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Make It Sweat

by King Garbage

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Zach Cooper and Vic Dimotsis return as King Garbage with their debut album, Make It Sweat. Following their 2013 debut on our Bangers & Ash 12” series (BASH003) and solo releases in 2016 - Cooper’s reflective, harrowing The Sentence (SUS011) and DiMotsis’ blistering, soulful beat tape, Mine Eyes Dazzle (SUS017) - the duo double down on soul and funk traditions to share new ways of communicating soul across eight rippers to the dome.

Make It Sweat follows the sunny and smoked rhythm and blues mode of BASH003 with a greater glow (mix care of Rachel Alina, Styles’ ace in the hole, get to know) and peerless compositional prowess. Check the wandering, hallucinatory desert dirge “Devil”, the Sufjan peaks and troughs of a castaway’s song, “Sharks”, or the lover's inebriated lament for one last jam before heading home, “Lost In The Sauce”.

Imagining the rhythm sections of Pino Palladino and Questlove amongst the vocals of Beth Gibbons or Sam Cooke will put you in the right headspace for King Garbage. Vic and Zach melt influence and experience with sheer joy, good humor and hearts full of friendship to burnish gems of dusted pop. Vic’s vocals interplay with Zach’s guitars like a spell on “Merry Go Round”, their respective contributions bending under and over each other with endearing coordination. “Forbidden Lovers”, an ode to a friend who stays home with records instead of DJing out, ups the funky ante to the record’s catchiest heights. The flexibility on display is maddening - from croon to four-top harmonization, from breaks full of grit to heavenly horn sections, Vic and Zach push themselves into new territory with each track, grinning and improvising their way from one corner of the country to the next.

Make It Sweat refers to Vic and Zach’s personal manifesto to “smile in the face of looming obstacles.” A turn of phrase called out by either friend to encourage the other to play up, crank it, and go big - words of encouragement when the pressure is on and the spotlight shines its hottest. The title might taste of vice, but the sentiment couldn’t be further placed. After twelve years of friendship and collaboration, the duo have learned to lean on each other and encourage forward motion no matter the outcome. “Make it sweat” is their rallying cry, a playful and in-the-moment call to arms.

Styles have had the pleasure to grow with these two friends over the years. Though both have left the city for greener pastures in Asheville and Black Mountain, NC, they remain integral to our NY experience. Zach’s smile greeted us upon landing back in the city when Styles' was only just beginning, leading us down some life-changing sonic roads to eye-opening discoveries; Vic’s vocals on BASH003 changed our perspective on the range of music Styles should support. It is our distinct honor to share a snapshot of King Garbage’s vibe, one already called upon to support the greats - Ghostface, Raekwon, and Talib Kweli, to name a few - at their North Carolina stops.

King Garbage are the new crop of American soul players, the Muscle Shoals Swampers of the file-sharing generation. Zach Cooper and Vic Dimotsis compose freewheeling and heartbreakingly endearing soul, embracing the roots of American music with Cheshire grins and a sound that's all their own.

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released September 22, 2017

All music written, recorded and produced by Zach Cooper and Victor Dimotsis.
Mixed and mastered by Rachel Alina.
Design by Allison Fawcett and Vic DiMotsis.
Photos by Allison Fawcett.

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Track Name: Lost In The Sauce
luck be a lady gone at dawn
luck be my baby who's moving on
meanwhile back at the ranch

lost in the sauce where my mind feels nothing better
words come at a loss cause I cant see nothing better
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Oh girl I got it figured its the best thing that happened to me
leaving early in the dark I can start early
just a taste one bottle then I can swim
a lung of rum and the other D One Mo Gin
Tales of dark are deep as its wide
phones don't work arms are getting tired
things are leaning to the left give a hard right
swimming hard battle demons in the dark tonight

lost in the sauce where my mind feels nothing better
words come at a loss cause I cant see nothing better
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What a drink what a taste what a wonderful day
I think I'll bring a bottle home
nemesis to friend and back again
fresh minty breathe again and again and again and again
meanwhile back at the ranch
Track Name: Merry Go Round
Way too fast and way too much fun
baby get my heart off of your merry go round
No rules need apply
just one ticket shy of getting that prize you like
this party is getting busted
leaving my drinks in the fridge I'm ready to climb out the window
but It's cold baby outside
lets talk about this when I stay the night
one more time Im ready again
baby get my heart off of your merry go round

