Hyenas

by Joel Magid

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On Hyenas, Joel Magid pays homage to 1960’s rock’n’roll while creating a wholly original, compelling sound. This album gets under your skin.

Hyenas takes the listener through an odyssey of different music styles—from the rock’n’roll sound of “Let Go,” to the lonely evocation of the dusty Wild West in “One of the West”, to the drunken punk rock singalong of “Hollow”. Consistent throughout is Magid’s mastery of his lo-fi 1960’s sound, his playful inclusion of a range of instruments, and his smart lyrics.

Besides the guitars, bass, and drums, a variety of instruments come into play in Hyenas, including an organ, a piano played in classical (and sophisticated) style, a variety of percussive instruments, and who doesn't need a vibra-slap now and then? Each instrument complements the song, whether the resulting sound is mournful, dissonant, or raucous. Magid’s lyrics play just as key a role. There are no sloppy rhymes or thoughtless departures into narcissism here; he uses words carefully and effectively, often with cynical undertones, like in the introductory lines of “Agony Divine,” when Magid sings:

“When I woke up early this morning, I was not convinced I was here

I dragged my body in to the bathroom, but couldn’t see me in the mirror

I saw a world disappearing, with millions who just do not care

As if you could live your whole life and simply pretend you’re not here.”

Throughout Hyenas, Magid juxtaposes dark lyrics with driving melodies. Take, for example, the song “Snakes, I Love You,” which opens with the ominous lyrics: “So much for anything that’s sane/Left with the drama and the blame/Miss you and I’m sure you feel the same/But how long, how long/Did you feel the shame.” And yet, when the song reaches its climax, as Magid hisses “You sound just like a snake, it’s music to my ears” over an utterly danceable beat. Every listener will find some difficultly not moving along to the hypnotic rhythm.

Magid clearly draws influence from 1960’s rock’n’roll, especially The Sonics, The Zombies, and The Kinks. And he shares qualities with contemporaries like The Growlers, Strange Boys, Black Lips, Ty Segall, Harlem, and Jacuzzi Boys. But his voice is unique, and his style undeniably his own.

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released June 22, 2014

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Joel Magid Portland, Oregon

Joel Magid's new album Hyenas is an absorbing collection of psych-pop and homegrown melody, with echoes of the phantasmagoric '60s, and a slice of punk-rock DIY-ness for good measure. "Snakes, I Love You" is one of the album's more upbeat numbers, a grimy but catchy slice of basement-prom pop. It's one of Hyenas' many highlights. -Ned Lannamann
Portland Mercury
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Track Name: Let go
Let Go
There is a sun that I know
Made complete out of diamonds
Out there it’s pretty scary
Pretty scary, all of the time
Give me, give me, give me your hand
Don’t cut it off to make a cheap stand
I’ll tell you straight, if you left me
Our egos would be set free
They don’t ever want you to…

Let go, there’s life to get hung on
On your mind, that’s no crime
Well out there it’s pretty scary
Pretty scary all of the time
There will always be another tomorrow
Even when you’re gone
I can only help you to…
Track Name: the most terrible mountains.
The most terrible mountains.
Don’t cry, your terrible mountains, will be alright
Dark sides, we all have to weather, even if we’re together
And even if you haven’t gotten far
I am still so proud of what you are
I wouldn’t harm, I wouldn’t harm you
I wouldn’t farm, I wouldn’t farm you
If you, say whenever you’re lonely
Depend on me only
And even if you haven’t gotten far
I am still so proud of what you are
Track Name: One of the west
One of the west
I’m the one of the west
Where the sunshine is the best
But there’s something I have on my chest
Oh, no. Oh, no.
I’m the one of the west
Where the gold’s in the flesh
I’m the one with the blood on my chest
Oh, no. Oh, no, no.
I’m the one of the west
Where the old are laid to rest
I’m such a big part of this mess
Oh, no. Oh, yes, yes
Track Name: A little girl laughed
A little girl laughed
I watch the wine
Drain from the glass
See you tomorrow my,
Terrible past
Threw up on my chest & a
Little girl laughed
Cleaned up the mess but I’m
Lovesick like a child
I’d get sick again if you won’t
Hang here for a while
If you agree with me think of the things
We can defile
I have a good time, with you, I do
Just to be free we
Both bear our teeth
Outside we play so happy
Outlasting our stay
Together at last we
Tear at each other like rats
I have a good time, with you, I do
Track Name: Agony Divine
Agony Divine

