Mixed Signals

by Devin Tait & The Traitors

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Equal parts dance, pop, rock, and alternative, Devin Tait & The Traitors takes inspiration from the new wave music of the early 1980s with a mindset that is completely of the 20 teens. Devin, Liana and Jarod harmonize over the rhythm section of Brandon and Myles, with liberal amounts of synthesizers and some rocking guitars. Features the singles "Now I Know What I Want," "You Leave Me," and "All Mixed Up."

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released July 22, 2016

All songs mixed & produced by Devin Tait unless otherwise noted
Mastered by Brandon Strecker
Photography by Luther Orrick at Double Agent Photo
Devin Tait
Vocals, keyboards, piano, programming
Liana Hernandez
Vocals, percussion
Jarod Millsap
Vocals, keyboards, percussion
Myles Matisse
Drums
Brandon Strecker
Bass, guitar

All Mixed Up
Written by Devin Tait
Drums recorded by Brandon Strecker
French translation by Melodie Simond

Someone You’ve Never Met
Written by Devin Tait and Liana Hernandez
Guitar by, and drums recorded by Brandon Strecker

You Leave Me
Written by Devin Tait and Liana Hernandez
Drums recorded, and additional drums, by Ryan Canestro at Ditch Road Studios

Suckerpunch
Written by Tait/Hernandez/Hendershott/Strecker
Drums recorded by Brandon Strecker
Guitar by Ronnie Hendershott

Burn
Written by Liana Hernandez, arranged by Devin Tait
Drums and piano recorded by Brandon Strecker Guitar by Ronnie Hendershott

Sprinkles
Written by Devin Tait
Drums recorded by Ryan Canestro
Guitar by, and piano recorded by Brandon Strecker

Mindframe
Written by Devin Tait
Drums recorded by Brandon Strecker

To Be Young & On Downers
Written by Devin Tait
Mixing, drum and piano recording, and additional production by Brandon Strecker

Quickie
Written by Devin Tait
Guitar by Brandon Strecker
Drums recorded by Ryan Canestro

Now I Know What I Want
Written by Devin Tait
Guitar by, and Drums recorded by Ryan Canestro

Speed Dating
Written by Devin Tait
Drums recorded by Brandon Strecker

Quitters Never Win
Written by Devin Tait
Drums recorded by Brandon Strecker

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Devin Tait West Hollywood, California

Having transplanted himself from Kansas to California around the turn of the millennium, Devin Tait quickly found himself derailed from his original plan to join a boyband. Meeting a couple of guitar playing lesbians at karaoke led Tait to form the band Shitting Glitter with Amy Crosby and Von Edwards. After nearly a decade with the band, Tait decided it was time to branch out on his own. ... more

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Track Name: All Mixed Up
I approached with confidence
I thought your heart was on your sleeve
But you don't deal in common sense, no you don't
And that heart was make-believe

You want the truth
Think you can handle the truth
But you're not getting the truth

I felt a connection
Overruled by rejection
(woo hoo hoo ) You got me all mixed up
How dare you demand
When I don't know where we stand
I don't know what to do
You got me all mixed up
Behind that cherub face
Lies a darker space
To which I seem to be blind
I poured out my soul
But you just took it to go
(woo hoo hoo) You got me all mixed up

You're acting contradictory
To words you said previously
So help me solve this mystery, a little help
Should I stay or should I leave?

You want the truth
Think you can handle the truth
But you're not getting the truth

I felt a connection
Overruled by rejection
(woo hoo hoo ) You got me all mixed up
How dare you demand
When I don't know where we stand
I don't know what to do
You got me all mixed up
Behind that cherub face
Lies a darker space
To which I seem to be blind
I poured out my soul
But you just took it to go
(woo hoo hoo) You got me all mixed up

You want the truth
Think you can handle the truth
But you're not getting the truth

I felt a connection
Overruled by rejection
You got me all mixed up
How dare you demand
When I don't know where we stand
You got me all mixed up

