Duologue

by Yankee Racers

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Yankee Racers emerged in 2011 from disparate ends of St. Louis’ rock scene and Chicago’s jazz scene. Its prime movers, guitarist Curt Brewer and pianist Nathan Jatcko, spent years playing together in various professional groups before making the decision to produce their own music. The result of their first collaboration is Yankee Racers’ full-length album Duologue (Amerigo Records/January 2012).

Brewer & Jactko composed and directed a collection of prominent Midwestern musicians who performed the vocal and instrumental parts created by the duo. Their songs ebb and flow through tortuous moments of loss and alienation, intermixed with descants of love and longing. Duologueshines as a conscious ode to the format of 1960’s American radio, where one song exudes the primal churn of the kinetic youth while the next conveys introspective warmth through serene melodies and timeless themes. More Joni Mitchell than Springsteen, more Jeff Buckley than Cobain, their sound pushes to be thoughtful in structure while retaining rock n’ roll accessibility.


1. JB Waltz feat. Emma Tiemann & Andy Hainz

2. Bastogne feat. Jason Holler & Mallory Nezam

3. Fall Away feat. Nathan Bernaix

4. Morning Train feat. Curt Brewer

5. Smoking Gun feat. Morgan Nusbaum

6. This Love feat. Seth Porter & Cassie Morgan

7. All the Ashes (I. Lament, II. Big Sound) feat. John Joern & Olivia Engel

8. The Note feat. David Beeman, Kristin Dennis & Seth Porter

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released January 10, 2012

JB Waltz
Emma Tiemann (violin/viola) • Andy Hainz (double bass)

Bastogne
Jason Holler (vocals) • Mallory Nezam (vocals) • Chris Turnbaugh (bass) • Jerry Mazzuca (drums/percussion)

Fall Away
Nathan Bernaix (vocals) • Chris Turnbaugh (bass) • Clayton Kunstel (drums)

Morning Train
Curt Brewer (vocals) • Andrew Mossman (bass) • David Beeman (drums) • Joe Winters (percussion)

Smoking Gun
Morgan Nusbaum (vocals) • Nick Jost (bass) • Jerry Mazzuca (drums/percussion)

This Love
Seth Porter (vocals) • Cassie Morgan (vocals) • Chris Turnbaugh (bass) • David Beeman (drums) • Joe Winters (percussion)

All the Ashes (I. Lament, II. Big Sound)
John Joern (vocals) • Olivia Engel (vocals) • Chris Turnbaugh (bass) • Travis Lewis (noise) • Clayton Kunstel (drums) • Joe Winters (percussion)

The Note
David Beeman (vocals) • Kristin Dennis (vocals) • Seth Porter (vocals) • Chris Turnbaugh (bass) • Jerry Mazzuca (drums/percussion) • Emma Tiemann (violin/viola) • Andy Hainz (double bass)

Engineered & Mixed by Chris Turnbaugh at Studio CTS (St. Louis, MO)
Mastered by Dan Mehrmann & Miles Vandiver at Jettison Studio
Cover design by Nate Jones
Photos by Nate Burrell (beforetheblink.com)
All songs published by Fifth Pocket Publishing
© 2012 Amerigo Records

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Yankee Racers St Louis, Missouri

Yankee Racers, the brainchild of St. Louis' Curt Brewer & Nathan Jatcko, is the electric duo founded upon the wave of their tumultuous mid-20's. Formed in 2010, Brewer & Jatkco decided to explore new territory in their writing & recording methods. The resulting aftermath is their first combined effort, Duologue. This album features performances from STL's finest such as Jason Holler & Seth Porter. ... more

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Track Name: JB Waltz
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Track Name: Bastogne
A solemn moon brings solitude
Which gets worse when cold in the winter
Broke bones shake while old wounds acheAnd I wait for the memories to wither
I push friends away cause I feel betrayed
My insides, they failed to nourish
Is this their plan, leave me half of man
While this world continues to flourish

Chorus

I, I'm deprived
My life flashes, before my eyes
I'm, I'm better than you know
But I was left out in the snow
My own Bastogne

Swollen eyes hid my wounded pride
As I battle with those around me
Mislead guilt is a thing that kils
As I wait
I've dreamed too many old scenes
Alone on this peerless journey
This quixotic fight tears a whole in my life
AS I lay here upon this gurney

Oh, no-o its not right to take another man's life
Brush off his haunting line that you're lucky to be alive

Chorus

Life retreats itself, tell me its not true

Oh, no-o its not right to take another man's life
Brush off his haunting line that you're lucky to be alive

Chorus
Track Name: Fall Away
So far gone and, so far from your mind
So let's hope that you, still think that I'm your kind

It's not just your vision, getting blurry
It's mine, it's mine the same

What's your name I, hope it hasn't changed
What the point your whole, life has been re-a-rranged

It's not just your vision, getting blurry
It's mine, it's mine, the same lines said, just today, ain't like yesterday
Out of my hands, under my skin
And only there, to stay
You Fall Away
You Fall Away
Holding back cards, like a shiver of sharks...these days
Playing your part, like a bleeding heart...these days

Why...do I, push the same way that you're pulling
Wry...and dry, this act of malice has us feeling low
and still you go
You Fall Away
You Fall Away
You Fall Away

