Vaca

by Rubedo

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Since forming in 2010, bandmates Kyle Gray, Alex Trujillo, & Gregg Ziemba have released two studio records as Rubedo: Massa Confusa (2012) and Love is the Answer (2013). The trio’s latest record, Vaca (2017), is their first release without Ikey Owens at the helm -- who recorded, produced and played on the first albums and toured with Rubedo -- as Owens passed away unexpectedly in late 2014. Stunned, upset and unsure how to proceed, the trio decided to push themselves into uncharted territory, recording with musician/producer Johnny Bell at JazzCats Studios in Owen’s hometown of Long Beach, CA.
The result is a Vaca, a glimmering pop-minded piece of sonic catharsis, a therapy session created in honor of Ikey Owens. Unlike Rubedo’s past psych-rock leanings, Bell’s production takes the band’s specialty as a live act and translates that spirit into recorded form. It was mixed by the godfather of grunge Jack Endino and mastered by Dave Cooley of Stones Throw Records.
Vaca is a record of Rubedo’s 20-plus years of friendship, a partnership with old school Denver roots, and an indelible Long Beach connection.

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released December 1, 2017

Recorded by: Jonny Bell at Jazz Cats Studios, Long Beach, CA (Nathan Howell, Studio Assistant)
Mixed by:Jack Ending at Soundhouse, Seattle, WA
Mastered by: Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters, Los Angeles, CA
Preproduction: Chad Saxton, Dryer Plug Studios, Denver, CO
Produced by: Jonny Bell and Rubedo
Artwork by: Mike Giant