Behind that cherub face
Lies a darker space
To which I seem to be blind
I poured out my soul
But you just took it to go
(woo hoo hoo) You got me all mixed up
Track Name: Someone You've Never Met
I had you, I had you exactly where I wanted you
I thought you were under my spell
I made you, I made you and paid you like you wanted me to
I bought all you had to sell

But I'll never be as important
As someone you've never met
I'll always be second best
To someone you've never met
Oo ooway oo
There's no one you like better than somebody new
Oo ooway oo
There's no one you like better than somebody new

Reasons change, seasons and reasons they will always change
but you will never change your ways
Moving on, will we discover that this bond is strong
Or will these be our last days?

'Cause I'll never be as important
As someone you've never met
I'll always be second best
To someone you've never met
Oo ooway oo
There's no one you like better than somebody new
and I'll never be as important
as someone who you just met

I see you looking over my shoulder
I know it's not for someone wiser or older
Or even someone you'd want to
get to know
Then you look into my eyes
Like I'm supposed to be satisfied
Cause I'm the one you can't let go

But I'll never be as important
As someone you've never met
I'll always be second best
To someone you've never met
Oo ooway oo
There's no one you like better than somebody new
and I'll never be as important
As someone who you just met
Track Name: You Leave Me
Whenever you leave I feel it’s generally expected that I’ll fall apart
I follow the path marked ‘do not enter’
Visions recast with the people who last I’d wanna see at the end of the world
no voices, only echoes

the damage is done, it went down with the sun

You leave me high and dry
you leave me wondering why
you leave me high
you leave me questioning why
whenever you leave I forget what I believe
the problems multiply
you leave me high
you leave me

whenever you leave it comes so easily
invasion of my fortress
storming in just like winter
I’m incomplete so I’m resigned to compete
with myself and the demons within
the voices and the echoes

the damage is done, it went down with the sun

You leave me high and dry
you leave me wondering why
you leave me high
you leave me questioning why
whenever you leave I forget what I believe
the problems multiply
you leave me high

go on, go ahead
go on and cut my safety net
it's warm where you're here and
cold when you go
sun when we're together
then you leave me alone
I gave you everything didn't I

now the damage is done, it went down with the sun
and I'm alone

You leave me high and dry
you leave me wondering why
you leave me high
you leave me questioning why
whenever you leave I forget what I believe
and I'm left terrified
you leave me high
you leave me
Track Name: Suckerpunch
I've always been a sucker
for those little sparks that fly
when I try to look away
but you catch me with your eyes
you got that dirty little mouth
makes me wanna come clean
then you hit me with a punch
that i never could have seen

i'm beaten and it took less than two licks
i'm broken but i don't want to be fixed
i'll take my time and heal
and never make those same mistakes again

it's the war of the roses
it's a fight to the end
i always think i'm tough enough
but then i break before you bend

you've had your time to strut and fluff
now c'mon and show me your stuff
buttercup, i never thought
this is how we'd end up
you played me like tekken
and i never suspected
that you'd turn the game around
right when i least expected

i'm beaten and it took less than two licks
i'm broken but i don't want to be fixed
i'll take my time and heal
and never make those same mistakes again

one blow... one hit...
one blow... one hit...
one blow k.o.
i can never say no
one-hit wonder
demigod of thunder

you don't turn the other cheek
and you're always down to fight
once I get you goin
then you'll be that way all night
i try to play it off
but you know i like it rough
one way or another
we'll end up in fisticuffs

i'm beaten and it took less than two licks
i'm broken but i don't want to be fixed
i'll take my time and heal
and never make those same mistakes again
Track Name: Burn
I used to think that we were perfect
You had me fooled I must confess
But now I see what's really happening
And I'm not impressed
So now I'm gonna have to show you
What happens when you fuck around
I'll place your spineless body on my tongue
And I will swallow you down

And you'll burn in my stomach
You'll scream and you'll cry
And then you'll start to feel regret
But it's too late baby, that's what a liar gets

I bet you didn't think I'd notice
That you'd been stringing me along
But I have dealt with your kind before
And if they ever did me wrong...

