NAM WAYNE

by Nam Wayne

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Excerpted from The Skinny Magazine UK -

Nam Wayne is a Philadelphia tape-rocker and reverb junkie of Scottish Vietnamese ancestry. Wayne began writing his self-titled debut album back in 2005, intending to give it a rough charm by finishing the entire thing in one week. But a number of factors – including tape equipment failures, a drummer’s coma and convalescence, the economic downturn, the recent vinyl manufacturing bottleneck, and Wayne’s meticulousness – delayed its completion by twelve years until now. As it turns out, the delay is just long enough for Decade of Darkness, the album’s resident Bush-era protest song, to become a period piece that is ominously relevant once again.

As a result of the lag the album traces the changing times. Falling on the Waves captures the moment when it became clear that public phones were obsolete, Feelin’ Fine is a post-market-crash survival song from when Wayne was scraping by serving hors d'oeuvres to Donald Trump and Arianna Huffington amid the inescapable strains of corporate pop music. Eighth Grade Enchantress, which features a medieval crumhorn sampled on a Casio SK-1, was inspired by a young prodigy who became a lifelong friend.

Wayne constructed the recordings like musical versions of Star Wars props, composing the lyrics carefully, deliberately, but then figuratively slopping them with dirt and partially obscuring them with shadows and motion-blur. He did much of the recording in altered states but edited the performances with surgical sobriety. The drums were recorded on two inch tape but everything else was recorded on multitrack cassette, for a haloed, disintegrating feel.

“I want you to hate this record and then love it,” Wayne tells The Skinny. “I want you to badmouth it to all your friends and then suddenly realise months later that there's an empty space in the universe in the exact shape of this music. I want you to have to take sides against your own better judgement and your opinions about the world in order to embrace something more expansive and problematic. My goal was to make a record with teeth, something free spirited in a real and committed sense. That's what I think rock music is about.”

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released February 9, 2017

Recorded:
Nam Wayne: vocals, guitar, bass
Tim Monaghan: drums
Spiff Wiegand: guitar
Frank Basile: guitar on "Decade of Darkness"

Nam Wayne: home studio producer
Mike Kutchman: engineer at KUTCH 1 Studio
Noel Summerville: mastering

Live:
Nam Wayne: vocals guitar
Tim Monaghan: drums
Jamiel Cornelio: guitar
Mike Sanders: bass

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Nam Wayne is an American cassette-rocker and reverb junkie: loud, lyric driven, lots of tape compression.

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Track Name: Friend Crush
How did we never meet?
You come out when I go to sleep
I see you standing on the corner
Gotta let you know I like your persona

You’ve dropped out of the best high schools,
Smoked a lot of drugs and been abused
That’s why I want to be friends with you uhuh

How did we never meet?
We grew up on the same dark street
I see plain clothed hippies outside your house
I see smoke rings from a car seat couch

You come from where the sidewalks bend
Where weathered boots and dry leaves blend
Where decades don’t divide or end uhuh

People who say they don’t want to be cool
They’ve never had a friend crush like you
They’ve never had a friend crush like you
So What I’m gonna do is be friends with you

How did we never meet?
You come out when I go to sleep
I see you standing on the corner
Gotta let you know I like your persona

How did we never meet?
We grew up on the same dark street
You come out when I go to sleep uhuh

I’m gonna be your friend
I’m gonna be your friend
I’m gonna be your friend
I’m gonna be your friend
Track Name: Feelin' Fine
Walking up the street feeling obsolete like a comedy about Gerald Ford
And I’ve been down to my last life ever since I reached the second board
I’ve been locked in a toll booth. I’ve eaten nothing but Crispix all day
I’ve got wolves and reindeer on my shirt but I’ve still got something to say
I feel fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fine!

Evil satirist came along and corrupted all my files
And I spent my last Euro on orange juice and it tasted like bile
And just before I blanked out the doctor said he felt odd
Like Jesus or a centaur half man and half god
I feel fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fine!

Saw a dead unicorn. It was lying in a roadside ditch
And I’m still re-labeling high school demo tapes while my friends get famous and rich
A thousand agent Smiths are at the door and I’m like, What do you want?
The worms on the street spell out my name in Times New Roman font
I feel fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fi fine!
Track Name: Eighth Grade Enchantress
Eighth grade enchantress won’t you come and dance with me
Like the satyrs of the woods and the mermaids of the sea
Eighth grade enchantress won’t you come and dance with me

I watch you move in plastic diamond studded jeans
I watch you move in plastic diamond studded jeans
You’re the cutest woman that I think I’ve ever seen

Summer time through the golden woods you run
Fevered skin in the freezing autumn sun

Eighth grade enchantress can I be your half-day man?
Like the satyrs of the sea and the mermaids of the land
Eighth grade enchantress can I be your half-day man?

