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Saucytown Back Catalogue, Vol. I - III

by Jameson & the Conditionals

This is a new brand of Americana Folk/Rock, reminiscent of the '70s, with modern twists and turns.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. A Retrospective
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2. Mama Said
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3. We
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4. Pretty Damn Good
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5. Time of Need
3:15 $0.99
6. Eugene Song
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7. Leaving Song
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8. 29 Diner
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9. What I'm Doing Here
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10. The Same Key
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This album was made by the remaining members of a band called Saucytown. A short-lived project, Saucytown was on the verge of making a follow-up to their debut 'The First Album' before personal differences got in the way, as they tend to do. Though it emerged out of turmoil, the recording process and the end result are things everyone who worked on this project can be proud of and happy about. We love it; we think you're going to love it; and if you need anymore convincing, below is a review Eleven PDX that we are glad to share with you, and hope will entice you even more to check out this album, as well as the other releases by The Conditionals and Saucytown.

This album captured my attention for several reasons, my first thought about it being a simple one: “I love Jameson whiskey and new music.” As relatively irrelevant as that fact is to the album, I hope the honesty enriches the ethos of this writing and ensnares your attention, because the album is good enough to read about. Honestly, it surprised me.

It is no secret to anyone reading this article that Portland is saturated with new bands; our city attracts creative people and facilitates an extreme abundance of opportunities for their music to be heard in bars sodden with microbrews served alongside intimate stages. You’d be hard-pressed to name to a local band that is less than two years old that hasn’t played in one of these bars on a Tuesday in front of 15 people. It’s part of the natural process. Some of these bands put out an EP. And some are OK. Fewer are good. As a new band, of course, Jameson & the Conditionals play those venues; however, what sets them apart from the herd are their full-length albums — the most recent being this spring’s Saucytown Back Catalogue Vol. I-III.

Jameson & the Conditionals’ new album is smooth like heavily buttered alfredo. The production is well-blended and clean with soft tones filling your gut before you’re finished. The sound is a puree of a wholesome rhythm section, spunky-funk guitar riffs and well-matched horn and keyboard accents that support the melodic jams. Their songs are derived from the sparkle of ’70s grooves and bone-fortifying hymns. It’s undoubtedly an album meant for car speakers on long road trips, deserving of freedom outside our black-mold-wall-dive-bar-music-scene (said with love). Imagine the hum of your tires on the freeway harmonizing with the movement of the songs’ composition. It’d create warmth like your vinyl record player. The velvety friction is pleasant and the uniform consistency bends the space-time of 30 miles to five minutes. Getting lost in the steadiness is easy.

For the sake of honesty I will be a paradoxical dick wad for a second and say: Jameson & the Conditionals’ strength may very well be their weakness — to a very certain degree. Their consistent warmth doesn’t yield any songs that jump out as particularly or individualistically extraordinary, i.e. there is no obvious “hit.” The album is homogenous.

That said, there are three or four stand-outs and, for me, one song that separates itself from the others is “Mama Said.” Part of reviewing albums is listening on a loop for a few hours, and “Mama Said” is the only song that immediately makes me think, “Oh, it’s this song. I know this song. I like this song.” This is largely due to the band rearranging its equation variables by kicking off with a hymn alone rather than the rhythm section and guitar introducing us to the piece.

But don’t fret (pun intended); while there may be no singular song overachieving on the album, the songs are consistently good to great, and there are no bad tracks. This is extraordinary in and of itself; a new local band has already produced multiple albums in a relatively short amount of time that are good all the way through. Their prolific dedication makes me think they will graduate from making good albums to great albums very soon. You’d be wise to check them out sooner rather than later.»

– Billy Dye

"A Retrospective"
Jameson Wandling – Lead Vocals, Electric Guitars, Banjo, Organ, Bass
Zach Podell-Eberhardt – Drums, Tambourine, Shaker
Sarah Ann Wolff – Backing Vocals
Blaine Heinonen – Backing Vocals
Nathan Pulse - Trumpet

Sing a song with me if you believe we need a change
Sing a song with me if you believe, if you believe

One o'clock on a Tuesday night, I'll meet you at the pit
It's humid out in late July, we surely gonna get bit
I guess this is what it's gonna be like
Night after night, living suburban life

Just another month to go, and, mama, I can't wait
My head is so damn filled with smoke, but for once I'm thinking straight
I guess I got to make the most of this
I got to make the most of this chance you've given me

And you can find life in the strangest of places, yes you can
But all you want to do is hide your faces in the sand
And I wish you would take my warm embraces by the hand
‘Cause I’m just trying to cover all my bases, yes I am

Now summer's gone and I'm moving on, and some of you are staying here
I wish you well, but it's hard to tell if you'll see me for years
I guess I'll miss this a little bit
But I foresee it being the same old shit
I need a few new faces, a few new places
And maybe just a little tighter fit