Dreaming of those nights, that no longer exist
A square peg in this
world, that no longer fits
And I can't even count all the acts we feign
While holding back the lines, that we'd probably only say in vane

Why...do I, push the same way that you're pulling
Wry...and dry, this act of malice has us feeling low
and still you go
You Fall Away
Track Name: Morning Train
Train pulls away
I put the car in drive
And all that's left are two sets of
Worn out eyes
A darling boy obsessed with time
A clever girl who's never far behind
A setting scene for better days
To try and take the trains that come our way

It took twenty minutes to fill this in
I'm so sure of my words that I wrote it in pen

Darling, clever girl
I'll take you 'round this world
Our fears are met, the past has left
The future is bright, so sleep tonight

For a time, we must linger between the lines
Of the ideal and mundane
I swear a change once my pocketbook does the same
There'll be no more morning trains

'Cause you're my angel
I've got no cash, let's spend the night
And in the morning, see the change
You're my one true love

Darling, clever girl
I'll take you all around this world
Our fears are met, the past has left
The future is bright, so sleep tonight
Track Name: Smoking Gun
Isn't it wrong to think I'm the only one
Marooned on this island of green
Isn't it right to think you're the only one
To sink their ship to prove this to me
Often times, we're left alone
Other times, we're often stoned
I've know the realm of rescue's end
But fear that this fate will never, be my own

Chorus
I wish I could
Be good again
But all the signs suggest
This hope is all that's left
Will I be good again

How long will I delude the dream
Before its gonna permanently
Will I reside and drown inside the dream
That'll push you away eventually
A stone won't move itself, you jab
Another laceration to the scab
A stab at setting right again
The life that was lost befor-ore it began

Chorus

You've found it, you're grounded, I need it now
I'm yelling, but you're not helping, to pull me out
I'm calling, hear me calling you
You can't hear me calling, hear me calling you

Now I'm, used and lonely
Others, have disowned me
My vice, now is the only one
To try and bring me back

Now I'm sad and lonely
The others have disowned
My vice is now the only
One to reach out and try to bring me back

I wish I could
Be good again
But all the signs suggest
This hope is all that's left
I won't be good again
Track Name: This Love
She was standing there watching me play
I looked at her just wondering what should I say
Words can't save the mess we've made this time
Weeks passed by since we last made love
Livin' in two different homes with one roof above
The silence breaks us and leaves worried thoughts behind

Chorus
Now this love, of ours
Is hanging by a lonely string
Just a word, has the power
To turn it around, change everything
Greatest days, darkest hours
Will Nothing Save This Love Of Ours

Our families get along and our friends are proud
We found a love the they won't put down
But I'm not dating your family or your friends
Just cause you're used to the way, that I hold you tight
Doesn't mean we have to give up our right
To happiness or love, while living these lonely nights

Chorus

It is hard to see through the other side of life here without you near
So lay down tonight, right by my side. Help me see things a little more clear
Conflicts arise and it's up to you and I to work it out
Work it out?

Chorus
Track Name: All the Ashes (I. Lament, II. Big Sound)
A flip through the channels brings
Our cruel world to my eye
One station hosts the chiefs while on the next, the soldiers die
Emotions are numb, that's where bombs come from
Devotions left aside
I can't find peace with those, who've lost their peace of mind

Have we done...all that we promised to
Have I done...what I'm on Earth to do
Is it done...all the conflicts, all the points of view
Is it done?

Baleful shades of colors crash
Nightfall's coming fast
The silence that sleeps with all the lights on
Surely won't last

Have we done...all that we promised to
Have I done...what I'm on Earth to do
Is it done...all the conflicts, all the points of view
Is it done?

Lament is a feeling I'm no longer with out

(Nations sprawling) If you're scared of us now
(Bombs are falling) Just wait till we're done
(War is calling) Don't be scared of us now
(End is dawning)
Be afraid of what's to come

Big sound, heads are down

Texting away these last of days

Chorus
What I want won't transcend when
We witness Winter's end
Homes lost till we meet dead so
Lay out my dying bed

Are you seeing the light?

What I want won't transcend when
We witness Winter's end
Homes lost till we meet dead so
Lay out my dying bed

All the Ashes
No more past tense
Track Name: The Note
Its the last chance, to sing to you
To bring to you, a sedentary man's last refrain
We've seen changes, and I want to leave them, too
But we have to flesh it out, and clear the doubts that remain

No more side steps, laced with Pageantry

Chorus
All I want is that life, that I envisioned
Here, with you, with me
If you're leaving this town, we've lost our vision
(No) Words can't hold you down

Another lost chance, to be straight with you
Forget these cryptic lines, I just want you to stay
Oh, I've known dear, this isn't the place for you
And no place will be, till we can both act selflessly

We'd be done in days, if I would say, you're everything

Chorus

Is this all there's gonna be
This as just a memory
Hinting at unrest With a silent kiss, silent kiss, silent kiss
With a silent kiss, silent kiss, silent kiss

Sitting here, writing here
The note that will tell you
The time has come, I'm going away
Despite that we, tried desperately
This may be the ending
Don't let these words hold you down

All I want is that life, that I envisioned
Here, with you, with me
If you're leaving this town, we've lost our vision
Don't let these words hold you down

All the nights I was short with you
We'll never get them back
All the long, screaming matches, too
Saying things we can't retract
They're all gone now
You're gone now
And all that's left is this Note