Thrift Store Cowboys

Thrift Store Cowboys

BandAlternativeAmericana

Bass-heavy guitar and soaring violins. Characterized as a "beautiful rootsy, even surfy sound" and "spooky punky-tonk desert music" at the same time. Rootsy and punky? Surfy and desert sandy? It's all there, and makes for great live music.

Biography

For a band of 20-somethings, the Thrift Store Cowboys are unusually well seasoned. Four of the five core members have been recording and touring together for six years. Hailing from Lubbock, Texas, the've built a national cult following around three studio albums and countless performances from coast to coast at venues ranging from coffee shops to world class theatres.

Their sound borrows from a rich heritage rooted in rock and country. However, the band defies classification as they focus on blazing new trails for their fans. One review of their sophomore release called it "spooky punky-tonk desert music," while another called it a "beautiful rootsy, even surfy sound." Punk and roots. Surf and desert sand. It's all there in what another reviewer calls "a beautifully intoxicating mix."

Their latest release, Lay Low While Crawling or Creeping, embellishes on all flavors. It rocks harder and sways softer than either of their previous albums. Rather than relying on one or two principal songwriters to craft the sound, the band draws from the diverse influences of all five members, supported by the multi-instrumental and sound engineering talents of WaveLab Studios in Tucson, Arizona.

In 2006, the band debuted on the CMJ radio charts, which might mark the beginning of their "overnight success." The band is hopeful, but not in any particular hurry. For now, they're free to go their own pace, which promises to be a steady one in 2007 as they aim to perform in most major markets in the United States and Canada.

Lyrics

Damn New Mexico

Written By: Thrift Store Cowboys

you live your life, one i can't see
only twelve hours away but it feels like eternity
but you still live inside my heart where it hurts
so i'll just look out west to a state which i curse

so damn new mexico, that enchanted desert sky
it took me fifteen weeks and still i can't ask why
she lives and loves another in that arizona town
so i'll sit and wait for her in west Texas
where i'm damning new mexico down

seconds pass as months roll past, one i can't ignore (?)
you seem to drift along my ??? and now my door
you say i sometimes get in your head
am i a tenant there, or visitor instead?

so damn new mexico, that enchanted desert sky
it took me fifteen weeks and still i can't ask why
she lives and loves another in that arizona town
so i'll sit and wait for her in west Texas
where i'm damning new mexico down

were you just a figment of my heart?
one pair of eyes and ???
the song can change over time
once started
fool hearted
now..???

so damn new mexico, that enchanted desert sky
it took me fifteen weeks, and still i can't ask... why
she lives and loves another in that arizona town
so i'll sit and wait for her in west Texas
where i'm damning new mexico down
yeah, i'm damning new mexico down

Sharp Left Hook

Written By: Thrift Store Cowboys

spin satin dress, will you spin me ‘round
you get in my head, then you knock me down
but i will not fall in love with you
i know too well what you’re planning to do to me
turn me to secrecy, and not take it seriously
why aren’t you hearing me?

am i even here? just invisible
to the naked eye, not invincible
but to me i am, i’m a worthless man
sometimes i feel like charlie brown

you took my hand and then you led me to your room
blind debauchery with loneliness and a sharp left hook
why must you shove on me until i hit the ground?
these lonely nights, they’re killing me, i feel like charlie brown

well i’m leaving now, and leaving’s walking away
but you never know it won’t be coming today
see i’ve got your heart, hell, i put it with the rest
only time will tell if you’ll be getting the best of me
tearing up inside of me, turning me to jealousy
against all society
but even if that day comes
well it can’t be worse than this wretched life
with your ???? curse and your falling-down eyes
better safe than sound
hell it’s not so bad being charlie brown

you took my hand and then you led me to your room
blind debauchery with loneliness and a sharp left hook
why must you shove on me until i hit the ground?
these lonely nights, they’re killing me, i feel like charlie brown
these lonely nights, they’re comforting, i feel like charlie brown
everybody knows that everyone loves charlie brown

No Trees

Written By: Thrift Store Cowboys

there’s a girl out in the sequoias
making me not want to want to miss her
she did all the persuading
we should’ve waited

there’s a place where trees do not exist
and i’m barely breathing in the thick of it
why won’t you visit?
yeah, ‘cause i’m bad for business

spending the night with me won’t do
seems you’ve got bigger things to do
hanging around ‘til you’ll be calling me
and i’ll be staring into those photographs
of the way things couldn’t be
can’t you see when you leave me tonight
in no time you’ll be out of my mind?

the land’s so flat it messes with your head
she’s spending all her time in other people’s beds
they say i’m crazy
but my heart can’t hear what they say, anyway

spending the night with me won’t do
seems you’ve got bigger things to do
hanging around ‘til you’ll be calling me
and i’ll be staring into those photographs
of the way things couldn’t be
can’t you see when you leave me tonight
in no time you’ll be out of my mind?

Discography

Lay Low While Crawling or Creeping (2006)
The Great American Desert (2003)
Nowhere With You (2001)

Set List

The band has released 38 songs on 3 albums. Their sets are diverse depending on the crowd and length of time they are afforded the stage, which ranges from 30 to 90 minutes. A typical 10-song set list looks like this:

Black Blizzards (from Great American Desert)
In the Clear (from Lay Low)
Understudy (from Lay Low)
Amanda (from Nowhere With You)
The City Looks Pretty (from Nowhere With You)
Man, We Ran Them Camels (From Great American Desert)
Beneath the Shoes (from Lay Low)
Dirtied Your Knees (from Lay Low)
Shadow Weather (from Lay Low)
So Young (from Great American Desert)

On record, each song is 3-5 minutes on average. The band can jam on them though if the crowd likes that sort of thing.