Houses and Hotel Rooms

by The Tempest

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released February 24, 2015

All songs preformed by Joey Bittner (Bass), Brett Miciek (Vocals and Guitar), Alec Ragsdale (Guitar and Vocals), and Steven Ragsdale (Drums). Outro guitar on track one preformed by Mel Washington. Hand percussion on all tracks preformed by Mel Washington. Vocal layering on track two preformed by Hunter Duncan. Vocal Layering on track one performed by Joey Bittner and Steven Ragsdale. Lyrics on all tracks written by Brett Miciek. Lyrics on track one co-written by Alec Ragsdale. Music for all songs written by Joey Bittner, Brett Miciek, Alec Ragsdale, and Steven Ragsdale and arranged by Brett Miciek, Alec Ragsdale, and Mel Washington. All songs produced by Mel Washington and co-produced by Jonathan Hicks. All songs engineered and mixed by Jonathan Hicks and co-engineered by Mel Washington. All songs mastered by Kent Holmes. Front cover photography done by Erin McCormick. Front cover art editing done by Alec Ragsdale with assistance from Drew Huff and Madi Stephens. Special Thanks to God, our parents, Joyce Allen, Dylan Estes, David Heusel, Julie Lewis, and Amanda Smith. Thank you to all of our fans, to everyone that donated to our Kickstarter, and to you. This record would not have happened without your support.

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The Tempest Atlanta, Georgia

The Tempest formed in November of 2013. The band is made up of Joey Bittner, Brett Miciek, and the two brothers Alec and Steven Ragsdale. Taking influence from groups like Manchester Orchestra, Brand New, and From Indian Lakes, The Tempest has a unique Hard Indie Rock sound. Their debut Ep Houses and Hotel Rooms showcases this unique sound perfectly. ... more

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Track Name: Last Lights
Your eyes start to sting
Just like the back of my head
Where you hit me your bag when I
Wished you were dead and now the

Bright lights turn my thoughts from myself
and I
Wonder what he's thinking as he's
turning his head, he says

Look out I've got
someone in the back saying
Oh God, not like this!
Please another way

Praying that these head lights
won't be the last lights
I'll see something,
but I'm looking away

Muffled red light blend
in with the scene
And their glass cuts blood spills
into the street

As they run out
I guess that God had better use for them
Than that red truck did

Look out I hear someone
In the next room screaming
Oh God not like this
Please another way

Praying that these hung lights
won't be the last lights
I'll see something but I'm
Looking away

I held your hand
For the last time
I felt it go limp
as we died

Till death do us part

Look out I've got
Someone in the back saying
Oh God, not like this
Please another way...

Praying that these head lights
won't be the last lights
I'll see something but I'm
Looking away

When you said you would
by my side
I hoped you'd never mean it
The way you meant it

Oh damn it all to hell
what me and you fell into
I didn't need it
Oh God i need you
Track Name: Awake, Dear Heart
Awake, Dear Heart

And I felt your presence under the stairs,

And never actually thought enough to think that I should care,

But I saw you by your bedside, you were singing through your prayers,

And realized you were never actually there.

Oh, sweetie, tell me, where have you gone?

You put away the fake act and you played your hallowed songs.

I tried to find the right note and I wrote it down all wrong.

Tell me you have found where you belong.

I woke up with my heart torn through my chest,

And cowered by the table as I shook from what you said.

Unstable in insanity, the fog colored my head.

In the humid air, my body felt your breath.

But sweetie, beg me. Where have you gone?

You put away your insides and you played your hallowed songs.

I tried to find the right note, and I wrote it down all wrong.

Tell me you have found where you belong..

With me.

You messed up.

Tried to solve the neighbor's problems,

I'm a tombstone in the yard and

I messed up.

Tried to complicate the problems,

Made a grave, and then engraved a name like

You and me

Are a concentrated atom

In a bomb out by the harbor.

At night, I weep.

I'm a ghost under the mattress, and I'm coming up behind you while you

Sleep for me.

You're a bridge over the water

That is anything but holy.

And you and me,

We're a pair, another love song

In an album and it goes a lot like this:

La da di da...

Sweetie tell me, where have you gone?

You put away your fake ideals, you play your hallowed songs.

And I tried to find the right note, and I wrote it down all wrong.

Tell me you have found where you belong.

Sleep by me.

I'm a ghost under your mattress and I'm

Coming up behind you while you sleep.
Track Name: Den Runner
Another accident, and accident that confidently can't be fixed.

And then it hit her with a force

Speeding up, as if he meant it. Will we ever turn submissive

To our God and Father ran in through the door.

