Sun Don't Shine So Bright

by Plateau Below

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Sun Don’t Shine So Bright is the long anticipated follow-up EP to Plateau Below’s 2014 debut album, Still Paradise.

Where Still Paradise was a carefully constructed song-cycle, thematically cohesive with individual cuts bleeding into and through each other, Sun Don’t Shine So Bright is an eccentric collage of wild ideas and genre experimentation. From “Predator Drone,” a jaunty honky-tonk indictment of modern warfare, to the somber acoustic ballad, “Green River Valley,” Plateau Below aren’t afraid to display their range.

One connecting thread throughout the EP is songwriter Logan Carithers‘ sardonic perspective on Americana. Raised in Boonville, IN (pop. 6164), Carithers’ lyrics showcase his conflicted, Joycean relationship with the bible-belt values pervasive throughout the rural Midwest.

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released August 4, 2017

Engineered and Mixed by Plateau Below
Additional Mixing by Connor Stobaugh
Mastered by Mike Bridavsky
"Yellow Belly" Engineered by Kyle Houpt

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Track Name: Slithering By (A Stroll Through Town)
false punks
you can catch em acting at your local coffee shop
while drunk bums
slobber in the alley, singing songs to major tom

and all while time
slithers by
creatures crawl
children cry

slum lords
hiking up your rent although your roof is almost gone
while a mean lawyer
rolls a 'rolls that's likely making up for his short dong

and all while time
slides right by
branches fall
old folks die

i'm aware
this is all a hollow stupor
(that's what they say)
and we're devoid
of meaning in the grander scheme of time
(hm, yeah)
save your ways
but know - there may be nothing waiting
(you may be right)
face the fuckin facts, man

false punks
you'll still catch em acting at your local coffee shop
while rich boy scum
are foaming from the tongue while groping comatosed broads

and all while time
slithers by
creatures crawl
old folks cry
and all my time
slides right by
nations fall
children die
Track Name: Yellow Belly
yellow belly, move

now i'm thinking back to the dirtbike track
man, i was a sorry little jerk
a dirty little brat in a cowboy hat
swung my little brother by his shirt

you didn't make a move on him
make a move on
i wanna make a move
but how?

time i saw it going on
and thought i'd go and tell my mom
he already had his face down in the rocks
and i never saw another fire
like that of my mother's
as she yanked the little fucker from his socks

go on
make a move on him
make a move on him
yellow belly, do something!
come on, move!

go on
make a move on him!
make a move on it!
come on, man
and do something!
yellow belly!
go on, make a move on him!
make a move on it!
come on, man
and do something!
come on, move!

thirty minutes in the dark
while crossing spencer into warrick
i cried and pressed my face against the glass
and if i ever am a sissy
like i was again in chrisney
i hope some cowboy kicks me in my ass

go on make a move on him

go on
make a move on him!
make a move on it!
come on, man
and do something!
yellow belly!
go on, make a move on him!
make a move on it!
come on, man
and do something!
yellow belly!
go on, make a move on it!
make a move on it!
come on, man
and do something!
come on, move!
come on, move!
come on, move!
Track Name: Blessing Of Collections
bills, bills, bills, bills, bills
piling high
try and climb that hill
then you die

wanna pave a better way of life?
you might find
the remainder of your days
a slave you're going to stay
to bills

bills, bills, bills, bills, bills
don't you know
it was god's great will
to impose
the blessing of collections on our backs?
that's why
just a couple days
after man had left his cave
the dude who made the wheel said:
"okay, it's time to pay your bills"

caveman: but what is bill?
collector: it's your new god, sucker!!! forget that fire sky, mother moon bullshit and pay me!!! PAY ME!!!

bills, bills, bills, bills, bills
that's what i said
sleep, work, pay your bills
then you're dead
Track Name: My Yemeni Baby Got Killed By A Predator Drone
my yemeni baby got killed by a predator drone
my yemeni baby got killed by a predator drone
yeah she was just doing what she does
then come that unforgiving buzz
and it squashed her where she was
and now she's gone

you shoulda seen that alloy soldier
come swooping down from the sky
yeah you shoulda seen that soarin yankee
come snooping up from behind
oh no she didn't have a chance
that little fucker made her dance!
and then he splat her like an ant
and here she lies

but can i blame those UAVs
for offing my sweet yemeni?
her breathing air was just a breach
on national security
but oh man a name don't mean a thing
when you just spray em through a screen
and it's a shame
but it's the key
to saving folks like you and me

my yemeni baby got killed by a predator drone
(sweet habibi - my sweet yemeni)
she had it coming all along
i mean, she lived in a predator zone
(sweet habibi - my sweet yemeni)
she shoulda listened to what i said
and took them blankets off her head
but now she's wrapped up in em dead
and i'm alone
Track Name: Green River Valley
well my mother and her father
live in the same county
and my dad's dad
he lives in one up north
and i can't help but to think of my own father
when i see that none of them speak anymore

well the factories spewed out poison
through the valley
and it gave my grandad cancer
in his blood
and when i heard my father cry
through the phone on a hot, june day
it made me feel like he was my own son

and i thought about that old green river valley
as i let my tears flow hard like the river

and sometimes i sit down by that dirty river
and if i lived there now,
more often times i would
and i tell her that i'll always come and see her
but she knows i'll never stay again for good

and i sit there in that old green river valley
as i feel my time pass by like the river

and when i'm old and come back
to the valley
i'll find both of my parents resting there
and though they're gone
i'll know my son
had known them
as i watch that valley wind blow through his hair

and i'll stand there in that old green river valley
and i'll watch my life go on like the river
i'll stand there in that old green river valley
and i'll let my life flow on like the river