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Out of the Garden

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astroluc I've lived and loved the Boston alt-rock sound for the past 30+ years, and this is the most "Boston Sound" (in a good way I can't quite define) of any band I have heard since the 90s... Incredible musicianship and catchy riffs, this is power pop at it's finest.
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Adam Leonard This was my introduction to Tancred; a sly, biting melding of alternative, power-pop and rock with a generous helping of nineties guitar. It's the kind of album I wish I'd heard during my teens. Favorite track: Pens.
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KingIsaacLinksr This is...an odd alternative/indie album. It hits several borders of my tastes without quite going over the border to annoy me. It's both a good and...almost sickly experience to listen to. There's a subtle subtext to this that I can't put my finger on. Favorite track: Control Me.
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shitski Tancred's back and better than ever. I said that her last album was in full gear, but this just goes into maximum overdrive. Still retaining that burning passion in singing and playing, she's definitely out done herself this time. Favorite track: Sell My Head.
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Trveheimer My AOTY 2016. Somewhere between garage, indie and pop-punk, Tancred gives you 11 Killer Tracks that are not as simply as they may seem on the first view; there is a lot of thought behind every chord and every word, yet it remains simple and catchy. And by catchy I mean that I found myself singing in my kitchen way to often. Jess is a true Artist that wants to be heard, and "Out of the Garden" is her very convincing argument.
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Yoni Neat album after the ring. Favorite track: Bed Case.
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1.
Bed Case 02:50 video
I remember touching down I remember the smell and the sound White flowers in the parking lot With you I remember quite a lot These days I’ve become quite the bed case Feel like I’m 5x5 Do I want to save the world Or just cut out its insides? You make me feel like god Even when I’m down below You make me feel so good I think I’m gonna blow You look like California Take me there You put me in a coma But I don’t scare
2.
Joey 02:18
I knew you before you could date Before life served you up on a plate Saw him pick you up in his car Joey’s got us all seeing stars But I don’t care I’ll just never be cool Never be one of you Tell me where do you get your clothes? I just gotta have some of my own Saw him pick you up in his car Joey’s got us all seeing stars
3.
Control Me 02:54
He said to me "I don’t know how it’s gonna be Without you, without me" I said to him "I don’t wanna find out what it’s like Because you control me” You control me always This is how we learn to be happy This is how we learn the hard way I got a job that I hated Because I don’t want your god to get mad It’s worth my glass of wine And the bed that I sleep in every night It’s worth the cash because it controls me It controls me always
4.
Not Likely 02:54
I have felt your arrows pierce Not lightly I could dream you didn’t mean it It’s not likely I have felt your sword come down Behind me Rabid like a dog, I could take you out Don’t test me I see you walking alone at night You’re so boring The dark can take you for a ride Fair warning She said don’t be like that I told her to shut up She gave me a drag off of her cigarette I took her home Everything you say to me Flutters out so gracefully I could catch it like a butterfly Or kill it just as quickly But it’s not likely
5.
Pens 03:15 video
In my car Can hardly steer In my desk Many pens there Write my name Cross it out in shame Burn it up Blow away I’m insanely healthy in my head It’s crazy how stable I am In my death Cannot be heard In his eyes Evil it burns Call my friends up I wanna go out tonight Meet a guy Blow away In my car Can hardly steer In my desk Many pens there
6.
The Glow 02:24
Every piece of you, it makes me sick I’ve seen you in the glow and it’s the pits I want you to know I need it to show I’m dead into you, inside and out I’m dead into the things you want me to shout I wanna say your name a little too loud I wanna kill myself inside of your mouth In the games we played, the twists the maze You were watching someone you can’t place Someone you know Who needed a show
7.
Swimming 03:14
I’ve got an end game job if I need it We’ve got your mother’s car if we feel like driving faster With you When you sing to me I fall asleep When I go swimming I go real deep If you have somewhere to be I’ll take you there, take you home with me When I pick flowers I lie in the grass When I ask questions you shatter like glass If you have somewhere to be I’ll send you there, away from me When I go swimming I go real deep
8.
Hang Me 03:29
I don’t quite know you yet But you’re sleeping in my bed If you can’t see, I will not break Inside your claws a million snakes Do I sink or swim? I don’t really know Am I the witch you hunt? Hang me, throw your stones I never thought you could be Something wretched, ugly I never thought you could be I can see it makes you mad See you claw and spit, it’s just too bad See your mark, your branded wound I feel so little, can’t feel you I never thought you could be Not ever to me I wouldn’t bet my money Light a match and burn me
9.
Sell My Head 02:33
I was taught along with math that sister was a psychopath And everyone should know about it Everyone should know and I did I was taught in elementary brother was just gonna fight me I don’t really care about it Sit inside your room with nothing I drank you up like wine Till my teeth were black and white You always know just what I like You drank me up like wine Educated, seventeen, violated, no esteem I don’t wanna know about it I would sell my head for nothing
10.
Poise 03:08
I’m so dusk, breathing in angel dust Wanna find a darker way to fuck I’d feel better in a crypt than up there with you Make my mouth move, make me say anything Move me just like all your other puppet girls Make me want you I would kill for some goddamn noise I would kill but a girl’s got poise I would kill to be one of the boys I would kill I saw death in the mirror in my room Tie me up with ropes made of you I’m just feeling sickly all the time I’m just feeling sick Make my lips move, make me touch anything Kill me just like all your other puppet girls Make me want you I would feel better in a crypt than with you I would feel better trapped inside of a tomb I wouldn’t wanna jinx it but I know that it’s true I don’t feel better
11.
Pretty Girls 03:42
Started with a bad night Couldn’t call you outright Had to save some face Know you like the blood and guts You want a show of everything messed up And I don’t know what you want I watch you You say that you don’t know me but you do You say that you don’t love me but it’s true Your smile’s kind of morbid Can’t say I don’t like it Show me all your teeth Other girls are pretty Some are even witty But can they kill like me? And I don’t know what you want Pretty girls are taking over me Pretty girls are taking over you I don’t know what you want

