In the Beginning

by Swellshark

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swellshark’s debut album, in the beginning, plays out like a slim volume of short stories delivered straight from the minds of bandmates shélan o’keefe and henry kellam. with topics ranging from existential musings to disloyal henchmen, the songs weave an honest emotional landscape, while simultaneously drawing in threads of the fantastical. the duo blends intimate lyrics, kinetic melodies, and highly textural rhythms that evoke a series of delightful sonic paradoxes: simple but intricate, dreamy yet defiant, calm while electrifying.

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released May 12, 2017

shélan o’keefe - vocals // ukulele // trumpet (sort of)
henry kellam - drums // bass // percussion // guitar // harmonica
mána taylor hjörleifsdóttir - rap (“corridors”)
snow ellet - electric guitar ("whiskey between") // bells ("cranes")

all songs written by swellshark (shélan o’keefe + henry kellam)
mixed + mastered by snow ellet
recorded in chicago at the pocket by snow ellet
and at treefort studios by henry kellam

cover design by henry kellam
swellshark illustrations by russ white • russ-white.com
font by ieva mežule • ievamezule.com

with love and thanks to:
christina, ted, hannah, emily,
cassandra, xenia, mccormick,
louise, mána, joe fry, ryan, and john

copyright swellshark • 2017 • www.swellsharkband.com

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An electric ukulele-shredding, beatbox-looping, and occasionally harmonica-wielding band, formed by Henry Kellam + Shélan O'Keefe.

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Track Name: Numb + Insensible
i'm tired of feeling nothing
yet feeling alone
i'm tired of hearing i'm smart
yet feeling so dumb

but i'm numb
and insensible
not that invincible
watching my vocabulary
spill out on the pavement
watching my face change
into a person i don't know
i feel i'm being wasted
my soul copied and repasted
onto something much more bitter
and that cannot let things go

i'm tired of hearing nothing
yet feeling alone
i'm tired of hearing i'm smart
yet feeling so so dumb
so dumb

'cause i'm numb
and insensible
not that invincible
watching my face change
into a person i don't know
i feel i'm being wasted
my soul copied and repasted
onto something much more bitter
and that cannot let things go

no more faces
in wrong places
the waiting and the wishing
for the thing that's gonna help you through

i think it's time

i think it's time
Track Name: Glaciers
glaciers are popping and cracking
my ribs and my fingers and throat
you've hurt me but i miss you so badly
i want to be sure that you know

glaciers are popping and cracking
my ribs and my fingers and throat
you've hurt me but i miss you so badly
i want to be sure that you know

watching your face
appear beside mine
in the mirror
wearing your shirt
and having you
gently draw me nearer
oh no

i feel
like i'm riding on a bus
with only polar bears
the driver
passes my
stop

i feel
like i'm riding on a bus
with only polar bears
the driver
passes my
stop

you kissed my nose and named it Francois
got to hold parts of me no one else saw
i like you but
we can't be together
'cause we sailed into a storm
that i just can't weather
just can't weather

i want you to know
i miss you so badly
i want you to know

glaciers are popping and cracking
my ribs and my fingers and throat
you've hurt me but i miss you so badly
i want to be sure that you know

glaciers are popping and cracking
my ribs and my fingers and throat
you've hurt me but i miss you so badly
i want to be sure that you know
Track Name: Supervillain Breakup Song
this
is the last time
you will know
of my whereabouts

because you
you can't stay here anymore
you
you can't say no anymore

oh i sold
the piranhas
i pawned
all the bombs
i fed all the documents
to our
six-headed dog

because you
you can't stay here anymore
you
you can't say no anymore

it was good
and now it's not
you broke my favorite robot
oh you didn't show up
with the getaway car
you were too busy drinking at the
supervillain bar

oh you can't stay here anymore
you can't say no anymore
you can't stay here anymore
you can't say no anymore
you can't stay here anymore
you can't say no
anymore