DIRTY FACE

by EMILY LONG

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Songwriter Emily Long fronts a brutal and sexy rock 'n' roll band. Upon first listen, you might hear influences like Ronnie Spector and Freddie Mercury in Emily's voice, but the band nods to a more modern T.Rex or heavier Cars. Centered around Emily’s towering vocals, the lineup also includes finger-bleeding melody chemist Daniel Ryan Espy, as well as the clean and calculated Nik Lokenssgaard on guitars. The band’s rhythm section is composed of amp-kicking bassist Bret Ritter and the hard-hitting showman Zach Jones on drums.
 
Emily earned underground success with her debut LP, "When I Was In Love With". After a string of SXSW appearances, placements on The WB's "The Lake" and "Sorority Forever", as well as on the Universal Records compilation "Bad Girls Don't Cry" (alongside Amy Winehouse and Duffy), Emily and her band retreated to Applehead Recording Studio in Woodstock, NY to record their follow-up, "Dirty Face". "This work is different from the first in so many ways", notes Long. "After we released the last album and Zach joined the band, it breathed new life into all of us. We knew we wanted to approach this recording differently."
 
As a result, the band simplified arrangements and kept only the best songs around to see the light of day. After striking the interest of Coheed and Cambria producer Chris Bittner at a show, the band called upon him to deliver a competitively-spirited sound that would be new to the ears of music fans. "I knew I wanted a record that would rock mean and still be emotional. I knew Chris could do it," says Long.

The result is a sexually-charged set of lyrically-driven, dynamic rock 'n' roll songs. The title track "Dirty Face" is about a one-night conquest written from the female perspective. "All the Way" (co-written with Daniel Ryan Espy) compares marriage to a murder/suicide. The album also includes "Good Hurt", which Long wrote as a comforting lullaby to soothe the ache of trying at love and failing.
 
"Lyrics have always been important to me," explains Long. "I believe they deserve as much attention as music or arrangements. These songs are about what's going on around me, but I take those experiences into a fantasy world where I explore what could happen next. I've seen things in New York I never thought I would. There is no shortage of inspiration."
 
Emily Long and her band's appearance on Bettertv.com, and the stellar reviews which called her vocals "big and dramatic" in The Nashville Scene, seem to be just a taste of what is to come as they prepare to support the record with a string of national tour dates. "Dirty Face" represents a new height for the burgeoning group, and Emily's best writing to date.

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released 01 February 2011

Produced and Engineered by Chris Bittner at Applehead Studio Woodstock, NY
Assistant Engineer Jared Colby
Mixed at Applehead Studio by Michael Birnbaum and Chris Bittner
Additional Tracking at Water Music Hoboken, NJ and Nik's Closet
Mastered at Sterling Sound by Chris Athens

Special Appearances by Adam Widoff -keys and Dan Maher-vocals

Cover Drawing by Sophie C'est La Vie
Graphic Design Amanda Tafuro
(c)emily long 2011
emilylongmusic@gmail.com
emilylong.net
twitter.com/emilylongrocks
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Track Name: DIRTY FACE
Dirty Face
I'm thinking about the numbers
I wanna have the whole nine
I never said a word
I've been thinking it the whole time

Oh tonight
Oh tonight
Your dirty face convinced me
I've been drinking
he won't kiss me
There's no reason for resisting when it feels nice

I'm slipping in all my tricks
I'm pulling out all the stops
He's watching from where he sits
he's waiting with his arms crossed

Oh tonight
Oh tonight
Your dirty face convinced me
I've been drinking
he won't kiss me
There's no reason for resisting when it feels nice

