Mystery Head

by Salvadore Ross

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Mystery Head was recorded at both; the BHA building in Dayton, OH, and the home of Tim Pritchard. These songs were six years in the making, some of which were originally intended by Kyle Byrum for inclusion in the follow up to The White Soots eponymous debut, but circumstances changed. After the formation of Salvadore Ross in 2012 when Kyle Byrum and Kyle Sweney began rehearsing in an attempt to form a new, softer but more psychedelic sound, The White Soots went on a temporary hiatus. This hiatus was tragically made permanent with the sudden death of White Soots bassist Karl Benge, to whom this album is dedicated. Our long-time friend Tim Pritchard has generously volunteered his time and energy for the production of this album, serving as a monumental force during the entire recording process. The result is a heavy hitting, song-centered yet spacey record, retaining the force and power of The White Soots, with the added benefit of strategic restraints when appropriate. We hope you enjoy the new material.

Special thanks to: Our families, Keri, Laura, Kristine, Tim Pritchard, The Motel Beds, Tom Salvatierra, Dan Stahl, Shrug, Josh Gwin, Art Jipson, Mick Montgomery, Brandon Hawk, Jennifer Taylor, Jeff Opt, Patrick Himes, The Boxcar Suite, The McKibben Brothers, Chris Wright, Shelly Hulce, Richard Brown, Grover, Jeff Newell, Aaron Klauber, David Payne, Cricketbows, Brock Caldwell, Eric Ditmer, Tom Rastikis, M. Ross Perkins, Gretchen Reise Kelly and Josh Eagle.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF KARL ANTHONY BENGE.

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released February 14, 2017

Produced by Kyle Byrum and Tim Pritchard
Engineered and Mixed by Tim Pritchard
Mastered by Andrew Hamilton at Serif Sound
Written by Kyle Byrum
Kyle Byrum: vocals, guitars, percussion, background vocals
Kyle Sweney: drums
Mike McKewen: bass
Tim Pritchard: pedal steel, keys, background vocals
Tom Salvatierra: combo organ
Dan Stahl: percussion
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Salvadore Ross is a fuzz-inspired, psychedelic rock and roll band from Dayton, OH. Equal parts space rock, heavy greasy riffs and 1960s style songwriting.

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Track Name: Edacity
You can put your money in the ground
nothing's gonna grow.
Inside decent walls I never rhyme
they try to blow my mind.
You won't understand, I keep it hidden
Mostly inside out I feel alright
always doing fine.
You can fill your belly full of whine
nothing satisfies.
As we waste away, I see you grinning
Someday very soon, you'll regret this.
Track Name: Black Cat
There's a creature growing inside me
Originated from the deep sea
And so it started, in my right arm
It's spreading daily, through my veins and heart

I hear laughing, suddenly at night
When my mind's the weakest
No one can help my mind
Immure myself in the basement quarters
I stack bricks all around, seal it in with mortar

She's the one, she's the one and there's nobody else
She's the one, she's the one, I'll take for myself
She's the one, she's the one, she's the only one

I feel the tearing, through my paper skin
Plastic wrap and duct tape, I can't hold it in
Can't find master, nowhere to be found
Oh I pray to God, someone stop that awful sound
Track Name: If We All Fall Down
What can I do to change your mind?
You miss the old you never saw with your eyes
History has led ten million men to all die
Why would I ever want to know what it's like

If we all fall down we'll have no one to help us to our feet
If we all fall down don't make a sound they'll kill us where we sleep

Growing weary explaining myself to your tribe
It's the same thing every year, don't know why
Let it all out the secret speech in your mind
If you don't stop I'm gonna choke you slowly 'til you die
Track Name: Broken Bones
You said you gave it all back but I know you're a liar
I have done things gone above and beyond for your sake
When will I know, how will I find
Outside your head, inside your mind
It makes no difference to me

