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A brainchild born from the boredom of sitting still, guitarist and vocalist Derek Pressnall met Icky Blossoms vocalist Sarah Bohling and lead guitarist Nik Fackler in the vibrant Omaha art scene and invited them to play in his band Flowers Forever. Enchanted by endless nights in clubs and inspired with a desire to program dance music with instantaneous grooves and depth, Pressnall, an acclaimed visual artist, and Fackler, a spirit-award nominated filmmaker, combined with Bohling’s mesmerizing voice and formed Icky Blossoms.

Icky Blossoms combine bass-heavy electronic grooves, pop structure, and a rock & roll swagger to pioneer a sound on the audio vanguard: music that is simultaneously avant garde, catchy and danceable. Their music spans from the anthemic to the introverted, chronicling the twists and turns of the human condition.

The self-titled album, produced by Dave Sitek from TV On The Radio, features tracks that range from “Perfect Vision,” an experiment based around trunk thumping low end and chainsaw guitars, to “Babes,” which was lauded by Rolling Stone as a “girl-power dance anthem.” Other standout tracks include “Heat Lightning,” with its hypnotic arpeggiated synths, electro pulse and sirenesque vocals; the more raucous “Sex to the Devil,” featuring futuristic synth lines and esoteric lyrics; or “Temporary Freakout,” a classic pop song within an unconventional structure.

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released July 17, 2012

2012 Saddle Creek

Icky Blossoms is:
Derek Pressnall: Vocals, Guitar, Synth, Programming (Tracks 1-6, 8-10)
Nik Fackler: Vocals, Lead Guitar, Synth, Programming (Tracks 1-6, 8-10)
Sarah Bohling: Vocals, Synth

Additional Players:

David Andrew Sitek: 
DRM Machine (Tracks 1,2,4,7,8,9)
Bass (Tracks 1,2,4,5,7)
Additional Synth (Tracks 1,3)
Mellotron (Track 2)
Hi Hat & Perc (Tracks 4,5,6,7)

Dylan Strimple:
Additional Keys (Tracks 1,6,8)
Additional Guitar (Track 10)

JJ Idt:
Bass (Tracks 1,6,9,10)

Jacob Theile:
Programming (Tracks 1,6,8)
NES zapper (Track 8)
Intro (Track 10)

Todd Fink: 
Programming (Track 3)

Japhet Landis: 
Hi Hat (Tracks 3)

Nate Walcott:  
Trumpet (Tracks 9,10)

Todd Simon: 
Trumpet (Track 10)

David Matysiak: 
Bass writing (Track 5)

Dereck Higgins: 
Lead writing (Track 1)

Produced and Mixed by David Andrew Sitek
Recorded by Andrew Sitek and Icky Blossoms
at Federal Prism, Los Angeles, CA
Engineered by Zeph Sowers
Assistant Engineer: Starvon Washington
Mastered by Howie Weinberg

Artwork by Derek Pressnall
Layout by Derek Pressnall and Zack Nipper
All Songs Written and Performed by Icky Blossoms
Pressnall (Tracks 1,7,9,10), Fackler (Tracks 2,4,8), Fackler/Pressnall (Tracks 3,5), Fackler/Pressnall/Bohling (Track 6)

Thank you to all of our families, friends, anyone who made this record possible, and to you. Thank you all for the support.

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Track Name: Heat Lightning
How strange to feel this way
play it cool, while fevered
everything that i had been dreaming of
so real and woven tight
appear before me
heat lightning struck the sky
could only think of you as it was flashing by
and i don’t want to be afraid
i want to take you home
where in the morning i can see your eyes
Half asleep in my bedroom
thinking of you
anything, everything, would be cool with me
and i’ve been told
where there is love there is danger
and givin you my heart would be painless
i know nothing will last forever
i still like the thought of being together
and i don’t want to be afraid
i want  to take you home
where in the morning i can see your eyes
We’ll keep on dancing
if the lights keep flashing
When i’m with you
everything vanishes
Track Name: I Am
You talk to me like you’re something worth pleasing, You got the eyes of an angel and demon and you
use um, baby, come on and pierce me, honey, i got the feelings but the feelings are leaving,
cause if i keep um, i’ll be floating in my skin, so i gotta ride on now to build mountains in small towns
Oh no don’t you touch me, no, don’t you love me, don’t hold me with those, playing hands, i’m not a game, no 
special prize, i am me... and i am who i say i am,  So turn and hold your breath, fake strength until you make it
i got no money, got no glamour or reason, just a promise i won’t leave or believe in - some cynical magic,
brain washing semantics, I hear your words, feel your skin, rub your eyes, touch your mouth
to my mouth, to disguised to be wise, but we lie to each other, before we die for another
Oh no, don’t you touch me, no, don’t you love me, don’t hold me with those, playing hands
I’m not a game, no special prize, i am me... and i am who i say i am, don’t you love me, no,
don’t you love me, no, don’t you love me - love me, love me, no

oh no
don't you touch me
no, don't love me
Don't hold me with those, playing hands