It's out of my hands
who you want to hold
but nobody wins
if you send me home

Your dirty face convinced me
I've been drinking
he won't kiss me
There's no reason for resisting when it feels nice
Track Name: THE END
When I heard your voice
I just started to cry
Because you left me
you left me waiting all night
Thinking that
This
This is the end
this is the end isn't it
This
This is the end
this is the end isn't it
This is the end
This is the end
And I told myself
just expect the worst
and say you're
say you're fine like you've rehearsed
But I cried out
"I thought about it all night"
That's not a friend
That's not a friend
This is the end isn't it?
That's not a friend
That's not a friend
This is the end isn't it?
This is the end
This is the end
Killed myself with the thought
Let it ring
this slow torture is worse than anything
Don't you want to talk to me?
This is the end
This is the end
This is the end isn't it?
Did it again
that's not a friend
That's not a friend is it?
This is the end
This is the end
Track Name: THE BODY
Sitting up tall on the radiator
thumbing his buckle
lines curled around his mouth
what do we have here
popping his knuckles
I'm looking for a little help
I ain't got a story worth telling

I'm all out of reasons to fake it
found something I'm good at
Show me babe
where's the body and the cocaine
he's got what I want
he's got me by the hair
and the body
and the cocaine
never runs out if you keep going down

Cut it up quick kid
for your trouble
and your hungry pocket
tie my hair back
nudge the door shut
sure to lock it
I'm looking for a little help
I ain't got a story worth telling

I'm all out of reasons to fake it
found something I'm good at
Show me babe
where's the body and the cocaine
he's got what I want
he's got me by the hair
and the body
and the cocaine
never runs out if you keep going down

It's ritual
it's there to do
and what is next
to get into
it's on the verge
it's on the move
maybe I'll quit when I find you

I'm all out of reasons to fake it
found something I'm good at
Show me babe
where's the body and the cocaine
he's got what I want
he's got me by the hair
and the body
and the cocaine
never runs out if you keep going down
Track Name: GOOD HURT
Good Hurt
I miss you but it's alright
I had been so numb so long
I'd forgotten what it feels like when it's wrong
but I see now that I wasn't the cause
and yeah I've got pain too
I got too close to you
for what it's worth
Its a good hurt

There is no shame in admitting
that I expected something else
I'm in no way disappointed in myself
cause I see now that I wasn't the cause
and yeah I've got pain too
I got too close to you
for what it's worth
Its a good hurt

And it's better that I feel the fall
yeah it's better than nothing at all
Yeah I can see now that I wasn't the cause
and yeah I've got pain too
I got too close to you
for what its worth
It's a good hurt
Track Name: ALL THE WAY
All the Way
Stood in front and we locked arms
and the last thing I heard was
whisper nudge
and a kick and a shove
pour the gas
light the match and it's done

you swore undying
and I believed it
I believed it
loyal defying
I tried to be it
I tried to be it
all the way

Did you know it the whole time
let the burden be all mine
mouthing words
cheer me on
convince me
Shouting boys
crying girls
untie me

you swore undying
I believed it
yeah I believed it
loyal defying
I tried to be it
I tried to be it
all the way

and where their faces were
there's only chalk and dirt
the cross you always wore

you swore undying
and I believed it
I believed it
loyal defying
I tried to be it
I tried to be it
all the way
Track Name: THE BEAT
The Beat
I put on the first thing I found
I'm at home where the music resounds
there is love here on the floor
and I know I'm not alone anymore

Oh I let the drum beat run vicious through me
Oh I let the drum beat run vicious through me
Oh it beat
Oh defeat
Oh relief

I was lost
closed off
what put out his fire
I danced for the first time tonight
in awhile
awake and inspired
to the music my heart is hard-wired

Oh I let the drum beat run vicious through me
Oh I let the drum beat run vicious through me
Oh it beat
Oh defeat
Oh relief

It's in my bones now
and in my mouth
spit it out
feel this low down
and what was lost
dance it off

Oh I let the drum beat run vicious through me
Oh I let the drum beat run vicious through me
Oh it beat
Oh defeat
Oh relief
Track Name: TRUE NORTH
True North
We were making colors
making them bleed
I am so red
you are so green
You look at me like
you can't believe you get to touch it
and what does this mean
for us
you've really got some crush
I don't really do this much
but your hope is dangerous

You really don't want me to go
No no no no
I've already chosen my true north
you really don't want me to say
baby baby
I was only looking for escape
when you come onto me
come on to me

