The Color Forty Nine

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The first recording by The Color Forty Nine.

Stories are everywhere, if you look for them

The Color Forty Nine hail from San Diego, California, where pretty much everything is nice. The weather and languid pace can easily lull you into a blissful complacency...or implore you to seek for more. For their first recording, the band has mined a collection of seven musical stories from their surroundings, daily life, countries traveled, and the fortunate proximity of the neighboring town of Tijuana, Mexico, a whole different place altogether.

Describing it as ‘the best feature of living in San Diego, and one tragically avoided by all too many’, Tijuana is the inspiration and occasional setting for many of the lyrics for vocalist, Phil Beaumont. Stealing from autobiographical moments, and semi-fictional tales of characters encountered, and imagined, from both sides of the border and beyond, Beaumont’s lyrics explore the notion that we all seek refuge, in places, moments and people with whom, or from whom, we sometimes want to escape.

The lead track, ‘I will’, speaks to the idea of finding anonymity in a crowd and allowing ourselves to let in to the foibles of being human. Quasi-confessional, where none is necessary, it leans on the common desire to diverge from the path without losing the way. Beaumont is a director of a public elementary school, and finds refuge in music, other communities and places that provide breathing room in times of need. Working with kindred musicians allows for a less censored vulnerability in songsmithing.

Collectively, the members of the band have played throughout the world with previous and current projects such as little white teeth (Phil Beaumont), the Black Heart Procession (Matt Resovich & Jason Hooper), the Album Leaf (Matt Resovich), maquiladora (Phil Beaumont), System’s Officer (Jason Hooper) and the John Meeks Band (John Meeks, Matt Resovich). The band members have also sat in with the likes of Eric Bachmann and Pinback as touring members.

As multi-instrumentalists, each member gets to stray from their previous roles to find new musical connections to song writing. As a bass player for most of his life, Beaumont picked up, by happenstance, a baritone ukulele to travel with more easily, and thus was the genesis of the songs on this, the band’s first outing. Matt Resovich plays violin and Casiotone through the many effects pedals he builds himself. Jason Hooper, a highly sought-after drummer, picks up the bass for the Color Forty Nine, and John Meeks, typically the front man to his own band, falls back on his drum-core days to fill out the rhythm section. Their musical home is the attic of a 1910 home in Sherman Heights, where each rehearsal begins with a family style meal of good food and better wine.

This first, self-titled ep is a collection of songs recorded over the past 9 months; a reflection on San Diego’s slow pace perhaps. The band has collaborated extensively with film-maker Grant Reinero on a variety of videos to accompany the songs. Shooting in locations such as Tijuana and in collaboration with installation artists. Collaboration is a strong suit for The Color Forty Nine whose members have worked on a variety of soundtracks for film, theater and documentaries. Already working on songs for a follow up record, they recently went to TIjuana’s mariachi plaza to collaborate on a song reflecting the absurdity of the current push for a wall between the two countries.

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released June 15, 2018

Phil Beaumont - Vocals & Baritone Ukelele
Jason Hooper - Bass & Backing Vocals
John Meeks - Drums & Backing Vocals
Matt Resovich - Violin, Keyboards & Backing Vocals

Lyrics by Phil Beaumont
Recorded & Mixed by Brad Lee at SDRL & Matt Resovich in Luisa's Attic

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The Color Forty Nine San Diego, California

The band hails from San Diego, California, where pretty much everything is nice. For this first recording, they have mined a collection of seven musical stories from their surroundings, daily life, countries traveled, and the fortunate proximity of neighboring Tijuana, Mexico.
Collectively, they have been members of bands such as the Black Heart Procession, the Album Leaf, and Maquiladora.
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Track Name: I will
I will strive to be all that you would hope for
And I will sometimes be all that and more
And I will often fall in the deep end
And I will sometimes wake up on the floor

I will, be inspired, I think, by new friends
I will, still take a drink with my old friends
And I will, sometimes go search out for more
When I do, I'll always end up at our door

For you, you dear, mean everything
oh you, you do mean everything

Oooh la la la

In a book that sits beside of our bed,
There's a line that I can't seem to clear out of my head
Telling stories of old, that bend and unfold throughout the night
Tell me things that I do, things that I say, are alright...
With you, who means everything
For you, you do mean everything

Ooooh la la la

For you, you do mean everything
and you, you should be everything
Track Name: Fall Down With You
Time is a treasure that you won't track down
Not a place to run to
It's a touch or a smile that lasts just a while,
not a place to run to

It's where I fall, with you

There's a stranger in the way; A ghost for a day
That hides a bit of you
It's an untrodden trail that leads its way to you
It's where I fall down, I fall down with you
Where I fall down, fall down with you

