Play Some Air Guitar

by The Four Chords

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The album title is a bit of a personal motto--if it's good, it's air guitar worthy, and really, there are times where we'd rather be playing air guitar to something than actual guitar. There's nothing quite as satisfying as playing anywhere, where you never hit a bum note as long as the record is playing, or as long as your favorite band is playing live. You can let them worry about tuning or hitting the right notes; you can concentrate on what matters most-- rocking out. It's sort of reminiscent of singing along to something, even if you don't know the words and only occasionally get a key word right in the whole phrase--accuracy be damned because the effort is there, and that's what matters.

Though the production sounds big, it's self produced, performed and orchestrated, and all of the decisions are ours--coming very much from a punk rock DIY ethic, but coloring outside the lines and getting ambitious in terms of taking the songs somewhere else beyond just the basic vocals/ guitars/ bass/ drums format. We try to use the studio as another instrument, and some of our favourite (expensive sounding) albums by Jellyfish, ELO, ABBA and Queen took the same approach.

We hope that you enjoy this latest long player, because we sure enjoyed making it.

XOXO The Four Chords

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released June 1, 2016

Written, performed, orchestrated, produced and mixed by The Four Chords, 2016.

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Inspired by the history of pop/ rock/ powerpop, The Four Chords have a keen pop sense and combine multi-part vocal harmonies with a large dose of over the top rock n' roll--power chords, big guitar solos and guilty pleasure arena rock. Influences include The Who, Cheap Trick, Beatles, Big Star, Dwight Twilley, Replacements, Tom Petty, Manic Street Preachers, Ramones, Redd Kross and many others. ... more

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Track Name: Sleep It Off
sleep it off, until the morning

I can't stay on task
you don't wanna ask
I'm just dragging my heels
you may know how it feels

ain't it fun when you're losing face?
ain't it fun when you're out of place?

sleep it off, until the morning

I can't function right now
in no mood to wow
my focus just ain't there
i'll take a break, somewhere

ain't it fun when you're losing face?
ain't it fun when you're out of place?

sleep it off, until the morning

solo

sleep it off, until the morning
sleep it off
Track Name: Free Again
I'm not good at goodbyes
but it's time for a change
all the "how's" and "why's"
that I can re-arrange
maybe quit my job
maybe change my name
I feel like I've been robbed
another day's the same

I've reached the day that I'm feeling fine
I've never felt so alive in a long time
you don't know just where I've been
I'm free again, I'm free again

it's a brand new start
I've pressed reset
it's torn me apart
but it's a safety net
I took stock of myself
I need better than this
it's all good and well
because I cannot miss

I've reached the day that I'm feeling fine
I've never felt so alive in a long time
you don't know just where I've been
I'm free again, I'm free again

it's a weird, wild world
as you know
so, strap yourself right in
and go

I've reached the day that I'm feeling fine
I've never felt so alive in a long time
you don't know just where I've been
I'm free again, I'm free again
Track Name: Play Some Air Guitar
you listen to your favourite bands, and want to play along
there's only a problem and that's you can't write a song
you sing in the shower and you sing in the car
but you've always played on awesome electric air guitar

play some air guitar now, won't you? (yeah yeah)
don't let us down

you never, ever seem to break any strings
and cigarette lighters, well you never touch those things
you've always stayed in tune, and in the right key
it's time to sacrifice your fake Flying V

play some air guitar now, won't you? (yeah yeah)
or do a windmill swing like you're in The Who
don't let us down

play some air guitar now, won't you? (yeah yeah)
or do a windmill swing like you're in The Who
Track Name: Geeks Will Rule The World
well, the misfits, outcasts, n'er do wells thought differently than almost all
but on occasion it gets tough to face things outside in the hall

you've been pushed around
well i've been pushed around too
don't let it get to you

