All Day Face EP

by Chris McKay

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The All Day Face EP is my very first ever official solo release.

Some of the songs will likely wind up on the long gestating upcoming solo album (note the reference to that in the cover artwork), but I'm honestly not sure which ones at this point. I hope this is the first in a series of EP's that will precede the full-length album.

Three of the songs included here are more uptempo and closer to power-pop than the last songs from The Critical Darlings, which were more in the classic rock or epic rock style. If you preferred that style, have no worries. The upcoming album should have those, too. To start fresh, though, I wanted some poppy, peppy, and (God help me) maybe even some jaunty tunes.

The fourth song here is the home recording of a ballad called "Everything Must Go" that was inspired after a series of deaths among my family and friends. Sitting out on a back porch in the rain one summer evening with an acoustic guitar brought this song out.

All in all, I hope it's a fun album and gives a little taste of what's to come. Don't get too comfortable with the sound as I will definitely be stepping outside of my comfort zone as I get deeper into the new recordings.

Oh, and these tracks are the first that I've ever played the drums on in the studio. It's been fun working toward actually doing that after all these years, and I figured that I'll indulge in it while I'm still considering the prospects for a new band.

As always, feel free to email me at chris@chrismckay.com and let me know what you think!

For more information on the individual songs (including recording information, dates, lineup, and lyrics), see the individual pages for each song.

Album cover art by Manda McKay, "In Utero".

credits

released 01 June 2013
Chris McKay (Lead Vocals, Guitar, Drums, Bass, Keyboards, Percussion)

Mark Plemmons (Piano, Keyboards on "That Excites Me" and "The Best Of What's Around)

Ash Miltiades (Background Vocals on "Best Case Scenario")

Cody Stalvey (Background Vocals on "Best Case Scenario")

"The Best Of What's Around" was recorded and mixed at Kyle Spence's studio in Athens, Georgia.

"Best Case Scenario" was recorded by Jay Rodgers at Full Moon Studios and by Kyle Spence at Kyle's studio. It was mixed at Kyle's studio.

"That Excites Me" was recorded at Chris McKay's home studio and at Kyle Spence's studio.

This version of "Everything Must Go" was recorded and mixed at Chris McKay's home studio.

The album cover artwork was painted by Manda McKay.

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Track Name: Best Case Scenario (Single Version)
Best Case Scenario

(Music and lyrics by Chris McKay)

Some days are blue and some days are gray
And some days you barely make it through
But either way, you're gonna get old
And these are the days that you're gonna want back again

That's the best case scenario
That's the best case scenario
That one day you're gonna live to be old
Yeah, that's the best case scenario

Some days are hardly worth the work
And tell me, is it ever really worth the worry?
'Cause either way, you're gonna get old
(Yes, you are.)
And these are the days that you're gonna want back again

That's the best case scenario
That's the best case scenario
That one day you're gonna live to be old
Yeah, that's the best case scenario
Track Name: That Excites Me (Single Version)
That Excites Me

(Music and lyrics by Chris McKay)

Don't ask me to hurry.
I've got nothing to prove.
I won't let myself worry, 'cause there's nothing that I can do.
I've done all they've asked me, everything I can.
Now I'm doing what I want.
I'm being who I am.

And who that is, I'm not sure,
But that excites me even more.

I've lost track of time now or it's lost track of me.
That's how I like it. That's the way it oughtta be.
It gives me time to wander and kill time on my own.
Until it catches and kills me, you'll find me where I go.

And where that is, I'm not sure,
But that excites me even more.

Don't ask me to explain it.
There's nothing I can prove.
I won't let myself worry, 'cause there's nothing I can do.
Don't ask silly questions, 'cause I won't hear a word.
If you've really been listening, you've already heard.
Track Name: The Best Of What's Around (Single Version)
The Best Of What's Around
(Music and lyrics by Chris McKay)

It doesn't matter how I feel as long as I get through the day
I've thought about it lots of times, it doesn't matter anyway
The grass is shining and the sun is on the ground
I've gotta make the best of what's around.

There's never been a sadder day to feel so much alive
All these smiles can't cover up the tears I'm trying to hide.
But I'll keep on moving on for as long as I can
'Cause that's the only thing I understand.

Time just keeps moving on.
I just keep moving on
Trying to make the best of what's around.

Every time that I get hit, knocked right off my feet,
It's just a couple of days 'til I get a hold of me
One thing after another is what defines a life
And I have to believe it'll be alright

Time just keeps moving on.
I just keep moving on
Trying to make the best of what's around.

There's more to life than dates upon a stone
There's more to us than we could ever see
And maybe that's the beauty of who we are
That we'll never see ourselves but for the trees

It doesn't matter how I feel as long as I get through the day
I've thought about it lots of times, it never mattered anyway
The grass is shining and the sun is on the ground
I've gotta make the best of what's around.

Gotta make the best of what's around
Gotta make the best of what's around
Track Name: Everything Must Go (Original Version)
Everything Must Go

Music and Lyrics by Chris McKay

How have you been?
It's been a while
Not long enough I know
For feelings to resolve or even fade

We had some good times in our day
We really shared some laughs
Sometimes it's sad how nothing seems to last

Everything must go away
Everything must disappear

You know that I can't stay here long
'Cause it really does no good
Especially with the storm clouds rolling fast
But even as the thunder shakes the ground
And darkness takes our view
Let's remember that all of the bad things will pass, too

Everything must go away
Everything must disappear

I know that this has all been said
By ones much brighter than you or I
But in times such as these,
It really bears repeating...
Yes, it really bears repeating

That everything must go away
Everyone must disappear
All of this will melt away
And the world will know that we were here...

Even when we disappear