Malgamae

Malgamae was a band I was in from August of 2006 to June of 2007 or so.  It was a 3 piece band made up of me (Rhodes, Vocals), Scott Legler (Guitars), and Ben Crisman(Drums).  We only played a handful of shows before breaking up.  We wrote about 10 songs as a band but had a really hard time figuring out what kinds of bands to play shows with.  We never really found an audience.  We liked to think it was because we were kind of between genre’s.  I really liked the songs; however, I have the stage presence of sea moss and we never dazzled anyone live.  The songs we have recordings of are below.

The Meaning – Malgamae (2007)

The Meaning

For me this song was really fun live.  It is the only recording we have where the vocal performance doesn’t make me want to crawl into a hole and die.

Calm down the shaky ground you stand on,
the shaky ground it all rides on.
Girl slow down; be cool.
The heat and all the magic seem to slow it down.
But, you’re burning both ends now.

And within a thoughtless crowd you cease to be.
And everything is everything you’d hoped not to see.

These simple little habits make us who we are;
And no one wants to take them from you.
No one wants to see these things come down on you.
These people who pretend to be your friends to keep the tempo up
are friends you can’t maintain.

And within a thoughtless crowd you cease to be.
And everything is everything you’d hoped not to see.

You came to look, to stand around, and try to find it.
But nothing’s here but us and you and your failure.

Leaves – Malgamae (2007)

Leaves

This is one of our better songs from a traditional songwriting perspective.  It was really simple, really easy, and I always felt good when we played it.

Chasing the sun across the sky until you land in the ocean.
Oh you know, oh you know, things could be better out here.

Autumn leaves make tea in the gutters;
and dye the seas in the shades of each other.

In anger and underneath your breath you said, “this is forever.”
But everything touches everything.
They’ve already left the mark.

Autumn leaves make tea in the gutters;
and dye the seas in the shades of their mothers.

Oh you know you’ll make them so proud.
I hope they make you know that.

Autumn leaves make tea in the gutters;
and dye the seas in the shades of each other.

Philadelphia – Malgamae (2007)

Philadelphia

This was the first song that Malgamae ever recorded.  It was the first time I really sang on a recording so I didn’t have a clue what I was doing.  I wrote the lyrics while I was in Philadelphia for work.  People always bag on Philadelphia but I actually really liked the city.

The city seems to sleep so quiet.
The cold air waits and gets a chance to be alone,
except for me. And we can hear them laughing
through the walls. And we can hear violins.

It’s dark and I’m scared
of unfamiliar things and the panic that they bring.
What am I doing here?

Rain paints the streets in a wash of color
at night with the automated lights that we all seem to need.
The souls of a machine and the order that they bring
are all I fear more relevant than me.

It’s dark and I’m scared
of unfamiliar things and the panic that they bring.
What am I doing here?

History has no memory of all the things we intended to do.
History has no memory of all the things we intended to do.

Milkshake(zygote with no lyrics) – Malgamae (2007)

Milkshake

This is a rehearsal we recorded before this song had lyrics or a vocal melody.  Ben had an electronic kit incorporated into his acoustic kit which gave us some sonic flexibility; however, we bailed on it before we started playing live to limit complexity.

Grace Exists(zygote with no lyrics) – Malgamae (2007)

Grace Exists

Same as above.  When this song finally got lyrics Scott wrote them based on the vowel sounds of the gibberish I was singing.  It was pretty cool and the lyrics ended up being really cool and filthy.

The Great Unwashed(zygote with no lyrics) – Malgamae (2007)

The Great Unwashed

Same as above only I wrote the lyrics based on the vowels contained in my gibberish.  They didn’t turn out as cool though.

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