Stop the Flow

by Excuse Me, Princess

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We've recorded this record about three times. Most of the songs were recorded and released last year on a record called the Sun and the Moon, and the new ones were recorded on an EP called Polar Opposites in fall 2010. Right when we finished the EP, we got a recording offer from SOTM, and it took us until Fall 2011 to finally be able to release it after re-recording everything and calling it "Stop the Flow".

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released 01 January 2014
Produced, engineered, and mastered by Jeff Lorentzen and Chris Heidman

Jack Campbell - guitar/vocals
Sam Wattrus - bass/keys
Greta Konkler - violin/vocals
Ben Ouellette - drums
Kallie Gunsolus - synth

additional drums by Jeff Lorentzen
Album artwork by Chris Heidman

And Duluth East Sterling Strings were jamming on Forgive and Forget:
Greta Konkler, Mark Eskola, Jieming Liu, Breyen Coffin, Peter Witzig, Bridget Buettner, Carmen Elwell, Peter Swanson, Kristin Sande, Kaarin Evans, Rena Wang, Madeline Jefferson, Sarah Zimmerman, Hayley Olson, Lisa Reed, Linda Bagley, Eleanor Jones, Betty Taylor, Daniel Sawyer, Jack Sandbulte, Isak Swanson, Drew Selnes, Nicole Giovannoni

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Excuse Me, Princess

Excuse Me, Princess is a disorganized group of younglings from Duluth, Minnesota who play loud garage power pop with an occasional folky jazz song thrown in there. The band started in 2009 when Jack and Sam started playing coffeeshops. After the addition of Greta, Kallie, and Ben, they got a recording offer from So-TM Records, and released their newest record "Stop the Flow" after two tours. ... more

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Track Name: Toothpick Bridge
My oh my it’s been awhile since I

Have seen your pretty smile

Now I’ve seen your face and that smile ain’t there


Why oh why must we build a bridge out of toothpicks

If we know it’ll just come crashing down

And kill all of the citizens


And the snow is turning to slush

And I think that we wake up too much

Why can’t we just sleep through the spring

I’d give it a try if my phone would just stop ringing


My eyes are closed but I’m not sleeping

I’m not dead yet, no I’m just thinking

About where this will go and where we will end up

I want it to be grand and it’s probably screwed up


I’ll map out my personal timeline

We’ll see what I’ve done and see what I’m doing

If history repeats itself my life is over

Cause all I’ve done is started things and wait till I’m older wait till I’m older wait till I’m older well I’m getting older now


I don’t know how

I can be so selfish but i

Think that romance is dull and gray

And I wanna be doing better things with you


And I don’t know how

I can’t see the forest through all these damn trees

Wouldn’t it be funny if they’re what I was looking for


My eyes are closed but I’m not sleeping

I’m not dead yet no I’m just thinking

Bout where this will go and where we will end up

I want it to be grand and it’s probably screwed up


I’ll map out my personal timeline

We’ll see what I’ve done and see what I’m doing

If history repeats itself my life is over

Cause all I’ve done is started things and wait till I’m older wait till I’m older wait till I’m older well I’m getting older now
Track Name: Vampires
Oh dear, my heart’s been set ablaze
But put away that hose
I just need to hear your name

And I, no I don’t see you much
with my eyes, but I’ve heard you in my mind
A thousand times

Sometimes I wonder what it is you do
When you go to school
Sometimes I wonder what I do, too

We are driving in a car
Outside it’s slowing down,
inside it’s speeding up
and soon we’ll feel it
Track Name: Stop the Flow
I’ve run out time to write it down so now I’ll keep it in my head
there are so many things that I wanna say now that everyone has bled

It’s time to get going, so thrust yourself into the metaphors
They’re so profound that we can close all of the closing doors, and stop the flow

because I don’t know what is wrong
but I’ve been here all my life
and all I’ve learned is they’ll make you belong
whether you want to or not

it takes no effort to read your lips because your life is just an open book
you’re so loud all of the time so you better take a second look

you drove away my best friend but I’ll still go away quietly
Cause next year it is better, it will be her and me

You don’t have to do what they say
Of if you do, why don’t you just do it anyway
Going to a tiny Catholic school wasn’t all that bad
But thank God I got out of there after plaid

it was just a passing fad, a passing fad, a passing fad

and I’m feeling fine, and I’m feeling fine
about you and the things that you do
Track Name: Polar Opposites
Those tears from your eyes

