Everything's Jake

by Damngivers

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    releases 22 April 2015

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1.
03:32
2.
12-Pack Beauty Queen
3.
03:32
4.
This Day Forward
5.
King of the Neighborhood
6.
Drinking For Two
7.
05:33
8.
Working Class Stiff
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11.
The System
12.

about

With a mix of Country Rock, Alt-Country, Roots Rock and Folk, Everything’s Jake sounds comfortable and groovy the second you put it on. A fixture on the LA roots scene, Damngivers debut full-length, is noteworthy for its solid songs, great musicianship, quality production, and successful fundraising campaign.

Full of catchy choruses, melodies, and classic instrumentation that conjours up parts early Wilco, the Band, Black Crowes, and others, Gomez’s musical influences are ever present but molded into his own unique delivery of tunes full of hope and irony driven home with his rootsy vocals.

“Music is a shared experience and I write songs to articulate things that others can’t,” says Gomez, “It’s my hope to bring people together with music.”

Recorded with the same team that produced Ryan Bingham’s Mescalito, co-producer Antoine Arvizu for the entire album and Marc Ford as producer on 6 tracks, Everything’s Jake captures the tightness and looseness of a band with an immediate and earnest sound.

Everything’s Jake was a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign. The album is independently released. Damngivers will tour throughout 2015.

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releases 22 April 2015

Guitars:
Neal Casal – Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
Marc Ford – Black Crowes, Ben Harper
Jeremy Long (also on pedal steel) – the Frieghtshakers
Mark Turner and Michael Gavigan

Bass:
John Bazz – the Blasters
Robert Black – the Far West
Dave Brouillette – Gal Holiday

Drums:
Justin Smith – NOCONA, Antoine Arvizu and Keith Baker

Piano and B3:
Mike Malone and Jeffrey Howell

BGVs:
Alice Wallace, Jenn Gibbons, and Doug Freyre

* Produced by Marc Ford
Engineered by Antoine Arvizu
Jazz Straub Assistant Engineer
** Produced by Antoine Arvizu
Engineered by Antoine Arvizu
Jazz Straub Assistant Engineer
*** Produced by Antoine Arvizu
Engineered by Antoine Arvizu
Mike Glines Assistant Engineer

All songs written by Gerry Gomez
© 2015 Gerry Gomez
Published by Humdevil Makes Music (ASCAP)

Except This Day Forward
Written by Gerry Gomez and Anthony Arvizu
© 2015 Gerry Gomez/Anthony Arvizu
Published by Humdevil Makes Music (ASCAP)

All tracks recorded, mixed, and mastered by Anthony 'Antoine' Arvizu
at the Compound Studio, Signal Hill, CA
thecompoundstudio.com

Project Producers
Mark Turner & Carrie Lisa, Steve & Kendall Best, Glenn Gilbert,
Gloria & Ed Gomez, Luigi Priore, Doug Freyre,
Heather Green & Michael Gavigan, Brett Humphry

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Damngivers Los Angeles, California

Offering up everything from twang-tinged melodic pop to full-fledged country rock, Long Beach based Damngivers are alt-country meets southern rock that's hooky enough to appeal to just about anyone.

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Track Name: Daddy Knows
Been down to Austin
Spent time in France
Some things you learn by luck
Some you learn by chance
But Daddy knows
What Daddy knows

You gotta pay the piper and you
Can't fool the reaper
Some things you learn yourself
Some get taught by teacher
But Daddy knows
What Daddy knows

Daddy knows a lot about the little things
And a little bit about the big things
Daddy knows

Sometimes Daddy knows best
Sometimes Daddy knows all
You can fool some people some of the time
But you can't fool Daddy at all

Cause Daddy knows

So go tell your mama
Go tell your pa
You think you know some things but
You don't know shit at all
But Daddy knows
What Daddy knows

Don't do tomorrow what cha
Oughta done today
Don't woulda, coulda, shoulda
You get good that way
Well Daddy knows
What Daddy knows

Daddy knows a lot about the little things
And a little bit about the big things
Daddy knows

Daddy knows a thing or two
about a thing or two
One thing Daddy knows
Is he knows that man don't love you

Daddy knows


© 2014 Gerry Gomez
Published by Humdevil Makes Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Retread
I've been shot dead, feeling like a retread
Fame was going to my head, some things are better left unsaid
Bought myself a new car, I was feeling like a star
Things were going pretty good, I never thought I'd go this far
But now I'm on the rebound, looking for a new start
Thought I hit the bottom, I didn't think it'd be this hard
Lord have mercy, something's out to get me
Every time I get phone, someone's asking for a loan
I just wanna go back home!

Shut up boy and grab a mop, I'll tell you what the heck is up
All's you are's a dreamer, no high-class fancy cleaner
You're lucky to be a door man, helping folks load minivans
Thank you sir "have a good day," I'll take that job, what does it pay?
Moving on up to the top,
look out world no time to stop!
I'll shape up son, I'll get a gun, stop feeling like a hit and run
I wish I were a Kennedy, I'd even take George Jefferson
I just wanna go back home!

Why'm I feeling depressed, got myself a new address
Got myself some new toys, hanging out with good ole boys
Got a great new tradition, I'm going on a mission
Gonna lie to everyone, gonna be a politician!
I'm gonna change my story, then I'll be bound for glory
Kiss my ass your on your own, goodbye son I'm going home
But living at a shelter, my life is helter skelter
There's nothing new under the sun, help me please and load this gun

I just wanna go back home!
I just wanna go back home!

