At Least I'm Doing Something

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wellthen is band from chicago that made a record called "at least i'm doing something". it's pretty good, you should listen to it.

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released September 22, 2016

wellthen is:
Aurelio Damiani - lead vocals, guitar, bass
Andrew Berlien - guitar, vocals
Matt Perich - guitar, bass, synths, vocals
Christian Fields - drums, synths, samples, piano, vocals

Engineered and produced by Christian Fields and Wellthen
Mixed and mastered by Steve Bone (soundbetter.com/profiles/43924-steve-bone)
Logo photo by Kim Loch
Artwork by Andrew Berlien and Matt Perich

Wellthen would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to the supporters of our Kickstarter campaign that made this record possible.

We especially appreciate the generosity of: Bill Baykan, Ben Damiani, Leah Damiani and Will Strain, Ralph Damiani, Scott Houston, James Gonzalo King ,Abena and Richard McNeely, Mary, George, and Jacqueline Perich, Nick Perich, Suzanne Strater, Kathryn and Nicholas Szilagye, Paul Wanda.

As well as: Adam Altman, Emily Bates, David Bontrager, Lea Collins, Brian and Anna Dekleva, Becca Fenton Friesen, Sherman Kampe, Stephen Kropp, Jill Linger, Michael Lippert, Lee and Susan Miller, Kathryn J. Routliffe, Rachel Rufer, Michael Scheid, Michael Stashwick, Alan Zreczny.

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Track Name: Just Because
We’re wasting our time
Like we always do
If nothing ever happens we’ll find other things to do
Tap you on the shoulder
Let you know I’m right
You could mount your soapbox
You could scream into the night

Just Because
If I need to
If I would have cared at all
But I’ve got so tired of it all
It’s all done
Just because
I’ll afford to
Oh, I’ll go until I won’t
And I’ll settle down
Power down
I’ll turn off

Far away any day curtains call to you
But we’re wasting all our time
Tensions raise, suffering, can you see it too
And I’m feeling untied
So ostentatious, face it, akin to what I won’t do
I’ve been up for days just phasing out names of the past I knew
Just because

And it’s all in the name of progress
When my backs against the wall
And I would have stopped in good time when we’re old
Just because
If I need to
If I would have cared at all
But I’ve got so tired of it all it’s all done
It’s done
Track Name: Build
Well you could drown it in some alcohol
You could count to three
Or let it be
Or you could pound your fist against the wall
But that’s not me oh can’t you see

But at least I stand for what I am
If judgement day is just a stone's throw away
Well at least I’ll say that I did it my way I’ll
Just get back to you and me

I’ve had a harder time with moving on
But that’s just me questioning

So if I built you up
Would you bring me down
You’re so dramatic and myself the same I wanna turn it around
So if I build you up
Would you bring me down
We keep on at it or just stay the same at least we do more than now....again

And I think I could take you by surprise
Wait outside
And I think I’ve got bedroom covered eyes
Wait outside

Oh you keep you on at it oh you keep on saying
At least we do more than now
Oh you keep on at it or just stay the same
At least we do more than now
Track Name: The Way It's Now
Stay your patience now the best is coming
It’s building all our castles in the dirt

But the highway signs don’t hear well when we’re all just on our way
Nothing beats us breaking a new day

Stay your worried doubt
The truth ain't coming
Round about of where oh do they go

But the high times only hear you when the winds can blow your way
When the brightest moments weather through the storm
When the coming lights don’t see you
When we’re all just passengers
Wondering if directions ever turn

Or stay the way it’s now
Oh the way it’s now
If you say the way it’s now is the way it’s now
If you say the way it’s now is the way it’s now
I would stay the way it’s now

Does he really want
What he hasn’t had before
He keeping up the night
Or knocking at the door
You’ve seen it once you’ve seen it a thousand times before

Or stay the way it’s now oh the way it’s now
I would stay the way it’s now oh the way it’s now
Track Name: In Theory
It’s like I’m going backwards
Ticking down to zero fast
I want to break old habits
Learn to be a whole new man
I want a stiff wind that can pick me up for real
I want to hold it and still know that I can feel
But it’s your cold didactic way of saying you know best
Well you know best

I want to stick that landing but can’t see far ahead of if

We’ve all had trials we’ve been pulled away
Damaged but we can come back some day
We used to say we all are one but were from old passages
And can I see you again
Part of me in theory wants a cleaner slate
One we can wash we can wipe away
Says you, who then, we’re on the mend
I will hold it if I can
And can I see you again

And it’s a stalling tactic used whenever you go by
Don’t want to stick my neck out I want to get a second try
I want to see horizons but not what’s here in front of me
Of golden shores but nothing really speaks to me
It’s all forever until you say you know what’s next
Well you know best
Track Name: Bah (Everything, Breakdown)
And it’s a shame that when we ought to
We rarely get it right
When the house lights have gone out the day is night
In a crowd of silhouettes I, I can’t see anyone
I close my eyes imagine all that I’ve not done

