Things Left On Earth

by Wolverton

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Mixing Americana, folk and Psychedelia, Wolverton have come up with a rather fine selection of tunes on their latest collection “Things Left On Earth” with opener “Cherry Tomatoes” having a sweet mellow vibe, some gorgeous harmony vocals and drifting guitar lines, some lazy, twinkling piano adding that final touch of loveliness to the song. On “Mahogany” there is an old time folk feel to the lyrics/vocal delivery, whilst the guitar has a distorted edge that blends perfectly with a droning organ. Sounding like one of those sing-a-long Dylan tunes, “Nothing” has a delightful sway, the haze of a summers day drifting through the track, hints of nostalgia and regret to be found in the lyrics. Finally, “See You Still” continues the achingly beautifully song writing, everything perfectly in its place, ending a small collection that is at least eight songs too short. I am really fond of Wolverton and this could be the best thing they have done so far.
--- Simon Lewis - Terrascope


Wolverton -- Things Left On Earth
I really enjoy this San Antonio collective who have the basic style of the Cowboy Junkies, but dig deeper in the psyche-folk world (while not losing their American roots). The electric guitar is mysterious and tasty, while the piano works off of it really well. Add a busy bass, female vocal harmonies and you are starting to work toward Mellow Candle. They are not that audacious—few are, but they work some of the same exciting sonic terrain. I have just one complaint. There are only four songs on this EP. But there is not one ounce of body fat on this mesmerizing music, so whether an EP or an LP, I will leave it to them to decide how much of their excellent music they wish to unveil at one time.
--- David Hintz - DC Rock Live


Based in San Antonio, Texas in the USA are Kate Terrell, Jeremiah Teutsch, Caralyn Snyder and Hills Snyder who form the agit-folk troupe Wolverton. The underlying agitation is reflected in discordant instrumentation which bleeds across the room like blood splatter, Wolverton then impose constructs of interpretation which veer between abhorrence of the scene and awe at the beauty of the patterns and it is their ability to draw the two opposites into convergence, which gives the material its beauty. The quartet are uncompromising in their style which inevitably draws, by the very genre, but much scorn of the like of their kin – Dylan, Baez, Guthrie et al, yet to ignore the message for its conveyance, is to miss prescience and to my mind a grave error. Lyric ever lays baleful eye, whilst the vocal delivery transposes, akin the instrumentation, betwixt menace and glorification giving the compositions an ebb and flow of texture which keeps the ears attenuated. Growing in experience and confidence over their four years of journey, Wolverton have the potential to mark themselves out territory, which will be long lingering.
--- Tim Whale - Emerging Indie Bands

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released November 3, 2015

Wolverton’s habit of featuring San Antonio artists and photographers on their releases continues with Things Left On Earth, which features a front cover John Frazee photo taken at Cave Without A Name and a full bleed reproduction of a James Cobb painting on the back. The Justin Parr “tiny chair” makes its fourth appearance on the inside sleeve, this time superimposed on a photo of the band taken by Jeff Wheeler.

Cherry Tomatoes --- Kate Terrell
Kate: vocals and keyboards // Caralyn: vocals // Jeremiah: bass
Hills: electric guitar and porchboard

Mahogany --- Caralyn Snyder
Caralyn: vocals // Kate: vocals and keyboards // Jeremiah: bass
Hills: electric guitar and porchboard

Nothing --- Jeremiah Teutsch
Jeremiah: vocals and acoustic guitar // Kate: vocals and keyboards
Caralyn: vocals and tambourine // Hills: electric guitar // Brant Sankey: bass

See You Still --- Hills Snyder
Hills: vocals, acoustic guitar, handclaps // Caralyn: vocals // Kate: vocals // Jeremiah: vocals // Joe Reyes: electric guitars, bass, drums, handclaps

Tracks 1 - 3, produced and recorded by Brant Sankey, live at Wolverton Home Concerts, September, 2014. Track 4 produced and recorded by Joe Reyes, live at Joe’s home studio, March 2014. Mastered by Carl Saff, Chicago, IL // Reproduction by Sooper Dooper, Madison, WI
All songs © the writers 2012 - 2013 // All rights reserved

Front cover photo, Cave Without A Name: John Frazee // Back cover painting, Six Troubles: James Cobb // Inner photo, Lubbock, TX: Jeff Wheeler // Chair photo: Justin Parr // Art Direction: Stickbug

Thanks to Brant, Joe, Carl, John, James, Jeff, Justin and Christopher Langkamp.

