If I Were the Devil EP

by Subterranean Howl

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The If I Were the Devil EP features four new tracks, headlined by the lead single from this fall’s full-length album West of Zanzibar — a collection of songs and instrumentals conceived as a “live film score” set to director Tod Browning’s demented 1928 revenge thriller.

The first single from West of Zanzibar, “If I Were The Devil,” is a slithery, barely controlled blues dirge that dives deep into the head of the film’s revenge-obsessed protagonist: a sadistic magician played by Lon Chaney.

While the first track’s dark and sprawling atmosphere sets the stage for the full-length album, the rest of the EP showcases the range of Subterranean Howl’s versatility, a hallmark of their live shows. “Render Unto Caesar,” “Old Salty,” and “Continental Drift” feature banjos, saxophones, synths, drum machines, and accordions galore on top of the band’s signature driving guitar attack.

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released July 30, 2013

Simon Milliman: Vocals, guitars, mandola, keys
Jerrad Nash: Drums, percussion
Clae Spratt: Guitar, banjo
Robin Ziari: Bass, sax, accordion
Danelle Dullum: Vocals

Songs written and produced by Simon Milliman

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Simon Milliman at Urban Jack Productions

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Subterranean Howl Portland, Oregon

The Subterranean Howl combines dance-worthy beats, epic song writing and other-worldly tones to create their life-affirming music. The band is: Simon Milliman (vox, guitar, keys, harmonica), Jerrad Nash (drums, percussion), Robin Ziari (bass, sax, accordion), Clae Spratt (guitar, banjo, mandolin, cigar box) and Danelle Dullem (Vox, keys). ... more

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Track Name: If I Were the Devil
If I were the devil
I'd make you shout and scream
At just the thought of me

If I were the devil
I'd make you clutch the earth
Just to feel my shadow

I'd make you taste my food
And you would revel in the poison
That they bring to me

If I were the prince
And every morning saw my glory
This sun would set your feet on fire
Set your feet on fire

If I were the devil
I'd burn all your books
And you'd just read my name

If I were the devil
All the soldiers would die in vain
So you could see my face
Feel my embrace

If I were the devil
I would swallow every soul
And you would beg them out
Like Ruth before her king

If I were the devil
I would coil and constrict you
And then let you go
Because hell is being alone
Track Name: Render Unto Caesar
Slipping away
Hands are so tired
We are not here
But for a little while

Shed not a tear
All is won and all is lost

Put me in stone
I will remain
And liight on your mind
As an old song

This is my time
I offer it up
All as a dream
On a short night

Shed not a tear
All is won and all is lost

This is was time
I offer it up
All as a dream
On a short night

Shed not a tear
All is won and all is lost
We are not made
Nor never unmade
What we have been
We forever will be
Track Name: Continental Drift
We howl and we moan,
"Where has transcendence gone?"
Exist to exist
And cut out when we wish
Heads full of ash
When all we keep won't last
And still we sift
Through this continental drift

I have this gift:
To never believe
And still to hold on

If justice is blind
Why's freedom consigned?
When justice can see
All it sees is green
I feel the end
Rub some dirt in my hands
To this we return
With all that we've learned

I have this gift:
To never believe
And still to hold on
Track Name: Old Salty
Old Salty stands silent with a wind withered face
The sea wind is breathing him on and on, on and on
The sun exhales rivers of light on the water
Old Salty aims down one into the horizon

Salty Dog, Salty Dog
Cut loose the anchor
The streams lift you onward
There's nothing to keep you
Oh, Salty Dog, Salty Dog
Cut loose forever
There's no arms to hold you down
No arms to hold you

No screaming, no sirens, no handcuffs and libel
The sea breeze is breathing him on and on, on and on
No buildings, no statues, no monuments fading
Just and old man's soul stirring with words, "Peace, be still"

Salty Dog, Salty Dog
Cut loose the anchor
The streams lift you onward
There's nothing to keep you
Oh, Salty Dog, Salty Dog
Cut loose forever
There's no arms to hold you down
No arms to hold you