But in truth it seems what we have so often is took
And the hero dreams that someone's out of luck

Breakdown, takedown
Give up
Breakdown, fake how
You won
Breakdown, shake out
Your rut
Breakdown, breakdown
You won

And far away is where I thought you’d
Would wind up in the end
On a mountain towards the sky looking down on us

But in truth it seems what we have so often is took
And the hero dreams that someone's out of luck
And the past can seem so open ended and made all through our lives
So I’ll live and breath and try to make my own luck
Track Name: Won't Speak
I won’t hear you
I won’t vindicate your wants
We’re vampires on city streets that do whatever they want

Don’t waste another moment
If you have it you try to hold it

And I won’t keep you
From feeling any less than the others
And I won’t speak to
That feeling of I’m carried away
Yes sir

It’s past time
I won’t steam roll it
I won’t pound it in the dirt
I won’t dance around what I have to say
I’ll give whenever it works

Feeling up and down
But still I can’t see
Feeling up around
But still I can’t sleep
Feeling up and down
But still I can’t sleep

Don’t waste another moment
If you have it you try and hold it
Don’t you
Track Name: Clearwater
We’re high above the peaks
I can feel the air
When we never speak
Of the world out there
How cities never sleep
And I can’t keep creeping in
Through these narrow alley streets
Waiting till the sun goes down

The wheels are turning, they’re turning, they’re turning, they’re turning
To show it’s working, it’s working, it’s working

So you say I don’t suite you well praise and hallelujah
I could beat, beat, beat, beat it
Words said loosely tie me to an easy chair
So you say that why don’t you kick the world that rolled ya
But you just can’t keep it on
Saved by notions winding down but who’s up

We’re steadier than clear water
We’re steadier than clear water
We’re high above the peaks
We’re steadier than clear water
And words can never sink
Waiting till the sun goes down

So save your tired speech
I’ve heard it all before
Some words can never sink
Even when you steer the goddamn boat
So say then what you mean
I think it’s warmer here outside
And steady like a stream
Like the clear water
Track Name: C'mon
And Passerby on the street
We’re moving into the light
Imagining it’s a dream
And everything is allright
But wouldn’t it be nice if it’s done
But the sirens only scream when come on, come on, come on, oh come on
And wouldn’t it be nice if it’s done

Is anybody thinking come on come on
How nothing ever living is done
And every single moment is gone
Is anybody thinking come on come on
We’re living here but do we belong
When every single moment is gone
And every single moment is wrong

And heaven still won’t wait
Oh even if we do it tonight
Even if we hang up our dreams
Hoping everything is alright
But happenstance won’t end
Cause nothing really stops
So stack up and defend
With everything you’ve got

And these ceiling fans won’t do
And I wish I could scale up this great big castle but in truth
Would I were you
I would take things as they come

And would I were you
I would make all these mistakes and just reel them back
But if it’s true
And would I were you
I would take things as they come
Track Name: Heaven
Unmitigated, unrelenting, soul crushing defeat isn’t all that bad if you can make the most of it
But I can’t stand losing arguments if you know just what I mean
Scanning station after station through the boulevard

Just one mistake and goodbye heaven
Set a course and get the hell straight out of here
Where lines are crossed, connections severed
Half the way from all the darkness out to here

But I want a better circumstance
Rather dissolute than feign relent
Salutations only take you so far
This side of heaven

So I’ll write it in my calendar, I will keep it all in mind
Here’s to hoping things will turn out different from the last time
So if life is like a circle navigation’s so easy
We can always find our way back to the start

We’re hanging back but you can join us
Leaving scores of disappointment in our wake
We’re have to haves but what’s the point of
Having lots of little clever things to say

So just please give me a second chance
Would you throw out all this circumstantial
Evidence that tells us who we are
This side of heaven
Track Name: Hold Off
Clap your hands for second rate bands
The ones that you don’t know
The ones like me and you
Who’ve suffered ills and heavy rate pills
Who’ve got their scars to show
Who are insatiable
Egotistic maniacal

And your well is drying up
And the hardest part is giving up
It’s what I’m going to miss

And just hold off
It don’t feel right
Just hold off
It don’t feel right
It don’t feel right

And we’ve had our thrills and our pictures in stills
We’ve lined our ducks in a row
Now do what’s practical
And clap you hands for second rate bands
The ones down on their luck
Who’s wells are drying up
But i could give a fuck

And where were you wherein days are falling
Or do you even think at all
Or does it matter to not even bother
Or to care about it at all

Well I could care about it

Just hold off
It don’t feel right