Western Family

Western Family

 Portland, Oregon, USA
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Biography

Born of friendships forged in the early 90's west coast music scene, Portland-based rock band, Western Family draws influences from 70s classic rock, pop, punk and folk. Consisting of front man/guitarist Kevin Colgan, lead guitarist Ryan Schmidt, bassist Tyson Schmidling and drummer Brett Snyder, Western Family's songs are built on unusual chord structures and pretty/pretty-ugly melodies.

Collectively, individual members of Western Family have played with a wide array of previous projects including Everclear, Molly Cliff and Sharon America, appeared on Jay Leno and opened for the Rolling Stones. Playing professionally and touring both east and west coasts since 1993, members of Western Family have also worked in-studio with industry icons Barrett Jones (Nirvana, Foo Fighters), Nathaniel Kunkel (Sting, Crosby Stills and Nash, Maroon 5) and Sony A&R rep Justin Goldberg.

Western Family lives up to their roots with their debut record "Wish Upon a Scar". Released in 2010, the album is a twelve-track collection that emphasizes imagery and themes concerned with American culture and the class struggles within. "Wish Upon a Scar" was mixed by Kevin Hahn at Opal Studios and mastered by Nathaniel Kunkel at LA's Studio Without Walls.

Western Family is currently working on their sophomore effort (slated for release in 2011).

Lyrics

Baby

Written By: Western Family

I confess
To doubting flowers
Skipping stones through dreams
I confess

And these dreams
And the cost of dreaming
Breaking bones on holidays

Then again, then again
We just may
Live through this
Watch your pace
Shave your face
We belong to the human race

I'm a baby
Baby I'm a baby
With a niƱo of my own

I confess
To callous carousels
Won't make it through these holidays

Then again, then again
We just may
Live through this
Watch your pace
Shave your face
We belong to the human race

August You Rot

Written By: Western Family

August you rob those midwest elderlies
Of all their peace and dignity
They drop like Mississippi River mayflies
From all your rank humidity

August again I guess
Your prez he failed the test
Now where's your FDR?
Go wish upon a scar

August it's not: let's fly a kite today
And thank all our lucky stars
That this is spring and birds are singing
And love somewhere is blossoming

Five-thousand
Ten-thousand
Twelve-thousand
Twenty-thousand BTUs

Give them some central air
With their MediCare
Like you could give a care
Old folks are dying out there

August, you bitch, you took my father
Feel him blowin' in the breeze?
August, you snitch, you're like my mother
Wonder what you have up your sleeve

Five-thousand
Ten-thousand
Twelve-thousand
Fifteen-thousand

Five-thousand
Ten-thousand
Twelve-thousand
Twenty-thousand BTUs

Kessa (C.M.F.I.B.A.D.)

Written By: Western Family

Kessa my love
Kessa my love, have we met?
Kessa my love
Kessa my love, not yet

And if you wish upon a scar
You'll go far
You'll go far
You go

Cause you are
You are

If Broadway turns you out
Stage right
Come home
Come home
Come home
Girl, come back home

And if you wish upon
A scarred, scarred, scarred, scarred, scar
You'll go far
You'll go far
You go

Cause you are
And you'll always be...

Children may fall into buckets and drown, drown
Mamas may strap infants in seatbelts
And push them into Great Lakes

C.M.F.I.B.A.D

Let them swim in Great Lakes

Great Lakes

Sally Forth

Written By: Western Family

I have made a wrong turn darlin'
I will sally
I will sally forth again

You have demonized me
Through and through and through
I have demons honey
As you knew
As you knew

I have looked into the mirror too
And I know
I know
I know this much is true

That when I walk these lovin' arms
They are swayin' at my sides
Workin' on my stride
'Cuz it is mine now
Mine all mine

This all started at the reservoir
And it ended on some kitchen floor
And I know you'd like this song to resolve
So I will sally
I will sally
I will sally
I will sally
I will sally
I will sally forth again

That when I walk these lovin' arms
They are swayin' at my sides
Workin' on my stride
And it is mine now
Mine all mine

A Cute Anxiety

Written By: Western Family

Strength come to me
And love set me free
I wish it could be
So easy to see

Take my pulse
Just don't tell me the result
Of this high school dream
Or of what I
I became

Yes I got it back
Minus a triple bypass
Doctor, I said stat
There's no such thing as a heart attack

How could this be, dead at thirty?
What's this panic attack?
I just wanna relax...

Girl, don't come home
My sister says we all die alone
I don't know
If that's true
But the last face I see
It will not be you

Only five years of fibs
And constant kicks to the ribs
I just wanna get along
Since I've surfaced
And I know we were wrong

We were wrong

Rocky Mtn Low

Written By: Western Family

I wanna die
Doing what I love
I can't decide
Between two things because

There's somethin' 'bout
The feelin' that I get
When I put down
Fifteen cans of Milwaukee's Best

Here's my dilemma
Annie please don't cry
'Cuz I believe
I believe I can fly

Flow river flow
Take my troubles to the valley below
You don't wanna know
No
Rocky mountain low

I'm finished with the puppets
It's just not me
And there's no God
Book three

I miss the sunshine
Over my shoulder
And I hate those hippies
Up here in Boulder

'Cuz I'm no longer
Something you can buy
Leave me alone
I'm fine to fly

Flow river flow
Take my troubles to the valley below
You don't wanna know
No
Rocky mountain low

Steady Rollin Man

Written By: Mike Ruffino

Everybody who's anybody knows
You're a steady rollin' man
Fallin' asleep where you stand
Time's slippin' through the holes in your hands

You got half the world to blame tonight
And you may be shattered
But at least you're right

Your mind's a cyclone
The wheels turn round and round
The broken things that they are
You dreamt a cigar was just a cigar

You're talkin' shit in the liquor line
You're the over-under fiend
You're as filthy as Jesus
And you like your desert clean

Go out and hurt somebody
Hurt somebody new
Go on and hurt somebody
Somebody new
Go out and hurt somebody
Just like you

Everybody who's anybody knows
You're a steady rollin' man
Fallin' asleep where you stand
Time's slippin' through the holes in your hands

Who knows there's a world out there tonight
And you may be shattered
But at least you're right

Unbridled

Written By: Western Family

Yeah right,
So she gets off of this airplane
United, and American
She's witchcraft from the get-go
I grabbed her, and could not let go

She's unbridled to me Ma
She's unbridled

She says: I'm drunk
And what else is new
She says: fuck all
Of the rest of you

All you terrorists can sit down now!
I'm from Kabul
Yeah, but I'm allowed

I'm unbridled

I like trouble
Trouble I like
I've liked trouble
Trouble my whole life

She says: hey baby
How are you?
Things like: nice to meet you
She says: hey babe
How are you?
As she reached for
Johnny Dangler

I like trouble
Trouble Allah

Wish Upon A Scar

Written By: Western Family, David McCampbell

I would've made haste to waste
This heart of mine
Had I not drowned in your sweetness
Your soft-belly stillness
For in you I am free
And any other way
Would surely be
A cacophony
Of frozen inside places
Like colors making faces

Give me time to love you
The only thing I know that's true
The one thing that I ask of you
To make a wish upon a scar

And if I've made a curtain
Of certain things
Like feelings
Shaking behind silences
These open wounds are healing

Give me time to love you
I only need a month or two
The one thing that I ask of you
To make a wish upon a scar

Discography

Wish Upon A Scar, 2010