Development & Compromise

by Chase Tremaine

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1.
Saturday AM 03:18
I’m in love with the idea of perfection I’m in love with the idea of love I’m in love with the idea of driving a car With an endless highway in front Because Saturday AM Saturday AM My mind wanders off To Saturday AM My bed’s the last place I want to be I’d rather go out Chasing my dreams I’m in love with the idea of the destined I’m in love with the idea of love I’m in love with the idea of finding myself By doing what has never been done Because Saturday AM Saturday AM My mind wanders off To Saturday AM My bed’s the last place I want to be I’d rather go out Chasing a fantasy I’m in love with the idea of adventure Of finding another home A place where the chances seem risky And the choices are all my own Because Saturday AM Saturday AM My mind wanders off To Saturday AM My bed’s the last place I want to be I’d rather go out Chasing what I could just dream about Because there’s so much I’ve yet to see I know there’s gotta be something Out there waiting for me But my imagination’s grown tame And I’m in love with the idea of more
2.
I Don't 04:32
I don’t cuss, but I make profane noises I don’t drink, but I make wasted choices I don’t smoke, but I get high incorrectly And when I pray, I reach God indirectly I can brag all I want about what I don’t But is there anything to brag about in what I do? What I do is make believe That the good in life is found In not breaking the rules I don’t run red lights, but I speed up on the yellow You might rarely see me acting very angry, but you’ll never see me acting mellow You can tell me all your secrets, I don’t share them, but I’ll judge you to be the lesser man And if you cannot find a reason why I’m better, don’t you worry about that, ‘cause I can I have bragged, how I flaunt, about what I don’t But is there anything to brag about in what I do? What I do is make believe That the good in life is found In not breaking the rules I can try, I can try to act amicably But I know I’m a sinner and I always sin in secret What you’re looking at - is it really me? I lie, I pretend, so you’ll think I’m a good man Perfectly lose all your trust I was born this way, I was raised this way Bred to never disobey Perfect me will not adjust, no I can brag all I want about what I don’t But is there anything to brag about in what I do? What I do is make believe That the good in life is found In not breaking the rules I can try, I can try to act amicably But I know I’m a sinner and I always sin in secret What you’re looking at - is it really me? Is it really me?
3.
Blue light reflects off of my eyes My satisfaction’s on the rise I tried to go to sleep at night But my enemy stayed by my side I used to run, I used to care But I’ve been sucked into the glare When the whole world is in my palms I’m just a beggar taking alms Please, me Please, me Stop doing this to me! Innocence stolen from a man But was it there when he began? He can remember all his dreams Because he saw them on the screen Plug me back up and fill me in Notify my once again Whether the sky is sun or moon I’ve got light inside my room (I’ve got light inside my tomb) Please, me Please, me Stop doing this to me! Give a little Give a little, oh Give a little Give yourself over to the wired side of content Give a little Give a little, oh Give a little Give yourself over to the wired side of content Please, me Please, me Stop doing this to me! Please, me Please, me Stop doing this to me!
4.
A Compromise 03:22
It’s hard to get a grip on a slippery slope And convince yourself that you’ll stand tall It’s hard to throw away methods you used to cope And not think that everything will fall It’s harder when you fall mad in love with someone That you’ll never get a chance to see And then your life becomes a big countdown to none Of how many promises you keep Seems so simple staying in Seems so simple Seems so simple staying in line Oh, we talk about meeting in the middle Yeah, we talk about meeting in the middle Yeah, we talk about meeting in the middle 'Til we have to choose a side I’m trying to keep tabs as it all comes unfurled But distractions make for such good fun I could become a man in this fatherless world But I feel no need to be a son So I let myself fall mad in love with someone That I’ll never get a chance to touch But I need to connect when I’m under attack There, to me, promises don't mean much Seems so simple staying in Seems so simple Seems so simple staying in line Oh, we talk about meeting in the middle Yeah, we talk about meeting in the middle Yeah, we talk about meeting in the middle 'Til we have to choose a side Seems so simple staying in Seems so simple Seems so simple staying in line Oh, we talk about meeting in the middle Yeah, we talk about meeting in the middle Yeah, we talk about meeting in the middle 'Til we have to choose a side We have to choose a side We have to choose a side Not everything can be a compromise
5.
A spark of voltage so close to the brain It feels a little insane But you don’t see me stopping I cannot finish this experiment Until I learn the secret Or you catch my body dropping (Oh, my ears are popping) Shock my ears -- go ahead and say it Shock my ears -- show me what you’re playing with Shock my ears -- go ahead and say it Shock my ears -- show me what you’re playing with Oh, is it dangerous? A broken border that cannot be felled But I found out by myself Now let’s share the fire hazard Don’t say you’re sorry, it’s better this way Free the electricity It was not ours to be gathered (Share the fire hazard) Shock my ears -- go ahead and say it Shock my ears -- show me what you’re playing with Shock my ears -- go ahead and say it Shock my ears -- show me what you’re playing with Oh, is it dangerous? The truth is, your secrets are not confidential Not information to be saved or forgot The truth is, the truth is gonna be out there Whether you know it or hold it or like it or loathe it or not Shock my ears -- go ahead and say it Shock my ears -- show me what you’re playing with Shock my ears -- go ahead and say it Shock my ears -- show me what you’re playing with Oh, is it dangerous? When it is so exciting Danger becomes inviting Gossip that you’re reciting Should’ve been what you’re fighting When it is so exciting Danger becomes inviting Gossip that you’re reciting Should’ve been what you’re fighting
