The Pretty EP

by Mike Indest

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This EP is made up of songs that have been floating around for a while. The oldest is "You Think You're Pretty Now", dating all the way back to 1994! "I'll Be Your Jesus" is the second oldest dating back to around 2005 and was written at the same time I was writing songs for Motonaut's "The Now And The Not Yet". I didn't include it on the project because it didn't fit in lyrically. "I Know You Can Shine Without Me" and "The Biggest Thing" were written after I recorded "The Now And The Not Yet" for what would have been the Motonaut follow up.

I am glad to get this one out of my system, I've wrestled with these songs long enough.

Thanks to Rob Ardion for doing the cover art and of course to Eddie and Monty for playing along.

This also marks the first time I've recorded using a guitar since 2005's "Let's Have Church" and the first time I've recorded with an electric guitar since 2003.

Here's a review from Matt Crosslin in the March 2014 issue of "Down The Line Magazine"!

Basement Tapes head honcho, deep thinker,and all around nice guy Mike Indest returns with a new EP of acoustic pop ditties. With provocative titles like “I’ll Be Your Jesus” and “You Think You’re Pretty Now”, you know you are not in for typical Top 40 radio fodder. The mood seems to be a bit more somber on this EP than some of Indest’s older outputs like Swimsuit Grandma. Mike says this is the first time in a while he has recorded with a guitar. I like the results. The other instruments are a nice touch, especially the melodica, bass guitar, and drum driven flourish a little over half way through “You Think You’re Pretty Now.” Short and to the point, as well as free –what’s not to like? See Mike’s BandCamp page to listen or download and check-out there-mastered updated older projects of his as well.


released August 14, 2013

Mike Indest - Vocals, Baritone Ukulele, Guitar, Glockenspiel, Melodica, TX81Z
Eddie Parrino - Bass, BGV's
Monty LeBlanc - Drums
Robert Ardion - Cover design



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This is indie rock that says something without shouting or faux-whispering. - Radio Eclectic

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Track Name: I Know You Can Shine Without Me
A million reasons why I love you
A million reasons why I don't
A million reasons I should stay here
And a million reasons why I won't

A million little complications
A million small regrets
A million validations
A million things I want to forget

It's weighing on me now
It seems like that forever is a concept that will never be realized
I know you can shine without me
I never should have tried to illuminate your heart

It's better this way
Cause we both know that the only time
That this has not been contentious
Was the first time that our eyes met
Right before we said hello
Track Name: The Biggest Thing
I'm just waiting for a reason
So I can nail the final nail into it
It won't be that important but I'll swear it's the biggest thing

It's not your fault I can't love
It's not your fault when I get close I run
It's not your fault but your gonna pay

I'm just waiting for a reason
So I can nail the final nail into it
It won't be that important but I'll swear it's the biggest thing

Somewhere along the way it got fucked up
Track Name: I'll Be Your Jesus
I've got the nails in my back pocket
Just waiting for a chance to drive 'em in
A crown of thorns for my princess
Until I crucify you why don't we pretend

I'll be your Jesus
Until I decide not to turn the other cheek
I'll nail you up I'll let this bitter cup pass from me this time

Got a heart full of forgiveness least that what I'll lead you to believe
But I'm counting your transgressions
Until I nail you up to laugh and watch you bleed

I'll be your Jesus
Until I place this crown of thorns upon your head
I won't stop until you feel the way you made me feel

With a kiss I'll betray you
You can taste it on my lips
I don't really want to but baby I can't quit
The only way that you can be redeemed
In my mind is when you suffer
Track Name: You Think You're Pretty Now
Undressing and repressing
All your weaknesses
What you feel tonight
You think it’s where your strength is

You think you're pretty now

The lines are drawn tonight
Evidently crossed
No regard for wrong or right
The passion veiled your eyes
No harm or so it seems
You’ll be free to go
Temporary connected flesh
Permanent connected soul

You think you're pretty now

And you think you're Queen
And you’ll live your dreams
But they will never connect with you
And what you’ve got baby love it’s not
No it will never connect with you

Now that the damage is done
You’ve left with more than when you came
I hope you got all that you wanted
Cause the past now you can’t change