Kinda Like Fireworks

by The Sexy Accident

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This Kansas City-based band's second LP is just as driven by catchy melodies and smart, real-life lyric-writing as their first, 2006's Tourism. But they're tighter: a forceful, even fiery power-pop trio.

The band's singer/songwriter/guitarist, Jesse Kates, sings with a devotion and sensitivity that's sometimes surprising; his voice will rise above the rock, catch air. His guitar will too, alternating between lightness and crunch.

The songs switch too from the rough to the gentle, by telling stories sad and sweet. Within them people make mistakes, hurt each other, and express their love, through road trips and a shared knowledge of each other's eccentricities. This musical and lyrical balancing of hurt and tenderness is to the album's benefit, making it a very human sort of rock 'n' roll album.

- Dave Heaton, The Big Takeover

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released March 25, 2008

Written by Jesse Kates. Performed by Jesse Kates (guitar, singing), Patrick Fent (bass) and Daniel Torrence (drums).

Photos by Timothy Hughes and Forester.

Recorded and mixed in analog by Greg Norman at Electrical Audio, Chicago, over a period of four days.

Mastering by John Golden.

Love always to Stephanie and Tobias.

Thanks to Doug, Clay, Billy, Dan, Mark, Chuck, Malc and Chris. And to Brigid - I made this for you.

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Mercurial pop of brains and heart "driven by catchy melodies and smart, real-life lyric writing." (The Big Takeover)

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Track Name: Baby, It's Not Cheating
I like to hear
your voice so near and sultry
way down the line
my undiscovered country

My girlfriend thinks
I'm working late on writing
but what we do
is so much more exciting

Yeah she's gone to bed alone
and I've got you here on the phone

I hear your breath
becoming calm and peaceful
deep in the night
can it be right to need you?

and in the morning you'll be gone
your cell phone can't stay charged that long
but when she goes to bed at ten
I know that I'll call you again

Let's just sleep together
it doesn't matter whether
you're spinning through my mind
'cuz I can stop this ride at any time
baby it's not cheating
if it's only fleeting
there's nothing to regret
we haven't even touched each other yet

who would have guessed
a site as dumb as Myspace
could have been blessed
with seven pics of your face

yeah Santa Cruz is a nice place
and I could use a change of pace
I guess with just a little tweak
my job could take me there next week

Let's just sleep together
it doesn't matter whether
you're spinning through my mind
'cuz I can stop this ride at any time
baby it's not cheating
if it's only fleeting
there's nothing to regret
we haven't even touched each other yet

yeah I know about the tricks
the risks you run with point and click
and I'll be rightly called a prick
I just hope that you're a chick

Let's just sleep together
it doesn't matter whether
you're spinning through my mind
'cuz I can stop this ride at any time
baby it's not cheating
if it's only fleeting
there's nothing to regret
we haven't even touched each other yet
Track Name: Stall
you spoke your mind tonight
one at a time the words came raging in

your hopes declined again
last straw, said it before, no more try again

how long can you stall?
how long can you stall?

quick fix, no change at all
back down, try to relax, but you're wide awake

this dream needs time to take
but I don't have the spine for a big mistake

how long can you stall?
how long can you stall?

when you were mine you were so shy
that you would hide at your boyfriend's place

but now your fame makes me to blame
for all of the years that we stayed in place

how long can you stall?
how long can you stall?
Track Name: My Girl
my girl
doesn't watch tv
'less it's a movie
by the Coen brothers

my girl
likes to paint and dance
wouldn't give a glance
to no dudes in sports bars

my girl
is at home asleep
'cuz she's gotta keep
Toby blowin' bubbles

my girl
doesn't mind a bit
puts up with my shit
when I get in trouble

she's almost everything I need
forgives me all of my misdeeds
how did I land with all the world?
how come I get to call her

my girl
sure knows how to cook
not just by the book
likes to make me wobble

my girl
knows just what she needs
'specially when she reads
vampire romance novels

she's almost everything I need
forgives me all of my misdeeds
how did I land with all the world?
how come I get to call her
Track Name: Gardener, Gibbet, Misery
when I drove you home
from the airport on that day

even if I'd known
all the things that you would say

I still would tell you
that I love you in that way

'cuz I don't lie to you
no matter what you say

and oh for honesty
such a price I'm gonna pay

'cuz you've asked not to hear
how I choose to spend my days

will you ever come back?

