Boca Chica

Boca Chica

BandAmericanaFolk

Foot-stomping back porch folk meets delicate indie pop.

Biography

Voted one of the city’s best bands by the 2006 Pittsburgh City Paper poll, Boca Chica has been garnering praises far and wide since they got their start in 2004. Boca Chica, which, incidentally, means “small mouth”, straddles the line between foot-stomping alt-country and a more ethereal indie folk sound. Their first release attracted the attention of both sides of that spectrum, with NPR featuring the delicate, atmospheric “Undertow” on their Open Mic podcast and getting the opportunity to share the stage with such Americana heroes as the Avett Brothers, Laura Love, and Mason Jennings .

Featuring a thumping upright bass, jangly banjo parts, and a killer fiddle as well as the occasional gentle synth wash or distorted guitar, their songs are catchy, quirky and emotive and could be compared to Gillian Welch, Iron & Wine, and Sufjan Stevens. They are one of Pittsburgh’s best-loved bands and are making their mark across the country.

Boca Chica is currently in the studio producing their second release due out in 2007.

Lyrics

Dragons

Written By: Hallie Pritts

And if you’re going to the fair
Won’t you bring back
Something sweet for me?
And if you go out on your own
Please don’t forget
Something sweet for me

But I know there’s dragons
In the waters and they’re waiting for you
And I know the road there is long
But I’ve been going hungry for days and days and days
Baby, please don’t wait too long

And if you’re going to the fair
Please remember to see the fortune teller
Cause I’ve got something, something
I’ve got to know

Cause I know there’s dragons in the waters
And they’re waiting for you
And I know your horse is growing thin
But I’ve been wondering, wondering
For days and days and days
Oh baby, what a state you’ve got me in

And if you go out riding on the plains
Won’t you be careful how you hold the reins

Cause I know there’s dragons in the waters
And they’re waiting for you
And I hope you won’t stay too long
Cause I can’t keep my eyes on you forever
Baby, please don’t prove me wrong

And if you’re going to the fair
Won’t you bring back
something sweet for me?
And if you go out on your own
Please don’t forget
Something sweet for me

Undertow

Written By: Hallie Pritts

We were underwater
with only the sunlight creeping in
Silence all around us
I could feel you seeping in
I could feel you seeping in

And that sweet undertow,
the only one I’ve ever known
Loving you is like drowning
and drowning in all I know
Oh, drowning is all I know

Words we don’t need
We don’t need to breathe
Inanimate bliss, oh looking like this
with you in front of me
Oh, with you in front of me

And oh, sweet undertow,
Please keep us in one place
Hold us here and keep us here
Please bless us with your grace
Oh, please bless us with your grace

But your ship of planks rolled in
And plucked you from my sea
And a storm rolled up and spit me out
All alone on the sandy beach
All alone on the sandy beach

But that sweet undertow
It doesn’t stop at the shore
It pulls me back and it takes my breath
And it leaves me wanting more
Oh, it leaves me wanting more

So if it’s all right by you
I will slip in without a rope
And live my days beneath the waves
Covered by the ocean’s cloak
Oh, covered by the ocean’s cloak

Punk Rock Boy

Written By: Hallie Pritts

My baby is always leaving
Leaving me in the lurch
He don’t wanna go to parties
And he don’t wanna go to church
He don’t wanna go out walking
In the pale moon light
He just wants to get himself into
Some crazy bar fight

Chorus:
Cause I’m in love with a punk rock boy
And he’s in love with soldier’s joy, hey
He’s been known to get in fights
And I’ve been known to stay up nights, hey

My friends, they tell me to keep away from him
They say that he’s dirty
and they tell me it’s a sin
They tell me, and they tell me
And they tell me once again
But I can’t keep myself, can’t keep myself
I can’t keep myself away from him

I tell them, and I tell them
I can’t leave him alone
Cause I want him and I love him
Just like a dog wants a bone
I know he’s no good, but I know he will stay
Till the next big fight, till the next big fight
Till the next big fight takes him away

Discography

Boca Chica EP, 2005

Steel City: Dead End World Compilation-- "Undertow" featured, 2006

Transform into Beasts- due out in 2007