Modern Dances

by Teen Girl Scientist Monthly

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"This album is simply relentless, with one astonishingly polished, robust, inventive and glorious track after another. We like to talk about albums that have no filler, but this is one of the few that truly justifies that description. ... The album is uncompromising yet accessible. The band bring hooks galore, some of the best shout-out-loud choruses around, and really deft musicianship. The interplay between Morgan’s whoops, hisses, croons and howls together with Matt Berger’s deadpan deliveries, all added to some amazing string interludes, is something of a unique and impossible beauty." -- JamSphere

"Teen Girl Scientist Monthly sound like one-hundred great summers rolled into one. ... The jangling guitar lines, brisk drums and bright vocal styles will find immediate favor with even the most jaded indie-kid." -- PopCulturez

"The first perfect album of the year, Brooklyn’s TGSM know how to pen a clever tune with male/female vocals, bright synth, driving guitars and the sort of adventurous fun that lends itself to charming indie-pop as well as charged alt-rock. Sometimes jangly, other times with an orchestral backdrop and even approaching tuneful post-punk, whatever you’re looking for this is it." -- InForty.com

the recording and mixing of Modern Dances was made possible by the support of the most incredible people - friends, fans and family. check out tgsm.tumblr.com/post/27913840048/wall-of-heroes for the full list.

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released 26 February 2013

teen girl scientist monthly is:
matt roi berger - guitars, vox
matt gliva - bass guitar
melissa lusk - organ
morgan lynch - vox
hiroyuki matsuura - drums
pete scalzitti - keys

additional musicians:
cello - kristine kruta
viola - sarah haines
violin - allie stamler

strings arranged by kristine kruta

recorded and mixed by gary atturio
at galuminumfoil studios in Brooklyn, NY

additional recording by roko djokovic
strings recorded by sir walter shaw
mastered by alex deturk

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Track Name: Summer Skin
Sun bleached white, like a shooting star,
We cut a fresh clean line in your brother’s car
Going on and on…
Heat beat down in a summer snow
And there’s nothing in our hearts that our mothers know
Going on and on…
And it’s fine
I’m never coming down this time

The bodies won’t move so we’re sneaking aside
And the stomping in our gut’s the only keeping of time
And we go on and on…
I’m counting on my digits all the devilish nerves
Til I hear the crack in mine and feel the curl of yours
And we go on and on…
And it’s time
Cuz heaven’s on the other side

We cut a left, right, left, right, left, right, standing still
Flirt a fresh cool taste in the chase of a summer’s kill
The sun is high and the sky’s caving in tonight, but I don’t mind
Got a head start racing all the ghost kids down the hill

Get quick, kid - go as fast as you can
They’re only pulling punches for your summer skin
So go on and on…
We recognize the body in the failure of words
Well, I never liked mine, so can I use yours?
And go on and on…
And it’s time
Cuz heaven’s on the other side

We cut a left, right, left, right, left, right, standing still
Flirt a fresh cool taste in the chase of a summer’s kill
The sun is high and the sky’s caving in tonight, but I don’t mind
Got a head start racing all the ghost kids down the hill

Well I cut my lip on the summer’s teeth
And everything she’s buzzing’s like she’s singing to me
It goes on and on…
I wave my rights to a delicate touch
I’m never coming down til they drag me up
I’ll go on and on…
And it’s time, cuz heaven’s on the other side
Yeah it’s fine, I never remember my line
And it’s too high to call it right

We cut a left, right, left, right, left, right, standing still
Flirt a fresh cool taste in the chase of a summer’s kill
The sun is high and the sky’s caving in tonight, but I don’t mind
Got a head start racing all the ghost kids down the hill
Track Name: It's On
You can stay awake, if you wanna
You can stay awake, if you wanna go
If you wanna go

We can steal a night, if we’re honest
We can steal a night, if we wanna go
If we wanna go

And we’ll each go weaving in the shadows
Sidewalk creeping, silent windows
Past the fences, they can’t hold us
For long. C’mon, c’mon, c’mon.

