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released November 1, 2019

All songs written by Helen Vaskevitch

Album produced by Helen Vaskevitch
Additional production by Don Chaffer

Recorded at Betty in Nashville, TN
Additional recording at The Conductor

Engineered by Helen Vaskevitch
Additional engineering by Don Chaffer

Mixed by Don Chaffer at The Conductor

Mastered by Jim Demain at Yes Master

Helen Vaskevitch: Vocals, guitar, bass, trumpet, trombone, keys, drums, percussion, programming, arrangements
Amaryah Shaye: Drum Programming on 8
Anthony Jorissen: Sax on 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, Keys on 5
Becca Hill: Vocals on 1, 5, 6
Ben Jacoby: Drums and Percussion on 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Bruce Ervin: Sax on 4, Vocals on 1, Keys on 6, 9
Dillon Smith: Strings on 9
Don Chaffer: Guitar on 6, Drum Programming on 9, Vocals on 1
Ellen Angelico: Guitar on 6, 9
Evan Farnsworth: Vocals on 1
Jamison Sevits: Vocals on 1
Julia Meredith: Baritone Sax on 6, 9
Owen: Vocals on 1, 7, 8, Vocal arrangements on 7, 8
Ruby Chaffer: Vocals on 1
Sandra Quints: Vocals on 1
Steven Palassis: Guitar on 1, 3

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Qats is either a 7 piece retro pop band or a 50 piece celebration on wheels, depending on the occasion.

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Track Name: Home In Your Cup
Oh I hesitate to dip into a day,
Like the one where we were standing in the greenhouse
You asked if I had ever tasted lemonade
As sweet as the one that you had offered.
Oh my love

It’s a funny thing, what memory does
It paints all the walls the color of love
And when you’re lookin’ back with those glasses on
It gets hard to remember anything was ever wrong

Oh my love, it’s not love that leaves you sad
It’s that nagging little feeling of what you think you’ll never have
When you’re standing at the ocean and you feel like giving up
And you’re crying ‘cause you know you can’t take it home in your cup.

And I don’t like to think, that I could be that small
That I could be that petty, and miss the point of it all
It’s that damn nostalgia, when it’s not over yet
When your happiest memories are filled with regret.

Oh my love, it’s not love that leaves you sad
It’s that nagging little feeling of what you think you’ll never have
When you’re standing at the ocean and you feel like giving up
And you’re crying ‘cause you know you can’t take it home in your cup.
Track Name: Fed
Wish I could tell you how
Wish I could tell you about when I was a child
We’d go to the sledding hill
We’d cross the field and we’d take the trail
Due to the way my mind would wander
By the time we arrived I never knew how we got there
Like walking side by side, somehow on different ground
Wish I could walk there on the common ground
Wish I could talk when you are around

Well I went to your house and I sat at the table
And I smiled at the people
And I ate the meal
But I could not be fed
I put my hand to my mouth, but I could not taste the bread

The faces round me here
The faces round me
Talking animatedly
I close my eyes now I have to leave
I brought an animal, an animus
And now she’s snarling and she’s starving, I can’t feed both us
It’s like she’s ate my tongue, and I can’t make a sound
Wish I could stay, could talk could make a sound
Wish I could talk when you are around

Well I went to your house and I sat at the table
And I smiled at the people
And I ate the meal
But I could not be fed
I put my hand to my mouth, but I could not taste the bread

And I,
I brought my hand to my mouth, but I could not taste the bread.
Track Name: Cut Me Loose
Don’t ask me what I’m thinkin’ about,
I don’t wanna rat myself out, not just yet
There was a time when I was glad for you to know what’s in my head, but that time is past
There was a time when I’d not hesitate to let you in my bed,
But you never asked

Cut me loose
Cut me loose
Set me free
Tyranny, tragedy, misery,
I wanna be
My own again

Don’t know what I’m more embarrassed about,
Is it the color of the anger in my face?
The new vocabulary I have made, just to call you names
Or is it worse, how I still think you in such a tender way

Cut me loose!
Cut me loose
Cut me loose
Set me free
Tyranny, tragedy, misery,
I wanna be
My own again
Track Name: Geography
There’s just too much geography between us
For something to grow
It’s a thing I know, but I try to forget it.
They say blood is what runs the thickest
And that’s what we’ve got
But sometimes I’m not sure we’ve got much else

And we better think quick, if we wanna share tomorrow
That’s what I always say, but when tomorrow comes

I get to thinkin’ bout my own self,
I get to thinkin’ bout my own pain
You don’t believe the things that I say anymore.

There’s just so much that wants to come between us
All the things we’ve done
But one by one I try to forget them
You know I’m thinkin’ on it every day
And that’s how it goes
‘Cause we’re born to know the others’ faces.

