Finally

by The Attempted Band

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about

We formed The Attempted Band in 1996 and wrote most of these songs between 97-99. We finally recorded tracks 1-8 in 2014. Tracks 9 and 10 are remixes. 11-14 are from a demo in 2000.

We recorded this album pretty much over the internet and put it together in three days in Boston. Thankfully, our ineptitude with audio equipment means that we could preserve the live element--most of the instruments are done in one take because we couldn't master the art of the second take until way late in the process, when our doughty sound engineer Mike came into the scene and saved us from ourselves.

This album wouldn't have been possible without the help of many, many people sending us tracks, artwork, ideas, etc over the internet. Every song has individual credits, but here are the people we'd like to thank, in no specific order:

Amreen for the cover art, Rajib bhai for directing the video, Sara for waking up at 5 in the morning to be in it, Anik for starting us out on the recording process, Bill for his awesome arrangement idea, Saad for playing amazing keys at such short notice, Mike for playing bass, playing keys, dealing with our stupid jokes, being just generally fucking awesome and doing such an amazing job with the sound even in spite of all our initial failings, Shakib bhai for acting tough and saying "Waak thu" to the music, all our friends and fans who encouraged us to do this by saying "You know, this isn't as terrible of an idea as you might think. I mean it probably is, but do it and we promise to only laugh behind your back" (except Arif who laughed in our faces), Wasif for letting us record our demo in his studio time back in 2000, Charu bhai for doing an amazing engineering job at Music Man Studios for our original demo. Moomie, Nafi, Rezwan bhai, Mishaal, Fahad, and Milu bhai for the encouragement and giving it a listen. And Seth for being the first to buy the album!!!!

Thank you, Troyer Youth Choir!!!!!!!

Thanks too to all the people who've played in the band at one time or another--Daniel, you're the one we missed the most because we wrote all these songs together. Shafqat, Sadat, Farhan (ki hoyecche?), Oshi, Safina. And Gibran bhai: we love you with so much khatta.

Thank you Guru Azam Khan for bringing rock music to Bangladesh. Thanks to Feedback, Rockstrata, Miles, Feelings, LRB, and all the other great bands who inspired us.

Thanks to our long-suffering families, who paid for equipment and dealt with 2AM drum solos (or drum solos at any time really), made us get singing lessons, and played songs we hated as teenagers that ended up shaping our idea of what music is like. And thank you, with the biggest hugs and kisses and love, to our furry friends--Joe Black, Sammy, Jamila, and Bishu. Sorry it gets loud when we practice.

And thanks most of all to all the girls who refused to have anything to do with us. Without you, we would have never written these songs!!!

credits

released July 14, 2014

Jisha Sarwar: vocals
Farooque Bhai: vocals
Michael Allard: bass, keys
Saad Chowdhury: keys
Bill Burley: keys
Imran Aziz: guitars, vocals
Arafat Kazi: drums, vocals

Special guests Troyer Youth Choir in "Only A Bengali Can" and "I MIght Be Ugly But I'm Not Stupid"

Troyer Youth Choir are:

Mir Jamiur "Jelybean" Rahman
Tahmid "T-Buzz" Mostafa
Faria "Queen Bee" Nuzhat
Shehereen "Nagini" Alam
Rubaiyat "Kho-Money" Hussain
Atif "Artcell" Anwar
Samir "Mad Dog" Abdullah
Je-Flow "Psychotronic Riffer"

All lyrics and music by Imran Aziz and Arafat Kazi except "Jibone Kicchu Pabonare", which is a cover of the great Bangla rock guru Azam Khan

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Track Name: DCG
I love you with the hopelessness of one who'll never be
I believe you with the blind faith of one who'll never see
I know you and your thoughts are they that are never me
Seek your warmth in its ice cold shroud of mystery

You're the graveyard of my memories and you'll never die
You can always make the truth so sweet and you won't even have to lie

I dream of you and the clouds are never grey
Your breath that blows the ashes of hurt away

You can make the stars shine so bright in the burning light of day
The vacuum pulls me deeper, to you I want to stray
You can wriggle my toes, my feet, proverbial feet of clay
Tie me crucified stretched between tomorrow and yesterday

You're the graveyard of my memories and you'll never die
You can always make the truth so sweet and you won't even have to lie

I dream of you and the clouds are never grey
Your breath that blows the ashes of hurt away
Track Name: Love Song For Godzilla
How many days do I stick to you like glue
How many years until you know that it's true
How many times must I fall in love
How many times and always with you

Always with you

Godzilla
Where are you
Godzilla
You know it's true
Godzilla
I'm looking for you
Godzilla
Said I loved you

How many seas will my tears they will make
How many hearts of mine do you wish to break
How many skies will my dreams of you take
How many lies will I ever see you fake