6.
All my voice needs is pitch and passion (pitch and passion) But all that I sing is quickly clashin’ (quickly clashin’) Words out of my mouth They don’t sound like sound All my fist needs is speed, precision (speed, precision) But none of my punches match my vision (match my vision) A swing and a miss A one-sided kiss Are we gonna work together, Me and you, you and me? Are we gonna work together, Me and you, you and me? I only imagine fits of fashion (fits of fashion) I’m too quick to answer before askin’ (before askin’) Words slip through my teeth Feign truth by degrees When my eyes blink, what am I missin’? (am I missin’) Everything moves without permission (no permission) Ignorance is bliss A mirror to kiss Are we gonna work together, Me and you, you and me? Are we gonna work together, Me and you, you and me? Are we gonna work together, Me and you, you and me? Are we gonna work together, Me and you, you and me?
7.
Developments 03:37
She fell into my arms, which made me drop the ball Not sure which mattered more after all I looked below but can't tell where she'd fall If I dropped her to catch the next doll Little did I know after her would come a book And after a book, a game, but the real hook Was when the doll became a girl, just a look Could leave my whole system shook Does it make you arrogant to always know How to press my buttons just right so you'll have me? I'm developing new skills: stare, smoulder, lie Be a shoulder to cry on, a sensitive guy I'm discovering the power deceit supplies Stealing back control I thought was mine Does it make me arrogant to always know How to press your buttons just right so you'll love me? What can I say, I was raised on games, Not on the kind of love that stays I won the game, so where's my prize? You want to be my trophy, I can see it in your eyes I won the game, so here's my prize Congratulations, you traded love for lies Your desire for comfort is what you'll blame But comfort and truth are rarely the same Were you really happy before I came? At least before me you had no shame Does it make me arrogant to think I know How to press your buttons just right so you'll love me? What can I say, I was wrong that dolls Ever need me to love them at all
8.
To have the whole air, love sang toward To be by the rose, rise out of bed Still as a child in its first loneliness Death was not and I simply was To have the whole air, pleasure on ground To be by the rose, it has no sound Have I come unhinged or carelessly slipped? Death is not and I simply am Morning-fair come back To the world of leaves and ditches To answer the call To abandon all your riches See the after-light Glitter left on the lake’s surface As my intentions Stretch past their initial purpose To know that light falls and fills, often unknown Trembles at the edge but does not overflow Holding and feeding the stem of the flower Still as a child in its first loneliness To have the whole air, love sang toward To be by the rose, rise out of bed Still as a child in its first loneliness Death was not and I simply was To have the whole air, pleasure on ground To be by the rose, it has no sound Have I come unhinged or carelessly slipped? Death is not and I simply am
9.
Want - Who deserves what they want And who is brave enough to want? Disappoint will find me At the second I finally Want a thing, anything Love - Who deserves what they love And who’s a fool enough to love? Disappointment will own me Every moment, I only Loved a thing, just one thing I’m not good enough to get If I’m still paying off all my debt To want and love’s a risky bet So why does this angel tell me, “Fear not”? He flew to me, an empty shell And down onto my face I fell What warning does he come to tell? My grave and I are parallel Then, only for a moment I could feel the angel lift the spell He said, “The only place safe from love And all of its dangers is hell.” I’m not good enough to get If I’m still paying off all my debt To want and love’s a risky bet So why does this angel tell me, “Fear not”? Yet if I ever stand secure In all the pain I might endure Fear would be the cancer, not the cure
10.
Q2FN 04:06
I left your midst jaded Your work had been belated But I knew not what I waited for High hopes had been created in me But I didn’t want to linger anymore So I said, “I’ve got to go” I didn’t give a finger about you anymore So I said, “I’ve got to go” Go, go But I never really knew what it is you really do All I wanted was “quick quick faster now!” But I couldn’t ever see what it is you do for me Kept me walking so quick quick faster now With big talk, deadlock, I was baited But called your bluff when my happiness faded And I couldn’t put in effort anymore So I said, “I’ve got to go” I wouldn’t read a letter about you anymore So I said, “I’ve got to go” Go But I never really knew what it is you really do All I wanted was “quick quick faster now!” But I couldn’t ever see what it is you do for me Kept me walking so quick quick faster now Can I ever really know when it’s time? Do you ever tell a soul when it’s time? Will I quit before I know that it’s time? Are you gonna let me know, give me providence or don’t But I never really knew what it is you really do All I wanted was “quick quick faster now!” But I couldn’t ever see what it is you do for me Kept me walking so quick quick faster now But I never really knew what it is you really do All I wanted was “quick quick faster now!” But I couldn’t ever see what it is you do for me Kept me walking so quick quick faster now Can I ever really know when it’s time? (It’s time) Do you ever tell a soul when it’s time? (It’s time) Will I quit before I know that it’s time? (It’s time) Are you gonna let me know, give me providence or don’t