We can chase the dark, if we wanna
We can kick up sparks at every obstacle
We go where we wanna go

You can count on me, if you wanna
You can count on me, I’m gonna count on you
Like I want you to

And we’ll each go walking in the moon’s eye
Sideways stalking in the lamp light
And there’s no caution, you at my side
It’s on. C’mon, c’mon, c’mon.

We’ll go speeding in the shadows
Sidewalk creeping, silent windows
Past the fences, they can’t hold us
For long. C’mon, c’mon, c’mon.
Track Name: New Age
No light – set and send me home.
Bright eyes – search these city bones.
Wild fires – warm with what we know:
You’re never alone when in need – you got a sister and
It’s all right. It’s alright if you need a home,
Cuz the city’s home.

Nothing could shake us from our time.
If it’s somewhere, something,
We wanna get it right, tonight.

I believe, yes, I believe
It’s right.
I believe, yes, I believe -
Gonna get it right.

Dreamer – wake and come alive
Everyone’s calling your name, they want your heat – it’s like a
Fever – a new age every night.
You’re never alone when in need – you got a sister

And it’s so hard to get it right.
And we know, love, but we’ll get it right,
Tonight.

I believe, yes, I believe
We’re right.
I believe, yes, I believe -
Gonna get it right.
We’re gonna get it right.
Track Name: Hear Boys Talk
High country side won’t you lie in the summer with me?
Sleep with the sting of rocks they sling in heat
They think they’re wild but not like I
And each dull smile is all it hides
My mother caught me laying so Lord has got a saying for me

Boy the country fields will do you ill
To the sister city chapel, get your proper fill, he say

Dark lost trip, but my bags inside
And I’m out the door, then I realize, that

You can hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk
You can hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk

The saints got an eye, say you never can hide from they
But I’m sweeping pews beneath their view all day
And they never pay a thing to say
Bout who I talk to, anyway-
If they did it was hid with a smirk and a showing of faith

And all my family and all my friends
Must think I’m some sort of alien to stay

Well, I’m homesick and I tell ‘em so
But God’s got work for an adventurous boy and

You can hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk
You can hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk
Hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk
You can hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk

The summer’s hot but it’s getting dark
What you say about Central Park?
Smells like home in just about a hundred ways.

Well, I’m homesick and I tell ‘em so
But God’s got work for an adventurous boy and

You can hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk
You can hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk
Hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk
You can hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk
Hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk
You can hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk
Hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk
You can hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk hear boys talk
Track Name: Faith
What you saw?
What’s the sign?
What you say?
What is ‘Faith?’

It’s all the mind.
It’s all excited,
What you saw.
Hope, called astray.

And, oh, if all you see is a sign,
It’s only night.
It’s a trick of the light.



What’s the con?
What’s the pride?
Knowing all,
Though you never find.

If I’m blind
What’s to say
World behind -
Doubt is weight.

And, oh, if all you see is a sign,
Return the light,
Make an oath to the night:

I won't be coming back.
No more.
Track Name: Ghost Coast
Washed blank, and the sun, it burns
My tongue‘s blind dumb, sick thick with curses, you’re
Sticky sweet in the summer heat
Wanna catch that fire, wanna buy you things, wanna
Say I’m sorry, wanna touch your hair
But I can’t think when it’s complicated, gonna
Follow you follow you follow you home
I got it bad bad bad bad bad bad BAD

My heart is a burning car for you

And my ghosts wander coasts shouting dreams
You could never imagine; carousing and hollering
You’re: “please stop grabbing at the air for more”
And I’m: “happy to be broken on these shores of yours”
I’m sure it looks a waste, no foolin’;
But how it burns away!

