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a song about :: cubicles, staring out windows, power, graveyards, phones, being small, a big machine.

"The powerful lay back; the bottom rungs pay with their grace and their bodies"

“Call Center Blues”
Written & Performed by Under The Rug
Produced by The Rug Factory Recording
Mixed/Master by The Rug Factory and Ross Pitto

CALL CENTER BLUES :: LYRICS

Again,
the Call Center Blues,
scanning the news on your phone
with your head down.
Somewhere outside,
just up the 5 (FWY),
a tree farmer snips all the limbs of his trees back:
everyone knows that
the powerful lay back
while the bottom rungs pay with their grace and their bodies

your poor mother
wind
is churning above
the head markers snug in the soil at Mt. Sinai,
where coroners feign
sadness and grief;
coffins aren’t cheap, you know,
press-board or ash: a real setback.

And you’re falling asleep
and inside of your dream you are some kind of lever
in some awful machine

La da dee da!

THE MAKING OF :: CCB

From Casey:

“Sometime after college, we were working odd jobs and, when energy levels permitted, chipping away at what would become Pale King (at the time, we were calling it “Lullaby for a Haircut”). We made an apartment demo version.

Here, listen . . .
  1. Call Center Blues. Demo version 3:12

I felt like the song had a lot of heart—it was a song for anybody, really. Anybody who knew how repetitious cog-in-the-wheel work could get. And that was mirrored in this endlessly-repeating chord progression.

It was a neat tune, but, still, it was missing something . . .

A BRAVE SAXOPHONE SOLO

For the album version, we traveled up to Santa Cruz to track keys with Jesse’s oldest friend (and key wizard) Will McDougal. Traveling up to Santa Cruz breathed some magic back into an otherwise-blue song, but it wasn’t until we got Ryan Parish (woodwinds, Atomic Ape) in studio that the song really came together.

We’d been listening to Patrick Watson’s “The Things We Do,” which has a pretty brave (for lack of a better word) sax solo.

And that’s what this needed. Some oomph. A real climax. Some big, uncouth middle-finger to the repetition.

Check out these happy nerds, listening what Ryan came up with in real time  . . .

CALL CENTER BLUES :: CREDITS

Vocals, guitar, lyrics, production – Casey Dayan | drums, percussion, production – Brendan McQueeney | rhodes – Jason Schimmel | bass, vocals, production – Jesse Holsapple | guitar, vocals – Sean Campbell | bari sax – Ryan Parish | organ, piano – Will McDougal | mix/master – Ross Pitto & The Rug Factory

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