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Track Name: Sungazer
Aurora she shines
the sol reflecting in her eyes
have you ever met a stranger
or fell in love as they pass you by
later in the evening
who would I see again
I was under the belief
I'd never catch you out at night
but she said
what's a belief but a thought I think
a thought I think then thought I thought
what a relief now make believe
make believe and I really do believe it
I must have believed it
that's just how I see it
how could I change what I see
or just the way that I perceive it
she said
what's a belief but a thought I think
a thought I think then thought I thought
what a relief now make believe
make believe and I really do believe it
you don't ever get it right
and you never get it done
earlier in the golden hour
she was there
she was staring at the sun
what's a belief but a thought I think
a thought I think then thought I thought
what a relief now make believe
make believe and I really do believe it
you don't ever get it right
and you'll never get it done
you don't ever get it wrong
you never
Track Name: Brooklyn
oh pinch me I must think that I am dreaming
I see a new life
stars are all aligned for all I know
see there the room's alive
and how the dragon flies
we make the past a sunrise
if you need a ride
it's really great to see you alive
man that smile's got a shine
like the sun you're so divine
I cherish our time
now I can see right through a bug eyed betty
but just so you know
you're my choice bit of calico
so let's have a baby
it takes a village
we'll name her Brooklyn
she'll take care of us when we're old
it's really great to see you alive
man that smile's got a shine
like the sun you're so divine
I cherish our time
you've got that diamond in the rough
when the light don't shine on anymore
no need for sleep tonight
I dream upon your eyes
within those eyes there's innocence
i guess in that sense
well it's just what we are looking for
it's really great to see you alive
man that smile's got a shine
like the sun you're so divine
I cherish our time
Track Name: Mars
Mars is not that far away
just a stones throw into space
there's a place
with a humanoid half lion face
and underground the martians plot
to annihilate our race
they say the pyramids on Mars
aren't the only ones aligned with the stars
hey what's that in our atmosphere
ufo's well you can go
I'll stay right here
you say rapture I'll stay right here
Track Name: Don't Be Afraid
all you need is love believe
don't be afraid to fall in love
don't be afraid
when was the last time
you knew it'd be fine
detached from the worry that you
would not make it out alive
the moment that you try
attempting to lasso the moon
but you're just shy
maybe all you need is love believe
don't be afraid to fall in love
don't be afraid my darling
you deserve it
don't be afraid to fall in love
don't be afraid the moment you are given
and maybe i will find you there and share it
don't be afraid to fall in love
don't be afraid
tell me the last time
you had your heart on the line
and just at the end it was broken
you picked up the pieces
kept what you needed
left behind all of the bad times with the good times
maybe all you need is love believe
don't be afraid to fall in love
don't be afraid my darling
you deserve it
don't be afraid to fall in love
don't be afraid the moment you are given
and maybe i will find you there and share it
don't be afraid to fall in love
don't be afraid
Track Name: Tell A New Story
my love are you wondering
if there were any way I would stay
well darling if in your mind
I'm already gone how could I
if you want to live the life you say you want to live
but you tell it just how it is
tell me something better
if you want to live the life you dreamed up as a kid
a fairytale that skipped out on the plot
tell that story better
do you really think the struggle through
the pattern that's got hold of you
is strong enough to make the struggle stop
I walk every step I'm taking
marks the point of where I lifted off
I thought I'd fake it till I made it
but then I made it make to where I was
what's the sense of holding on to words that you regret
if you left them with a lover that you lost
tell me something better
if you want to live the life you say you want to live
but you tell it just how it is
tell that story better
do you really think the struggle through
the pattern that's got hold of you
is strong enough to make the struggle stop
you ought to know better
tell you're story better
do you really think the struggle through
the pattern that's got hold of you
is strong enough to make the struggle stop
Track Name: Honestly
say your lemonade
is that one homemade
or does store bought just taste better
fame is that your game
who claimed to give you wings
I think that syrup's got to your brain
I see the horns of a bully
I think that bully is bullshit
sing a melody
like the one campaign sang
sugar free tastes better
by the end of day
it's not the name you made
or the payout you piss away
I see the horns of a bully
I think that bully is bullshit
honestly I could care less the means
work's hard to find it seems
i guess our difference is who we are
by the day there's ever profit made
you've already ben played
that difference is who we really are
Track Name: My Oh My
blame there is no blame
fear is the cause
the way out of fear is through the pain
you never have to do
what you think you necessary have to
it’s like building up a tower to fall
I am how far I’ve already come
you are right where you are
beyond where you’ve already gone
already have
wait what are you waiting for
you don’t ever have to be
what you seem to see is in the offing
it’s like building up a tower to fall
I am how far I’ve already come
you are right where you are
beyond where you’ve already gone
already have
my oh my let’s have a look at you
what a long way
what a long way you have come today
you don’t ever fall out of the groove
you never fall out of it
even if you wanted
even if you want to
Track Name: Ease Up
called I am into the fire
fall upon a arrow with it's knock on a tree
I burn away the pieces
find that I wade in a tide
name the waves to pass the time
appreciate the passing by
a little better a little better
no matter the weather
ease up ride the tide
grace is flowing like a river
the more it goes the more it stays
ease up it's alright
does it ever feel good to you
like every fool like every sage
I burn away the pieces
and find that I wade in a tide
name a wave pass the time
appreciate the passing by
a little better a little better
no matter the weather
you'll find me barefoot in the fire
and does it ever feel good to
feel like I do
ease up now let the tide
carry you like a river
it's always gonna get just
a little better a little better
no matter the weather
or whether not
ease up ride the tide
grace is flowing like a river
the more it goes the more it stays
ease up it's alright
does it ever feel good to you
like every fool like every sage
Track Name: Say You're Ready
for those who say it can't be done pay no attention
they shouldn't interrupt whoever's doing it
when they scream impossible impossible
just know that you can take it
with a grain of salt it's only perception
no matter what the paper says
there's nothing on the TV
that will show you how to make it happen
are you ready for it this time
ready for when it happens
it's already happening
i bet you're ready for it this time
ready for when it happens
it's already happened
I have a friend who thinks that we're all doomed
so she says
just go find you're bliss within the ignorance
no matter what the paper said
still nothing on the TV
is gonna show her a life any different
until she stepped outside
and saw it in a stranger's eye
there it happened
she felt compassion again
are you ready for it this time
ready for when it happens
it's already happening
i bet you're ready for it this time
ready for when it happens
it's already happened
the moment that you gave up on your own damn life
it's hard to deny
that you give up on the future of your child
and the flame that burns inside
feel it feel it burning feel it feel it burning
are you ready for it this time
ready for when it happens
it's already happening
i bet you're ready for it this time
ready for when it happens
it's already happened
Track Name: There Is No Way To Happiness
there is no way to happiness
there is no way to happiness
there is no way to happiness
happiness is just a way
she was the best I ever had
funny thing she was with another man
a funny thing she was and I never even held her hand
just caught her on the right side of the bed
Mary dug her feet in the promise land
it's almost like I've been there before
tell me what it's like I like to understand
like what's the weather like
well it's a joke
it goes...
Track Name: Deer On The Moon
the year was 2081
everyone was equal
in every which way
George and Hazel had a son
up until the HG
took him away
ballerina my empress
take my hand
we'll show them the meaning
of a dance
kiss the ceiling
leap show high from our toes off the floor
kiss the ceiling
gravity's best off ignored
George walked in with a can of beer
say that she was crying
but can't remember what for
forget the sad things like deer on the moon
take my hand
we'll show them the meaning of a dance
kiss the ceiling
leap show high from our toes off the floor
kiss the ceiling
gravity's best off ignored
syncing up my heartbeat to the beat
we synchronize our heartbeats to the beat
kiss the ceiling
leap show high from our toes off the floor
kiss the ceiling
gravity's best off ignored
that one sounded like a dozzy

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