vicki Farrell, Jessica Whitis, Jason Kyle Saetveit, Allan Hall, Joe and Tim Andrl and Sweet Cheetah Publicity, Chris Mueller and Sofaburn Records, Ryan Heller and Motorcycle Potluck Records, Chuck Coffey and Snappy Little Numbers, Andy George and everyone at Hot Leathers, and all our friends who have seen us play, bought our t-shirts, listened to our songs, or just patiently waited for us to finish doing bands things so we could finally go eat tacos and hang.

Benchmarks exclusively uses Ernie Ball strings.

This album is dedicated to our kids. May they come to know the thrilling adventures of life and understand (forgive) the aimless dreaming of their fathers.


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