Scissory whispers hungry girls in crowded halls
Scissory whispers hungry girls in crowded halls
In your sunny laughter all their whispers will dissolve

Summer time through the golden woods you run
Fevered skin in the freezing autumn sun
Track Name: Decade Of Darkness
We go out walking with some flowers in our hair
See blossoms open in the warm December air
Provincial voices stir emboldened for a fight
Nylon flags are flapping in the metal halloid light

It’s been a decade of darkness
It’s been a decade of darkness
It’s been a decade of darkness
It’s been a decade of darkness

We saw some livestock in a parking lot tonight
Beneath the watchful eye that rules by divine right
The streets are full of shouts and laughter everywhere
The dead and living dancing in a village square

It’s been a decade of darkness
It’s been a decade of darkness
It’s been a decade of darkness
It’s been a decade of darkness

I pledge allegiance to the star striped license plate
Let superstition guide the swords of every state
Flow gentle opiate. The air raid sirens scream
Let levies crumble and let ignorance reign supreme

It’s been a decade of darkness
It’s been a decade of darkness
It’s been a decade of darkness
It’s been a decade of darkness
Track Name: Falling On The Waves
Talking old school crossing ninth street by the barricades
Street life lit by headlights moving in parade
Sixteen years and you resurface. All we knew is swallowed like
So many nameless snowflakes falling on the waves

Sidewalk handout, It’s the ending of the world
So I say I always loved you when you were a girl
As a boy it seemed to me your eyes had seen a thousand summers
In our English class trespassing through the week
Stern angelic eyes cut me so deep
I tried to reach you so many times
Heaven knows I tried
At least in my mind

Well you got some nerve to come to me so late
All grown up and teaching seventh grade
Standing like a poison blossom denim jacket faded dress
We join the crowd like snowflakes falling on the waves

Small beneath the moon and battlements above
We laugh among the ghosts of thwarted love
Talking about the world we knew of public phones and space rock albums
Hungry souls in feral houses fade into the streets we crossed today
Track Name: Wild Mountain Thyme
Oh the summer time has come
And the leaves are sweetly turning
And the wild mountain thyme
Grows across the purple heather
Will you go lassie go

And we’ll all go together
To pull wild mountain thyme
All across the purple heather
Will you go lassie go

If my true love does not go
I will surely find another
To pull wild mountain thyme
All across the purple heather
Will you go lassie go
Track Name: On Drugs And In Love With You
You’ve got me running round the ceiling and bouncing off the walls
You’ve got me feeling like a boy who wants to play with dolls
I see you like wearing socks. I’m a sock person too
What can I do? What can I do?

I’m just a mad mad carrot eating fool on drugs and in love with you
I’m just a mad mad carrot eating fool on drugs and in love with you

I want to sleep all through the night and hear your breath
I want to wake up to a pillow drunk frenzy of death
Sometimes you tape up boxes and they fall apart
But there’s always extra tape guns in my heart

Cause I’m just a mad mad carrot eating fool on drugs and in love with you

You’ve got me running round the ceiling and bouncing off the walls
You’ve got me feeling like a boy who wants to play with dolls
I see you like wearing socks. I’m a sock person too
What can I do? What can I do?

I’m just a mad mad carrot eating fool on drugs and in love with you
I’m just a mad mad carrot eating fool on drugs and in love with you
Track Name: Second Thoughts
The day calls out your second thoughts begin again again
What you invade in the invader heart my love my love

In the end her second thoughts begin again
Her second thoughts begin again

In mid July, July the river keeps its bounds
But in the cold the ices reach beyond the bank and blend into the snow

In the end her second thoughts begin again
Her second thoughts begin again

The sun goes down. The sea unravels at it’s hem
The day calls out. Your second thoughts begin again
Track Name: In The Same Dream
And the staff called out of work
And a birds called in your sleep
And we sat up on a roof
In the same dream the same dream

Reading shiny recipes
Stealing phrases where we can
Finding vehicles and faces
In the sand in the sand

Calling back the marching sky
In it’s great candescent band
How your love had slipped away
From my hands from my hands

Who can hold the shifting light
I would keep it if I could
Though they tempted me with evil
And with good and with good