Still in suspension
of your disbelief
this hour's not my finest
this hour's not my finest
the bed that I'm making
is the bed where I'll lie
you said you could take it
you said you would try
for what
if it don't really hurt that much
in effort to save this just
leave it alone

You really don't want me to go
No no no no
I've already chosen my true north
you really don't want me to say
baby baby
I was only looking for escape
When you come on to me
Come on to me

Give in to what feels good
tracks follow you where you trace
and the hand over my mouth
won't let the lie out
for your sake

You really don't want me to go
No no no no
I've already chosen my true north
you really don't want me to say
baby baby
I was only looking for escape
When you come on to me
Come on to me
Track Name: INGENUE
Stood his ground
cold as stone for almost a decade
I didn't know what I had
pulled my heart into halves babe
lost each other once or twice
but he always shows up poised
and in position
he's on a mission

I'm his ingenue
what he's connected to
hand hung across my brow
my lashes crashing down
and I'll always let him win
I'll always be here for saving
cause maybe I need him

He's not afraid
not at all
for the fight that's at hand here
he is armed he is ready to show who's in charge here
cause he always carries one
a big heavy metal handful
its jacket would glisten
it made people listen

I'm his ingenue
what he's connected to
hand hung across my brow
my lashes crashing down
and I'll always let him win
I'll always be here for saving
cause maybe I need him

Never signed it in blood
there are things that he won't say
and sometimes he is here
sometimes he's far away
but I never once stopped wanting it
and he makes me want the danger
I'll watch him defend me
it's the signals he sends me

I'm his ingenue
what he's connected to
hand hung across my brow
my lashes crashing down
and I'll always let him win
I'll always be here for saving
cause maybe I need him
Track Name: ANYTIME
This is my fault
I just needed the fear
have I said enough
that I really want you here
I pushed him out
both hands to the street
crying
face red as raw meat
All I really wanted to hear
was I could have it anytime
I guess I really needed it man
I could have it anytime
All I really wanted to hear
was I could have it anytime

I won't pretend to want it any less
I nearly died to feel something passionate
he pushed me down
both hands to the sheets
crying baby please don't leave me

All I really wanted to hear
was I could have it anytime
I guess I really needed it man
I could have it anytime
All I really wanted to hear
was I could have it anytime

All of the bad habits I am learning
to stay just a flicker on your scope
give me the reputation I am earning
but I think there's hope
I think so
deep down bated, labored breathing
cries
coming
you found it

All I really wanted to hear
was I could have it anytime
I guess I really needed it man
I could have it anytime
All I really wanted to hear
was I could have it anytime
Track Name: IN MY BONES
Told you a lie for your own good
cause I could see clear from where I stood
and sometimes you need a little push
Do you get it at all where I stand
You can be brave if I can
and taking a risk you always should
I feel it in my bones

Living in vans and in bars
wearing a halo of stars
working on no sleep at all
Singing out loud all the words
Seeing the face of what I earned
It's all I ever wanna do
I feel it in my bones

Take it all
I know you wanna put it
in your hot little hand
Take it all
When you've got nothing you can't lose it
When I finally do
I'll say I'm glad that I made it with you

Maybe known for candor
or for delusions of grandeur
but they're mine
they're mine
won't spend a day forgetting
or a day regretting
cause I'll know
I tried
I tried

Take it all
I know you wanna put it
in your hot little hand
Take it all
When you've got nothing you can't lose it
When I finally do
I'll say I'm glad that I made it with you
I feel it in my bones
Track Name: RECOVER
RECOVER
I felt like me when waking up
then utter devastation settled in
knew it'd be tough
but what is this?
will I ever feel better again?
and I want to try
but I'm so confused
I'm obsessed with why
what went wrong for you
and your mistake feels
like a death from which I won't
recover

what's so hard about two people in love
staying together no matter what
it's not just me who falls apart
feels like everybody's breaking up
and this isn't us
and it never was
we were supposed to make it
despite the odds
and you're supposed to love me
no matter what goes wrong
recover

four eyes are glittering each other
do you see yourself with me
no other
come on now keep trying
don't let me go
recover