NSFW

by The Grand Candy

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NSFW is the debut album from Arlington, Virginia based The Grand Candy. It was recorded at the famed Washington DC area Inner Ear Studios, and produced by the studio’s founder Don Zientara (Fugazi, Bad Brains, Bikini Kill).

A few early reviews:

"Today it's rare to find a new band that matches honest, close-to-the-bone rock 'n' roll with lyric intelligence. That's why The Grand Candy is such a refreshing find. Their debut album NSFW brims with gritty creative energy and speaks in an original voice."
- Ted Drozdowki, Guitar World

"[NSFW] has an offbeat, insanely inventive cast of songs that stretch from melodic folk and droney Nick Drake flavors, to touches of funk and flamenco. [Cohn] is a wordsmith to be reckoned with as he moves easily from lighthearted whimsy to darker subject matter. He challenges listeners in unconventional ways."
- Steve Morse (former Boston Globe critic, professor of Rock History at Berklee College of music)

credits

released July 27, 2014

Produced by Don Zientara

Dan Pluto Cohn - Songs, Vocals, Guitars, Programming
Jonathan Babu - Drums, Arranging, Humor

Jacob Chmara - Bass on 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8
John Lee - Additional Guitar on 2, 3, 7, 8
Tim Kelly - Dobro on 9

Mixed by Don Zientara and Pluto, except 1 and 5 mixed by Marco Delmar at Recording Arts.

Recorded at Inner Ear Studios, Recording Arts, and The Bunker

Mastered by Jonathan Wyner at M-Works

All songs © 2014 Daniel Cohn
All Rights Reserved

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The Grand Candy Washington D.C., D.C.

With comparisons by the press to Dire Straits, Morphine, Chris Whitley and Elvis Costello, The Grand Candy are sure to be embraced by discerning music fans.

Candy frontman Dan ‘Pluto’ Cohn's songs have been roundly praised as ‘Original’ and ‘Masterful.’ The Washington Post’s ‘New Dylan’ comparison went so far as to suggest that Pluto’s classic songwriting hails from a different era.
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Track Name: Wintertime
It’s a long way to your house in the wintertime
when the frost hits you never know what you’ll find
long the road in your way
even on the most sunshiny day...
weather, it’s only a matter of mind
in the wintertime

It’s a long way to your house in the wintertime
in the snow drift this stick shift it starts to slide
long the road in your way
even on this sunshiny day...
the trip to your place is a perilous drive
It’s a long, long way... in the wintertime

The frost comes over me, like a lesson that’s never so friendly
a blow to my jaw, I never saw coming,
I wait through the winter
and pray for the thaw.

it’s a long way to your house in the wintertime
stay in second gear, steady, slow, twenty five
feel the wheels start to go
what the hell did I know?

the trip to your place is a perilous drive

weather, it’s only a matter of mind

and to think I thought you were a friend of mine

not this wintertime
it’s wintertime
Track Name: Made A Devil
I had a woman, a good woman,
A Woman Who was good to me.
White Picket Fence: The whole deal.
And I made our lives a misery.
I Made A Devil

It wasn’t easy. But it was simple.
You push the self destruct becomes complete
The Fastest 4 Minutes
Was all it took 2 do the deed.
I Made A Devil

It started growing.
The blood, the lust, the lies, the spying.
Ember seeds... I was sowing.
led to nine lives of crying
I Made A Devil

Now You can Stare over My Black Smoldering Fence
After this seventh son who lost his light.
But my sins, are mine alone...
So just Pray for my Devil Tonight
I Made A Devil

I Made A Devil Come Home
Track Name: One More
One cigarette
hey you, you got one more?
Where’d you get that?
ahm, You got one more?

one little sniff, up on the scent,
don’t pay no mind, you can’t pay the rent
You just want more, more, more, more, more

You want some smoke?
Thanks, I’m all set.
one little toke? (oh what the hell)
yeah, sure, you bet.

how ‘bout a line, yeah you’ll feel fine
rock, stay out late, fly, women, wine
but your mistake is your denying your fate
for old time’s sake, for old time’s sake,

could you please just one more
baby please one more
ba ba ba baby please one more
one more

a rusty nail, you spike your vein
‘f I ain’t told ya, told ya, told ya, thousand times, Explained

one little sniff. up on the scent,
don’t pay no mind, you can’t pay the rent
You just want more, more, more, more, more
For Old Times

could you please one more
baby please one more
baby please one more
one more
Track Name: Evangeline
when it’s dark out you hear voices
but can’t quite make out what they say....

in the shadows you glimpse shifting figures....
that disappear by light of day...
they’re Evangeline....

it’s like a phone rings, always wrong numbers
you hear a click then no one there...

you listen hard for a trace or whisper
but it’s just your heartbeat on the air

Evangeline...

out she calls you soft as a feather,

to the rooftop you like heat rising

Evangeline

across the street now your neighbor’s stone house
lit up to watch like a TV...