Make me smile and dizzy my mind
All the palms are on the buttons as we spin through time
arms extending souls are mending
a spiritual doctor its good to see you again
one more round one more spin
a pill popping hottie cant escape these streets
so we climb way up high
where the green from the ground mix with the blue in the sky
arms extending souls are mending
baby get my heart up on your merry go round
Track Name: Runaway
how much longer can the soul of a sorry be
I spew mostly bullshit
why wont you listen to me
its cool baby to the runaway
beauty really make you stay
singing about your memories of a day when you

turn it round and over
why aren't you looking at me
your eyes look a little wily now dear
got some otherwheres you got to be

its cool baby bout the runaway
stop where beauty make you stay
trying to find your way
singing how much longer
why wont you listen to me
I'm spewing all this fancy bullshit

ponder in the sunshine
find yourself in the wood
burn it on the both sides
you see the center then you wish that you could
fly a little close to the sun
sure gets hot in the kitchen hon
get out while the gettings good
cause if you don't sure make you wish that you would

how much longer can the soul of a sorry be
I spew mostly bullshit
why wont you listen to me
its cool baby to the runaway
beauty really make you stay

fly a little close to the sun
sure gets hot in the kitchen hon
get out while the gettings good
cause if you don't sure make you wish that you (would runaway)
Track Name: Island
on your island secluded baby
kind of like a place where you belong
driving circles on your darkened highway
comfy in a place that you call home

Well god damn lord made you sexy when youre broken hearted
way you look around make me weak in the knees
stare at the sky lord I know I need you
and maybe you could need me too
and maybe you could need me too

(indiscernible)

Get you off of your long lost island
your eyes deluded lately I bet you miss the sun
driving circles on your darkened highway
take you to the island where you belong
where you belong

Well god damn lord made you sexy when youre broken hearted
way you look around make me weak in the knees
stare at the sky lord I know I need you
and maybe you could need me too
and maybe you could need me too

on your island secluded baby
and maybe you could need me too
kind of like a place where you belong
and maybe you could need me too
driving circles on your overgrown highway
and maybe you could need me too
comfy in a place that you call home
and maybe you could need me too
Track Name: Sharks
Cause in the middle of the night
everybody plays a shark sometimes
swim around the docks
where they load the (broken hearts)
you do it sometimes
(Repeat)
Track Name: One Trick Pony
One trick pony love-
Love be a little locket
and you use it how you like
love be your little pocket
you slip me in there when it's right

cigarette trees bear addictive leaves and all your hopes smell of broken dreams
love be a little locket
and you use it all the time
love be your little pocket
and how you keep your pockets tight

you do one thing right baby
with your one trick pony love
wrapped up in the sugar and the spice lady
with your one trick pony love

One trick pony love
got me sick as the bug and all you know how to do is
love sick as the bug and all you know how to doo doo
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you do one thing right baby
with your one trick pony love
wrapped up in the sugar and the spice lady
with your one trick pony love

Make it sweat

Cant get enough of those changes
Track Name: Devil
God damn lord made you sexy when you're broken hearted
way you look around you make me weak in the knees
staring at the sky lord I know I need you
and maybe you could need me too

a dish best served over table wine
stay a while my little child and tell me what ails you
problems convoluted same as it ever was
slow down my little child or the devil will hear you speak

meanwhile back at the ranch

Who are you
Track Name: Forbidden Lovers
On a bright and sunny day
I stay inside
got a drop that's bonafide
that you'd bump in your ride

and when I drop the beat
oh you're gonna move your feet
you're gonna lose control
but I'ma stay at home

crankin up the grammaphone
shutting all the blinds
hoping that noone tries to understand
all the things that I find
youre gonna change your mind
make you wanna bump and grind
but you dont have to know
I aint at the show

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