I'm not a game
no special prize
I am me... and I am who I say I am

So turn and hold your breath
Fake strength, until you make it

I got no money, got no glamour or reason
Just a promise I won't leave or believe in
Some cynical magic
Brain washing semantics
I hear your words, feel your skin, rub your eyes
touch your mouth to my mouth to disguised to be wise
But we lie to each other, before we die for another

oh no
don't you touch me
no, don't love me
Don't hold me with those, playing hands

I'm not a game
no special prize
I am me... and I am who I say I am

You talk to me like you're something worth pleasing
You got the eyes of an angel and demon
And you use um, baby
Come on and Pierce me, honey

I got the feelings but the feelings are leaving
Cause If I keep um, I'll be floating in reason
So I gotta ride on now
to Build mountains in small towns

Don't you love me, no
Don't you love me, no
Don't you love me
Love me, Love me.. no
Track Name: Sex to the Devil
church to god
god to the universe
the universe to art
art to drugs
drugs to sex
sex to the devil
to the devil to the devil to the devil to the devil

nothin ever done no nothin ever really did
spinnin webs and wastin time hangin out with fucked up kids
billowed smoke and inside jokes busted houses knotted ropes
yes maybe no hmmm definitely never nope
dirty city ugly pretty penny nickel dime and dollar
shiny altar everybody lookin for some sex
catty queens and neon kings drugs sex rock and roll
the devil came, the devil came, the devil came
and saved my soul

sex to the devil, sex to the devil, sex to the devil
to the devil to the devil to the devil

cigarettes and hick up fits, dirty dreams and corner tricks
something always tempting you and tickling your tongue
false truth battered new boring cool whatever dude
anythings to turn you on to get you on the run
you tried it on you dawn the mask
gold and black you dress the dress
you do it all you do it like it was 1995
you’re in your head you’re on your bed
you’re so alive and seein light
the rock n roll radio is banging so loud for you
for you for you for you

church to god
god to the universe
the universe to art
art to drugs
drugs to sex
sex to the devil
to the devil to the devil to the devil to the devil
Track Name: Cycle
i can feel the cycles end
and if all goes well
i’d do it again

dance dance in the night
close your eyes and hold them tight
the sun is slowly rising
sleep sleep through the day
who could care less anyway
i’m feeling out my motives
i wanna feel it again
too much to feel it again
it’s the beginning again
i’m ready
i wanna feel it again
too much to feel it again it’s the beginning again

i can feel the cycles end
and if all goes well
i’d do it again

wear more holes in my jeans
dance around in the streets
i don’t know what you’ve been told
love and dreams are bought and sold
love and dreams are bought and sold
love and dreams are bought and sold

i can feel (i wanna feel, too much to feel, i wanna feel it again) the cycles end
(i wanna feel too much to feel it’s the beginning again)
dance dance in the night, sleep sleep through the day
and if all goes well, i’d do it again
Track Name: Deep in the Throes
Down by the river  where i wash myself clean, when i open my eyes will it all look the same? By the river when i wash myself clean and i open my eyes, New life new light, bend my sight, feelings comin' round and your whole life’s right, Gamin’ waitin’, nights like water, drown me if you really want my light, Love, I wanna burn, burn in the fire, melt in the flames, reborn like an infinit’s just my eyes, filled with saltwater, drownin and baptized brand new,  I turn to love in the places i’ve been, exploit the holes in my soul you can fit in,  Strobin’ lights, blacked out sedation, no more complication, Deep in the throes of love, i can be what you want, be what you need, deep in the throes of love, you can be what you need, see what you see without me, Come here, take me so much higher, i want you, levitate the moment, and i don’t know where else to go, just don’t go back to what you know, Let your instincts flow, I wanna live lost in your eyes, stretched like a star burnin out in the dead sky, A child was born inside the mind, a spirit, new life that is destined to die, Tattooed with light on my heart it is waiting, i’m waiting,
still waiting for you, Deep in the throes of love, i can be what you want, be what you need,  Deep in the throes of love, you can be what you need, see what you see without me, Deep in the throes of love, i can be what you want, be what you need,  Deep in the throes, deep in the throes, deep in the throes of love, Lazy eyed, forked tongue, runnin around alone,  Upstairs, locked doors, stories to be spun, His hand squeezed tight, her wet breath warm, Chased by the eye slit snakes leaving scars, Oh young hero, with your heart in your hand, don’t you mess around with the destiny of man,  Oh my goddess, with your hands playing hearts, don’t you see we make all the myths from the start?
Track Name: Babes
i saw her there, in the rain
in a leather jacket
a killer babe.
I told her so
said don’t you know
we’re the same
i’m a killer babe

