By Accident or Design

by The Pulltops

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1.
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
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04:25
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
3.
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 solo 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
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04:09
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
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03:33

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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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