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Dying Optimistically

by Adrian Aardvark

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Plattsburgh, New York 4-piece, Adrian Aardvark, offers a unique brand of rock and roll that is highly energetic, completed with costumes, theatrics, introspective lyrics, and solid grooves.

Dying Optimistically embraces unequivocal passion in an ongoing search for good in the human condition.  In the sprightly backdrop of Adrian Aardvark’s songscape, the group strives to atone with the world at large. 

Imagine the chaotic energy of The Cramps counterbalanced by the emotive fragility of Daniel Johnston -- battles against anxiety, depression, and sexual identity are contrasted by explorations of romantic love and acceptance of the self, amplified in a wall of energy.  

Lush string arrangements, enticing drumming, and anthemic vocals showcase the collaborators’ creative dynamism.  The bizarre and loving beauty of this record is visually supplemented by Jon Vermilyea’s surreal album artwork.  


Christopher Stott-Rigsbee is an avid supporter of Donate Life America.  In 2014 he donated 65% of his liver to bandmate Catherine’s father, George, which saved his life.  In 2015 Shannon and Christopher Jay were married and this year Daz Bird has also joined the Stott-Rigsbee household. These events have made the band members and their families intimately close.     
Adrian Aardvark has performed with Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Tyler Daniel Bean, Jay Arner, Mary Ocher, Hello Shark, Viking Moses, Lung, Real Live Tigers, Lucid, Joey Agresta, The Big Drops, Troll 2, Lobo Marino, and Assateague, among others.

Epifo Music will release Dying Optimistically on Friday, April 20, 2018. A limited edition vinyl edition will be available online via Bandcamp, adrianaardvark.com, and at Adrian Aardvark’s energetic concerts.

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twitter @AdrianAardvark
adrianaardvark.bandcamp.com

Epifo Music is a boutique record label, music publisher, and artist development firm headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. For more information, visit epifomusic.com

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released April 20, 2018

Adrian Aardvark is:

Daz Bird: drums, acoustic + electric guitar, trombone, keys, melodica, percussion, backup vocals.
Catherine Harrison-Wurster: upright bass, percussion, backup vocals.
Christopher Stott-Rigsbee: electric guitar, percussion, didjeridoo, vocals.
Shannon Stott-Rigsbee: violin, cello, keys, backup vocals, melodica, percussion.

Produced, engineered, and mixed by Brendon Massei at Epifo Studio, Baltimore, MD.
Mastered by Alex Saltz at APS Mastering, Queens, NY.
Album art and layout: Jon Vermilyea

Management: Epifo Music
A&R: Brendon Massei

All songs written by Adrian Aardvark and published by Epifo, ASCAP.
℗ © Epifo Music. All Rights Reserved.

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Adrian Aardvark Plattsburgh, New York

Adirondack mountain electric freak folk

AA is:
Catherine Harrison-Wurster (upright bass, voice sounds)
Chris Shacklett (drum drums, trombone, sing songer)
Christopher Stott-Rigsbee (guitar, muppet screams, noises)
Shannon Lee (violin, cello, keys, yelling)

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Track Name: Just Us
No security, no reward
No grand escape
Work a lot, work too much
But you gotta get paid
Bank accounts grow then dwindle down
What’s the point anyway
Hand to mouth or starve till later
Either way you’ll still fade

They’ll replace you
They don’t need you
And you don’t need them

Learn to grow, learn to make
Got that self reward
If you don’t know then simply ask
Cuz friends got your back
What’s mine is yours, yours is mine
We share that trust
You know my face and I know yours
We run in the same pack

Lets replace them
We don’t need them
But they need us

Lets forget them
Don’t remember them
Cuz it’s just us
Track Name: If Only
If only I had a calm soul
I could easily sleep through these never ending nights
If only my fridge had one more beer
I could slowly sip it down and start to fade away
If only I had my own telephone
I could give you a call or maybe play a game of phone tag
If only I could have all those opportunities and not just squander every last one of them away
If only, if only, if only, if…
If only, if only, if only, if…

Bruised lips, spitting out nonsense out into the air
Black eyes, seeing it all fall apart

Yes I am ashamed of my insecurities
Yes I am ashamed of my stupid feelings

Yes I am, yes I am, yes I am, yes I am
Dumb, duh-duh-duh dumb, dumb mmmmm
Yes I am, yes I am, yes I am, yes I am
Dumb, duh-duh-duh dumb, dumb mmmmm

Ooooh another stupid boy
Ooooh another stupid boy

And yes I am, yes I am, yes I am, yes I am
Dumb, duh-duh-duh dumb, dumb mmmmm
And yes I am, yes I am, yes I am, yes I am
Dumb, duh-duh-duh dumb, dumb mmmmm

If only, if only, if only, if only
I could take it all back

If only, if only, if only, if only
I could get a second chance
I’d do it right
Track Name: Peace In A Loving Way
Through updates, versions and brand new postages
The letters inside remain the same as they travel to
You through signals unseen, speaking words
Floating like waves whisper your way

Falling through all of the horrible tales
That remind us we’re safe hid in our homes
But the world calls and pulls us back into itself
There are so many wonders wandering your way

The fear on their faces stretching into hate
Burns the childhood dream for world peace
Hoping that there can be love and understanding
Not choked in a religious or patriotic way

Love during wartime, must be insanity
But we have our hearts opened up and our arms stretched wide