I didn't have a plan
I thought I wanted to be friends

but in retrospect
it seems I'm doing this again

'cuz you are not the first
that I've wanted to adore

next time I feel this thirst
will I lock the door?

and as I twirl around
all these questions in my brain

I wish that you were here
to help me think things through as friends

will you ever come back?
Track Name: Flirting With Disaster
you make my mouth water
you make my heart flutter

in fact whatever you wear is too much
and I get jealous of things that you touch

sometimes you make it real hard when I walk
can't get a grip on myself when you talk

I want to unbutton
reveal your bellybutton

look I keep telling myself "we're just friends"
but this rush to the head never ends

and when you tell me about other guys
I try to keep the despair from my eyes

I know I'm flirting with disaster
but when you're near my heart beats faster

I hope these days will never end
I hope you'll always be my friend

sometimes I think you know
and so I take it slow

but it's impossible to pull the breaks
when just a minute with you's all it takes

to get me dreaming again of your mouth
and all the things I would do further south

I know I'm flirting with disaster
but when you're near my heart beats faster

I hope these days will never end
I hope you'll always be my friend
Track Name: Hey You
hey you, I don't care what you're doing
hey you, I don't care who you're screwing
don't start with your stories unless they're true

hey you, I don't care where you're going
hey you, I don't care who you're blowing
I guess that you'll never be really mine

yeah you've probably met some guy
you're just waiting to decide
but I can't let you go
'til you finally tell me that it's so

you still won't promise to return
when can I expect to learn
just who made you stay
living sixteen hundred miles away?

hey you, why do you keep on calling?
hey you, I can tell that you're stalling
you just need somebody to hold your hand

hey you, won't you pay me a visit?
hey you, that's not somebody, is it?
don't dare fuck around or I'll make you pay

yeah you've probably met some guy
you're just waiting to decide
but I can't let you go
'til you finally tell me that it's so

you never promised to be true
but I expected more from you
how can you choose to stay
living sixteen hundred miles away?

I hope you never call again
then maybe we can still be friends
I know that made no sense
so I'll try to stick to present tense

I would have given you the world
or something equally absurd
just who made you stay
living sixteen hundred miles away?
Track Name: Morning Drive
on Friday night we pack the car
as soon as you get home

your hair's a mess from waitressing
and I've been here alone

but come the morning and all of that
we'll leave here with the bills

just seven hours if we cut across
the Pennsylvania hills

and as we drive we'll talk about
the places that we'll go

first Central Park then every single
record store we know

and don't you worry,
SoHo without money can be hard

we've got no cash, but I've got
this brand new credit card

so let the day come now
we'll pay for gas somehow
'cuz only a morning drive
can make us feel alive

the years have passed and suddenly
we spend our nights at home

and our weekends maintaing
all the things that we now own

but when we find a moment
here or there to spend on maps

we plan out road trips to coincide
with our son's daily naps

so let the day come now
we'll pay for gas somehow
'cuz only a morning drive
can make us feel alive
Track Name: Lonely Days
you know I love to hear your news
but lately it's been so hard to hear

you're in your bed with some married dude
and I can't find a way to lift you clear

yeah I know it's not the same
but I thought that I could
tame your lonely days

the night I talked you through to sleep
I thought that I could help you keep

from falling further down with him
I guess the slope was just too steep

yeah I know it's not the same
but I thought that I could
tame your lonely days
Track Name: Dancing With My Friends
when the weather changed, I'd walk you home
from a distance of thirty feet

and though you knew my name I never found
a way for us to really meet

one day I finally plucked the courage up
to ask you to the eighth grade ball

"I'd like to rent a tux and take you out!"
you smiled and then you let me fall

"I'm going dancing with my friends
I just don't need a new boy"

and on the night we would have stormed the town
I'm playing Zelda in my room

it's getting late, I've taken Gannon down
your bedroom light should switch on soon

"I'm going dancing with my friends
I just don't need a new boy"

then one day in the new grocery store
I see you picking out some bread

a million years since you last let me down
but then you saw me stopped and said

"the night I went without you to the ball
I should have gone with you instead

my best friend stole the boy I'd loved all fall
I wouldn't care if she dropped dead"

"I'm going dancing with my friends
I just don't need a new boy"
Track Name: Skies
when you said
"this is my favorite place in Kansas"
I didn't have the heart
to say "we're in Missouri"

but as the windows cycled by
around our table in the sky
I knew that you would be the one
to bring my face into the sun again

and you said
"I've got five giant older brothers.
don't mess around 'cuz they each
weigh a thousand pounds or more"

I laughed and swore to never
give them cause to swarm
and as we sped around the rink
I finally found the nerve to speak

I'd go anywhere with you
it doesn't matter what we do
come on now and fly with me
there are so many Skies to see

and when you got your first big offer
I knew it was too strong to keep
you in this town for long

we packed your things on Halloween
between the ghosts and ghouls
I couldn't help but make a scene

and as we drove you lost your voice
but as we checked your bags you said
you'd call me from Detroit

I thought I'd drive home in the rain
but as you left the ground
I booked my seat on the next plane

I'd go anywhere with you
it doesn't matter what we do
come on now and fly with me
there are so many Skies to see

the greatest gift I'll ever prize
was the welcome in your eyes

I'd go anywhere with you
it doesn't matter what we do
come on now and fly with me
there are so many Skies to see