October

by Sci-Fi Romance

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October is indisputably the best month. For me, it means Fall beer, the World Series, pumpkin bread, and re-watching classic horror movies for the billionth time.

This year, while watching the first of a half-dozen horror movies, I had the completely indefensible idea to write songs inspired by each of the films, and then record those songs in the quickest, dirtiest way possible, which turned out to be on an old cassette recorder. It seemed appropriate, given the analogue, grainy, wonderfully textured nature of these old, immortal films. These, then, are lo-fi recordings of six songs inspired by classic horror movies, written and recorded in 10 days on a 20+ year-old analogue four-track dug out of a closet.

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released October 21, 2014

Written, performed, and produced by Vance Kotrla

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Sci-Fi Romance Los Angeles, California

Sci-Fi Romance is an independent folk band from Los Angeles that blends unique arrangements and a dark, percussive take on acoustic music into a sound that has been labeled "steamfolk." It began as the solo project of singer/songwriter Vance Kotrla.

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Track Name: The Fall of the House of Usher, 1960
Through twisted trees the wind blows cold
This crawling haze it fills my soul
And I’m looking down

Wicked blood through wicked veins
This blackened ground it knows my name
And I’m looking down

I say break, break, break
Break, break, break
Break, break, break

Born to be what I’ve become
Sins of fathers, sins of sons
The time is almost come

Sins beyond what can be saved
The walls have cracked beneath the weight
The time is almost come

And I say break, break, break
Break, break, break
O bury me beneath these stones
A fallen name in a fallen home
Break, break, break
Track Name: Dracula, 1931
It’s an old, old world
And a dead one, a dead one to me
They’re cold, cold nights
Laid out, laid out at my feet

O forever is not what it seemed
A collection of dry centuries
O lost to my wearisome fate
I’m the one thing that I can’t escape

It’s a strong, strong need
That burns, it burns in my chest
These long, long years
Since I, since I knew rest

O forever is not what it seemed
A collection of dry centuries
O lost to my wearisome fate
I’m the one thing that I can’t escape
Track Name: Ed Wood, 1994
I see visions
Nobody else can see
But I know the way
It makes people look at me

It’s a hard road
But I got friends and we believe
It’s a hard road
But why spend your life making someone else’s dreams?

I hear voices
Nobody else perceives
And I know the way
It leaves people whispering

It’s a hard road
A long and lonely slog
It’s a hard road
But why spend your life singing someone else’s songs?

I know reasons
Nobody else can guess
And I know the way
I’m different than the rest

It’s a hard road
Of rejections and betrayals
It’s a hard road
But why spend your life telling someone else’s tales?

A falling star is still a thing of beauty, and
All our scars simply tell our stories
To the next soul to lend an ear
To the next soul to lend an ear
Track Name: The Body Snatcher, 1945
A pound of flesh, warm or cold
Both are bought, both are sold
There’s dirt on my hands, I’ll say that’s true
But a poor man does what a poor man do

And the dead, the dead don’t mind and
The dead bring in some gold
So the dead are what I’ll find or…
…I’ll make my own

I’m a humble man you’d overlook
But a favor done, and you’re in my book
Just one thing, when that debt is paid
Is yours to guess, and mine to say

And the dead, the dead don’t mind and
The dead bring in some gold
So the dead are what I’ll find or…
…I’ll make my own

And the dead, the dead don’t mind and
The dead do what they’re told
So the dead are what I’ll find or…
…I’ll make my own
Track Name: The Bride of Frankenstein, 1935
I know just what it’s like to be new someplace
I’ll bet I can guess how you’re feeling
Brand new surroundings and brand new faces
A sense of disorientation

But you don’t have to be alone
I don’t have to be alone
We don’t have to navigate this world on our own

I’m different, I know, but I tried to adapt
Now the shadows I welcome to hide me
But a graveyard ghost always seems to attract
Just the wrong kind of attention

But I don’t have to be alone
You don’t have to be alone
We don’t have to navigate this world on our own

We were made
We were made for each other

The nights I have dreamed of a hand I could hold
And of gentle arms wrapped all around me
But if you should turn leaving me in the cold
I’m not sure I could take the rejection

But we don’t have to be alone
We don’t have to be alone
We don’t have to navigate this world on our own

We were made
We were made for each other
Track Name: The Masque of the Red Death, 1964
Yellow
The color of the sun that burns above
Staining all the world with light and
Shadow
Where you've placed your throne
And though it cost my soul I'll
Follow

There's not a rule I wouldn't break
There's no friend I won't forsake
There's not a risk I wouldn't take for you
Just see me
See me

Violet
The color of the robes I wore for you
But I never even caught your eye and I'm
Frighted
That you've turned from me
And another's come between
But I'll fight it

There's not a rule I wouldn't break
There's no friend I won't forsake
There's not a risk I wouldn't take for you
Just see me
See me

Pale white
The color of my arms that reach for you
Though you've left me here in the
Moonlight
Willingly in your sway
My own weakness burned away
An ancient rite

There's not a rule I wouldn't break
There's no friend I won't forsake
There's not a risk I wouldn't take for you
Just see me
See me

Rose red
The color of the blood I bled for you
Now silently I wait among
The dead
But I'll be with you evermore
The plague outside your door
Your red death

There's not a rule I wouldn't break
There's no friend I won't forsake
There's not a risk I wouldn't take for you
Just see me
See me