Well they'd burn in my stomach
They'd scream and they'd cry
And then they'd start to feel regret
But it's too late baby, that's what a liar gets

I fell for you, a fool for you
I thought I knew, but I was wrong
I gave to you, I made for you
And stayed with you, but not for long
No it won't be very long

Til you burn in my stomach
You'll scream and you'll cry
And then you'll start to feel regret
But it's too late baby, that's what a liar gets
Track Name: Sprinkles
where are you tonight
i cannot help but wonder why
you’re not here with me
the people walking by
umbrellas up to keep them dry
dashing so quickly

i don’t mind the wind
i’d let it blow me away again
ride it to the end
i don’t mind the rain
fueling foolish escapades
falling in cascades

but i love it when it sprinkles
and the sky fills with mist
just like the first time we kissed
when i feel those fine little drops
my beating heart stops
just to get back in time with yours

you won’t hear from me
i’ll stay on your periphery
however foolishly
throughout our history
the same old patterns on repeat
i had to set you free

i don’t mind the snow
falling softly in a glow
purifies my soul
i don’t mind the storm
as long as i’ve got someplace warm
to ride it out til morn

but i love it when it sprinkles
and the sky fills with mist
just like the first time we kissed
when i feel those fine little drops
my beating heart stops
just to get back in time with yours
when it sprinkles
and the sky fills with mist
just like the first time we kissed
when i feel those fine little drops
my beating heart stops
just to get back in time with yours
Track Name: Mindframe
I was up for anything and you were up for anything
But then I had a thought that changed my mindframe
I was up for anything and you were up for anything
but then I said something that changed youre mindframe
Don’t say it to me, I won’t say it to you
We gotta get into another mindframe
I was up for anything and you were up for anything

Is there something I should know?
Should I stay or should I go?
Say it isn’t so
(I’ve got my) Hands on the Radio

You don’t belong to me, I don’t belong to you
We gotta get into another mindframe
Don’t say it to me, I won’t say it to you
We gotta get into another mindframe
I was up for anything and you were up for anything
But then I had a thought that changed my mindframe

Is there something I should know?
Should I stay or should I go?
Say it isn’t so
(I’ve got my) Hands on the Radio

Play your favorite song, turn it up and sing along
That’ll get you in a better mindframe
Play your favorite song, turn it up and sing along
That’ll get you in a better mindframe
I was up for anything and you were up for anything
Then you said something to change my mindframe
So play your favorite song, turn it up and sing along
You gotta find another mindframe

Is there something I should know?
Should I stay or should I go?
Say it isn’t so
(I’ve got my) Hands on the Radio
Is there something I should know?
Should I stay or should I go?
Say it isn’t so
(I’ve got my) Hands on the Radio
Track Name: To Be Young & On Downers
What a waste, what a waste, what a beautiful waste
It’s such a shame, such a shame, such a dirty shame
If you can’t feel this then you’re doing it wrong
And if you can’t feel this why are you tagging along?

Pop those pills, light another smoke
Have a laugh at someone else’s expense
When I roll my eyes at your Phi Phi read
I can see you getting on the defense
When we all go out and you can’t keep up
Shades down and slumped in a stall
To hear you tell the tales the next day
You’d think you were the belle of the ball

What a waste, what a waste, what a beautiful waste
It’s such a shame, such a shame, such a dirty shame
If you can’t feel this then you’re doing it wrong
And if you can’t feel this why are you tagging along?

