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No Time to Waste

by The Screw-Ups

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With reverence and respect for classic ska, rocksteady and reggae sounds, The Screw-Ups inject their own style and soul, proving that they are ready to be passed the torch. In a time of scattered music scenes and a plague of dying venues, the foursome came into their own playing tirelessly in Rhode Island basements, Boston harbor cruises, New Haven dives and assorted other venues from Vermont down to New York City. They have shared the stage with established acts The Slackers, The English Beat, Westbound Train, Mephiskapheles, Bim Skala Bim, and King Django.

The material on their debut CD, No Time to Waste, developed during hundreds of trips between CT and Boston as the band stuck together without a true home base. Comprising ten original ska, reggae, and rocksteady tracks, the album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by King Django at Version City Studio. With The Screw-Ups' grit and perseverance and King Django's guidance and expertise, songs that grew and evolved in front of live audiences were finally captured in the New Jersey studio. No Time to Waste is a hand outstretched to the fans which keep East Coast ska and reggae alive.

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released September 27, 2016

The Screw-Ups are:
Julian Wahlberg - Guitar, Vox.
Nico Bonvini - Saxophone, Vox.
Kyle Kearney - Bass, Vox.
Dave Manville - Drums.
With Special Guest King Django - Keys, Trombone.

All Songs written by The Screw-Ups.

Recorded, edited, mixed and mastered by King Django at Version City Studio, New Brunswick, NJ. Produced by Nico Bonvini, King Django and The Screw-Ups.

Front cover art by Connor Dabbs
Back cover art by Zachary Kapple
Layout by Cody Freedom

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Track Name: Reach Out
Sometimes I think I’m thinking way too much
The life I crave it seems too far to touch
The days drift by I feel like I’m in a dream
Sinking deep, it’s getting hard to breathe

You know it’s too bad
You know it’s a shame
You know it’s no good
When things stay the same

It’s getting dark the walls are closing in
I guess they say it’s time to sink or swim
I’ll say once more take a look around
Keep it cool and move so you don’t drown

You know it’s too bad
You know it’s a shame
You know it’s no good
When things stay the same

When things stay the same
Life will pass you by
Don’t cry
When things stay the same
You know it hurts inside
Like you may die
Track Name: Close My Eyes
You know it can’t be good all the time
I saw red put the blindfold on my eyes
If you’re gonna run you better make it far away
I’ll be waiting night and day
Wish I could say that I tried
Now it’s always raining outside
I’m putting broken pictures on the wall
And that’s all

I’ll close me eyes and wait for the summer light
I think this time’s gonna be alright
I’ll be waiting by that window
For you to hold me tight

Paper bag filled with glass
I’ll turn my head and I’ll walk back
Says the man that’s running out of time
What is my crime?
Sometimes I sleep and I can see
What this life what this life it could be
Whispers gone and fade into the night
That alright

I’ll close me eyes and wait for the summer light
I think this time’s gonna be alright
I’ll be waiting by that window
For you to hold me tight

I’ll close my eyes for tonight
Track Name: Perfect Life
Johnny was a laborer who lived on Maple Street
Johnny had a shotgun beside his bed

He didn’t have a penchant for murder
He never wished nobody dead

Johnny never wondered about the perfect life
Johnny took the shotgun and closed the door

Get your affairs in order
There’s no reward

You’ll never find him there
Life can be so unfair

Johnny was a laborer who lived on Maple Street
Johnny had a shot gun beside his bed
And though he never meant to hurt her
He never wished nobody dead
He didn’t have penitent for murder
Never wished nobody dead
Track Name: Every Time
Well every morning it’s so cold and lonesome
I check the time until the clock tells me to get on my feet
My thoughts are muffled I can barely hear them
I must be tired like the people walking down the street

But I know that things won’t get easier
That’s alright, Ill take my time this year
Its simple enough, the only thing I can do is try
And it’s alright
It’s alright
It’s alright

When it’s late at night I stay up thinking
Say you’re mine tonight so I can get a little bit of sleep
Often times it’s like my world is shrinking
I must be ignorant cause I don’t know what I’m meant to be

But I know that things won’t get easier
That’s alright, Ill take my time this year
Its simple enough, the only thing I can do is try
And it’s alright
It’s alright
It’s alright

Well baby, every time I see your face it puts my in another state of mind
And maybe staying here is killing me I feel like I’m just wasting all my time

Every morning I feel so depleted
Is this the future that I’ve chosen while so young and naïve
Never wanted to be so defeated
Its time to move along and find something else to believe

And I know that things won’t get easier
That’s alright, I'll take my time this year
Its simple enough, the only thing I can do is try
And its alright
Its alright
Its alright
Track Name: Treat Me Right
It was a place I loved
And it was waiting there for me
Right out by the fence
And the big oak tree
Then people gathered round
They stomped their feet about
Theyre standing on my head
Until the bitter end

You know I’m under pressure and I hope you’re gonna treat me right
Track Name: No Time to Waste
Hey man how’s it going? Was it a nice drive?
I’m so glad you got here
How nice of you to arrive
I’ll let you get acquainted and maybe get a drink
But don’t come empty handed
Because nothing here is free

All the bands are leaving early
They’ve got to get to bed on time
You’ll have to finish early
Maybe some people will arrive
I wouldn’t hold my breath though
You won’t have very long
The floor will remain empty
No one to dance along

It’s time to get equipment and load it on the stage
You’ll only have five minutes
Because we’re running oh so late
So get up there make me happy
Put a smile on your face
Dance and sing and entertain us
Remember there’s no time to waste

Remember there’s no time to waste
Track Name: Move Yourself
Move yourself right on time
Move yourself make you feel so fine

The shows about to start
Better find your place in line
People on the street
Better make your way inside

Move yourself right on time
Move yourself make you feel so fine

Get up on your feet
Put your hands up in the air
Get into the beat
Shake it everywhere
Track Name: Lead's Gonna Catch Ya
The lead is gonna catch you
Sooner or later
You better watch the way you move

The times may be troubled
And your days are few
You still got time to change your tune

You won’t ask nobody for no point of view
You know you need somebody
Just to try to make it through

The lead is gonna catch you
Sooner or later
You better watch the way you move

Please tell me the reason
Why is it so?
You always run so fast
You never try to take it slow
Track Name: Oh No
Sometimes I open up the window
Just because I gotta let some stress go
Oh no there’s no more time
No more time
Problems just keep on coming
They got me hiding and running
Oh no I’ll wait for a while

Start off early at the finish line
Lit cigarette and a bottle of wine
Aint no place, aint no time
If you’re gonna go there there’s nothing to find
It’s kind of funny when a question’s asked
Aint no answer and your times gone and passed
Give a little up and let it all come back
When you’re on defense when your under attack

Sometimes I open up the window
Just because I gotta let some stress go
Oh no there’s no more time
No more time
Problems just keep on coming
They got me hiding and running
Oh no I’ll wait for a while

There’s no more common places
No friends no familiar faces
Once you’re gone you’ve lost all traces
Got yourself in a bad situation
Track Name: Don't Turn
I said
Hey
Don't turn your back on me
It's not fair to do
at least I tried

You say
This is a mutiny
But I've been good to you
She rolled her eyes
Then she turned around
So I said

Change will come one day you'll see
Buried in loneliness
You'll run back
And when you turn to me
I'll say no way
No way

Hey
Don't make a fool of me
It's been done before
Can't take this back
Never turn to me again
I'll say no way