11.
How have you found me here again? Our history proves that you'll fail to defend Your flashy fables as anything but fake Quick quick to offer so much, but even faster to take Sit down, let me ask What do you truly give: A break from reality or a false way to live? Interrogate the fantasy Interrogate the fantasy Interrogate the fantasy You’ll have to answer to me, you’ll have to answer to me Interrogate Are you indulging my faults Or are you fulfilling a need? Am I enslaving myself To that from which I’ve been freed? Are you a shortcut to love, Forgoing the effort and fear, No sacrifice, struggle, or loss -- Whispering what I want to hear? Sit down, let me ask Is your gift truly free? What’s the price of never knowing real intimacy? Interrogate the fantasy Interrogate the fantasy Interrogate the fantasy You’ll have to answer to me, you’ll have to answer to me Interrogate You’ll have to answer to me, you’ll have to answer to me
12.
Madison 03:31
Every step through your city I’m dreaming our paths might cross That fate may offer pity Or that chance negate the loss I had mothers, fathers, friends Spread throughout this sad, old place Means were lost enroute to ends How to forget every face Oh, who has despised the day of little things? Visiting that small cafe Those lamplit streets So, if the right time, right place Opportunity comes What will I say, who will you be? (I know, I know, I know, I know, I know I don’t know, don’t know, don’t know, don’t know, don’t know) This may not be a ghost town You can’t deny I’m haunted To unearth who you are now Both wished for and unwanted Have I the courage to think That all is as it should be? Or the cowardice to drink My poisonous fantasy (My poisonous fantasy) Oh, who has despised the day of made-up things? Visiting that small cafe Those lamplit streets So, if the wrong time, wrong place Opportunity comes What will we say, who will we be? What awkward conversation could change What these years were always meant to bring? Who has despised the day of memories? I’m always dwelling on past ones Or inventing a new one To avoid the fact What’s done is done (What’s done is done is done is done is done What’s done is done is done is done is done I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know I don’t know, don’t know, don’t know, don’t know, don’t know)
13.
Hello, Zunyko Yes, I’ll take this dance I’m a solo spirit, I may not hold your hand But I’ll make you feel beautiful, we’ll love it to the end Then after the hour, you won’t see me again ‘Cause I’m a stranger for the night, and of the night, and by the night So only for tonight, I’ll let you slip into my life I’ll spin you round and dip you down And we can stay as long as it takes to leave it all right here Hello, Zunyko You like my style, you watch me for a while As I don’t dance with other girls, I wander through denial When you approach me, I worry I will not lead you well But as the light falls on us And our moves get honest You wash my fears away We waltz in language And our conversation Fits years into a day ‘Cause we are dancers for the night, and of the night, and by the night So only for tonight, you let me slip into your life I spin you round and dip you down Say our farewells as if our lives only have this time to spare We swing and sway for movement’s sake The room is all we share Every perfect chance for kissing you Left hanging in the air Feel the moment’s pain of leaving you Yet in a week, we will not care But I pray if we hear those songs again We will fondly recall The stranger of the night
14.
I had it coming, we all knew I’d try To learn what to do with these wings not made to fly Are they for hiding or purposed at all? If I climb too high, would they even help me fall? When his face shines in, they rise to my cheeks If I appear filthy, these things bow to my feet When I’m uncovered, with wingspan displayed I’m left feeling naked and asking why I was made The whole earth is filled with his questions The whole earth is filled with his questions Eyes are for seeing, but here, I am blind Are answers before me or was I left behind Forgotten, abandoned, are these even real? If I am broken, can my breaking also heal? The whole earth is filled with his questions The whole earth is filled with his questions The whole earth is filled with his questions The whole earth is filled with his questions I can defy how I was made I can fly, I can escape I can defy how I was made I can fly, I can escape I don’t fear my fate, I’m not afraid to try I don’t need to wait, I know that I can fly If he tests my faith, his limits, I’ll defy Stop me, I’ll escape and see you from the sky The whole earth is filled with his questions The whole earth is filled with his questions The whole earth is filled with his questions The whole earth is filled with his questions I don’t fear my fate, I’m not afraid to try I don’t need to wait, I know that I can fly If he tests my faith, his limits, I’ll defy Stop me, I’ll escape and see you from the sky
15.
We’ll do our best to plan ahead We’ll take our pills and make our bed We’ll draw our maps and check our lists And cover all the tracks we missed To lead a full, fulfilling life Grant you no regrets to be my wife But what makes me most excited to be your man Are the things we can’t plan My full imagination fell So short of how you would compel Me into brighter, brilliant lands Eclipsing all my former plans I’ll have to trust the mystery Because I do not ever know what is best for me And what makes me most excited to be your man Are the things we can’t plan Once you know who To spend the rest of your life next to You’ll want the rest of your life to Start right now But once it begins The one way to see how it ends Is to figure it out Messily figure it out With laughter and anger and doubt We’ll just have to figure it out And I can’t wait to figure it out ‘Cause what makes me most excited to be your man Are the things we can’t plan