See you fake

Godzilla
Where are you
Godzilla
You know it's true
Godzilla
I'm looking for you
Godzilla
Said I loved you
Track Name: Only a Bengali Can
Sara baby
Said I love you and I don't mean maybe
I just wanna kiss you
And when you're not here
I miss you
Will you be mine
I can bring you both kinds of wine
I think you're fine
On a scale of one to 6 baby you are a 9

Ooooooh (said with utmost sexiness)

I bring you some chocolate
Your smile I can't forget
Gotta get you in my car
Learn how to drive and we can go far
You're my princess
I love you this I must confess
You're my princes
I love you this I must confess

When I look into your eyes
I know that you must realize
That everything I say is true
Spend my days and nights just thinking of you
Come baby take my hand
I'll give you love, make you understand
I'll be your man
In the way that only way a Bengali can
Track Name: Alyshia
Sometimes I look at the sky and I count the stars
It makes me smile deep down inside because that's where I feel like you are
Did god create you on the day he made the flowers
Cause when you're not around every moment feels sour

And when I'm by myself with my books and my tea
My heart skips just a little bit because I think of you and me
I feel like a melting snowman because you're just so sweet
I'm afraid I'll get diabetes the next time you and I meet

Alyshia
Alyshia
Wish I knew what to do to please ya

Alyshia
You please me
I was just a prisoner here until you came and released me

And so I write this little song and it feels like a broken line
I long for the days, the day you are mine
I promise everything I sing here is true
Most days and nights Alyshia I'm right here thinking of you

Alyshia
Alyshia
Wish I knew what to do to please ya

Alyshia
You please me
I was just a prisoner here until you came and released me
Track Name: I Might Be Ugly But I'm Not Stupid
I see you walking by
With a bastard I hate
Your skies are his to fly
While I masturbate

I see you walking by
You're holding his hand
When you laugh at me
I don't understand

Baby baby can't you see
There's more than just a loser in me
I'm sure that someday you'll belong to me

I see you walking by
You glisten with sweat
I see your little man
Smell your jam in his breath
I see you walking by
I bleed in my soul
But you like 'em veiny
And I'm so old

Baby baby can't you see
There's more than just a loser in me
I'm sure that someday you'll belong to me
Track Name: Jibone Kicchu Pabonare
Jibone kicchu pabonare
Bhulini shei bhabona
Jibone kicchu pabonare
Bhulini shei bhabona

Phire esho mor kacche bolo amari shathi ar konodin phire jabena
Phire esho mor kacche bolo amari shathi ar konodin phire jabena

Chole jete chao ojanaye
Eka jeyo na
Bhebe shune koro kaj
Kore bhebona

Na na na
Bhebe dekho
Eka eka jeyona
Chole jete chao ojanaye
Eka jeyo
YEAH

Jibone kicchu pabonare
Bhulini shei bhabona
Jibone kicchu pabonare
Bhulini shei bhabona

Bhulini shei bhabona
Track Name: Finally
Finally we're getting there
Finally we're here
Track Name: So Much (1999)
I love you so much I could shit
I feel it all the time
You are my wisdom and my wit
You're almost a crime
You are my ecstasy
My candy bar of joy
Imploding upon my violence burst
Like a flower to enjoy

You are so fertile
And your breath is me
You're my confusion
My fantasy

You love her so much you could shit
I hate that all the time
I hate her haircut her every bit
Smear me in my own slime
With you I be and I just can't think
We laugh at me the fool
Can't help my own attemptedness
And it's all because you rule

You're like a thought that I had
My flowing wet of love
If you could see inside
You'd change your mind
I am the skin that you clad
Your sweating glove
Though I'm a bit too wide
Let's put it on rewind
Track Name: My New Me (1999)
Everything's perfect
I've got nothing to dream
Simplicity blue inside
My rainbow screams
Cliches to hide behind
My brand new skin
Recycling my old themes
I don't know I've been

End of a conversation
My gilded cage
I call out for my wisdom
Otherwise engaged
I see through the mirror
I am just me
Maybe there's something missing
That I could never see

I know myself and my own plastic wings
Shadows never lie but they can't speak a thing
You are my illusion that I can bring
I am my new allusion for me to cling

And when it rains in me
I can't make it dry
Jump from the cliff
I say I'm learning to fly
And if it makes you wonder
And smile or sigh
My naiveté will rescue
Me with a lie
And this is not the end of
Everything near
And it won't start no new thought
Insincere
Though far away from me
I'm always here
As I feel thoughts that I'd thought
Do I feel scared

I see myself and I hear my own screams
Don't let it bother your own possible dreams
As it all shapes up to the final scheme
I stand by and I watch it all seem
Track Name: The Horizontal Neck (1999)
I will not go gently into that good night, bunky.