When I woke up early this morning, I was not convinced I was here
I dragged my body in to the bathroom, but couldn’t see me in the mirror
I saw a world disappearing, with millions who just do not care
As if you could live your whole life and simply, pretend you’re not here
Agony divine
It happens all the time
Gimmie, gimmie, gimmie your badly rejected
And we can dance for we all belong
Never need to be accepted
We know that boats long gone
I held up my hands in forgiveness, nude bodies lie cold on the floor
Death does have wings and they’re horrible things
That flutter outside of the door
Agony divine
It happens all the time
Track Name: Mother
Instrumental
Track Name: If it didn't matter...
If it didn’t matter
If it didn’t matter anyhow, then I’d run off with you
Nothing would cost anything, I’d push off with you too
All our clothes would be stripped blank
We’d sail the sea until we sank
I really can’t be much more frank
If I didn’t have this gun my girl, would you still be loving me?
Would you sneak out here silently, when I fall asleep
Would you go and tell the world of me
Sail in to the sunken sea
Drink it up till you are free, if that is what you want to be
You are free
If it didn’t matter anyhow
I would be with you
If it didn’t matter anyhow
Would you choose me?
Track Name: Snakes, I love you
Snakes, I love you

So much, for anything that’s sane
Left with, the drama and the blame
Miss you and I’m sure you feel the same
But how long, how long
Did you feel the… shame
I think of you, it’s all that I do
I see you dancing but I
See you crying too
I still dwell upon
What you put me through
But I love you madly
You know I do
Everyday we have to please, please
Do you remember when
We used to… freeze
Sometimes, you sound just like a snake
You slither and you shake
You sound just like a snake
It’s music to my ears
Meat off the bone, I
Always want you near
You voice is a song
Even when you’re wrong
You, music to my ears
Track Name: Hollow
Hollow
Had a stormy day- drink a bottle of wine
Turned in to your night- drink a bottle of wine
The rain won’t go away- drink a bottle of wine
They’re whispering, “fools”, say it can’t last
Say you can’t drink your problems to the past
Hollow
Hey, hey, where you going?
Hey, hey, where you been?
Out with somebody new and now look at the trouble you’re in
You went out to find a good ol’ time
Got drunk but you, weren’t alone
You remembered those little numbers
And picked up the telephone
Hollow
I don’t know why I hadn’t shown; inside figured you’d known
You’re not a bit of waste for you I’d give my place
Lover, come in for the winter’s hard; the earth is a graveyard
And even as a ruined mourner, I’d still be in your corner
You went out to find a good ol’ time
Got drunk but you weren’t alone
You remembered those little numbers
And picked up the telephone
Hollow
Track Name: Hear us scream
Hear us scream
To swing in the park, naked in the square
The water’s cool, which we all share
The drugs are a light, taken at night
Sleep so well but wake up hungry
But I know a place that loves to hear us scream
Your eyes are wet, with laughter and sweat
Some days I don’t know why we’re laughing
We play where we’re made, join in the parade
Not good enough is not an issue
But I know a place that loves to hear us scream
No one craves attention here, we’re all favored the same
Except for one we never mention and that’ll never change
And it won’t go away, it’s the price that we pay
For the happiness we’re feeling
In a dark little shack, a little blood for the pack
Is how we keep on living
But is it really fair?
I know a place that loves to hear us scream
Track Name: Dead Rabbits
Dead Rabbits
Not so long ago, we showed up small
Hoping to grow
Like two rabbits in the road, just staring
You never know
What some lights show
You will hear such nonsense each day
But check all the facts please
Of what others say
For we lose most friends on the way
Misunderstandings are hard things to pay
every time
Amelia you can, laugh it off
Amelia you can, laugh it off
And when you do, so will I too
For what else would we do?
Four little legs grow cold, ignored all the caution
Of what they’d been told
And now to never grow old
Just like dead rabbits
You never know, until it’s too late
Amelia you can, laugh it off
Amelia you can, laugh it off
Oh, to do what we do
We’ve got deal (smile)
With what we go through
So what, you had a bad day
But all in all, you’ll be okay
Thankfully true
I am with you
For what else would we do
But laugh it off