about

Though technically the band’s third full-length, Out of the Garden is Tancred’s first truly cohesive record: a mission statement that underscores the “power” in power-pop and is punctuated by lyrics as razor-sharp as the hooks.

Written over a two-year period during a break from touring, the album’s emphasis on re-defining feminine expectations was shaped by primary songwriter Jess Abbott’s experiences living in Minneapolis and working at a liquor store in a rough part of town.

“I learned how to speak up when I needed to and how to truly be myself without reservation,” Abbott recalls. “I felt afraid walking home at night, and after a couple of months I just got sick of it and started getting into self-defense and self-empowerment as a means of coping. Finding my own strength changed everything.”

After writing and tracking every song in her apartment, Abbott (also of beloved Minneapolis trio Now, Now) enlisted Kevin Medina and Terrence Vitali to add drums and bass to her demos. The band then traveled to LA to record with OFF! bassist Steven McDonald and That Dog vocalist/guitarist Anna Waronker.

Both producers proved to be the perfect collaborators, with each elevating the final takes via their specific areas of expertise — Waronker helped Abbott achieve the raw vocal attitude exhibited on songs like the seething “Hang Me,” while McDonald orchestrated the tailor-made guitar tones and trashy drum sounds highlighted on standouts like “Joey.”

As a result, Out of the Garden showcases Tancred shedding its former skin in favor of a bolder and infinitely more confident sound.

Opener “Bed Case” bolts off the starting block with a guitar salvo straight from the ‘90s before “The Glow” ups the amperage with crunching riffs and pummeling distortion. Soon after, smooth as silk “Sell My Head” serves up a chorus so intrinsically catchy you'll already be singing along the second time around.

As Abbott reveals, “I wanted these songs to sound sickly sweet, with a looming, gory shadow behind them. Sugary, but when listening closely, unsettling.”

This juxtaposition is presented flawlessly during the chorus of “Pens” when Abbott sings “I’m insanely healthy in my head / It’s crazy how stable I am” amidst a background refrain of “oohs” and “aahs.” While your head reflexively bobs along to the melody, your brain is compelled to decode the ominous double meanings embedded in her cleverly chosen adjectives.

Her fearlessness to discuss these and other personal topics is referenced in the album’s title, an allusion to exiting Eden and leaving behind all the restrictive cultural norms ingrained in the Biblical “paradise”: tradition, purity, holiness, binary gender, heterosexuality, and the idea that anything is forbidden (especially for women).

Says Abbott, “Out of the Garden represents doing what you want, what you need, without letting anything or anyone stop you — and smiling while you do it.”

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released April 1, 2016

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