By Accident or Design

by The Pulltops

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The Pulltops are a power trio turned dynamic duo with a singing drummer celebrating their 15th anniversary. Their music is best described as energetic Power Pop meets Album Rock. They were formed in Milwaukee in 2002 with the release of their first and more up-beat Power-Pop focused CD, “8-Track”. They have since added in Classic Rock and Album Rock elements along with instrumental experimentation resulting in a mix of hooks and moody rock that has culminated in the release of their new EP, “By Accident or Design".

While live bassist Steve Kerwin lends a hand on two of the tracks on this new studio release, the remainder of the instruments and production fall squarely on the shoulders of long-time musical partners Mark Pierret and Tom Crowell. Their 2017 EP shows growth in the diversity of their writing and production style, all the while keeping the core elements of Power Pop hooks in tow.

The opening track, “Poison The Well”, brings back the 60’s Soul influence found on their first release. The addition of horns and organ, along with the four-on-the-floor rhythm section give it that nostalgic feel, yet they still keep the energy of modern rock driving the song along.

“Closer” leans more toward their album rock influence, with atmospheric delay-textured guitars that build and then fall into delicate string breaks. It’s a powerful landscape with contrasting quiet moments.

“When I Was Young” is the straight-forward rock track on the album. Powerful guitars, alternating vocal leads, and a searing guitar solo over a power-house rhythm section adds weight to the EP.

By contrast, “Even” sets a softer tone. Simple, clean and repetitive guitars lay down a foundation for a more delicate vocal delivery. The song then opens up into a more theatrical production with timpani, strings, and orchestrated guitar work ending the song in a sonic climax.

The EP closes with an updated arrangement of the When In Rome 80’s classic, “The Promise”. Synth is replaced with guitar textures, and the song is given a drive that is characteristic of The Pulltops sound.

There are a lot of musical ideas condensed into this well produced 18 minute package that will leave any listener satisfied.

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released June 1, 2017

Recorded at Smile Studios, Wauwatosa, WI
Engineered and mixed by Tom Crowell and Mark Pierret
Mastered in Toronto by Bryan Lowe at João Carvalho Mastering
Cover art by Tom Crowell and Mark Pierret
All songs written by Mark Pierret and Tom Crowell
except “The Promise” written by Clive Farrington, Michael Floreale, and Andrew Mann

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Track Name: Poison The Well
Was on a fast track baby
A south bound headed for shame
Now divine interceptions
Got me wondering how or which way to go

It’s alright. You tried to poison my well
It’s alright. Knock me down I get on up again
It’s alright

Taking kindliness for weakness
Brother this is where you went wrong, so wrong
I’m not the fool you’re thinking
That came down with yesterdays rain

It’s alright. You tried to poison my well
It’s alright. Knock me down I get on up again
It’s alright

You’ve got me cut like a razor
Leave me like an open wound
Found that love’s a force
That’s in the league with the tides

It’s alright. You tried to poison my well
It’s alright. You knock me down I get on up again
It’s alright

It’s alright. You tried to poison my well
It’s alright. You knock me down I get on up again
It’s alright
I said it’s alright
Track Name: Closer
Someday you'll know
What makes the world burn
Seeds growing to great heights
May your wants match your gain

They'll be choices
Casting shadows
What to keep or leave behind
What you choose defines your way

When your world expands and surrounds you in darkness
When you're lonely I'll be there
Closer than your next breath

Someday you'll know
What makes the world burn
Seeds growing to great heights
What you choose defines your way

Someday, maybe one day they'll be
Whispers in the wind
Reaching out to you within
To take you home

When your world expands and surrounds you in darkness
When you're lonely I'll be there
Closer than your next breath

Holding on and holding in
Breath, waiting for your life to begin when it's on

I hope someday for you to see
Behind these eyes and why I've done
What I did is all for you
Your hopes and dreams they are mine too
And in the end they'll be a spark
To light the night when all is dar.
And in that fateful light you'll see
Everything, everything

When your world expands and surrounds you in darkness
When you're lonely I'll be there
When your world expands and surrounds you
When you're lonely I'll be there
Closer than your next breath
Track Name: When I Was Young
I used to take all my time here for granted
Ooo when I was young
I wasted 10 years on one broken habit
Ooo when I was young

I never thought it would all slip right by me
Tasting that sip on my tongue
Now it’s done and I got what I wanted
Ooo when I was young

Riding high on a ship that was anchored
I slept through a red setting sun
A morning walk was a chance and I grabbed it
A battle that I never won

Now these thoughts don’t mean much to artist
Something that I’m farthest from
A blessed curse with a sense of abandon
Ooo I am young

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Lying flat on my back I was shaken
I felt I had no where to run
But now I hope that all is forgiven
Ooo for I was young
Track Name: Even
It seems to me you need to listen
And take a chance
If I was there to keep you honest
You’d never last

So I go home empty handed
Like a fortress that’s abandoned
It’s only broken promises you bring

Now I say we’re even
I need your heart, you need a reason
Now I say we’re even
I need your heart, you need a reason

I turn to you when I need answers
You turn a phrase
I read between the lines that you are leavin’
Or so you say

So I go home empty handed
Like a fortress that’s abandoned
It’s only broken promises you bring

Now I say we’re even
I need your heart, you need a reason
Now I say we’re even
I need your heart, you need a reason

So I go home empty handed
Like a fortress that’s abandoned
It’s only broken promises you bring

Now I say we’re even
I need your heart, you need a reason
Now I say we’re even
I need your heart, you need a reason