Return of the Dead Surfer Deluxe Edition

by the Vinyl Skyway

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The Vinyl Skyway came cruising out of the gate in 2004 with a brilliant self-titled debut and a breakthrough 2007 sophomore album "From Telegraph Hill". The buzz they created, however, was all but lost with a three year hiatus due to forced financial changes brought on by a complex new music industry. The group's two founding songwriters Michael Hayes and Andy Santospago retreated to family life. Each became a father, but neither musician ceased to craft new songs. In 2011, the two reconvened and took inventory of their work. What ensued was a successful kickstarter campaign that generated $6,000 through fans and friends, enabling the band to record "Return of the Dead Surfer". Available only on bandcamp, hear this brand new deluxe version of the album which contains 15 tracks mixed by Paul Kolderie (Radiohead/the Pixies) and David Minehan (the Neighborhoods/ Aerosmith). Though little has been done to promote the Vinyl Skyway, glowing reviews from a smattering of press include comparisons to early Fleetwood Mac, Wilco's Being There, the Jayhawks, the Thrills and the Pernice Brothers.

Hayes and Santospago continue to hone new songs for a fourth album, and look forward to recording with drummer Mickey Vershbow (Plumerai / to the Wedding) and bassist Marc Hickox (Paddy Saul).

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released 05 July 2013

Return of the Dead Surfer features Michael Hayes on vocals and guitars, Andy Santospago on lead guitars, lap steel, effects, harmonies, Dave Lieb on keyboards, Andy Plaisted on drums, Marc Hickox on bass.

In addition to the core band, several others contributed their talents including Bowen (drums), David Champagne & Jim Eddy (guitar), Joe Klompus (bass), Booth Hardy (drums), Rob Pevitts (bass), Ashley Willard, Kelly Davidson, Kristin Cifelli, Jody Blackwell, Kelly McCann, Dave Smits (who also played tambourine/hand claps), Jim Hayes, Susie Hayes Gordon and Matt Cox (vocals), Steve Mayone (Hammond organ, farfiza & tambourine), saxophonists Annie Sklar, Scott and John Aruda, percussion and vocals by Jonathan Perry, hand claps on Salvo by Marc Beaulieau and Olof Bridgeford.

Return of the Dead Surfer was recorded by Bil Bowen & Karl Mogensen at Kissy Pig Studios from January through October of 2011. Leadoff track “Return” was mixed by David Minehan at Woolly Mammoth Sound, while the remainder of the album was mixed by Paul Kolderie (Radiohead, the Pixies). Paul was assisted by Adam Hand. Additional overdubs were completed by Dan Cardinal at Dimension Sound. Master compact disc and vinyl engineered by Dave Locke at JP Masters in November of 2011. The album was released in January of 2012.

Album photography by Michael Hayes taken from Twin Peaks in San Francisco in April, 2007.

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The Vinyl Skyway could be described as the one of the best bands you've never heard of. With three studio albums that rival any big name artists out in the field today, the Vinyl Skyway was active in Boston, New York and San Francisco from 2004 - 2011. The Boston Globe described sophomore album From Telegraph Hill as "headphone record of exquisitely crafted pop". A fourth release is due in 2014. ... more

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Track Name: Return
The clouds and stormy skies were thickening
Until you came,
the brightest sun, bluest eyes
we cried
as those tears rolled down
we worried, endless days in flight
I will soon return
your arms will burn for mine
I believe in true small miracles like you
a genuine smile
a hard walked mile
a trial
as those tears rolled down we flourished
endless days in sight
I will soon return
your arms will burn for mine
though it might be late
there's still time
we will rise
we will shine
we will try
The clouds and stormy skies were thickening
Until you came, the brightest sun
the bluest eyes
we cried
Track Name: Salvo
You kicked the habit
but you didn't want your friends to know
and all that shit that we split
well it's working for you now
every time that you see
a blind face in the rear view mirror
it's my lines that you stole
and covered up
kiss me love
now it's goodbye
i'll make you moan
make you cry
miss me while I go to hell
it's my creation
my own cell
And all around
the kids don't hear a sound
and the songs I play go underground
I drive through town
with all the windows down
cuz I'm the runner up today
I'm writing songs
singin' up this latest salvo
i wrote just for you
cold hearted plans
a freak without a mantra
written lists you rendered
salvo- wrote it just for you
salvo- wrote it just for you
salvo- wrote it just for you
Track Name: Do You Remember
I found your clear blue sky
in a cloud hanging down on me
playing moonlight mile
through a pile of misery
When we were younger girl
you sang a song for me
it was a masterpiece
do you remember?
Ooohh....
Favorite song's on your vintage stereo
record spins around and your needle's down
put your needle down

I found your true blues
lying in a garden near the grocery
and a permanent scar in your arm
where the nighttime bleeds
I'm dreaming of the days
the ones we took for free
do you remember girl?
do you remember girl?
do you remember girl?
Remember the girl?
A younger girl...
Track Name: Miracle
We're getting close to something we've longed for
Just so delighted, attracted to you
It took a rock to walk up this mountain
Thought I could taste the top of the peak
Yeah it's gonna take a miracle
for you to get sober again
I tried to find the lyrical
but something tells me it's just pretend
Never gonna see you again
Your watch says half nine
You're late for work again
You missed the red line
Home from central square
Something fleeting
Maybe it's a feeling
Write it on a napkin
Squirt it on a hot dog
You denied it, never tried it
Never gonna get yourself
Never gonna get there