Beauty is as beauty does
Moss grows while you’re rolling and stoned
Even sugar daddies sour
After all the green that they’ve loaned
This town’s not big enough for all your mistakes
It’s a smaller world than you think
And if you don’t stop stealing sips of my Stoli,
I’ma have to raise a stink

What a waste, what a waste, what a beautiful waste
It’s such a shame, such a shame, such a dirty shame
If you can’t feel this then you’re doing it wrong
And if you can’t feel this why are you tagging along?
Track Name: Now I Know What I Want
didn’t wanna move too fast
so much pain in my past
unsure if it would last
acting tough but feeling insecure
juggling so many balls
bouncing off the walls
hanging til last calls
holding out but what for

sorry that I made you wait
i’m not one to believe in fate
i wanna know that it’s the real thing
now i’m in a better state
there’s no need to hesitate
listen to my heart sing

now i know what i want, i know i know what i want
now i know what i want
i want a life with you
now i know what i want, i know i know what i want
i’ve never been so sure
this time I know it’s true

say goodbye to all my fear
when I look in the mirror
it all becomes so clear
you learn to swim so you won’t drown
looking back on yesterday
hear the music play
we’ll always be this way
All I searched for now I found

sorry that I made you wait
i’m not one to believe in fate
i wanna know that it’s the real thing
now i’m in a better state
there’s no need to hesitate
listen to my heart sing

now i know what i want, i know i know what i want
now i know what i want
i want a life with you
now i know what i want, i know i know what i want
i’ve never been so surethis time I know it’s true
now i know what i want, i know i know what i want
now i know what i want
now i know what i want, i know i know what i want
now i know what i want

get up on your feet
your journey’s not complete
move to the beat and don’t give up
get up on your feet
your journey’s not complete
just move to the beat and
don’t give up on love

now i know what i want, i know i know what i want
now i know what i want
i want a life with you
now i know what i want, i know i know what i want
i’ve never been so sure
this time I know it’s true
now i know what i want, i know i know what i want
now i know what i want
i want a life with you
now i know what i want, i know i know what i want
i’ve never been so sure
i know this much is true
now i know what i want, i know i know what i want
now i know what i want
now i know what i want, i know i know what i want
now i know what i want
now i know what i want, i know i know what i want
now i know what i want
now i know what i want, i know i know what i want
now i know what i want
Track Name: Speed Dating
Speed dating, dadalada Speed Dating

Give me, give me your attraction
Give me, give me your reaction
Give me something I can sink my teeth into
Give me something that I'll wanna hold on to
Give me, give me satistfaction

Speed dating, dadalada Speed Dating

Let's get together, become lighting fast lovers
we don't like what we discover
so we move on to another

(Chorus)
I've got no time and you've got no patience
And nobody here is any good at waiting
Get on with the show we don't need long romances
we're speed dating
First impressions, there are no second chances
No hesitating
We love so fast these days, you know

Tell me, tell me your desire
Tell me, all that you require
Tell me all the things I can expect from you
Leave out anything I'd take exception to
Tell me, are we going higher?

Let's get together, become lighting fast lovers
we don't like what we discover
so we move on to another

(Chorus)
I've got no time and you've got no patience
And nobody here is any good at waiting
Get on with the show we don't need long romances
we're speed dating
First impressions, there are no second chances
No hesitating
We love so fast these days, you know

I've got no time and you've got no patience
And nobody here is any good at waiting
Get on with the show we don't need long romances
we're speed dating
First impressions, there are no second chances
No switch and baiting
We love so fast these days, you know
Track Name: Quitters Never Win
if you're gonna run then you've got to commit
when you're 'bout to break down just throw a fabulous fit
then you get back up, suck it up and start again
you just hit it, you gotta hit it
When you feel the panic taking over your mind
and you feel the bogeyman is coming up from behind
never hit rewind or stumble into a blind
don’t ever give in, no never give in

Quitters never win, they fail to see the future
right in front of them
they say that nice guys finish last but
when they cross that line they’re gonna have the last laugh

dance to the rhythm that you create
fly to the top of the empire state
take your aim and make your mark and then
make it big

if you’re gonna break, gotta break free instead
tune out all the distractions fighting over your head
it’s time to take the reigns
push on through the pain
just one more minute, another minute
when you’re close enough to get your eye on the prize
a moment comes to separate the weak from the wise
time to show your size
the imitator belies
you’re gonna get it, go on and get it

go get your feet on the floor
like never before
this time you're at war, you are at war
oh, you can rack up the score
like never before
this time you're at work, you are at war