Oh, oh, oh, oh… sing a song with me
Oh, oh, oh, oh… sing a song with me

"Mama Said"
Jameson Wandling – Lead Vocals, Acoustic/Electric Guitars, Banjo, Acoustic Mandolin, Piano, Organ, Bass, Handclaps
Zach Podell-Eberhardt – Drums, Tambourine, Shaker, Handclaps
Sarah Ann Wolff – Backing Vocals
Blaine Heinonen – Backing Vocals
Nathan Pulse - Trumpet

Mama said what daddy don’t know
Won’t hurt him, son, so just let it go…

Mama said what daddy don’t know
Won’t hurt him, son, so just let it go
He’s been on the road away from home
And I can’t carry this load, baby, all alone

Mama said what daddy don’t know
Don’t hurt him, son, so just let it go
He’s been on the road away from home
And I can’t carry this load, baby, all alone
Now look at me, I need to hear you say
That you understand before I walk away
I’m gonna shut the door and turn out the light
Now not another word except goodnight
Goodnight…

Mama said what daddy don’t know
Won’t hurt him, son, so just let it go…

"We"
Jameson Wandling – Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Mandolin, Fender Rhodes, Bass, Glockenspiel
Zach Podell-Eberhardt – Drums, Shaker, Congas
Sarah Ann Wolff – Backing Vocals
Blaine Heinonen – Backing Vocals
Anthony Cotham – Synthesizer
Brandon Edwards - Melodica

Peace – I can see
But it doesn’t sound to me
Like you want it in the very least
And all of these things you say should be
Well, they seem to antagonize me
And I don’t get the sense that we agree
On what it means to be free

And you can’t honestly believe
That we don’t see
You’re just trying to please
The powers that be
Instead of “We”

Peace – I believe
Can truly be achieved
If we want it in the very least
But what we need is someone who can see
That we all share the same needs
And if we ever want to be free
Well, we’ll have to agree on what that means

"Pretty Damn Good"
Jameson Wandling – Lead Vocals, Acoustic/Electric Guitars, Acoustic/Electric Mandolins, Fender Rhodes, Bass, Handclaps
Zach Podell-Eberhardt – Drums, Tambourine, Shaker, Handclaps
Sarah Ann Wolff – Backing Vocals
Blaine Heinonen – Backing Vocals
Nathan Pulse - Trumpet

Every morning when I wake up I find you on my mind
It’s getting to be all the time
And I can’t seem to make the damn thing rhyme

And I know you don’t wanna hear what I have to say
But it can’t wait another day
And I can’t seem to make it go away
I can’t make it go away; make it go away; I can’t make it go away

And I’ve tried so hard to be cool and watch my tongue
Not every song needs to be sung
But right now, baby, I’ve got to sing this one
I’ve got to sing this one; I’ve got to sing this one; I’ve got to sing this one

‘Cause I’ve done everything I should – everything I could
Everything you never thought I would do I did for you
And I think it’s understood I’ve been pretty damn good

Don’t you think I wish I didn’t feel this way, too?
Baby, it’s harder for me than you
Don’t you think I wish there was something I could do?
But nothing seems so true as this love I have for you;
No, nothing seems so true as this love I have for you; ooh, ooh, ooh…

"Time Of Need"
Jameson Wandling – Lead Vocals, Acoustic/Electric Guitars, Banjo, Organ, Bass, Handclaps
Zach Podell-Eberhardt – Drums, Tambourine
Sarah Ann Wolff – Backing Vocals
Blaine Heinonen – Backing Vocals

I guess on paper I’m a success
But right now I feel like a mess
If it’s sounding like I’m drowning it’s ‘cause fear is abounding
And my heart is pounding in my chest

I’m going through something I didn’t see coming
And my soul is feeling sore
But nothing says lovin’ like muffins in the oven
Honey, you got that and so much more

And all of my dreams – they go to you
And if I’m to only have but one thing to carry me through
In this time of need, honey, I just need you
In this time of need, honey, I just need you

And when you find yourself in trying times
I hope I can do for you the same
I’m a little bit lazy and maybe kind of crazy
But I swear it’s true what I feel for you won’t ever change

"Eugene Song"
Jameson Wandling – Lead Vocals, Electric/Baritone Guitars, Banjo, Organ, Piano, Bass, Glockenspiel, Handclaps
Zach Podell-Eberhardt – Drums, Tambourine, Shaker, Congas, Handclaps
Sarah Ann Wolff – Backing Vocals
Blaine Heinonen – Backing Vocals

You say I’m wasting away
And your patience is wearing thin
But I’ll say anyway, there’ll be more sunny days
Today I’m just staying in

