Restless Sun

by Otto Mobile and the Moaners

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Restless Sun is the second album by Otto Mobile and the Moaners. On it they blend West Coast whimsy with their Midwestern Roots Rock. Since 2008’s Lost Songs of Otto Mobile the band has tightened up its sprawling lineup. Now, the group has orchestrated a rounder sound with lush simplicity that serves this new batch of songs by Matt Lundquist.

All of Otto’s songs were written either in Oakland, CA or Bloomington, IN or somewhere in between. Lundquist is emerging as a confident songwriter and the band’s arrangements reveal a shared vision. The melodies are more enduring and his original phrasing lends potency to the words. The stories were culled at different times of the day to reflect its changing moods. The 1st two songs ‘Don’t Be Alarmed’ and ‘Restless Sun’ sound like sleepy sunday mornings, hung over but thankful to “let the day blow where it may”. Whispering pedal steel, dreamy organ and Elliott’s celestial vocals welcome the listener to another day. ‘Hung Over On You’ is a dizzy morning after with a sledgehammer chorus. Then, sleeping mornings give way to stoned afternoons on ‘Pining for Colorado’, ‘Ol’ Blue’, and ‘One Step’ - Otto’s Highway Trilogy. These midday midtempo ballads are live staples in the Otto Mobile catalog. Halfway through the album, someone steps on the gas as the band burns through ‘Sunny Day Blues’, ‘Guilty As Charged’, and ‘Shady Side of the Street’. As the day gets dusky the stories also get darker. By the time they hit ‘Slow Train’ the frenzy is threatening to derail. The lone late night number, ‘Hold On For Dear Love’ is a sleep deprived lullaby to the world. The dreamy kaleidoscope of sounds are back as the listener is encouraged to lay back and “let the world keep turning.”

Lundquist sings his songs like a father to his kids. He also pieces together a symphony of guitars. The Gibson Jumbo, mother of the songs, is a steady and nurturing presence. His manic depressive Stratocaster fluctuates between sensitive tremolo tones, screaming guitar rock and melodic slide. Somewhere between Heaven and Earth, the pedal steel floats in and out of the words and rhythms. Lundquist can also be heard sucking and blowing on broken harmonicas.

The voice of Elliott Peck elevates and blesses the tracks with feminine charm. She lends angelic harmony (See ‘Restless Sun’) and badass soul power (See ‘Sunny Day Blues’) The original pairing of Matt and Elliott’s vocals shift dynamically between close knit harmony and counter melody. His style is earthy and simple while she is free to embellish with her vocal gymnastics. Elliott’s Wurlitzer and organ round out the band’s sound and provide a colorful chord bed for guitar hooks. Her acoustic piano composition in ‘Pining for Colorado’ is the driving force on this highway ballad.

Connor O’Sullivan is the sonic guru of the band. His bass playing follows the songs’ moods - aggressive Gibson SG on the rock tunes, soft, round Fender P-Bass pulses on the lighter tunes and stand up Kay bass thumping on the folky numbers. He also adds dreamscape organ and rock style wurlitzer on ‘Guilty as Charged’.

Rob Schwartz lays down some tasteful drum tracks for the others to decorate with layers of sound.

This album was recorded over a slow burn at Connor’s studio in the Outer Richmond District of San Francisco. The band produced and recorded the record all on their own.

credits

released 09 October 2012

Matt Lundquist - vocals, guitars, pedal steel, harmonica
Elliott Peck - vocals, piano and organ
Connor Jon O’Sullivan - basses, Wurlitzer and organ
Rob Schwartz - drums

Special guest T.J. Kanczuzewski - Wurlitzer and organ
All songs written by Matt Lundquist
Except “Hold On For Dear Love” by Matt Lundquist & Suzy Rothenburg
All songs published by Elliconn Music, BMI
Engineered by Connor Jon O’Sullivan
Produced and mixed by Connor Jon O’Sullivan and Matt Lundquist
Mastered by Mike Notaro
Recorded in the Outer Richmond, San Francisco, CA
Cover art by Mimi Williams - mimiwilliamsprintmaker.com
Layout and design by Connor Jon O’Sullivan

