Pretty Little City

by Gordon Keepers

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Keepers’ first solo record, Pretty Little City, is a leaner take on the aesthetic developed in Levon’s Helmet. Its 10 tracks are more measured and mid-tempo; the cultural commentary here is dryer and more nuanced than the brash adolescent takedowns of Levon’s Helmet songs “Condos” and “One Little Piggy”. This thematic maturity is matched by thicker and more diverse sounds—opening track and album highlight “Romeo” sounds like The River-era Bruce Springsteen crossed with The Cars, and it’s an effective sonic overview of the album. On tracks like “Shattered” and “Angeline”, Keepers proves that he can still get loud and raucous. Occupying the other end of the spectrum are somnolent ballads “Pretty Little Moon” and its instrumental, major-key counterpart “Pretty Little City”—two acoustic threnodies that wouldn’t sound out of place on the backend of Big Star’s Third. Recorded with Evan “Maus” Mersky at Red Lantern Studios in Portland (Tony Molina, The Estranged, Big Eyes), Pretty Little City is a punk record that shimmers in all the right places. Its songs manage to be reverential towards past power-pop titans like the Raspberries and the Jam while remaining forward-thinking in theme. This alone is a rare feat within a genre often characterized by rigid formalism; it helps that Pretty Little City is also a great album.

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released February 15, 2019

All songs written and performed by Gordon Keepers and featuring Evan Mersky on drums

Engineered and recorded by Evan Mersky at Red Lantern Studios. Portland, OR

Produced by Gordon Keepers and Evan Mersky

Mixed by Joseph J Chudyk. Byron, NY

Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic Mastering. Portland, OR

Copyright 2018 Good Trouble Records

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Gordon Keepers Portland, Oregon

By now, Portland OR-based singer-songwriter Gordon Keepers is a veteran of the music scene. After a stint in old-time ensemble Water Tower, Keepers sang, wrote songs, and played guitar in the punk-flecked pop band Levon’s Helmet—a project that earned generous amounts of local praise.
Keepers’ first solo record, Pretty Little City, provides a dryer and more nuanced cultural commentary.
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Track Name: Romeo
His head in her lap
Her hand in his hair
“This is how to win a fight.” She said.
“Even when I can’t stand you,
You’ll always be there.
This is how we end our fights.” She said

A shot rings in the distance.
It lands right here.

She rolled him over
and then she spoke;
“Romeo my Romeo.”
“This isn’t over I can’t leg you go.”
“Romeo my Romeo.”

His hand on his hip
He looks in his eyes
“I just love to watch you dance.” He says
“And the look on your face
when you’re surprised.
How the vein on your neck pops out.”

A shot rings in the distance.
It lands right here.

He rolled him over
and then he spoke;
“Romeo my Romeo.”
“This isn’t over I can’t let you go.”
“Romeo my Romeo”
“Romeo my Romeo.”

Red cheek and a nose ring
They’re only 20 years old
“I’m so scared, but that’s OK,” they said
“I know you’ll catch me when I fall.”
“Runaway you a runaway.
I’m a runaway too.”

They rolled them over
and then they spoke
they said; “Romeo my Romeo.”
“This isn’t over I can’t let you go.”
“Romeo my Romeo.”
“Romeo my Romeo.”

They rolled them over
and then they spoke
“Romeo my Romeo.”
“This isn’t over I can’t let you go.”
“Romeo my Romeo.”

“Romeo my Romeo.”

“Romeo my Romeo.”

“Romeo my Romeo.”

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