© 2014 Gerry Gomez
With Mike Salas
Published by Humdevil Makes Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: 4:22
Well I'm sitting here drowning my sorrows
They're sinking in the deep end of the pool
There's so many places
I forget all the faces
I'm bored with nothing to do

My boss says, "Pick up those papers"
Do my time sheets and get back to work
My life would be great
But I'm working 'til late
So I'll tell you just what you can do...

So stick it straight in your pie hole
Stick it is what you can do
I'm doing my work
You stupid little jerk
If you only had a clue

So, I'm gonna have to call you back
have to call you back
have to call you back
at 4:22

Now it might seem I've got a bad memory
The truth is it runs kinda slow
Tomorrow's as good as the present
Ain't that what they say in old Mexico?

I've never been much for deadlines
I've never been much on time
I'll get there when I get there
As of yet I haven't been there
But I'll be there in a moment's time

So stick it straight in your pie hole
Stick it is what you can do
I'll get there when I get there
As of yet I haven't been there
But I'll be there in a moment or two

So, I'm gonna have to call you back
have to call you back
have to call you back
at 4:22

All you people always looking for answers
Always talking and never saying nothing
Don't worry 'bout me I'm happy as can be
I've got plenty of nothing to do

Well I ain't got no time for assholes
They're like excuses and everybody's got one
And everyone else's stinking
But mine

So stick it straight in your pie hole
Stick it is what you can do
I'm rolling my friend
He'll be with me 'til the end
He always knows, just what to do

So stick it straight in your pie hole
Stick it is what you can do
I'm loving my friend
He'll be my friend 'til the end
Now who's with me?
You and you and you?

Yeah, I'm gonna have to call you back
have to call you back
have to call you back
at 4:22

© 2014 Gerry Gomez
Published by Humdevil Makes Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: I Do I Did I Don't Anymore
My life was rolling like a stone with no moss
Was living high on the hog like I was the boss
A pretty smile would turn my head every time
Until I saw the one that blew away my mind

I bought the hook, line and sinker in June
Yeah, we got married maybe a little too soon
She said "I love you, but we're living in sin"
That crooked smile is what done me in

It was a wedding day like I've never seen
People from miles around saw me marry my queen
I was the king that day but something weren't right
That church was filled up with every man in sight!

I said "I do." I did, I don't anymore
There was a thousand men on that church floor
I thought I was your first, but now I'm not sure
I do! I did! I don't anymore!

I loved our love making, we did it all night
And she did things to me that almost weren't right
My little angel had the devil inside
We threw our clothes off and we went for a ride

I was exhausted as I fell off to sleep
I only counted about two or three sheep
But I kept on counting something jumping in my head
Good Lord, I'm counting all the men in the bed!

I said "I do." I did, I don't anymore
I caught a line of men, hanging out our door
I used to love you Hon, but not anymore
I do! I did! I don't anymore!

Now it may seem like things have gotten out of place
I must admit I felt a little disgraced
But my little angel brought out the devil in me
There is a happy ending to this story

I figured why keep working harder than heck
I've seen a lot of things and lived through the wreck
If a little sinning makes money every night,
If this is wrong, then I don't want to be right!

I said "I do." I did, I don't anymore
I caught another man shopping at our store
I used to think it wrong, but not anymore
I do, I did, I don't anymore

© 2014 Gerry Gomez
Published by Humdevil Makes Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Old Friend Joe
I went to see my old friend Joe
to talk about the glory days
We talked about his momma Sue
and how her house got took away
He said, "I remembered playing the big game
on the day my Daddy died.
We were clearing IEDs from the roadway.
Found hundreds in the countryside.
Iraq's a fucked up place
it made me wonder what we were fighting for?
Now folks don't even speak to my face
We won the battle but we lost the war."

He fought for justice and he fought for freedom
He fought for you and he fought for me

I went to see my old friend Joe
He was a better man than you or I
My old friend he left his prime years
In Iraq, serving someone's lies
And I'll never know how much he suffers
I'll never know how much he cries
Joe wears his honor like a flag
Flying it high in the sky

My old friend Joe was a soldier
he served his time and did his duty
He fought for all he remembered
He fought for Sally, an American beauty

He fought for justice and he fought for freedom
He fought for you and he fought for me
He fought for all the things people pray for
The things he fought for, you cannot see
The things he fought for are never free

I'll never know how much he suffers
I'll never know how much he cries
But I'll always be thankful to him
And I'll salute him till the day he dies

Chorus

I went to see my old friend Joe
to talk about the glory days
Track Name: Waiting for the Waterfall
The headaches come and they knock me out cold
The day is done and I’m getting old
When I’m up now, it’s usually short lived
When I’m down, I ain’t got much to give

Some days there’s just too much rust in my blood
I’m standing in the waterfall, right before the flood

So take the wheel, take me home
I ain't got nothing in the world worth going home for anymore
Leave me nothing, take it all
Soon the water will run out on this waterfall

Tell Momma I tried, and then give her my love
Tell Daddy I tried, but he’s stronger than I ever was
They say get some help, when you are feeling low
But I lost the number to that crazy call-in show

Some days they just ain’t worth getting up for anymore
I lost my way, and I’m out here all alone

So take the wheel, take me home
I ain't got nothing in the world worth going home for anymore
Leave me nothing, take it all
Soon the water will run out on this waterfall

I stumble to the floor, like I often do
I made the bed, and I found my shoes
I hit the pavement, like a newborn fawn
I walked the road, till the early dawn

Some days they just ain’t worth talking ‘bout much anymore
Yeah, I’m still standing here with no direction home

So take the wheel, take me home
I ain't got nothing in the world worth going home for anymore
Leave me nothing, take it all
Soon the water will run out on this waterfall

© 2014 Gerry Gomez
Published by Humdevil Makes Music (ASCAP)