I’m looking out over town
The treetops look so green
Everyone’s running ‘round as the sun’s going down
It’s another night in Eugene

I know I’m taking my time
And I got to get myself on the line
You say this has gone on far too long
It’s time for me to make up my mind

But I’m not wasting away
I don’t care if your patience is wearing thin
I’ll just say anyway, there’ll be more sunny days
Today I’m just staying

"Leaving Song"
Jameson Wandling – Lead Vocals, Acoustic/Electric/Baritone Guitars, Electric Mandolin, Bass, Glockenspiel, Handclaps, F/X
Zach Podell-Eberhardt – Drums, Tambourine, Shaker, Congas, Handclaps
Sarah Ann Wolff – Backing Vocals
Blaine Heinonen – Backing Vocals
Anthony Cotham – Synthesizer

I'm leaving again, and it seems so soon
Two months to go, and I'm only in June
And I wish I had just a little more time
I'm missing lots of things I've been trying to find
But I'm just gonna have to roll with what I've got
I gotta get going while the gettin's hot
'Cause I know I have so much more to give
I've so many reasons to live

And everyone says don’t be a fool
All you got to do is play it cool
And then you’ll be the king of whatever mountain you climb
It’s just gonna take a little time

So, come on now, tell me what you would do
If you were me talking to someone like you
Would you say you'd be nervous but you like it that way?
And it gets a little more with every day?
'Cause that's how this is going on for me
I really don't know what this could be

I'm leaving, but I'll be coming back
Listen to me now, you can count on that
And to you maybe I'll still be the same
You'll see right through anything I change

"29 Diner"
Jameson Wandling – Lead vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Acoustic Mandolin, Piano, Organ, Bass, Glockenspiel
Zach Podell-Eberhardt – Drums, Tambourine, Shaker
Sarah Ann Wolff – Backing Vocals
Blaine Heinonen – Backing Vocals

My doctor said, "Son, you better lay off the sauce"
I said, "That's funny, so did my boss"
Thanks for the advice, but I'm sure it isn't free
I'll be just fine, don't you guys worry 'bout me
And that's what I thought when I stepped into my car
Late last night underneath a blanket of stars

It was all I could do to stay between the lines
Trying to make my way to that Tastee 29
And when I sat down, I felt more at home
Than any other place I have ever known

And I ain't going back, I ain’t going back, no I ain't going back
I've had it up to here with all your "Holier than thou"
I said I ain't going back, I ain’t going back, no I'm never going back
You say, "Never say never" but I'm saying it now

As I look around at all the people sitting here
I think I can't live my life counting down the years
And I’ve been waiting for so damn long
When I finish here just consider me gone

And I ain't going back, I ain’t going back, no I ain't going back
I've had it up to here with all your "Holier than thou"
I said I ain't going back, I ain’t going back, no I'm never going back
You say, "Never say never" but I'm saying it now
You say, "Never say never" but I'm saying it now
You say, "Never say never" but I'm saying it now
You say, "Never say never" but I'm saying it now

My doctor said, "Son, you better lay off the sauce"

"What I'm Doing Here"
Jameson Wandling –Lead Vocals, Acoustic/Electric Guitars, Banjo, Organ, Fender Rhodes, Bass
Zach Podell-Eberhardt – Drums, Tambourine, Shaker
Sarah Ann Wolff – Backing Vocals
Blaine Heinonen – Backing Vocals
Nathan Pulse - Trumpet

Baby, put your hand in mine
And tell me everything’ll be fine
If you put your love on the line
Oh, baby, everything’ll be fine

And I may not know what I’m doing here
And I may not be thinking all that clearly now
And I may be out of my mind, my dear
But I’m here, and I have no fear

"The Same Key"
Jameson Wandling – Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Acoustic/Electric Mandolins, Organ, Bass
Zach Podell-Eberhardt – Drums, Tambourine, Shaker
Sarah Ann Wolff – Backing Vocals
Blaine Heinonen – Backing Vocals

And she said, baby, every song you sing to me
They in the same key – the same key
She said, baby, every single song you sing to me
They in the same key

And she said, don’t you got anything you want to say to me?
Don’t you got anything you want to say to me – to me?

She said, baby, is this all you got for me?
D to G in the same key
She said, baby, is this really all you got for me?
D to G in the same key – the same damn key

And she said, don’t you got anything you want to say to me?
Don’t you got anything you want to say to me?
Don’t you got anything you want to say to me?
To me – to me…

But I would be remiss to say anything right now
I’ve got a lot to work out before I can say what this is all about
Though I’m sure you know somehow

And she said, don’t you got anything you want to say to me?
Don’t you got anything you want to say to me?
Don’t you got anything you want to say to me?
To me – to me – oh, baby, to me…

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