HUNDRED DAYS [EP]

by The Bengsons

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The Bengsons' latest, HUNDRED DAYS [EP], is a whirlwind tour through their most ambitious work to date: their experimental mixed-media folk opera, Hundred Days. Recorded in Brooklyn with producer Felix McTeigue (The Honey Brothers, Madi Diaz, Lucy Wainwright and celebrated Nashville songwriter for Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood), and featuring special guests Nick Petricca (Walk The Moon) and Anais Mitchell, the EP features huge gang vocals, booming drums and the emotionally direct lyrics and vocals the husband-and-wife writing duo are known for. Abigail (vox) and Shaun Bengson (vox, guitars, pianos, keys) are joined by the full band roster, including Talia Mailman on classical harp, Raymond Russell on bass, and Conor Meehan on drums, as well as a coterie of special guests and singers.

This album was made possible by the unbelievable generosity of The Bengsons' Kickstarter backers. Huge huge thanks and praise to them!

HUNDRED DAYS is the fierce, triumphant story of a young couple who fall in love, only to have their time together cut short by a fatal illness. They decide to try and live the 12 months they have left together as though it were the 60 years they had imagined they would have. They transform their apartment into a world where they can move through their 20's, 30's, 60's, 80's, and try to create the experience of a full life together. The Bengsons have been developing this piece with some of Off-Broadway and Broadway's finest talent, through workshops at theaters in California, Ohio, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New York, in preparation for a 2014 debut at Z Space in San Francisco.

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released 20 June 2012

Produced by Felix McTeigue and The Bengsons.
Recorded in Brooklyn, NY.
Engineered by Felix McTeigue and Drew Guido and Stewart Myers.

Abigail Nessen Bengson - Vocals
Shaun McClain Bengson - Guitars, vocals, piano
Nick Petricca - Vocals (Track 2)
Anais Mitchell - Vocals (Track 1)
Talia Mailman - Classical harp
Raymond Russell - Bass
Conor Meehan - Drums (Tracks 2 & 3)
John O'Reilly - Drums (Tracks 1 & 4)
Joshua Pollock - Guitar
Gang vocals by Lydia Benecke, Jamie Hamm, Pam Karlin, Dalane Mason, and Michael Hoch.

This album was founded through the amazing support of Michael Hoch, Rachel Routh, Rodney Rogers, Marianne Lust, and our INCREDIBLE KICKSTARTER BACKERS!!! Thank you guys!!! woooooooot!

Special thanks to Allison Prouty, Second Bolt, and our beautiful friends and family.

Album art by Slim Mittens.
Bandcamp banner art by Joel Bengson, Slim Mittens and Shaun Bengson.

Copyright Shaun & Abigail Bengson, 2012. All rights reserved.

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Husband-and-wife led band, The Bengsons, are rising stars of the NYC music and theater scene. Described by TimeoutNY as “quirky and radiantly emotive” and the NY Times as possessing "not only a tremendous musical talent, but a raw honesty, a sincere righteousness,” they blend rousing, all-join-hands group choruses with spry melodies over energetic, frenetic rhythms. ... more

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Track Name: Even Then I Will See You Again (Featuring Anaïs Mitchell)
Even then i will see you again

You're on your way
We'll keep a light on for you
And when you're gone
We will pray

(Did you wash up?)
Feel the grain of the table
(Did you lock up?)
See your face in the dying light
(will you be back?)
lift the pack with the handle
(what did you pack?)
wait for me
when i am gone

Even then i will see you again

You're on on your way
we'll keep a light on for you
and when you're gone

Never forget me
I'll never forget
Never forget me
I'll never forget
We go on and on and on and on
On and on and on and on

Even then I will see you again
Track Name: Hundred Days (Featuring Nick Petricca of Walk the Moon)
we are young
we meet for the first time
we look up and find
we've never had it any better
when we find he'll never get better
build the world and fight the time
i will never die

I make america, I
I am a universe, I
I'll never go away hey hey hey hey hey
I am a universe, I
I'm your man
I'll never go away away away hey

they say no
they don't believe us
break the hearts
and say goodbye
you will never die

i want
a hundred days
of bright light
hey hey away

a hundred days
you're my man
of bright light
away away hey!

we are stars (wait for me)
we can burn forever (i am running)
bang bang bang
never coming back again (I have something to)
Never coming back again (I should tell you)
i'll break it open, find the wind (wait for me)
i'll hold all of the shards that make her (I am running)
(kiss and wave and nod and smile and hug explain and lie and buy and and bye bye bye bye)] x2
whole

I have something to
I should tell you

on and on and on
I'll hold all of the shards that make her

i want a hundred days
of bright lights
hey hey away
A hundred days
you're my man
of bright lights
away away hey!

I make America i
i am a universe i
i'll never go away
hey hey hey hey
i am a universe i
i'm your man
i'll never go away
away away hey!
Track Name: Saturdays
Waiting in the parking lot
You will come back soon
Teenagers push the shopping carts
I used to do
I wait for you

Remember that saturday
When I crashed our car
I got up and walked away
I have a scar
I have a scar

Waiting, watching you walk through our
Saturdays
Holding together what falls apart
Saturdays

I know
That I
Once could have run away

Hard to say how much it cost
All the time it took
You were beautiful and I
Forgot to look
Forgot to look

Waiting, watching you walk through our
Saturdays
Holding together what falls apart
Saturdays

Oh look,
My hands
Look just like my fathers hands

I woke up an older man
You feel older too
I can't say I saw the years
The time, it flew
Track Name: Bells
Feel the chill in the air
I carry you back up the stairs
To see the glory of the lights over astoria
Pictures mounted by the door
I can't give you what you had before
I'll sing the glorias, the lights over astoria
I know you are alone, I know you can't go home
The bells ring, angels rushing

REFRAIN
Through the town down the stair in the cold and the chilly air
The bells are ringing, children singing out of key
In debris, happy in the frost in the parking lots
The bells are ringing, children singing christmas day
Amen

Chimes in my car battery divine
To take me to my kind
to see the glory of the lights over astoria
Papa's hearing aids slowly grow
Your brother's voice suddenly got low
They've set a place for you, everyone's come home to you
hold them all inside your chest the lonely and the blessed
Bells ring, angels rush in

REFRAIN
Through the town down the stair in the cold and the chilly air
The bells were(are) ringing, children singing out of key
In debris, happy in the frost in the parking lots
The bells were ringing, children singing christmas day

BRIDGE
We missed you so long, we missed you so long
Welcome home again