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Submarines

by Here Comes Everybody

Piano-rock for the heart and the brain
Genre: Pop: Piano
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1. Hole
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2. Turbine
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3. Meanwhile
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4. Postcard
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5. Medicine
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6. Half
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7. Swimming
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8. Objects Are Closer
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9. Submarine
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10. Whole
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The band's most ambitious recording to date, Here Comes Everybody has crafted their very own kind of piano rock opera, a concept album that runs the musical gamut from the jaunty pop bounce of "Hole," the opening track, to the jazz infused mood pieces of "Meanwhile" and "Swimming," to the progressive, spooky propulsion of "Objects Are Closer," and finally to the penultimate pop-rock anthem of the title track, "Submarine."

A continuous narrative over ten songs, "Submarines" is a story told by a boy with one arm, the result of a tragic accident with a piece of heavy machinery, obliquely referred to as a turbine engine. The boy tells another parallel story, the arc of which, over the course of the ten songs on the album, returns him, at least psychologically, to a sense of wholeness and completion. His story is about a couple, Joe and Delores, both in their own process of coming apart and coming together, who have a series of encounters with one another and explorations in solitude on the Oregon Coast. Whether the story the boy tells about Joe and Delores is real or an act of his own imagination can be left up to the listener to decide, but one thing is certain: as the title suggests, it's a deep, dark journey for all of them, which, nevertheless, ends optimistically.

And even though the record is conceived as a concept from start to finish, the tunes all work independently of one another as great pop gems in their own right, reminiscent of the best of XTC, David Sylvian, or Grandaddy.

Here Comes Everybody is the song-writing husband/wife team of Michael Jarmer (drummer, singer, lyricist), and René Ormae-Jarmer (keyboardist and songwriter). Fred Chalenor, a veritable bass master who has played with the likes of Wayne Horvitz, Matt Cameron, and Seattle's The Walkabouts, joins them in 2005. Together the three of them make a lean mean piano rock machine. The musicianship of these three experienced players leaps out from the tracks on "Submarines." Not a dull moment. These are inspired performances!


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Jonathan

Diving deep to reach new heights
The lyrics have moments of transcending the song. I think it's great that the story is more important than making the words rhyme. They make sense in the head for different reasons...good reasons. Love how the piano keeps things all tied together...kinda like the ocean :)

Joshua

It's like a rose-scented fungus. And that's a good thing.
This CD is wonderful. It just grows on you. It's reminiscent of the old rock operas like The Who's "Tommy" or Pink Floyd's "The Wall". A flowing story that you want to see/hear again and again. I love the album as a whole, but if I had to pick a couple favorite songs I'd say "Meanwhile" and "Objects Are Closer".

Curtis Settino's sleeve and insert artwork lend a beautiful visualisation to HcE's work as well.

Reed

Submerse & surrender...
Meanwhile, HCE continues to deconstruct the unspoiled pop song in precisely that way in which the balance merely wish they could. Immediately accessible, forever unforgettable. Submarines: submerse yourself ~ completely.

Dale

Addictive piano, plaintive pop
"Postcard" alone is worth the price of HCE's latest. Wonderfully quirky tunes and turns of phrase hook the listener from the first and won't let go until we're drowned at the end with a gorgeous piano-pop piece "Submarine." Just the title calls up comparisions with that other submarine by the Beatles, but HCE finds its own depths on this subversive musical journey.

Kathryn

An inventive, beguiling creation
The newest from HCE is terrific. It's a work of artistic beauty on so many levels - the thread of imbedded words and images, the way the songs play off each other. I admire them all, especially Medicine (sucker that I am for cellos and the tenderness people show to each other), especially Swimming (Rene's evocative keyboard grabs a thing in me I know not where), especially Objects (the loaded wordplay any poet would envy). Especially - all of it.

David

Great songs, great stories
This is the kind of music that gets better every time you
listen to it. The first time through, I just enjoyed the
musicianship. But it's been in my car for the last week,
and somewhere along the line the story behind the songs
came to the front--a journey from "Hole" to "Whole" in the
lives of three people--and I'm the kind of person who seldom knows the words to the songs he likes. This one's different. Yeah, I crank up "Submarine" and "Postcard", but I find myself thinking about Joe looking into the sea on that
card and getting scared a bit--a lot. Can't help but
like these people... and hit the play button again...

Patrick Burke

Defines well-crafted song writing and tasteful production
So refreshing to hear this kind of well-crafted song writing. As a fellow Portland musician I remember seeing this band in the 80's but didn't know they were still at it until I ran across them on the NPR website. I listened to Submarine and was absolutely amazed. I ordered the CD right away and listen to it daily. I like everything about this CD from the tastefully done art work to the production, the vocals, the lyrics...well, you get the point. I want to make special mention of the bass playing. That SOUND adds so much.
Hats off to HCE. HEY BIG TIME RECORD LABELS–ARE YOU LISTENING?!?