Rusted

by Mike West

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franklylost - as far as Singer/Songwriter EPs go, this one is meat & potatoes. The opening track has a strong ‘delta blues’ feel to it that’s emotive and immediately sucked me in. After that it’s five tracks of thoroughly modern solo singer/songwriter tunes: just a very personal voice and an acoustic guitar. The finger work proficiency is definitely there on the strings, and so the two sounds (guitar and voice) blend together cleanly. For the amount of honesty on display, it might come across as a bit *too* clean for my taste, but I guess that’s a good problem to have. Favorite track: Work On.
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    Rusted' is the debut EP of Mike West.

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    'Rusted' was recorded 'live' using three microphones and one take at Kingwood Studios to get the best possible recordings of these songs. If Robert Johnson can record some of the greatest songs ever made using one microphone in a hotel room, I can sure as hell create a 5 track record that I can be proud of with a similar approach.

    These 5 songs that make up 'Rusted' took hours of jamming, creation, production and fine tuning along with playing live across Liverpool and Chester and then 2 sessions of recording to capture the right feel and vibe intended for this record. After all these hours of creation and devotion, all I ask if for 18 minutes of your time.

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1.
Work On 03:02
Work on my daugther. Work on my son. Work on like your father Until the day is done. Work until you can't. Work until you bleed. Work until you won't. All for the machine And you ask yourself. Am I free? Think of the money. The one that buys your time. Think of the money. You can't take with you, when you die. And you ask yourself, am I free? Do you work 9 to 5? Do you feel alive? Is it worth all your time? Do you dream of days gone by? Do you have any pride? Do you feel any life? And you ask yourself, am I free?
2.
Stranger 03:25
Stranger, passing. Why should you not speak with me? Why should I not speak with you? Stranger, living. Why should you not look to me? Why should I not look to you? My friend. Loving. Tell me you accept me And I'll accept all of you. Father. Dying. I know how you love me. You know how I love you. Mother. Crying. Hold me till it' s right again. Hold me and I'll hold you. Family. Come back. Be more than a memory. Be what cannot fade. Reaper. Leave me. It is not my time to go. It is not your time to take. Stranger, passing. Read what's carved into the stone. Take a part of me with you. Stranger, living. More than I'll ever be. Less than I was before you. Stranger, passing. Why should you not speak with me? Why should I not speak with you?
3.
What if we never woke? What if we stayed? What if we spent our lives in a world we made? What if we slept all day, and loved all night? What if we ran away to peaceful life? All I'm asking, all I wonder. All I'm saying, Dont go. What if we just lay here, just side by side? I could be all you need, you could be mine. What if we just lay here? Suspending time. And I could lose myself in perfect eyes. All I'm asking, all I wonder. All I'm saying, Dont go. I know you can't stay. We both have shit to do today. Damn the world and all it demands. How dare it fuck with all our plans. All I'm asking, all I wonder. All I'm saying, Dont go. All I'm asking, all I wonder. All I'm saying, Dont go.
4.
Keep Going 04:15
I've been looking in the mirror. Have I existed? All these moments I remember. Did I just dream it? Time's not my enemy but still I fear it. I know it's not my time to die but lord I feel near it. So if you're going through hell. Keep going. If you don't know which way to go. Keep going. So if you're going through hell. Keep going. A blind man told me, dying was easy. He forgot to say that living was hard. I feel my optimism trying to leave me. All that's left is a man, bitter and scarred. So if you're going through hell. Keep going. If you don't know which way to go. Keep going. So if you're going through hell. Keep going. Abandon all hope, ye who enter in. As much as they love a saint, they always love a sin. I don't know where I'm going. Only where I've been. As long as I keep my head up, I know I won't fall in. So if you're going through hell. Keep going. If you don't know which way to go. Keep going. So if you're going through hell. Keep going. If you don't know which way to go. Keep going. So if you're going through hell. Keep going.
5.
Rock Ferry 03:27
I'm not ashamed of where I'm from. But I ain't exactly proud. That young mother on the corner, I think we used to hang around. But as I've gotten older. I can't remember now. Most I forgot on purpose. Rest I forgot with time. Goddamn class of '07. Wasted youth branded lies. I'll make it out if it kills me. I'll see the other side. As I drive through this memory. Of what a town's supposed to be. Boarded houses, broken windows. Reflecting parts of me. This is where I was born. But it's not where I'll die. That's the funny thing about life. That is always goes on. No one gives damn where you're going. Only where you come from. We're all haunted by our pasts. The ghosts that won't leave us be. Dragging us down to dilapidated tombs. Disguised as Rock Ferry. This is where I was born. But it's not where I'll die.

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'Rusted' is the debut EP of Mike West.

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'Rusted' was recorded 'live' using three microphones and one take at Kingwood Studios to get the best possible recordings of these songs. If Robert Johnson can record some of the greatest songs ever made using one microphone in a hotel room, I can sure as hell create a 5 track record that I can be proud of with a similar approach.

These 5 songs that make up 'Rusted' took hours of jamming, creation, production and fine tuning along with playing live across Liverpool and Chester and then 2 sessions of recording to capture the right feel and vibe intended for this record. After all these hours of creation and devotion, all I ask if for 18 minutes of your time.

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released March 25, 2017

Recorded at Kingwood Studios by PIC Music Productions

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Mike West Liverpool, UK

Not Country Enough.
Not Blues Enough.
Not Folk Enough.
Too Heavy...

A call to arms for those open minded folks who don't care about genre. They care about music.

Mike West is a Bastard Country Musician from the North of England. His grounded storytelling and existential lyricism with the driving rhythms of his guitar can captivate crowds wherever he plays.
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