Thanks
Friends and Family, Jon Lundquist, Tim Moore, Ryan Deasy, Tim Cox, the Switchyard, Jason Payton, Ryan Payton, Toby Purnell, Merrie Sloan, TV Mike, Marie Chang, Travers Marks, Toby Oler, Emery Barter, T.J. Kanczuzewski, Nick Kovach, Ben Fowler, WFHB, Jim Manion, Nicole O’Neal, 220 Breakers, Lexi Len, Payton Purnell and Crooked County

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Otto Mobile and the Moaners San Francisco, California

Otto Mobile and the Moaners are the vehicle of songwriter Matt Lundquist. Named in honor of his banjo plucking Great Uncle Otto, the band has been on a slow burn since 2008.

Restless Sun finds Otto exploring the chemistry within a paired down quartet of original members. It was written, arranged, produced, engineered and mixed by the band.
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Track Name: Don't Be Alarmed
DON'T BE ALARMED

Don't be alarmed, it's just distant church bells
a new morning is warming up the day
no need to saddle up, battle traffic back to work
young birds are singing brand new morning tunes
Don't be alarmed, it's just the sun's outstretched arms

Don't be alarmed, it’s just coffee brewing
whole garden is sippin’ on cool morning dew
step back from gears that grind us through afternoons
and let the day blow where it may

Don't be alarmed, it's just the sun's outstretched arms
We're far from tomorrow's alarms
welcomed, warmed with outstretched arms
Track Name: Restless Sun
RESTLESS SUN

You rise and I wake up
You warm the air I breathe until I open up
with a glow on my face
the whole morning leans into the day

You rise I sigh
I reach over and hit the alarm
Restless Sun... you're working day is never done

I don't know you, but I know what it is to behold you
caress the dawn and turn on the sky
peeking over the hills,
with a grin that lights up the horizon

A father smiles his children slowly rise
a spark of light in every eye
Restless Sun...you're working day is never done
Track Name: Hungover on You
HUNG OVER ON YOU

G7 A7 D7 G

G A D G
When I woke up, first thing I did was knock over last night's cup
G A D G
A cool glass of fantasy'd be nice, but I'm drinking a tall glass, of harsh reality on ice

G A G A

A G
All my dreams, are fading faster than my jeans
D C A
ripped out holes in the knees
A G
sun is high, I'm dry on the line by noon
D C A
hung over on you
D C A
hung over on you

G7 A7 D7 G

I don't fit in, to yesterday's clothes, I am still wearin' thin

too close to tell, after one night of heaven, it's hard to stand the hell

CHORUS

SOLO
/G/G/A/A/G/G/A/A/

/A/A/G/G/D/DC/A/A/

/A/A/G/G/D/DC/A/A/

CHORUS
Track Name: Pinin' for Colorado
Pinin' for Colorado

D
slowly disappear in my rearview
Bm G D A
for the first time in days the sky was clear
D
front range clouds on the horizon
Bm G D A G
bad reflection of love left melting in snow capped mountains


Bm A D
all alone and stoned
G
on a long kansas road
Bm A G
and pinin' for Colorado
Bm A D G
back on the road goin nowhere slow
Bm A G
and pinin' for Colorado

SOLO:

/ D / D / Bm G / D A /

/ D / D / Bm G / D A / G / G /

/ Bm / A / D / G / Bm / A / G / G / X2


D
Coming down from mountain majesty
Bm G D A
a warm wind flees a western storm
D
strong currents run in high places
Bm G D A G
and heaven opens wide this close to the sky
Track Name: Ol' Blue
OLE BLUE

G D C
Not the fastest on the highway
G
but you kept the right pace
D
and you knew just how to glide my way
C Am C
Oh how, many towns did we roll through
G B7 C G
Ol Blue, Ol Blue, don't quit now I need you
C G B7 C G C G
I never knew, a car as true as you