You can follow inside, or watch from afar
Please just find your own peace in a loving way
Peace in a loving way
Track Name: Young Pharaohs And Horses
Temperatures rise
Wanna nibble on some juicy thigh
Catch this hot summer
Watch homes smolder

Young pharaohs and horses
Dance at the bars till they closes
Lock jawed after parties
Where are all the naughties

Early morning comes again
Takes me back to the world again
And I don’t wanna ever stop

Trickling cold water
On blind smooth silky skin
It’s so surprising
It’s so appealing

Clementine skins cover the ground
Unopened letters keep piled around
Mosquito bites start humming
Wish they were speaking

Early morning comes again
Takes me back to the world again
And I don’t wanna ever stop
Track Name: I Don't Wanna Love No More
I don’t wanna love no more, no more
I don’t wanna love no more

Fuck your hate, let it die on the linoleum floor
Fuck your hate, let it be sold off in the store
and if the world tries to make you a whore
You don’t have to take it no more

Cuz you can love, you can love anyone you want
and you can cry, you can any time you want
and you can feel, you can feel as real as you are

Cuz you are real, you’re the real deal that I see
Yeah you are real, you’re the real deal that I see

And I am gonna try to love some more
I am gonna try to love
Track Name: Little Girl
What you want with a social life
Cut that shit with a real big knife
I am a little girl in a big big world
My dress so clean and my hair is curled
Invite me over for some dinner
Late at night I may turn into a sinner
Don’t you want to ride with me
Don’t you want to sleep with me
Oh come on!
Track Name: Creaky Wooden Floor
I know we haven’t really talked
Sure we’ve conversed but we haven’t really said anything at all
There is an elephant filling up this whole room
Could it be my feelings that are stifling the air

Wonder what you’d say
If I whispered in your ear
Told you you should stay
Or we could have a home anywhere

Our hands are stained from beets
We look just like purple monsters trying to takeover this kitchen
Lost looks in dirty dining ware
The sink is over flowing with dishes and it smells just like bad breath

Wonder what you’d do
If I just kissed your cheek
Told you my love is true
And I am not just another wooden floor creak
Track Name: Get Gotten
What does Texas got that I don’t got
What is it you need cuz I must have forgot
Are you just bored and too anxious
Patience is wearing thin and life is ridiculous

Oh no, I think I spoiled it again
I am driving backwards to where it began
Preoccupied with the rear view mirror
And I forgot how to steer

Heard you’re the reason why bad things happen
Do you know why all my good days keep on slipping
Is this bad karma or the work of some demon
I am so exhausted of being messed up and always gone

All the answers to life aren’t known
This state is blooming with so much change
Our future comes with the morning
You don’t have to be depressed anymore
No, you don’t have to be depressed anymore
Track Name: Horny Wildebeast
If I wasn’t introduced to pornography
Would I be such a pervert
Feverishly masturbating
To images I’ll later regret

Oh the shame is so beautifully
Smeared all over my face
Facing the lust that you struggled with
And finding a lover to embrace

Chase, chase, chase; chase oh chase it
These feverishly lusty dreams
Taste, taste, taste; oh taste can you taste it
Drowning in these pleasurable streams

Oh I have been so distracted
My time’s been so wasted

Coming up with illogical solutions
Drastically considering castration
Holding back the horny wildebeest within me
Wondering why everyone is acting so friendly
Are we all motivated by self-interest
If it’s true than whom can you trust, just trust us
Do I hate myself because I am a hypocrite
I am dying for my tomorrows to be more optimistic

I am dying for my tomorrows
Be more optimistic, please please
Track Name: Oo Ra Ra / The Sun
Won’t you spill your guts on me
Tell me what you really want to be
Sell off the farm and the factory
Run away and fall in love with me
Singing…

Don’t worry it’s going to be alright
I got a place to keep us warm at night
Put down the knife, we don’t have to fight
We can make love till morning’s light
Moaning…

Oooo ra ra!

I am the sun
And I am shining down
So I shine on down
Shine down

And I have seen it all
And I will burn
Yes I will burn
Burn on

And I will grow
Stretch out in this space
And I will engulf
Yes I will engulf it all

Everything that I gave life to
Will burn at my touch

If cold fire is what you desire
You must wait, you must be stronger

Feel my heat
Feel the cancer
You can’t be given life
Without being given death
Track Name: Misery Shaker
Ice age Ritas born in Havana
With their crocodile smiles and all the while
They shake their misery away, they shake their misery away
The little ones burn into the sun
With their parachute goodbyes, as their innocence dies
They shake their misery away, they shake their misery away

Tell me the tale of the girl who would sell
her heart just for kicks
Or the one about the man who would do what he can
just to get his fix

Tell me about your broken heart and how it rips you apart
You’re all alone with nobody
Tell me about how you’re so sad and how it makes you so mad
that you keep on spreading your own misery

Ice age Ritas, born in Havana
With their crocodile smiles and all the while
They shake their misery away, they shake their misery away
And the little ones, they burn into the sun
With their parachute goodbyes, as their innocence dies
They shake their misery away, they shake their misery away

See those moving pictures, see the moving pictures
move me to tears
See these moving pictures OH! See the moving pictures
move me to tears

And I will cry when my father dies and they place him in the ground
Just like he would cry if I swallowed all these pills and let myself drown

I would carry this whole world on my shoulders
If it would bring me back to you
And I would go fight in the fucking desert
If it could sweep me back to you

But no
It would only bring death

Sing to me
Why don’t you just sing to me
I heard you have the voice of an angel
So why don’t you press your lips so close to my ear
And just sing to me

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