There's a word on a page that is written in a way
That leads its way through
To an actor on a stage, it's yet another play
That ends a bit too soon
Stay another day
Play a little while
Hide yourself
Take a little time
It's a breath, not a light, that guides my way to you

It's how I fall down, I fall down with you
It's where I fall down with you

Time is a pleasure that we won't have long
Not a game to rush through
So break another smile, stay a little while
Hide yourself, take a little time,
Let the river inside rush for a while in you

And let me fall down with you
Track Name: Hours Made
Caught up in the landslide
Caught up in your rain
I thought that when I found you I'd be dancing once again
The hours spent to love you
the hours spent to try
truth is now I found you, I'll go hiding for a while

All the notes I wrote you
I'd write them once again
Written for a stranger, who soon became a friend
Tell it to me all night
Tell me once again
Tell me I'll be alright
Just Tell me anything

All the complications
All the lines were said
All the iterations of better plan ahead
I was made to love you
I always meant to try
Tied a thread around you, let's go running for a while

Try to find your way home tonight
It's been a long day
And both of us know it

It doesn't matter at all, she said,
It's been a long day
You're starting to show it

You can't make sense of it all
It doesn't matter at all
You can't make sense of it all…

Find yourself in another place
All of the time you're just running away
Find yourself in another phase
It's always, it's always, the same...
It doesn't matter at all

Try to paint yourself another face
Before all colors are fading away
Always temper what you ought to say
It's always the same
It doesn't matter at all
Track Name: No Guarantees
Put your eyes to the mirror
Now, who could that be?
Who's torn out the pages
From the books that you read?

You took all you wanted.
Did you take what you need?
Did you leave some for others?
Because there's others in need

There are prophets among us
That we don't need to see
And though they stand among us,
They come, they come,
With no guarantees

So, you line up your profits
And plant your little seed
And you claim it's an honest
Living you need

You line up before us
Do we look good on our knees?
As you're making a promise,
It's certainly not, nor never guaranteed

Eye for an eye was all that I could see
I was advised that all advice was free
Never guaranteed

Put your eyes to the mirror
Now who could that be?
Making claims like a prophet
For all the troubles we breed

Put a light on the pages
For they're getting hard to read
When the words blow away
They come, they come with no guarantees

Eye for an eye was all that I could see
I was advised that all advice was free, but never guaranteed
Track Name: Storyteller
So glad to be here, outside your door
So many came here, and many more, just run away

Nurses, doctors, and lawyers too
Storytellers, they all run to you
And run away

Oooh, but I have something to say
We're not worth it, in any way

I heard rustling along the line
Broken whispers, forgotten lies - they tell to you

Out of sadness, out of the fields
Out of their minds, in so many ways
They come to you

Ooh, but I have something to say
Feel like something is on the way

Your house of worship has locked the doors
Though many came here, there's many more
were turned away

Oooh, but I had something to say
Oooh, we're not worth it in any way

Storyteller, on the fence
Won't you tell us
How it ends

Storyteller, on the fence
Won't you tell us
How it ends

Won't you tell us
How it ends
Won't you tell us
How it ends
Track Name: Did you think of this all by yourself?
A serpent slips into the river
Lifts his head as if to smile
The mustached man cast a line as he falls
It seems to happen all the time

Up above floats in the water
Some teenage boys who dance and whine
The awkward one, he gets made fun of
which seems to happens all the time

Did you think of this all
By yourself?
Did you think of this all
By yourself?

You had it all worked out

We talk of plans and our direction
Silly songs, we tell dirty jokes
We have to choose from the selection
Whomever's lies we like the most

Did you think of this all
By yourself?
Did you think of this all
Just by yourself?
Did you think of this all?
You had it all worked out

The police they came again this morning
Another man had jumped our fence
They brought a dog. They tried to catch him.
And Roger's talking to himself again

Did you think of this all
By yourself?
Did you think of this all
Just by yourself?
Did you think of this all?
Because it's all worked out
Track Name: Side of the Road
She put on
A worried face that I should have known

And there was I
Kept thinking I should be ready to go

I took a drive
From Minnesota to the beautiful coast

The winds were high
There was a man by the side of the road
With a cane by the side of the road

He had no eye
But had a lie like I should have known

He asked if I
Could take him him down to the rodeo
To see his sister at the rodeo

This is no time to reflect, you better turn around and take him
This is no time to regret, what it is that you did
This is not time to reflect, you better turn around and just take him
Because in the morning you'll get what it is that you did

It was a lie
There was no sister at the rodeo
And there was I
Thinking I should be ready to go

Just thinking I should be ready to go

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