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Wolverton San Antonio, Texas

The core collective is Kate Terrell, Caralyn Snyder, Hills Snyder, our key collaborator, Joe Reyes, and others who come and go, sit in or otherwise join the Wolverton musical family.

Lyrically, Wolverton is unanchored, very visual and moving equally through memory, story, association with dark streaks of tradition.
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Track Name: Cherry Tomatoes
Cherry Tomatoes

cherry tomatoes and acrobats
with sling shots as a matter of fact

girl on a trapeze with a wind-blown hat
in flip-flops imagine that

will you be mine?
walk in the sunshine

marionettes are dancing cats
in little blue suits so fancy that

diplomats aristocrats and bureaucrats
guess what chit chat is a matter of fact

will you be mine?
walk in the sunshine

moths in the light and the dancing bear
tread softly by the darkened lair

muscle man emerges with a bear tattoo
taking to the tall grass looking for you

elephant ride
sway side to side
to see

you are my friend until the end
you are my friend until the end

walk in the sunshine
will you be mine?
Track Name: Mahogany
Mahogany

tripping and skipping around the table
around the table we run
laughing and skipping around the table
around the table we ran

there are hearts more than houses
where we settle us in
the lion and the mouse is
much more that a childish grin

such perfidious thoughts
obtain the day
none dare let them
sway away

tripping and skipping around the table
around the table we ran
laughing and skipping around the table
around the table we ran

he in so fancy a suit and tie
of so very thin a veneer
she simply looked him in the eye
it causes a tear
no, two
these hundred years

such perfidious thoughts
obtain the day
none dare let them
sway away

tripping and skipping around the table
around the table we run
laughing and skipping around the table
around the table we run

friends write songs to assuage the mood
she could only stop and stare and brood
hovering over his desk today
it must have been mahogany
Track Name: Nothing
Nothing

woke up early morning in the rain
in the alley by the Outpost trying to catch the next dream
we split the last of the best between us
and we were just waiting on the Land of Nothing never was
waiting on the Land of Nothing never was

Hayes and Mary with a baby in a van sitting on the front lawn
four three two one and the race is on
with a few more dollars, Mary, we could buy that bus I heard him say
and they were just waiting on the Land of Nothing never was
waiting on the Land of Nothing never was, never was

sitting on the front porch trying to fight back the tears
it's been too many cigarettes too many lonely nights and beers
all I want is a hug right now all I’ve got is a buzz
and I was just waiting on the Land of Nothing never was
waiting on the Land of Nothing never was

now the cars and clouds and years they pass me by
on the dark side of thirty now and I don't know why
looking back now maybe I think it was all because
I was waiting on the Land of Nothing never was
waiting on the Land of Nothing never was

waiting on the front porch in the rain
Track Name: See You Still
See You Still

empty farmhouse not to far from here
empty table inside all covered in dust
a chair has been moved around rather recently
you see the front door’s locked but the back she ain’t got a key

seen you coming right over the hill
seen you coming right over that hill
seen you coming right over the hill

and I see you still

sun shines down like a beam just blowing me up
dust on the road you know she sticks to my shoes
I like to say in a way it don’t get me down
the key to that door she ain’t never gonna be found

seen you coming right over the hill
seen you coming right over that hill
seen you coming right over the hill

back at the farmhouse somebody throws a breaker
the tap she’s running but the light she ain’t on
table is clean chair right there back in its place
I wish I could have been there just to see your face

seen you coming right over the hill
seen you coming right over that hill
seen you coming right over the hill

seen you coming

in a dream