/G / C / G / G / D / D / C / C

G / B7 / C / C / G / C / G / G

G D C
When the dark storm clouds rolled in
G
and the police were comin
D
your engine kept on purrin and a hummin
C Am C
Oh how, many sunsets did we ride into
G B7 C G
Ol Blue, Ol Blue, don't quit now I need you
C G B7 C G C G
I never knew, a car as true as you, Ol Blue


G D C G
Even though your gears were achin' You feared no mountain
D
kept on climbin on your bad transmission
C Am C
Oh how many sunsets did we drive up to
G B7 C G
Ol Blue, Ol Blue, I am never gonna forget you
C G B7 C G C G
I never drove, a car as smooth, as you, Ol Blue
Track Name: One Step
ONE STEP

intro: DGDA

D
Just stepped out of my old blue car
G D
my back is sore and my eyes are red
G Bm A D
but there's a party in your backyard and a poundin' in my heart
D
crossed this country on tired tires
G D
driven like a man inspired
G Bm A
to see your smile at the end of my miles

D
and now there's one step
G
between me and the girl that I came here for
D A
one step between love and dream
Bm G D
and i gotta know what that look in your eye means

instrumental: D G D A Bm G D

D
i have wondered many times
G D G
is that sparkle in your eyes for me
Bm A D
let me see are you a lover true
D
here i am there she is
G D
oh my God it comes to this
G Bm
one dance left to ask her
A
one chance to know her answer
Track Name: Sunny Day Blues
Sunny Day Blues

G7 G
When you're all wet with your own sweat
G7 G
and it's too dry to cry
F C G G7
drunk on the sun, high on the blue sky

F
pop the top off another bottle of booze

C
take a deep drink of them sunny day blues

G7 G
All the fog melts away
G7
in untamed blaze of day
F C G
an open invitation to love and play
F
rays of golden hair light the view
C C7 G
with eyes the color of sunny day blue


G7 G
shy girl with the sad eyes sparkling when she walks by
F C G
step outside and find somewhere to ride
F
maybe some honey lit your fuse
C
left you to burn out on them sunny day blues

F C
TAG: rows and rows of people on the loose under a whole sky full of sunny day blues
Track Name: Guilty As Charged
GUILTY AS CHARGED

Oh my, ain't it rough
when all you need, just ain't enough
the more you want it before you know it
got another need to feed

He was guilty as charged For living hard

I got shakes And I get the chills
And who knows what can cure those ills
The seal was broken,
and the antidote was stolen

He was guilty as charged For living hard

If he never sees her no more
can he still hear her roar
does her taste still float
in the back of the throat
Track Name: Shady Side of the Street
Shady Side of the Street

B7 Em

Em Am Em B7 Em Am B7 Em

B7 Em

Em Am
I keep my blinds rolled up
Em B7
and my windows open wide
Em Am
even though I got
B7 Em
a few skeletons to hide
Em Am
we try to keep cool
Em B7
easy as a breeze
Em Am
I'm gonna do
B7 Em
exactly as I please


Em Am Em
we live on the shady side of the street
G B7
on the edge where the light and darkness meet
C G
and everybody here wants to keep out of the heat
C B7 Em
on the shady side of the street

the people on my side, don't mind if I
pickin' on my porch, laughin loud and getting high
don't know bout them over there
I cough at their second hand stares
I'd offer them a front porch seat, but
they don't like my kind

we live on the shady side of the street
where the deadend people of the world meet
and everybody here wants to keep out of the heat
on the shady side of the street
Track Name: Slow Train
slow train

the pain and the pleasure, mixed up together
til it’s hard telling one from the other

it’s a slow train coming
but it’s picking up speed
while there’s fuel to burn and a fire to feed

somewhere a fool is runnin,
after the setting sun in a race that can’t be won

the pain and the pleasure, closer than ever
find themselves wrapped all around each other