Could burn marks into your head

This fear for your life

Will only leave you dead


It’s not what you think

Where did you find that opinion

No it’s not what you believe

It is only what you’re seeing


There is all this hate

I will snap under your tension

No it wouldn’t be so bad

If you would only pay attention


But I’m stuck in between

Polar opposites

You say that you love all

But you are just a hypocrite


And I’ll try to recover from what I said

And I’ll try to recover from what you said

And convince myself

It’s all in my head

And I’ll try to recover from what I said

And I’ll try to recover from what you said

And convince myself

It’s all in my head


I can’t see you

Where did you go

I can’t tell

No I don’t know if I’m alone


But I finally know

Just how little I have grown

I can see through my skin

And I can stare at my bones


But I’m stuck in between

Polar opposites

You say that you love all

But you are just a hypocrite


And I’ll try to recover from what I said

And I’ll try to recover from what you said

And convince myself

It’s all in my head
Track Name: Some Time to Kill
What I know

Always seems to elude me

But how can I show

What no one wants to see

And how

Can I make a name for myself

When my hands are tied and my brain’s got a nose bleed

And what can I write

That’ll help me make a living

I guess there’s the fact

That cash don’t mean a thing

Cause as long as I got you by my side

I can cope and hold on for this long wild ride

I really don’t want this to go downhill

I just need some time some time to kill

I’m lost at sea don’t want it to end

But I love that you are a loving friend

And my band is done at least for a while

But that doesn’t mean that I can’t smile because you

You are still here

What I know

Always seems to elude me

But how can I show

What no one wants to see

And how

Can I make a name for myself

When my hands are tied and my brain’s got a nose bleed

I really don’t want this to go downhill

I just need some time some time to kill

I’m lost at sea don’t want it to end

But I love that you are a loving friend

And my band is done at least for a while

But that doesn’t mean that I can’t smile because you

You are still here
Track Name: Lost the Nerve
Seems like you finally lost your interest,

if in fact you had any at the start

Some day I’ll find someone to give me a chance,

But until then I’ll find something to numb my heart

Seems like I finally

lost the nerve

to tell you how I feel

to tell myself it’s real

it’s just that hard for me

And this sounds just like

every other song

So go ahead and sing along

Pretending nothing’s ever wrong

It’s what I plan to do

It’s a shame this gives me so much anxiety,

Otherwise I’d let it sleep for my whole life

But alas I gotta put my heart on the cutting board,

Give you the knife and force you to choose
Track Name: GDK
Hey I’ll see you later

Yeah I swear that we’ll make it work

There’ll be lots of miles

But I don’t think that they’ll hurt


You’re waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too cute for this band

Stop telling yourself different

Made it farther than I thought we would

You do the things that no man could


Hey you troublemaker

We’re gonna be missing you

But I want you to be so happy that you

Just don’t know what to do


Hey you Greta Konkler, we’re gonna be missing you

but I want you to be so happy that you

just don’t know what to do


I hope you feel appreciated

cause we appreciate you

we’ll never reach the chorus
Track Name: Outdated
It only took a day or two before I was just like all of you

Now I’m part of a circle I never knew was there

And for some reason I’m obliged to care

But thank you for accepting me even though I’m not too sure how much I’m free

I thought life before was so complicated but now my simple life is completely outdated once again

It’s outdated once again

It’s so complicated

Ooooo

It’s outdated once again

It’s so complicated

Oooooo

I miss the times when it was just you and me

No onein the way

Oh how well I could see

I like the obstacles

Don’t get me wrong

But sometimes it’s too much

And goes on too long

And yes I realize the weights on my shoulders are

Someday going to be much older

But right now

It’s so new to me

So many places to go

So many faces for me to know

When I come home from school

I go back to the person who I already knew

And when I come home from school

That person and I are me and you

It’s outdated once again

It’s so complicated

Ooooo

It’s outdated once again

It’s so complicated

Oooooo
Track Name: Forgive and Forget
There are so many things

That I don’t pretend to know

Like exactly how I feel

Now that I know you wanna go


And I know that I have done

Some pretty stupid shit

And I know it will be hard

For you to move past it


But I’m gonna keep calling you

Until you do

Something you’ll probably regret

(and call me back)


But even if this really

Is the end

Just know you’re a human being

I will never in my life forget


And you can probably, definitely tell

That I was too scared to talk to you

So I sent those e-mails

Please don’t take offense

I’m not trying to be impersonable

But you always knew me as a coward

Now it’s an archetype fulfilled


And since I started writing songs

I’ve been trying to

Write the perfect one for you


Now it looks like I finally

Missed my chance

But as I said before

I’ll still sing if you wanna dance


And you can probably (definitely) tell

That I was too scared to talk to you

So I sent those e-mails

Please don’t take offense

I’m not trying to be impersonable

But you always knew me as a coward

Now it’s an archetype fulfilled


This is gonna be one of those songs

that no one cares about

Y’know, the boring acoustic one

But I will still

Keep playing it

Even if you’re the

only one who hears

I hope you can find the want

to forgive and forget