Four State Solution

by Pop Co-Op

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Tyler Rutt "Four State Solution" is an amazing collection of power pop songs that manages to pull off the almost impossible-paying tribute to the great powerpop bands while managing not to sound cutesy or slavish to the past.

You can hear echoes of great pop from the Beatles to the Move to Raspberries to Big Star, even the Who ("It Ain't Easy Being a Boy", which is like a great update/answer song to their classic "I'm a Boy").

Four musicians recording across four different states = one amazing lp! Favorite track: It Ain't Easy Being a Boy.
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    Four State Solution contains a mix of pop and powerpop tunes that rock and sometimes venture into alt country and the psychedelic. It was released in early 2017.
    Since that time, the album has received a number of favorable reviews, including in Goldmine Magazine. Two tracks (If Everything Was Easy and It Ain't Easy Being a Boy) aired on the Rodney Bingenheimer show on Sirius XM.
    With just this album and one compilation single to their credit, the band was the 6th most played artist in 2017 on WSPJ 103.3 Syracuse's This is Rock 'n' Roll Radio show. Music from this album was also featured in the "Best of 2017" on WKVA 88.1 University of Oregon's Snap, Crackle, POP! show.
    Pop Co-Op are: Steve Stoeckel (bass, guitars, keyboards, vocals); Joel Tinnel (guitars, vocals); Bruce Gordon (guitars, keyboards, vocals); and Stacy Carson (drums/percussion, guitars, keyboards, vocals).
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1.
I'm sorry about your birthday I never thought they'd spell your name with a 'k' And then two 'y's I guess it wasn't wise of me To order cake by phone Another sin to be atoned I'm sorry about the weekend Your friends all said they'd be along by 8 I said that's great We'll wait until you get there We won't start without you But there's no doubt about it, that I let you down again We know it's true, it's what I do, and I made you frown again But here's a thing I bet you never knew If everything was easy, I'd be you caught in the comfort of a world so neatly planned colors outside the lines are more than you can stand I'm sorry 'bout your life The lovely movie with the perfect end It's all pretend I thought that I might bend your will And overcome your doubt The only thing I'm right about is that I won't let you down again My best will never pass your test I won't make you frown again Be happy since I found the simple truth: If loving you was easy, I'd be you
2.
If something’s hidden right before your eyes Underground Or in disguise Without a ripple in a clear blue sky Undisturbed It makes me wonder why The way that you trembled in my arms Heaven surrender I didn’t know I was in love with you If something’s written in a foreign hand Too opaque To understand It’s hard to read it into words I know One thing’s clear There’s no two ways to go The way that you trembled in my arms Heaven surrender I didn’t know I was in love with you The world outside Won’t be denied I know I’ve tried Beyond the universe of here and now Love begins I don’t know how You’ve got to listen to what fortune says Can’t say no When all signs point to yes The way that you trembled in my arms Heaven surrender I didn’t know I was in love with you The world outside Won’t be denied I know I’ve tried The world outside Won’t be denied I know I’ve tried The world outside Won’t be denied I know I’ve tried
3.
She slips on her mask assumes her position one arm up, the other pointed straight at my chest my guard is up and I feel the movement in the air after all these years I can't guess her intention I haven't got a clue but I always try my best To figure out her moves when I turn around she's never there Love is hard It can keep us apart It's not for the feint of heart Every night is like a puzzle every day is like a duel And everyone around me tells me that I'm just a fool For giving my attention and wasting my affection On a woman who could be so cruel Love is hard If you can't play the part You shouldn't even start It's not for the feint of heart Every time I think of leaving these battles all behind and what I'd have to pay to buy some peace of mind she takes my hand puts it on her face takes me to the place where I find Love is hard Right from the start It's not for the feint of heart
4.
If I ever told you What you asked me Something tells me I'd remember What I’m holding down As I stand here looking back A certain fact is making me Feel tender You can’t hold me now Lighting the dark was the spark of our secret No longer bright in light of who we are In the day Talking to my other half She starts to laugh She doesn’t know The last words That I said to you What were those words I said to you I never said those words to you
5.
Lila 05:22
Listening for Lila, thinking I hear her voice now in the room Echoes of anger, words that linger in the air now, like sad perfume Waiting so hard for any sound to appear The forest is empty, the tree is down, and there's no one left to hear Looking for Lila, finding her face in everywhere that I turned Sealing my sadness pockets of paper, a prize to be earned "Worst lead, worst play, and the winner is . . ." Stands as the crowd turns -- stabbed by the spotlight, the moment is his Memorizing every single word that was wrong Trading my mistakes for the foolishness of a song Laughing with Lila, breathing her in as the smiles melt her face Pictures I left too much long in the tray now begin to erase Try as I might to make them persist Light spills the dark room they cease to exist
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She's just the kind of a girl now Who’s got a way with words now They tumble in and out and turn a-round And go back again And when she says "Do you love me Are you enameled of me?" I tell her "yes", she says "well That makes it anonymous!" And I don't know where she gets just what she's got But it makes me smile each time I remember what I thought When my Jenny say what? She says that love is infernal A never ending journal As constant as the swallows that fly home to cappucino now She's been searching so far for a knight in shining armoire She'll be his Joliet, and he will be her rodeo I like the way she looks at life and loves a lot Even though sometimes she's clear, sometimes she's not When my Jenny say what? Jenny in her malapropy jalopy driving in circles again Every time she opens her mouth she sets my head in a spin. She wants a ceremony of holy acrimony exchanging sacred vowels, and then we'll be insufferable We'll live heavily ever after inside our laughter and then a child or two would only make our love concrete? there's not a thing she says that would make me love her less . . . I won't be confused or care what else she says if my Jenny say yes