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released November 18, 2021

Development & Compromise
The second full-length album by Chase Tremaine
Released November 18, 2021
Independent, in partnership with Post Emo Records

Credits:

Music & lyrics written by Chase Tremaine (chasetremaine.com) except:
- Drums for “Wired Side of Content” originally written by David Bartek
- Rhythm guitars for “Interrogate the Fantasy” originally written by Taylor Tremaine
- Keys and additional melodies for “Wings Not Made to Fly” written by Theo MacMillan
- Lyrics for “Roethke” adapted from the poem “The Shape of the Fire” by Theodore Roethke
Produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Sean Power at the Hilson Studio (www.thehilsonstudio.com)
Vocals (tracks 1-15), drums (1-15), electric guitars (1-11, 13-14), bass guitar (1-15), keyboards/synths (1, 10-12, 15), and acoustic guitar (1, 6-7, 14) by Chase Tremaine
Guest vocals on “The Things We Can’t Plan” by Paige Tremaine
Keyboards and guest vocals on “Wings Not Made to Fly” by Theo MacMillan
Trumpets on “Shock My Ears” and “Hello, Zunyko” by Brendan Dorman
Keyboards on “Hello, Zunyko” by Daniel Thatcher
Additional programming by Sean Power
Album artwork created by Chase Tremaine and Lauren Crownover (www.crownovercreative.com)
Original photography provided by Hudson Hintze and Thusitha Dananjaya
Session and promotional photography by Bert Ruyten
CD layout design by Lauren Crownover with disc artwork by Paige Tremaine

Special Thanks:

To Sean Power, for taking on an ambitious project (twice!) and bringing it to life more imaginatively than I could’ve ever dreamed (with inside jokes galore); to my wife Paige, for inspiring me with endless support and unfathomable joy; to my brother Taylor, for mentoring me over all these years and co-producing the harmonies for many of these songs; to Manaen Hall and to my parents, for letting me practice drums at your houses (alongside countless other forms of support); to Brian Smith, for years of collaboration and advocacy; to David Bartek, for daring to try making an “album in a day” with me and subsequently recording and drumming on the original demos for “Wired” and “Fear”; to Brendan Dorman, for allowing your skill and creativity to heighten the musical possibilities on both of my albums; to Theo MacMillan, for four years of sharing songs, insights, opinions, and friendship; to Daniel Thatcher, Benjamin Daniel, Lauren Lockerbie, and the rest of the Unfall album focus group, for your feedback and encouragement in making these songs as good as possible; to all my song shop clients and Kickstarter supporters, who have transformed “fandom” into something beautifully personal; to JFH, for being an incredible online family, community, support system, and artistic outlet; to Ethan Hicks, who maintains sanity about making a podcast with me while I continually get neck-deep in new musical endeavors; to Kevo, Noah Hardwick, Adam Grundy, and my other friends from Chorus.fm, IVM, and Rock Legacy, for excitement and promotion and critique that inspires me to keep making more music; to my employer, for the flexibility that allows me to record music while working full-time; and to the Crownover family (who were accidentally left out of the Unfall CD booklet), for years of personal, emotional, and spiritual investment, without which these first two albums would have never come to fruition.

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One-man-band emo rocker with a post-hardcore sense of instrumentation and an old-fashioned pop sense for melody and harmony. Originally from Dallas, based in Nashville.

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