Searching through open fields trying so hard to replace you
Patiently waiting each day to kill off your persona
You try to steal what I create
Now it's for real you're a little too late
It makes no difference to me

I have broken bones

You took the hammer to my fragile skull and you broke it
Hospital said I should probably be dead but I'm walking
Now I see you, in perfect view
I try to decide but nothing is new
It makes no difference to me
Track Name: Help Me Up
Help me up I promise to do my best to never let you down
I don't want to live a wasted life, all I want is to stay alive
When I saw you coming across my path
Oh I said it's gonna be alright

Help me up, off the ground
Lord I never thought I'd fall so low
Oh off the ground, oh I never thought I'd fall so low

Please believe me when I say it's true all I have I'll give to you
I just want to live a simple life, hold you dearly every night
Even though they say I'm nothing at all
I'll be here when they're long gone

Help me up I promise to do my best to never let you down
I don't want to live a wasted life all I want is to stay alive
Track Name: Thief
Took another step in the wrong way

Should've been careful I don't believe
That no one sees what's good in me
Circling backwards upside downtown
Little bit of power put a spell on me
Couldn't believe I waited so long
Standing in line just to wake my mind
When you gonna see it next time no luck
Could've been fallout but you saved a buck

It's not my time yet it's not my time
Don't wanna be no kind of stepping stone
All you ever wanted someone to fix you
Hats off to you man you tricked yourself
Going through the coat rack see what you find
Someone's love it's mine all mine
Brother you've been worried about our lives
Never had a vision of your own but that's alright

Nobody cares what they see
As long as they don't get too close
You're just a thief, just a thief
All that's inside is misery
You have taken what should have been ours
Track Name: Settle Down
It's the time, gonna change her mind
But she don't know how to settle down at night
And it grows, until it won't die out
That's when we decide to take those pills

And I know my time is slipping by
I don't care I never changed my mind

With a voice cutting like the sun
A judge did say I found the guilty one
Too much time alone where we shouldn't be
We wonder why our names don't last that long

Say you know where my mind has been
But love will always win

I've been tried, torn, traded for nothing I've done
By those I've loved and I will see this out
Track Name: Escape & Shine
Well your way is weary and your eyes are meek
Your spirit is shifting as you softly speak
I know I've seen you in the place where you hide
Someday soon we'll escape and shine

Well your present state has seen better times
We see your bareness and it brings a smile
Remember when you cut, you cut out our eyes
We have been cursed now we're lifted on high

There's something wrong when you come inside
Your wicked demeanor sends senses awry
Can you not feel it in the clothes that you wear
The site of your shadow is so much to bear
Track Name: Whiskey Song
It's today and my hands are swollen
Yesterday my hands were broken
Tomorrow comes I hope they're healing
Gonna drink, whiskey down

Very soon they say it happens
Two thousand years, they say it's time now
Tomorrow comes I hope I'm going
Gonna drink, whiskey, lord

She said I'm bound to fall
I said I know, don't care at all
No one knows the truth
They say he selected few of us
Selected few of us

Late at night they come up creeping
I heard it right you gonna leave us
All alone it's my greatest fear
I'm asking you one last time

Heard a boom and I found there's nothing
Empty rooms I can't find no one
They've gone away, I find I'm alone
Gonna drink, whiskey alone
Track Name: The Insiders
At night time I grow so cold
So tired I feel so old
In the garden I want a rested soul
But no solution is on the telephone

When you find a peace that shines
This afternoon's science falls way behind
Spoon feed doctrine to the fearful kind
Insiders in the cider, insider her mind again

Can't find what you wanted
Go out and hunt it
Sold out, confronted
Wrong side you shun it

I can't think with all this sound
In a city of dirt ground brown
There's a spirit that's bringing me down
I won't allow it now, can't take my time no more

Let's toast to the man with the greatest hand
Give praise to the inventors of our circumstance
Don't care how blind you're like a TV stand
Insiders in the cider, inside her glands again