Wanderlust

by Earth Girls

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Earth Girls "Wanderlust"

Debut 12 song LP out August 09, 2016.


"Earth Girls play power pop with an emphasis on 'power.' Spearheaded by guitarist/vocalist, Liz Panella, the Chicago-based band write songs that are bursting with breezy earworms but still pack an undeniably urgent punch. This precarious and exciting balance between infectiousness and grit propels the band’s debut full length, Wanderlust.

Throughout Wanderlust, Panella effortlessly combines elements of 60s and 70s pop with more modern influences, while adding her own distinguishing touches to make songs that are as catchy as they are concise. Earth Girls’ songs are driven by hook-filled immediacy, but they aren’t without sonic and lyrical depth. The best hooks always sound effortless and Wanderlust is loaded with these deceptively catchy yet winding melodies and chord changes. Every instrument plays it’s role perfectly and tastefully; warm vocal harmonies weave around gritty guitar and inventive bass lines, all held together by airtight drumming. The album's tight 21 minute runtime lends itself to repeat listens that reveal Panella’s attention to detail in arrangements, as well as pointed lyrics reflecting a struggle to make the most of life and its relationships."

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released August 9, 2016

Earth Girls is Liz Panella, Joey Kappel, Antonio Holguin III

Additional vocals by Jim Gies

Engineered by Kris di Benedetto at Brandy’s house in Rockford, January 2015
Mixed by Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studios
Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering

Front cover and insert photos by Peter Nelson
Back cover photo by Chris Bavaria

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"Earth Girls makes garage-pop that’s so densely packed it’s almost easy to lose the complexity of the arrangements, but that’s exactly what [makes it] work. It may be bubblegum pop, but its flavors don’t fade after first listen." -AV Club

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Track Name: I Thought You Knew
Behold the glorious anchor
that pulled us all down to the pavement
You got lost and came back a savior
forgetting the rules of engagement

I left the light on
I thought you knew

Can’t stop from being this anxious
Some world that I try to escape from
You look at me like a stranger
not trying to make my acquaintance

I’ve tried to see it through
Our time has come now
I thought you knew

I’ve tried to see it through
The time is ours now
I thought you knew
Track Name: Don't Let Go
I’m hanging by your side
debating what is right
I love you enough to be alone

Creeping towards that age
of not regretting what we say
I just thought that we couldn’t learn to try

Don’t let go
Too high to cast a shadow

So we stand in place
Choking on our rage
I think you are too independent

I’m getting used to loss
here back against this wall
Trying not to stare at what rightfully is mine

Don’t let go
Too high to cast a shadow

When it’s all been told
I’m begging you to go
I just want to grieve on my own
Track Name: Expensive Habits
You don’t question what is right
Flexing wills, displaying might
But still tonight
I don’t wanna fault you

Holding back, not all is told
I think I’ve figured where to go
But still not sold
I don’t wanna fault you
But I don’t wanna call you

You don’t wanna fall in love
Love is an expensive habit
I’ve already said too much
One of my obnoxious habits
I don’t understand you

There are two sides
but I’ve held my tongue for a while
Too tired to try

You are the king
of promises and denial
And now you’re letting me down

You don’t wanna fall in love
Love is an expensive habit
I’ve already said too much
One of my obnoxious habits
Truth will reveal itself in time
Track Name: Gaslighting
Gifts just for show
so you can say
“It makes your eyes turn green, baby”
I wish you wouldn’t notice
that I’m still here

We all learn to dream of places far away
Sink into the floor til here is gone
We all know the type
earning points for bad behavior

They assume what is true

My eyes turn back from green to blue
but you don’t seem to notice
I forgot what’s right
Track Name: Wanderlust
First attack, temperate
Learning not to hold against you
the shock of holding back

Couldn’t make even one mistake
I’ve realized what we see too often
is all we’ll ever get
I was starting to forget

Give a little

Step aside and try to mind the bitterness
If you’ve called an “other”
you’re a traveler at odds
Never having a good start

Give a little
But be careful what you say

Fruit is changing into waste
Bleak disturbances we crave
This will never go away

Secretly hoping to get caught
Brushing off this wanderlust
I won’t cry and I won’t age
Track Name: Say Goodnight
Say goodnight but only for a while
Say you’ll love me for all time
Take your time but don’t ask me why
I don’t wanna say you’re mine

So you hate me, so it goes
I know what I chose

Force these lines but don’t blink an eye
You’re so thoughtless and composed
All these tries, these unending strides
Divvy up the faults, the lies

So you hate me, so it goes
I know what I chose

I walk away
Part of me wishes that you’d beg I’d stay

There’s nothing I can do
to fall in love with you
Track Name: Not Prepared for Love
I am not prepared for love
Figured out there’s still enough
to see on my own

Call if there’s some way to say it on the phone
I have no choice in the matter
Blame gut reactions but don’t admit it all
Hinting at what you’re after

You won’t open up unless you know there’s nothing between us
No talk about respect for what we had

I am not prepared for love
In this world there’s still enough
to see on my own

You won’t open up unless you know there’s nothing between us
No talk about respect for what we had

I am not prepared for love
Figured out there’s not enough
Gluttony, collecting scars
There is only one true art
and we’re all alone
Track Name: For Granted
I can’t hide
behind another place and time
So I have got to learn to face this

It’s what we take for granted that kills us

Words defy
It’s not a question of desire
There is too much at stake to lose this

It’s what we take for granted that kills us

If I fall too far will you pick me up again
If I fall too hard
If I fall too far will you pick me up again
I can’t complain

Some days I can’t find a reason left to try
But I have got to learn to face this

It’s what we take for granted that kills us
Track Name: Only Human
I didn’t think you’d stay
I must admit I want you all to myself
Too often words get in the way
I didn’t think you’d stay

Forced to hide away
with my whole extended family
Stop living in fear of
being forced to come clean

I thought you were mine
You thought we were only human
I don’t wanna share you
I don’t wanna fall in line, so

I didn’t think you’d stay
I must admit I want you all to myself
Too often words get in the way
I didn’t think you’d stay

Forced to analyze
every action and discussion
I don’t wanna leave here
I don’t wanna lie

I thought you were fine
You saw all your chances wasted
Surrendering logic
will bury us all in time
Track Name: Oxford Comma
“Boast not, fear less” you said
“You’ll get it all back if you’re honest with yourself”

They label it as sin
Don’t get lost in semantics
Do we care what is right?

Dead eyes, forever choking up
I startled once and that’s enough
I’d rather turn to anyone else
The clenching fool collapsed today
I thought we’d stage our own escape
But now I’m battered down and lost again, no.
Lost at home
Track Name: Exit Plan
Seems like it’s the time of day
to ignore what we became
Letting go is so hard

Photographs have always been
just another exit plan
Do I owe you something?

I have stayed in bed for weeks
haven’t slept, just imagining
how to find exception

I can’t count on anything
certainly not my own strength
Not used to feeling helpless

Now the instincts have kicked in
I wish for exoskeleton
to protect from my own

neverending futile tries
and attempts to internalize
what has proven so hard

you are my world
so long, so long
Track Name: Öland
Did you whisper what I wouldn’t say
I’m still wishing that you could have stayed
Bite my tongue, let this desolation fade

Never had the nerve to follow through
I’m not the person I became with you
Full of doubt, never making up my mind
Nonetheless I still want you on my side

Did you?

I’m not qualified to live this way
Getting lost in a nostalgic haze
In a place now forlorn and pushed aside
Never late because no one measured time

Did you? no.