Evangeline swirly swaying
does a dance just you can see
Evangeline....

Out she calls you soft as a feather

feather arms soft oh how inviting

to the rooftop you like heat rising

go to her now boy, can fly now

Evangeline
Track Name: Claire
I haven’t quite gotten over you, and I’m feeling so dumb
I haven’t quite gotten over you. feeling sad, feeling numb

my heart is stained with you,
colors black and blue
it’s all I do,
sit and think of you,
you and you and you....

like autumn leaves clinging to their trees, I am almost undone
just awaiting one cool swift breeze, that seems never to come

my heart is stalled
you still haven’t called
it’s all I do,
sit and think of you,
you and you and you....

my heart is still, dark, blue.
from belonging to you
my aim is true,
if it’s all I ever do,

Claire
Track Name: I Need Liftoff
I need liftoff, I need liftoff.

Once I was, I was afraid of my shadow.
I could not... get off the ground.

Looked to my left, rolled my eyes to the right,
my horizon... as black as night.
I need liftoff.

I couldn’t lift a finger. Couldn’t lift my head.
Couldn’t lift a feather, felt like I was dead.
I need liftoff.

Oh but papa, said to me...
I gave you wings, boy
but they’re no guarantee...

My wings were trapped, beneath my breath.
A tar black smoke, that smelled like death.

Once I was, I was afraid of my shadow:
A tar black smoke, that smelled like death.

I need liftoff.

I need liftoff, I need liftoff
Track Name: January in July
Sophia one summer’s day got a picture perfect of her man,
except he was looking the other way

were it just another girl, that would be serious
but with her sister, well, what is there to say?

It was January in July, when Sophia looked her in the eye.

she kept what she saw to herself, thinking she was just crazy: “don’t be such a baby, he’s just a man with wandering eyes....”

She found the more she tried not to believe her eyes,
the more that it developed, a picture materialized.

January in July, when Sophia looked her in the eye.
January in July, when Sophia looked them in the eye.

Almost August when he broke the lie looked at her and sighed
“Sophia, I’ve something to tell ya, it may come as a surprise...”

she called him a son of a b!tch, he said “honey, I can fix this...”
she drew a breath and fixed him she did...
what is there to say? it’s still

January in July.
When Sophia looked her in the eye.

It’s Still
January in July.
When Sophia looks her in the eye.
Track Name: FBI Youngstown OH
‘tween papers and the trash, those magazines
they’re not for kids, man, it’s obscene
you get the picture: muddy,
blood and clay, don’t I know,
They said “It happened in Ohio.”

They found her feet beneath her favorite tree
her fingers crossed her twisted mouth
between her eyes they
never quite found out, unh, don’t I know,
They say, “It happened in Ohio.”

Our handsome sheriff hatched a plan to catch his man
but it’s a jigsaw with no edge
our TV sheriff scratched his head and said:

It happened in Ohio.

It happened in Ohio.

It happened in Ohio.
Track Name: Pride In Hand
My ink sticky fingers were a fresh coat of blue...
because I didn’t know how to stop.
I had to have it, that was all I knew,
as I smiled at the rent-a-cop.

After I sent you the roses,
letters draft after draft...
Tender, confessing my love...

Here I stand,
Pride in hand

I’m always shopping for forget me nots...
The perfect gift stirs a hitch in my throat
Sure as tears start to form, I can’t stop my arm,
Out it goes, zip, then it’s in my coat.

It's as if I am watching a movie
action, exists on a screen
until, I exit the scene and

Here I stand,
Pride in hand

Each shiny excitement is a feeling I steal
cause a stolen heart it beats just so much
but the cards and chocolates and candy hearts
somehow they’re all spoiled by my touch

As if I’m watching a movie,
letters draft after draft...
tender confessing my love...

Here I stand,
Pride in hand