Pale Cicada, the 3rd Makeunder release, is available now.

A collection of songs about suburbia, death, memory, and not having a lot of money.

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Pale CicadaIn Between My Dead-End JobsRinging ChordBegin in the MiddlePromethean HeatAnother RuseThere's Something that's Moving in MeI'm Still Living WronglyAin't That a Trip?

Pale Cicada Credits

  • Produced by Hamilton Ulmer
  • Lyrics by Hamilton Ulmer
  • Tracking by Ian Pellicci
  • Tracking07 by Carlos Arredondo
  • Production04 by Nathaniel Brenner
  • Lead Vocal Production02,04,05 by Douglas Showalter
  • Mixed by Nick Lobel
  • Mastered by Dale Becker
  • Released on Good Eye Records
  • Cover by Gabriel Schama
  • 01 – Pale Cicada
  • 02 – In Between My Dead-End Jobs
  • 03 – Ringing Chord
  • 04 – Begin in the Middle
  • 05 – Promethean Heat
  • 06 – Another Ruse
  • 07 – There's Something That's Moving in Me
  • 08 – I'm Still Living Wrongly
  • 09 – Ain't That a Trip?
  • Hamilton Ulmer – vocals, guitars, synths, percussion
  • John Doing – drums
  • Matt Schory – drums
  • Scott Padden – bass
  • Nathaniel Brenner – production, bass
  • Mario Godoy – saxophones
  • Carolyn Walter – saxophones
  • Sarah Bonomo – clarinets
  • Sasha Launer – flutes
  • Jeff Anderle – clarinets
  • Ross Eustis – trumpet
  • Danny Lubin-Laden – trombone
  • Cassandra Bequary – violin
  • Tatiana Trono – viola
  • Charly Akert – cello
	                

01Pale Cicada

V1I wanna drift away from this brutal town let it sink into the ground with no story to tell a dying thunder in the darkness rattling in its mouth

These days I'm living in a run-down plaster home where I witness the years peeling off one by one - The pale cicada in the autumn singing all alone

I know that I can't help myself How do I live with this sadness?

Give me something real

CH1I can't help myself from feeling down When I know what I'm predisposed to Don't tell me who I am

I can't help but make you the effect of my cause Oh yes I wish I could believe I was someone that I never was And will never be

V2What is that shadow need that's telling you to say That you claim my spirit but you never did relate? Telling me I'm a dying thunder in a wreck-yard chest Driving over the tracks, clapping hands with the Dead

singing I know that I can't help myself How do I live with this sadness?

Yeah give me something real Before I sink into the ground with no story to tell

CH2I can't help myself from feeling down When I know what I'm predisposed to Don't tell me who I am

I can't help but make you the effect of my cause Oh yes I wish I could believe I was someone that I never was

BRMaybe I'll always be The pale cicada, Singing alone in this rough trash city

CODAI know that I can't help myself How do I live With this sadness?

Give me something real Before I sink into the ground with no story to tell

	                

02In Between My Dead-End Jobs

V1Snap out of the dream-like fix When I run to punch the ticket That's when I start my second shift

Step with me on the warehouse floor I can barely make the rate When I move across these packages

CH1In between my dead-end jobs What do I do If I lose every reason And I can't make it through

V2I'll paint you another picture Put on a part-time retail skin That's how I start my first shift

Step with me behind the counter Boss berates me every day When I serve a million endless faces

See, my eyes are glazing over as my focus sits on the truth The world spins indifferently I can't get a break for nothing It costs an arm and a leg So I spend the youth that's left in me

CH2In between my dead-end jobs What do I do If I lose every reason And I can't make it through

In between my dead-end jobs Where do I go If I'm stranded, broke and hopeless My future illegible With so much to lose

V3Now I hold on for a distraction Keep my breath above the water Forget the nature of the question

Now I hold on for a distraction scraping one paycheck ahead Of the three stamp claps of a dispossesion

I hold on for a distraction But I know it just don't matter Can't seem to climb up on the latter

You tell me we'll be all right You believe it Well, we wain't got another plan So snap out of the fix and wait for the sun to come up and do it again

CH3In between my dead-end jobs What do I do If I lose every reason And I can't make it through

In between my dead-end jobs Where do I go If I'm stranded, broke and hopeless My future illegible With so much to lose

	                

03Ringing Chord

V1You're a flash of light Against the monochrome And from the mouth you strike A ringing chord that I've been listening for

You whisper "yes, it's real" I touch your electric skin How do we live in this forever A lone verse apart from a ruined world That don't sing much anymore

V2Maybe I haven't found My people yet Ayahuasca in The desert with a stranger I just met

I take you to the river Get hitched D-I-Y Your mama cries "what a life!" And though your daddy don't approve In time, he'll see my follow through We'll dance the hora to the B-52s Yeah

CODAI wanna show you the mind What is real and what is not I tell you what I want Leave your afflictions at the door Don't matter what came before Forget your distant woes

I came alive at twenty-four And then at twenty-five I died again Well, that was long ago And now I'm old enough To see the difference Between withdrawal And survival Yeah

	                

04Begin in the Middle

V1Begin in the Middle Two-Thousand Eleven Long after you first saw your daddy communing with the dead He's a tongue-spitting fire, he's an old faded wreckage He never thought to pass on the message

CH1What do I have to hold onto? What do I have to hold onto? What do I have to hold onto? What do I have to hold on -

V2Let's begin in the middle of the progression These houses rise, they fall - "Crumbled, extended, removed, forgotten"

There's the open field where nothing's ever happened And the redwood grove where they spread his ashes

You never thought to ask him Now you look for an answer Begin in the middle You look in vain For a rumination Haunted by the pain

CH2What do I have to hold onto? What do I have to hold onto? What do I have to hold onto? What do I have to hold onto? What do I have to hold onto?

