Trick of the Eye

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    The Joy Mills Band spent a quiet winter completing their ep, Coming Up, their fourth release. Recorded in a former veterinary hospital (now a writing & music studio), the songs (four originals and one cover) reflect a longing to connect with nature and each other outside the technological hum of modern day, such as on the title track:

    You've been hanging out in my mind to ease the burden
    Just passing by my window then gone again

    I love when the robin sings, sweet things through an open door
    How I've been waiting for these songs in the dawn
    I live every loving day, strange things through an open door
    How long we've been waiting for these songs in the dawn

    ​credits

    Joy Mills - ac guitar, vocals
    Tom Parker - bass, vocals
    Lucien LaMotte - elec guitar, pedal steel
    Jack Quick - organ, piano
    Mike McDermott - drums

    produced by Joy Mills Band
    engineered by Mike McDermott and Lucien LaMotte at NoteWordies
    mixed by Johnny Sangster at Crackle & Pop!
    mastered by Julian Martlew
    photo: Sherri Jerome

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lyrics

what is this trick, what is this photograph
that comes to mind every time?
hey, didn’t know it was taking mine
blazing all those trails, taking all those photographs
taken long from the roof
hey, didn’t know it was coming soon

what is this dark room?
what is this light that’s pouring in?
to break itself upon itself
and leave no time for crying shame
the pencil breaks, broken
the ticking of the time is when
the sight of the edge is thin

tell me now, design…tell me now photograph
the gear is low, rolling down
blacking out across the town
taken for a fool, but I’m skipping school
fold it up, had enough
do you know what I’ve been thinking of?

this tripping old dream
for all it is and all it seems
and I wrap myself inside the light
of sleepless nights and tossing beds
these running trains inside my head
I skip the stones along the stream
no wiser for this walking dream
yeah, I skip the stones along the stream
no wiser for this walking dream

credits

from Coming Up, released March 9, 2017
Joy Mills - acoustic guitar, vocals
Tom Parker - bass, vocals
Lucien LaMotte - pedal steel
Mike McDermott - drums
Jack Quick - keys

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Joy Mills Band Seattle, Washington

Urban country and roots from the Pacific Northwest.

"Seattle’s liveliest country-flavored act since Neko Case." - The Stranger

Seattle Weekly included 2012's release "Trick of the Eye" in Seattle's Top Country Albums 2012.

“Call it lilt with an edge.” – Leicester Bangs (UK)

“Organic country…both delicate and edgy… For the lo-fi country enthusiast.” – Maverick Mag (UK)
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