geeks will rule the world

yeah, the high school quarterback never amounted to squat out there in the real sect
and someday you'll own the team in which you'll control the terms of his paycheque
popularity adds up to nothin' much, if that
'cause Mrs. Gossip's DNA kicked in, post grad, went and got fat

you've been pushed around
well i've been pushed around too
don't let it get to you

geeks will rule the world

they all want you to be just like them, so they have company
in the neatly filed wasteland of those with exact symmetry

you've been pushed around
well i've been pushed around too
don't let it get to you

geeks will rule the world
Track Name: Another Second Lease On Life
I had a cat, she was my best friend
gave her all, until the end
brought her home, said "gimme shelter"
she made the best of the hands dealt her

who'd have thought that black n' white stray
could ever make me feel that way?

another second lease on life

I had a car, it was a great ride
it looked cool, even on the inside
I drove it lots, drove it well
I'd never part with it, never sell

it got in a wreck, but not really bad
it's back on the road, and I sure am glad

another second lease on life

every day makes forever seem a little more permanent
even though the close calls pose threat to it all
spring turns to fall and I find a new wonder
that I won't ever take it for granted again

another second lease on life
Track Name: Wingin' It
in the heat of the moment
things change
faster than we can
re-arrange
you have to know what
the rules are
in order to break them
if you're that far

throw out the rulebook, 'cause it gets in the way
diversify or die
burn the script right now, chips will fall as they may
off the cuff and on the fly

I'm wingin' it
I guess I'm wingin' it, oh-oh
I'm wingin' it
you bet I'm wingin' it, oh-oh

just kinda sorta
barely missed it
no risk, no reward
or exact fit
cereal for breakfast
and supper for lunch
all the things I like to do
a whole bunch

throw out the rulebook, 'cause it gets in the way
diversify or die
burn the script right now, chips will fall as they may
off the cuff and on the fly

I'm wingin' it
I guess I'm wingin' it, oh-oh
I'm wingin' it
you bet I'm wingin' it, again (on my own)
Track Name: The Power Of Apology
one side is right and the other sits on the fence
a stalemate involving the lack of common sense

but that's the power of apology
the resolve between you and me

the anger stems from an issue of being misled
the hate lasts the longest inside your lonely head

but that's the power of apology
the resolve between you and me

solo

but that's the power of apology
the resolve between you and me
Track Name: Let It Rock
we're gonna get some friends
and drive to the show
we don't wanna be late
so come on, let's go
we're lined up outside the door
then the band makes the fans scream for more
how can it get any better than this?

you're moved by the beat
as you tap your feet
it's electric, you just can't be in your seat

let it rock,
let it roll

we're gonna find our way
and talk a little bit
about the songs they'll play
and how close we sit
the band's right at their best
they're always better than the rest
I'm gonna get an autograph sometime tonight

you're moved by the beat
as you tap your feet
it's electric, you just can't be in your seat

let it rock,
let it roll

they played two encores
saved the best for last
all had cleared the floors
except the cups and trash
this feeling, this rush
when it ends, I'm always crushed
we're gonna start a band in a flash

you're moved by the beat
that's why you tap your feet
it's electric, you just can't be in your seat

let it rock,
let it roll
Track Name: Trojan Horse
they gave it to you and you thought it was nice
but you didn't know the hidden price
beware of what is too good to be true
they might be trying to control you

it could be a....
a trojan horse

why do the legwork, when you work from inside?
a virus in the system, time you can bide

it could be a....
a trojan horse

solo

a trojan horse
Track Name: Everything's Online
you got tongue tied abusers and false accusers
and a buncha lewd photographs (oh my!)
you got buy, sell and trade and some are played,
oh what we do for a bunch of laughs

everything's online

you can search for anything you want
and you can find anyone you know (that's right)
buy anything you want, for sure,
if you've got the right cash flow

everything's online

you can spy on your friends, but it depends,
if you wanna take it that far (do you?)
join a new club or find a pub,
or maybe find your favourite old car

everything's online