My heart is a burning car for you

Slow slow slow slow me from the race I’m running, wagging and stumbling
Throw throw throw throw me from the place I’ve been hung up, waiting for something, and

Away away away, away from the following, ‘rousing and hollering
Away away away; I got it bad bad bad bad bad bad BAD

My heart is a burning car for you
Track Name: Light as a Feather
Merry meet and merry part
Bright the cheeks and warm the heart
Catch your eye by the old gravesite
The night is dark and so am I
When the wind comes from the South
Love will kiss you on the mouth.
And I’m never so bright and I’m never this true
‘Cept when I’m getting familiar with you…

You get me wild

When the moon rides at Her peak
Then your heart's desire seek.
And the truth of the wild is clear in the night;
I could see you holding hands by the candles’ light
Bide within the law you must,
In perfect love and perfect trust
I’ll warn you just once, you swore you’d be true
Don’t alter your words; you know what you do…

Don’t get me wild

Be true in love; this you must do
Unless your love is false to you
You shouldn’t fool with alchemy
The night is dark and so are we…

You get me wild
Track Name: Little Fur
oh, little fur, a little skin
oh, little one, they want to take you home
just a pet, just a kid
just a pelt to warm some other bones
and be aware of what you find
cause they'll seem awful, awful nice
a little prick, a little pin
to hold you down, and get their fingers close

little one, little hands
a little heart, they're aching for a taste
get away, get a friend
get a clue - oh, girl, just get away
and we can stalk the lonely streets
just the moon and you and me
oh, little fur, my little friend
it isn't us, the ones who should be afraid
Drink up for heaven's sake

Aw, sing out
Little sister
With each howl
You're getting bigger
With each shout
You're ten strong
Aw, sing out
I will not be undone

The black heart of black night, black veins of black sky
We're heading home, we're heading home
Hot head, hot stuff, hot mouth, hot blood,
Spent flesh and bones, and how they shone!
And if they try to take our time
It doesn't matter you or I
Sharp wits, sharp eyes, sharp teeth, sharp bite,
We ain't alone, and we're heading home!

Aw, sing out
Little sister
With each howl
You're getting bigger
With each shout
You're ten strong
Aw, sing out
I will not be undone
Track Name: Your Kind
Rest your head before you give
Catch your breath before you’re spent
And in the end
I’ll make your bed
I’ll be the one to hold your hand

All my sleep is static screened
On the floor with you asleep
And in the end
I’ll make your bed
I’ll be the one to hold your hand

I never did more than you said I would
But you need to stop drinking my blood
Cuz oh I wanna get right! Right??
And love is a killer with forgiving eyes
Watch you smothered; a disarming smile
But oh I wanna get right!
Don’t you wanna get right?

And all the kids cheer old and deaf
“Oh I wish I would known”
And it sounds like I’m screaming every time I sing
And I never go out, I only stay at home, safe inside

Inside I’m singing for the light
And no one is no one is no one is no one is right
And we burn down the wires, send signals, black, into night
“Come find your kind! Come and find your kind!”

Pack your foolish things
I won’t be getting late
Let’s leave this place for now
And save what can be saved

There is no end
Just another bed
I’ll be the one to hold your hand
I’ll hold your hand - Come inside

Inside we’re signing for the light
And no one is no one is no one is no one is right
And we burn down the wires, send signals - black - into night
“Come find your kind! Come and find your kind!"
Track Name: Outside
Seems I was here before
I’m never ever sure when I’ll return
And every part of me
Is, at the deepest heart of me, unsure
But when I said I’d never rest
I guess I kept my word

We haunt the same damn rooms
Our fathers haunted, fondly haunting us
We wear our brothers’ suits
In hopes the other ghosts won’t treat us rough
Pretend we never knew -
We know it’s not enough
We saw the changes come
I never felt them

No no no…

The timing’s everything
I’ve never heard a lie so well rehearsed
And when it’s all the same
You never miss a thing so what’s the worth
The second hand is always
Thinking of itself first
If there’s a difference, well
I never feel it

But I, I want to go outside
I’ve never felt so tired
I’ve needed to get right
And I, I want to go outside
I never found the time
I never needed

No no no…

The ammunition’s here
So why not put the fear of God in them?
Like windows stand a chance
‘Gainst anything on which we lay our hands

OUTSIDE OUTSIDE OUTSIDE TAKE ME TAKE ME

But I, I want to go outside
I’ve never felt so tired
I’ve needed to get right
And I, I want to go outside
I never found the time
I never needed

No no no…
I never needed