Shook and scared, he took the stairs

And walked it off under the porch.

Swore to God he'd get Him back

And fell or fainted on the floor.

I don't want you to be someone that you're not.

When you have everything, it's easy to feel loss.

You could sleep or find that steeple,

Chase that holy feeling

Of what she branded to your brain.

When it happens for a reason, can it justify the pain.

And when it happens, can you wrap it up in any holy way?

You can't do anything about it.

You can't do anything at all.

You can't do anything about it.

You don't mean anything at...

I don't want you to be someone that you're not.

When you have everything, it's easy to feel loss.

And when it happens and no one answers,

You will lose your righteous way.

And when you shattered, like her body,

We weren't begging God to stay.
Track Name: Shut You Out
Shut You Out

Good Christians that wait until marriage for sex

Are the ones that keep secrets so close to their chests.

We all want a statement. We want to impress.

All I've got is The Lord; He's not at his best.

Yeah.

And I hate; you can't justify,

'Cause your money is God's and you're going to die.

I wanted to go, 'cause I want to believe,

But I can't ever find a reason, it seems.

And we've got it bad, but

I'll get it back

You'll see.

Breakin' a leg,

Taking your meds,

I think.

We've all got problems. How we

Just want to get away.

Our fathers pass in silence.

We'll find a place to stay.

You wanted apathy. I

Needed to make a friend.

I felt your heart beat through your

Letter you tried to send.

The world doesn't wait 'til it's time to

head out, cause

We'll leave you behind. Yeah we're shutting you out.

I don't want to go, 'cause I know you're naive,

And a bit hypocritical after you leave.

So look at me now,

I need you to know that I love you until you decide you can go.

You don't know ethics, your motives are weak, and I doubt Holy Ghost

Is looking for me.

Oh, you fell by the wayside.

Oh, you fell by the wayside.

I'll shut you out.

Shut you out.

We've all got problems. How we

Just want to get away.

Our fathers pass in silence.

We'll find a place to stay.

You wanted apathy. I

Needed to make a friend.

I felt your heart beat through your

Letter you tried to send.

And I don't know

What had bit me in the leg,

But I chased your ghost back home.

And you thought so

Up until the bottle emptied from

Our evening fights alone.

Shut you...

We've all got problems. How we

Just want to get away.

Our fathers pass in silence.

We'll find a place to stay.

You wanted apathy. I

Needed to make a friend.

I felt your heart beat through your

Letter you tried to send.

So keep coming home.

You shouldn't of asked if you wanted know. We're

Still by the phone.

This church is the last tie. I swear it's the last time.
Track Name: The House is Crumbling
The House Is Crumbling

Watch

Your tongue.

Your mouth

Is mumbling the

Words

You can't

Put out.

Are spitting out the

Fire

Inside

Your mouth.

Just let it out.

Come

Inside.

The house

Is crumbling and

I'm

Afraid

To shout.

I shake a little

When-

Ever

You're out.

Just let me out.

You close your eyes to calm the

Blood that's rushing through your veins.

Well it doesn't really matter what you hide.

Dive

Into the night

For me at least, it

Seems

Like you've

Been trying.

To cut it out

And break

Away tonight.

You'll be alright.

So leave

While you're

Alive.

I'm dying but I'll

Never

Leave

Your side.

Is aching with the

Angels in the sky.

We leave tonight.

And you're fine.

You're sneaking out the window to

Try to inquire the lighter again.

But you've been on my case since '95.

You close your eyes to calm the

Blood that's rushing through your veins.

Well it doesn't really matter what you hide.

We were stuck inside the hotel praying

That I'll swear to God if you don't know,

And I'll tell him "You're the worst mixed message."

And I hope to God you don't come home.

Shut myself inside my bedroom praying

That I cry to God if you don't show.

And I'll tell him "I'm the worst mixed message",

And I hope to God you take me home.

I'm stuck inside your mirror.

My hands are growing cold.

I'm not worth anything but,

Can you let me come home?

I'm stuck inside your mirror.

My God, it's getting cold.

I'm not worth anything but,

Can you let me come home?

I never wanted you to fall away from me until you stumbled up the stairs,

It's getting hard to breathe.

And I know you've had it rough; I'm counting down the days.

I can hear you say it loud,

Singing, "Come at it, come at it again."

You're sneaking out the window to try and

Inquire the lighter again.

But you've been on my case since '95.

You close your eyes to cut the blood that's rushing through your veins.

Well, it doesn't really matter what you hide.

We were stuck inside the hotel praying.