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September, Bedtime, Ontario

by Del Paxton

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September all the colors fall in the morning. Into 7th lake a chain of mistakes I’m ignoring. Your sun sets alone yeah no sunsets, no food no phone no internet. stoned and carsick through the Adirondack park another bad view but your pulling it through. Through the darkness, through the brownie sickened starless and a bad view but your pulling it through. Pull out all the medicine pull out in the road. And you sun sets alone yeah no sunsets no moon no phone no medicine. If you have the will to keep me in your arms pull me through keep me in it. You’re pulling me through.
Bedtime 03:37
taken back to seventeen effortless and violently headed back to bed but less empty. you want to give it time and space and the extra goes to waste and you go. its okay we're only having fun til you caught me by the tongue. time to face this midwestern horizon. what it means to be untouched in the ultraviolet sun and you go. we're in competition to produce results. collecting interest and buying low. driving home, riding alone and behold. in the shape of whats to come, if you thought you tasted blood its a fake, you can take your commission. compensation in the form of love. slowly catching up and you go. the world is a vampire sent to drain and what do i get for my pain. driving home, riding alone, high and low and behold.
Ontario 03:46
The low glow from the middle of the lake and windows of the cove, sucking light gliding home. Night boats, the passenger seat wherever you go. I’ll be the passenger whatever you say goes. Faces, no erase no place. All along the night boat, all along the night boat. Draw a “J” in the water, in your eyes a prayer for the night and the land. So take it underwater and write it down. Someone should pray for us but I don’t know how.


Driven by hearty hooks and bold riffs, the Buffalo trio Del Paxton make heartfelt punchy emo reminiscent of the melodic sensibilities of the mid-90’s. Their latest are a set of singles teeming with the exuberance and excitement of being young, alive, and earnest. Lead single "September,” an ode to camping in the Adirondacks, evokes vintage emo and punk nostalgia, yet lyrically is an anti-nostalgic balm for living in the moment. Its reflections on and reverence for long-term friendships shine through call-and-response vocals that echo euphorically over dexterous rhythms and crunchy start-stop melodies. With their overdriven choruses of diaristic contemplation, Del Paxton's thoughtful ruminations stir up the passions of prolonged youth and the challenges of holding onto friends you could never let go.

The trio’s second single, "Bedtime,” is a rollicking lullaby whose rhythms interweave through scattered downbeats to create compositional space for the song's meditations on youthfulness and friendship. Glistening guitars and rattling percussion eventually clear the way for a chanted coda that reflects the triumph of driving into the sunrise.

Last of the bunch is "Ontario," a song of compositional and thematic dichotomies that pays tribute to Del Paxton's favorite themes of innocence and camaraderie through images of companionship and nighttime canoeing. Quick, agile passages snap in and out of focus while Del Paxton examine extremes of stasis and catharsis, solace and trauma, the past and present. Listeners may find themselves lost in the unpredictable twists and turns of the trio's precise musicianship, but never at the expense of punk-adjacent excitement and sincerity.


released August 19, 2020

art by Dylan England
Recorded by Hunter Davidsohn at Business District in Johnson City
Mixed and Mastered by Adam Korbesmeyer in Los Angeles


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Del Paxton Buffalo, New York

Dylan- Guitar
Zack - Bass
Greg - Drums

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