Listen to my new EP, One is Exotic, Two is a Threat.

Also available at SoundCloudDeezer, Google Play and Tidal.

Watch “Questionable Behaviour”

Watch “Theme from a Pirate Film”

Lyrics & Credits

All songs written, played, and arranged by Mark Montgomery French
Engineering and orchestrations: Sage Baggott
Orchestral engineering and mixing: Mark Lemaire/Rubato Recording
Produced and mixed by Mark Montgomery French and Sage Baggott
Recorded at The Compound, Oakland and UUCB, Kensington
Mastering: Jonathan Kirchner

 

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I’m gonna engage in questionable behaviour
An absolutely dubious display
Gonna engage in questionable behaviour
‘cause questionable is how I feel today

Gonna perform experiments, and see how out of bounds I get
possibly in a moving vehicle

I’ll combine indulgences, mix three different substances
all inside the contours of my skull

Gonna engage in questionable behaviour
and physically express my soul’s decay
Gonna engage in questionable behaviour
‘cause questionable is how I feel today

I’ll say some words to strangers, putting myself in danger
then taunt the dumbest one to meet outside

I’ll free fall through the air, stumbling here and bleeding there
I’d apologize but I’m preoccupied

Gonna engage in questionable behaviour
My impulse control’s on holiday
Gonna engage in questionable behaviour
‘cause questionable is how I feel today

℗ & © 2016 Mark Montgomery French (BMI)

Mark Montgomery French: vocals, guitar army, electric bass
Sage Baggott: drums, piano, guiro
Tregar Otton: violin. viola
Luna Alonso: cello
Travis Kindred: double bass

photo: Sage Baggott

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There is no remedy to heal what I have broken up
There’s no apology to quiet what I’ve woken up
Should I have spoken up?
When I rise from the floor
Do I want to die in your world?
And the answer is I’m still thinking.

I think the sun’s bleaching my eyes
Steaming off my lenses demise
Before they cauterize
When I get off the ground
Do I want to be around your world?
And the answer is I’m still thinking.
(But where’s the fun in that?)

Don’t want to right the ship cause
I’m still enjoying the trip
Don’t want to set myself free
‘Cause that takes energy

℗ & © 2016 Mark Montgomery French (BMI)

Mark Montgomery French: vocals, synths, beats
Max French: saxophone
Spencer French: trombone
Deb French: trumpet

photo: Liz Morgan

img_0051music by Mark Montgomery French, orchestrations by Sage Baggott

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perfomed by members of Awesome OrchestraDavid Möschler, conductor

flute, piccolo: Kjirsten Grove
oboe: Sue Crum
bassoon: Lis Kelson
timpani, cymbals: Lily Kaye Sevier
snare drum: Geneva Harrison
bass drum: Sage Baggott
toms: Kevin Koo
horn: Jon Betts
trumpet: Harlow Carpenter
bass trombone: Jeremy Carrillo
tuba: Bin Love
violins: Larissa Baker-Finch, Sarah Dabby, Wakeford Gong, Corey Johnson, Ela Polak, Laura Shifley, Harmony Tomsun
violas: Christina Lesicko, Andrew Olsen, Christina Owens
cello: Cindy Hickox, Karen Hsu, Joanna Neuschatz
double bass: Travis Kindred

Recorded at Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, Kensington, CA, on May 15, 2015

℗ & © 2016 Mark Montgomery French (BMI)
photos: Sebastian Craig

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Learned physics watching girlfriends beat to the ground
only on his days
Their muffled screams a familiar sound
only on his days

Sharing history that Hitler was right
only on his days
I nod approval, avoiding a fight
only on his days

Cussing out cops while drunkenly tough
only on his days
Learned social studies the night he was cuffed
only on his days

Economics was his car repo
only on his days
Bussed to the doctor all on my own
only on his days

Girls are play toys, gays are perverse
only on his days
Learned etiquette in the reverse
only on his days

Practiced law by meeting with judges
Picked the parent who held the least grudges

℗ & © 2016 Mark Montgomery French (BMI)

Mark Montgomery French: vocals, Hammond M3 organ, synths, percussion, repercussion, double bass
Sage Baggott: additional vocals, piano

photo: Mark Montgomery French

 

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one is exotic, two is a threat
it’s amazing they’ve not come for you yet

there are tribal tools
to keep tribal rules
innovate, violate
you’ll meet tribal fools

one is exotic, two is a threat
it’s amazing they’ve not come for you yet

what makes you tick
makes them sick
why resist, cut the cyst
but who’s making who septic?

fear is hypnotic, keeps fools in check

one is exotic, two is a threat
it’s amazing they’ve not come for you yet
one is exotic, two is a threat
three is an uprise, capsizing the head

one two three, are you bold as me in the water?

℗ & © 2016 Mark Montgomery French (BMI)

Mark Montgomery French: vocals, guitars, basses, synths, percussion, paranoia
Sage Baggott: drums, concern

photo: Mark Montgomery French

 


Thank You.

Deb, Spencer, Max, Tyler, Sage Baggott, Kaya Oakes, Sebastian Robin Craig aka the Executive Instigator, Renée French, Carrie Bagley, Mark Lemaire, Juliana Graffagna, Jonathan Kirchner, Liz Morgan, David Möeschler at AÖE, Lissa at UUCB, and all who performed on this release.

photo: Liz Morgan