And we better think quick, ‘cause I wanna share tomorrow
And really, who’s to blame? That when tomorrow comes

We get to thinkin’ bout our own selves,
We get to thinkin’ bout our own pain
Don’t wanna be ashamed what I say anymore.
Track Name: The Grove
I stopped at The Grove of the States
Pulled up next to a biker’s gang
I remembered I had been here once in high school,
A school trip we’d taken
And then there was that other time
You and me on the highway, you were drivin’, and racin’,
Yeah, you paid for that when the patrol sirens came

And I believed I knew you better back then,
Than any other friend I’d ever know
Yeah I can leave, and I can come back again but I knew you better
When the sirens were on.

What did I bring with me from the south?
Wavin’ at people and smilin’ with my mouth
But if I stay here just a little while
I go back to the downcast eyes

And all I’m tryin’ to say, is that everybody changes
I loved you back then, and I’ll love you through the ages.
But now we’re both in a different place, so let’s not make all the same mistakes
Just because I believed

Yeah I believed I knew you better back then,
Than any other friend I’d ever know
Yeah I can leave, and I can come back again but I knew you better
When the sirens were on.
Track Name: Vocabulary
I wanna find another new vocabulary
Lookin’ for the language that a better person would speak
Line em’ all, all the words, make a dictionary
An encyclopedia of how I am permitted to be
And when you meet me in the kitchen with your questions
Then I’ll know what I can say without offending

Take a break in the afternoon
And lay your head down on the pillow you know everything’s already been said
I am me, you are you,
I hope you know that underneath everything
I still want the same roof over our heads
And on your birthday I will buy a paper lantern
And hope that I can mend a friendship with a gesture.
Track Name: Darkness
It was a fine and lovely day
We filled the car all up with people
And we drove until both sides of the road were only farms
We had to drive a little while
But the talking all was easy
I was at the wheel I didn’t say much
I like the listening

It was easy, to drive all day
To turn the light on and to watch it as it drove the night away
Yeah it was easy, but when you get home
You have to find yourself a new light to turn on when you’re alone

I’ll make you my own
And I’ll fill you up with longing
I will place flowers made of felt around your bed
And you won’t have to dream
‘Cause I’ll tire you out completely
All you have to do is never ask me
To tell what I’m thinking

It was easy, to drive all day
To turn the light on and to watch it as it drove the night away
Yeah it was easy, but when you get home
You have to find yourself a new light to turn on when you’re alone
You have to find a new light to turn on when you’re alone

When the tide goes out
Who would ask the ocean why
Don’t judge me for my sorrows
They are only passin by
Track Name: Living
I remember a summer
Summer when I first moved down to Ashland
Spent it on the back porch of a cafe
I didn’t know anyone, I just knew what I wanted

Felt like I was livin'
In some song by Garfunkel and Simon
Such loneliness and beauty in tandem
I always know what I want, that’s never been the hardest part

If I could just be told that someday all I long for will come true
If I keep waiting for my life to start
I won’t be living
No more waiting

Tell me how does it feel now?
Have you reached every mile post you set down?
Did some hidden trail reveal itself as worthwhile?
Is there a secret relief, will I feel an achievement?

If I could just be told that someday all I long for will come true
If I keep waiting for my life to start
I won’t be living
No more waiting

If I could just be told that someday all I long for will come true
If I keep waiting for my life to start
I won’t be living
I won’t be living
I won’t be living
No more waiting
Track Name: Where Did You Go
I arrived by automobile
Left my mother in the north of the state
I drive around to collect my things, I should be gone for a few days
I don’t know who to call or who to leave alone
Is it wrong to say nothing to someone you use to know.

Where did you go Elise?
Where did you go Elise.

We met up in a southern state
We were told it would remind us of home
And I suppose in a way it did, if you take it on it’s own
I know the people of North Carolina aren’t to blame
For the comparisons a homesick mind will make.

Where did you go Elise?
Where did you go Elise?

I thought that we were close
I thought that I would know
Tell me there’s a place
Where this is all behind us, if I only wait

Where did you go Elise?
Track Name: Break Even
This is the best that we can do
You don’t talk to me I don’t talk to you
You don’t take from me I don’t take from you
This is the best that we can do

This is the best that we can be
Strangers passin’ on the street
I don’t take from you, you don’t take from me
This it the best that we can be

I feel love
I feel lost
Don’t try to calculate the cost or count the reasons
Sometimes the best you got is to break even

I had a dream I had a vision
Is fear a kind of intuition
Is it foresight, or is it just fiction
I had a dream I had a vision

Ooooooh… ooooooh

I feel love
I feel lost
Don’t try to calculate the cost or count the reasons
Sometimes the best you got is to break even

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