The girls are in motion
Wearing white jeans
The passion is guilty
She's just seventeen

I was lost, no dough in my pockets
Strung out stranded, caught in between
Two roads low, and one I was hung on
You came along and rescued me

At night we grow weary
And they tell me that it's over again
I try to find the lyrical
But something tells me it's just pretend
And it's gonna take a miracle for you
gonna take a miracle for me
It's gonna take a miracle for you
Gonna take a miracle
Never gonna see you again
Track Name: Misty Morning Fog
In the misty morning fog we caught a ship out to sea
you were fetching, barely waking
calling out to me
In the captain's quarters you found
all the change from your life
all in a cup, washed up and waiting
for you tonight
and you know how this game goes
I've been lost and out to sea
While my golden melodies escape me now i fear
I've found you were good for me
ooohhh ooohhh ooohhh
ooohhh ooohhh aaaah
aaaah aaaah aaaah
but you know i would wait
for a decade
behind the cold bars of this prison
for those golden memories
are few and far between
and you caused nearly have of my life
you did, you did
you cost nearly half of our lives
Aahhh, Oooooh
West she goes, it's in her eyes
When she dreams I'll be asleep
where'd she go?
To Californ, it's in her lies
when she leaves I'll be asleep
west she's gone
Go on baby, hold your head and cry
It's time to pack the lorry up again
Something we both knew was bound to die
So fill up your wine glass
drink it up slowly
cry all night in your armchair
til the dawn
West she goes
it's in her eyes
When she leaves I'll be asleep
there she goes
and alcohol, it's in her arms
she will cradle it, and baby,
west she'll go
Track Name: Golden Lights
Yesterday the dailies came to you
Flowers on the table with bread
Golden lights, golden lights
Yesterday the dailies came to you

Ripped up on a Saturday evening
Dried up in a sermon's repair
Passing wine, passing wine
Another day's paid self-medication

How did all the years go by
We sang your song a thousand times
Every time i close my eyes
I wonder where we'll be in the morning
(there will be no other time in the light)

All the booze you lifted on
All the sizes you've worn
All the shame you've carried for so long
All the news you've written
All the lies you've buried
All the tears you've tasted for so long

Flowers on a passing by casket
Towers in a state of disrepair
Golden lights, golden lights
A glimmer that fades into your sunset

All the booze you lifted on
All the signs you've buried
All the years you've wasted for so long
Track Name: Big Dipper
When the whiskey dries up
will you feel much better?
will you get off the couch?
will you write a letter?
If the sen sen runs out
will you fuel a hell drive
on a two day bender
interstate 95
Susan's on the line
a bottle of red wine
grapes fall off the vine,
become discolored
habits all of mine
it happens all the time
when the liquor flows
there she goes
and hope you feel much better
I hope you feel much better
Paul McCartney singing humble pie
and fighting for his name in the dusty hall of fame
I hope he feels much better
I hope you feel much better
The clowns at passenger side
took your pride and sacked you
one day we'll drive in your car
windows down, sideways
Big Dipper in the sky
I crossed your path a thousand times
My muse has drifted off to sea
So I thought I'd borrow you.
Track Name: Simulations
Simulations cannot prepare
the young for winters of despair
Sunday school could be Saturday's felony
Salutations of blind respect
on the floor where you genuflect
Sunday's fools led Saturday's revelry
On quaint stone walls
the center of town
the future lights a cigarette
like the past you got there too fast
now you're checking for signs
bloodshot eyes, sudden mood swings
do you arbitrate or give a pass
with rose colored glasses on
aaaaaahhhhhhh
aaaaaahhhhhhh
a choo choo train, a rubber spoon
an off key tune
singing songs of praise
in a daze now you're
pampered and coddled
exhausted role models in rehab
mental abstinent, far from diligent
aah aa aa
aah aa aa
aah aa aa
aah aa aa
aah aa aa
aah aa aa
aah aa aa
Simulations cannot prepare
the young for winters of despair
sunday school could be Saturday's felony
Salutations of blind respect
on the floor where you genuflect
Sunday's fools led Saturday's revelry
Track Name: The Runway
Love is on the runway, flying to Miami
Hot June friday, the first of summer
from the window I can see your eyes aglow
This feeling won't go
And when I leave
could you forgive me
and try to find the love
we left behind
Oh connect my soul
Where's my home
Love is on the runway
Hiding in the city
The last of summertime
We left behind
But everything becomes remiss
I'm shaken by the kiss
I thought you should know
Please just go
Go on, bye bye bye bye bye
Track Name: Golden Lights (Andy's Remix)
Yesterday the dailies came to you
flowers on the table with bread
golden lights, golden lights
yesterday the dailies came to you
ripped up on a Saturday evening
dried up in a sermon's repair
passing wine, passing wine
another day's paid self-medication
how did all the years go by
we sang your song a thousand times
every time I close my eyes
I wonder where we'll be
in the morning

all the booze you lifted on
all the sizes you've worn
all the years you wasted for so long..
all the news you've written
all the signs you carried
all the lies you buried for so long

Flowers on a passing by casket
towers in a state of disrepair
golden lights, golden lights
a glimmer that fades into your sunset

all the booze you lifted on
all the wars you've waged
all the shame you've carried for so long