with four inch heels
air brushed nails
at the club
a killer babe
back and forth
on the stage
couldn’t keep my eyes off
that killer babe

girls girls girls
women women
are babes KILLER babes

at every turn
everywhere i go
all i see
are killer babes
so i close my eyes
and i get away
still all i see
are killer babes
your eyes are killer babe
your lips are killer babe
your moves are killer babe
you’re lookin killer babe
and she’s a killer babe
that queen’s a killer babe
and all my women know
we’re all killer babes

girls girls girls
women women
are babes KILLER babes
Track Name: Burn Rubber
i’m on fire
couldn’t get higher with you
(drivin in your car)
i feel like a star

pulse soarin
engine roarin
drive me crazy
dreamy baby so cool
(drivin’ in your car)
i feel like a star

you take me
so much further
never stoppin’
let me ride forever
(drivin’ in your car)
i feel like a star

sparks flyin
heat risin
garbage glamour
red hot and real
(drivin’ in your car)
i feel like a star
when it’s you and me
you and me
you and me
i feel like a star
i feel like a star
you and your car
you and your car
drive free with you forever
drive free with you forever
burn rubber burn forever
burn rubber burn forever
Track Name: Temporary Freakout
i know you love me but you’re too damn
scared (everybody’s got their thing they do)
Look me in the eyes, please don’t look
away (you’re just hiding what i know is there)
To disconnect could save you some pain
(but why, oh why?) But i don’t give up so
damn easily,  You got a problem that you
need yourself to solve
(every step you take, you step to change)
Talk to me to my face don’t talk to me in
space (no more studyin' your face)
To say goodbye could help us move on
(hello goodbye)
i wanna hear the noises you make when
you’re alone
and i don’t know, what’s regular
and i don’t know, how you feel
and i don’t know, I don't know
i know you love me i see the storm it’s
comin soon
You might be trouble but it’s just the
kind of trouble that i’m into
(Everybody’s got their thing they do)
i don’t know if it’s my heart you’re running
away with
Track Name: Stark Weather
i would kill that man down at the gas station for you.
i would kill your parents and your baby sister too.
i would rob a bank, take all of the cash, anything to
be with you.  They can’t take our love, it’s all that we 
have. Down the back roads into a motel we will hide,
when we wake up there in the sunlight, everything
will finally be alright.  So you go get your gun now
baby, we can steal a car now baby, let’s get runnin 
out into the night is young.  So you go get your gun now 
baby, we can steal the car now baby, let’s keep
runnin out into the night is ours.  As the bullets fly, 
shattering the glass, i can feel your love and i know
it’s gonna last.  Through the smoke and fire I can see
your eyes, baby take my hand into the other side.
So you go get your gun now baby, we can steal the
car now baby, let’s get runnin out into the night is
young.  So you go get your gun now baby
we can steal the car now baby
let’s keep runnin out into the night is ours.
Track Name: Perfect Vision
i opened my eyes, silver lined, floated away into the day
Inside and out, a clock working wash, out from the streets, head to the feet
we did it right there, we didn’t care, just drove around, drifted through town
the boredom so loud, boredom so loud
Nothing to do but get high in the afternoon
Oh big storm cloud hangin loud, keep it right there keep it aware
giant pine tree leanin towards me, keep it right there keep it aware
oh wintery breeze pushin on me, keep it right there keep me aware
snow on the ground all over town, all over town
my bicycle wheels spinnin around,  Sun in the sky moon in the sky
closin my eyes keep closin my eyes, boredom so loud boredom so loud
nothin to do but get high in the afternoon
i closed my eyes i lost my mind, i closed my eyes i lost my mind
is it rainin? is it snowin? am i comin? am i goin?
is it rainin? is it snowin? am i shrinkin? am i growin?