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    Comes in a 6 panel Digipack with artwork by Zac Travis. Includes lyrics and credits, as any musical document should.

    Includes unlimited streaming of How We Were Then via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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She knows all the time
I'm gone away.
She’s got days and nights
sometimes a flight to make.
The distant lines are long enough
to hold us when we've had too much.
I think I've dialed enough.
She dials me in tomorrow.
When the morning comes
and all the coffee's gone
the cigarettes all smoke
and all the matches burned
I will be thinking of her.

We know that our time is only space.
Time is never kind
but still we wind in case.
The distant lines are long enough
to hold our breath and mute our touch.
Still we soften up
because we're overeasy
when the morning comes
and all the roses bloom
like an open wound
the scent of her perfume.

She knows that our time
is all a waste.
She's got all the lines.
She's tying up in vain.
The distant lines aren’t long enough
and silence is her only bluff
and I've got mind enough
to try again tomorrow
when the morning comes
when all that's old is new.
I never take the clue
that she and I are never really through.
A record spins in a room.
I hear the crooked rain
on the window pane
down on the tin overhang
and I’m a silence kid
missing my summer babe.


from How We Were Then, released April 27, 2014
Christopher Hughes - vocals, guitar, drums
Matt Shasteen - guitar
Matt Stewart - bass



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The Calmative Denton, Texas

Originally conceived as a studio project, The Calmative mixes traditional songwriting and instrumentation with ambient noise, feedback and drone. It is the moniker of Texas-based songwriter Christopher Hughes, and features a revolving cast of musicians. Collaborators include members of Spooky Folk, Pageantry, and the Blurries. ... more

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