Tough Kids

by The Outfit

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"It's been roughly two years since the Outfit last put out an album. During that time, the band's current members — singer/guitarist Eric Johnston, bassist Mike King, drummer RJ Powers and lead guitarist Mikael Kilates — have been developing their sound, going from its earlier, highly promising indie pop to something grittier, more focused and powerful; the results can be heard on the act's new EP, Tough Kids." - Tom Murphy, Westword

"The new EP is five solid tracks that sounds reminiscent to what The Strokes were doing years ago, but with a solid mix of Dinosaur Jr. guitarist J. Mascis distorted melodic chops, with classic rock influence a la Lynyrd Skynyrd and a little Kings Of Leon as well." - Tobias Krause, The Metropolitan

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released August 24, 2013

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Tim Gerak at Mammoth Cave
Album artwork by Scott McCormick
All songs written by The Outfit

Eric Johnston - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Mikael Kilates - Lead Guitar
Mike King - Bass
RJ Powers - Drums

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Track Name: El Presidente
They all laugh
But how could I have known.

You sit stare
Picking splinters from your throne.

I don’t want to
Walk behind you.
I don’t want to
Walk behind you.

No body said that they would give it to you.
Back in your bed someone you can see right through.

You love them all
But you don’t remember names.

You see them smile
Like they're happy that you came.

I don’t want to
Walk behind you.
I don’t want to
Walk behind you.

No body said that they would give it to you.
Back in your bed someone you can see right through.

Good thing they had
One in the bag.

You act so tough
They show no mercy for you.
You act so tough
They show no mercy for you.
Track Name: Projector
What if they say no?
And I’m not enough but I still need you.
What if its all gone?
And all I can say is I need you more.

You only smile when you're wrong.
I need you more.
You only smile when you're wrong.

I see myself
Through their eyes.
I see myself
Through their eyes.

What if I get low?
You don’t understand that I still need you.
What if I don’t know?
And all I can say is I need you more.

You only smile when you're wrong.
I need you more.
You only smile when you're wrong.

I see myself
Through their eyes.
I see myself
Through their eyes.

Like a projector
In disguise.
Like a projector
In my mind.

I get so nervous.
I get so nervous.
I don’t know why.
I don’t know why.

I feel it in my stomach.
I feel it in my bones.

And you're back in the middle again
With nobody.
And you say that you're bringing your friends
But no honey.
And you're back in the middle again
With nobody.
And you say that you're bringing your friends
But no honey.

Oh you're back in the middle.
Oh we’re back in the middle.

And you're back in the middle again
With nobody.
And you say that you're bringing your friends
But no honey.
Track Name: Tough Kids
Show me your lines,
Show me your hands.
It won’t make a difference lady
I’m still so lost.

And if I don’t go,
And if you can’t be still,
I won’t follow
No I won’t.

I was nothing
You were always something new.
I was nothing
You were always something new.
I was nothing
You were always something new.
I was nothing
You were always something.
I was nothing
You were always something new.
I was nothing
You were always something new.

Don’t tell me
Tough kids are gone.
Don’t tell me
Tough kids are…

Atticus
He still haunts me.
He’ll never let me go
He’ll never let me be.

And all this wine
That I try to replace
My blood with
Leaves such a bitter taste.

I was nothing
You were always something new.
I was nothing
You were always something new.
I was nothing
You were always something new.
I was nothing
You were always something.

Give me your hands
Let me see your hands
Throw me your hands
Let me see.

I was nothing
You were always something new.
I was nothing
You were always something new.
I was nothing
You were always something new.
I was nothing
You were always something.

I was nothing
You were always something new.
I was nothing
You were always something new.
Track Name: Caesar
You say you've got something for me
But when I turn, well there you go.
You say you’ve found someone to bleed
But then I learn you're sinister.

Because you take, you take, you take, you take
So give it back.
Because you take, you take, you take, you take
So give it back.

You're just a house on fire
Let them in.
You're just a house on fire
Let them in.

No you didn’t have to say.
You didn’t have to say.

I know
They're right
Its warmer
Inside.
I know
They're right
Its warmer
Inside.

You animals
You animals
You animals
You animals
You animals
You animals.

Julius says,
He’ll never die.
Julius says,
My friends are right.
But Brutus says,
Just come inside.

You say my love is blasphemy
But when I look, you're all alone.
I say my love is right next to me
And then I look, I’m solo.

Because you take, you take, you take, you take
So give it back.
Because you take, you take, you take, you take
So give it back.

I know
They're right
Its warmer
Inside.
I know
They're right
Its warmer
Inside.

You animals
You animals
You animals
You animals
You animals
You animals.

Jesus says,
He’ll never die.
Jesus says,
My friend’s are fine.
But Judas says,
Just come inside.

I know
That when we come out
We’ll be burnt
We’ll look just fine.

I know
That when we come out
We’ll be burnt
We’ll look just fine.

I know
That when we come out
We’ll be burnt
We’ll look just fine.
Track Name: What Happened to You?
What you want
What you love
And what is real.

All the letters
That you write
Just how you feel.

And they'll say,
What happened to you?
And they'll say,
What happened to you?

And the soldiers home
And nothings changed.
And the soldiers home
But nothings changed.

I know you feel bad,
I know you feel that.

What you want
What you love
And who you kill.

Oh these things
they make you look
So ill.

And they'll say,
What happened to you?
And they'll say,
What happened to you?

And the soldiers home
And nothings changed.
And the soldiers home
But nothings changed.

And they'll say,
What happened to you?
And they'll say,
What happened to you?

I know you feel bad,
I know you feel that.
I know you feel bad,
I know you feel that.

I want to feel.
I want to feel.