Wash Away EP

by Book Club

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From the opening ethereal sound of the guitar, to the final smash of the cymbal, “Wash Away,” the debut effort from Wisconsin rockers Book Club, is sure to catch the listener’s attention. And keep it. In an age of cookie-cutter bands with meaningless song lyrics, Book Club is an up-and-coming band that provides a light at the end of the tunnel in today’s music scene.

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Book Club is the brainchild of Sam Sterk, whose heavy lyrics and crunchy guitar combine to create a very honest, soul-searching album. On the “Wash Away” EP, Sterk is backed up by fellow Midwesterners Aaron Swaagman (bass and drums) and Bill Kopf (drums on “Deanna”). The EP, a collection of songs put together over the past five years, was recorded and mixed by Sterk.

The title track sets the tone for what’s to follow, both musically and lyrically. The verses are restrained and allow the message to be delivered clearly. The emotion is poured out in the choruses; an outpouring that illustrates just how much of himself Sterk has put in to this project. Sterk says that this track is the answer to all of the songs on the EP. A listen to the rest of the tracks proves his point.

The punk rock influenced “Deanna” is sure to get the listener out of their chair. In this high-energy gem, Sterk paints a picture of how God-less our society has become. Sterk’s plea of “take it all away,” delivered amongst the crash of cymbals and driving guitars, is a message that’s prevalent throughout the entire EP.

Don’t let the laid back introduction to the next track fool you, as the middle of the EP is jolted forward by the hard-hitting, aptly titled “Forward.” With its confessional chorus (“I have a lot to say, a lot to lose, remained silent to protect my views”) and emotional delivery, “Forward” is sure to be a fan favorite.

The EP closes with the tracks “Under the Table” and “This is Everything”. “Table” is an upbeat, foot-tapper that tackles the non-upbeat issues of anxiety and privacy. Sterk sings “If we just put it all on the table, maybe we could be much more;” a sentiment that most people can relate to, but have trouble putting into action.

With the backdrop of a catchy bass line, “Everything” follows the lives of two individuals that need God’s guidance in order to turn their lives around. The last line does a good job in summing up both the song and the EP: “I need your change, I need it so.”

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released June 12, 2009

Produced, Engineered, and Mixed by Sam Sterk

Drums on "Wash Away" engineered by Matt Brisolara and Sam Sterk

Mastered by Jimmy Jernigan

Drum editing by Brady Barnett (of Sound Mind Productions) and John Potts

Recorded in various basements and churches in Wisconsin and Tennessee

Mixed in Sam’s basement

Drums on “Wash Away” were played by Ian Dunham. Drums on “Deanna” were played by Bill Kopf. Drums on “Forward”, “Under the Table” and “This is Everything” were played by Aaron Swaagman.

Bass Guitar played by Aaron Swaagman.

All other instruments and vocals performed by Sam Sterk.

Original artwork by Bill Kopf

Layout and design by Mike Gorter

Special Thanks: My beautiful wife Brette for pushing me to complete this, Aaron Swaagman, Abby Swaagman, Sir W illiam Kopf, Ian Dunham,
Mike Gorter, Jimmy Jernigan, Matt Brisolara, Mom and Dad, Jordan Sterk, Ben Sterk, Nate Van Ee, Justin Douglas, Aaron’s ’67 Fender Bassman and his
Blue Collar Overdrive.

© 2009 by Sam Sterk. All Rights Reserved.

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Track Name: Wash Away
When I look at your world
I see a beautiful place
and I wonder if I could ever go
and touch the beautiful face
but it rips inside of me
to see you throw it away
and it bakes inside of me...
wash away, wash away

Let the waters come and
wash away
create in me a pure heart
Let the waters come and
wash away
create in me a clean heart

This stain on my hand
I cannot wash away
and no matter how hard I scrub
it always seems to stay
and it rips inside of me
to see me throw it away
and it bakes inside of me...
wash away, wash away

Let the waters come and
wash away
create in me a pure heart
Let the waters come and
wash away
create in me a clean heart
Track Name: Deanna
Feed it
Feed the lion, it cares for you

Build it
Build it higher, it will not fall

What do you say, Deanna
I'm about as wrong as you
Well we got nowhere to go
And we got nothing to show for this
Lookin' for a better way to find it

Take it
take it with you, you can not lose

Break it
break it down man, break it all away

What do you say, Deanna
I'm about as wrong as you
Well we got nowhere to go
And we got nothing to show for this
Lookin' for a better way to find it

Take it all away, take this all away, take it all today
Take it all away, take this all away, take it all today

What do you say, Deanna
I'm about as wrong as you
Well we got nowhere to go
And we got nothing to show for this
Lookin' for a better way to find it
Track Name: Forward
there's a lot of life to live
with so much left to give
but there's something deep within
been shown now, been shown now
have a heart that wants to live
a head refused to give
a message burned with in
that I know now, I know now

I have a lot to say
a lot to lose
remained silent to
protect my views
don't want to give me up
lose my name
if I had any name to give

There's too much
inside this head
that wants to speak
wants to live
can't give this up
lose my place
If I had any place to give

There is a path picked out for me
Will I take or choose to flee
The conscience deep within
don't give up now, give up now
I've said all I need to say
to make it through the day
take that message deep within
that I know now, I know

I have a lot to say
a lot to lose
remained silent to
protect my views
don't want to give me up
lose my name
if I have any name to give

There's too much in
this head I have that
wants to speak
wants to live
can't give this up
lose my place
if I have any place to give

Hard to say, in the way now
move through this, show us bliss
Track Name: Table
Our safety lies, under the table
it's where we find comfort
we hide, we're stable
Like to give, much more than we're able
but we get confused by
what they say, on cable

It's one in the same
we're lost without a name
think something that we can't explain
numb to the pain
we detest the plain
what's left for us to gain?

This hi-rise, never seemed stable
It tips with the weight of
our pride, like a fable
If we just put it all on the table
maybe we could be
much more, it can't be fatal

It's one in the same
we're lost without a name
think something that we can't explain
numb to the pain
we detest the plain
what's left for us to gain?
Track Name: This is Everything
hangin' around, downtown
Got enough money just to keep me around

Another day, another way
to lose out, to give in

I'm finding out, what earths about
lookin' in all the wrong places

search here, look there
to find it, then lose out

take the time, sit and stare
rust dissolve, how will I fare?

This is everything
This is all I have to give
Take it all away
cause your the only one who can

inhaling the flame that singes my sole
that'll be the last I'll ever take

breathe in, breathe out
take in, and lose out

The day will come, when I figure it out
Until then I'll just this out

fade in, fade out
take in, take out

Take the time, sit and stare
rust dissolve, how will I fare?

This is everything, This is all I have to give
take it all away, cause you're the only who can

As I sit and hear your "truth"
I can't bare to find the fruit
I can't take this anymore
I need some change, I need control
If I could I know I would
I would bend the line for you
I'd give it one more try
I need your change I need it so...