8.
She’s walking on the mild side She lives a life that’s simplified There’s a secret behind her success It's a most fitting form of address And she lives in Sensible Flats With a modest collection of hats Good foundation Moderation Here in Sensible Flats Wearin’ Sensible Flats Some people need to shake things up She doesn’t seem to, very much But you never know where there’s a spark Or who might like to dance after dark Then she lives in Sensible Flats Here among the gray habitats But every night she Trips the light she’s Wearin’ Sensible Flats Here in Sensible Flats Does she . . . dance There’s a spring in her step more and more That just hadn’t been noticed before And she lives in Sensible Flats It’s a gift, as a matter of facts And when she’s old and grey She’ll walk the blues away Wearin’ Sensible Flats Here in Sensible Flats Here in Sensible Flats Wearin’ Sensible Flats Wearin’ Sensible Flats Wearin’ Sensible Flats Wearin’ Sensible Flats Wearin’ Sensible Flats
9.
Is that your hand upon my arm A butterfly lands – electric and light Is that your lips upon my cheek A hummingbird wing – suspended in flight My eyes are disbelieving My heart isn't even beating right . . . Did I hear my name upon your breath Musical word pirouette Is it really you standing in that light One dazzling love silhouette My eyes are disbelieving My heart isn't even beating right Can you really be mine Or is it a trick of the light? You’re drifting out of my dreams now Flickering in time with my heart Is anything just what it seems? Is this reality or just the finest art? My eyes are disbelieving My heart isn't even beating right Can you really be mine Or is it a trick of the light?
10.
Bad Idea 05:12
When you talk about the things you think about It makes me think of all the things you're doing That are not the kind of things you'd wanna tell me that you're doing And it makes me want to shake you til you stop it I was dreaming of a cliff where I found your body stiff And your bloody broken nails from the safety rope that failed And I woke up in the dark from the sickening shock Cause the rope had my name on it Why am I the one who gets the call to pull you from the fire Why do I catch you when you're falling from your high wire I'll never leave you in my past It's a bad idea but it won't be my last I'm still wasting my time, looking at the life lines that are creasing my hands, they don't reveal your plans I want to reach out and stop the things that are drifting through your Head like vapor, and thin as paper Time gone - and you're still singing the Same song, the band has left but you're still on - You won't leave the stage and the rage is like blood on your lips I paid my fare I'm driving you out of my mind I've had my share Your sympathy card has been declined I'll come for just like before It's a bad idea, but I've got plenty more From the bottom of a well A tiny circle of blue sky Through the wrong end of the telescope You can barely see me And once again I can tell From the look that's in your eye You think again that I'm your best hope A shining sword to set you free You're alone now at the brink, and it's closer than you think And we've both been here before in this private little war I can't make you understand while you're reaching for my hand I've already given up In my mind I saw a cliff where I found your body stiff And your bloody broken nails from the safety rope that failed And I woke up in my bed with a sickening dread Hoping it was really a dream I won't be the one to pull you from the line of fire You won't have me to free you from the razor wire If I don't leave you in my past It's a bad idea, it might be my last
11.
Only Me 02:31
Autumn rains, red and gold I see you scuffing down the lane I catch your eye, a tiny smile No one will ever see Only me Only me Violet days, the pain of The Lonely pounding through my veins With the touch of your skin would the sunlight begin, and set me free again? Only me Only me Too many times have I watched you walking, your eyes seem to drink in Everything but me Days start, days end Breathe out, breathe in Clouds move, rain drops Heart beats heart stops Out of the shadow, into the open Waiting for skies to clear Rush of emotion; suddenly someone But nothing for you to fear. It’s only me Only me
12.
When I first came into this world And got my first look at a girl It didn’t take long to understand It ain’t easy being a boy And all through my teenage years They held my doubts and deepest fears In softest silken golden hands It ain’t easy being a boy Girls hold the mystery the secret book of codes Boys can’t read the signs beside the road Girls are the riddle, leaving clues like crumbs behind Boys blunder through the brush clueless and blind When girls first come into this world Slowly spinning hair uncurled Sweetly smiling, making sure It ain’t easy being a boy

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Power pop and rock music influenced by Beatles, XTC, Squeeze, Byrds, Beach Boys, Fountains of Wayne, Big Star, and Spongetones. Guitar-driven and melodic.

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released February 8, 2017

Steve Stoeckel, Bruce Gordon, Stacy Carson, Joel Tinnel, and many more.

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Pop Co-Op are Steve Stoeckel (Spongetones), Bruce Gordon, Stacy Carson, & Joel Tinnel. Fresh, all original original powerpop/pop songs. Music has aired on Rodney Bingenheimer's Sirius XM show & the Mickey Bradley Show on BBC Radio Ulster. Band was 2020 2nd most played artist on WSPJ 103.3 Syracuse's This is Rock 'n' Roll Radio and listed In "Best of 2017" on WKVA 88.1 Oregon's Snap, Crackle, POP! ... more

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