	                

05Promethean Heat

V1The memory gone The forest with the fire But I can still taste the sweat on the tongue After it all

O nameless bird in flight! Never settles on its feet A vision of another time and song After it all

Whisper into my ear Don't tell them 'bout the ember I will hold it in my head till it boils After it all

I need to make you understand Deliberate the point of the land I can still taste the sweat on the tongue After it all After it all

CH1You can never say these things to another soul you tell me "Tell no one" But I will never forget that day so I sing it softly to myself In my own way

V2Faint stars in your eyes Your hair smells like lavendar We're walking deeper through the understory After it all

Take off your disguise Celebrate Promethean Heat The sun setting on canopy edge After it ends

Lead me into your arms Lead me upon your lips I can still taste the sweat on the tongue After it all

Cry from the distance "NO" The ember flees the cavern of my mouth And sets flame to the hole of it all Whole of it all After it all

CH2You can never say these things to another soul you tell me "Tell no one" But I will never forget that day so I sing it softly to myself In my own way

	                

06Another Ruse

V1You shed your lovely golden skin And I stayed the whole of the summer span All alone thinking where do I begin? I rest my eyes and hope for another plan

V2I feel my red emotion begin to fade Tied up in a vernacular pain I've seen the dirt flood the streets and the tract homes erase I wanna give you the truth, wanna give it to you straight

CH1Before I run into another ruse Until I run into another ruse

V3It takes a fool to breath in the air It takes a fool to leave all that behind It takes a fair bit of cool to begin in the fall So take that despair and find me after it all

CH2Before I run into another ruse Until I run into another ruse Into another ruse Before I run into another ruse Into another ruse

CODANo - I can't run

	                

07There's Something That's Moving in Me

CH1There's something that's moving in me There's something that's moving in me There's something that's moving in me There is still something that's moving in me There is still something that's moving in me There's something that's moving in me There's something that's moving in me

V1Can we relive back when we were kids Walking through the neighborhood stoned Camped in the ditch behind the power grid Talking shit and laying low

Let's dump those fifths from your mama's liquor cabinet While she sleeps in her chair That summer it hit one hundred six And whiskey never fixed the central air

CH2There's something that's moving in me There's something that's moving in me There's something that's moving in me There is still something that's moving in me There is still something that's moving in me There's something that's moving in me There's something that's moving in me

V2Greek chorus declaiming on the pavement "Time to lose your woes!" You've got to give yourself some distance to figure it out Before you lose control

What you wouldn't give to relive that bruised Fist to your father's nose I bet you couldn't hit him hard enough to atone For all the years he stole

Will you spend forever paying down that heavy debt You never asked for? Can we pretend we're fifteen and forget the rest?

CH3There's something that's moving in me There's something that's moving in me There's something that's moving in me There is still something that's moving in me There is still something that's moving in me There's something that's moving in me There's something that's moving in me

	                

08I'm Still Living Wrongly

V1There's an overgrown garden that's claimed the yard A tangled mess of thorns that never let in a love song Dishes stacked in the sink, three months of clothes piled on the bed I can't get out of my head for a minute Lead me back to heaven -

V2I used to get on unattended In a trailer marooned on a roadless stretch of the north coast I never needed that much, just a roof in the right place When we save up enough and move back The struggle won't seem so bad They can never take that from us

CHDo you think that you could love me the way that I need? Would you settle on me if I'm still living wrongly? I'm still living wrongly In denial and withdrawal I am a broken road, run down by every lover, drifter and ghost

That's ever come along

I'm still living wrongly At least I know I know where I belong I know where I belong

V3There's an overgrown garden planted in the heart And a home painted ochre and blonde That I'll get around to fixing up, time permitting And when your hair turns to gray, I'll still love you The same as that first day We sat upon the front step, arm-in-arm Lead me back to heaven - I wanna stay lost I swear they'll never take this from us

	                

09Ain't That A Trip?

AAin't that a trip the way the existential story took a dive A new age hippy quaker looking for a place to hide What a gracious golden gift the world's lucky you're alive Yeah you look back you wonder what you missed Out on that trip. What did you miss?

BYou put some ochre on the palette when the painting's looking dry You're waking up defeated - how affecting was the lie? Syncopated hallelujah in a heathen's nine-to-five I'm looking back and wondered how I lived ... Maybe I never did -

Yeah Ain't that a trip? Oh yes, it's real!

BREverybody wants a permanent location At least a way to pay the rent A gentle soul who's on your wavelength Put a life back together again

CIn the third act when the aspartame becomes formaldehyde Before the vedic heat death claims the oceans and the skies Stay with me now stay forever - stay as long as you like You don't have to wonder how you lived Cause I know we'll be just fine

Ain't that a trip? Oh yes, it's real!