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Josh Gachette & His Pioneers play psychedelic country music. Gachette started writing "Pioneers" as a sunshine pop album in 2011 drawing inspiration from Laurel Canyon stars like The Byrds and John Phillips -- but years into songwriting the native New Yorker found that the saccharine escapism of sunshine pop was irrelevant, as gentrification pulverized the city’s working class enclaves into a new frontier for urban pioneers. "Pioneers" invokes country & western to draw parallels between urban renewal and colonialism.

Pioneers: a country album for the urban frontier.

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released January 6, 2019

Music and Lyrics by Josh Gachette

Production and Arrangements by Jeremy Stoddard Carroll

Cover Art by Yardin Amir


Josh Gachette - vocals, drums, harmonica, flute, keyboards, field recordings, additional percussion

Jeremy Stoddard Carroll - acoustic & electric guitar, bass guitar, banjo, pedal steel, melodica, keyboards, synthesizers, additional vocals

Sebastián Antón-Ojeda - additional vocals

Samson Ghazey - additional bass guitar



The drums for Pioneers were recorded and engineered by Chris Krasnow and Eva Lawitts at Wonderpark Studios one day in February.

Every other sound was engineered and recorded by Jeremy Stoddard Carroll at Primeval Studios over several years.

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Track Name: Salvo
Salvo --
Track Name: Magnolia
Moonbeam
Have you seen my Georgetown bloom?
Hedges croon to lemon schemes in June
Creation blooms

Magnolia's in mourning
Meanwhile she's talking
It's true

Bells and turpentine startled me
Mountie Carlisle turned an eye again
Easy
Buckle down to ruby rigid red
And she said,

“Magnolia's in mourning. Meanwhile she’s talking. It’s true”
Track Name: Mississippi
Mississippi is a river
That I'm hoping not to get
Sold down to
Oh not again
Inundated by the quiet
A wonder keeps her humming
How I'm talking to you
Radiator is a buoy
Getting gooey at the bottom
The Clipboard is too
She’s waiting for you
Track Name: Ascania
Ascania is on the pavement
With a broken hull
Looks just like a leader talking
To the foreman who'll do me in
Well I'll be

My banister is rained and rocky
Like restaurants
I’d rather flower tending
Loving someone makes a fool of me
Well I’ll be
I won’t forget the taste of copper coins

I think I may be learning
This ragdoll’s prone to taking
Idle hands and broken towers lean on me

And I don’t wanna feel that way again
And I don’t wanna feel that way again
You’ll see
That’s what claims to be
Well I’ll be
I won’t forget the taste of copper coins
Track Name: Indiana
Gary and me don’t like ascension
The straightaway design elicits clarion to my destination
Menagerie

One fine day in Indiana
A land of rubber signs
Where my best uniform must have a way

You'll have a roadway from A to B if you really learn to like me too

Maynard Keynes’ sugar libertines gallop to the sea
And the salty breeze keeps them opaque
Menagerie

One fine day in Indiana, a land of rubber signs where my best uniform got me away

Over a roadway from A to B to menagerie, in Maine
Look at all the beauty that came to me.
Destiny comforts me.
Track Name: Treasureme
Treasureme, before I up and leave
Treasureme, before I up and leave
A company party always set on casing the spot when I’d rather be spoken to...
Or maybe reunion,
Cuz nothing really feels the way you do...

I think that you’re pleasant company in a strange way, I can
But I won’t shed a tear if you don’t know my name
So I won’t shed a tear in case you do
Gingerly

Treasure me before I up and leave
Treasureme before I up and leave
A company party and a grown man facing the sunshine
Who’s mercy and hidden danger or maybe reunion
Cuz nothing really feels the way you do

I think that you’re pleasant company in a strange way, I can
But I won’t shed a tear if you don’t know my name
So I won’t shed a tear in case you do
Gingerly
Track Name: Help Me Myra
I keep hold of my possessions.
Count the blessings if you can.
Birds and airplanes over boulevards
Help me Myra if you can

Milk and Ovaltine ambitions
Might just hyphenate my name
Social currency won't abide by spring
Nor the airplanes over boulevards
Help me Myra if you can

Cuz I'm bored out my mind and my heart's gone moot.
And I don't think that you look like him

I keep hold of my possessions, reservations, and malaise.
Facing no one as I always do
Turned around and learned my name
Help me Myra if you can

Cuz I’m bored out my mind and my heart’s gone moot
And I don’t think that you look like him

I’ll believe that Jesus believes in me
to yourself and your own repatriation.
He’s a martyr far too warm to lose
Track Name: Blue Delilah
Have you ever seen miracles?

You can't have my blue Delilah 'cause she's my reason to be
Taking her time on the Caspian Sea
to Fayetteville State, North Carolina
How many boats does it take to be free?
Taking my time measurably

In Oklahoma
Eighteen wheelin'
There I told her
"Lest safety pins you, I love you.
You could be something good. You could be something good."
And you can't have my blue Delilah
You can't have my blue Delilah
For me.

I just can't be weighed down two-by-two
I just can't be weighed down two-by-two

In Oklahoma
Eighteen wheelin'
I told her, I told her
"Lest safety pins you, I love you. You could be something good."

Have you ever seen miracles of but a hundred to me?
Have you ever seen miracles of but a hundred to me?
Track Name: Old Friend
Old friend you're making a scene
At least I'm clean
Old friend you're making a scene
At least I’m clean.

Old friend
Old friend


I know that somewhere rain falls
I know that somewhere rain falls

Old friend you’re making a scene, in Albany
Old friend you’re making a scene, in Albany

Old friend
Old friend

I know that somewhere rain falls
I know that somewhere rain falls
I know that somewhere rain falls
I know that somewhere rain falls
Track Name: John E. Appleseed
Tuesday's gone to Pennsylvania
Wednesday is a camel through a needle's thread
“Rest my head in Kentucky,” she said
Thursday was the day I re-applied

Johnny goes to fields unknown
With his blank companion
And says to creation
amends to the sea

Readjustment
Readjustment
And nothing new to do

I come for reasons like a descent
Builds swales for the wickedness
Wash it away turn it away
And nothing new to do...

You belong to Pennsylvania
Wednesday is a camel through a needle's thread
“Rest my head in Kentucky,” she said
Thursday was the day I re-applied

Johnny goes to fields unknown
With his blank companion
And says to creation
Amends to the sea
Bucolic just for me
I'm John E. Appleseed
Bucolic just for me
I'm John E. Appleseed!


Don't you know?
They're only finding tangerines
Don't you know they're only finding tangerines?
Bucolic just for me
I’m John E. Appleseed.
Track Name: Hinterlands
Holidays at sea
Are no more than you wanted me to be
Under the fountain

Kids in the alley see timber into grain
A left at Iceland, a right turn sombered Spain

Whereby fountains of youth file in with proof of compensation
Hinterlands
Hinterlands

Her audacity then maligned her to more than she could be
Under the fountain

We burn a candle for sake of scenery.
I got a bow from the present company
Salt and loam and the time, tracking the sea
Wondering if she feels the same way ‘bout old me

Hinterlands
Hinterlands
Hinterlands

There are so many things to do around the fountain
The binds that I can see: the binds that comfort me
There are so many things to do around the fountain
The binds that I can see: the binds that comfort me
There are so many things to do around the fountain
The binds that I can see: the binds that comfort me

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